December in My Corner of the World…

This is the twelfth and final month of a year-long blog circle I am participating in with about a dozen women from around the world… at the end of the post is a link to the next blog and a view of their world in December.
Should you complete the circle you will come back to my blog again…

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It’s been an entire year since I began this project with a group of wonderful and dedicated photographers
from around the world.  I have created new friendships, snuck peeks at their world, and kept a
monthly journal of the happenings in my world, in Wilmington, Delaware.  I’m so thankful for this project
and the memories I forced myself to shoot and share.

Abby has gone from a 4 year old to a 5 year old and become more independent and confident.
Owen went from a 1 year old to a 2 year old and has lost a bit of his babyish looks and learned to talk so much.

This December… in our corner…

Some Christmas, some snow days, some snow tears… and above all, lots of love
Thanks so much for following along with this blog circle!  Please continue the circle and visit my friend,  Rebecca Spencer for her peek at December!

August in My Corner of the World

This is the eighth month of a year-long blog circle I am participating in with about a dozen women from around the world… at the end of the post is a link to the next blog and a view of their world in August.
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View January-July My Corner of the World Posts

This month (actually the last week of July into the first few days of August) we spent in Canaan Valley, West Virginia.
This vacation is our annual “Cousin’s Week” which began as a weekend and grown larger.
We stayed on Timberlane Ski resort — and obviously didn’t do much skiing.
It was a week full of fun, memories, and a whole lot of nothing to do!

I photographed stars for the first time.  It was exciting and frustrating.  There was no light pollution and the nights were DARK.
To see the Milky Way was beyond amazing!
Abby loves space (last year she was an astronaut for Halloween and Owen was an alien).  We let her stay up later one night to come see the stars– and even peeked into her telescope.

Thank for checking me out this month! Please continue through the circle by visiting my friend Marissa Gifford and see what her corner of the world looks like in August!

july in my corner of the world

This is the seventh month of a year-long blog circle I am participating in with about a dozen women from around the world… at the end of the post is a link to the next blog and a view of their world in July.
Should you complete the circle you will come back to my blog again…

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July has been hot… really hot. We’ve worked hard at staying indoors and sneaking out to the pool occasionally.
Staying inside forces me to watch the kids and how they can find an adventure in any tiny day.
For this month, I have decided to capture one ordinary July day in it’s entirety.
I wanted as many details as I could muster and the addition of our mess as the day progresses.
My hope is that next summer I will glance back and notice how different yet the same things are…

This is an untidy glimpse into our July.
The day: Friday, July 19th
Weather: 92 degrees and sunny with lots of haze

Note: Some of the pictures are from my iPhone simply because I have an irrational
fear of taking my camera anywhere out of the ordinary where people might look at me and judge. . . an issue I need to seek help for:)

8:07am Our morning begins…. nice and lazy!

9:00am The breakfast grind… and playtime… and coffee… vaccuming & other cleaning (with a little Kelly & Michael on the side)

10:30am While the kids play I shoot some macros for a Clickinmoms project…

12:00pm Laundry time in our 100% not clean basement.
Today’s lunch menu: Peanut Butter and Jelly Crackers
And Owen cries because I asked him to get his shoes (Owen cries… a lot….)

1:45pm We head out to drop Abby at her summer Spanish camp at the local Gymboree. The return home for a nap and mom’s quiet (computer) time.

4:00pm It’s time to pick Abby up! We go next to the YMCA – I work out and the kids go to the childcare there for an hour.
(These are all iPhone pictures…)

5:30pm Snack time with Sophia the First and Clif Z Bars.
7:15pm Dad gets home and it’s Friday so we are grabbing food at our favorite Mexican Restaurant followed by a trip to the ‘beer store’

8:30pm Return home… we look at a talking birthday card that Owen got a few weeks ago and has been sitting in our car ever since
Kids help unload the beer (their favorite ritual….)
I get in some pictures!
It’s Daddy’s night for putting the kiddos to be
Abby says she isn’t tired and asks to read books with her light on.

9:15pm time for t.v…. we are currently watching “Orange is the New Black”

Thank for checking me out this month! Please continue through the circle by visiting my friend Rebecca Spencer and see what her corner of the world looks like in July!

June in my corner of the world

This is the sixth month of a year-long blog circle I am participating in with about a dozen women from around the world… at the end of the post is  a link to the next blog and a view of their world in June.
Should you complete the circle you will come back to my blog again…

View January-May’s My Corner of the World Posts”

June has come and gone like a flash.
Days have gotten warmer, but not too bad yet this year.

Abby had her very first dance recital.  Her and I used rehearsal day to sneak a few artsy shots in.
She did so beautifully and lite up on stage…

We live about an hour from the beach so this summer with include lots of day and weekend beach trips….
Many weekends have been rainy but we found one to squeeze in – so far…

And we have spent lots of time outdoors – enjoying the sun…  and finding “baby berries”

Thank for checking me out this month!  Please continue through the circle by visiting Justine Knight  and see what her corner of the world looks like for June!

april in my corner of the world

This is the fourth month of a year-long blog circle I am participating in with about a dozen women from around the world… at the end of the post is  a link to the next blog and a view of their world in April.
Should you complete the circle you will come back to my blog again…

What a change April brought to us…

The weather is warmer
The colors are popping from the ground
The Earth, again, has begun to grow once more
Life exists outdoors instead of in…

delaware-family-photographer

My husband and I also had the pleasure of a 5 day trip to ourselves.
This was the first time we have been alone for more than 1 night since we had kids…
For two days, I took a photography workshop and the other three we spent traveling southern California’s coast…

melissa-stottmann-photographer

Please continue the circle to see what April looks like in other areas of our world.
Next up, please visit my friend, Rebecca Spencer, from Buckinghamshire, England for her take on “April In My Corner of the World”

February In My Corner of the World

This is the second month of a blog circle, I am participating in, with about a dozen women from around the world… at the end of the post is  a link to the next blog.
Should you complete the circle you will come back to my blog again…

Oh, February.  We are so ready to be outside again… so many small snow’s leaving just a dusting of whiteness.
The light is starting to sneak back during the evenings and the days are finally waking out of their darkness.
The buds have been poking through in the front bed of our home.

Abigail had her first Valentine’s Day party at school.
Together, we worked on ‘Shrinky Dink’ cards.  How she adored watching them shrink & flip in the oven.
Our entire beginning of February was dedicated to Valentines Day, and rightfully so, we showed our love for one another beautifully…

A short interview with Abby:

Q: Why is Valentine’s Day your favorite holiday?
A: Because… I get to write purple, red & pink hearts. Any kind of color. And that’s all- that’s why I love Valentine’s Day so much.

Q: Who is your Valentine?
A: My Valentine is my mommy.  Because she is my favorite person and I love her.

Q: Who is Owen’s Valentine?
A: I think it’s me- because I’m his big sister.  Wait… I think it’s you (mom).

Some quotes while making the Valentines:

“Mom, can I tie these ribbons on however I want?  I don’t  want to listen to rules.”
“This is not as easy as I thought it would be- I thought this was just coloring cards”

There was one day that touched 50 degrees…  We worked our way outdoors for a mere 20 minutes before we lost the sun.
Owen started walking in early December, I learned that, while he has mastered indoor walking, he does not have an affinity for outdoor walking just yet.
He also seems to have forgotten how to play outdoors, at all.  He certainly did not enjoy our short lived adventure… maybe soon?

Please continue the circle to see what February looks like in other areas of our world.
Next up, please visit my friend, Bay Area Photographer, Ava Hristova from Zemya Photography for her take on “February In My Corner of the World”