{10 on 10} March

Our Saturday, March 2: Seattle Bike Expo at the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal, LOTS of rain, and dinner with friends in Ballard
shoe ties(My growing-too-fast girl tied her own shoes — first effort all on her own. She had this all done before I even had a chance to think about helping her.)
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I hope you’ll continue through the blog circle to see some more beautiful Ten on Ten images starting with the super talented Jessica Thomason.

{10 on 10} February

Our Saturday, February 1, the day prior to SuperBowl Sunday: play date for Little Miss, Pinewood Derby car weigh-in, Subway lunch, local Lego building event, and night shooting on Alki beach to capture some of the Seahawks 12th Man spirit in the Seattle skyline.
M and M with toys for webM and M for webderby cars for web with wmSubway for web with wmBuilding legos bw for web w wmLego building for web w wmLego ship for web with wmDaddy and M for web w wmCityscape for web w wmAlki - Seattle Waterfront for web w wmI hope you’ll continue through the blog circle to see some more beautiful Ten on Ten images starting with Seattle Family Photographer, Yi Li Photography.

{10 on 10} January

With my Project 365 complete (yay, I made it the whole year, though a few days here and there never got posted to my website; and well, to be truthful, some may still be waiting to be processed from their raw existence), I am excited to move on to a couple of new projects in 2014. One of those projects is called a 10 on 10. On the 10th of each month, some really inspiring photographer friends and I will post 10 images taken during one day — a bit of a mini day-in-the-life perspective. You’ll be able to click through each of our blogs to see how we tackle our everydays. I might have a slight fear that I’ll be taking the same images each month — we are THAT monotonous!

I wanted to do this project because it was such a different approach from what I was tackling with my Project 365 — one shot every day. I love telling stories and multiple images makes our story come to life that much more, especially when you don’t have the intensity of daily shooting. (But I did really love doing a 365.)

So here we are at the beginning of 2014…Little Man is a couple months into 7, Little Miss is about to turn 5, our big, fat kitty is 16 and our sweet Lucy girl (Lab mix) will turn 1 in a couple months. My hubby is the most supportive, loving being in my life. And I’m not just saying that because he reads my blog. We have a lot happening in 2014 and I look forward to continuing to share our journey here.

First up… Costco.
collageNow, please visit my friend Carrie’s blog to see her beautiful images and continue on through the circle.

{Monthly Challenge} put yourself in the picture

It’s not often I get my mug in front of the camera, but I know how much I cherish the pictures I have of my parents, so I try to remember to ask people to snap a picture here and there. This month’s blog circle challenge was all about getting in the frame — fitting for the final challenge in this 2013 project.

Enjoying downtown Seattle — what better time for a family picture than when you’re in a hotel elevator with mirrored doors?selfie for challengeCelebrating the start of the New Year with my family by watching the ball drop in New York on CNN. It wasn’t quite yet the New Year on the West Coast, but it was good enough for us! These were taken with my cell phone and are quite crummy looking, but I know I will love, love looking back on them. (Btw, it’s hard to get four people in the frame when you’re taking a phone selfie! I am proud of this accomplishment!)
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CAM00095This one was taken by a friend yesterday during our meet-up at Dash Point State Park. It was cold, but lots of fun! So glad she snapped this of me and my babies!
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Please continue on through the blog circle, one last time, starting with the lovely Stacey Brown, to see her take on this month’s challenge. As far as my ongoing photography projects go, I have scaled back quite a bit for 2014, but will be participating in a “10 on 10″ blog circle where we’ll be taking a series of 10 images on one day and posting them on the 10th of each month. Should be fun!

{Letters to our Children} December

My dear Little Man,

It has been such a treat to write these letters to you this year. To actually sit down and just think about everything that makes you you. While this is the last installment of letters related to this year’s blog circle, I hope to continue writing letters to you and your sister from time to time. I sure wish I had something like this from my parents, and I hope you’ll feel the same way someday.

So you recently celebrated your 7th birthday. It seems so “old” and so young all at the same time. According to the stats provided at your annual check-up, you have the height of a 9 year old and the weight of a 10 year old. You are one tall, solid dude.
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001You are a bookworm to the core. Your favorite books right now are the entire Magic Tree House series (you love Jack and Annie!) and A-Z Mysteries. You go to bed with no less than 5 chapter books each night and you give your best effort to read all of them before we ask you to turn off your light. I love that you’re a reader and get so much out of the stories you’re reading.

You’re still a great big brother. You love playing with your sister and often seek her out. (She loves you too!) You have your fair share of arguments, sure, but for the most part, I don’t know what you would do without her. You’d be soooo bored!

I want you to know how much you fill my heart. You are growing up in front of my eyes to be such a capable young boy. Your dad and I are so very proud of you.

I love you so much, baby,
Mamma

Now please head on over to Jessica’s blog to read her sweet letter to her little girl. Then follow the blog circle along until you end up back here.

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