Jan in AZ (third comment) will be receiving a copy of Rebecca’s book (email me your address Jan!) And lest you doubt a women’s connection to food **holy empty calories BATMAN** there are some delicious guesses in those 250+ comments. Man I love a great blog response — so sorry to keep you waiting. Basically, summer is in full swing and if I thought my house was full of commotion before school got out (yikes!) We’re headed to my M&Ds today on the Seattle side of the state (Happy July 4th btw) for the weekend. Van is packed and ready to go and I got up extra early to spend some quiet time in my office and post to my blog!!
Here’s pictorial review of what’s transpired since my last post:
Taught classes at Apropos in Spokane and enjoyed another Glimpses reception. Seeing these albums in countries and stores everywhere has affected me in ways you’ll never know.
I wish you could see Tiffany’s photos and Melissa’s album in a box and read Stacey’s thoughts — regardless of what stage the albums are in — there is so much of a person’s life and perspective that jumps off each page. Just can’t say enough about the glimpses project.
And, OK — stop the ride, I want to get off for just a minute!! What is my baby doing helping me unload the dishwasher. Can you believe how big she is?
Her first birthday was on Sunday (keep reading) and I’m just freaked out by how fast she is growing.
Remember the pumpkin cookies — here they are before I ate my share (an undisclosed number) I enjoyed three days of strategy/planning meetings last week in Utah — so LOVE being with these people …
we are all waiting on pins and needles to hear about Elisha (right front) who is having a baby any minute.
also did some fun shots for our upcoming special issue Scrapbook PLAY
here is wonderful Marin (graphic designer– one of those key behind-the-scenes people) who works with Cathy to design the magazine in the photo studio.
spent a couple of evenings with my sister Darci and this cute boy!
Gotta love that golden light. Trips to Utah are so FUN.
Came home and picked Allison up at the airport. She spent a couple of days with Paula and then flew to Spokane. In addition to a two-day family photo shoot, we stood in line for ….
the last two 8 gigabyte iphones in Spokane Valley — Ok, technically we paid Jenna (bless her heart) to sit in line for four hours and we showed up for the last hour. And can I just say, I have NEVER done anything remotely this *cool* before — but I have become quite the Mac (can’t say geek, b/c I’m still so darn tech-challenged) enthusiast since Cathy convinced me to buy my first little laptop four years ago (speaking of Cathy — her post about irony, pretty funny) and might I just add, my iphone ROCKS. I’ve been saving my money, ever since I watched Mr. Jobs’ 45 minute presentation six months ago — this (what some are calling a bunch of marketing hype around an overpriced phone) is going to change the way I live (and I’m totally serious.)
Anyway, back to Allison — it was so enlightening to watch her photograph my family. I so want to see what she sees through her lens and learn to capture LIFE they way she does (there’s some foreshadowing for BPS students in this comment btw.) Above are the two photos Jenna and I took waiting in the iphone line and here is one that Allison took …
Hello? This is so me and she got it!! I cannot wait to see the rest of what she took. I cried at least three times — she brings out some serious emotion in people.
Allison left and I shifted into birthday prep mode for Addie. We had a party on Sunday with family friends and even dressed her in the traditional Han Bok for a Korean ritual where baby gets to pick an item from among several that predict a life course or blessing (Margaret Scarbrough gave Addie this beautiful dress btw.)
Money – means success in business
Rice - means she’ll be well provided for
String – a long life
Paper – she’ll pursue and succeed in academics
you get the idea. Geof added the golf ball (recreation/athletics) and I added the crayons (creativity) and our sweet little Addie, who normally reaches for anything and everything, sat there in complete indecision.
I’d like to think she was overwhelmed by the decision, but it was more likely the crowd staring down at her. Geof put her on his lap and then when we noticed little beads of sweat forming on her forehead …
we undressed her. She still sat there, until someone said "get the iphone — she clearly doesn’t see anything that interests her. And there you have it — our high-tech baby girl!!
As soon as Addie made her choice, our little friend Sophie grabbed money and we all cracked up.
Then it was on to less inspiring birthday traditions involving …
cake and a big mess.
I did attempt to see things differently through my lens at Addie’s party and I got this
that I will leave with you as a parting shot.
Evidence of people I love in my home — enjoy the holiday and the weekend — soak up summer and friends and all that is good in your life.
and … try and capture something that perhaps you haven’t seen before!!