Wednesday, October 22, 2014

This pair in three words: sweet, friendly, happy.  I had a great time photographing them in Colonial Williamsburg.  It will be a joyful occasion when they are married next spring!















Monday, October 06, 2014

My Angelina



That's not really her name, but she loves Angelina Ballerina.  So much.  At one point several months ago, she was packing her bags and taking imaginary field trips to Chipping Cheddar.









Note the intense and varied facial expressions.  She's my little drama queen.  I sometimes jokingly call her "Maroney", as in "Jenna Maroney" from 30 Rock.  Yep.


Wednesday, October 01, 2014

My photography blog is not yet mobile-friendly, so as I retool that site, I'm going to start sharing more of my photography work here on my personal blog.  First up, an expecting couple just a matter of days before their little guy entered the world.











Tuesday, August 26, 2014

over-sharing




Munchkins at bedtime. Between her pouring dirt all over herself in the backyard and his rubbing dinner into his hair, they earned their baths this evening. ;)


Tonight I had an epiphany of sorts...  Maybe all of this over-sharing of our children all over the internet will have a positive side effect.  Maybe if you see my daughter powdered in dirt or my son with a millipede hanging out of his mouth (that really happened) or both of them dancing to the Fresh Beat Band for the eleventy-billionth day in a row, you'll learn that my kids are just like yours.  Maybe this generation of Instagram kids, these stars of their mothers' blogs, will be the ones to set our world straight.  The captions and punchlines are different, but the stories are basically the same.  If all these kids have essentially the same narrative, they are known, and they are not to be feared.

In the spirit of over-sharing to save the world, I'll tell you this.  Just after this picture was taken, as I was putting on the toddler's pajamas, my daughter touched her brother's forehead and said, "Oh no!  I think he has a blood pressure!"  When I assured her that he most definitely does have a blood pressure, she responded, "Oh no!  Wrap him up!"

Monday, July 28, 2014

Insta*blogged*




 


Pre-sunset photo shoot selfie. Trying to ignore the butterflies in my belly. :)

...a few minutes later...

A nice family just walked by and warned me of a raccoon hiding in the bushes just behind me. Maybe I shouldn't ignore the butterflies! Ha!

[from last Tuesday]

Monday, July 21, 2014

Trinkets




There's nothing particularly special about these trinkets...costume jewelry in a tiny 80-cent woven tray.  I just liked the way the window light played with them on my dresser.

Correction:  There is something particularly special about one piece in this basket.  It's a Tree of Life pendant, given to me by one of my friends for life, but the front is not visible here.  She found the pendant on Etsy and gifted it to me when I was pregnant with my son.  Something just for me when I was busy taking care of everyone else and preparing for the arrival of a new baby.  As Miss M would say, "That was so thoughtful of her! We should write her a thank-you note."  (I did write her a thank-you note.)

...Bonus points if you can locate a bobby pin, a ponytail holder, and a Star of David...


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Poolside Dominoes



My in-laws own a timeshare near our home, and a few weeks ago, they came to spend some time there.  One afternoon, we took the kids to splash around at their condo's pool.  At an umbrella table just outside the baby pool fence sat a group of ladies who were in their retirement years.  They wore swimsuits and hats, ordered snacks at the cabana, and played dominoes at a leisurely pace.  One of them glanced my way, and complimented me on the insulated picnic basket I had brought, loaded with snacks for the kids.  As my two splashed with their dad and grandma, I watched those ladies from the corner of my eye.  I was wistful, longing for deep friendship, wondering who I'd be playing dominoes (or mah jong) with in my later years.

That longing for friendship and community was one of the themes of the book I read recently, This Ordinary Adventure.  I couldn't have stumbled upon it at a better time.  As I've mentioned before, I've been feeling restless in my little town, and part of that is my lack of feeling truly connected to others in a deep and meaningful way.  I have acquaintances, and we all mean well, but we all have children and get bogged down and busy with everyday living.  It's hard to get to know each other well, let alone keep up a rhythm of keeping in touch. 

In the book, Christine Jeske describes it like this:

In eighteen months back in the United States, we had invited over dozens of people but could name only a couple families we had found time to see more than once.  We had slowly made a lot of acquaintances.  Very few were close buddies who would just stop by unannounced, who would help make major life decisions, who would trust us to watch their kids at a moment's notice or be at home when we needed someone to laugh at the latest messed-up haircut.  We were tired of a few dozen sprouting acorns of potential future friendships, and ready for at least a few strong oak tree friendships. (p. 147, emphasis added)

There is nothing I can add to that, so, Amen.

One of the things Christine suggests to combat the isolation is to host a potluck.  I think we will try that and see where it leads.  Maybe we'll find the "tribe" (as I've described it to my husband) that I've been looking for.   Not just women friends for me (which would be a Godsend), but family-friends for all of us.  People we can be ourselves around without judgment and with whom we can share real--not Facebook/Instagram--life.