Today we decorated the Christmas tree at my mom’s house. This tree was kind of special, as it was the first tree in the new house, it was the first real tree that Hannah had gone to cut down and it was the first tree that we decorated together. We also strung popcorn that night, which was another first for Hannah. I had a lot of fun and it was nice sharing these traditions with her. The tree turned out beautiful and I think a great Christmas is in store for the new house.
This is Tami, my mother. She is mom to all five of us crazy kids. She is wonderful woman who has been through everything with all of us. She was not only my mom but also my teacher who taught me from 1st grade up until I graduated high school. She is incredibly strong and has been through more shit than a person should go through. She is determined, smart, caring and is always there for us even in the dead of night. She has been the best mom any kid could ask for and I love her so much.
So I know this photo probably makes zero sense to those of you who are actually still around and still reading this. I have gotten far behind on posts and I have to be honest, I have not been taking photos every day like I should. That being said it has been incredibly busy lately with school, work, and trying to help Mom move to a new house. But I promise I will do better and I will finish this challenge. Some of the posts will be using old photos. But back to this photo, which is a year old, out of place and not my best. When I saw this photo tonight it meant a lot to me. This tree was a little pine tree that me and Abbie bought for Mom on Mother’s day for the house, because she so badly wanted a pine tree. One day it would get big enough to decorate. Well, it is still little but that year she decorated it and it looked really pretty, though small, out in the yard covered in snow. This tree made the house even more of a home. Today we moved out of that house, or at least started to, and moved elsewhere. And it was kinda hard. That place was our home for some six years or so. It was beautiful and it was full of so many memories, like this little tree. And it was not easy packing things up and moving out. But nothing is permanent in this life and things change. We move on and hold the memories of past homes with us. And this home was a great one.
Today I was able to go home and see my mom. It was nice to be back, but also kind of sad. Our house is officially sold and she will be moving soon. I know I am away most of the time, but that house was home and it was hard to see things being packed up. I had to pack up part of my room also and it was weird. It is hard saying good bye to a place that has been home for years and where so many memories have taken place. The entire area holds memories. The fields, woods, and roads are home too. As we drove back from the new house where she will be moving we saw this burned up combine. It was a prototype that obviously failed quite badly. It was an interesting sight to see. And I sit here and try to form some profound connection between home and a burned combine and I can’t. This photo is just another photo of what I call home and what soon will not be home.
Today I got to do a photo shoot with Brandy, Abbie, Hannah and Mom. Originally I had invited Brandy, and then we got Abbie and Mom to come along and Hannah came to shoot pictures too. It was a great day. I got to help Brandy with a shoot in the morning, then get some great shots with all of them, have lunch and I even got to see Hannah’s family. This was one of the shots I got, my favorite ladies. My best friends, my mom who has always been there for me no matter what, my sisters, and my amazing girlfriend.
What a day!!! Had possibly my two favorite shoots, in one day and I’m more than happily exhausted! Starting the day as awesome as I did, I knew it was going to be great!!
The saying ‘everything happens for a reason’ proved to be true this afternoon. A place that I had planned to do my senior photos at, had a closed & locked gate. I’m glad. It opened up several other beautiful shots that I would have missed had I not been challenged to take the ‘long way’.
I also got to spend a couple hours in the studio with Chandler, Hannah, Abigail & mom. It was a lot of fun watching Chandler & Hannah work together and do their thing.
More than thankful for the opportunities that I had today<3
This is a shot from my Polaroid 600. I’m still trying to get the hang of it as it is a little harder than what I thought it would be. Today I thought I would get a shot of these flowers at my mom’s house and even the the shot is a little blurry, I like it. I think it has an interesting look and a nice old feel to it.
As a child I was often ‘required’ to help in the garden. Somehow I always got stuck in the green bean row. Weeding and picking the beans. It was unreal how many beans could grow in a number of rows. Then, snapping them, at each end. However, fresh green beans are so crisp and delicious!!!! Mom was kind enough to bring me a bag of pre snapped fresh green beans! <3!
This is my beautiful sister Abigail! I’ll never forget the day my parents told me they were pregnant with her. My response was, “Well, I’m daddy’s little girl, so I hope its a boy.” Nine months later in the delivery room the Dr congratulated our family with a little girl. I started balling. My dad hugged me and said I’d always be his little girl (we all know Abbie is his favorite 😉 ) So its stuck, which one of us is the favorite daughter, we go back and forth often with it.
In our crazy family and this crazy world, she’s had to find herself. She’s done a beautiful job of it.
I’m so proud of you Monkey! Your an amazingly beautiful woman.
Blueberry pancakes, black coffee, and bacon. A great breakfast. This week I have been on spring break and home with my mom. She always cooks a great breakfast and this morning this was what she made. I always love having breakfast with her. For one it’s always great food, but we always get to talk and catch up with each other. And we usually get into a long discussion or debate and breakfast turns into a two hour event. I love it and we’ve had a lot of great talks over breakfast and hopefully we’ll have many more.