Thursday, November 10, 2011

Smiles, Light, and Movement

Because I excelled at the other one.
I decided another photography challenge was in order.
After all, last time-
I think I made it up to day 7... pretty awesome.

But this one is different.
Its a gratitude photo challenge.
I love when I see other peoples gratitude posts on FB
or their blog or whatever.
It reminds me to count my blessings.
They say being grateful is one the most tried and true ways 
to be happy. 

In that case...


I think its working already you guys.

So heres the challenge:


And here are my rules.
Did you know you could make your own?
You can. In the immortal words of my brother 
(and Im sure many other brothers)
"It's a free country".
When we were kids
He used to put his foot like 2 mm from my face.
So annoying. 
And I'd be all, "Move your foot you frickin tard!"
And then he'd be like, " Its a free country".

Im pretty sure Thomas Jefferson and all his delegates, were sittin around in
Independence Hall and He was all, "You guys... We have got to get this on paper! 
We need some sort of universally accepted document that ensures my rights as a human being,
Like if I wanna put my foot in JMad's face, then he cant just shoot me because its obnoxious.
What do you think of the term "Free Country?" The wigged men are like, hmm good idea... meanwhile
James Madison is rolling his eyes in the background but agrees because hes got plans of his own to annoy the hell out of Jefferson later.

What were we talking about?

Oh right, Im changing the rules.
Y'all... I AM GRATEFUL to make my own rules considering photo challenges
discovered on pinterest. 

Anyway. I have the photography fire burning in my soul, coating my bones, circulating
my low blood count.
Yes. Its that serious.
I also want a creative way to express what I am grateful for.
So this is perfect.

Okay. the gratitude challenge rules. drumroll please.
(Im so sure youre doing a drumroll in your pjs right now)
And I AM GRATEFUL. for your fingers drumming or the sound you are making in your head.

HEAR THAT HAPPY  FAIRIES?? Another statement of gratitude.

Rule 1. I can do day 22 on day 6 if I want to. 
Its my challenge, I can do it non-sequentially if I want to.
Rule 2. Feel the spirit of the challenge... if I see something I am grateful for. 
Bust out the Canon or iphone- its a free country.
Rule 3. Have fun. If it feels like a pain in the butt. Dont bother at the moment.
Rule 4. Post when you can what you can.
Rule 5. any rules may be broken or altered at any time.

WHEW. Now this is my kind of challenge.
You know what... while im on this "Im an adult &  "can change the rules" kick.
Let's lose the word challenge.
Actually, let's just give it a better name...

From hereon forth it shall be called the 
"Unspecified Number of Days of Public Acknowledgement of Gratitude. A Super Fun Photo Project That I Can Do if it Brings Me Joy."

Okay, here are some Grateful Pictures.



Be still my heart. His smile does some sort of magic on me. 


seana and char beach oct 11

Oh Sunshine... on the beach...a bestie Miss Seana...drinking in the rays while her babe Miss Charlotte...sleeps peacefully. 
Que Sheryl Crow...  I, Im gonna soak up the sun. Im gonna tell everyone to lighten up.
I Am SO GRATEFUL for the Light of the Sun and the Light of Good Friends.



Oh where to begin. This is me and my brother James. I just met him. Isnt that crazy?
Here we are... ballet on the beach- no biggie. 
James, his girlfriend- Jesse, my brother Ray and I played on the beach for hours.
Jesse had never seen the ocean- which blew my mind. So I was all, get in my car! were going on a road trip!

We went straight here and spent four hours on that beach.
And you know what? I can truly say these were with the exception of my wedding day and the births of my children...
they were the best hours of my life. 
You cant tell from this photo but James is quiet, reserved, serious. He is kind. So kind. With a smart sense of humor that is more for him than anyone else... like its not on display.
And he tries hard not to laugh. Like when I say to Ginger... Dont you dare smile...! and the corners of her cheeks start to move up and she cant decide whether or not to give in or fight it.
So James gets this smirk and its all I can do to not start treating him like my toddler and tickle him until he laughs.
Which would be weird. To be a 22 with an older sister you just met 48 hours prior 
start to tickle you. 
 The way all of  us were that day, free, peaceful but full of life... It was God Given. 
Its so difficult to explain but I know that to be true. After this day we all had a pretty rough time dealing with all the extras that come along. I havent talked to James... not intentionally... And Ray and I had a bit of a falling out, that broke my heart. 

But... We'll always have paris.

Better yet, Well always have Zuma Beach.

I Am SO GRATEFUL for My BROTHER JAMES who Was Willing to dance with me and My BROTHER RAY who I had never seen giggle and Smile so much in all my life. I AM Most definitely GRATEFUL for the way we put aside all the confusion of the past and ALLOWED OURSELVES TO BE FREE.
Free to dance, Free to look dumb. Free to be silly. 

There you go friends... words, pictures and things you didnt know about me.

1 comment:

Life as Ashley said...

I loved every second of this. I have truly missed your posts. :)

Hope all is well in your world!