Sunday, March 27, 2011
That sounds a little weird but it is, in fact, my new reality. I turned 40 last week. I'm not hung up on the age thing, really. Birthdays always make me feel somewhat reflective, especially with "milestone" birthdays. In general, my 30's were better than my 20's and I'm looking forward to my 40's being even better.
One of the best parts about my birthday this year was that I got to celebrate it in La Paz, Mexico. What a beautiful, relaxing, soulful place. We spent a week lounging by the pool, swimming with sea lions, exploring the beach, eating wonderful food and drinking wonderful tequila! Not a bad way to spend any week, but in particular a birthday week.
La Paz had a lot of texture. I was struck by the feeling of so many things there and how authentic it felt. Between the four of us there, we took hundreds of photos and some of my favorite highlight the textures. Here are just a few examples...
Monday, March 7, 2011
I captured a couple of highlights here, but there are of course many more stories to tell...
We had a really wonderful trip. Alex was brave enough to go on every ride. In fact, he became a total roller coaster fanatic! First with Space Mountain, then on California Screamin'. I believe that we went on those two rides a total of about 12 times! His reaction was so adorable. At the end of each ride, he would pump his fists and scream "Oh yeah!" "AWESOME!". Too cool.
Two years ago when we went to Disney Alex was still such a little guy. Now he seems much more like a boy. Quite bittersweet to be sure.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Let me give you a quick review of my three lessons so far. Lesson #1: I was excited to learn, sore and maybe concussed by the time we left the mountain and so sore the next morning that I though I wouldn't be able to get out of bed. Literally it was the most pain I've ever caused myself. Lesson #2: I made it through one hour of my two hour lesson. When I came in my knee was swollen and totally bruised and my tailbone (still sore from the week prior when I started) was on fire. Luckily we had a week off due to weather. Lesson #3: I loved it! It was awesome... the snow was great, there was lots of powder, I stopped falling all the time. It was really perfect. I was ready to quit if it didn't go well. Lesson #3 was make it or break it and I'm so glad that I stuck with it for one more week!
Alex's story of snowboarding is a little more straightforward. Lesson #1: He loved it. Lesson #2: He loved it even more. Lesson #3: He loved it even more again. He loves the snow. He has a great attitude and never gives up. Whenever he falls, he just pops right back up. It's awesome.
I'm really glad that we're learning this together and I hope that we can continue to enjoy the mountain for quite a while.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
I'll be back with more layouts tomorrow because seriously, how can I can compete with that?
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Here is day 5:
Isn't he just the cutest? Our dear friend Matthew captured that awesome picture of Alex blowing out the candles on his cake and it was screaming to be highlighted!
This photo is pretty awful, but I grabbed a bunch of photos my mom took at her place and created a story. Alex is really very photogenic, so that's about all it takes to make a great page!
Friday, February 4, 2011
Today's layout is basically the "gag reel" of my photo shoot of Alex for our Christmas card. I had the idea to wrap him up in lights like a Christmas tree. The execution didn't quite match what I had in my mind, but he had a lot of fun playing with the lights and I had a lot of fun playing with my camera. And, in the end, we ended up with a pretty cute picture for the card!