Kaapo

Great Christmas party at Kaapo’s school

Yesterday evening we enjoyed superb Christmas party with many plays and music at Kaapo’s school. It is so nice that his school still has these traditional happenings with lots of parents and other spectators. There is always a nice buffet before the plays and music starts. Many schools in Finland nowadays do not have these evening parties anymore. That really is a pity.

That Santa looks familiar to me

Agents dancing

“Agents” was Kaapo’s dancing group’s performance this year. They did all the choreography themselves and decided the clothing, music and all. It was so great to see their joy and to be a proud father. There were altogether 13 different groups performing (about 70-80 children) and Kaapo’s group had all the boys! So, only two (2) boys. Dancing is a fantastic hobby also for boys, believe me.

Agents dancing

1/250, f/2, ISO 800

Dachshund

Not a real one but a gingerbread-one. I used here Positive film effect when shooting with my Ricoh GRD IV and I love the colors.

Dachshund coming up
1/125, f/1.9, ISO 566

Crazy eyes

I was going through old (from summer 2013) Ricoh GR shots and this was one which got my attention. This shot makes me longing the GR because of the shallow DoF and high amount of details.

Crazy eyes

Gaming glow

Don’t let them play console or computer games too much. Interfere with some other things. Remember school work. Remember to go outside and feel the weather and nature. Thanks.

Gaming glow

Run!

Our track and field club had a running competitions yesterday. Both Kaapo and Tiitus were competing, Kaapo 800 meters and Tiitus 400 meters. Lovely weather, great company, and heartwarming spirits. Everybody got a trophy and especially a good mood. This is how you organize sports competitions for children. I saw everybody enjoying. A lot.

Above photos were shot with Fuji X-Pro1 and Asahi Pentax Super-Takumar 135mm F3.5 manual focus lens. I had some problems to get the focus spot on and also camera shake was not so nice time to time because of lag of image stabilization. I was thinking during shooting this event how good the Fujinon 55-200mm zoom lens would have been.

Hymypoika

Hymypoika, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

Kaapo got Hymypoika (“Smiling boy”) statue from school today. This statue is awarded by other students of the school. The statue will be given to a student who forwards good will, is happy, helpful, and honest friend. One boy and one girl studying in grades 1-3 will be awarded annually.

I am so very proud of him.

Kaapo’s first school year is soon over

Kaapo with classmates, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

Oh my, it is so hard to believe how fast the time flies! After summer he will be going to the second grade. And just few moments ago he was a small baby – at least I feel so.

He has been very good in his schoolwork for which I am very proud of. And he has got lots of new friends that is also a fantastic thing. I hope that at least some of those friendships will last all of his life. That would be a real treasure.