Tag: holiday

8 centimeters dilated….she’s almost here

The time is drawing near.  My “baby” girl will be here in no time.  Generally, I like to think that my birthday is a national holiday and at the very minimum, a week long celebration.  this year, i guess I won’t mind sharing MY time with this bundle of joy.  In fact, nothing would make me happier. 

This morning, I awoke to an email with an edited draft of my next book.  I really do love her already, even though I’ve not yet seen her.  I’ve dreamed of her arrival.  I’ve dreamed of holding her.  And finally, she really is almost here.  I know that showers are normally given pre-baby.  But I’ve never done what everyone else does.  Stay tuned for an invite to the party.

The Hunt

After moving away from my family and missing several holidays, I started to create my own traditions to get everyone together.  As a full time photographer, it’s often difficult for me to get away during the holiday season when I am capturing memories for everyone else.  For Christmas, I started a Christmas Eve Eve celebration.  This event would take place on December 23rd.  Everyone would come to the house and stay up all night eating junk, laughing and playing games.  On the morning of the 24th, we’d all wake for breakfast and gift exchange.  By noon, everyone was on the way home or to visit the in-laws, or to the significant others house.  I often spent the actual Christmas day doing something quiet, but it was nice to have already had my Christmas fix.  For Easter, I reserved a shelter at a local park and held a picnic and egg hunt.  There are usually two hunts, one for the children and one for the adults.  I think the children had as much fun hiding the eggs from the adults as they did looking for their own eggs.  This year, the hunt won’t be happening as my normal weekend to do the hunt (the weekend after) is already booked with other things (as id the rest of the month).  Looking forward to the hunt of 2013.  It’s going to be bigger and better than all the others combined….get ready!

The Ornament

It’s the holiday season and I’ve already put up my Christmas tree.  I’ve gotten feedback from many people saying it’s too soon to begin my celebration.  I think I’m right on time.  During the holiday season when family and friends are beginning to spend more time together, I see less of the people I care the most about.  Behind the camera, I’m already capturing holiday memories.  Working 6 and 7 day work weeks make it difficult and not so much fun to put up a tree Thanksgiving weekend when I’m already worn out.

When I was seven or eight,  my Sunday School teacher gave us all an angel ornament with our name in gold.  I was excited to put my angel on the tree.   Each year when Christmas was over, my angel would be wrapped for protection until the next year.  Every time, I unwrapped my ornament, I was excited to put it on the tree.  As I graduated high school, I would still go home to look for my angel.  Some years, she was easy to find.  Others, it was a scavenger hunt.  Over 20 years have passed and on the rare occaision that I am able to go home, the first thing I do when I see the tree is look for my angel.  

Now that I’m an adult who happens to be a photographer, my ow tree is adorned with portraits of loved ones.  This year, my nephew’s squeal as he found his picture on the tree instantly took me back to the first appearance of my angel on the tree.