For Christmas this year, we took H+h to the city. The city we almost called home. The city from which we named our first born. The city that has a penthouse apartment in our hearts (because ... well, that's the only way to afford one of those hah) .
Hudson planned a few aspects of our trip. Of course he wanted to go to a toy store, a candy store and some playgrounds ... but ultimately, he was the most fascinated by the twin towers.
Being one of the most tragic and emotional events in our lifetime, we shared the stories, appropriate YouTube clips and movies with our 6 year old. He is an old soul with a lot of empathy + he loves history. This sweet boy brought flowers to honor the victims while taking it all in.
9 years ago today I was in my first tornado. It trolled through downtown Atlanta tapping skyscrapers and sports venues, uprooted headstones and 100+ year old oaks in Oakland and caused serious damage in Cabbagetown. Just the dogs and I at the loft and without warning. A few days later Spence took me up in a helicopter for an overhead view. Our displacement wasn't as long as others, but this still blows me away...
On any normal Monday, I'd say that the weather was sub par, the traffic was worse than normal and it might really just be manic ... but today is a birthday. A day that I'm thankful for. Without our hilarious start of friendship, the several moments we've taken care of each other when we were breaking down, teaching & loving my son, being there for the discovery & birth of my daughter, the things we've shouted to protect each other and our future alpaca plans, I would certainly be missing out on a big part of my life.
To you, my friend of friends, I wish you a happy birthday. I'm so thankful you're in my life.
For me, it has been about the people. The people and a certain W29 1994 Stealth R/T TT that stole my heart when I was 20 years old. But, back to the people. The people who kept me in the game, the people who loved me for Me and the people who stayed in my life waaayyy past our 90s supercars.
From my 20s came two individuals with which I will never see myself living without. #tink to best friends, to year to come, to discovering who we are together, to remembering where we came from and to forever.
There's a lot of hope that goes in to having a child. Love mostly, lots of ideas and plans. This tiny being. So tiny and so innocent. Sleeping before me, trusting me with her life. I hold her, lay her head gently, laugh with her, play with her, think about her, long for her ... and those eyes... oh, those eyes. They tell a tale that I wish so fondly to read. Her life is deeper than she's given credit. It means so much. Those eyes will experience life in a way that I never will. My only wish is that I'm standing next to her when it happens. That I'm teaching her in the best ways and that I'm wholly involved. This little light of mine, she's sure got a hold of my heart. Never have I ever thought that this would happen. Drink.
Madison Riley. A miracle in her own and an infant that encompasses all that her parents are. A child that has a best friend brewing and an older "brother" ready to fight against the world for her. While she was born a daddy's girl, she will forever hold her mommy's heart in her hands.
I think Rob's recent Facebook post said it best; It is an inexplicably strange thing to fall in love with a machine. The things I went through with her will never be forgotten. And as this chapter of my life is closing, whether I'm ready or not, all I can do is remember to breathe.
when you dream with a broken heart, waking up is the hardest part...
When 2 girls that have several things in common [namely photography] get together for the weekend, they come up with Project M6.
Project M6 is a collaborative and creative side project between Melis J Photography and sixsixfour photography. Playing Nikon off Nikon, we shoot for fun and learn from eachothers' photographic experience while bouncing ideas off the lense.
My step father asked if I wanted to go shooting with him after work one day. He's researching the best D-SLR for his work needs and wanted to compare and contrast to my Nikon, as well as learn the digital part of the SLR, as he's shot with 35mm SLRs in the past. We thought to take pics of his dog chasing the tennis ball and head to the park to get some landscape and macro shots, but then he pulled into his neighbor's long drive to see if we could shoot what was in his garage. I love cars and was brought up a Chevy girl, but I had no idea just how much I would love this...
The night before was a blast. We got there just before the sun set. There were junior dragsters, funny cars, and meaty domestics ready to run. Before setting up camp and lighting a fire, I took a leisurely stroll with cam in hand...
Leap before you look, but the door was wide open. Mocking us was a headless dummy and red splattered paint from his neck to the walls. Juicy Juice was in the cabinets and a bible on the floor. We probably shouldn't have, but it's been inviting us for years.
In December we celebrated my dad & step mother's 10 year anniversary by boarding the Disney Magic cruise ship. It was my dad, my step mother, her sister, her parents, my 10 siblings, my husband & I spending 7 days at sea. It was a blast. We had a run in with a handful of water spouts, watched the NFL on a ginormous screen while sitting in a hot tub, explored the other side of Cozumel through a rented and hacked VW Bug, played volleyball & had a fantastic run in with tequila and coronas that almost left us stranded in Mexico. Anyways, here's a few photos from the experience. Click for larger.