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Texas bluebonnet season is one of my absolute favorite times of year.  I mean what other time of year do you have a smile on your face as you drive along the highway?!  You can’t help but be in a good mood when they cover everything with their vibrant shades of purple, sometimes mixed with the pink and yellow wildflowers.  I’ve started lots of various traditions with my kids over the years and most of them have petered out already, but their pictures in the bluebonnets are one that I strive to never break.  I swear they will be 30 years old and I’m going to make them come home and pose in the bluebonnets for me.  I mean just look at these cuties over the years here, here, and here.

I get all teary eyed just looking at those comparisons!  They look so old now.

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Every so often, I step back and take some shots of the bluebonnets by themselves and this year they caught the light so well for me that I just kept snapping.  I loved how these turned out so much that I added them to the Etsy shop.  And even though I tell my kids not to pick them, while I was photographing one child the other went on a hunt for the perfect bouquet to bring home.  Since I didn’t want them to go to waste, I did a little still life photoshoot with them at home and made sure to add my favorites from that to the shop as well.  Click here to shop the still life and landscape shots for sale. 🙂

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Well it’s been a blessing that I’ve been so busy with work that I haven’t had much time to focus on my own projects, but things finally calmed down just enough for me to play catch up!  At the end of January I was able to take a quick two day trip to San Diego with a dear friend of mine.  She was going out there on business and even though she was working from sun up to dinner time, she thought I would love a chance to explore with my camera on my own.  I can’t stress this enough, have friends who know your needs and love you enough to suggest such a thing.   It was a perfect break from the chaos of work + mom life.  No one needed anything from me, for a blissful 48 hours.   I loved every minute of it.


I rented a car and drove up and down the highway bouncing from beach to beach breathing in the fresh air and feeling the ocean spray on my face.  ALONE.  I can’t stress the alone part of that enough.  As moms/wives we tend to hear a constant stream of noise that starts from the time we wake up (usually to a kid staring us square in the face) until our eyes close at night.  As much as I love my husband and my friends, I had never been on any type of trip like this where I found myself alone for a large portion of it.  I didn’t think I’d like it that much, but turns out it’s pretty amazing (for a couple of days that is).

I hiked the hills of Torrey Pines, alone.  I visited the Japanese friendship garden in downtown San Diego, alone (ironically with my best friend in town).  I bounced from La Jolla children’s pool to Scripps pier, back up to Point Loma to watch the tide pools crash into the walls of the cliffs, ALONE.  I didn’t speak to a single person for most of the day, listening to any song I wanted on Spotify (no angry children hollering they don’t WANT to listen to my choices).  I didn’t pressure myself to photograph anything in particular, to get a certain amount of images.  Most of the time I didn’t even take my camera out of the bag.  I just enjoyed God’s beauty all around me and enjoyed the freedom.  I guess I shouldn’t say I didn’t speak to anyone, I had an ongoing conversation with God throughout the entire trip.  Every 5 minutes I was praising Him for everything.  All His amazing works in the cliffs, the waters, the formations and praising Him for allowing me to be able to be there.  It was truly a blessing He provided, and one I will forever be grateful for!

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In the end I did come away with some images I deemed worth of adding to my Etsy shop.  Here are the ones I added, if you click on the images they link you to my Etsy shop to purchase them online.

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With or without kids, the sea lions at La Jolla children’s pool are definitely worth a visit.  I could have watched them flop around all day.


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I spent one of the days doing nothing buy hiking. From Torrey Pines hiking trails to The Scripps Pier beach area, and rounded it out with the Point Loma tide pools hiking trails and historic lighthouse.  I have to say, with as much hiking up cliffs as I did I totally thought I’d shed a pound or two, but alas this trip couldn’t be that perfect.


The Japanese friendship garden in downtown San Diego was worth the trip.  The flowers were starting to bloom and all of the koi ponds, streams and water features were incredibly peaceful and relaxing.  I went here towards the end of the day (after hiking all morning) and basically sat around falling into a trance depleting what energy I had left.


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I somehow managed to muster up enough to zip across town to the Sunset Cliffs to watch the sun go down.  My marathon exploration trip of San Diego was such a fun little treat!  I gave myself a super quick recharge of the batteries, added some works to my Etsy shop and had a couple of great dinners with one of my best friends.  Praise God for all of it!!

 

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I go through ebbs and flows with my photography.  There are days I’m unloading the dishwasher and inspiration strikes, clear as day and off I go excited and energized, camera in hand.  Other times I hate the camera, and the idea of shooting ever again annoys me (maybe it’s just hormones).  When the latter seems to have dragged on far too long I force myself to break out of it any way I can.

Sometimes I start with a general idea, I want to shoot a certain color, or type of flower.  Other times I have no concrete ideas at all, I just know I want a flower, and I want the background to be white or black.   I’ve been feeling all the white and pink rooms coming through my feed lately so my brain was stuck on farmhouse inspiration with simple pink flowers and white backgrounds.  I’ll usually spend an hour carefully walking through the floral section of the grocery store (Central Market is my fave).  I’m pretty sure the employees think I’m crazy as I crouch down and examine the shapes, the inside, looking for anything I think might photograph in a unique or interesting way.   I’ve been wanting more exotic plants lately but being that none of them are in season I was limited to the roses and ranunculus today.

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I also love walking through Hobby Lobby or Michael’s hoping something will peak my interest or inspire me.  On this particular visit I fell in love with this tiny birdcage.  I had no clue what I was going to do with it, I just knew I loved it.  I thought about filling it with greenery or flowers.  I even had it styled with linens, then paired with a bouquet of flowers, but I kept being drawn to it alone.  Something so beautiful in its simplicity.  the gold detailing, the fine lines. I just loved it.  I played around in post production with some fun textures and ended up liking this antiqued one.

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Even as I was shooting everything I felt flustered. I didn’t like the set ups, I wasn’t sure it’s what I had envisioned.  The self doubt seaped in and I thought to myself, none of this is good, I haven’t captured anything I like.  Honestly, I just wanted to quit and try again another day, when I felt more inspired.  Or wait until the flowers I wanted originally are back in season.  But I kept going, and I’m glad I did.  I love what I came out with.  I could see these in the all white rooms with pink accents, or in modern spaces with lots of color looking for more white space on their walls.  No matter the style choice, you can now click here to buy them in my Etsy shop.

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When Caden was 1, Nick and I had a chance to travel overseas for a friend’s wedding. One of those “it only happens once” moments that if you can scrounge the money together you can justify it. She wasn’t getting married in France, but close enough that I knew we could start our trip there and visit the place I had dreamt about for years.  I hadn’t been feeling like myself lately and it was increasingly getting worse each day.  I didn’t even know you could get post partum when your baby wasn’t really a baby anymore, but turns out the hormones in the first 2 years can cause it.  So here I was, experiencing post partum anxiety for the first time, and boarding a plane to go half way across the world.  I figured it’s Paris, who can’t kick anxiety’s butt in Paris?  Me, apparently.  Poor Nick, I spent most of those days fighting off panic attacks, wanting to go back to the hotel for breathers and generally being uncomfortable.  There was so much left unseen.  Between the jet lag and the new medication I was taking, I slept through the alarm the first day and missed our scheduled tour of the Eiffel Tower.  We never got to go inside the Lourve (although the outside was quite lovely).  And this didn’t have to do with my PP but we didn’t realize the last day of our trip was the Tour de France, which apparently is a national holiday and most everything closes down.  So the final day, when I felt like I finally was ready to tackle this thing head on, there was nowhere to go and nothing to do.  We embraced the fun and parked alongside the road to watch the race, but all in all, a wasted day in an amazing city.


The thing that truly kept me going was my camera.  When I was behind it I felt like I was invisible.  Almost like I was experiencing the city through a television and behind that lens I was safe and secure.  As long as I was looking through that glass I was distracted, and calm.  It’s funny, I actually look back at those pictures now and don’t even remember walking some of those streets or being in some moments.  It looks quite lovely, I’d like to go back and try again some day.

Not surprisingly, however, I did manage to have one truly care free day, that was the most peaceful and breathtaking of them all.  We hopped a train to Giverny, to take a bike riding trip through the town where Claude Monet lived to see Monet’s Garden.  THAT day I will forever remember.  I can close my eyes and see the small French cottages whizzing by as we peddled on those red bikes.  It rained off and on as we rode, but it didn’t even matter.  It made the smells even more amazing, fresh rain mixed with blooming florals.  The sun would go behind a cloud and scatter some showers on us, then in a blink it’d come back out shining full blast and give us a gorgeous landscape to marvel at.  It’s like my anxiety was controlling the weather.  Waves of darkness being blasted away by lightness.  No amount of dark could keep me down that day.  If you’ve ever followed my Instagram feed, visiting my Etsy shop, or generally looked at my photography portfolio you’d know why.  It’s HEAVY with gardens, greenery, landscapes and flowers.  It’s my happy place.  I can be at the lowest of the low, and escape to some place green and blooming and instantly be calmed.  It’s like that day was my security blanket God was wrapping me in, swaddled in tightly, able to relax and enjoy.  Hands down, it’s my favorite traveling experience to date, and I would hop on a plane, anxiety ridden and all, and do it all over again today.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  One of my favorite things to do with the kids is to fill up our goodie bin for our amazing delivery people who visit us (daily).  We no doubt see a huge spike in the amount of online shopping around the holidays and I see these guys coming as late at 9pm to get everything out on time.  We are so grateful for all of their hard work, and we hope that these snacks will give them a little holiday cheer to brighten their routes.  We put everything from sugary candy treats to power bars to give them energy and waters.  The kids love seeing what needs refilled each day and Caden even suggested we put a sign on the mail box to let the mail man know to get out of his truck. 🙂

 Feel free to download this sign to print out and use!  Just right click and “save as” to get it on your computer.  Merry Christmas!