Month: August, 2010
A few months ago, I received a new pottery barn catalog in the mail. This is always quite dangerous for me. Let me rephrase that. It’s always very dangerous for my sweet husband. As I look through the catalog, I am always disheartened at the cost of the pretty things. And then I remember that my husband is a master carpenter.
I usually cut the pretty pictures out and ask if he can make this or that. This time I really wanted a rustic table for the back patio. One that we could enjoy nice dinners on as a family. His version of the $1299.00 table is more beautiful and made with much more love, I’m certain. And the best part is this: it was a fraction of the cost.
She started eighth grade yesterday. Eighth grade. Good grief.
There are so many things that I’ll just keep in my heart about her; things I’ll never share. Except today, I’ll tell you something important. Earlier this summer she went away for one week. She had a wonderful time. And her Papa and I were so happy for her to have such a rich experience with great friends. However, there was this loneliness that I felt when she was gone. Not a quieter house nor another set of hands to help with chores. It felt like an ache in my soul. Not a missing ache. A wavering; and unbalanced feeling. The space I move in is settled when she is around. The truth: I love being around her. I’ve decided that it’s that simple.
By the time I looked out the window this evening, we had 15 minutes to get to the location and another 12 (probably) to shoot. Hurry! Hurry! We literally took these shots in the span of about 8 minutes. I seriously underestimated the speed at which the sun is setting these last few summer days.
This morning I planned to shoot this gorgeous (capital G) family in a pretty field of wild flowers. However, when Dave and I arrived at the field this morning it was swarming with every kind of bug you could possibly imagine. It would have been a nightmare for this poor family.
We moved locations – and to be completely honest with you that makes me nervous. I typically begin envisioning shoots a least a week ahead of time and I had this one all figured out. Moving locations (to a location I had never shot at before) made me feel jittery. However, once I met the family and we began our session, I knew we’d be ok.
I really, really enjoy taking photographs of children. Golly, I really do. Thank you, kids! You were a blessing to me this morning.
Best moment of this year’s lakehouse vacation: the hot, hot, hottie turning to me and saying “I hope that when we get older we treat our children and grandchildren half as good as your mom and dad treat all of us.”
I have been blessed with a beautiful family. And I thank God for them everyday.
I love you all.
Being tossed in the air by the amazing and spirited Uncle Jimmy:
Amazing Baby J:
Some of the week’s skier’s
Good lookin’ kiddos:
A few wipeouts:
Two peas in a pod:
A huge Northern with really big teeth caught right by the dock – AMAZING!!
Bucket head games:
Long post, huh? I took over 1700 photographs!
GrandMary in the boat the family built last summer:
GrandMary and Beepa in their Sonny and Cher Costumes. How awesome is that?