This series makes me smile….
My husband and I grew up near plenty of beaches so playing in the ocean and sand played a huge part in our childhood.Â However, now that we live in North Texas, going to the beach is extra special for my boys.Â Sometimes they almost don’t know what to do – but they learn quickly.Â 🙂
Did this shoot a while ago, but it was supposed to be a Father’s Day present, so I could not post until after El Senior saw the images.Â I couldn’t have asked for better weather, light and subjects!!!Â Such gorgeous ladies!
I love my family.
I love my friends.
I love my kid’s friends and their families.
I love my kid’s school.
I love my neighborhood.
I love that my kids are learning to recycle and to help clean the environment.
I grew up in NYC in the 70’s and 80’s.Â Although it was an exciting and I had ‘the world’ in my backyard, it was also a very different experience from the suburban or rural upbringings.Â I took a subway to high school.Â Graffiti and garbage on the streets were a normal, everyday sight.Â My high school had nine floors, escalators, and metal detectors at the front doors.Â The grass is always greener on the other side, but that is not the way I would like to raise my kids.
There is still construction going on in my neighborhood.Â Being that we are in Texas, there is a lot of wind and often ‘debris’ will float away to the wooded parts or the fields nearby.Â My good friend Stacey with the help of Denise, Tiffany and a bunch more wonderful people put together the Rocketship Park Clean Up Day.Â Students of my son’s school and their families were invited to help clean up the Rocketship Park, (a public park in our neighborhood) and the surrounding areas).Â This event is done twice a year – once in the fall and the spring.Â The original date had to be reschedule due to bad weather, so the turnout was not as large as the fall event, however, we are so grateful for those who were able to make it and those who tried and passed the word around about the clean up.Â So much was done and what a wonderful learning experience it was for the kids (and parents!)
Of course, everyone was safe, as that is the #1 priority.Â So we had gloves, handles to pick up trash, sanitizer, water, etc.Â It’s such a wonderful event and I wish every town would organize something like this to help teach future generations about saving the planet.Â And it was FUN!
These images are from both the Fall 2010 clean up and the Spring 2011 Clean Up.
Thank you Stacey for organizing the event and everyone else for their participation!
Took this one a couple of years ago (or last year?Â no – I do believe it was two spring’s ago).Â Just opened it and tweaked it a bit – adding some blue from Jessica and my usual from Florabella and even more blue to tone the color.Â To me, it kind of resembles an underwater dream…
Happy Day Everyone!
Photography is not only about getting beautiful portraits with the perfect light, pose and mood, but also to document moments.Â Moving the piano was a big deal in our house – it allows me to be with my children more.Â My office used to be in the back of the house.Â Way too often was I tucked away in that back room on my computer while my children were playing in front or upstairs.Â Now that my office is in the front of the house, I can see the children in the front of the house, my son’s workspace is just above me, so we have more conversations.Â It’s a nice inviting light room where my family likes to come in and hang out while I’m in here.Â My husband will be taking the back office because when he works from home, he really needs his privacy.Â This post is just documenting the before and after and the actual ‘move’ of the piano.Â Some of the images are iphone photos so please do not judge the quality.Â 🙂
Ok – so as soon as the the guys from Steinway arrived, I asked them ‘if I didn’t like where they moved the piano, would they move it back?’Â A little reluctant, they agreed. Â We made sure the boys stayed outside (they certainly did not mind).Â The guys were a little uncomfortable with my big ole camera, so I assured them that their faces would not be on the internet.Â Poor guys – grumbled and moaned a bit because this playerÂ piano ‘was an 200 – 300 lbs heavier than a regular piano”, (and they are not exactly small guys either!).Â It’s an old antique, so I’m sure a few things fell apart that they had to put together. It took a good 35 – 40 minutes for them to wrap it up in the first room.Â By the time they moved it to the livingroom, they took it off the blocks, put the legs on and placed it in the middleÂ of the room(apx. 60 minutes after they arrived).Â I had a pit in my stomach because it looked WAY too big.Â After all they were going through, there was no way I was going to have them put it back (I know, I care too much).Â Thankfully (I’m so thanking the heavens above!!!) that when they moved it towards the windows, it looked like it was going to work.
So now I have a new office.Â Got my table and will get a book case in there soon.Â Some day some paint and will replace the canvasses (I just threw them up there yesterday morning, so they are all tilted).Â I think I want to put color canvasses in there and put those BW’s back where they were.Â That yoga ball was one of the best $10 investment I’ve made!Â It helps my back by forcing me to sit up straight and I get a little core workout while my computer is processing.Â 🙂
The kids now play the piano.Â How sweet is that?Â The little things are the important ones.