Saturday in Chicago – And a “Mini” Twin First

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Sometimes I struggle with whether to grab my camera or to just enjoy the mental pictures and try to commit those to memory instead.  But lately the evenings have been so lovely and I just ache to follow the gorgeous light.  It just seems to saturate everything these days, and I couldn't by more grateful.  When I don't have my camera, I find myself suppressing the overwhelming urge to reach for the empty space where it usually hangs around my neck.  I'm not sure if my kids don't even see it … [Read more...]

Project 365 – Farewell August

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Summer may be winding down according to the calendar, but we've still had lots of warm days here in the Midwest.  Thank goodness, because my two are loving every minute of life outdoors. Not sure what we'll all do once winter comes, but I think he has a few ideas. Finally, I usually focus on the little fellas for my Project 365 pics, but I have to share at least one of my other favorite fella.  It'll be 10 years this week.  Handsome, … [Read more...]

Where We Can More Clearly See – Summer Blessings

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I think we might all agree that this summer has been particularly lovely.  Though we've had relatively cool temperatures, the days have still been warm enough for us to enjoy the finer things of the season. Such as… A delicious meal on the patio. (And yes, we definitely consider the occasional hot dog off the grill a delicious meal.) The finest offerings from our gardens. Or a dip in the pool, a day on the boat…or even a cool down at the local “water park.” (Fancy … [Read more...]

Summer Blues

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Beginning to feel blue that summer is winding down?  No need. There is still plenty of sun and warmth ahead. While so many of us love fall photo shoots, myself included, late summer sessions are also lovely.  I have been loving the way the color blue just pops against all the green this time of year.  If you are thinking about updating your family photos this year, it might not be a bad idea to take advantage of the warmth and the kids' back-to-school haircuts and those lingering … [Read more...]

Sweet Child of Mine…and Yours – 2014 Late Summer and Fall Sessions

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It's no secret that I love taking pictures of my own children - a lot of pictures of my own children.  So much so that this is typically what I get nowadays when I ask them to take a nice (aka...not a candid) picture. Adorable, yes.  (At least to their Mama.)  But you can totally see the "We're so over this Mom" in their sweet little eyes. And I've wanted to say to them, "I know. I know.  But if I start randomly following other children around and start stalking them taking their … [Read more...]

Blogging Detour…or Destination

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I've been blogging and writing and otherwise dancing the fine line between the two for almost six years now. Six years. That's longer than I've held any one title (besides daughter, sister or wife) in my life.  I taught school for 5 years, and I've only been "mommy" for 3 (four if you could the belly year). To put that in writing surprises me, actually, as I feel a bit of a wandering spirit when it comes to trying on what I want to be when I grow up.  I'll spare you all the stops along … [Read more...]

365 Photo Project

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I've recently challenged myself to do a 365 photo project where I try to take (and edit) at least one photo of my kids a day.  Now, let's be real here for a moment.  Some days I take about 100 pictures.  Other days my average is closer to zero (that gets tricky mathematically, I know).  And I'm not good at these every day challenge things.  I think I managed about 10 of 30 for the Advent Photo Challenge this year.  So this will likely be closer to a 300 Photo Project.  Or even 200 would be … [Read more...]

Two Years through My Lens

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A lot can change in two years. From the budding of communication with its grunts and points and attempts and words, to the full blossoming of conversation. From the unsteady toddling of little feet, to the sure-footed exploring of little boys. From "Mama" to "Mommy" to "Mom." From "Up?  Up?" to "I did it, Mom, look!" But, thankfully, in two years, some things stay the same. July 2012   And...July 2014. The July 2012 image of … [Read more...]

Fathers and Sons

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Just a few quick images of the "Three Generation Father's Day Photo Shoot" the boys let me indulge in this weekend.  I think this little outing was, perhaps, more of a gift for me, but they were troopers and went along with it. Here are a few of my favorites of a few of my favorites. Still can't believe the double smiles from the boys in that first photo.  But then again, when you're on the farm with Papaw and Daddy, what's not to smile about, really.  Also, in that first photo, they … [Read more...]

Refilling

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Summer...at long, long last...is here.  A meteorologist friend of mine says that this Chicago summer with its cool temperatures and refreshing breezes may in fact be just a break between winters.  This warmth is toying with us, really.  A mere flirtation with no real intentions of any sort of commitment. Most likely, and unfortunately, my friend is probably right. And I've been away from this place a bit.  Away from this screen.  Away from the twitter and the Facebook and the constant … [Read more...]