Churning stomach

 
 
 
 
 
Over the last four weeks I've worked on a presentation for a Photography Workshop I'm teaching this Saturday. All the curriculum, diagrams, words, concepts I've made from scratch. It has been more than a year in the making. Now we are down to the wire. I've sat on the $20 Staples Clearance chair I bought for my freshman dorm room, now residing my office (aka the Sensory Deprivation Room), and plan[...]
 
 
 
 
 
29 years ago today Matt was born. 29 years. That means only ONE left until he hits that big, daunting mile marker of 30. Somewhere inside of me still thinks 30 is old. So here is a glimpse back into the 10 years I have known Matt. One more year and we will have been together in our teens, twenties and thirties. I still haven't figured out exactly how I feel about turning 30 in two years, thou[...]
 
 
 
 
 
Oh, Pia. Pia is currently plagued by an insufferable (and incurable) case of the Youngest Child Syndrome. YCS is the injustice of being born last, an affliction which affects much of the population. Symptoms exhibited may include (but not limited to) the following behaviors by the child: Being obnoxious, an obsessive need to be the center of attention, being demanding, excessive use of tantrums wh[...]
 
 
 
 
 
When I was 15 my High School Biology teacher talked me into becoming a Ski Instructor. I’ve skied since I was 3. I’ve been a member of this organization for 12 years. In comparison, there is nothing else in my life I have been doing as long. This past weekend, I finally earned my Level 3 Certification. For those not in the know, this is the highest level of certification, statistically less th[...]

Tallis turns 3!

 
 
 
 
 
I really can't believe our little April Fool's Baby turned 3 yesterday. Three years. That's kind of bending my mind trying to wrap it around the concept of how that time has passed. I don't get it. Tallis had a handful of requests for her Birthday yesterday, all of which we were glad to fulfill. First, Matt took her out on a Daddy Date to our local coffee shop, Tougo, where she had a pink dough[...]
 
 
 
 
 
One famous photographer says, "The best camera is the one you have with you." Sometimes that is so, so true. The thousands of dollars invested in camera gear surely make for some great images we have captured into memories of every aspect for our girls to have of their time growing up. In 4  years, I have nearly 10,000 images camped out in our Flickr Photostream. In the past year, I have shot over[...]

Christmas

 
 
 
 
 
Sitting at my keyboard, secluded away in the office (a.k.a. Sensory Deprivation room), in the dimly lit room I lift the steaming cup of tea, the heat radiating into my hands through the ceramic. From the living room I hear Araiya's sing-songy voice accompanied by Tallis' sniffly cough and the occasional "do-dooo" of Pia as the girls sit, gathered around their new art table deeply at work over thei[...]
 
 
 
 
 
Returning from the dessert in California, where it was over 90 degrees every day we were there, to a grey and saturated Seattle, the very first thing we noticed was in our absence our city had turned the corner into Fall. I love our street lined with cascading bursts of orange, reds and yellows. Our apple tree is burdened down, heavy with large red fruit. It has been cool, wet and refreshing equal[...]

Indian Summer

 
 
 
 
 
As I type this, it's pouring rain outside. A far cry from most of the past week, which has been much more of an Indian Summer. Sure, there's been those little bouts of grey, as rain (such a foreign concept now) came trickling down our windows and the kids begged me to take them to the park. The lure of sun and warmth is still there, in an almost expected way. Why would it ever be any different[...]
 
 
 
 
 
I'm sure most people are borderline sick of hearing anything regarding Health Care. Actually I have been very purposefully silent on this site about this very big and serious struggle we've been carrying for the past year. I haven't even bothered to keep up nearly one bit with any of the Government run health care initiatives taking place in the current political environment. Honestly, I have expe[...]