The Tooth – 30 Minutes in the Life April

This little one has had an impressive history of losing teeth–she lost her first over afternoon tea at a castle in Scotland.  This is a story in pictures of the first tooth she was brave enough to pull herself, and the new freedoms she found to enjoy without those two front teeth.

This post is part of a group photography project highlighting “30 Minutes in the Life” of talented photographers around the globe. Please follow the link to Sharleen Stuart Photography.

30 Minutes in the Life – January 2018

Despite being as clever as clever, you really can’t stay six for ever and ever.  Here’s to turning SEVEN!

January is one of those months that flies by and I am so thankful to record pieces of life — just 30 minutes — with so many women around the world. Here’s a little peak into our birthday morning.

 

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Fairy Glen – 30 Minutes in the Life

Scotland is a land of misty mountains and abounding rainbows, where the unicorn is the national animal and fairy legends abound. In a place where stories are almost as ancient as the land itself, Fairy Glen was the most magical of all. It was an incredible 30 Minutes.

      

This post is part of a group photography project highlighting “30 Minutes in the Life” of talented photographers around the globe. Please follow the link to Sharleen Stuart Photography.

 

Glencoe: A Stunningly Beautiful 30 Minutes

Travel photography, I have learned, should be in a category unto itself. I think it cannot fall in the ‘landscape’ genre, as one often does not have the time or luxury to wait for beautiful sunsets, tourist departure, or the passage of inclement weather. There are schedules! Kids to feed! And a whole new destination to get to before it is too late. That said, these were some of the most beautiful 30 minutes I had experienced to date–just wait for the next post!–and I eeked out every second of them with my camera.

My husband asked me this trip why I love Scotland so much. I hadn’t ever really thought why this particular place has such a strong hold on my heart, but he was absolutely right that it does. Here, the land almost speaks. You just need to be quiet enough to listen. The topography is breathtakingly gorgeous–mountainous, rocky, and yet lush. It is covered with flowers and ferns and every color of beauty you could imagine. History is rich here, and deep. And with a few exceptions, the members of my family who have shaped me and encouraged me and taught me the most, originated (or still live!) here. I couldn’t be more thankful.

As we drove through Glencoe on our way to Skye from Glasgow, I told the girls the story of the Glencoe Massacre. We were out of data range on our mobile phones, which I am sure would have helped to polish up the details, but I recalled as much as I could. What stuck, was the extreme tragedy of the event. The girls were stunned, but there was a chorus from the backseat as I read this poem, “again, mom! Again!”

This post is part of a group photography project highlighting “30 Minutes in the Life” of talented photographers around the globe. Please follow the link to Sharleen Stuart Photography.

  

 

The Tiger Birthday Party

This installment of ’30 Minutes in the Life’ began as any other ordinary day would- except this one included a tiger birthday party. And a tiger birthday party is not to be missed.

It is no ordinary party either, as this was thrown by my six-year-old for her two dearest orange companions. In my life as a mother, there are few things more exciting to receive than notes and pictures from my littles. The day before this one, I had received a hand-written invitation to “envit” me to celebrate Tigy (short for Tigy Whiskers) and Clem (short for Clemson)’s joint birthday party. At 1:30AM. Guests suggested that 1:30PM would be preferable, and the event was blessedly moved. My littlest planned and set up the entire party, and her older sister and I threw in a few surprises, including an orange tiger balloon and some wrapped tiger presents. Because, how often do you get to attend an event such as this?

  

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Dreaming of a White December

I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to blog alongside some very talented ladies. Our theme this month is WHITE but here, we have not even had a hint of a white Christmas! I look forward to following this circle along and living vicariously.

Our holidays always open with the Nutcracker. This year, we had an Elf in the family.

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The weather has felt a lot more British, so we stepped out London-style.

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One of our favorite Advent traditions is counting down the days to Christmas with chocolate advent calendars. We keep them on a ledge during the day which leads to some hilarious efforts to get them down at night. My oldest says “the best part? We [have two calendars so we] don’t even have to share!”

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This post is part of a collaborative blog circle, so please follow the link on to my very talented friend Kellie of Kellie Brindley Photography!

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Christmas Lights

The fabulous group Share Six, headed by Sharleen Stuart, kindly asked me to blog with them again for a final year-end collaborative project. I was so thrilled to be their Featured Artist for the month of September (see interview here) that I happily joined in again. And the subject? One of my favorites- bokeh! I love the magical look of out of focus light, and what better time to enjoy that than the holidays! In this area, we are still on the cusp of bokeh season, as people are just putting out their holiday lights. I did document the beginnings of our festivities with all of that beautiful light- here are six!

Watching the ice skaters downtown

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window shopping

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the window display of our favorite local bakery

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viewing the holiday lights

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to all a good night

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Wishing you and yours PEACE, JOY and LOVE this holiday season!

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This is a circle blog. Please take time to visit my fellow blogger Kim Sidwell Photography and see what she has for you this month! Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared- I cannot wait to see it myself!

Pink

Life with two little girls is full of pink. There’s just no getting around it. And I wouldn’t want it any other way.

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“Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink.” Lilly Pulitzer

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This post is part of a collaborative blog circle, so please follow the link on to my very talented friend Kellie of Kellie Brindley Photography!

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30 Minutes in the Life

Today I have the extreme privilege to join the talented photographers over at Journey to Artist as part of their blog circle! I am thrilled beyond words. I just happen to be their Featured Artist this month and I couldn’t be more thankful. You may view my feature post here.

I have always heard about people photographing an entire day in their life. And while that seems like such a fabulous thing to do, and a wonderful way to record memories, shooting a full day has just been plain daunting! Not to mention the thought of editing all those images! I absolutely love the idea this group has– 30 Minutes in the Life. Real, honest, and just 30 minutes worth. For me, I decided to finally take the girls out to play tennis on the last night of summer here in the USA. I’m so glad we did- we played until the sun went down and it was such a wonderful time.

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September Gold

September is always a distinctly pivotal, bittersweet month. There are so many sweet new beginnings. New grades, new classes, new school work, new teachers, new friends. With the arrival of all of these new and wonderful activities, there is the pang of something lost: summer. September marks the end of our truly free days. The end of the days where we can read late into the night, wake up late in the mornings, spend endless time with friends, wear our bathing suits all day, and eat popsicles for breakfast. There is also that reminder of days going by, time marching ever forward. How much longer do we have? Will even next summer be as sweet as this one? I cannot but hope- and hold on to these memories.

As a tribute to September, I have collected here some favorite turn-of-the-season images, images that make me so thankful to be a mom and the ones that make it hard to welcome September. But here’s to new beginnings.

 

Warm summer sun, too quickly to be replaced,

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savoring our precious golden peaches,

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I saw my girls afresh.

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In that pale gold rented beach house, never knowing which way to go,

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we made so many discoveries, some ourselves.

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We enjoyed the golden glow of summer vacation

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and made the last mad dash for souvenirs,

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before we rush back to school.

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Here’s to hope for new beginnings…

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This post is part of a collaborative blog circle, so please follow the link on to my very talented friend Kellie of Kellie Brindley Photography!

The Artists Inspired Blog Circle is made up of an exceptionally talented group of photographers from all walks of life, from all over the world. They are wives, mothers, friends, daughters and visual storytellers who draw from their own experiences to create art that is inspiring, unique, beautiful and thought-provoking.

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