Letters to Our Children – January 2017

Dear Ariya,

It’s a new year!  You’re back at school, back to your usual routine.  You’re learning your letters, having fun at school with the many crafts and activities that you do.  It’s been pretty cold at home, but no serious snow just yet.  It just so happened that the one weekend that we went to visit Nani and Nanu, it actually snowed down there!  We weren’t prepared and didn’t bring your snow gear, but your daddy braved the roads to drive to Walmart and get you new snow boots.  And boy did you have fun!  8 inches of snow full of fun!  I’m hoping we get some snow at home though, because our front yard is made for sledding.  But when we’re not hoping for snow, we’re going to Asha’s music class, or your ballet class.  We go to the children’s museum, and have playdates with friends from school. And on the rare day that it’s warm, we go out on the patio so that you can ride your bike.

The other day, you saw some construction workers outside.  The first time you mentioned what you wanted to be when you grow up.  You said “I wish I could be a construction worker so I can dig like that”.

A year ago, you had the hardest time pronouncing your S’s.  Like School was cool, Snack was nack.  Cutest ever.  You’re outgrowing it, and I kind of miss it.  I

It’s been rough for you though.  You’ve been missing your daddy.  It’s tough for you, when he’s at work for long stretches of time, when you don’t get to see him.  He’s gone before you wake up, and he comes home past your bedtime.  But it’s ok, you’re strong.  Your daddy will be off for a few days and will spend all of his time with you.

Dear Asha,

You are walking now!  It’s crazy, you’ve taken more than a few steps, and you get so excited each time you go further than the last.  Well, you’re not full blown walking yet, but you’re so close.  And I’m not ready.  I actually burst into tears.  Where did the time go?  When you did you go from being my little baby to being my little toddler?  You’re babbling up a storm too.  I keep saying mama, dada, but nope, no first words yet.  Just a lot of syllables.  You’re also still waking up at least once in the middle of the night.  I’m trying not to let it get to me.  I’m hoping that you’ll get over it.  I just don’t know how to help you get over it.  Can anyone out there help me out?

You do love your sister, you’re her little shadow.  You’re obsessed with legos, just like her.  You want to play with her play doh everytime she’s playing with it (and promptly puts it in your mouth, bleh). And you love pulling her hair.  For some reason she lets you.  I don’t understand why she lets you, but she does.  Because she loves you so.  She loves flinging you around, holding you, picking you up.  And you love every second of it.  You’re so lucky to have each other.

Portra 400 on Pentax 67ii

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Portra 400NC on Nikon f100

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Fuji 400h on Pentax 67ii

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Film 366 Favorites of 2016

The year has ended and I have survived 2 366 projects.  One was a digital 366, using my Nikon d610 and Fuji x100t.  And the 2nd was a film 366, using a variety of film cameras and film stocks.  I went a little crazy exploring the world of film.  I’ve acquired a ton of film cameras, tons of film stock.  I was all over the place.  I wasn’t able to keep track of my film 366, because I shot SO MUCH FILM.  Here are some of my favorites of 2016.

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I’m crazy enough to do my 4th 365, for 2017.  I’ve also decided to slow down with film and focus.  So, I’m doing a digital 365, and I’m doing 1 roll of film a week, and for each month that I shoot film, I’ll be using the same film camera, same lens and same film stock. For January 2017, I’ve started shooting Acros 100 with my Nikon f100 and 35 f/2 lens.  Let’s hope I come out with some decent shots!

Letters to our Children – December

Dear Ariya,

What an exciting month it’s been!  Your daddy had to go to a work conference in Orlando of all places, so you got to experience your first trip to Disney! You were so excited to ride on a “jet plane” to meet your favorite princesses, like Elena (you asked where Gabe and her sister Isabelle was), Rapunzel (who twirled you and talked about her friend/lizard Pascal) and Ariel in her grotto (you were so starstruck meeting Ariel!).  We ate at the Beast’s palace and you wore your Belle dress.  We met all of your favorite characters like Minnie and Mickey, Daisey and Goofey.  You were over the moon.  We took pictures of you with all of them, and you even got their autographs.  I think your favorite ride was Dumbo and Winnie the Pooh.  And you LOVED the Frozen Sing a long at Hollywood Studios.  I mean, you just sang your heart out, and it was amazing to see.

Then we had Christmas!  We baked gingerbread cookies, made reindeer food and read tons of Christmas books.  The tree was decorated, the presents were stacked and you were ready to see what Santa brought you.  Nani and Nanu came to visit, and you had a blast playing with them. Santa must have thought you were a very good girl, because you got a TON of presents.  You are one very lucky girl. We also so Moana that day, and I think Moana might be your new favorite Disney princess.  I have to admit, I can’t get those songs out of my head!

And for New Year’s Eve, your Grandma and Auntie Carmen came to visit!  More presents! But more importantly, more quality time spent with family.  You loved working on the life size puzzle of Doc McStuffins with Grandma.  And that Read Along Princess books was THE best present ever, Thanks Grandma!

Looking forward to what 2017 brings us!

Dear Asha,

You turned one!  We ended up having your birthday part at your Grandma’s after Thanksgiving.  Nani and Nanu came to visit, and Grandma and Auntie Carmen got you a beautiful cake with your face on it, along with a chocolate flavored smash cake.  You went to town on that cake!  Lots of family from your daddy’s side was there, and it was so much fun for you and Ariya playing with them.

You were such a superstar on the plane to Disneyworld.  You pretty much slept in the ergo while Ariya had her fun.  But you did get some play time in the pool, and got to meet some disney characters too.  You won’t remember this trip, but I do have pictures to prove you were there!

Santa must have thought you were really good too, because you got some pretty good presents too!  Lucky girl!  I think Ariya loves playing with your presents more than her own, but it’s good because you two play together so well.  You love following her around, and she loves tackling you to the ground.  You laugh together, even when you make Ariya upset after destroying all her cities and towns made up of blocks and legos.  We call you Asha the destroyer.  (We used to call Ariya the destroyer too).

You are still waking up at least once at night, but it’s ok, I’m hoping you’ll grow out of it eventually.  Crossing fingers!

You’ve got a ton of teeth now.  4 on top and 4 on the bottom.  You love eating eggs for breakfast and you love bananas, strawberries and pears.  Apples are funny, you love to just chew them to get the juice but then you spit the pieces out.  So messy.  And you love spaghetti, although I think you like making the mess more.

Looking forward to what 2017 brings us!

(Taken with the contax g1 and Portra 400vc (expired), rated at 100, with flash and pushed +1 in development, at Disney)

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(Pentax 645nii with Portra 400, rated at 800 and pushed +1 in development, Ariya)ariya-9

(digital, Ariya baking gingerbread cookies)

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(digital, Asha’s official 12 months)

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(contax g1 with flash, fuji super 400, Asha’s 1st birthday)

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(digital, Ariya and Asha, Christmas morning)

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(digital, Christmas afternoon, with wacky Christmas outfits purchased by Santa (I mean, my husband))

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