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Today is my 41st birthday. It’s been a long strange year since the completion of my 365 day challenge. While I haven’t kept up with a daily creative practice I’ve found that when I do get an artistic urge it’s much easier to delve in. That’s not to say I don’t have scary days when…

Date with my camera

It’s been a long time since I’ve taken my camera out. A discounted ticket was offered to me for the Northwest Flower & Garden Show but I was waffling. Did I want to do this on my day off? What made up my mind? “There’ll be pretty flowers and it’s warm.” SOLD! As soon as…

Pomegranate Zen

I’m taking a women’s creativity series by Marcia Wiley and one of the weekly things I’m tasked with is taking myself on an artist date. Last week I reported back that mine had been de-seeding a pomegranate. I would never have thought this would be a relaxing thing. In fact in the past I’ve always…

Modeling

‘Actions speak louder than words.’ An old cliché I know but it’s a pretty awesome thing to witness its effects. Last night during dinner Quinn looked at me, his eyes bright. “Ooh Mom! I know what I want to do tonight. After dinner lets go into the CPR and I have an idea for an…

The sky

Seattle occasionally has days when the cold is perfect. A crisp yet friendly bite to the air, the scent of winter creeping ever closer, and unusual clarity from a clear, clear sky. Today was that kind of day. As I drove home and dusk began to settle the city in for the evening, a tiny…

Turkey Trot

We did our first 5K this morning. Quinn ran and waited, ran and waited. Isabella happened into one of her friends and they walked. Bailey and Roxy pulled and tried to keep track of all their humans in the sea of Turkey Trotters. And I, of course, took pictures. Happy Thanksgiving.

Loveliness

It was a bright, crisp afternoon and I knew the kids would want to go to the park so I brought my camera along to amuse myself. I wanted to capture the vitality of them – climbing, running, laughing – the way they are perpetually in motion. And Lucy (the cat) although not at the…

Fall Colors

I snuck out for awhile this afternoon and headed to Greenlake with my camera and tripod. I’d waited all weekend for the sun to come but it never did so I took my chances with the flat grey afternoon to see what I could capture.

Alone

Derek took the kids to see his mom in AZ for a couple of days and I’ve had the house to myself. Alone. It has been lovely beyond expression. This is not a comment on my kids or Derek but it speaks loudly of me. How much I need time doing things for and by…

Last day of summer

Ok technically it’s not the last day of summer, that’s tomorrow but Seattle had it’s last actual day of sun and summer weather today. Everywhere I went – “Are you enjoying the last nice day?” “Mmmmm, soaking up the sun before it goes away.” Weather reports all had the same message “get out there and…

Back to School

This morning the kids allowed me to take first day of school photos of them. I’m not exactly sure why this is a tradition in so many families but I like having the record – their height against the doorway and how it changes year-to-year. These are the first back to school photos in this…

End of Summer

Today was the last day of summer break for my kiddos. Quinn had a friend sleep over and Isabella played most of the morning with the girls from next door. And while they were happily occupied I processed 40lbs of fruit – I washed, dipped in boiling water, and peeled nectarines and peaches for most…

Plums

The neighbors have, if the previous owner’s research is correct, one of the oldest plum trees in this part of the city. The yellow ripeness of them shines around the tree like a nimbus of gold. They are white or Mirabelle plums. Last week, a group of us stood with a tarp and caught the…

Cloud City

Today my Mom took my sister and I plus all our kids to experience ‘Cloud City.’ The kids had a great time, as did I. The pictures can’t really capture it. Here’s what it is: A massive honeycomb-shaped interactive art installation is being built from the ground up 11 miles west of the Springs. The…

Backyard

Sometimes I don’t have to go any further than the backyard or the house to find inspiration. In fact I think it’s a perfect way to go. My beautiful kids and images from my Mom’s backyard.

Photos of CO

Now in CO and settling in. I’m hoping this means I’ll be able to resume my daily practice. These are a few photos from our first few days in Woodland. The kids getting a ride on Becky’s ‘jazzy’ chair. And then a fox we saw tonight. It’s super grainy because it was dusk and I…

Paper and Squirrel

This morning I was thumbing through a book and in the back found a website called createmixedmedia.com. I checked it out and I saw a post about ways to use up paper scraps – make page corner bookmarks. I pulled out some of my scraps (because of course I have many) and gave it a…

Beach Walk

Isabella’s class needed a driver/chaperone for a low-tide walk at Golden Gardens so I volunteered. A bunch of kids in rain boots, yelling up and down the beach sharing their finds, crabs, clams, starfish, moon snails, hermit crab shells. And the fact that I went was Isabella’s high for the day.

S’mores

I had the kids to myself tonight. After dinner we headed to the backyard and tried out the chiminea I was given for Mother’s Day. The s’mores were tasty, of course, but sweeter was the excitement the kids experienced. Quinn made his wish known, “Let’s do this every night!”

Quiet

The sun showed itself again in Seattle and one thing I love is seeing people out in droves enjoying it. After school I took the kids and their friends to the park for a bit before Kung Fu. While the girls sat in the grass making daisy chains, the boys chased each other with the…

Sun in Flowers

It’s been grey and rainy. Like a soggy, windy, irritating kind of rainy for days. And it doesn’t make for easy days mentally. But this afternoon the sun came out and shone through the flowers my cousin gave me for my birthday. And I must say…it was glorious.

I Can’t Not

Apparently I can’t not post. Yes, I’m aware that’s a double negative. I thought, today maybe I’d not do anything, take a night off but as the day went on I started to get itchy. It was strange. It’s been such a big part of my life that thinking about not doing it was uncomfortable.…

Blooms

If I may say so, I kicked ass today. I had a day off and after dropping the kids at school I swung back by the house to grab the dogs and took them to the dog park. Bailey ran, jumped, sniffed, and got into a few dog piles. Roxy barked. And barked. And ran…

Images

Being a parent is sometimes the most ridiculous thing. Late nights, disrupted sleep, early mornings, pack mule, magic maker, miracle worker, mender of hurts, creator of boundaries, giver and taker-away-er, chef, cleaner, concierge, boss, dictator, negotiator, moral compass, cruise director – these are only a few of the job requirements. Today I touched on several…