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Don’t Forget Mom

May 11th, 2013

The problem with being the resident ‘staff’ photographer is that you hardly ever make it into a photograph. Usually this suits me just fine, but last week was the end of my maternity leave and I demanded to be photographed with Lily. We took a road trip up to White Flower Farm and made a [...]

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The problem with being the resident ‘staff’ photographer is that you hardly ever make it into a photograph. Usually this suits me just fine, but last week was the end of my maternity leave and I demanded to be photographed with Lily. We took a road trip up to White Flower Farm and made a stop at Carol Peck’s Good News Cafe for lunch. Of course the one nice shot didn’t end up metered properly, but it’s better than nothing!

As I write this on the eve of my first Mother’s Day, I couldn’t resist re-posting this photo with my mom. While she is busy spoiling Lillian rotten, I have a whole new appreciation for everything she made possible in my life.

On a side note, what is going on with my bangs?

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Lillian – Second Month

April 16th, 2013

During month 2, Lily’s oh-so-perfect skin was dotted all over with acne. The doctors assured us it was nothing usual and it cleared up quickly after about 3 weeks. In honor of Easter, I gathered up all the bunnies that Lily received when she was born. It’s quite a collection. She also lost quite a [...]

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During month 2, Lily’s oh-so-perfect skin was dotted all over with acne. The doctors assured us it was nothing usual and it cleared up quickly after about 3 weeks.

In honor of Easter, I gathered up all the bunnies that Lily received when she was born. It’s quite a collection.

She also lost quite a bit of her hair from birth, but you can still see some of it on the back of her head. Sophie the Giraffe probably preferred these days when she gave the occasional squeak and wasn’t the victim of a vigorous gnawing.

At the end of the month Lily started to look at the camera, giving us occasional smiles!

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Lillian – First Month

April 4th, 2013

This blog has been know to go wildly off-schedule with posts, but I set a goal to share a few photos of Lily every month. Day 1 at Yale New Haven Hospital In mom’s favorite MAGNETIC gown by Magnificent Baby. Snaps should be outlawed. Smiles became more frequent starting at week 4… First hat, from [...]

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This blog has been know to go wildly off-schedule with posts, but I set a goal to share a few photos of Lily every month.

Day 1 at Yale New Haven Hospital

In mom’s favorite MAGNETIC gown by Magnificent Baby. Snaps should be outlawed.

Smiles became more frequent starting at week 4…

First hat, from Aunt Grace Anne.

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Welcome Lillian

March 27th, 2013

7 lbs, 5 oz, Lillian Grace arrived precisely on her due date, February 25, 2013. I struggled to take any photos of anything during my pregnancy (as you probably noticed from the long silences on the blog), but after embarking on a maternity shoot for a friend last Fall, she convinced me to do the [...]

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7 lbs, 5 oz, Lillian Grace arrived precisely on her due date, February 25, 2013. I struggled to take any photos of anything during my pregnancy (as you probably noticed from the long silences on the blog), but after embarking on a maternity shoot for a friend last Fall, she convinced me to do the same. I’ve never done a self-portrait before, but sick of waiting… I broke out the tripod at week 38.

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The Tree

December 27th, 2012

December always tends to slip away in a bit of a blur. This year was no exception, so here I am, late with my holiday post and left with loads of unshared photographs that date back as far as February. I won’t get to all of them before the year closes out, but stick around [...]

 

December always tends to slip away in a bit of a blur. This year was no exception, so here I am, late with my holiday post and left with loads of unshared photographs that date back as far as February. I won’t get to all of them before the year closes out, but stick around because one of my immediate goals for the new year is to finish blogging about some of our trips from 2012: Boston, Charleston, Savannah and of course Iceland.

 

This year was our fourth December with my cousin Brent living nearby in Massachusetts. A few weeks ago, he packed everything up after completing his graduate work at Boston University and headed back home to Hawaii. But before he left, we returned to Jones Farm in Shelton to get our Christmas tree.

I love being up high on a hillside and though we’ve also been to Treat Farm and Maple Row to search for a Christmas tree, Jones Farm has my favorite views.

Here’s D on the hunt.
Waiting until mid-December means searching a little further afield for the right tree. This year was probably the longest we’ve ever been on the hunt, but we’re never out there for more than 20-30 minutes.

We’ve got our final choice. Note to self: trees on a hillside may not be as tall as they appear.


Once inside the house, it was quickly apparent that our tree was vertically-challenged. It was raised up on a box and flanked by the yard reindeer. Every year there are a few strings of Christmas lights that won’t cooperate. Less than half the reindeer lights worked, so we didn’t bother even bringing these 2 fellows outside. Brent was in charge of tree trimming, which is why all our ornaments are hung with such perfect care.

Next Fall, Brent will start dental school – probably in the Midwest. I’ve never been to Kansas City, but it looks like we have a few years to arrange a visit.  Brent continues the white coat tradition in our family. Both my grandfather and his father graduated from the same dental school. We are proud of him, but will miss him dearly. Next December just won’t be the same.

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marathon monday

April 16th, 2012

After stumbling upon a student tour of The College of Charleston, I momentarily wished I could linger forever in the dreamy / sunny / 80 degree weather of South Carolina in April. But I found my way back to Connecticut, thoroughly refreshed by a much needed holiday. What’s it like to travel with me? Well, [...]

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After stumbling upon a student tour of The College of Charleston, I momentarily wished I could linger forever in the dreamy / sunny / 80 degree weather of South Carolina in April. But I found my way back to Connecticut, thoroughly refreshed by a much needed holiday.

What’s it like to travel with me? Well, for starters there’s constant eating and drinking and the ever persistent camera. For this trip, we were joined by 2 additional travel companions, my cousin Brent… gearing up for his first half marathon on May. And Miranda, running her 4th Boston Marathon, today.

While I’m usually lagging in the back, well aware that walking + shooting photos  = sprained ankle (been there x 2),  Miranda’s always out in front, leading the way. She never misses an opportunity to urge me to do more with my blog, so Miranda – today this post is for you and your 26.2 miles on the road to finding a cure for cancer.

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good riddance irene

January 24th, 2012

While cataloging the posts that didn’t make it on to the blog in 2011, I recognize that I was notably quiet about our experience with Tropical Storm Irene. I was unnerved by life without electricity and even more upset watching my in-laws and their neighbors deal with aftereffects, less than half a mile away. We [...]

 

While cataloging the posts that didn’t make it on to the blog in 2011, I recognize that I was notably quiet about our experience with Tropical Storm Irene. I was unnerved by life without electricity and even more upset watching my in-laws and their neighbors deal with aftereffects, less than half a mile away. We hosted those a few who could no longer inhabit their homes and lived by the grace of a generator. It was not convenient, but it was nothing to complain about.

I started this post back in September, but never found the energy to finish it until now. Five months later, my in-laws are very close to returning home.

September 8, 2011
How quickly life goes back to normal. I’m still momentarily surprised by hot water from the tap, flipping the switch and being delivered from darkness. Last week, I learned to appreciate all those little things so easily taken for granted.

Hurricane Irene roared up the Eastern Seaboard, but in the end it was the storm surge that ended up being even more devastating. Here in Morningside we lost power for 5 days, but I know there are those who lost much more. It was a rough week all around, but we are counting ourselves lucky that our friends and family are safe.

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In Morningside, a tremendous wind violently ripped the leaves into a soggy green carpet

The angry Long Island Sound, high above from the Morningside seawall

So much for the hurricane shutter… and the window.

The storm surge flooded the neighborhood and set all kinds of personal effects adrift in the street.

Not every golf cart ride is fun

One block in, now on the waterfront

This little water voyage made me smile

One day later: golden tranquility returns to the shoreline.

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kindness of strangers

December 21st, 2011

The week before Christmas, I can always start to feel things come a little unglued. It’s that one last gift you can’t figure out, the traffic jam in the parking lot, and the stress over entertaining family. Last night a person we had never met before bought us dinner. We were a surprised and hesitant [...]

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The week before Christmas, I can always start to feel things come a little unglued. It’s that one last gift you can’t figure out, the traffic jam in the parking lot, and the stress over entertaining family.

Last night a person we had never met before bought us dinner. We were a surprised and hesitant in accepting his generosity, but he simply insisted we pay it forward. This afternoon I had the answer. I remembered Community Plates, a local Connecticut non-profit recently featured on CT Bites.

‘Tis better to give than receive. So true…

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thymes frasier fir

December 19th, 2011

As we close in on Christmas, I have a great little discovery for all of you who have said “bah humbug” to pine needles on the floor and the question, “did you remember to water the tree?” If your Christmas tree was assembled after digging out the storage box, there’s no doubt you may still [...]

 

As we close in on Christmas, I have a great little discovery for all of you who have said “bah humbug” to pine needles on the floor and the question, “did you remember to water the tree?”

If your Christmas tree was assembled after digging out the storage box, there’s no doubt you may still miss that woodsy holiday scent that comes along with dragging a live tree inside your house. The Thymes Frasier Fir collection is the answer. So many candles feature an overbearing fragrance, but this is one is very balanced and natural. Light this candle before the doorbell rings and you’ll notice  guests immediately comment that the tree smells great! I received this candle from a co-worker and now that I’ve test-run it a few times, I’ll say it’s a worthwhile investment and makes a fine holiday gift. It burns cleanly and evenly and when you take down the ornaments, you can pack this candle away knowing it will last for many Decembers to come.

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photo booths – a word to the wise

November 4th, 2011

Photo booth shots may com back to haunt you! I’m aware they are a popular feature at weddings these days, but have never come across one before Katey and Dave’s NYC wedding. There’s something about this curtained little cramped space that guarantees some laughs, especially since I entered with a camera hound celebrating his birthday! [...]

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Photo booth shots may com back to haunt you!

I’m aware they are a popular feature at weddings these days, but have never come across one before Katey and Dave’s NYC wedding. There’s something about this curtained little cramped space that guarantees some laughs, especially since I entered with a camera hound celebrating his birthday! This booth automatically took 6 photos. We kept one strip of 3 and the other 3 went into a guest book. We  kept the sillier shots (still safe in my wallet) and gave the newlyweds the straighter set of photos. Turns out NYC Photobooth supplied the bride and groom digital copies of EVERY photo! They’re also online, in a event gallery. Mercifully, those images are password protected, but you can laugh at ours below!