Monday, October 20, 2014

Recent portrait sessions



Autumn is my favorite time of year to photograph people. The scenery and the light.  Oh the magical light!  I always feel lucky to spend a sliver of time with families in a golden hour of light.  I always hop into my car at the end of the session mystified at where the time went and caught up in the world I saw through my lens.




Seven years ago I took a similar photo of these sisters which their parents wanted recreated.  What beautiful young women they've become.

-dana

Monday, October 13, 2014

And so we hiked


Everyday has some place to be. Something to do. Soccer practice. Or games. Clogging. And Razor is training for a marathon which requires lots and lots of time running. On this day, he called me over lunch and suggested we pack sandwiches and go for a hike. Oh, I said. It is our only free evening in forever. Wouldn't you just rather stay home? Maybe, he said.  But the skies are clear and we will be able to see for miles.









I'm so glad we hiked.

-dana

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Recent Clogging Videos



These are two of my favorites that the girls are clogging. The first is a waltz clog and the second is Irish. Hope they make you smile as much as they do me!

-dana

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fitting into these days

It looks like this right now. My girls busy with things. And friends. And stuff. Razor busy with things and stuff. Me too. I'm busy with things and stuff. And still we sit down at the kitchen table every night for dinner together.  Every night. Because it's what we do and what, I think, keeps us centered.  It's where I hear about what happened at soccer practice and Razor hears about what happened at school.  It's where we remind each other of tomorrow's dentist appointment.  Or that cat food needs to be added to the grocery list. Or that burping isn't polite at the dinner table but is still hilariously funny even to the grumpiest one there.

At ages 15 and almost 13, the girls have active social calendars.  Which is good.  And exhausting. Sometimes we say no but usually we say yes.


The busy-ness of it all has been building.  And I try to stay in the present.  Try to be right here, right now and not worry/plan/think/dwell on what comes next. I don't always succeed but I try. I look out the window and see my kids when they don't know I'm watching. When did she get so tall that she can jump and reach the limb? When did she become such an animated story teller among friends? Well, lookie there, they can discuss something and work it out by themselves.


I know a lesson is trying to reveal itself to me. I've felt it just out of reach for months. I've tried to sit down and write about it. But I don't know what it is yet. It's wrapped up in the busy-ness. It's why I'm struggling to find a regular blogging routine. It's why I'm trying to figure out what my plan is after writing a book. My kids are busy and filling there time with more of the world. It's okay for me to be filling my time with more too.
Clarity will come.

Until then, there is dinner around the kitchen table. I can always count on that.

-dana

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Delectable Mountains quilt in solids

 

This is a traditional Delectable Mountains quilt block pattern made in a rainbow of solids.  And my current favorite to curl up with on the couch.




I don't name quilts.  Do you?

-dana

Friday, September 26, 2014

Today I'm...


--  Loving having the windows open.

-- Sneezing a bit more because the windows are open.  But I'm good with that.

--  Planning to make stuffed green peppers for dinner.  

--  And maybe apple pie.

--  Making a list of the things I need to bring with me Sunday to the Asheville Quilt Show.  I'll be signing books from 1:00-3:00 pm.  I hope to meet some of you there!  

--  Debating between power washing the patio or sewing today.  The weather makes me think I should choose power washing.

--  Obsessed with Friday Night Lights.  We've been re watching it on Netflix.  Almost done with season one.  So good.

--  Ready for the weekend.

-dana


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

It just never gets old



It really never gets old.  Razor even does it now and then.

-dana

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