Wednesday, May 29, 2013

More Shadow Shots

My "Mastering Natural Light Indoor" photography class is winding down but I'm still clicking away- annoying Eva at every chance I get!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Mommy Daughter Photos

I love photography, really I do, but part of me is sad that I can no longer just hand a point-and-shoot camera over to someone else to take a photo of me.  So, for Mother's Day, I met up with a local photographer I know from my mommy camera forum and she took some photos of me and Eva!  We had lots of fun, she was super efficient and she had Eva hamming it up for the camera in no time.

I also had her do some headshots of me for whenever I get around to having a website :-) 

Happy Monday- enjoy!

Sunday, May 19, 2013


I know I haven't been good about blogging lately but we really are having a wonderful beginning to the summer in here in Minnesota.  My highlight from the past few weeks was definitely wonderful Mother's day. I spent the day with Eva and my mom; we started off with mother daughter brunch at Jax CafĂ© (where Jason and I got married) and then headed to the nail salon.  Then we took an afternoon nap that ended up being 3 hours - it.was.glorious!  Then in the evening my mom and I headed to Downtown for some sushi and saw C. S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters at the Pantages.  The play was amazing; laugh out loud funny at many parts, incredibly thought provoking and had me sobbing by the end. To top it all off Jason cleaned the entire house as my Mother's Day gift, it was wonderful!

We're heading up to the camper for the holiday weekend this coming Friday so I promise to take a ton of photos and post them all!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Practical Life

One of the pillars of Montessori education is what's called "practical life" work. Practical life exercises are just that, they are exercises so the child can learn how to do living activities in a purposeful way.  Eva and her good friend Emily were working on some practical life skills and the teacher snapped a few candid shots. 

Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tuesday Happys

Quick list of things that make me happy on this random, first Tuesday in May.

1. Raspberry Lemonade: I am currently obsessed with this stuff and should probably cut myself off before I buy out the freezer section at Cub. Damn canned sugary perfection!

2. Watching Eva swim: Look at that face; such enjoyment, such confidence! How could I not love watching such joy?  We are still going strong at Tuesday+Thursday swim lessons so the progress keeps on rolling.

3. Jack: This behemoth stud of a baby came out of that tiny little woman to the left, my BFF Maria, almost 6 months ago now and has been tearing shit up and makes ladies swoon ever since.  He's pretty much the coolest baby ever (after Eva, obvi) and seeing him or getting a random text pic of him through out the day literally makes me stop and smile a huge smile, which doesn't happen often while working in government finance (I know, I know you're all super shocked, right?)   

Happy Tuesday everybody. I hope you all have something in your life today that makes you SMILE!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Shooting in the Dark

I'm taking a photography class right now, Mastering Natural Light Indoors, and it's been so much fun playing with light (or a lack of light) and really pushing my understanding in photography in general.

Here are a few I took over the weekend:

Friday, May 3, 2013

Life After Birth

In a mother's womb were two babies. One asked the other:
"Do you believe in life after delivery?"
The other replies, "why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.
"Nonsense," says the first baby. "There is no life after delivery. What would that life be?"
"I don't know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths."
The other says, "This is absurd! Walking is impossible. And eat with our mouths? Ridiculous. The umbilical cord supplies nutrition. Life after delivery is to be excluded. The umbilical cord is too short."
"I think there is something and maybe it's different than it is here."
The other replies, "No one has ever come back from there. Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery it is nothing but darkness and anxiety and it takes us nowhere."
"Well, I don't know," says the other, "but certainly we will see mother and she will take care of us."
"Mother??" You believe in mother? Where is she now?"
"She is all around us. It is in her that we live. Without her there would not be this world."
"I don't see her, so it's only logical that she doesn't exist."
To which the other replied, "sometimes when you're in silence you can hear her, you can perceive her."

I believe there is a reality after delivery and we are here to prepare ourselves for that reality.