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\Letters to My Children\ August


What a month this was for us… you had your mini summer break from school, which meant you were home with me for two whole weeks. I had to work some of the days, which we both thought was a bummer, but the other days were jam packed with fun. We made new friends, had naughty treats, and went on lots of adventures… long walks to the park, laughing at Mary Poppins, jumping into the pit at gymnastics open gym, new books from the library,  walking Rocco, exploring Fountain Rock, a playdate at Lilypons with Christopher, and that was just the first week! 2014-08-28_0001


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You even helped nurse me back to health when I came down with a bad stomach bug.


Our second week at home brought more new adventures. I worked for the first couple of days, but then I was off for the whole rest of the week! Our first adventure was to Glen Echo park for a puppet show (which you loved) and more playing in the park. Nana and I were so excited to take you there because her parents took HER there when she was a little girl, and my parents took ME there when I was was a little girl. It was so special to see it new again through your eyes.

(This is your “I was super excited to go on this ride but now I’m actually on it and will remain expressionless until it ends” face. Any type of ride, it never fails. Daddy and I love it.)


The next day it was back to our house for some pool time. We’re all going to miss the nice pools here once we move, so it was nice to get to go a few more times before summer ends.


For our last (week)day of summer break we went to Catoctin Zoo and you looooved it. You sang “We’re going to the zoo, zoo, zoo. How about you, you, you…” all the way there, and ran from habitat to habitat remarking on all the animals. You especially loved feeding the deer and llamas.




After the zoo we went to the Roads and Rails museum and you had so much fun pushing all the buttons to make the trains go.


Our two weeks flew by, and even though we were both pretty tired and ready to get back to our normal routines, it was still bittersweet to have it come to an end. We so rarely get time just the two of us anymore. I obviously love Jonah to pieces, as do you, and there’s nothing I enjoy more than hanging out as a family – but to have time where it could just be us, going on new adventures, laughing, snuggling, not having to ask you to wait while I finish nursing Jonah, not feeling like I’m being pulled in a million directions and unable to give you as much attention as I’d like. Well, it was pretty darn glorious for both of us.

But all good things must come to an end… Monday I got back to work, and you started Primary. Seeing how big you looked on that first day of school made me even more grateful for those two weeks together, when it felt like – ever so briefly – time slowed down a little.


I love you, my darling girl. Only 360-something days until next summer break.


I encourage you to head over to my lovely friend Lucy’s blog (Philadelphia Family Photographer, Lucy Baber Photography) to read her letter to her children.


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Park + Pool + Kidstock = best Saturday we’ve had in a long time…

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\8\ Big Blue

\9\ Like no one’s watching

\10\ Sunset over Kidstock

I’m joined in this project by a group of amazing photographers… head on over to Christine’s blog to see a day in her life, then continue around the circle until you end up back here!


/365/ Every Day in July

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/365/ Every Day in June

As I mentioned yesterday, I’ll be sharing my 365 project on a monthly basis here on the blog. (If you want to follow along during the month, be sure to like my Facebook page.) Here’s my catch up post for June…

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(Day 17 is from the kids’ bathtime, so we’ll be keeping that one private :) )

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Every Day in June: Part 2

Well, it’s almost August, so I figured I should probably finish Part 2 of this Every Day in June business. When I first wrote about this project, I mentioned that it was a HUGE epiphany for me and has impacted my shooting in ways I never expected but am extremely grateful for. At the end of the post I wrote: “So I had the ‘how’ and the ‘why’… now it was time to figure out the ‘what.’ What did I want my photos to look like, to feel like – both to myself and to other people?”

The answer lay in an unexpected place…

I’ve mentioned on here before how music is a huge part of my life. Give me a song with some guitars, banjo, a little mando, heartfelt and honest lyrics, preferably live, and I’m good. I want a song I connect to – that when I listen to it, I feel something. Music that trades polish and perfection for honesty and emotion. And that’s when the lightbulb went off… what I wanted my photos to look like is exactly how the music I love makes me feel.

Once I made that connection, everything started falling into place… my compositions, my use of light, my editing. For the first time in my 2 years of being a photographer, I knew I’d found my style. It was ME, through and through.

I continued to shoot my 5 photos every day, and found myself happier and happier with the photos I was taking…

6.15.14: safe / little charmer / “daddy, play me something on the ti-tar!” / passed out… again / watching George with George

6.25.14: bed head / stalling getting dressed / chunky legs / pantry peekaboo / trying to flatten them out

6.26.14: wheeee! / looking for groundhogs / Elmo / But I don’t want any of the expensive organic fruit you bought for me! / breaking point2014-06-26_0001

6.27.14: good morning! / these two… / from above / my boys / she sleeps2014-06-27_0001

6.28.14: soccer sit / reflection / a parent’s greatest struggle / hanging around / play2014-06-29_0007

6.30.14: mornings are tough / reward / Jonah sandwich / dueling humidifiers / this smile makes any work day disappear2014-06-30_0001

You’d think that I’d be super relieved to be done with this project… shooting for a set of 5 photos every day is definitely tough, but the funny thing was I missed it when it was over. Like, a lot. So I decided to keep going with a 365 project. Our everyday, every day for a whole year. I’d always felt so intimidated by doing a 365… always made excuses why I simply couldn’t do it. The primary reason being that I work full time and I feared that weekdays would be super challenging, especially during winter when it’s dark before and after school. But I’m throwing caution to the wind and telling myself I can make it work. (<– someone remind me I said that come January) Heck, I already had June done! What’s 11 more months? Ha ha.

I’ll be sharing some of my 365 photos here and there on my Facebook page, and at the beginning of every month I’ll be posting all the photos from the previous month here on the blog. I’d love to have you follow along!