Saturday, June 28, 2008

A stroll


A stroll, originally uploaded by poetic mama.

It's been a bit quiet around the blog this week, because we are easing our way into summer. Next week will be quiet too... we're off to our first five of us vacation ever!!! I'm sure some pictures of our fun will show up here. Enjoy your summer!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

I feel so much better...

In light of recent criticism I heard swirling over my head about me and this sweet little space I like to call home; this made me laugh... Put that in your book!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Boo's New Do...

My boy, he's growing up. Today he got his first summer buzz cut. He looks so adorable!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Critique

So I finished my first unit of my photography course a couple of weeks ago and I submitted my tests and my photo projects. Here are the photos I submitted:


Speed


Selective Focus



Great Depth of Field



The criticism wasn't nearly bad as I feared... and I learned alot from my mentor! I love this program!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

School's Out

Summer is here!!! We are all excited around here and we decided to usher the season in with gusto! There were strawberries for mid morning snack.



There was a chance to finally put together the wood birdhouse...



..and the race car.




And the best part of it all...Today is Pajama Day!!! ''The kids...aka Boo is wearing pj's all day long!!!



It is so good to have the time to slow down and play!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Father's Day Table


I love having my life organized enough to have time to pull a table together for a celebration. I want us to be surrounded by a touch of beauty, especially when we are celebrating fatherhood and a family members birthday. It was casual with a little classic pop. So much fun to put together!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Papa



I love my husband for so many reasons and this time of year I am struck by what an incredible father he is. Our children are the light of his world. He is kind, fun, compassionate, wise, and patient with the kids... and how he fathers, is just an outflow of who he is in the world. I fell in love with these traits in him a long time ago and it was undoubtedly the best decision I have ever made.

***Now this next part is a little love note to my honey...but you can all sneak a peak too... and maybe it will inspired you as well!***

Thank you hon for helping me equip these kids with the tools they need to navigate this life. You are a model to us all. You have eyes that are open to the amazing and subtle, a voice that speaks with grace and truth, a presence that is unashamed to be as created, and a heart that is overflowing with love and gratitude. You are these things to me and to the kids and because of that, our kids are breathing in your essence every day. For that I am so grateful!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Dropping Out

So I woke up one morning, not so long ago, and I realized that I have no desire to be a part of the perfect housewives society...so I'm officially a dropout now, and I am wearing that label proudly.

What was I thinking?!?

Hmmm... I sense a poetry/photo project on the horizon...Stay Tuned!

Picket Fence


Red Fence, originally uploaded by poetic mama.

In my mind’s eye lay the image of a picket fence
long ago erected with terror and sorrow
a bound of lies to this day trapping my heart
washing white with crimson shame

a brush stroke to hide the silent cry
a nail in the side of the post
leaving a dream shattered into nothingness
cloaked in broken discourse

the chosen white wash appeared mild, even meek
setting a tone of quiet hush
the cornerstone of an ignorant bliss
created to represent the boundary of security

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Boy Playing


Boy Playing, originally uploaded by poetic mama.

Gratuitous Mommy Brag... I love my sweet boy!

Knitting through the fear and loathing


I am just a beginner knitter, but I already understand the essence of meditation inherently woven into the art of knitting. Having needles and yarn in my hand naturally calms me and brings my soul into center. As I was knitting today, I realized how much anger, fear, and loathing I am pouring out of my soul and into my work on the needles. It is fitting that my current project is a prayer shawl. It makes me stop and wonder about how many garments and blankets have been woven together through the ages in this very same way. Women and men of every age and every culture are bound together by the fact that out of the depth of our deepest darkness can come a truly amazing new creation that transcends our own circumstance. I am grateful to this art form and I am proud to take my place in its history. My mother stoked the fire of knitting in me and I hope to pass this same passion down to my kid’s as they become ready.

Monday, June 9, 2008

A hard look in the mirror


Self Portrait, originally uploaded by poetic mama.

Now that the business of gestating and nursing babies is coming to an end, it's time for me to take a hard look at what it was like to live with me during those amazingly life altering years... and it is a tough task. I see my strengths magnified and my weaknesses in ALL CAPS. It is okay...life is often like this, but it is, oh so important for me to take this time and look very carefully at my own reflection.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Seeing Vince Vaughn


Sometimes I love living close enough to L.A., where seeing a actor or actress is possible in my everyday life. Today I sat several rows back from the Wedding Crasher himself at the Dodger game and it was great to see him be just a really great guy. People came up to him throughout the entire game and he was nice and chatty with every person that he gave an autograph to. I also saw him chat it up with the ESPN crew close by and the team photographer. He seems like a real and down to earth guy!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Lines


On the Way, originally uploaded by poetic mama.

Today's post is my first attempt at understand the flow of a composition and the way lighting impacts it. What a joy it is to learn something new!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

On the Way


On the Way, originally uploaded by poetic mama.

I spend way too much time on the way to the next thing. It's part of why my senses became dull. I hope that in this new season of my life, I will be able to stay connected to my experience as I journey from here to there.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Breaking a pattern

My senses have been dulled for some time and as I awake from my emotional slumber, I am finding it very difficult to break the pattern of autopilot in my life. It is happening... my mind's eye is becoming more and more present in my daily living and now I am needing to practice it every day. I need to search for that perspective in everything from the big to the small. In the next several weeks you are going to see some photos that are a reflection of that process for me. I want the pics to be raw and emotional. They will be found in my daily life... you know in my comings and goings. Forgive me as this process feels messy... I ask you humor me as I journey down the path of new awareness.

So for today:





This view is on the path from my home to my local Goodwill. I travel down this unkept road all of the time...mostly just trying to get through the mess and industry and desolation. Yesterday I stopped and took some pics. These the first installment.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

I had a very productive weekend...

I was able to finish the blankets and give them to the kiddos:




They love their new blankets, and I am already started on my new project! I also managed to finally hem my dining room and living room drapes... which is three years in the making! I even managed to complete a seam that was finally worthy of my lineage. It's taken months of practice! I love that I am able to devote time to creating again!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Birthday Celebration


Birthday Celebration, originally uploaded by poetic mama.

No title needed


Mr. President, originally uploaded by poetic mama.

So my personal photo project for the month of June is noticing the world around me and making a focused effort on capturing images we are constantly trying so hard to ignore. So it was perfect that I parked right near this car at the mall today. The sign says it all.