365 | The everyday, each day, to record the best of things and to help me continue to grow in my work.

365/365 foot drills in the soccer dome after flu shots

365/365 foot drills in the soccer dome after flu shots

364/365 aaaaaahhhhhhhhh! a day spent between leaves and soccer

364/365 aaaaaahhhhhhhhh! a day spent between leaves and soccer

363/365 for the first time in forever, we are finally having a bubble bath

363/365 for the first time in forever, we are finally having a bubble bath

362/365 making your christmas wish lists with the soccer.com catalog 

362/365 making your christmas wish lists with the soccer.com catalog 

361/365 the harpswell kids playing basketball after swim

361/365 the harpswell kids playing basketball after swim

360/365 reading the end of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing before logging it in the morning

360/365 reading the end of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing before logging it in the morning

359/365 pattern homework 

359/365 pattern homework 

358/365 laughing with your brother after school

358/365 laughing with your brother after school

357/365 And just like that, winter is here! We broke out the snow pants, boots, and snowballs.

357/365 And just like that, winter is here! We broke out the snow pants, boots, and snowballs.

356/365 checking out your new uniform on a very cold rainy day; you looked out the window and wished that you could play

356/365 checking out your new uniform on a very cold rainy day; you looked out the window and wished that you could play

355/365 serious about candy - before the parade, trick or treating, and pizza at scarlet begonia

355/365 serious about candy - before the parade, trick or treating, and pizza at scarlet begonia

354/365 golden boy before the race at school. you ran like you have never run before at the cross country championships; you came in third in the half mile, you had tears at the finish line

354/365 golden boy before the race at school. you ran like you have never run before at the cross country championships; you came in third in the half mile, you had tears at the finish line

353/365 lost in your imaginations on a foggy late start morning

353/365 lost in your imaginations on a foggy late start morning

352/365 kindergarten buddies - i'll see you after class outside

352/365 kindergarten buddies - i'll see you after class outside

351/365 I was trying to get you to stand in some gorgeous light, and then I tried to fix your hair, and you did this.  you really weren't in the mood to have your picture taken, especially with dzia-dziu there to play soccer with you. but i still love you and i love this image.

351/365 I was trying to get you to stand in some gorgeous light, and then I tried to fix your hair, and you did this.  you really weren't in the mood to have your picture taken, especially with dzia-dziu there to play soccer with you. but i still love you and i love this image.

350/365 getting into the spirit of things

350/365 getting into the spirit of things

349/365 it finally stopped raining, so we went to wait for the sun at bene and dzia dzui's house for a bit after school. after collected periwinkles, you worked on your fort

349/365 it finally stopped raining, so we went to wait for the sun at bene and dzia dzui's house for a bit after school. after collected periwinkles, you worked on your fort

348/365 jumping on the bed in the morning, a welcome transition between iPad and breakfast

348/365 jumping on the bed in the morning, a welcome transition between iPad and breakfast

347/365 school swim, and you have me this awesome shot. we worked out a bit together beforehand. you are excited to get bigger and stronger. and you are, i saw it in your amazing lap across the pool.

347/365 school swim, and you have me this awesome shot. we worked out a bit together beforehand. you are excited to get bigger and stronger. and you are, i saw it in your amazing lap across the pool.

346/365 after school snacks and hw

346/365 after school snacks and hw

345/365 a surprise trip to explore Pott's Point, and you found a bait bag and bouey. I took you both to Ship to Shore before hand for ice cream treats, but I am so happy you were more excited about our walk. you said, Mom, thank you for bringing us here!

345/365 a surprise trip to explore Pott's Point, and you found a bait bag and bouey. I took you both to Ship to Shore before hand for ice cream treats, but I am so happy you were more excited about our walk. you said, Mom, thank you for bringing us here!

344/365 we stayed in pjs until noon just because, while your brother was at a soccer tourney. we read, played, and went for a run-skip-hop. you beat me in every sprint. and we cleaned your room together, which you actually loved.

344/365 we stayed in pjs until noon just because, while your brother was at a soccer tourney. we read, played, and went for a run-skip-hop. you beat me in every sprint. and we cleaned your room together, which you actually loved.

343/365 ready for play, go purple, you got to take two goal kicks

343/365 ready for play, go purple, you got to take two goal kicks

342/365 watching the canada geese in the fog before breakfast

342/365 watching the canada geese in the fog before breakfast

341/365 homework time before taking your brother to swim practice

341/365 homework time before taking your brother to swim practice

340/365 walking the widgeon cover trail just you and me before school swim on late start day

340/365 walking the widgeon cover trail just you and me before school swim on late start day

339/365 some fancy artwork at school, and your new smile 

339/365 some fancy artwork at school, and your new smile 

338/365 you sat for a picture, a beautiful picture, with all of your goodness in your eyes, so I gave you a lolli

338/365 you sat for a picture, a beautiful picture, with all of your goodness in your eyes, so I gave you a lolli

337/365 with your team

337/365 with your team

336/365 playing quite well at the falmouth fall classic

336/365 playing quite well at the falmouth fall classic

335/365 checking out the cool stairs after going for blood work, wow you were brave

335/365 checking out the cool stairs after going for blood work, wow you were brave

334/365 hanging out at the bar with Jim, and waving hi to your friend

334/365 hanging out at the bar with Jim, and waving hi to your friend

333/365 you got to tag along at your brother's lego robotics club

333/365 you got to tag along at your brother's lego robotics club

332/365 the art teacher helping you make your original  artwork, which you are so excited to order as a coaster

332/365 the art teacher helping you make your original  artwork, which you are so excited to order as a coaster

331/365 working on your leaf pile some more after school before sunset

331/365 working on your leaf pile some more after school before sunset

330/365 while I was baking chocolate chip cookies I looked outside and found you making your first leaf pile of the season

330/365 while I was baking chocolate chip cookies I looked outside and found you making your first leaf pile of the season

329/365 good game, good game, good game, in the rain

329/365 good game, good game, good game, in the rain

328/365 hammock time with me when I let you be silly and carefree, preparing to launch

328/365 hammock time with me when I let you be silly and carefree, preparing to launch

327/365 late for school for all kinds of reasons

327/365 late for school for all kinds of reasons

326/365 school swim wrapping up

326/365 school swim wrapping up

325/365 off to school, looking cool

325/365 off to school, looking cool

324/365 playing after dinner, dusk

324/365 playing after dinner, dusk

323/365 your happy jump after your second goal in the game today, bringing your total to seven for the season

323/365 your happy jump after your second goal in the game today, bringing your total to seven for the season

322/365 the boat routine, you take it away

322/365 the boat routine, you take it away

321/365 friday practice before the big scrimmage

321/365 friday practice before the big scrimmage

320/365 just you and me, we need more of that time together, so we decided we would do something special together this weekend. 

320/365 just you and me, we need more of that time together, so we decided we would do something special together this weekend. 

319/365 your morning painting, and very messy hands

319/365 your morning painting, and very messy hands

318/365 eagerly awaiting the start of your very first swim team practice

318/365 eagerly awaiting the start of your very first swim team practice

317/365 chasing sun rays after the bus stop, subject light: something to shoot while the kids are at school

317/365 chasing sun rays after the bus stop, subject light: something to shoot while the kids are at school

316/365 anticipation at Mt. Blue Middle School in Farmington

316/365 anticipation at Mt. Blue Middle School in Farmington

315/365 go purple!

315/365 go purple!

314/365 a new favorite after studying hcb, dropping you off at soccer practice with simon

314/365 a new favorite after studying hcb, dropping you off at soccer practice with simon

313/365 squeeeeze!!

313/365 squeeeeze!!

312/365 pick me up, before school

312/365 pick me up, before school

311/365 looking out on a rainy day, with a full day ahead which includes the morning at Kindergarten and the afternoon at the allergist's office

311/365 looking out on a rainy day, with a full day ahead which includes the morning at Kindergarten and the afternoon at the allergist's office

310/365 watching your shadow after school on the pogo stick

310/365 watching your shadow after school on the pogo stick

309/365 half-time talk with coach, on the day you pulled a hat trick scoring 3 goals

309/365 half-time talk with coach, on the day you pulled a hat trick scoring 3 goals

308/365  you scored your first goal today in your soccer game, and ran straight to us for hug

308/365  you scored your first goal today in your soccer game, and ran straight to us for hug

307/365 Hoping through the beautiful light. 

307/365 Hoping through the beautiful light. 

306/365 Remembering Ms. Brooks, the day before this favorite field was mowed. 

306/365 Remembering Ms. Brooks, the day before this favorite field was mowed. 

305/365 sharing your lego for a moment with your big brother before breakfast

305/365 sharing your lego for a moment with your big brother before breakfast

304/365 we had to reschedule a play date for a birthday party, but you'd think it was much worse, please don't run away

304/365 we had to reschedule a play date for a birthday party, but you'd think it was much worse, please don't run away

303/365 you did SO, SO great! you were invited to join the club - long reach swim club! oh we are going to be busy, so busy!

303/365 you did SO, SO great! you were invited to join the club - long reach swim club! oh we are going to be busy, so busy!

302/365 good game, good game, good game . . . and how - you scored and defended like never before

302/365 good game, good game, good game . . . and how - you scored and defended like never before

301/365 your very first soccer game

301/365 your very first soccer game

300/365 cherished one on one time after school down to the yacht club

300/365 cherished one on one time after school down to the yacht club

299/365 playing with the girls, helping out at your friends' practice

299/365 playing with the girls, helping out at your friends' practice

298/365 meandering over to the field

298/365 meandering over to the field

297/365 getting happy for his first bus stop

297/365 getting happy for his first bus stop

296/365 ready for big things, like kindergarten and a real soccer team

296/365 ready for big things, like kindergarten and a real soccer team

295/365 a little wild b in her crib

295/365 a little wild b in her crib

294/365 wee one's first train ride into boston; love on the lowell line

294/365 wee one's first train ride into boston; love on the lowell line

293/365 my nephew stunning me with his big blue eyes

293/365 my nephew stunning me with his big blue eyes

292/365 one last summer adventure, just the three of us, hiking at Skolfield Farm Preserve.

292/365 one last summer adventure, just the three of us, hiking at Skolfield Farm Preserve.

291/365 kindergarten orientation and practice bus ride; i held back tears of pride for you

291/365 kindergarten orientation and practice bus ride; i held back tears of pride for you

290/365 a morning walk to the yacht club on a foggy morning. we saw a sea gull eating a fish, heard a lobster boat playing jazz, and searched form schools of minnows.

290/365 a morning walk to the yacht club on a foggy morning. we saw a sea gull eating a fish, heard a lobster boat playing jazz, and searched form schools of minnows.

289/365 together; asking you to pose took some pleading and retries, but I am happy with this, yes indeed - happy

289/365 together; asking you to pose took some pleading and retries, but I am happy with this, yes indeed - happy

288/365 treasures from the attic

288/365 treasures from the attic

287/365 ALS ice bucket challenge for Aunt Jane

287/365 ALS ice bucket challenge for Aunt Jane

286/365 soccer practice and a patch of blue sky on a cloudy day

286/365 soccer practice and a patch of blue sky on a cloudy day

285/365 tippy toes

285/365 tippy toes

284/365 one hour at the skate park with your friend

284/365 one hour at the skate park with your friend

283/365 watching videos of south africa with pop

283/365 watching videos of south africa with pop

282/365 warm sun

282/365 warm sun

281/365 bubbles and running around the house chasing them with your brother

281/365 bubbles and running around the house chasing them with your brother

280/365 believe

280/365 believe

279/365 shooting through for photography partners

279/365 shooting through for photography partners

278/365 new soccer gear. you chose black and red Puma cleats. your brother chose messi cleats. you were both so excited to try out your new gear as soon as we got home

278/365 new soccer gear. you chose black and red Puma cleats. your brother chose messi cleats. you were both so excited to try out your new gear as soon as we got home

277/365 'daddy's home!!!!!!!!!!' happy thursday!

277/365 'daddy's home!!!!!!!!!!' happy thursday!

276/365 land trust nature camp

276/365 land trust nature camp

275/365 last day of sailing at the hyc

275/365 last day of sailing at the hyc

274/365 fast and still

274/365 fast and still

273/365 morning scooter races with your brother, still in your pjs

273/365 morning scooter races with your brother, still in your pjs

272/365 going to the wings and wheels spectacular at owl's head, your favorite plane was the glider

272/365 going to the wings and wheels spectacular at owl's head, your favorite plane was the glider

271/365 picking up your brother at farm camp, after you were feeling better

271/365 picking up your brother at farm camp, after you were feeling better

270/365 invited to guest judge for reflections, and after the rain 

270/365 invited to guest judge for reflections, and after the rain 

269/365 'Oh, I am so going out into that.' That being some awesome heavy rain that came our way today. 

269/365 'Oh, I am so going out into that.' That being some awesome heavy rain that came our way today. 

268/365 jolly rancher pops at the Ship 2 Shore Store after farm camp

268/365 jolly rancher pops at the Ship 2 Shore Store after farm camp

267/365 free wheelin' at sunset

267/365 free wheelin' at sunset

266/365 watching your brother swim at the yacht club

266/365 watching your brother swim at the yacht club

265/365 figure 8's in the driveway

265/365 figure 8's in the driveway

264/365 finals at tennis camp, and you have a great serve; they said you were such an enthusiastic athlete

264/365 finals at tennis camp, and you have a great serve; they said you were such an enthusiastic athlete

263/365 out in the beautiful light, carefree and happy

263/365 out in the beautiful light, carefree and happy

262/365 wow, i let you eat the jolly rancher popsicles you picked out at the store? one of summer's many treats!

262/365 wow, i let you eat the jolly rancher popsicles you picked out at the store? one of summer's many treats!

261/365 hanging out with daddy at tucker's sailing camp

261/365 hanging out with daddy at tucker's sailing camp

260/365 into our woods looking for toads

260/365 into our woods looking for toads

259/365 golden leaves and it isn't even the end of july; only four more weeks before school begins, and you are in camp for three of them - oh how I wish summer would just slow down

259/365 golden leaves and it isn't even the end of july; only four more weeks before school begins, and you are in camp for three of them - oh how I wish summer would just slow down

258/365 do boxes grow on trees; it won't be too much longer before you outgrow playing inside boxes together

258/365 do boxes grow on trees; it won't be too much longer before you outgrow playing inside boxes together

257/365 hug from coach sam on the last day

257/365 hug from coach sam on the last day

256/365 whispering on the lawn

256/365 whispering on the lawn

255/365 more sprinkler, freelensing

255/365 more sprinkler, freelensing

254/365 farm camp buddies at two coves

254/365 farm camp buddies at two coves

253/365 frolicking in the sprinkler, looking very big and strong

253/365 frolicking in the sprinkler, looking very big and strong

252/365 new friends, amazing girls who share my love of photography

252/365 new friends, amazing girls who share my love of photography

251/365 looking for wild raspberries on the way down to the yacht club

251/365 looking for wild raspberries on the way down to the yacht club

250/365 going to make some splashes

250/365 going to make some splashes

249/365 the overnight guest and the dock

249/365 the overnight guest and the dock

248/365 basketball before dinner with you friend

248/365 basketball before dinner with you friend

247/365 freelensing practice at the causeway on the way to the farmer's market in the fog and you found a lobster bouy

247/365 freelensing practice at the causeway on the way to the farmer's market in the fog and you found a lobster bouy

246/365 a beautiful summer day at stovers point; all day and friends came to meet us

246/365 a beautiful summer day at stovers point; all day and friends came to meet us

245/365 after watching the world cup final, you couldn't wait to get out and play

245/365 after watching the world cup final, you couldn't wait to get out and play

244/365 fun to be back in the golden glow of home and all of its joys

244/365 fun to be back in the golden glow of home and all of its joys

243/365 two swimmers, yes two!

243/365 two swimmers, yes two!

242/365 playing lots and lots of parchessi

242/365 playing lots and lots of parchessi

241/365 exploring the creek past the fish ladder

241/365 exploring the creek past the fish ladder

240/365 new friends

240/365 new friends

239/365 running on the deck and a new point of view

239/365 running on the deck and a new point of view

238/365 hiking beech mountain with dzia-dziu

238/365 hiking beech mountain with dzia-dziu

237/365 happy sailing aboard alice e

237/365 happy sailing aboard alice e

236/365 if i built a house with mima, brooke and charlie

236/365 if i built a house with mima, brooke and charlie

235/365 star jump - happy 4th of july

235/365 star jump - happy 4th of july

234/365 with brookie on the dock

234/365 with brookie on the dock

233/365 scrappy gangsters

233/365 scrappy gangsters

232/365 jumping on the dock in pjs

232/365 jumping on the dock in pjs

231/365 downtime

231/365 downtime

230/365 exploring in the woods by the camp before breakfast; you found a family

230/365 exploring in the woods by the camp before breakfast; you found a family

229/365 a kiss before kid dinner

229/365 a kiss before kid dinner

228/365 meeting wyatt on our way to the camp

228/365 meeting wyatt on our way to the camp

227/365 heading into 8 o'clock swim

227/365 heading into 8 o'clock swim

226/365 after camp treat before hair cuts

226/365 after camp treat before hair cuts

225/365 filling out your paperwork at daddy's office

225/365 filling out your paperwork at daddy's office

224/365 after camp and a day outside

224/365 after camp and a day outside

223/365 bike ride before stories, freelensed

223/365 bike ride before stories, freelensed

222/365 in the pit, massachusetts

222/365 in the pit, massachusetts

221/365 you lost your shoe, happy birthday!

221/365 you lost your shoe, happy birthday!

220/365 a soul and heart as sweet as that pop! 

220/365 a soul and heart as sweet as that pop! 

219/365 overjoyed on the last day of school

219/365 overjoyed on the last day of school

218/365 morning rays of light which you were excited to photograph too

218/365 morning rays of light which you were excited to photograph too

217/365 play date with our neighbor, searching for treasures in the water at the yacht club

217/365 play date with our neighbor, searching for treasures in the water at the yacht club

216/365 broke your record, no obliterated your record going from 57 jumps to 138 - all in some beautiful morning light

216/365 broke your record, no obliterated your record going from 57 jumps to 138 - all in some beautiful morning light

215/365 father's day; each your own but together

215/365 father's day; each your own but together

214/365 flying your way through four soccer games this weekend 

214/365 flying your way through four soccer games this weekend 

213/365 rain, rain go away, but at least the weekend looks bright

213/365 rain, rain go away, but at least the weekend looks bright

212/365 field day buddies 2014

212/365 field day buddies 2014

211/365 merrymeeting bay, mitchell field, harpswell - waiting for your friends

211/365 merrymeeting bay, mitchell field, harpswell - waiting for your friends

210/365 free lensing and free wheeling in some beautiful light

210/365 free lensing and free wheeling in some beautiful light

209/365 down at the docks with your friends collecting hermit crabs

209/365 down at the docks with your friends collecting hermit crabs

208/365 I freelensed through my day with you. We were pretty low key. We watched a movie, played Zingo, made a book, and and walked to the yacht club. All this while your brother was at a soccer tournament a couple hours away. 

208/365 I freelensed through my day with you. We were pretty low key. We watched a movie, played Zingo, made a book, and and walked to the yacht club. All this while your brother was at a soccer tournament a couple hours away. 

207/365 lollipop break after practicing soccer on a warm summer day 

207/365 lollipop break after practicing soccer on a warm summer day 

206/365 Your art is taking off, you are on fire. I came home to this pattern of purple flowers and sunflowers. 

206/365 Your art is taking off, you are on fire. I came home to this pattern of purple flowers and sunflowers. 

205/365 A baby seal. We had a meeting on Bailey Island, and were a bit early, so we went to check out the shore around Cook's Lobster House, and what did we see after running in and out of all the lobster trap piles??? A baby seal. He is fine, and Maine Marine Wildlife was on the way. The Warden and Sheriff were there, and allowed us to look more closely and take his picture. He seemed to like the attention.

205/365 A baby seal. We had a meeting on Bailey Island, and were a bit early, so we went to check out the shore around Cook's Lobster House, and what did we see after running in and out of all the lobster trap piles??? A baby seal. He is fine, and Maine Marine Wildlife was on the way. The Warden and Sheriff were there, and allowed us to look more closely and take his picture. He seemed to like the attention.

204/365 Puddles and baskets after dinner, barefoot. Hello spring. Ah the water feels cool.

204/365 Puddles and baskets after dinner, barefoot. Hello spring. Ah the water feels cool.

203/365 Time for this little bird to fly out of the nest. From preschool into the great big world. Are you ready to fly sweet one?

203/365 Time for this little bird to fly out of the nest. From preschool into the great big world. Are you ready to fly sweet one?

202/365 In your favorite tree in the morning.

202/365 In your favorite tree in the morning.

201/365 We had so much going on today. Soccer game, birthday party, errands, and soccer tryouts for the big league. The best part was coming together at the end. Home at last for family dinner. A memory I will cherish. 

201/365 We had so much going on today. Soccer game, birthday party, errands, and soccer tryouts for the big league. The best part was coming together at the end. Home at last for family dinner. A memory I will cherish. 

200/365 Heading out fishing with Dzia-Dziu on Harpswell Sound.

200/365 Heading out fishing with Dzia-Dziu on Harpswell Sound.

199/365 Arranging lilacs after going for a walk.

199/365 Arranging lilacs after going for a walk.

198/365 New favorite past-time, racing remote control cars on the driveway. 

198/365 New favorite past-time, racing remote control cars on the driveway. 

197/365 Practicing for your Math assessment at school. Less than 20 days left of school, and I have really enjoyed coming to help out in the classroom on Wednesdays. 

197/365 Practicing for your Math assessment at school. Less than 20 days left of school, and I have really enjoyed coming to help out in the classroom on Wednesdays. 

196/365 You had so much creativity in you today. A deep well of amazing detail and concepts. A map, fish, generators, and then whirlpools that would take one to wherever they wanted to go in an instant.  You created many complex charts and designs, even a game. 

196/365 You had so much creativity in you today. A deep well of amazing detail and concepts. A map, fish, generators, and then whirlpools that would take one to wherever they wanted to go in an instant.  You created many complex charts and designs, even a game. 

195/365 Almost home, crossing over to Maine.

195/365 Almost home, crossing over to Maine.

194/365 Scanning for shells on the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge

194/365 Scanning for shells on the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge

193/365 Last boat in the Figawi race passing Jetties beach. 

193/365 Last boat in the Figawi race passing Jetties beach. 

192/365 On island, Nantucket. Grey skies giving way to blue. A weekend on our own, just me and you.

192/365 On island, Nantucket. Grey skies giving way to blue. A weekend on our own, just me and you.

191/365 On our way to our birthday vacation. A date trip to Nantucket. Route 128 at dusk in Massachusetts.

191/365 On our way to our birthday vacation. A date trip to Nantucket. Route 128 at dusk in Massachusetts.

190/365 Down at the shore before piano. There was so much to do before and after the lesson. Throwing rocks, building fairy houses, running the hill, and catapulting down the hill doing somersaults and cartwheels. Best of all you both played a new game where you hid behind the trees, and called 'can you see me?'

190/365 Down at the shore before piano. There was so much to do before and after the lesson. Throwing rocks, building fairy houses, running the hill, and catapulting down the hill doing somersaults and cartwheels. Best of all you both played a new game where you hid behind the trees, and called 'can you see me?'

189/365 So much to say about today. Finn, you beat me at Parcheesi. You improvised new patterns and games with the Pixie cubes. Tucker, you made me a beautiful watercolor painting at the HHLT nature program. And then, and then, we went for this awesome bike ride/run to the causeway and back. It started to rain, and it was so refreshing. Though it made you both a bit itchy, hmm. Hope you're not allergic to spring rain. It was such a wonderful day.

189/365 So much to say about today. Finn, you beat me at Parcheesi. You improvised new patterns and games with the Pixie cubes. Tucker, you made me a beautiful watercolor painting at the HHLT nature program. And then, and then, we went for this awesome bike ride/run to the causeway and back. It started to rain, and it was so refreshing. Though it made you both a bit itchy, hmm. Hope you're not allergic to spring rain. It was such a wonderful day.

Playing pixie cubes, completing a pattern, in your words.

Playing pixie cubes, completing a pattern, in your words.

My determined skater. You fall but always get back up. And you are getting better and better everyday.

My determined skater. You fall but always get back up. And you are getting better and better everyday.

Braving 40. My hubby helping me feel pretty, feel fabulous, feel loved. 

Braving 40. My hubby helping me feel pretty, feel fabulous, feel loved. 

After the party, with the girls who really helped me pull it all together. To bravely celebrate my 40th birthday. It was quite a celebration with 15 enjoying decadent treats including East End mini-Cupcakes, Holy Donut donuts, kettle corn, French macaroons, gelato, and some savory goodies as well. 

After the party, with the girls who really helped me pull it all together. To bravely celebrate my 40th birthday. It was quite a celebration with 15 enjoying decadent treats including East End mini-Cupcakes, Holy Donut donuts, kettle corn, French macaroons, gelato, and some savory goodies as well. 

It was rough from the start. For some reason, the arguing began over a couple of iPhone erasers from the book fair at school on the way back from the bus stop and then continued on to how the new mini sports training cones should be arranged for racing outside. There was a lot of crying and whining and frustration for all of us, but at the end of the day, you pushed each other and thought well of each other. I have to believe that, right?

It was rough from the start. For some reason, the arguing began over a couple of iPhone erasers from the book fair at school on the way back from the bus stop and then continued on to how the new mini sports training cones should be arranged for racing outside. There was a lot of crying and whining and frustration for all of us, but at the end of the day, you pushed each other and thought well of each other. I have to believe that, right?

We had your 8 year-old well visit at the Doctor's office. How is it that you are already 8? I feel like it should have been your 8 month-old well visit. You have grown so much. You weigh 58.4 pounds and are 50 inches tall. You were making the nurse laugh and then you made Dr. Tracy laugh. They asked you lots of questions, and you seemed to enjoy every little bit of attention. You were brave. When the Doctor came in and sat down to talk to you, you said 'bring it on'. I couldn't be more proud of you. When I brought you in to the doctor when you were a just a newborn baby, I would have loved to have known then that you were going to turn out to be this stellar. Just stellar

We had your 8 year-old well visit at the Doctor's office. How is it that you are already 8? I feel like it should have been your 8 month-old well visit. You have grown so much. You weigh 58.4 pounds and are 50 inches tall. You were making the nurse laugh and then you made Dr. Tracy laugh. They asked you lots of questions, and you seemed to enjoy every little bit of attention. You were brave. When the Doctor came in and sat down to talk to you, you said 'bring it on'. I couldn't be more proud of you. When I brought you in to the doctor when you were a just a newborn baby, I would have loved to have known then that you were going to turn out to be this stellar. Just stellar

You said good bye to Nana. After 15 minutes in the car on the way back home, you said that you missed her. 

You said good bye to Nana. After 15 minutes in the car on the way back home, you said that you missed her. 

Dinner at The Dolphin. We came outside to a cool breeze and a bright moon.

Dinner at The Dolphin. We came outside to a cool breeze and a bright moon.

Mother's day, and walking with your Nana before story time.

Mother's day, and walking with your Nana before story time.

In the forsythia with your binoculars watching the field, looking for birds.

In the forsythia with your binoculars watching the field, looking for birds.

Looking up at the osprey on a cloudy day. 

Looking up at the osprey on a cloudy day. 

Nana arrived, and we were over for dinner at Bene and Dzia Dziu's house. We went down to the shore for a few  minutes before sunset. You and your brother were throwing rocks, and climbing. A wee bit unsteady, you fell, but thankfully you were fine. But you weren't listening. Remember to be careful climbing and playing down by the water. 

Nana arrived, and we were over for dinner at Bene and Dzia Dziu's house. We went down to the shore for a few  minutes before sunset. You and your brother were throwing rocks, and climbing. A wee bit unsteady, you fell, but thankfully you were fine. But you weren't listening. Remember to be careful climbing and playing down by the water. 

The bugs couldn't believe what you were doing. You were in your pajamas? Standing up on the car console, singing and dancing at the bus stop? Bad to the Bone. It was a treat day at school. You were allowed to wear pjs, bring a softie, and watch a movie at the end of math and writing. The Lion King. But you danced and sang, and even the bugs didn't know what you were doing. Well, you were having fun!

The bugs couldn't believe what you were doing. You were in your pajamas? Standing up on the car console, singing and dancing at the bus stop? Bad to the Bone. It was a treat day at school. You were allowed to wear pjs, bring a softie, and watch a movie at the end of math and writing. The Lion King. But you danced and sang, and even the bugs didn't know what you were doing. Well, you were having fun!

Enjoying the warm morning sun before the rush of the day. It is bright so early now that we are enjoying a little extra time to linger before the rush. You were looking at your Lego catalog and your brother at his Field Notes. Then you dropped it aside, closed your eyes, and smiled. 

Enjoying the warm morning sun before the rush of the day. It is bright so early now that we are enjoying a little extra time to linger before the rush. You were looking at your Lego catalog and your brother at his Field Notes. Then you dropped it aside, closed your eyes, and smiled. 

Skipping on the hill in the bright sun. We went for a little walk together after raking and picking up sticks in our yard and this blowing grass at our neighbors across the street beckoned. You skipped and ran a few times. Soon this grass will be so tall we won't be able to see you. Sounds like a good idea for hide and seek. 

Skipping on the hill in the bright sun. We went for a little walk together after raking and picking up sticks in our yard and this blowing grass at our neighbors across the street beckoned. You skipped and ran a few times. Soon this grass will be so tall we won't be able to see you. Sounds like a good idea for hide and seek. 

You had an overnight with their Bene and we came to pick them up to go out for breakfast all together for Daddy's birthday. It wasn't the most well coordinated morning, but we were all happy for the birthday boy. Happy Birthday handsome hubby!

You had an overnight with their Bene and we came to pick them up to go out for breakfast all together for Daddy's birthday. It wasn't the most well coordinated morning, but we were all happy for the birthday boy. Happy Birthday handsome hubby!

A sunny weekend day outside. And soccer with your brother. You haven't quite made up your mind whether or not you love this sport, but you oblige in making your brother happy playing along with him sometimes. 

A sunny weekend day outside. And soccer with your brother. You haven't quite made up your mind whether or not you love this sport, but you oblige in making your brother happy playing along with him sometimes. 

I woke up to fog, early enough to get up before you were even awake. I wanted to go wake you and your brother, but I waited in great anticipation to go out and photograph the beautiful fog. Then I heard pitter patter up the stairs, and I heard your brother say, Oh Mom is going to love this! when he looked out the window on the landing. We went out to shoot, and you begged us to go to this spot, and we saved it for last. Just when the fog was almost done lifting and the oh so beautiful sun rays peaked through, like you had cast a magic spell. 

I woke up to fog, early enough to get up before you were even awake. I wanted to go wake you and your brother, but I waited in great anticipation to go out and photograph the beautiful fog. Then I heard pitter patter up the stairs, and I heard your brother say, Oh Mom is going to love this! when he looked out the window on the landing. We went out to shoot, and you begged us to go to this spot, and we saved it for last. Just when the fog was almost done lifting and the oh so beautiful sun rays peaked through, like you had cast a magic spell. 

It was a cloudy, cold, rainy day, and the sun started to come out when I was on my way to pick you up from the bus stop. After dinner, we went out to play, and you were splendid on your scooter, passing back and forth for me so that I could take you picture with the sun behind you. 

It was a cloudy, cold, rainy day, and the sun started to come out when I was on my way to pick you up from the bus stop. After dinner, we went out to play, and you were splendid on your scooter, passing back and forth for me so that I could take you picture with the sun behind you. 

You wanted to make a list of things to do at bedtime, and Bene helped you during your brother's piano lesson. First on the list, play! Then PJs . . . You used your favorite red colored pencil. 

You wanted to make a list of things to do at bedtime, and Bene helped you during your brother's piano lesson. First on the list, play! Then PJs . . . You used your favorite red colored pencil. 

I love this light that greets me on sunny days. I only had a couple of minutes as the littles were hollering for their breakfast, but when the light is right, magic happens in an instant. I sort of wish I had smiled a bit more.

I love this light that greets me on sunny days. I only had a couple of minutes as the littles were hollering for their breakfast, but when the light is right, magic happens in an instant. I sort of wish I had smiled a bit more.

You started with a stencil of a formula 1 racing car, and added so much detail when you went in to color. It was late start day, and as always we relish the extra time, to do what our creative minds pull us towards before the rush of the rest of the day. 

You started with a stencil of a formula 1 racing car, and added so much detail when you went in to color. It was late start day, and as always we relish the extra time, to do what our creative minds pull us towards before the rush of the rest of the day. 

After the soccer game, where you played so well and even scored, and after lunch at the bbq restaurant, I think you were most excited to try the mountain bike park set up at LL Bean for Bike & Boat weekend. You impressed this crew, they called you a talented rider. 

After the soccer game, where you played so well and even scored, and after lunch at the bbq restaurant, I think you were most excited to try the mountain bike park set up at LL Bean for Bike & Boat weekend. You impressed this crew, they called you a talented rider. 

After dinner, after PJs, I was looking out at the big giant puddles thinking that I need some good puddle stomping images. I always love it when you guys get some fresh air not long before bed, and now that Spring is here, we can do that any day - rain or shine. 

After dinner, after PJs, I was looking out at the big giant puddles thinking that I need some good puddle stomping images. I always love it when you guys get some fresh air not long before bed, and now that Spring is here, we can do that any day - rain or shine. 

Taking a break from riding your bike so that I could take your picture. It's hard to catch you sitting still for long, so I have to work quickly. I love the fact that there isn't snow on the ground anymore, and that you were wearing your new glow in the dark Star Wars short sleeve t-shirt. We still have some cold days, but I am so happy for any warm day.

Taking a break from riding your bike so that I could take your picture. It's hard to catch you sitting still for long, so I have to work quickly. I love the fact that there isn't snow on the ground anymore, and that you were wearing your new glow in the dark Star Wars short sleeve t-shirt. We still have some cold days, but I am so happy for any warm day.

We long ignored this grove of Cedar trees behind our garage, because of all the junk left behind by previous owners, like those metal arches by your feet. But we are getting it hauled away next weekend, so that you can have a new outside clubhouse with your big brother. And I can take lots of wonderful pictures of you both in the wonky branches.

We long ignored this grove of Cedar trees behind our garage, because of all the junk left behind by previous owners, like those metal arches by your feet. But we are getting it hauled away next weekend, so that you can have a new outside clubhouse with your big brother. And I can take lots of wonderful pictures of you both in the wonky branches.

April vacation. We woke up to thick fog, so we had to go out and play. I have realized recently that I am drawn to shooting through branches. Some might say that I over exposed here, but you almost vanish into the fog, which I love. 

April vacation. We woke up to thick fog, so we had to go out and play. I have realized recently that I am drawn to shooting through branches. Some might say that I over exposed here, but you almost vanish into the fog, which I love. 

April vacation, we went to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens with Bene. You searched for turtles in the pond, climbed in this amazing tree house, and had a lovely snack before we went on to a very giggly lunch at Frontier. 

April vacation, we went to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens with Bene. You searched for turtles in the pond, climbed in this amazing tree house, and had a lovely snack before we went on to a very giggly lunch at Frontier. 

April vacation. Spinning, spinning - round and round. Giggling and laughing all the while. In your PJs, of course! 

April vacation. Spinning, spinning - round and round. Giggling and laughing all the while. In your PJs, of course! 

Easter Sunday, and my sweet niece, who just turned two. And some smashing light on the stairs of  my sister's house. You weren't a big fan of going to church and sitting still, but you sure did love the Easter egg hunt and the freedom to relax at home after all the formalities. 

Easter Sunday, and my sweet niece, who just turned two. And some smashing light on the stairs of  my sister's house. You weren't a big fan of going to church and sitting still, but you sure did love the Easter egg hunt and the freedom to relax at home after all the formalities. 

You were coming down the stairs at your cousin's house after playing on the third floor, and I was shooting. I don't even know what, but my camera was in my hands. And just in time, I turned to snap this image of you. It ended up being way underexposed, but I think it was quite a happy accident. I love the rim of light on your wispy hair, and the steps lighting up your way down to me.

You were coming down the stairs at your cousin's house after playing on the third floor, and I was shooting. I don't even know what, but my camera was in my hands. And just in time, I turned to snap this image of you. It ended up being way underexposed, but I think it was quite a happy accident. I love the rim of light on your wispy hair, and the steps lighting up your way down to me.

Your first full day of April vacation. You got to spend the morning with your younger brother at his school as a helper. We picked you up, and drove to town for lunch on our way to visit the cousins for Easter weekend. We love Frontier, you love their Kids Market Plate. And I love the light!

Your first full day of April vacation. You got to spend the morning with your younger brother at his school as a helper. We picked you up, and drove to town for lunch on our way to visit the cousins for Easter weekend. We love Frontier, you love their Kids Market Plate. And I love the light!

Last day of Polar Bear Swim. You both had so much fun, whether it was doing flips off the diving board or getting spun around and around with the noodles. I am so happy we found that program so that you could both be excited about swimming. Each time I would drop you off at the front door and you would run to the locker room. Run! 

Last day of Polar Bear Swim. You both had so much fun, whether it was doing flips off the diving board or getting spun around and around with the noodles. I am so happy we found that program so that you could both be excited about swimming. Each time I would drop you off at the front door and you would run to the locker room. Run! 

One last day of snow. Brrr. We had to scrape the ice and snow off the car one more time. It was late start day, so we took a few minutes to see the snow at the causeway before heading to the bus stop. The sun was so bright. Your pointing to the snow on the window made me think of watching Frozen recently. Let it go. Winter, winter, time to leave. 

One last day of snow. Brrr. We had to scrape the ice and snow off the car one more time. It was late start day, so we took a few minutes to see the snow at the causeway before heading to the bus stop. The sun was so bright. Your pointing to the snow on the window made me think of watching Frozen recently. Let it go. Winter, winter, time to leave. 

I found you!

I found you!

After washing your pear, you dug right in while sitting on the counter. 

After washing your pear, you dug right in while sitting on the counter. 

We went out to listen to the peepers before bed, after sunset. 

We went out to listen to the peepers before bed, after sunset. 

Playing by the shore with your friend Nick after his birthday party at his house. Everyone else had left, but we stayed a while to enjoy some one on one time.

Playing by the shore with your friend Nick after his birthday party at his house. Everyone else had left, but we stayed a while to enjoy some one on one time.

After school in the sandbox. I ducked down way low to get some good bokeh. 

After school in the sandbox. I ducked down way low to get some good bokeh. 

You make the best batman.

You make the best batman.

I let you use my back-up camera. You were photographing your lego plane in some lovely light, and then before I knew it, you were outside across the street in the field taking some pictures outside, in your pjs!

I let you use my back-up camera. You were photographing your lego plane in some lovely light, and then before I knew it, you were outside across the street in the field taking some pictures outside, in your pjs!

I polished my boots, wiping away all the mud from Photo Field Trip in California. So shiny, like new!

I polished my boots, wiping away all the mud from Photo Field Trip in California. So shiny, like new!

You were looking for black mica. It was pretty cloudy. I don't think we have played at the causeway at this tide before.

You were looking for black mica. It was pretty cloudy. I don't think we have played at the causeway at this tide before.

Pushing your cousin in the bright morning sun. Round and round!

Pushing your cousin in the bright morning sun. Round and round!

My sweet niece at her second birthday party. Dressed so sweetly, and becoming so much more independent. 

My sweet niece at her second birthday party. Dressed so sweetly, and becoming so much more independent. 

You were making a birthday card for your cousin, with a cake and hearts and lots of purple since that is her favorite color. 

You were making a birthday card for your cousin, with a cake and hearts and lots of purple since that is her favorite color. 

We had both had the stomach flu, and all that week, we really only wanted to eat cookies. Especially the m&m cookies from the Little Dog. Yum! I brought you one as a treat after picking you up from school, and you enjoyed it down by the causeway on the shore. 

We had both had the stomach flu, and all that week, we really only wanted to eat cookies. Especially the m&m cookies from the Little Dog. Yum! I brought you one as a treat after picking you up from school, and you enjoyed it down by the causeway on the shore. 

Where in the world? I have so few pictures of you in your room. So I will always treasure this one. A few minutes after this, you were changing into your clothes for the day, and doing the naked dance. I have got pictures of that too. LOL

Where in the world? I have so few pictures of you in your room. So I will always treasure this one. A few minutes after this, you were changing into your clothes for the day, and doing the naked dance. I have got pictures of that too. LOL

You just love pine boughs. You were finally feeling better after a long, long night. It was warm and sunny, and you were so much happier. 

You just love pine boughs. You were finally feeling better after a long, long night. It was warm and sunny, and you were so much happier. 

Feeling low after feeling sick in the morning light. 

Feeling low after feeling sick in the morning light. 

Some water, before the storm. 

Some water, before the storm. 

It was your turn first. You had it, and then me, and then Finn. Glad that is all done. But I still love this image. 

It was your turn first. You had it, and then me, and then Finn. Glad that is all done. But I still love this image. 

At my desk with me in the afternoon. Playing with the Click set I gave you for Christmas. We built dirt bikes together. We counted and sorted all the pieces we needed before we started building. 

At my desk with me in the afternoon. Playing with the Click set I gave you for Christmas. We built dirt bikes together. We counted and sorted all the pieces we needed before we started building. 

In your favorite tree, golden hour. I just love how you hung your bike helmet on a branch. You hadn't done that before. 

In your favorite tree, golden hour. I just love how you hung your bike helmet on a branch. You hadn't done that before. 

Wednesday's at Bene's house for piano. She had just cleaned the kitchen, and we came over and in about 5 minutes messed it all up. Beautiful chaos. 

Wednesday's at Bene's house for piano. She had just cleaned the kitchen, and we came over and in about 5 minutes messed it all up. Beautiful chaos. 

Freelensing and dancing.

Freelensing and dancing.

Facing the sun, while nibbling on your pear at dinnertime.

Facing the sun, while nibbling on your pear at dinnertime.

Sunday afternoon shore explore down at the yacht club.

Sunday afternoon shore explore down at the yacht club.

Visiting the lambs at Two Coves with your cousin. Then running out to see Clover the cow, who is expecting. Our house is just across the cove. Sometimes we can hear the sheep and even the cow.

Visiting the lambs at Two Coves with your cousin. Then running out to see Clover the cow, who is expecting. Our house is just across the cove. Sometimes we can hear the sheep and even the cow.

Your 5th birthday party, watercoloring. My favorite memory that day is when you asked me to sing you happy birthday. You were a bit shy and scared when everyone was singing together before you blew out your candles. 

Your 5th birthday party, watercoloring. My favorite memory that day is when you asked me to sing you happy birthday. You were a bit shy and scared when everyone was singing together before you blew out your candles. 

We went out for Indian before shopping for your birthday party. You loved the papadum, and the mango lassi. Your first trip to Indian was quite the success. 

We went out for Indian before shopping for your birthday party. You loved the papadum, and the mango lassi. Your first trip to Indian was quite the success. 

At the bus stop on late start day. We parked on the other side of the street, and the sun was on you so strong inside the car.

At the bus stop on late start day. We parked on the other side of the street, and the sun was on you so strong inside the car.

Found you at my desk first thing in the morning. Tucker was watching a video about an aircraft carrier. 

Found you at my desk first thing in the morning. Tucker was watching a video about an aircraft carrier. 

Playing with your cross bow after school downstairs.

Playing with your cross bow after school downstairs.

Playing with a nascar at your cousin's house in the morning. 

Playing with a nascar at your cousin's house in the morning. 

My nephew and niece in the light, in a box, together.

My nephew and niece in the light, in a box, together.

I asked you to sit in this beautiful light before breakfast. 

I asked you to sit in this beautiful light before breakfast. 

Playing with shadows and snow. 

Playing with shadows and snow. 

I asked you to rub noses right before leaving for the bus stop. I took this image, and was positively giddy when I saw it on my computer. You too smiling and happy together.

I asked you to rub noses right before leaving for the bus stop. I took this image, and was positively giddy when I saw it on my computer. You too smiling and happy together.

Practicing Rembrant lighting at Orange Leaf. 

Practicing Rembrant lighting at Orange Leaf. 

You were playing in the giant snow puddle by the garage with your blue boat. 

You were playing in the giant snow puddle by the garage with your blue boat. 

Magic for Summer Murdock's workshop. Your shadow two ways. 

Magic for Summer Murdock's workshop. Your shadow two ways. 

Practicing rim lighting at Golden hour. You were playing street hockey.

Practicing rim lighting at Golden hour. You were playing street hockey.

Playing with light at Fort Andross. I love how you figured out that opening up the door just a bit added a sliver of light to the floor. You played hopscotch in the rectangles, and had so much fun. 

Playing with light at Fort Andross. I love how you figured out that opening up the door just a bit added a sliver of light to the floor. You played hopscotch in the rectangles, and had so much fun. 

Snacktime after playing legos in the light. Pretzels with peanut butter and chocolate chips. 

Snacktime after playing legos in the light. Pretzels with peanut butter and chocolate chips. 

Preschool field trip to the Orr's Island library.

Preschool field trip to the Orr's Island library.

Back from California, I got to spend the morning with you while your Mommy was getting ready for work. You love to look out the window of your room for buses and trucks. 

Back from California, I got to spend the morning with you while your Mommy was getting ready for work. You love to look out the window of your room for buses and trucks. 

LAX - homeward bound. Saying good bye to a blue sky that should have been there all along. 

LAX - homeward bound. Saying good bye to a blue sky that should have been there all along. 

Skipping classes on Photo Field Trip to enjoy a break from the rain with my new wonderful friend.

Skipping classes on Photo Field Trip to enjoy a break from the rain with my new wonderful friend.

El Capitan beach and clouds, lots of clouds. Storm surge waves that knocked us all over that morning at the polar bear plunge.

El Capitan beach and clouds, lots of clouds. Storm surge waves that knocked us all over that morning at the polar bear plunge.

Flying from Boston to LA, I spotted the Grande Canyon out the window. Excitedly I grabbed my long lens. 

Flying from Boston to LA, I spotted the Grande Canyon out the window. Excitedly I grabbed my long lens. 

Watching you play with a lego minifigure before leaving for my trip. 

Watching you play with a lego minifigure before leaving for my trip. 

Getting dressed for school, about to toss your pajama top into the laundry. I heard you all giggling so I ran downstairs with my camera to see the big smiles. 

Getting dressed for school, about to toss your pajama top into the laundry. I heard you all giggling so I ran downstairs with my camera to see the big smiles. 

Your favorite socks.

Your favorite socks.

Playing with your cousins in the morning.

Playing with your cousins in the morning.

On our way to the science museum, looking out over the Charles River

On our way to the science museum, looking out over the Charles River

On our way to Winchester to visit the cousins on a cold wet night.

On our way to Winchester to visit the cousins on a cold wet night.

Trying on your new flight suit from Pop

Trying on your new flight suit from Pop

jumping for joy, birthday boy

jumping for joy, birthday boy

snacktime in the afternoon

snacktime in the afternoon

sweet gelato treat

sweet gelato treat

happy valentine's day

happy valentine's day

freelensing

freelensing

power breakfast

power breakfast

birthday actual

birthday actual

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