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“Tis the season. Tis the season. Tis the season …” chants my little one.
I love this time of year. I especially love documenting our December Daily stories. This year, I am really focusing on documenting one story per day with just a few photos I love. I am also continuing with Project Life this month (although it seems like I’m over documenting – ha!) but am capturing a different part of our day there. I am really trying to keep things simple and my time is limited. The volume of grading I have piled on my desk seems to grow taller with each passing day because I’d rather be documenting our story than grading my students’ papers.
Here’s a look our first week of December. I quickly took the photos this afternoon with my iPhone – not super happy with the images so I will take better photos later this week.
Day 01 – Getting our tree. We have never gotten our tree this early.
Day 02 – I wanted to decorate our tree but Samuel had other things in mind. He discovered a new skill so he spent most of our tree decorating time hopping on one foot.
Day 03 – Santa sent us an Elf. And Samuel named him Saucy. I still have some journaling to do on this layout.
Day 04 – The last night of Hanukkah. Ended up being a four page spread — I often give myself a 3×4 space for journaling because I think I do not have much to say ….
Day 05 – Starbucks + shopping with one of my girls. Girl time is awesome.
Day 06 – My brother came for a short visit. He and Samuel had concerts in our living room all evening. I so love watching and listening to them.
Day 07 – Samuel turned 34 months! Can’t believe he will be three in two months! We celebrated with a trip on the Polar Express to the North Pole. Samuel loved it all — except for the creepy looking Santa. The story of our magical adventure is tucked in the 3×4 pocket. I think this will end up being a four page spread once I get some images from my brother.
I am in love with this project. So looking forward to experiencing and documenting more magical moments this holiday season.
This is my fifth year with this project. The last couple of years were documented with photos and words but I never got around to putting them into a book. I am hoping that this year will be different.
Here’s a look at our Wednesday, September 11, 2013.
All of the images here were taken with my 5D. I find that it is easier/quicker to use my iPhone for self portraits. I have been using my iPhone more and more for this project.
Project Life 2013 :: Week 06Spirit week. Samuel turned two.
Celebrated two with family at my mom’s house. We kept it small + simple — and he was thrilled with the entire shindig.
Celebrated two on the actual day at his favorite family creamery — he asked to go there. Also celebrated tet this week.
Plenty of inserts for all the celebrations this week.
Project Life 2013 :: Week 07Samuel got a garbage truck for his birthday. He wanted to go home immediately after school everyday to play with his truck.
Valentine’s week. Enjoyed using Studio Calico’s February kit.
Samuel is now in the Beginners class at school. He had his first class party with Capri Sun + plenty of sweets. He was thrilled to tell me all about it.
Project Life 2013 :: Week 08
Samuel rode the Thomas all by himself on Sunday! He was so serious about it … could not help but giggle a bit at his seriousness.
You’ve grown up to be such a big 2-year old boy! I’m so proud of you. I am excited to share one of my favorite books with you. It’s so special to me because when I was a little boy, I would always remind myself “Life doesn’t frighten me at all,” and seeing you enjoy all the little moments in life makes me know, life don’t frighten Sam either! Keep having fun Sammie.
Life Doesn’t Frighten Me At All from Hung on Vimeo.
Goodbye 2012 school year. Hello sunshine. Hello summer. Hello play dates + road trips + hikes + bike riding. Hello outside. Hello fresh air. Hello Sacramento heat. Hello friends we haven’t seen in a long time. Hello house reorganization + garage cleaning. Hello summer projects.
We are officially on summer vacation (as of May 22)! We have been cleaning out the garage (and getting rid of stuff on Craigslist + Goodwill). I’ve also been reorganizing my space to make it more functional. I am back on the Green Tangerines Kit Club and look forward to documenting lots of stories this summer (including Week in the Life Projects from summer 2011 and spring 2012).
I learned something yesterday that will increase my productivity with layered templates — especially for the Week in the Life Projects that are on my summer list. I bought several of Ali Edward’s digital templates, but the resizing of photos to make it fit in the layers has been holding me back. I am using Photoshop CS5 and have watched many tutorials — and have been frustrated with all of them because they do not address how to resize photos. Clicking the corner with the move tool does not resize anything! After much frustration, I asked my computer geek (should have asked him months ago) and he figured it out! Before a photo can be resized once it is moved to your layered templates, you need to hit Command-T on the Mac! What the heck? None of the tutorials I watched clued me into that simple command. Was I supposed to know that already?
Once I figured how to use the digital templates, I used Ali’s 2012 Calendar template to make this:
I plan to create photo calendars for previous months and insert them into my Project Life albums and Samuel’s baby books. So excited for summer projects!
I woke up this morning with the urge to grab my camera and shoot me in bed — not really wanting to get up for work. Then it hit me — the week of hyper documenting + photographing is over. Over. Then I make my way to the living room and spot Samuel on the recliner. He gives me a grin and goes about eating his breakfast + pointing to a bike in a book + repeating “biiiiiiiiii” (bike). I felt myself reaching for the camera but then stopped myself to enjoy this moment.
I could not help but feel a bit naked today. My 5-lb camera has been attached to my side for the last 7 days but today, it sits on our kitchen island, taking a breather. It got a good workout last week.
Total number of photos this weekend: 306 (Saturday) + 307 (Sunday). I have way too many photos to go through. Why so many photos? First, I used a remote for self-timer photos, so it’s pretty easy to shoot multiples. I occasionally erase the images that I don’t like right away, but I often wait to do it on the computer. I can’t always tell if an image is out of focus or not on the camera screen. Second, I had the camera on continuous shooting mode for most of the weekend to shoot images of a fast moving toddler. Third, I can not seem to get the focus right with the flash, so I often shoot multiple images with the flash. I prefer not to use the flash, but evening shots with a toddler becomes frustrating without it. I really need to buckle down this summer and learn how to use the flash.
I shoot with a Canon 7D. For all of the images this week, I used a 24-70 mm lens and a Canon Speedlite 580EX II external flash (mainly for indoor, evening photos). I have a tripod, but I did not use it at all this week. I find it cumbersome for a project such as this. My self-portraits were mostly taken with a remote with the camera sitting on the floor, books, boxes, counters, benches, etc.
Here’s a look at Sunday, 4/29.Hello Sunday.
Early morning snack with ba ngoai. She loves him so.
Looking for ba ngoai.
Riding around the house + eating cheerios.
Breakfast at Denny’s.
Pink + teal = new favorites.
Buying local — Stockton Farmer’s Market.
She loves to cook.
Recording my mother’s recipe for me.
Lunch (com ga) at ba ngoai’s.
He sleeps with his eyes slightly open — like me.
Excited to be going home. He loves visiting his ba ngoai but he loves his home more.
Visiting grandma #2. Hello grandma. It’s me Samuel.
Riding in the back with him.
Home sweet home.
He’s an awesome helper.
He likes to sit in my lap to read.
His favorite reading corner. Since the light is good, I decided to shoot the stuff in his room.
His collection of hand-knit goodness. Such a lucky little person.
Family bike ride. (I shot this while riding — I do not recommend it.)
I still make + freeze his food. It is the best way for me to get him to eat veggies.
Falling asleep at dinner. Exhausted but trying really hard to keep his lids open.
Enjoying another favorite book before bedtime.
I love weekends.
I love lazy mornings filled with lots of coffee and sunshine.
This weekend was far from slow and relaxing, but it was good.
Sleeping in. For him, sleeping in means 7ish.
Up earlier than I really wanted to be. Looking for running gear in the dark.
Waiting. Running with my friend Haley this a.m.
Running buddies. Miss Haley ran her fastest 5K with me this weekend. You go, girl.
Came home to find them on the porch reading And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street, another favorite.
Receiving a package from the mailman.
Delivering the package to his daddy.
What’s left of his breakfast. (I wasn’t around for breakfast this morning.)
Wondering — how I can arrange my space to make it work more efficiently for me. The answer might be in simplifying.
Morning snack. Devouring sweet mango. Can’t get it in his mouth fast enough.
Needing a nap — but refusing too.
Packing for an overnight trip to my mom’s.
Preparing lunch for the road with one hand. I love that he still wants to be held.
On the way to ba ngoai’s.
Hello ba ngoai.
Showing ba ngoai how to open his snack container.
Enjoying each other. She cooks outside — in the garage — and he enjoys watching her.
She makes awesome desserts.
Off to dinner.
Taking a break from dinner to do a little shopping at Trader Joe’s.
Hanging out with ba ngoai + Auntie Mimi.
Jim + I get a few hours to ourselves. We went to see an amazing theatrical dance recital.
Wrapping up the evening.
This week flew by so quickly.
Total number of photos today: 145 + a few iPhone photos (mainly to send to my mom).
I lost internet connection on Friday so I was not able to post these Friday night.
Getting ready for the day.
Lunch and snacks for three.
Out the door. He likes to walk to the car.
Stuffing my face.
Grading a few papers while students watch a video on the Earth.
Laughing + devouring donuts + having a good time with these kids.
Enjoying the sunshine at Spring Fling — our annual event to reward students for good behavior during testing.
Signing him out early.
Found him asleep with his lovey.
Such a happy mama.
Stranger anxiety translates to this.
First taste of sweet watermelon.
No more watermelon.
He loves to look at himself in the mirror.
A visit with the pediatrician.
Enjoying the warm weather + bubbles.
Yay for bikes and balls.
Getting ready for bed. The Napping House is a new favorite.
Checking in on him before I head to bed.
Hello Tough Thursday. I am so glad we made it through the day.
I have been beating myself up all day. And I’m pretty exhausted.
I was in slow-mo mode today. I got up a bit earlier than usual — but because I’m not good at judging time, we didn’t leave any earlier than usual. The mad rush out the door this morning to make it to the donut shop and school on time left me feeling uneasy.
Then some unpleasant actions and words that were exchanged in the car. And then at school. And then I find out that my sisters got into the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco. (Earlier this month, I told my sisters to sign up for the race — thought it would be a nice thing to do together. Somehow, between telling them and now, I dropped the ball and forgot to register. They found out this morning that they have been accepted (the whole registration thing is part of a huge lottery process so getting in is a really big deal) and me — well I didn’t even sign up!)
Today was one of those days where I just went through the motions — not really putting my heart into anything (except for playing with Samuel). I did what I needed to do at school — which was to give the CST and follow simple instructions. I keep my cool but my heart ached. Definitely an uneasy feeling that made me tired and nonproductive.
This project + my camera helped me move through the day. The whole process of setting up self-timer shots gave me focus and kept me calm. Several laughed at my attempts but I just shrugged it off and moved on. Surprisingly, my students are fascinated by this process and a couple are thinking about documenting their life next week.
Here’s a look at life on this tough Thursday …
Morning. I am not quite ready to greet Thursday yet.
Stretching + eating breakfast.
Getting ready. Liking my new do. A little change makes a big difference.
Studying his new ride.
Helping with breakfast. Exploring the coldness of the freezer.
Goodbyes are hard. (This photo is blurry but I love it. It shows how Samuel has been feeling lately when we say goodbye.)
Carrying too much in this morning.
Testing today. Complete and utter silence throughout the campus.
Fighting an eye infection.
Getting ready for Friday.
Waiting to turn in tests.
Needing a change of scenery. Waiting in the conference room. Thinking and writing about the day.
Asking for more snacks.
Excitement … Ooooooooh, a big truck!
Waiting for dinner. Keeping him entertained.
Dinner – hot bowl of pho.
Shopping (and playing) at Target.
Exploring outside. We go outside at least once a day.
Beauty in my backyard.
Reading. His second reading corner in the house — one in the bedroom and one out in our living room.
Time for milk.
A little play before bedtime.
Watching. Fans are rad.
Stories with dad. Jamberry is a new favorite.
Laughing and giggling before bedtime. So refreshing to hear the chuckles, laughs and giggles radiate throughout the house.
An unexpected visitor above the stove.
Wrapping up the day.
Wednesdays used to be tough for me. It’s the middle of the week and my students are about done with the school week. Their energy is low which is absolutely draining for me. Now that we are on the A/B schedule (I see my students every other day), things seem much better. I must admit — it is nice to have a break from the same group of kids.
Today, I focused on documenting the course of my workday.
Selecting shoes for the day. Chance of thunderstorms today but I’m going for my Dansko sandals.
Changing the little one.
Reading in the car. Hungry Caterpiller is a favorite.
Saying goodbye for the day has been somewhat difficult.
Unloading the car.
Breathing deeply. Thinking about the day — where I am going to unload this stuff, the lesson, etc.
Learning in the rain.
Breaking down a lab.
Spying on him at school.
Singing itsy-bitsy spider. He’s getting good at it. We sing it at least 10x a day.
Showing me his head. He can point to his head, ears, tongue and knee. Working on toes and eyes.
Checking out his new ride.
Special delivery — just in time for Dress-up day at school.
Getting ready to ride.
Reading. Hanging out with his friend Bronson.
Seeing. The rain is upon us.
Reading. Pointing to things he can identify. Baby Beluga is a bedtime favorite.
Evidence that a little person lives here.
Rearranging. Needing a new, refreshing workspace.
I am noticing that a lot of my photos are getting a bit repetitive — a definite indicator that we don’t deviate much from our daily workweek routine.
Our mornings are rushed as we try to make it out the door by 6:40 a.m. to make it to our campus by7:30 a.m. Some days we make it out on time, other days it is a mad rush. Looking forward to the weekend for easy, laid-back mornings.
Thanks for visiting. Hoping that you’re having a great day. Have fun documenting.