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Week in Review Jan 1-9

New for the year 2020 is a review of my week in photographs. The goal is to take at least ONE new photograph a week. Optimally, a photo a day is the goal. However, I believe in building up to consistency. I think burnout comes when I try to do all the things, all at once. That being said I’m going to start slow. Although, I was a bit excited and took a few more than one photo for the first entry.

 

January 1st 2020 sometime after midnight. week-1-8(Dream)

 

This was the first year our girls stayed up to ring in the New Year with us. It was a quiet affair. My husband took a nap between 9 and 11pm. But he woke in time to crack open a bottle of champagne. Cheers!

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January 3rd, sometime in the morning.

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January 6th

Our homeschool started back up after a long break for Advent and Christmas. And with the new year we started new chores. The girls are now in charge of their own laundry.

nye20-1-1(The Laundresses)

January 7th

Art class. The girls decide they wanted to work on a panting together. They used random tools they picked up from around the house, including a nasal aspirator. While they were working on the abstract painting I thought it would be fun to play with shutter speeds.

The final product.

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Thanks for checking out the post. Hope you all have had a wonderful first week to the new year. and I hope this next week brings you joy and peace.

Love, B.

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Week in Review Jan 17-23

This week wasn’t as busy as last week. However, I still managed to take a few photos.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

On Monday for school we studied Martin Luther King Jr. And my eldest took it upon herself to write a little history report to share with her Dad.

The youngest, trying to comprehend not being able to sit wherever you like or go into certain places based solely on skin color. She thinks, “that is so stupid.” I would have to agree.

So what you’re saying….

On Wednesday it was my husband’s birthday. And like I do every year I took some photos of him after work.

I’m really not sure what I’d do without him? And there just aren’t any words to express just how much he has made my life better. He is a wonderful husband, father, friend, and all around great guy!

The Man

Sometime during the week my Mom and I, finally, found the Asian market everyone’s been telling us about. Five Mile International Supermarket is awesome! We didn’t have a list but we still managed to walk out with a few things we just had to have. Next trip we go with a list to make some of our favorites.

Memories of Okinawa right her in Fredericksburg

The girls had to do their laundry and I just thought this was so funny. The youngest tucked her stuffy in before she turned on the washing machine. I must admit that I will miss these little things when the girls are all grown up and don’t need there stuffed companions anymore.

All tucked in and ready to go for a spin.

I tried my hand at some self portraits. This is one thing I struggle with. I hate having my picture taken and I’m terribly embarrassed about taking self portraits. Cell phone selfies are fine, even fun. But self portraits seem so serious and self indulgent. But I know if I’m not comfortable in front of my camera how can I make anyone else. So I hope you all are ready, I’m planning on take at least one self portrait a month.

Self portraits

So that’s it for this week. I hope you enjoyed the photos. I hope next week brings you joy and peace.

Love, B.

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Week in Review Jan 9-16

A very busy week. The girls and I spent most of the week out and about running errands. Part of making sure I can take photos whenever the mood takes me is making sure I have my camera with me at all times. Thank goodness I like a nice big purse. I am, also, trying my hand at more staged photos. So I set up a little studio space on Saturday afternoon. I have been meaning to take some photo’s of my Fire King Jadeite dishes, so I did.

Saturday afternoon

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(How’s about a cuppa?)

The weather was so lovely here that my husband decided to enjoy a cigar on our front porch.

(Smokin’)

On Sunday after Mass the girls and I had an American Heritage Girl function. Unfortunately, I do not have pictures of this event I was running late and forgot my camera…Gasp! I was a bit disappointed but desernened it must have been God’s way of keeping me present in the moment.

Monday came too soon and way too early! But that marathon in October won’t run it’s self. So it’s back to the early morning runs after a long break due to injury.

Tuesday was fun. My mother and I went down to Richmond to do a bit of shopping. It was a gloomy day but these Le Creuset lids brighten up the day.

Wednesday we ran our grocery shopping errands. I came home to discover that 3 of my eggs had broken in transit. But an opportunity for some photos. My youngest helped me put the dishes away before she helped to make dinner.

Thursday the weather was lovely so while Spending some time at the Grandparents the girls scootered and I took pictures around the yard.

That’s all for this week. I hope next week brings you joy and peace.

Love B.

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A Long Hiatus and Ten Years

Hello everyone!

It has been a long time since I posted anything here. I want to say something profound and meaningful about why there hasn’t been a post for almost 3 years, there isn’t a good reason. Life and motherhood and homeschooling took precedence. I’m not even sure why I kept the blog open. Maybe as a way to come back to it when life wasn’t so hectic. Like life will ever not be hectic…. Or I knew eventually I’d be back at it. What ever the reason I am grateful that my blog stayed available. Photography is meant to be shared. I forgot that in all the worry of the every day. I definitely lost track of that in my obsession to post what I thought other people would like to see. I forgot what I like most about photography and that is, every person has a unique view of the world and that should be shared regardless of how many likes you get. I take photographs because I love taking photographs. I was being bogged down trying to keep up with the other wonderful photographers on social media and I lost my own vision. I became disheartened,  I put my camera down one day and the next thing I knew a year had gone by. I did a few photos for friends and I volunteered to take photos for my children’s AHG troop. But I didn’t take photos because I love taking photos. So another year went by. I took obligatory photos of birthday’s and holidays. But again not because I love it. And that shows in the work. And another year went by.

Recently, someone reached out to me. Asked me to take photo’s for them. For their business. They want my unique view of the world to help them with their endeavor.

Now here I am revitalized. Realizing just how much I missed my camera. How much I missed my own view of the world. It took someone asking me to share that view with them for me to come back here.

So here I am! It’s funny how this revelation has come at the end of the year just as a new decade is about to begin. So because I skipped out on a few years of posting and it is almost a new decade, how about a retrospective of the past 10 years. (Funny how this also coincides with my eldest turning 10 this coming March. I can not believe I will soon have a 10 year old.)  Just a few of my favorites from the past 10 years. And ones not seen by anyone but myself. Because, after all, photographs are meant to be seen.

Here’s to a New Year and the beginning of a new PuddleWonderful!

 

 

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A Day at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

On this past Sunday, February 12, 2017, my husband took me and our girls to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to see the Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch: Love, Loss, and the Cycle of Life. I have been a huge fan of Edvard Munch since I was a teenager. So when I heard the VMFA was going to have an exhibit of his work I knew I had to go. Fortunately, this was a photo friendly exhibit so I was able to capture my aspiring artists in action. My daughters brought along notebooks so they could sketch some of the pieces they liked best. It was a perfect day! The girls asked lots of questions and took their time looking at the art work. When we were done with the exhibit we wondered around the museum to see what else they had to offer for our day of art!