She is happy.
She has another candle on her cake.
She knows exactly what she wants out of life at three years old.
Pink flowers, chocolate cake with strawberry milk and
wait for it...
Yes, these are the things I think about. Leave me alone:)
And if you don't believe me about Jettie's love of Kale Chips. Evidence.
There is way more where that came from but let's start off with the simple recipe.
1 bunch of Kale
1 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/2 fresh Black Pepper
Preheat oven to 400 and wash Kale
Separate stems from leaves and break apart into chip size.
Place everything in a bowl and toss. Put leaves in one layer on baking sheet. Bake around 10 minutes or when the middle starts to get toasty and the leaves turn dark. You're kitchen will start to smell like popcorn.
Promptly remove from oven and place chips in a bowl. Demonstrating the perfect color is the below chip removed from bowl for speculation.
Jettie spots perfect chip and devours.
Jettie you have something right...there.
We have trimmed the tree, put together the Christmas card and made candy with plans to make much more.
Last week while walking by the trimmed tree I noticed some edits to our copper and red theme. The retro, bright, adorable ornaments that way too much money went towards hung on the tree where they didn't belong.
If you have kids you know how do to the math when a toothbrush ends up the refrigerator, army men clogging up the toilet, goldfish in your purse.
Sweet darling kids.
In this case it was Jettie and the moment the math computed, my mind only thought of how much those ornaments cost and how I asked Jettie not to play with the tree. While getting the box to promptly put them back, I realized she had the box with the lid on exactly where it came from. This after respectively placing the ornaments on the branches in a sweet little group. She had to smile at her accomplishment. See the robin egg blue ornaments touching the floor like it was always meant to be there?! And I almost missed it. I almost took it all away.
Our tree is now red, copper with retro, bright and adorable ornaments.
And because they're not on here enough, pictures for Christmas cards. Note Hughes is missing two teeth with perfectly jagged adult teeth coming in and Jettie's amazingly wild golden hair.
I can hardly stand it!
Good things are coming your way, Christmas songs and treats, so get excited!!
Now start getting ready for Paul and Alyse's Wedding post!!
For our independent free spirit we knew she would be fine but the sentimental part of me sent little aches to my heart. So I took a instax as we walked out the door and tuck in her tiny back pocket to silently remind her "you are loved and have smiling faces waiting for you at home".
Later that day when I checked before throwing her jeans in the wash, there was nothing. I figured it fell out as she frolicked outside with her new friends or met it's death being squished between 4 colors of play-dough.
Tomorrow I leave for Chicago to photograph this beautiful couples wedding day, then to New York City to meet an internet friend and shot two engagement sessions. One of them happening here.
I'm excited, on cloud 9, packing and sparkling the house up before leaving and found this...
in one of Jettie's boxes filled with sea shells and costume jewelry.
I love that little girl.
And tucked the picture in my pocket for my trip away from home.
I've backspaced for the past 20 minutes trying to come up with the emotions...I can't write them down.
I'm out to play and smile with my new Kindergartner. I'll be back this evening with a wedding from Milwaukee.
A small peek into an engagement session from Chicago. The first is so breathtaking and peaceful. And yes, in the middle of Chicago I find a meadow tucked in the beautiful sky-rises of the city for Caroline and Chris' engagement session. What can I say, I'm a rebel:)
Now lets discuss the fact that ClaryPhoto has traveled Planes, Trains and Automobiles (seriously we traveled by all three) this past month to photograph amazing people in Milwaukee, Cape Cod and Chicago. It was quite the adventure and there is so much to show you from these weddings and sessions I can hardly stand it. But I'm super excited to be home!! This week two awesome events take place around here, the very exciting St. Louis Shoot Party and our 5 year old son starting Kindergarten.
Hughes is starting Kindergarten. Wow. Can you believe it?!!
If you're there on Wednesday, say hi if I've never met and to everyone I do know...give me a big hug and be nice on the questions;)
On The North Shore our daily adventure was finding a new beach each day. There was a slue of surfing competitions and beauty so all of it was very exciting. At Turtle Bay Beach we made our station of towels, a Frisbee and camera. Bus after bus load tourist arrived in their Hawaiian tee shirts, tennis shoes and new cameras purchased just for their "dream vacation". They stayed on the rocks and took two shots of the turtles playing in the water. Then got back on the bus.
I wanted to stop each and every one of them. Make them take their shoes off, lay in the sand, let the sun turn their skin red while enjoying the way the clouds and water made such an amazing show of blues. Because they missed it.
I'm not patronizing the Hawaiian wearing, bus touring people because I'm one of them. I show up for vacation with my new swimming attire, sunglasses and camera empty of memory space waiting to be filled with "memories".
This vacation I challenged myself by just taking one roll of film and my last treasured pack of Polaroid 600 to force a limit. 26 shots only.
It was perfect. Hughes' new freckles appearing on his nose, his wonder on how exactly God fit the sound of the ocean inside a sea shell, Jettie falling asleep in my arms covered in sand that looked like sugar and how sweet it was she only collected the purple shells. The favorites from the 26 shots create small tangents to these vivid moments.
I'll remember this perfect summer moment every time I hear this song and I love that about music. I love music.
So hear is my Summer Mix (direct to iTunes iMix here), some old and some new, from me to you to drift through your summer days.
Heart Skipped a Beat The XX
Cranberry Lake Ari Hest
Excuses The Morning Benders
Run Vampire Weekend
The Sound of Sunshine Michael Franti & Spearhead
Life On Earth Band of Horses
Beach Comber Real Estate
Summertime The Sundays
10 Mile Stereo Beach House
Old Dirt Hill Dave Matthews Band
Whole Wide World Wreckless Eric
Bloodbuzz Ohio The National
Pink Moon Nick Drake
and let me know your favorite summer song and why? ** The memories I love the most receive CP's Summer iMix plus a $10 iTunes gift-card, could be one or three or five...the more memories the better:)
*shot on blackbird fly Kodak 200
**ends July 16th
Happy Birthday to my favorite 5 year old boy who currently wants nothing more than to be a Pawpaw and have a 'mustache under his nose'. Who thinks life is mainly about fishing and skateboarding with chocolate chip cookies mixed in. Who loves laughing until his belly button hurts. Sigh. I love you.