100 - I made it to 100 day. I am one hundred pictures into my 365 project. It feels like a big accomplishment. An accomplishment far worthier than a quick snapshot of a hundred pennies, but because I was racing around getting ready to go on vacation, one hundred pennies will have to do.
Roadside Rocks - I love road trip photography. I love that I can freeze time and capture what I would have otherwise miss as the car races along at highway speeds. Call me Rain Man. I took the two images in the diptych not thinking of the other. When I went to edit the images, I loved the similarities and differences between the smooth concrete of the overpass and the jagged granite rock of the Canadian shield. Both awesome in their own way. Putting them together seemed like the best way to showcase both.
July 3. 2011.
Teen Bonding - I've really noticed how much Josh has grown up lately. I think Kenzie has noticed too. She is spending more time, more interest and interacting with his as a peer, not just her younger brother. Love that.
Us, morning walk - Why is it that by the time your children have learned to love sleeping in, your own internal clock won't allow it? John and I took advantage of our alone time and went for a morning walk around the campgrounds. I can't think of a better way to start my day. (taken with my iPhone - instagram app.)
Vintage Camp Store - Another picture with my iPhone. Did i mention how much I love my new
July 6, 2011.
The Bridge - We left the campground and went to Bracebridge to see the new Transformers movie. It was a good day to get away. Apparently just as we were sitting down to the movie, the sky opened up. It poured rain for about an hour. I took this picture as we came back into Arrowhead. After the storm, the river was so calm that it looked like a mirror.
July 7, 2011.
Family Portrait - Every year I make the family huddle together for a vacation portrait. This year I forgot my tripod. My camera was balanced on the firewood box, the pots and pans tote with a few pieces of kindling. I decided it was too much work to clear a spot for us in front of the trailer, so we used Kenzie's tent as a backdrop. The vacation portraits speak more about us and our family than the over thought, over planned fall portraits I torture my family with.
Jump! - The boys and I went for an after dinner swim. The beach was ours alone and we had so much fun. I got a picture of Charlie showing off his favorite beach trick. John holds the boogie board for him and he jumps into the water. Reminds me of my favorite swim trick - bobbing on an old innertube with my cousin at Leonard Lake.
Packing Up - The week ALWAYS goes by too fast. Camping gives us a chance to shut the world out. To connect and refuel. That is a lot to ask of our one week together, but it happens effortlessly. I know that after the kids have grown up and have families of their own, these vacations will be my sweetest memories.
Chillin' with a Friend - I took this picture of the beach ball while visiting my friend Jenn. We used to go for daily walks around the neighborhood when we were both stay at home mommies. Our visits now are less often, the walks have been abandoned and the tea has been replaced with beer and coolers. I assumed that when she got a full time job, I would meet other moms. New mommy friends to walk with and talk to. I have. But there is something special with my friendship with Jenn. She has been there for me. She listens with out judgement, giving advice that is neither too wimpy or pushy. We laugh until we cry when we tell each other stories about our family's antics. Being just plain silly. I realize that life only offers you a handful of friends like this and I am grateful for her.
July 11, 2011.
7/11 Day - Whoo hoo, free slushie day! Another with my iphone, Instagram app.
July 12, 2011.
Roses Through My Window - I moved my rose bush from the backyard to the front of my house a few years ago after too many balls were popped by the thorns. The front garden is a much safer place for the roses. Not only is it safer, but I enjoy my roses more now. When the sun sets, and hits the rose bush, it looks beautiful. I took this picture through my sheer curtains. The roses were behind dirty glass and the window screen. I love the effect it gave to the picture.
July 13, 2011.
One of those Days - This is one of those, "I was too busy to take a picture so here's a random picture of whatever grabs my eye" days. Seriously I have been busy. I have sanded and stained my back deck this week. A huge job. That alone would be a big deal, but it's also on call week. Which means that I'm pretty much a single parent this week. I feel like I'm on auto pilot, just going through the motions to get through the day. So the fact I remembered to take a photo is a miracle when stringing together coherent words to form a sentence has been a challenge.
July 14, 2011.
Good Morning Selfie - Good morning self. Are you in there? I see the little smirk on your face, and the lost look in your eye, are you okay? Something eating at you? Or perhaps you have a secret that can't be told yet. Whatever it is, I hope your day turns out well for you, take care, and remember to have some fun today.