Letters to our Children – August

Dear Ariya,

August has been a pretty chill month.  You wrapped up your swimming lessons with Asher at the Winchester Country Club.  You went down the slide for the first time and attempted to swim on your own.  But I think we need to work a little on your swim strokes.  You like to put your face in the water, but only on your terms.

We’ve also gone to the playground a few times.  It’s been so hot though, so it hasn’t been that often.  So we’ve spent a lot of time indoors, where it’s air conditioned.  You are ever so active, running around, jumping off the couch, acting like a superhero.  You’re a great helper and big sister to baby Asha.  You’re always holding her and giving her your toys.  You’re also taking a lot of your toys away from her, but we’re working on your sharing.

You had your first movie experience!  We all went to see Finding Dory and you LOVED it!  We had popcorn and lemonade.  Asha took her nap in the ergo.  And you only got up once to pee in the potty.  I’d say it was a success!  Can’t wait to see our next movie.

Nani and Nanu came to visit.  You loved doing puzzles with them and showing them your yoga skills.  Nanu even did some yoga with you!

 

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Dear Asha,

You’re CRAWLING!  You are seriously crawling, and it’s crazy how fast and determined you are.  I will turn around for a second and you’re at the other side of the room.  Now we have to watch out when Ariya pulls out her puzzles, because you love chewing on those puzzle pieces!

You’re eight months now.  We had your 8 month check up and learned that you’re not gaining any weight.  The same thing happened with Ariya at 6 months.  So now it’s time to supplement your diet with formula.  I always hoped that I’d at least nurse you for 6 months, even a year.  When we passed the 6 month mark, I thought, wow, maybe we can do this, maybe we can make it to a year? Unfortunately, this is not the case. I have so many thoughts about this.  I’m sad.  I feel like my little baby is growing too fast.  I’ll miss our moments of nursing together.  The quiet, the calm, the bond we have.  I talked to 3 lactation consultants, just to understand how it all works and where it went wrong for me.  It’s interesting how everyone’s nursing experience is different.  I may have to make this a personal photography project of mine, documenting the women that have trouble nursing successfully (and what successful means to them).  But that’s for another blog post.

I think your first tooth is coming in!  I can feel it, just ready to break through.  Wow, you’re growing so fast.  Can we please freeze time just for a little bit?  I’m not ready for you or your sister to get bigger and bigger.

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All these pictures are an assortment of film and digital.

 

10 on 10: April 2016

I’ve been in a photography slump lately.  I’ve taken workshops, but I’m just tired.  Running after a toddler and a 4 month old baby, it can get exhausting.  And I’m just taking pictures to take them.  I’ve fallen off the 365 wagon (digital version).  I’ve been shooting, just haven’t been editing.  I’ve fallen in love with film.  I’m not able to get on the laptop and edit.  I love the colors of film.  The only problem is that I don’t get instant gratification.  Which is why I still shoot digital.  But this isn’t a love letter to film.

The 10th happened to fall on Ariya’s 3rd birthday.  Ariya decided she wanted a Sophia the First themed party.  And what started off as a small party with a few close friends turned into something bigger.  Family came into town.  We had a petting zoo.  It was nice, but wow, it was exhausting.

So, I didn’t shoot a true day in the life, it was chaos trying to get ready for the party.  Honestly, I turned my fuji x100t on auto, thinking I’d give it to someone to shoot.  Big mistake.  a lot of the photos were out of focus.  I didn’t change the ISO to auto, so a lot of the outdoor shots were blown out and not salvageable.  I was wearing Asha in a wrap b/c that was the only way that she would take a nap, so taking pictures were not very comfortable. the angles are awkward, etc.  I shot film outside, which i have to send out to the lab, so I won’t get those photos of the petting zoo until sometime next week or the week after.  The downfall of film, the wait.

What I realized, and hopefully learned from this is that I’m no longer taking a gazillion photos at my daughters’ birthday party.  Either hire someone, or get a photographer friend to help.  But if it’s just me, I’m taking a few key photos and that’s it.  Because there was no way to be 100% present.  And a lot of my photos were not the best, so it almost doesn’t seem worth it.  Anyway, that’s me just venting.  It was a great day, just wasn’t documented in the best way.  Live and learn.

Here’s a few from our day.

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Feel free to follow the circle, and check out the talented Francesca Russell and how she spent her 10th here

10 on 10 : March 2016 – Here is Where: Photographing the World Around you

It’s that time again.  The 10th came and went, and I had a great incentive to take more than 1 photo for my Project 366.  I’m currently taking a Street Photography workshop at Beyond the Wanderlust, called “Here is Where: Photographing the World Around you” with Lauren Mitchell.  Just wanted to try something different.  It’s been tough.  my default is to photograph my daughters’ pretty faces (which I didn’t fail to do this 10th) 🙂  But this week’s assignment was to look at lines, light, shapes, framing, layering and depth.  Not all 10 photos cover these compositional elements, but I tried 🙂

Taking a walk in Old Town Winchester.

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Attempting to play chess at the local coffee shop.  Ariya wins.DSCF8485 DSCF8501 DSCF8511 DSCF8512

Asha is finally awake!

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And is not a fan of the tummy time.

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Reading rainbow

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Emmy loves that new baby smell

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Thanks for reading!  Feel free to check out Cindy’s day here!

 

 

10 on 10 – August

I haven’t blogged in a while, so excuse me if I’m a little rusty.  The 10th has snuck up on me yet again.  I didn’t get to take any pictures of Ariya’s last Little Gym session with my nice camera (just had my cell phone on me), but I picked up my Fuji x100t for the rest of the day. So here’s my day.

Can’t start my day without some type of workout at the gym.

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My poor Charlie bear, suffering allergies.  I think this is his doped up look. DSCF5414

19 weeks baby bump

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This is what’s currently going on in our house.  Mentally getting ready to potty train my toddler.  She’s peeing in the potty, but we haven’t given up the diapers yet.  Hoping this book will give me a good plan of action.

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Dinner prep

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Awake from her nap and ready to go!

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And of course she wants to play with her bubble gun.DSCF5448

Pretty excited to get some nature photos

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Her new obsession (besides bubbles) is chalk.  Might need to get this girl a chalkboard!DSCF5479

Playing with puzzles, learning her letters (and stealing my cookbook) DSCF5483

And bath time!  Night night all!

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10 on 10 – June

It’s that time again, 10 on 10 for June. Check out what we did today.  All of these photos were taken with the Fuji x100t.  Trying to get used to it before our big trip to Italy.  But first….

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Oh poor pitiful Charlie.  Poor guy has allergies, and what I found out today, hives.  Go figure.  Don’t worry, we now have medicine for him, and hopefully it will all get better soon.DSCF4720

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And now it’s Ariya’s turn.  This girl was a ROCK STAR.  She got her teeth cleaned and a fluoride treatment.  16 teeth, but no 2 year molars yet.  She got to pick out 3 prizes and got a Frozen balloon.  She seems pretty happy here.

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After that, we went to the Discovery museum to meet up with friends.  She’s not too concerned with my camera, she’s all about playing with her friends.DSCF4740

As you can tell here.

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After lunch, we got home and attempted a nap.  This girl was too amped up to nap, so it was tv time.  I try to get in the image sometimes.  The fuji is great for selifies!DSCF4758

I’m obsessed with this girl’s eyelashes!  I’m trying out the macro option here.DSCF4765

I’m also obsessed with light.  I just wrapped up a workshop called Magic of Light, taught by Summer Murdock.  Her work is awesome, you should definitely check her out!DSCF4771

This girl is obsessed with light switches.  Off…on…off..on….. and on and on it goes.DSCF4803

Trying to wind down for bed.

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YES!  BED TIME!  but first, let’s read a book.DSCF4830

 

This was my day!  To follow our awesome blog circle, please check out Cindy at Charming Hearts here.

10 on 10 Blog Circle – May

So, this month’s edition fell on Mother’s Day.  Unfortunately, I only have 8 pictures instead of 10.  I tried, I really tried.  I wish I had more exciting photos, but I wasn’t feeling that great, which led to an awesome 3 hour nap when my daughter napped.  My husband surprised me with tickets to see Prince in Baltimore that night, so it took all I had to rally.  But come on, it’s Prince.  You don’t bail on Prince.  Too bad I couldn’t take pictures in the arena.  But here’s what I came up with for this month’s 10 on 10.  All of these are taken with the Fuji x100t.  A learning curve, but still fun to play with.

Ariya is currently OBSESSED with Frozen.  After she gave me the card (for long enough to take this picture), she snatched it right back and played with it for the rest of the morning.

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Cuddle time on the couch.

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Morning snack.

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Playtime at the park

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Love those rays

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Tried to take a family portrait after nap time.  It was not pretty.  But this will do.DSC_8766

Driving through Charles Town West VA, on our way to Baltimore.DSCF4504

Passing through Harper’s Ferry, WV.  Getting ready for PRINCE!

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To follow the circle, please check out Cindy at Charming Hearts Photography for her 10 on 10 blog here