Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012

May Christ's bright star enlighten your mind and heart as you strive for equality, justice and kindness in the world and the blessing of God almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one God, Mother of us all, be with you and remain with you for ever.


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Photo Project 2012 - Day 21

Day 21

The late afternoon sun peeks through the clouds.

Annalee peeks out from under her hooded hat.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Photo Project 2012 - Days 16 to 20

A week of Zelda...

Day 16

Froggy Zelda, with Tubby in hand. Have you noticed, yet, that Tubby is always with Zelda?

Day 17

Some nights, Zelda decides that sleeping on her pillow just won't cut it.

Day 18

It didn't quite come through, but Zelda has her hands around Tubby while Mr. Snowman looks on.

Day 19

Not sure what happened, but the camera never touched my fingers on Jan. 19. Bummer.

Day 20

Yeah, snow today! This was Zelda just moments before moving out from the cover of the garage into the deluge of snowfall. I just don't know what it is about my daughters' faces bundled into their hats and hoods that makes me want to shoot a gazillion pictures. This was the best of about 11.

Photo Project 2012 - Day 8 and Counting

Well, I've gotten really behind in posting images for Photo Project 2012. But, at least I'm still taking them. Every day, though I think I may have missed one this past week. Feeling compelled to take pictures each day has me thinking: Am I taking a picture each day just to take a picture and capture my day or am I taking a picture to push myself to look at the world around me a little differently? I started out thinking the former, but little by little, I'm leaning toward the latter. That said, some pictures will show that I'm just barely managing to get a single picture taken for a given day. January in the Midwest without much snow (before today!) doesn't leave much to photograph. I always have my children, though. And, sometimes, they prove quite photogenic.

Here are the best of the them, starting with:

Day 8

My dad Bob as we celebrated his birthday with the family.

Day 9

It wasn't enough for Zelda to finger paint. She needed to paint me and have me make a hand print.

Day 10

This is one of those pictures that very plainly captures an activity at one point in our day. This day, we drew pictures of Zelda's favorite loveys, Tubby and Bear.

Day 11

Annalee read to Zelda one afternoon after school.

Day 12

Finally, some snow! And, with that comes the anticipation of a sleigh ride down to the bus stop.

Beautiful Zelda after a joyful afternoon of snow. I don't know if the sad face is from being wet or from knowing it's time to go in.

Day 13

Pathetic, I know. The remains of some tasty, warm hot chocolate...

Day 14

Our family with our friend Bill Li. He's like the Chinese stork in our adoption world.

Day 15

Does this really require a caption?

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Photo Project 2012 - Days 4 to 7

It's only day eight of the new year and I have figured out something useful for my Photo Project 2012 undertaking: It's ridiculous of me to think that I will take, upload and post a new picture each day this year. It's just not going to work with our family schedule. Especially when I've been sick for days. So, I'm not going to hold myself to posting every day, but I will absolutely take at least one picture every day. Even if it's just my view from a couch...

Day 4

This was the lovely view from the couch as I tried to do nothing while feeling miserable.

Day 5

After returning from picking Zelda up at preschool, I noticed how sad our shovels look just waiting for some snow to push.

Day 6

This is so typical of Annalee, lost in a book at the kitchen table after school.

And, only because I had taken on this photo challenge for the year did I feel drawn to capture this image of a nearly full moon outside our patio doors on Friday night. My lack of detailed knowledge of our camera actually worked in my favor this time.

Day 7

This was Zelda and Tubby with a cup of dry cereal on Saturday morning looking perfectly content as the sun started to shine in through the French doors of the family room.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Photo Project 2012 - Day 3

When I woke up at 3 a.m., I found Annalee awake and sitting in her bed, dressed for school. She said she was just awake and decided to get ready a little early. I went back to bed; when I got up just after 6, I found her still awake and learned that she had been awake since 1:39 a.m. I knew it would be a rough day for her. At around 6:30 a.m., just as she was dozing off, I told her it was time to get up for breakfast. She rolled out of bed and made it to the living room floor.

And, that's precisely where I decided to point my camera for the day.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Photo Project 2012 - Day 2

This morning the wind swirled a tiny little bit of powdery snow over the edge of the roof outside the patio doors. It seemed worthy of a picture. Good golly, I sure hope we get some more snow than the half-inch we've gotten on two separate days this entire season.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Photo Project 2012 - Day 1

I've been planning this for a few months take at least a single picture every day for a year. And, today, I started.

This was our New Year's Day dinner, complete with black-eyed peas - necessary for good luck throughout the year. This picture will also remind me of how much we laughed during that dinner. We decided we'd have a good year if we could laugh just a little bit every day as much as we did this day.
It's by no means the best picture I've ever taken. Certainly, my family has looked more groomed and smiled better for the camera - all three of them at the same time. But, that is not necessarily the point. The point of this undertaking is to take at least one picture every day to capture my life as it passes by.

So, welcome to my year of (at least ) 365 images.