My how they have grown…here’s a little flashback to 2004 and some fun in the sun!
The days are long but the years are short. These were the words that inspired Shannon Harrison to start her 10 on 10 project, and they couldn’t be more true as I sit here with 1 day to go before my girls start 4th and 7th grades. Where did the years go? This is exactly the reason that I took 3 weeks off of work this summer to spend with them…exploring the East Coast and hopefully making memories that will last for years to come. The original intent of our project 10 was to document a typical day in the life of our families…a diary of sorts. Well, sadly, right now a typical day would be me, sitting in front of the computer all day for work and the girls either watching TV or getting yelled at to do some chores. So, maybe in the future, I will document a typical day but for the inaugural project 10, I have decided to share a typical day on vacation this summer. This particular day was spent on the Maine Coast. It was a long day but a day filled with new experiences, a great surprise (can you guess which picture?), some great photo ops, and a peaceful ending. Wouldn’t it be great if everyday could be like this?
I am joining with 9 other photographers to document our days and share them with you in hopes of reminding us all to cherish this time we have together. Next up is Val Spring of the wonderful Red Balloon Photography…she is the whole reason I am in this amazing circle of photographers and I am sure you will be blown away by her talent.
A Day on the Maine Coast
Back at camp for a dip in the lake…aaah!
The girls and I went on a 3 week road trip which started in Hilton Head, SC wound up to Virginia to visit my brother, took a little pit stop in Hoboken, NJ to check out Cake Boss, then headed up to Maine for 5 days, wound down to Boston, and then finished up with 2 whirlwind days in NYC. Here is a quick snapshot of our two days in the big city. We realized how many movies we’ve seen that have been filmed in NY as we kept using examples from movies (Night at the Museum, Home Alone 2, Bride Wars). We started our trip with a walk to the American Museum of Natural History. It was okay…I’ll be honest, I am not much of a museum person. I thought it would be cool to see the big dinasours but it was a little disappointing. We liked the brain exhibit the best. The girls of course liked the lights and activity in Times Square. That was their favorite part of NYC. Cameron was thrilled that our hotel room was on the 46th floor out of 50 floors at the Sheraton. That made her day! Since we had been watching Bride Wars in the car on the way up, we decied to have brunch at the Plaza (that’s all that I could afford!!). The food was delicious and Cameron was genuinely excited to be there so it was worth the price tag. I snapped this picture of the Entourage billboard because it was literally 3 lessons from my last class (Detra’s Natural Light workshop)…sunflare, creative use of a wide angle lens, and silhoutte. Sunflare must be trendy because it was in lots of different ads around Times Square. One of our stops on the way to the subway was St. Patrick’s Cathedral. What an awe-inspiring piece of architecture. I really wanted the girls to see it and while we were there, we lit a candle to remember Tim’s mom who passed away nearly a year ago. We miss her very much! Our last stop was Battery Park. I didn’t plan ahead so Ellis Island turned out to be out of the question (who knew you needed tickets months in advance? Not me). So we rode the Subway and checked it out from afar and then walked up to Ground Zero. That was completely unplanned but it did allow me to talk about 9/11 with the girls which I think is important with the 10 year anniversary coming up. The trip out of the city is a post for another time but let’s just say what should have taken 15 minutes on paper was more like 2 hours before we were in NJ and heading south on 95. I vow I will NEVER drive into NYC again!! All I said was, “girls, do not speak to me until we are out of this city!”