larriland | 2014

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our annual trip to larriland.  a fond summer tradition.   an event that always makes the summer bucket list.  

as a parent, when you do something each year, you actually see how much your children are developing and the independence they are acquiring.  the days of carrying one on your hip, while helping another, with a box of fresh picked berries so that it doesn't spill, are long gone.  they run to the fields and get lost in the maze of fruit.  only giggles are heard above the rows of plantings as they eat, toss and collect their fruitful earnings.  

each year, i follow along with my camera to document the outing.  it gets harder and harder as they are more aware of the camera.  i try to be more strategic with a bigger lens so that i don't invade their preteen/teenage space.   but i did have them pose at the top of the hill to get one group shot.  then i tried one of my photographer tricks and asked them to run down the hill.  without missing a beat, all of them, began their exaggerated runs.  this is what children of a photographer looks like.  mocking me along the way.  awesome.

round bay teen camp | 2014


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our community has hosted a beach camp for the neighborhood kids for years.  a co-op run laid back gathering of neighbors who meet at the community beach for a couple of hours 3 days a week during the month of July.  each parent takes a day and plans an activity from popsicle stick frames and photos, to painting river rocks to messy art days, seining, fishing and crabbing, scavenger hunts, kick ball games, candle making, etc.  the cost is minimal, $30 per child.  under $100 for my three boys to participate.  a camp fee hard to find these days.  

last year, jill galloway noticed a group of kids who would soon be "graduating" (usually around 12 years old) out of beach camp.  but these kids were still looking for activities to do and a place to gather.  she decided to create a "teen camp" for those kids who were entering 7th grade.  they would meet on fridays and do an activity.  it was a raving success!  and she continued it again this year with the help of her husband and children.

this year, the teens met to plant red buds around the community, an idea sparked from a willow tree that was planted at our main beach by jill's mother in law for her son.  the tree now serves as a landmark to many boaters and residents as she waves her beautiful branches all year long.  

the teens also built a osprey nest for our local winged friends.  on the another friday they built trebuchet's, a catapult that is used to hurl stones (or tennis balls!).  they began with a diagram, all the pre-cut pieces (thanks to mr. galloway), a drill and a team.  then they had a competition to see whose ball would launch the farthest.  the girls won.

each week, the camp grew larger.  word was spreading that this was a place to be on fridays for this sleepy teenage group.  on the last day, it was the annual cardboard box regatta.  cardboard was collected, duck tape, box cutters and oars.  the rules:  build a boat out of cardboard, drive it around the bouy and make it back to the beach.  winners were selected based on three categories, 1.  speed boat award, 2.  titanic award, 3.  designers award.  as the rain began to fall, we ordered our snowballs, and headed to the beach to watch the races.  

all in all, the teen camp was good old wholesome fun.  like the days before technology.  i am grateful for the galloways.  for the smiles they placed on these teens faces each week and for their continued effort to make this place a wonderful place to raise our children.  thank you galloways.

thirteen [fifty two]

jack, wednesday, april 9, twenty fourteen.  he smiles in every sport.  it confuses his opponents.  a good strategy.

jack, wednesday, april 9, twenty fourteen.  he smiles in every sport.  it confuses his opponents.  a good strategy.

charlie, tuesday, april 8, twenty fourteen.  he learned this from his brother.

charlie, tuesday, april 8, twenty fourteen.  he learned this from his brother.

sam and duke.  monday, april 7, twenty fourteen.

sam and duke.  monday, april 7, twenty fourteen.

monday musings

recently catching my eye…. no. 1 (top left)   Love this sweet craft from mermagblog (a beautiful blog featuring creative play ideas).  I remember when my boys were young and the craft ideas I assumed they could do.  They did not quite have the fine motor skills to be successful, but I always loved their creations!  They have the fine motor skills now…so I am totally doing this for Easter. ;) no. 2 (top right)  A beautiful, mouth watering, want this for lunch, image by food photographer David Munns.  Proscuitto and Arugula on baguette. no. 3 (bottom left)  Would love this gorgeous flowering vine growing up the side of my home.  Provence: France | by clary pfeiffer SOURCE: DUSTJACKETATTIC no. 4 (bottom middle)  Blue China.  Can you ever have enough? no.5 (bottom right)  Red and pink are one of my favorite color combinations. and a few other things….i love this product and wish it came in a bit bigger size for my product shoots.  but for any of you etsy designers, this may be just the thing you need.  and have you seen blue jasmine?  i know i am late to the game, but i saw it right before the oscars and loved it.  kate blanchett was awesome and well deserving of her oscar. happy monday.  xo

recently catching my eye….

no. 1 (top left)   Love this sweet craft from mermagblog (a beautiful blog featuring creative play ideas).  I remember when my boys were young and the craft ideas I assumed they could do.  They did not quite have the fine motor skills to be successful, but I always loved their creations!  They have the fine motor skills now…so I am totally doing this for Easter. ;)

no. 2 (top right)  A beautiful, mouth watering, want this for lunch, image by food photographer David Munns.  Proscuitto and Arugula on baguette.

no. 3 (bottom left)  Would love this gorgeous flowering vine growing up the side of my home.  Provence: France | by clary pfeiffer
SOURCE: DUSTJACKETATTIC

no. 4 (bottom middle)  Blue China.  Can you ever have enough?

no.5 (bottom right)  Red and pink are one of my favorite color combinations.

and a few other things….i love this product and wish it came in a bit bigger size for my product shoots.  but for any of you etsy designers, this may be just the thing you need.  and have you seen blue jasmine?  i know i am late to the game, but i saw it right before the oscars and loved it.  kate blanchett was awesome and well deserving of her oscar.

happy monday.  xo

you inspire me [maddy keller]

a few samples from my niece's portfolio.

how incredible are these oversized, bold chalk colored portraits drawn from an instagram photo!  and of course, i am always a fan of the pencil sketch (or ball point in this case).  

crazy, crazy talented.  awe inspiring.  one to watch.  she needs an agent.  

oh and did i mention i've watched her finish one in about an hour.  

accepting commissions.  maybe i'll be her agent.    proud aunt.

xo

twelve [fifty two]

jack and the front yard.  march 26, twenty fourteen

jack and the front yard.  march 26, twenty fourteen

sam and state cup.  march 15, twenty fourteen

sam and state cup.  march 15, twenty fourteen

charlie and the lighthouse lunches.  march 25, twenty fourteen

charlie and the lighthouse lunches.  march 25, twenty fourteen

monday musings

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a few things that caught my eye this week...

top left:  Manchego & Blackberries on sourdough, quick bites for a last minute get together.  

top right:  Madewell slim boyjean rip and repair edition.  Now if I could only get my hips to look like that.

bottom left:  Fog.  Always a favorite.

bottom middle:  With a tiny kitchen, I always love a beautiful way to display.  

bottom right:  No matter the season, this always looks inviting.  Go.

 

And I loved this article.  Although, we do not have these play spaces, I feel blessed to live in an environment where my children are able to play outside, together with neighbors and friends, and create spaces to play, invent and make up games, and learn life skills on their own, among peers, that will make them stronger and more independent.  It is not always appealing aesthetically, and I am sure my neighbors think my yard is an eyesore, as is the treehouse being built in the backyard without any design plans; I have to trust that one day I will have grass to mow, a litter free yard and a old treehouse to look out my kitchen window and remember that this time was short lived and I will long for these days.  

Here is a short video from the article.

Happy Monday.

xo