WOW! It has now been over 2 months since we moved from Bethesda, MD to Charlotte, NC and the dust has finally begun to settle. From tying up my business in MD (final sneak peeks that are no longer sneak peeks still to come), buying our home in Huntersville (in which we closed on while we were on our annual Seabrook friends vacation- another post/slideshow to come)… finding the right school for the kids and them starting in EARLY August (yet another update I will record here- whew!)… to deepening my personal journey through yoga, meditation and putting all of my focus into my family and being present in the moment. All of those factors and more led me to the decision to step away from photography, even on a personal level, and thus my blogging has been put on hold. I LOVE photography but the thing is photography takes so. much. TIME. From taking the pics, to downloading to culling to processing to uploading to blogging etc etc. It gets exhausting and did I mention the TIME? Time away from all of the above… vacation time, family time, me time… this list goes on.
However, I realized this past weekend while we were vacationing with family over Labor Day weekend (the first time going on vacation that I didn’t even bring my camera) that I need to keep photography up at least for myself and my family. I am still at a crossroads with whether I will keep it up as a business but this is the medium I chose to imprint our memories. This morning it dawned on me how many memories I am not recording here. Sure I have my personal facebook account and my iphone but I am not one to be organized unless it’s in a blog. I love scrolling through old posts, seeing how much my family, friends, clients and I have grown… not just physically but for myself and family also emotionally and spiritually (more on that later). Hence the decision has been made and I am back to blogging starting this morning! So first up and LONG overdue is my little boy’s 4th birthday party back in April!
For my son’s 4th birthday he wanted to have his party at My Gym in Bethesda. We invited classmates and family and we all had a ball and many laughs. The words I use to describe my little boy would be funny, loving, argumentative and temperamental (wonder where he gets that from), concerned and talkative. At this age he and his sister are best friends and listening to their conversations is one of my favorite past times. Some of my favorites:
One my husband told me about, but I can totally picture it:
Him: “Hey, who’s that guy that made everything?”
Her: “You mean God?”
Him: “Oh yeah.”
and another one as I was driving them home after school:
Him: “Hey I saw you at lunch today, did you see me?”
Her: “Yes I waved, did you see me?”
Him: “Oh yeah I saw you.”
I could go on and on and on. I just love him and his colorful little personality to pieces and watching him grow over the years is such a privilege. Here are the memories from our day set to music in slideshow format. This format degrades the quality of the images but everyone who knows me and who has hired me to photograph their family knows I still love a slideshow!
And because I love “Then & Now” comparisons here is one of him as a 9 month old baby compared to him on his 4th birthday. <3
So it’s official that I am back to blogging on a personal level and whether I continue on a professional level remains to be seen. One thing I am sure of is that my needs and those of my family will come first and the rest will fall in line as God intends.
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