These still life scenes were created by the beauty of the warm Puerto Rican ocean currents, the salt, the sun, the moon, the animals and plants that inhabit the coastal waters, tiny sand grains and unwieldy shells, sadly forgotten garbage.
These lovely displays were tossed at my feet, waiting to be captured on my camera. A few shots before a future tide re-arranges, mixes, removes, adds dimensions and mystery.
There were layers of opposition: colors and bleached corals, barnacles, barbs, smooth, crunchy, twisted, shiny, lacy, spotted, striped, hiding, clamoring for attention. I so enjoyed getting lost in their beauty. C
Sometimes a brief getaway with friends is exactly what you need to restore your center, step outside your routine, push your worries to the recesses of your mind, free your spirit. We recently spent the weekend with a group of friends in MI–two years in a row of glorious weather, biking, fire pits, cooking, laughing over morning coffee, sharing wine, lunch at a local and super-friendly bar, strolling the beach, picking berries, talking, laughing, reading, spending a moment alone. And a surprise boat ride with new friends at sunset, along the shoreline.
Different experiences from last year, but the same warm memories.
A few more photos from our recent NY visit. My girls showed that teenagers still are very curious. They want to learn, to wander, to shop, to laugh, to take many photos. Also, they definitely wanted to visit places they had seen on TV, in the movies. Take your kids for a walk in the park, a nearby city, a beach. You might meet some interesting people, see some unexpected sites, make some memories. A summer to remember. C
Hello, lonely blog. Summer used to be a slow, lazy time for families. No more. Between working overtime, kids choosing to continue sports camps, family obligations, volunteering, and blistering hot weather, it feels only like a slow-motion of the school year. Since we did not have a long summer trip planned, I took my girls with me to New York for a business trip and play weekend. It was wonderful to spend time with them when there was no sports tournament, no college visits, no homework.
Here are 8 highlights (non-work-related) from our recent trip:
8. The only perfect-summer-weather for 6 consecutive days this year. Fantastic for walking the Highline or taking photos on the final day of the year to take pics between the buildings.
7. Friendly, sometimes unusual people sparking up conversations in taxis, hotels, shops, the park, coffee shops.
6. Eating a different ethnic food daily–Greek, Thai, Italian, Mexican. Some our own finds, some recommendations from friends.
5. Friends sharing our hotel for a night, with a day walking from Central Park to Rockefeller Plaza and beyond, sharing appetizers and drink at the lively Eataly before dinner.
4. A day of sight seeing at Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and WTC Memorial. A ferry ride, lots of walking, a bit of learning, no teenage complaints.
3. Shopping, shopping, shopping at familiar stores, one-of-a-kind places, in So-Ho, Chelsea, Times Square, Fifth Ave and everywhere in between.
2. Seeing the fantastic Tony-award winning play “Once” on Broadway , then watching the girls’ faces as we exited the theatre, walking into Times Square the first time nearing midnight. The masses, the lights, the chaos. Then seeing Steve Kazee, the “Once” lead several days later by the theater, chatting and taking photos with him.
1. Spending unhurried, explorative days with my two daughters in such a phenomenal city as New York. It’s a trip we will always remember taking together. one day off work felt a week to me. C
Almost finished with my thankfulness journal, for Lent. This has been an interesting experience, some days far easier than others to come up with three things to be thankful for, some routine work days a stretch. A couple friends have told me that me sharing this has helped them to become a little more aware of their lives. I feel like that pays it forward a little bit.
3/28/12 I am thankful for
Devon trying parasailing the first time, Tara going on an ATV expedition.
Boys making up games wherever they go.
3/29/12 I am thankful for
safe travels home with kids old enough to keep themselves occupied on two flights.
Unexpectedly running into friends in the Charlotte airport.
Fun friends, great memories made on the beach.
3/30/12 I am thankful
for how many errands we can get done in one day, with no work, school, or kid activities.
Most of our family really wanted to see—and enjoyed—“Hunger Games.” Lots of discussion.
Sometimes popcorn for dinner is enough.
3/31/12 I am thankful
we FINALLY bought Tara new furniture.
For dinner out with Pam and Steve—no kids!—then catching up with Patti and Jason.
All the kids found a friend to hang with, to finish off break.
4/1/12 I am thankful
all three kids decided to clean up/throw out old junk and papers. Overflowing garbage bin.
Tara’s furniture fits great in Ronan’s room, transforming it to a teen room.
Devon finally gets to use the restored makeup table she has wanted in her room.
4/2/12 I am thankful for
Erin A. inviting Tara and I to hear her read her Irish dance memoir aloud at her school. Such a sweet tale about these two friends that brought Tara to tears.
finding one final container of homemade tortilla soup made with last year’s tomatoes. I could taste summer in each bite.
Plowing through most of my emails from vacation.
4/3/12 I am thankful for
sharing my vacation photos.
Ronan’s frigid, windy first track meet actually ended before dark.