My oldest turned 18 this past May. We are so proud of her. It’s hard to believe that she is growing up. I often wondered would she would be like as an adult and I am glad to say that thus far, I am not disappointed one bit. I must admit, being 18 is a very difficult age… Its the in between, the limbo of impending adulthood. Be responsible, think about the future, look to the future. During your summer interview, say this but don’t say that. Do this but don’t do that. Wear this but not that. What’s your major? What are you going to do in your life? What do you want to be? I’m sure there is a lot of pressure. I was once 18 too. Hang in there Baby, it will all come to you. In the meantime, enjoy life and always look forward, learn from the past and be you!
It’s Friday and we are in week seven of our 52 Project. Please click the link at the bottom of each post to view 17 amazing interpretations! Don’t stop until you are directed back to me. I absolutely loved last week’s interpretations, cant wait to see what everyone comes up with this week!
This week’s theme is New/Beginnings
This came at a perfect time, Z has started walking and this past week she made a full circle around the house. No falls, just pure joy! She went from the office, to the kitchen/dining, to the living room, down the hallway and back to the office. It was magical! I was screaming the whole time! Oh, how I thought this day would never come! I envisioned myself carrying around this 25 lb baby… forever. I especially love this image because of the excitement on her face, her movements, her jeggings, everything! It makes me smile!
Please head over to Hannah Mayo – West Palm Beach Florida Family Lifestyle Photographer’s blog and view her interpretation of this week’s theme. See you next week at 9am, EST.
Well the unfathomable happened this past week. I was out running errands and received a call from my son’s school nurse. He was there complaining of a terrible headache. He was playing football during recess and dove head first into the ground! He had this headache since the incident and told no one. He was in his last period and decided to tell a teacher. I took him to the ER and just as we thought. It was a mild concussion. The reason I said it was unfathomable is because he is not that interested in sports. At least I thought he wasn’t. Poor J, living in a house full of girls. I thought he was throwing a ball around here and there but had no idea it was a daily occurrence.
This is a reminder for me to check in with your kids every once in a while. Don’t get me wrong, I am a very involved parent. I ask how their day was, anything special happen, what was the best part of the day, homework…usual conversations when they come home. I never thought to ask about his recess activities and if he was playing sports using safety precautions.
Well the Dr prescribed rest, no concentrating. So no homework, no reading for fun, no VIDEO GAMES. J…”your brain needs rest, lots of it.” J seemed to enjoy not having to do the dishes or homework. We are thankful that he was not seriously injured. Lessons learned for both of us.
This was his very first football, given to him as a Christmas gift from his favorite Aggie cousin. 🙂
It’s Friday and we are in week six of our 52 Project. Please click the link at the bottom of each post to view 17 amazing interpretations! Don’t stop until you are directed back to me. These awesome women never cease to amaze me! This week’s theme is LOVE.
When I think of love the first thought that comes to mind is the ubiquitous ROSE. I was drawn to it plus I had it sitting on my dining room table. Convenient, right? However, as I began to think about this ROSE, I came to realize that it was symbolic of so much more. The ubiquity that I had given this rose was replaced by wonderful memories associated with this beautiful sweet smelling flower. When the CDR and I were first married, I planted red roses in our first’s home backyard garden. They had some trouble growing but as soon as our lawn man trimmed them. They bloomed beautifully! I made sure to plant them again in our next “new” home. With as often as we move, it was important to have a constant or familiarity besides ourselves and our belongings. For me planting my favorite flowers whether they were roses or not symbolized the start of new family memories, our new life in a new state, our new home. Moving often takes great courage, patience as well as a sense of adventure. We always make the best of it.
Option 2, a heart from J2 which hangs from the ceiling in my office.
Please head on over to Hannah Mayo – West Palm Beach Florida Family Lifestyle Photographer and view her interpretation of this week’s theme. See you next week at 9am, EST.
We are at week four of our 52 week project. 18 amazing photographer, 18 interpretations. To read more about it, go here. This week’s theme is “SIGNS”.
This theme could not have come at a better time. Last week, our 8 yr old’s bicycle was stolen from her elementary school. We bought it a few days before Christmas. Dec 20 to be exact. This was her first big girl bike with the brake levers on the handle bars. So exciting! So she decides to take it school. We don’t have a bike lock, never thought we needed one. We live in a very safe community, so who would take the bike? And so after choir practice she walked home. It didn’t occur to us that she left her bike until after we were heading out to walk our dog, the next day. We walked to the school only to find her helmet, no bike. K was upset, I was fuming. Hubby and I decided that it would be a good idea to post flyers or “signs”. So we typed some up and posted them over the weekend. We even have one up at the Starbuck’s and at the school’s bike rack. It has been a week and nothing. It’s gone. Whenever I head out to run an errand I cant keep myself from taking an extra look here or there. I have been taking different routes home in hopes of finding it too. K is soooo sweet and offered to use her birthday money to buy a new one. I don’t think I’ll let her do that. Even when we do buy her a new one, I don’t know when I’ll eventually stop looking.
Z had her 12 mo check up this past week. She is doing great! She has been having some sleep issues though. We think it may be the separation anxiety kicking in. I’ve been having to go to her room and place her back to sleep. So that makes for a very sleep deprived Mommy and very grumpy baby. I hope it passes soon and look forward to sleeping through the night again. What’s a Mommy to do?
…well just a little little bit.
My oldest daughter is a Senior this year. I have often thought of this time in my life but never imagined that it would sneak up on me like this. We all want our children to be successful. We want them to be healthy, smart and compassionate. We want so much for them. What I worry most is that I haven’t prepared her enough for the real world. I’m sure most parents feel this way, right? Why is letting go so hard? Is it because she is my first born? I know I have nothing to worry about. She is a super smart girl, math whiz and so outgoing. Right Baby? I know she will be successful in anything she does and whatever career she’ll pursue. She is an amazing person with a strong will and heart. Her determination will get her very far.
I know you will do very well baby, I believe in you. When tears do fall on that special day, they will be from pure joy and pride for you! You are so awesome S. The best daughter a Mom & Dad could ever have or hope for. Unbeknown to you, thanks for being our guinea pig too, haha. I’m sure your siblings will thank you later.
We will always be here for you no matter what. Life will be challenging but we know you’ll perverse. So we’ll let you spread your wings a bit…. well just a little little bit.
Here is a quote for you S, I love you! Edited of course 🙂
“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a b****. You’ve got to go out and kick a**.” – Maya Angelou
I am proudly taking part in a 52 week challenge with 16 other amazing photographers. Basically, every week (for 52 weeks) we are given a theme or prompt. We interpret it then bring it to life through photographs. I am very excited to be taking part in this project as I’m sure to be inspired by everyone’s interpretation each week. Also, this will allow me to share what makes me who I am, as well as grow as a photographer. Oh, and have fun to! I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s work! Follow the journey. Our blogs are all linked so check back every Friday @ 9 am, EST and view 16 amazing interpretations of the same theme!
This weeks theme |Self Portrait|
“All dolled up and no where to go”
Yes, that would be me. Being a Mom to five doesn’t leave me a lot of time to go out on a date with the CDR, much less dress up. The dress I’m wearing (with jeans) was my New Year’s Eve outfit. I was so exhausted from all the holiday hoopla that come Dec 31 (Z’s b-day too), I only had energy to plan a small birthday party. So my sequin dress was left unworn and has been hanging in the closet since. We did manage to ring in the new year (zip up hoodies and all) with our favorite appetizers and some champagne and cider. That’s a tradition I’ll never be too exhausted or under dressed to change. Next year we’ll do some things differently but nonetheless, I’ll make an effort to be all dolled up even if it’s in my own home. Happy New Year! 🙂
Now go check out the amazingly talented Hannah Mayo -West Palm Beach Portrait Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer and her self portrait. See you next week!
Here are some outtakes as I’ve learned not to take myself or life too seriously. I was directed by my 3.5 yr old, made for a fun session.
Z receieved her FIRST birthday card in the mail today. It was “hello kitty” and extremely cute. Thank you Tio’s R&D, we love you and appreciate you remembering all of our special days.
This was taken on the Eve of Z’s FIRST birthday. She is a New Year’s Eve baby and we wanted to make it extra special. It turned out wonderfully as we were able to celebrate her birth as well as the coming of the new year. No fancy photos were taken but we have lots of fun shots from my P&S. Can you image her smash cake? What a mess but I would not have it any other way. Looking forward to documenting another year of my cutie. Momma loves you.
Random fact: Z was one years old for only two hours in 2010. 🙂