Monthly Archives: March 2012
Welcome to week 13 of Project 52 with The Bloom Forum. When I first read the theme for this week–album cover–I honestly didn’t think I’d be able to come up with anything and considered not participating.
That changed on Wednesday when I went to visit a house I lived in during middle school and high school. Tuesday evening I drove down to Connecticut to visit a friend of mine from those years and stayed the night at her house. I hadn’t seen or spoken to her since I was 15, which was 26 years ago, and a “sleepover” after all these years sounded like a fabulous idea. We had a wonderful visit, and it was such fun to watch our kids play together. My family moved from Connecticut to Florida during the middle of my sophomore year of high school, and it’s the military that brought me back to New England for the year.
As a military brat, I grew up moving every three years. Connecticut was different because we initially moved there the summer before 7th grade. During my 7th grade year, my mom got pregnant with my sister, and my family moved to another town about 30 minutes away. At the time, I hated my parents for making me move just because we needed a bigger house. We lived in the second town for just two and a half years. So, for me, middle school and my first years of high school were marked with constant moves.
When you are 15, being an adult seems an eternity away. You spend your days longing for a time that seems as if it will never come. Then, one day you wake up and wonder how you got where you are and looking back is quite different. In an moment, something random can transport you instantly back to a different place and time. I have been to visit old houses before, but I wasn’t prepared for the emotions that seeing this second house in Connecticut would bring up for me. In all honesty, I think I would have been ok had it not been for the daffodils.
The house itself is different. Different siding. Different colors. Different screen door. It seemed much smaller than I remember. But the daffodils….. The daffodils were there 26 years ago. There is a picture of my sister, who was one at the time, sitting on the front steps to the house holding and smelling one of the daffodils. It has always been one of my favorite pictures of her. It was such a sweet moment. I can clearly picture her and her pinstriped outfit. Seeing those daffodils simply took my breath away. For some reason, they stirred up so many emotions in me, and I’m still not quite sure why. I think part of it comes from how much I love my sister. I was so excited when she was born. I loved her instantly and have always had a special connection with her. The unexpected presence of the flowers took me back to that sweet time when she had just joined our family.
As I took these photos, I thought of the song “The House That Built Me” and knew that these would somehow be perfect for this week’s challenge. I immediately thought of the words, “If I could walk around I swear I’ll leave, won’t take nothing but a memory, from the house that built me.” While I have lived in many houses that have “built me,” the daffodils reminded me of one of my favorite periods growing up. Ironically, the daffodil is also my birth month flower and symbolizes rebirth and new beginnings. As my family prepares to move yet again, I am thankful for all of the places I’ve lived and all of the people I’ve encountered along the way.
Make sure to head over to Melinda Meredith Photography and check out her amazing work HERE. Join us next week as we “Explain a Person–No Face.”
Welcome to week 12 of Project 52! It’s so hard to believe that we are nearing the end of our third month of the project! This year is going by far too quickly. After a mild winter, which was still cold for us having just come from Hawaii, it’s amazing how quickly spring has appeared. Literally, overnight these tiny little wild flowers showed up in our back yard, which excited me because I didn’t think I’d come up with much for pastel.
I decided that this week, after a conversation in our group, that I’d pull out my 85 1.2 and make myself use it. With active boys, it’s not always the most practical lens to have out for every day use because I find it can be a tad bit on the slow side to focus. I figured the flowers would be a safe bet to try practice with it. So, while the boys were playing Star Wars on the patio, I was playing with my camera in the back yard. I love the dreamy quality it creates. I even got one of the boys and the dog to slow down long enough to use it on them as well. Lesson learned: leave the lens on the camera and just use it!
And, last but not least, the sky tonight was simply amazing. Living in Hawaii spoiled me with sunsets. Literally, every day we got to see the most amazing sunsets over the mountains. Living here has been hard because I miss those sunsets and the warm light. Tonight was a bit of a treat because I haven’t seen the sky this pretty in quite some time. It was almost as if the sun were saying, “Get ready, here I come!” I pulled out my wide angle lens to try to get as much as possible. The pinks were stunning. One thing is those darn trees and houses sure do get in the way!
Now head on over and check out the fabulous Melinda Meredith Photography HERE and see her wonderful pastel! Make sure to come back next week when the theme is “album cover.” Any suggestions on that one are greatly appreciated! Have a GREAT week!
Ok–I admit it……..I’m a little late with this week’s Project 52! So late, that I’m not part of the circle this week. But, we had such a rare opportunity this weekend, that I just had to share and catch up on my posts and share something that would make most “green with envy”! Truly, we had the Luck of the Irish on our side on Sunday.
On Sunday, we went to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston. We drove in to MIT and then took the “T” in to the starting area of the parade. As we got off the “T” station and headed up on to the street, a guy came up to us and asked us how old our boys are. It threw me off at first, but then we realized the person asking was a firefighter. He explained that they needed a boy to ride on their old hose carriage during the parade. I knew that one of our guys would immediately say yes while the other would say no, so coming up with just one boy would be easy. After checking it out and finding out that we would be in a car right behind him, we agreed. Well, there was supposed to be a little girl in the carriage with him; however, she never showed back up. So, they asked if both boys wanted to take a ride. Reluctantly, the other little guy agreed. How crazy! Both boys wound up being IN the parade (and so did me and my husband by default).
The parade travels over a four mile stretch of South Boston and was televised on local tv. It is billed as the second largest parade in the United States.
So, I need to add to the boys bucket list–”Be in the second largest parade in the United States.”
Seriously, we could not have planned a moment like this if we had tried! There were a ton of true South Boston folks who were green with envy that two little guys got to be in the parade! Thank goodness they had on their Boston Red Socks hats and not some other team. For my Hawaii friends, see how many “shakas” you can find. It was so funny to watch the crowd respond to the boys’ little shakas.
Check back on Friday when our word is “pastel.” I’ll be back in the group this week–promise!
Welcome to the March edition of 10 on 10! This month I decided to highlight the second day of our trip the Lake Placid for the Bobsled World Championships.
It was a wonderful weekend full of snow and plenty of world class athletic competition ending with the US winning Gold!
1. I used a similar photo for my Project 52 last week. I processed this one a little differently with Topaz Adjust. This was taken through the hotel window, creating the dancing bokeh, which is actually from the dirt on the window. Having lived in Hawaii for two and a half years and getting to see the sun set behind the mountains every day, I found it very comforting to be able to watch the sun come up over the mountains.
2. My super cool dudes all geared up and looking cool for the competition.
3. Steve Holcomb and the winning crew pushing off the “Night Train” for their first run of the day. Pictures truly do not do these athletes justice. They are the size of linebackers, running while pushing a bobsled the size of a bathtub on ice, and then quickly jumping in said sled before it goes barreling down the ice. Having seen several accidents over the course of the two days, let there be no doubt, this is a dangerous sport.
4. A view of Whiteface Mountain from the top of the bobsled run.
5. This was the happiest this guy was the entire time, trying to ring a giant cowbell one of the team USA bobsledders brought out. Couldn’t get a clear shot of him because of everything going on around and the fact that he would not stop moving.
6. Team USA wins GOLD! Pretty amazed with this shot because I was a good distance away and was able to crop the photo in without losing too much of the quality.
7. The World Championship Trophy before it was presented to team USA.
8. USA! USA! USA!
9. The top of Whiteface Mountain. Simply beautiful.
10. The Ausable River at the entrance to Whiteface Mountain. Processed with Topaz Adjust.
Now head over to the talented Ginger Haddock | Casper, Wyoming to explore her 10 on 10! See you next month!
Welcome to week 10 of Project 52! So hard to believe we are in double digits. I swear, this year is flying by! The theme this week is memories. I toyed with the idea of going in to my archives and pulling up something from there, but instead, I went with more photos from our trip to Lake Placid. There are too many not to share! (and, if you’d like to see more, check back tomorrow when day two of our time there will be featured for my March 10 on 10!).
I often joke that our boys have been to more museums and seen more things in their five short years than most people do their entire lives. But, I think it’s so important to take advantage of the things you have around you to expose children to a variety of experiences. Come to think of it, I need to generate a list of everything they’ve done, so when they get older and have a bucket list I can tell them which things they can go ahead and cross off! Examples: hike Diamond Head, go up in a glider, meet the Blue Angels, meet an Olympian, touch an Olympic Gold Medal…. I also believe that photographs can help keep those memories alive for them. As a military brat myself, photos were always a way of staying connected with people and places. It’s crazy to think that my little guys will have lived in four states during their first five years of life. They will have been able to do some pretty amazing things because of this, but, at the same time, I look forward to being in one place with them for longer than two years.
So when they are older and ask to go to a world championship event, we can tell them that they got to go to the bobsled world championships in 2012 and saw USA win gold!
One of the highlights of the event was seeing the women’s bobsled that had been wrapped in honor of the firefighters who lost their lives on Sept. 11. The sled helped to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 this season. The sled also had the names of the HMH 363 Red Lions crew that flew a flag for the bobsled team on Sept. 11. One of the pilots is a dear friend and our boys godfather and the squadron commanding officer. Several of the men’s bobsled team are also members of the Army, so there is a strong connection there between the athletes and the military. In addition to honoring the fallen firefighters, the team also displayed a plaque to honor the Red Lions crew that perished on Jan. 19 in Afghanistan. The crash was a huge loss to our helicopter community, and it was very touching to see them honored in such a way.
Now head on over to the talented Melinda Meredith Photography and check out what she’s been working on for memories. Join us next week when we share “green with envy.”