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week 4/52: all the time

She’s high flying, hearts and rainbows, tongue

week 1/52: hello 2015

New Year, new pig tail! On a side note, no one walks

week 49/52: horse lady

My whole life I knew she was a skilled horse lady.

week 47/52: all business

C working so hard the “tongue of concentration&#

week 46/52: thankful

I think one of my favorite thing about kids is that

week 45/52: not our christmas card

I was going for lightly posed togetherness for our

week 44/52: two front teeth

The tooth fairy cometh! (again) 35mm, ISO 4000, f/3.5,

week 41/52: tutu optional

The heavyweight and lightweight tickle champions face

week 34/52: coffee date

Happily interrupting any and all work at home time

week 33/52: kinder

Shirt chosen “incase someone forgets my name. Or

week 32/52: peeking

Just peeking in on a pal. 35mm, ISO 6400, f/4,1/400

week 31/52: paddle board boogie

35mm, ISO 320, f/6.3, 1/1000

week 30/52: big day, sorbet

Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor on Mackinac Island,

week 27/52: goggle giggle

50mm, ISO 500, f2/8, 1/800

week 26/52: muscles mcgill

Meet Muscles McGill. Her dad works out sometimes too.

week 25/52: gramma and grandpa were here

Gramma and Grandpa: hide and seeking, old maid playing

week 24/52: ruff

C tends to have a go big or go home philosophy on most

week 23/52: like a polaroid picture

Shaking it like a polaroid picture is so much cuter

week 22/52: pigs

“Pigs!” (as in pig tails) 50mm, ISO 4000, f

week 21/52: burger eating contest

Memorial weekend BBQ was clothing optional for the

week 20/52: uppy

“Up-peez. Uppy. Uppy. Uppy. UPPY!” You

week 19/52: polar bear club

Trust me that the water temperature did not deserve

week 18/52: saucy/sweet

There is no one so sweet and saucy at the same time as

week 17/52: toothy

Little big teeth on the way! 50mm, ISO6400, f/3.5, 1/

week 16/52: howl

I’m not sure that anyone is ever really having as

week 15/52: hummingbird

Trying out a little panning this week – We refer

week 14/52: birthday baba

Whenever the phone rings J runs for it yelling “

week 13/52: at the races

This year’s Steeplechase was BYOFHT. Bring Your

week 12/52: portrait of a little sister

35mm, ISO 6400, f/3.5, 1/800

week 11/52: beach puddles

High tide puddles are the infinity pools of the beach.

week 9/52: better than last year’s banana

Silly and suspicious are constantly rotating across

week 8/52: snow bunny

Teaching J the fine art of waiting for skiers to finish

week 7/52: snowballin’

Two generations of Pink Lightnings having a little (a

week 6/52: beauty tip

For those of us seeking  fuller looking hair consider

week 5/52: typical

A dinosaur, a unicorn and a horse listening intently to

week 4/52: streaker

J’s hobbies include: doing anything her big

week 3/52: super horsey

Introducing Super Horsey – here to neigh and jump

week 2/52: smile

Quickie smile break on the tramp. 35mm, ISO 3200, f/3.5

week 1/52: pink cadillac

OK, it’s no caddie but a girl can dream. 35mm,

week 52/52: a big job

The big sister: helping the little sister down and off

week 51/52: so merry

Santa was worried about a “shoot your eye out&#

week 50/52: the lip

J doesn’t have the upper body strength yet to

week 49/52: tree trimming

Overhead while decking our halls: “Mommy, this is

week 48/52: thinking

Tip from a deep thinking four year old: pondering is

week 47/52: asking too much

The moral of this story: taking turns is good but

week 46/52: tramptastic

It was a big weekend on the trampoline and J loves big

week 45/52: breakfast with baba

Cheerios, fruit squeezes and real squeezes. Lots to

week 44/52: stinger

No tricks, just treats. Also, all toddler diaper covers

week 43/52: carving team

This year’s carving team benefitted from the

week 42/52: pumpkin patching

Sweet sisterly choke hold. 50mm, ISO 1000, f/5.6, 1/

week 41/52: ready, steady

Ready? Steady? Twirl! 50mm, ISO 640, f/3.5, 1/640

week 40/52: peek

For my peeking Jane collection. 50mm, ISO 2000, f/3.2,

week 39/52: porch swing

Every house should come with a porch swing. For reals.

week 38/52: no pants friday

My girls are so classy. Happy No Pants Friday! 50mm,

week 37/52: plsssssss

When she really wants something (like “up”

week 36/52: meow

A face painting, cotton candy eating, good time at

week 35/52: new tub

One of my favorite things about our new house is the

week 34/52: pretty little horsies, in a line

When you go anywhere with C, you need to be ready to

week 33/52: weeeeeeee!

I’m pretty sure I want to be a four year old girl

week 32/52: aggressively joyful vs. joyfully aggressive

Toe-may-toe, toe-mah-toe. 35mm, ISO 200, f/3.5, 1/640 &

week 31/52: matchy matchy

“Hey T, wanna put on matching mismatched stripes

week 30/52: michigan

Meet my canine nieces. They also chase balls but when

week 29/52: color of summer

Welcome to the most fun backyard I have ever set foot

week 28/52: oh hello

Ever wonder if J was happy to see you after her nap?

week 27/52: breather

Sometimes, even in a parade, you have to take a

week 26/52: nothing left to do

It’s been so HOT here there is really nothing

week 25/52: lens (cap) lover

Show her an available lens cap and I’ll show you

week 24/52: father’s day

Dad’ing it up on the deck with freezing

week 23/52: i wish this one had sound

She loves me a lot but no one is funnier than her dad.

week 22/52: the unexpected

Look who’s walking…and who else was totally

week 21/52: water table season

The water table is by far my favorite of all the

week 20/52: peek-a-boo

Never gets old. Just doesn’t. 50mm, ISO 1000, f/4

week 19/52: the graduate

The graduate learned a lot this year – including

week 18/52: slow dance

Just a slow dance between friends. Note: I remember

week 17/52: runway show

One of C’s BFF’s is the daughter of one of

week 16/52: 2 wheels

It’s official, she does NOT get her sense of

week 15/52: tickle

I think this is what Tyra Banks meant by “smizing

week 14/52: four

Four, fabulous and finally loving frosting! 50mm, ISO

week 13/52: decisions, decisions

So many horsies, so little time. Neigh. 50mm, ISO 200,

march creativity exercise: perspective

Baby J spends the better part of her day looking up at

week 12/52: the switch

I’m pretty sure no one on earth is capable of

week 11/52: TP Hero

If toilet paper ever needed a hero, she’s here.

week 10/52: spring watch

Looks like the fabled “spring” might

week 9/52: birthday banana

What to do when your baby is allergic to all the cakes

february creativity exercise: food photography

I was thinking elaborately decorated cookie-polooza for

week 8/52: all business

Look who’s out of the bjorn and stalking her big

week 7/52: peek

Peek-a-boo: it’s not just for babies when there

week 6/52: practice

I think all those chins might have contributed to the

january creativity exercise: up-close portraiture

This month’s challenge is up-close portraiture

week 5/52: pug love

For my collection of pug love photos. We sure do

week 4/52: snow

Proof of our first backyard snow! Next time I have to

week 3/52: stairs

Now accepting bets on which one attempted the climb and

week 2/52: cheeks

Excuse the food face, these cheeks are tough to keep

week 1/52: pizza date

Out for her first pizza night with Grandpa (Gramma busy

week 52/52: pink lightning

Terrific end to this year’s (year two!) 52 Week

week 51/52: merry merry

Stop, drop and roll happy on Christmas morning. Giant

week 50/52: christmas in dc

We certainly missed the big tree in Seaside, FL but

week 49/52: the one of me and jane

Pre New Year’s resolution: be in more photos.

{ november monthly project } …blessings…

I have so much (loads, heaps and tons) to be

week 48/52: girl talk

Earlier in the day these two were spotted in the

week 47/52: baba was here!

As you can see everyone had an open mouth laughing good

week 46/52: backyard chase

Confession – I actually had trouble catching her

week 45/52: happy

I might need to brainstorm a new word to describe how

week 44/52: cooped up (sandy)

After a while even freshly watercolored paper airplane

week 43/52: swingstress

I hear ALL. THE. TIME. that I am not pushing a

week 42/52: bjornin’

I am well on my way to having enough photos of J

week 41/52: pfffffft

I’ve been waiting a long time (ok, 7

week 40/52: gummy smile

Baby J is not breaking any records for uninterrupted

week 39/52: a donkey will do

We seem to be on a farm/stable tour here –

week 38/52: cannonball

Canonballs: they aren’t just for swimming pools.

week 37/52: black-and-white-horsey

We have a horse lover on our hands. Neigh.

week 36/52: big laugh

Teenage C is bound to roll her eyes at me when I try to

week 35/52: carrots

Carrots are apparently no joke.

{ august monthly project } …playtime…

Magic wands and rubber band bracelets are two of C’s

week 34/52: chew toy

Chew, chew. Gnaw, gnaw. Drool. Deep baby thought. And

week 33:52: flight

Maybe it was all the airplanes hanging around but these

{ july monthly project } …summer…

Just one of the many important choices to be made in

week 32/52: dog treat?

A boy, his dog and some homegrown cucumbers&#

week 31/52: besties

My next order of business is ordering this one for C&#

week 29/52: chase

A rollicking game of chase open to anyone wearing a

week 28/52: dress up

Seems like there is a different costume every

week 27/52

Just a placeholder – I’m going to have to

{ june monthly project } …fatherhood…

Dads don’t mind making silly pucker faces all the

week 26/52: hello, summer

Summer in FL is a lot like spring. Only hotter. And

week 25/52: hey, it’s jane

I’m thinking we should check in with Baby J this

week 24/52: my own shadow

According to C “my own shadow is a very good

week 23/52: pool toys

C’s doggy paddle is a spectacle best viewed in

week 22/52: how we roll

Meet my entourage – currently on tour somewhere

{ may monthly project } …motherhood…

Universal truth of motherhood #478: If you manage to

week 21/52: aunt wo-ryn

C thinks her Aunt Loryn is pure magic. And Uncle Todd (

week 20/52: ‘nastics

Her first ballet recital was more photogenic (and you

week 19/52: patience does not live here

She didn’t eat a bite of the finished cupcakes

week 18/52: i wish i could remember what song was playing

Baby J likely has baby whiplash from me putting her

{ april monthly project } …friendship…

Real friends share consider sharing their popsicles

week 17/52: laughing out loud

M loves a good joke but rarely do I get laughs quite

week 16/52: tricks, cupcakes and pitch-ers

“Come on Mommy. I’m gonna show you some

week 15/52: gratuitous easter dress(es) shot

Baby J spent the second annual Eggs on the Beach Hunt

week 14/52: bath czar

C is loving this big sister gig…. she’s not

{ march monthly project } the way I view … happiness

I was sorry to miss participating in the CMpro blog

week 13/52: hmph.

In response to this stink face, I grabbed my camera and

week 12/52: big sister bounty

The mounds of big sister bounty we prepped for C may

week 11/52: sleepy newborn phase

Meet Jane! She enjoys sleeping, eating, deep meaningful

week 10/52: iphone update… it’s a girl!

Big news around here – C is officially a big sister!

week 9/52: debating

Deep in thought on whether the Baby Eat, Sleep, Poop

week 8/52: hide and seek

We had some great friends in town this past week and C

week 7/52: stray ballerina

Oh, Itty Bitty Ballet photo opp…. I just can&#

week 6/52: folding is not her strong suit

My little helperton has been very enthusiastic about &#

week 5/52: more triangle

Marching band is still a big crowd pleaser at

{ january monthly project } the way I view … new beginnings

I’m super excited to be a part of a new monthly

week 4/52: tub flair

She’s more of a mess maker than a liner up

week 3/52: when girl met goat

It was very hard to judge who was more excited here &#

week 2/52: itty bitty ballet

C’s world is a series of fun photo ops (I want to

new year, new 52 week project: week 1/52 2012 edition

This Humpty Dumpty didn’t exactly have a great

week 52/52

We headed out to the beach tonight to toast the New

week 51/52

A few years ago my mom gave us a set of woodland

week 50/52

C got to play with her pals C and B (daughters of my

week 49/52

Our trips to CA to visit family and friends are always

week 48/52

Christmas spoiler alert if you are related to C–

week 47/52

I’ve been trying for months (years really) to get

week 46/52

2 year olds in the middle of a rollicking game

week 45/52

Pugs are not known for their speed and love of

week 44/52

Smirking is the preferred way of eating deserts around

week 43/52

I usually try to avoid putting squinty pictures of

week 42/52

One of us struggled a little at the pumpkin patch

week 41/52

I can usually get the pony tail a little smoother but I

week 40/52

It’s finally Fall in FL which means it can be too

week 39/52

Laziness is not moving off the other side of the

week 38/52

Hard at work repairing a sandcastle that “someone

week 37/52

She really turns on the charm (and breaks into song)

week 36/52

Introducing my new assistant. She wasn’t really

week 35/52

Special guest stars on the blog for this week’s

week 34/52

Lots of fun was had this week with C’s visiting

week 33/52

I had to put the camera down quickly to make sure this

week 32/52

Popsicles are a big part of our summer cooling strategy

week 31/52

When you’re 2, it’s never too hot or humid

week 30/52

This past Monday one of C’s BFFs got herself her

week 29/52

Although she is super chatty, sometimes when she wants

week 28/52

Gone are the days of the timid approach into the (tiny

week 27/52

It might seem less hot and humid when you’re

week 26/52

C is all about somersaults at toddler gymnastics. She&#

Happy Father’s Day!

One of the great things about a dad is that they will

week 24/52

Two year olds are not still very often – I had to

week 23/52

I was originally going with something with actual

week 22/52

She still uses her crib like a trampoline but she’

week 21/52

I was plotting a way to incorporate the wood on our

week 20/52

C got her first haircut this past weekend. I was

week 19/52

C could not be happier to have her Baba visiting this

week 18/52

Our unheated pool is finally getting warm which means

week 17/52

We’re just back from a super fun week in NC where

week 16/52

C loves to play in sand pits other people have dug out

week 15/52

C and I had a belated birthday lunch of gelato

birthday girl

Taking her two year old self out for a birthday spin on

week 14/52

C lived it up on vacation last week. 6 adults to play

week 13/52

It doesn’t matter how many toys I bring to the

week 12/52

I don’t have much of a green thumb so we welcomed

week 11/52

Now that it stays lighter later C’s dad can meet

week 10/52

C helped her dad celebrate his birthday last week &#

week 9/52

I’ve been playing around with black and white

week 8/52

There are a lot of things C loves to do with her dad

week 7/52

T.G.F.R.S.S. That’s Thank God For Red

week 6/52

Excuse the tardy weekly post but we had some

week 5/52

Big news weekly photo lookers – we’

week 4/52

C loves everything about bubbles. Chasing them,

week 3/52

She doesn’t actually sing all the words to the

week 2/52

Another day, another wagon ride! I am at risk

week 1/52

So we headed over to the playground this morning for

A little practice before starting the project…

I meant practice for me (it’s my very