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To my kids

written on a plane somewhere over Texas, I think Dear Claire, Phoebe and Tommy, You know what Mommy thinks about when I’m away? You. Yep. You Claire. You Phoebe. You Tommy. And it brings tears to my eyes thinking about how badly I want to hug each of you up. Lay on the couch in a heap of cuddles and smell you and kiss you and love on you. I never thought I would feel this way before I became your mom. How I would feel incomplete if you weren’t near me. I think I’ll always feel this way when we’re apart. Before you, I could hop on a plane and soak in the...
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Green Backgrounds – A You Capture Edition

Green Backgrounds – A You Capture

It’s summer right? Am I the only one lazing out in blogland or what? Days are drifting by while my computer remains closed. But there’s nothing like a little You Capture to bring me out of my summer haze cave. I love You Capture because it forces me to look at my photographs with a new eye.  I do not claim to be a “photographer” (whatever that means) but I do enjoy taking photographs.  Call it what you will. I have chosen to experiment with the color green. It was one of the You Capture theme choices.  Last week I got to hang out with my kids in...
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It’s FUN raising my kids in Los An

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard people say “I would never ever want to raise my kids in LA.” It’s kinda cool to live in a city so misunderstood. ‘Cause truly you can’t believe the kinds of things we have in our ‘hood. Would you believe me if I told you this photo was snapped just 15 minutes from our home? On a Saturday June evening when the fog from the beach was just rolling in? And that the kids fed the horses with long stems of grass with no one telling them what not to do? And the cost of this childhood memory...
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My Story of Moments – A You Captur

What is a photograph? What is it really? It’s a moment. So when I saw that this week’s You Capture theme was MOMENTS, I was all, okay. Yeah. But ALL photographs are moments. But as I thought more about it, of course I realized that some photographs tell the story of a moment better than others. And that’s what makes a photograph captivating for me. The story of a moment. I have to be honest. I did not keep this theme in my mind all week as I picked up my camera to photograph. I didn’t really have the brain space to do it. We spent the weekend...
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Quiet Glimpses During a Busy Week –

This week just flew. It rattled around me like the strong winds that have been whipping through Los Angeles. But it’s been a good rattle. A good fly. Because my soul is filled with the joy of opportunity. I didn’t have many chances to capture QUIET this week. But I tried. I happened upon this scene as I stood in the kitchen and I realized the house was uh, quiet.I walked back towards the kids’ rooms and this is what I found. A big sister just learning to read quietly reading to her adoring brother. I don’t really mind that the photo is blurry. ...
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You Capture – The Shapes My Childr

Many days I bustle alongNot seeing much of anything it seemsSeconds blurring into a frenzied time-line of my lifeAnd did I really see anything at all today? But then the stars alignFor a moment or twoAnd my vision crystallizesHow have I never seen these things before? My children have changed my sightIt’s been blurrier and clearer than ever beforeChanging instantly at timesThe SHAPE of my life has changed too In the last 7 days I have liveda blurry time-line of my lifeBut I have also lived a handfulof crystal, ocean-deep moments in time And these are some of the...
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Seeking the Perfect Balance in 2010 With

Happy 2010. Most of my glorious two-week Christmas vacation felt kinda like this… And in between all of the bright lights and the spinning, there were also these moments…. Moments where I stood in awe at the power of the simplicity andthe beauty that is my life. And in my life-long search for balance,I can only hope that 2010 will continue to bring methe perfect combination of spinning and stillness. Because that is my life.And I love my...