Sunday, October 28, 2012

Solo Drive

Most of my photographic forays are with my constant crew, my husband and son. And most of my photos are taken while cruising down the road. It's not always ideal, but it's always a fun challenge and I make do fairly well, I think.
The other day, though, I had an opportunity to go on a solo drive through some local farmland. It was a foggy, misty day. The landscape was lovely but too wet to get out and do much. So, I did what any self-respecting photographer would do in those conditions. I drove around anyway and shot from the window of my vehicle.
I have so many other pictures in this folder, all of them processed already. I was feeling so inspired that I just sat and went through them all!
And I have to admit it was nice to find some moments of peace, to get lost in beauty and the art of capturing it. My head has been so full of noise this month. For a little while, the only noise was a light breeze, the skittering of leaves across pavement, and the whirr of my camera's shutter...


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Bringing Books to Life!

My little guy has been going to Story Hour at the public library for a little while now. They host it three or four times a year for several weeks at a time, and he loves it. My mom just got a library card, so she has been having him check out a new book every week. Well, though he has other favorite characters, every book that he has brought home has been a Curious George book.
The current one inspired me and we had a night dedicated to the book and to actively engaging in it...
Curious George and the Pizza Party
In the story, George gets invited to a pizza party, creates a mess, but still has a great time. After reading it for the ninth or tenth time, I asked the little guy if he wanted to have a pizza party. Did he?! Boy, did he ever!
So, we went shopping for ingredients today, and for dinner tonight, we made pizza. I made one for Hubby and I (admittedly to be on the safe side); and then we went to town making pizzas for the little guy!
In the story, they end up making pizzas of different shapes, so the little guy made four differently shaped pizzas: a triangle, a rectangle, a house, and Curious George's head (the last two inspired by the pizza shapes in the story).
Rolling out the dough takes concentration.
Slopping on the sauce!
Adding the cheese takes special concentration.
The finished products!
Half done already! "Mommy, this is the best pizza ever!"
And a certain someone is thinking that he has a future
career as a chef! He cleaned up his plate and had seconds!
We had such a blast! He couldn't wait to help make the pizza and insisted on doing everything that he could all by his big boy self. Then, while the pizza baked, we read the story and talked about how yummy his pizza was going to taste.
It was just so much fun. I wonder how we can make the next book come alive!!!


Monday, October 8, 2012

Six Years Change Nothing

Every time I write this post, I delete it. I can't find the right words this year...And I'm afraid of seeming contrived and attention-seeking, as I know that is an accusation that has been leveled at me before.

This post isn't for anyone but me, an acknowledgement to the son I lost and to the broken heart that I will nurse until I can hold him again.