30 Minutes in the Life: June 2016

This month my sweet little one turned 5 and a HALF! We haven't really done anything before this year with half birthdays, but seeing as how we'll be moving right around her actual birthday, we thought it would be fun. Now that we've done it once, I think we'll keep it up. my wonderful cousin took us to the coolest spot. It an old abandoned amusement park, turned national park and it's just adorable. We had the best time riding the carousel, seeing a puppet show and wandering around.

When you're done, head over to Vicki Winston, our featured photographer for the month. Her work is beautiful and we're thrilled to have her with us this month.

30 Minutes in the life: Feb 2016

I love this time of the month as it's time for "30 Minutes in the Life". We're on our second month of being in the DC area and it's certainly had its ups and downs. While we are so thrilled to be here, living in temporary housing has been challenging for me and with a really busy couple of months, we haven't had the opportunity to really settle and make this place our own. That coupled with snowstorms and crummy weather has brought me to the edge. I have barely picked up my camera and when I have, it hasn't really filled my soul. I've just been a little bit down and have been struggling a bit. On the day I took the photos for my 30 Minutes I was feeling about the same. It was another rainy day. When Ace and I went to pick up Scarlett from school, the rain had stopped and just enough light was shining through to make the sidewalks glisten. The shimmering brick was enough to pull me out. I saw that beauty and I wanted to take out my camera. Of course I didn't have it on our school run, but we got Scar and I decided we'd run home, grab my camera and a snack and head to the Jefferson Memorial. The kids could play and I could photograph...the two things we needed most. The moment we pulled out of the parking garage a torrential downpour started. Rather than feel upset, however, I was full of resolve. It was the warmest day we'd had yet, so the cold rain felt refreshing rather than hypothermia inducing, so we just went anyway. The rain continued to build and by the time we go to the parking lot (which is much further away from the monument than I remember), it was comical how hard it was raining. Still, the kids hopped out and started playing. They loved it. Running in the rain and jumping in the puddles was just what they needed and my soul felt light as I watched them play. We didn't make it all the way to the memorial, but we did make it under an overpass. It was 30 minutes that filled my cup and put me back on the right path. A path where I can find joy in the storms, rather than feeling only irritation and despair because I'm getting wet.

Be sure to head over to my friend Karen Hunt l Remington, Virginia Photographer . She had quite an unexpected 30 minutes this month and captured it so well.

30 Minutes in the Life: May 2015

It's beginning to feel a lot like summer her in the PNW...which means we still have lots of cold, rainy days, but we'll also some spectacular sunny and warm days in the mix. We've spent time at the beach, the park, and for my 30 minutes this month, we spent time playing in water at our house. When you're done, be sure to head over to Karen Osdieck , who was our Monthly Winner for our April Facebook theme. She is amazing, and you won't want to miss her contribution this month.IMG_1547 IMG_1564 IMG_1569 IMG_1572 IMG_1582-Edit IMG_1584 IMG_1589 IMG_1595 IMG_1603 IMG_1621 IMG_1637 IMG_1639 IMG_1644 IMG_1646 IMG_1657

30 Minutes in the Life: April 2015

This month was a month of experimentation. My daughter received a spy glass in the mail and she set out exploring our backyard. Within a couple minutes, however, she grew tired of it and returned to her favorite game of playing in the water. I decided to experiment with the glass in front of my lens. It was wonky and crazy, but overall a fun 30 minutes. Be sure to follow along to the lovely and talented Colleen Putman Photography | NYC. She just returned from Dubai and I have a feeling she is going to have a pretty incredible month to share with us. IMG_9223 IMG_9224 IMG_9234 IMG_9249 IMG_9254 IMG_9258 IMG_9264 IMG_9266 IMG_9279 IMG_9280 IMG_9284 IMG_9287 IMG_9291 IMG_9292 IMG_9313