Letters to My Children – February 2018

 

Dear Ariya,

It’s been a pretty good month. You’re still loving your school and learning so much.  We’ve been going to many Destination Imagination meetings because the tournament is next month.  You love seeing your friends every week, but I think you just want to play with them and not have to rehears the play that we decided on, or work on an instant challenge.  I promise you, it will be worth it all in the end.  And I think you’re looking forward to actually presenting on stage.  You’re such a performer.

You’re also looking forward to your ballet recital.  It will be in May, and you ask your teacher every week if the costumes have been ordered.  I love that you love ballet.  And now you want to sign up for gymnastics and swimming.  Girl, I can’t keep up.  There’s a whole lot of activities going on, but we’ll try to make it work 🙂

Lately, you’ve been obsessed with your legos.  You love going upstairs to your room, to build your disney lego sets.  It’s pretty amazing how you went from this phase of always wanting to play, and not being able to play by yourself, to doing puzzles by yourself and legos, painting rocks and seashells.  You’re growing up so fast!  Registration for kindergarten is next month and I’m not ready.  I know you are, but I’m not.

You turn 5 in a few months.  And you keep talking about when you’re 6 and 7 and 8, when you’ll be able to drive, when you’ll be able to help with grocery shopping, when you’ll be able to put me to bed and sing me lullabies.  You are such a sweet girl.  Thank you for thinking of me, of us, of everyone around you.  You’re so good and kind.  Even when you’re going through your tantrums and fits, I know you’re still my sweet little girl.

Dear Asha,

You are still obsessed with disney princesses and playing dress up.  You saw Ariya in her princess night gown one night, and that night changed everything.  No more sweet footed onesie pajamas.  I had to pull out all of Ariya’s old night gowns for you to wear. And then I had to ransack the 2 Targets that had night gowns.  And then I had to get more matching nightgowns for Ariya.  We’re a mess.  A house full of princesses.

Binky had to go bye bye.  And you were SO upset over it.  It was the only way you were able to soothe yourself and go to sleep.  But you chewed a hole in the plastic and I had to throw it away.  I’m sorry.  I wish I hadn’t.  Because now you’re going down for your naps later and later.  And falling asleep at night is getting harder and harder. I keep reminding myself that this is a phase.  I remember when Ariya went through this, and now you are going through it too.  I just hope this phase passes quickly!

My strong girl.  You said “I love you” for the first time.  And it warmed my heart. I went away for a weekend, for a photography conference.  And you kept saying “I miss you Mommy”.  I love the little snuggles and hugs you give me.  I just want to hold on to you and squeeze you and keep you little forever.

10 on 10 – November 2015

I’ve officially ended my 2nd Project 365 on October 31st, and have taken a break from taking photos for a while.  Going from one 365 straight to the next was a recipe for burn out and that’s what happened to me.  I did complete an amazing video workshop, which I’ll blog about later.  But when the 10th rolled around, a friend of mine in our blog circle reminded us, and I had to do it.  Unfortunately, (or maybe fortunately), I took too many photos.  It was a dreary depressing rainy day, brightened by a visit with a good friend and her baby girl.  Since we’re expecting a baby girl in December, I wanted to see how my daughter would interact with a little baby.  And my friend, a fellow hobbyist photographer, has amazing windows in her house, and awesome light.  So at least I had a few decent pictures with natural light.  But for the rest of the evening, it was dark dark dark!  Which gave me a great reason to break out the flash.  Most of my favorite photos are of bath time, the flash made a world of difference!

I hope she always loves to read!

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Doing her hair is always a struggler, but when you sit her in front of the tv, it’s not as bad.  DSC_4310

My friend and her beautiful baby girl.

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So sweet!

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When Ariya gets sick of my camera, I turn to my dogs.  Here’s Charlie!DSC_4350

Dinner time!

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That hair!

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And the bath time series that I just had to include.DSC_4453 DSC_4455 DSC_4460 DSC_4463 DSC_4464

And good night!  Playing with an easter egg, of course.DSC_4493

To follow our blog circle, please check out Anna at 2 Monkeys Photography here

Day 139 – I see Daddy!

I need to work on my staging better.  Had to move a lot of things out of the way to get this shot, but I should get rid of the stool by the doorway in the sunroom. And I finally ordered a cheapie flash, so hopefully that will help with my lighting issue.  I really want sharp in focus pictures!

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Here’s another one, playing with her new favorite remote control.  139_031914_2