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tis true. which is why i’ve been offline, and why i’ll continue to be for awhile.
hope to be back soon. 
'til then, tumblr.
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tis true. which is why i’ve been offline, and why i’ll continue to be for awhile.

hope to be back soon. 

'til then, tumblr.

(via)

my favorite pic of my sis. i’ve carried it everywhere with me. faded by time & wrinkled by little baby drew fingers. love you so much @mismaris! happy bday again & again. xxoo (Taken with Instagram)

my favorite pic of my sis. i’ve carried it everywhere with me. faded by time & wrinkled by little baby drew fingers. love you so much @mismaris! happy bday again & again. xxoo (Taken with Instagram)


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National Geographic, February  1976


do you find yourself falling in love with different things as you age? i certainly do. one of the things i’ve fallen in love with recently is this (see above). no, i’m not talking about camping; i’d rather pluck my eyeballs out with a fork. i’m talking about TREES. my mom said my grandpa also loved them. i find myself taking pictures of them constantly, reading about various types/terminology and downloading apps on my iphone to help me identify them on the go!
yes, i’m strange. and smitten by trees.
it helps that i live in an urban forest.
(i love you, california.)

ofnationalgeographic:

National Geographic, February  1976

do you find yourself falling in love with different things as you age? i certainly do. one of the things i’ve fallen in love with recently is this (see above). no, i’m not talking about camping; i’d rather pluck my eyeballs out with a fork. i’m talking about TREES. my mom said my grandpa also loved them. i find myself taking pictures of them constantly, reading about various types/terminology and downloading apps on my iphone to help me identify them on the go!

yes, i’m strange. and smitten by trees.

it helps that i live in an urban forest.

(i love you, california.)

my lil girl feels the music in her bones.  love her so.

scrolling down my tumblr feed this afternoon, this photo from once wed made me pause. it’s lovely, isn’t it?
just a tip- my last photography instructor said to pay close attention to this pause…when a photo captures your attention, if only for a few milliseconds. this is especially true when you’re editing your own work. when you’ve uploaded your photos, your best images are the ones that will make you slow down and/or linger a bit longer. sometimes you won’t even realize you’re doing it until you’re ready to move on to the next image. and most times you won’t be able to explain why you paused. don’t waste your time scrolling through the upload, searching for the perfect composition/capture; give heed to the breaks, where you find yourself resting…even if it’s on an “imperfect” photo, one that’s cropped incorrectly, or too light/dark, etc. it might just be your best work yet. 

scrolling down my tumblr feed this afternoon, this photo from once wed made me pause. it’s lovely, isn’t it?

just a tip- my last photography instructor said to pay close attention to this pause…when a photo captures your attention, if only for a few milliseconds. this is especially true when you’re editing your own work. when you’ve uploaded your photos, your best images are the ones that will make you slow down and/or linger a bit longer. sometimes you won’t even realize you’re doing it until you’re ready to move on to the next image. and most times you won’t be able to explain why you paused. don’t waste your time scrolling through the upload, searching for the perfect composition/capture; give heed to the breaks, where you find yourself resting…even if it’s on an “imperfect” photo, one that’s cropped incorrectly, or too light/dark, etc. it might just be your best work yet. 

so many things

(photo above has nothing to do w/the blog post, i just love her lil smirk.)

well, hello again. hope you’re all well and healthy. we are finally getting there ourselves; we have been sick, sick, sick. nasty stomach flu. first asher, then reese, then me. thankfully tristan was spared. it was awful and lingered for weeks…just when we thought it was gone, it struck again. UGH.

having said that, there are some positive things about having the flu. watching your kiddos sleep and snuggling a lot b/c they don’t feel like doing much else (and neither do you). also, reading. i love to read, and i was able to read so much. down time always restores, even though it doesn’t always feel like it. overall though, the biggest upside to being sick was (is) the perspective it brings…we are so blessed to have good health most of the time. a much needed reminder. be thankful, always.

anyway, here are some of my rambling thoughts this afternoon.

  1. do you love reading articles, essays and features as much as i do? if so, this will be your new favorite tumblr. every night before bed, i choose a different piece to read. i’m finding that i’ve already read so many, but there are always new-to-me ones to discover.
  2. if you like being in the loop, sign up for this newsletter immediately. it’s the only one i read every single day, and soon you’ll see why. just trust me ok? (i no longer have time to surf the web like i used to, but i don’t have to b/c of people like him! oh and maria popova on twitter - follow her if you don’t already.)
  3. if you’re one of the few people on the planet who hasn’t seen this viral video, the view of the iss at night, stop what you’re doing and watch it right now (bonus points for headphones and full-screen viewing). it’s a timelapse of our beautiful earth at night taken from the international space station — i almost didn’t click on it b/c quite frankly i’m sick of timelapses, but this one is magical. emotional. goose-bumps all over. ahh, i’ll be right back, i need to go watch it again.
  4. the olympics! i’m getting so excited to watch everything & thought i’d share some of the links i’ve found to teach asher about the games: here, here and here. thought this viewing guide for kids was helpful as well, although i wish it were more comprehensive - yes i am a nerd.
  5. it’s so strange to read a book and realize that you’ve already read so many of the sentences/passages from tumblr and pinterest without knowing it. i guess that’s why it was such a good read (have you read it?). i’m constantly blown away by the power of words and the way some people are able to string them together. (p.s. hey nerdfighters, which john green book should i read next?)
  6. and finally, like everyone else, i was so sad to read about the shooting in CO last week. i don’t have anything to say that hasn’t already been said. simply sending love and prayers.

have a good weekend all.

xx

A + R on the trampoline.
(Taken with Instagram)

A + R on the trampoline.

(Taken with Instagram)