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Moments to savor

“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” ― Dr. Seuss

Reunion

Our family is spread throughout the country, so we really relish  the time we get to spend with them. We’ve begun a bit of a tradition (I’m choosing to call two years a tradition 🙂 ) where my husband’s mother visits  us on Mother’s Day.  And this year, his dad joined us too.

Back porch sitting

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We spent a lot of time on the back porch just enjoying the spring weather and made it out to a Nationals game too (in what felt much more like summer weather).

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As I watched my son engage with his grandparents and them with him, I found myself wanting to stretch those moments and slow down time.  And take even more pictures. 🙂  A week passes by much too soon when you’re having fun.

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Next week, my mom and nephews are visiting, so thankfully, we haven’t had to mope for long. And I’ll try again to slow down time by taking more pictures.

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This post was inspired by this week’s “linger” prompt.

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It’s a blur

“There is no such thing as perpetual tranquility of mind while we live here; because life itself is but motion, and can never be without desire, nor without fear, no more than without sense.” – Thomas Hobbes

There’s nothing more rewarding as a parent than watching my son grow. And even though everyone warned me, I didn’t expect that it would happen so fast. Somehow, in watching other people parent, things seem to happen more slowly. Maybe because I don’t witness the daily developments that turn into bigger milestones.

When people ask how my son is doing, I feel like I say the same things month after month. “Oh, he’s running/climbing all over.” Or, “He’s using more words now.” It’s difficult to convey what these cursory reports really mean to us. And likely people don’t really want to hear all the details of how my son mastered a piece of playground equipment that he’s been attempting for weeks. 🙂

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It’s hard to explain how special it feels to hear your toddler put a string of words together and realize that he just communicated a need or desire (and you understood it!). These aren’t milestones that happen all at once. I’m not even sure I’m always aware when I’ve just witnessed a milestone. Sometimes they’re so gradual, that I don’t even remember exactly when something took place. I was asked recently when my son first started talking and I didn’t know how to answer. Was it the first time he babbled “dada?” Or was it when he said “dada” and we knew he meant “that silly guy over there making goofy faces?” Or is it now, when he’s putting together sentences and communicating more complex thoughts?

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Sometimes the milestone itself isn’t even the most exciting part. Watching the highly visible, daily process of him learning and developing as a person is at least as rewarding. Once the milestone is reached, they’re already on to the next one. Perhaps because the process happens so fast, the change is all the more apparent and awe-inspiring. Just when I get used to his ability to do one thing, he surprises me with another that I didn’t even realize was on the radar.

Life is always in motion, kids or not. Here’s to hoping we experience and savor as much of it as we can as we try to keep up. 🙂

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This post was inspired by this week’s motion photo challenge.

Early bird – Cherry blossom sunrise

“To him whose elastic and vigorous thought keeps pace with the sun, the day is a perpetual morning.” – Henry David Thoreau

Every spring in DC, anticipation builds for the arrival of the cherry blossoms.  The blossoms signify many things – from the long-awaited arrival of warmer weather to the less-anticipated commencement of tourist season.  But whether you’re a blossom veteran or a first-time visitor, it’s hard not to be in awe of the abundance of life when seeing the blossoms at their peak around the Tidal Basin.

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Sunrise is probably the most peaceful time to catch the blossoms before the crowds get heavy and the light grows harsh.

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I love early mornings and the feeling of getting a fresh start while much of the world around me is still asleep.  It’s usually hard to make time to shoot during the best light, other than quick morning or evening shots here and there.  So making this sunrise cherry blossom shoot happen was extra special for me.  Of course, it was extra special for the hundreds of other photographers around the Tidal Basin that morning as well, but I appreciated the sense of community.  🙂

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It was a beautiful morning to watch the sky light up and the grounds around the cherry trees come to life with people all sharing an appreciation for the beauty of nature and the newness that spring brings.

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I couldn’t resist going back one afternoon a few days later before the blossoms disappeared, but this time with a different focus.  I was struck by all the tiny bunches of blossoms that I saw bursting forth from the trees’ trunks.  It’s as though the trees were so full of life that they couldn’t help but sprout growth everywhere. The abundance of flowers, trees, and people can be a bit overwhelming, so finding this element of inspiration really helped me capture the scene in a way that embodies what spring means to me.

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You can find more responses to the “early bird” challenge here.

A peek at the cherry blossoms

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln

365 Week 2

Happy Friday!  The cherry blossoms reached their peak bloom in DC last weekend, so I had the bittersweet problem of having too many pictures to choose from for my 365 shots this week.  I visited the Tidal Basin twice, so caught the blooms in different light.  I have many more photos to share in a separate post.  🙂

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iced coffee

Weekly photo challenge: float

“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.” – Jane Austen

I’m planning for family visits and summer travel this week and thinking wistfully about relaxing.  There’s something ironic about stressing over planning an activity whose purpose is to provide pleasure.  I’ll focus on the humor of that rather than crying into my iced coffee. 🙂

Check out other responses to the “float” challenge.