Archive for ‘June, 2012’

 

 

mrs. snow is the neighbor i grew up with.  she had a huge yard that sat between her home and ours that we did the upkeep on and therefore had permission from her and her husband to play on.  she wouldn’t sell us the property because she wanted to be sure it would not get developed.  it was our place to play “pie” in the snow, ride snowmobiles and when summer came we road our mini bikes and my dad used it to set up a target for target practice.  mrs. snow always had a craft project for us (i think she used to be a teacher but, honestly, i cannot remember) and let us play with her beautiful china dolls.  her kids were grown when my brother and i were young so i am so amazed at how youthful she still looks.  mrs. snow moved away when i was in middle school or early high school, i have not seen her since.  my mom runs into her from time to time and sent me this photo she had take with mrs. snow, recently, so that i could see her.  i have fond memories of this wonderful woman and hope I can see her when i am home for a visit.

 

 

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i’ve heard the term “junuary” recently.  basically we are experiencing the weather of january in june.  it is not fun.  we had a couple really nice days surrounded by cold and wetness.  i find myself longing for slow days and warm weather and actively seek locations where we can find this.  while i have these dreams i live the reality of every day life in seattle.  nothing to complain about and find fun in simple pleasures.  we experienced some playing in the mud on warm days, a birthday for a friend, wine with a classmate and a hike in the city with family (i enjoyed watching my niece practicing taking photos because she will be the photographer for her sisters senior portrait photo shoot).  a few of our highlights…

 

 

 

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Love.Talk.Play. is a campaign sponsored by Thrive By Five Washington.  I was hired by Thrive By Five to take photos of the Somali play group that is built around this program.  I was given a creative direction with photos needed for TBF but soon found out that the instructions I received could not be achieved in this playgroup so found myself  adapting  and using an opportunity to provide photos that related to the program through the wonderful interactions of this community.

These are some of my outtakes.

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each week I am making a date with myself.  a date to allow myself to be creative, pamper myself or anything that comes to mind that I want to do and can find enjoyment from.  I started doing this today.  I was a little last minute in planning this so I created a couple things for myself.  I am meeting a friend at an art gallery and then will spend time with her after.  I am taking myself out to lunch and I took the opportunity during my oil change this morning to explore the area with my camera.  i am going to look forward to my weekly dates with my artist self….

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the older my kids get the more I find physical exercise, and lots of it, to be so important.  when they get bigger it seems like the things they want to do gets bigger too.  fortunately we have a great gymnasium close to home that offers a variety of entertainment and activities for all kids from crawling babes and up.  

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What a powerful meeting.  I photographed a training for PALS on RACE-The Power of an Illusion.  It was a video series and discussion of race in the healthcare system.  This also led to discussions on community and neighborhoods.  It was powerful, it was humbling.  Sheila Capestany, ED of Open Arms Perinatal Systems  volunteered her time to lead the discussion.  The proceeds from this event were given to PERC (PALS Ending Racism Committee).  Here are a few photos from the day..

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It’s not often I get time to myself so i took advantage of the hour I had a couple nights ago and went through a stroll in my neighborhood. I spent time looking at my surroundings and taking it all in.  I remembered a class I had many years ago that we move so fast in life we can walk or drive a block and not remember what it was that we passed.  I decided to take my walk and challenge myself to be fully in the moment of what was around me.  It was challenging because as our mind wonders we are no longer in the moment we are off someplace else.  It was the most wonderful walk I took in a long time.

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