365 Project – 115: Post-dinner, pre-sunset family bike ride (April 25, 2013)

The days are getting longer and the sunsets have been gorgeous so we’re back into our routine of a post-dinner family neighborhood outing. Here’s Nora riding through the trees in our neighborhood during her pre-sunset bike ride. 🙂


Nothing says fall like tossing leaves in the air :)

If “I” can make this purse, ANYONE can do it!

I am probably the LEAST crafty person I know amongst my circle of friends.  I  happen to own a sewing machine, and I have some basic skills from my home-ec classes in middle school (which in my day, those classes were REQUIRED!) but, I RARELY sew…or knit or crochet or anything using fabric, yarn or thread.

I was inspired by some friends who were taking their old clothes and turning them into something else for their kids.   We are going to Hawaii soon and Nora was talking about bringing a bag for collecting shells.  I had an old pair of maternity shorts in a pile destined to give away and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to re-purpose those shorts into a purse.

I simply cut the shorts right below the crotch, turned them inside-out and stitched a straight line, twice.  Nora picked out some ribbon,  I measured the length so she could wear the purse like a messenger bag,  then I quickly stitched it on.  Then using some Unique Stitch (a glue that bonds fabric to fabric) I glued some flower “patches” from old scraps I had laying around.

There you go.  Easy-peasy.  Not bad, huh?  My first homemade purse ever!  🙂

A fun photo shoot in Sequim (Carrie Blake Park and Port Williams)

It’s funny how a prop or landscape can stop you in your tracks and you just HAVE to take some photos. Does that happen to you too? A few months ago Nora and Isabella had a playdate at Carrie Blake Park. They ran over to this bridge, I happened to have my camera and I begged them let me to take a few photos of them. (Actually, Isabella is always camera-ready, my daughter on the other hand needs bribery or in this case, a cooperative friend. There was no way she was going to let Isabella have ALL of the spotlight. I digress…)

So, I shot this photo and just kept going. I fell in love with the gnarly root, the leading lines of the bridge and the yellow foliage. I kept going until the girls couldn’t take anymore. But, look at them, how could I NOT take these photos?

But, after reviewing my photos I learned that the root appeared sharper than the girls’ faces and the yellow foliage and light created a yellowish color cast. After receiving some comments on an I heart faces forum I learned that I have some new techniques to explore and hone: custom white balance and back-button focusing. And, getting that beautiful light, sweet exposure and eye-catching composition is always something I need to improve. That will be for another post…


Nora and Isabella tend to have playdates that last forever. Part two of the playdate took them to beautiful Port Williams where they ran and jumped barefoot on the beach. I love photography because of the precious moments you can freeze in time. It makes my heart happy to see the love and joy between these two “sistas.” 🙂

Sleeping Beauties

While negotiating sleepover arrangements, Isabella wanted her own space on the bottom bunk, and Nora pleaded, with dramatic crocodile tears (yes, that would be my daughter), to share the bottom bunk or sleep on the floor right next to her “big sister.” After some serious intervention, Nora finally agreed to take the top bunk (where she normally sleeps anyway!) and we all survived the night and the drama…whew! The next day they got a little afternoon movie time and fell asleep for a nap in the living room. Ironically, this is how they ended up, which is apparently how they want to sleep for the next sleepover! Go figure! I love my 5 1/2 year old Norita more than life itself but, dang right now she is such a dramatic, sensitive piece of work sometimes. PLEASE tell me this is just a phase!! But, aaahhhh…look at these angelic photos. Love, love, love them!!

Life goes on. Tomorrow is a new day. I’ll just blame it on disequilibrium…again!! LOL