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Beauty Revelation

A few weeks ago on my trip to California, while staying with my Aunt, I took some photos of old photos of my Great Grandmothers and Grandma when they were young women. A week later I was showing these photos off and my Grandmother-in-law stated that they were all beautiful and that I came from a long line of beautiful women. That must be were I got it from. While I agreed that THEY were all beautiful, I blew off the idea of ME being beautiful. Yesterday was my birthday, I got dressed up and even put on make-up. I FELT beautiful. Last night as I was taking off my make-up, looking in the mirror, I had this revelation: If I think that the women in my family that came before me; my Grandmothers on both sides, my Great-Grandmothers on both sides and of course my own mother, the fact that I don’t find myself beautiful is not only disrespectful to them it also makes no sense! I AM THEM! I am made up of their genes, therefore I am them. If I think they are beautiful then I must be beautiful too. Not to mention I have the most beautiful daughter in the whole world and guess what? She looks just like ME! So… F this low self-esteem BS. It just doesn’t add up. I know I will have lows points, but I’m done thinking that I am not beautiful. I am stating here and now that I AM BEAUTIFUL! I am made up of little pieces of the beautiful women who came before me and I was fortunate to pass on those amazing genes to another little lady. So when you are feeling ugly, fat, worthless, and less than beautiful think on that for a while. I’ll try to remind myself of it too. 🙂

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I love these photos! I love black and white, even if they are just crappy iPhone photos. These were taken while we were living in a tiny little apartment. There was a lot of negativity in that place, but there were also good times. I feel like these photos reflect both of those aspects of living in that space and environment. 313: I am looking out the window, pondering our situation. Thinking on friends that I had been reunited with only to find out they hadn’t changed over the years, and not in a good way. I really love this photo. For one thing it was a good hair day, haha. I also like the composition, the bit of bricks seen out the door and the light and shadows. They create just the right balance through out the image. 314: a diptych taken the same day as 313. It must have been the weekend. I was just playing with my kiddos, enjoying being with them. That is hard to remember since it is now summer time and they are driving me crazy. 😛 But I digress. I got to a point were I was taking so many photos trying to get a decent one that I would end up with more than one that I liked. That is why so many of these toward the end of this project ended up as diptychs and there might even be a triptych in there somewhere. They are more interesting anyway.

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“Ain’t gonna worry Just live till you die” ~Josh Homme and Mark Lanegan

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“Family life is a bit like a runny peach pie — not perfect but who’s complaining?” ~Robert Brault

Both of these photos were taken on my first trip to visit the 21 acres my Dad purchased out in the country. All my life that man has been talking about buying some land, to hunt, fish, relax and to share with his family. He finally did! He couldn’t be more proud to say that he owns this land and I was excited to see it. I got to ride in the back of my parent’s car, just like I was a kid again. That is photo 311. The land is lovely. It has this sense of peace about it. I can’t explain, but everyone who goes there just feels peaceful. I enjoyed my first visit, hence photo 312. It even warmed up a bit and we didn’t have to stay so bundled up.

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“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

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“Nature never goes out of style.” ~Author Unknown

Three hundred and two

I love these photos, especially together. Children do not stay little very long. When these photos were taken my daughter was so small. Now she is 3 going on 4 and the size of a kindergartener. I love having fun with my kids and I think these photos show just how ridiculous I am willing to go to make them laugh.

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“A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart.” ~Author Unknown

Three more random shots. 299 is of a necklace my Mom got for me for Christmas. It is a tree with a disk that has my daughter’s name on it. I need to get one made with my son’s name too. That way both my children will be close to my heart. I won’t mention the major cleavage going on. 300 was taken on another walk. I like how the shot is just my leg, makes it a bit abstract. Plus that crazy, dark shadow jutting out is pretty neat. 301 is a very similar shot to one I took at the beginning of the series with my actual camera. I like the original one better.

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“The family is a haven in a heartless world.” ~Attributed to Christopher Lasch

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“Walks. The body advances, while the mind flutters around it like a bird.” ~Jules Renard

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“Coffee is the best thing to douse the sunrise with.” ~Terri Guillemets

I love this photo! It was my daughter’s 2nd birthday and she wanted to make chocolate chip cookies, so we did. 🙂 It was late and my kids were already in their pjs. I love that my son photo bombed us with that silly face. That smile on my face is genuine, it was a happy moment.

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“Cookies are made of butter and love.” ~Norwegian Proverb

Both of these shots were taken at my in-laws house on Thanksgiving. The first one is with my husband. We had been apart for about 3 months and at the beginning of that November our family was reunited. It made the holiday even more special. The second photo is with his Grandma. I love her like my own and she loves me. She is an amazing woman who spent much of her life as an Elementary school teacher. When we took this photo our glasses clacked together and she made a joke about us being twins. Haha. 🙂

 

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“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ~Marcel Proust

 

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“A child needs a grandparent, anybody’s grandparent, to grow a little more securely into an unfamiliar world.” ~Charles and Ann Morse

 

This photo was taken at one of my favorite restaurants, Rosa’s in Hopewell, Virginia. My Mom, my daughter and I went out to eat and to a local art night. We were enjoying our meal, when I looked up and noticed the reflection of us and our surroundings in the mirrors on the ceiling. Perfect photo time, even though I had to take it with my phone. Although it is grainy as hell and the only thing that saved it was Instagram, I still like this shot. I like the surreal look and the composition.

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“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” ~Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright

 

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Another shot from that night. She was so little, not that little anymore. Love her crazy hair-do. 🙂

 

I am always amazed at how much time slips by before I can come back to this site. My last post was from October! WTF? Well I know exactly what happened. 6 classes of college, including 2 teaching practicums, holidays, sicknesses, vacations, homework, homework, homework, oh and housework. Now I am finished with ALL of my college classes for my BA in Art Ed! All I have left is my student teaching in the fall and I will be graduating December 13! You just don’t know how exciting that is. It has been a loooooong time coming! Now I am free for the summer. Looking forward to making some art, blogging, working on various writings, traveling and spending time with my kiddos. As for this site I really want to get the 365 blogs finished, it has been too long. Hope you all are well! Glad to be back! 🙂

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At the start of my summer our family went camping with the Cub Scouts at Thousand Trails in Gloucester, VA. This is my daughter looking out over the water in the early morning. That is how I feel about my summer. Standing on the edge and looking out at all its glory and potential. 🙂 

Two hundred and fifty-six

It was obviously Christmas time. We had our tree up. I was relaxing on the couch enjoying some peace and quite after the kids had gone to bed. I was content and at ease. I was cherishing the moment of sitting in front of our tree we had decorated as a family. So, I took a photo to remember the moment. I realized just now, I am sitting on the same couch, the exact same way right now while I am typing this. HAHA! I guess that’s how I roll. Hard to believe Christmas time is just around the corner again.

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“Even as an adult I find it difficult to sleep on Christmas Eve. Yuletide excitement is a potent caffeine, no matter your age.” ~Terri Guillemets