the Kaleidoscope Project~January

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i have a small alarm and his name is wyatt.

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devyn does the same thing you do first thing in the morning.

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even with his ridiculously fluffy winter coat, biscuit prefers to watch the cold from inside.

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here is my recipe for baked oatmeal muffins: 90% chocolate chips, 5% oatmeal, 5% soymilk. enjoy.

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they are enjoying.

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waking the man-bear.

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passing the time indoors, directly in front of a space heater.

or soaking in the hot tub.

or soaking in the hot tub.

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she manages to argue her way into our bed, once again.

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another day, another blessing. good night, everyone.

For 2014, my group of 10 on 10 friends and I have decided to switch gears and collaborate on a new monthly project titled “the Kaleidoscope Project”. Basically, we post whatever we want once a month and then cheer each other on because we love photography! Yay! This month, I chose to highlight a very uneventful, lazy winter Sunday at the Wilsons’.

Up next is Janine Coveney, posting all the way from Queensland, Australia…

Bits of December

We were lucky enough to have my in-laws and Mom visit before Christmas. I had big photographic plans for all of it, but sometimes the camera is just too cumbersome. So here are a few bits from the past couple of weeks. Merry Christmas to all! xoxo

1 2 3 4It looks like someone enjoyed a romantic evening here. So romantic they forgot to pick up their trash. 5 6Idaho is so beautiful. And these are just the foothills.7 8 9We opted to do something new and fun this year- purchase a $10 tag and cut down our own tree from the forest. 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24Climbing the hump at Camel’s Back Park is always a workout. Watching my Mom heave herself up through bursts of laughter was priceless. 25 26 27 28 29 30 31The Boise Botanical Garden lights don’t quite compare to New Orleans’ City Park but the crackling fire barrels, hot chocolate and snowball fights made up for it 🙂 32 33 35 37 38

10 on 10 ~ December

I love being married.  It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.  ~Rita Rudner

 It recently occurred to me while picking on my husband’s flaws, which I’m often inclined to do, that he too endures my faults. The difference is that he does so quietly. Behold, my husband: a man who withstands, provides for our family, likes to take it easy, is a kid at heart and rubs my feet on the daily.

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wyatt’s naughty face

small children provide a continuous background soundtrack of screams, squeals, crashes, giggles and overall pandemonium. so when the air is unnaturally calm and you can suddenly hear your own thoughts, you immediately recognize that something is not right. a mild panic sets in. is the toilet not flushed? did the front door get left open? where did i last leave my camera?

and so i found wyatt, atop his own makeshift ladder, probing the junk drawer for gum. for a few short minutes i allowed him to revel in his naughtiness and enjoy piece after piece after piece after piece. and then i cut him off.

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the subject of siblings

On a whim I decided to photograph my children in how they relate to each other. I set out to capture the reality of sibling rivalry: pushing, shouting, fighting and a smidge of loving. But on this day there was none of that. Only a passive acceptance of each others’ presence and I was warmly reminded of how reassuring life can be with siblings.

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“It’s a commonly expressed and rather nice, romantic notion that we are all “sisters” and “brothers.” Let’s be real. Fact is, we might be better served to accept that we are all siblings. Siblings fight, pull each other’s hair, steal stuff, and accuse each other indiscriminately. But siblings also know the undeniable fact that they are the same blood, share the same origins, and are family. Even when they hate each other. And that tends to put all things in perspective.”
― Vera Nazarian