I was all prepared to tell you about how AMAZINGLY busy I've been... with growing kiddos, with an over-worked hubby, with an energetic dog and with my fast-growing photography business. I was ready to tell you that I just didn't have time to post my daily photos... for the entire second half of the year. It's all true.
But then I actually LOOKED at the photos from where I left off. I started captioning them. And then it hit me.
I realized that the batch of photos where I left off were from when my grandmother died.
Yeah, so, analyze that. I'm an open book... 100% avoidance. So here I am, ripping off the bandaid, walking over the burning coals. Let's get this over with...
121. | panting.
Playing outside is hard work. Pant, pant, pant.
122. | at the races.
This morning was the EFW walk/run and David participated for the first time! He did such a good job! I was so proud of him. And he was proud of himself... even though he didn't place in the top finishers, he found a small piece of a stump and claimed it as his trophy.
123. | family grilling time.
Look at those three. Everyone wants to learn how to grill. (Oh, yeah, that's Sam, not me!) That's ok with me. I'll be sitting back here sipping on a cold beer... just tell me when dinner's ready!
124. | practically a steal.
This is my favorite time of the year - library book sale time! I love going to this annual sale, walking up and down the rows of tables, salivating over all the books I can buy for a mere $10... and dreaming about the imaginary hours in each day when I will read them... but look at all the pretty books!
125. | process is messy.
The truth. And I'm a disaster.
from Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
126. | lunchtime.
I had a working lunch out today. It's sometimes nice to change my environment. I went from sitting at a table in my office by myself to sitting at a table in Panera by myself.
127. | process
Process is definitely more than "three strikes and you're out". It's more like try, try again. Start over. Try, try again. Repeat. Repeat. Success (maybe).
Excerpt from Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon.
128. | tailgating.
Friday night family tailgating at a Brewers-Cubs game was never so much fun. Especially when your sou chef is so adorable!
129. | reading time.
After a stop at Barnes & Noble, we all sat on the couch, captivated by our new books. As it should be.
130. | mother's day.
I struggled with the decision about posting this photo. But I decided to just do it. Tear off the bandaid. This is my story. I'm telling my daily story in photos, whether it be good, bad, happy or sad.
It was Mother's Day.
Sam and I went to visit Mom-Mom at the rehab facility. My mom and Bill were there too. We spent Mother's Day together, all the moms.
It's a day I will never forget.... because it was literally her last one.
131. | the big reveal.
This morning on The Morning Blend TMJ 620 revealed their big classic car giveaway. This beauty! After being reworked, refurbished and renewed, this was the big reveal.
132. | sustaining myself.
This morning I woke up feeling like the last 24 hours had been a bad dream. But alas, it was reality. Yesterday we lost a great woman.
Today I relied on coffee to keep me going. Today it was tasteless and powerless, entirely ineffective. Perhaps I'll take a nap instead.
133. | cork you!
This is not funny. The one night I REALLY NEED to open this bottle of wine and the cork breaks.
134. | this photo has been intentionally left blank.
135. spinning cousins.
Well, all the cousins came together yesterday, near and far, to say goodbye to Mom-Mom. Today, we move on.
We took the kids to the park to let some energy out. They had a blast. We had a moment, noticing how big they were getting. Sigh.