Weekly Photo Challenge – Solitary


The image is of my oldest son, nine at the time, out at dusk swimming and exploring in the ocean. We all have places we go that offer us a break from the world and people around us. For him it is often the water. For me, it is often the mountains.

Solitary = calm

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Everyday Life

How does one represent ‘everyday life’ in a picture and make it exciting? I always ponder this question whenever I post a picture on my blog.

I’ve thought about what I like, and what makes me smile when I look at pictures. Outside of the obvious wow factor that some photographs generate, I find myself looking back over my life and that of my wife and kids by checking out photos of the places we’ve been, or the gatherings we’ve attended.

I typically enjoy the mundane, boring photos of my family. They generate the majority of my feelings and memories I cherish. So, when trying to pick the image for this post, it took me some time to give you this…

It makes me smile, it brings back a fond day we recently spent as a family, and I hope that we can look at this picture in the future, and think that it was just another photo of our “everyday life”…

 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Free Spirit

Do you see that look? It is my toddler being fun loving, and free spirited! He’s two, and so full of life! He wakes up most days running and excited to get out and explore! I’d like to take credit for his curious outlook on the world, but I think I have someone else to blame…

His mom. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…

Weekly Photo Challenge – Urban – Ur A Plant

 


Last night my wife and I had our first date out in a VERY long time! We went out for dinner to our favourite sushi restaurant, then went to the movies. After the show, as we were getting back into the car, I looked across my wife in the car, and saw UR A PLANT!

I loved the irony. Being told I’m a plant by Urban Planet…

 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Merge

We are in the middle of a heat wave. Ugh. Have i mentioned I love rain? This summer has been one of the hottest I can remember. I don’t like it, and I’m pretty sure kids don’t like the heat either…So how we beat the heat is head to the local beach by the ocean. At the park they have a kid’s water park! Fun!

The water is SO COLD! It is pumped out of the ocean and filtered. It takes a while for you to get used to the contrast between hot and cold!

I like this picture because it shows my son on the left clenching his fists out of excited anticipation for the bucket of water to soak the other kids. And, knowing him, he is cold! He knows it’s about to shock the kids. Evil grin perhaps?

The picture shows a merger of hot & cold. Water & earth. Kids merging together to get wet. And community merging together to enjoy the outdoors together! I guess the summer’s not that bad…

Weekly Photo Challenge – Wrong

Our 2 year old son is a barrel of energy! There are times when I’m at work and my wife texts me, or emails to let me know that he has done something ‘wrong’. The majority of the time he has gotten into something he isn’t supposed to. At those times we don’t sit back and think, “Let’s take a picture…”, which is too bad. One day we will look back at our disaster messes and laugh…lol. So I was happy that one day while I was safe and clean at work, my wife took this picture…

He had quietly opened the fridge and took out the dozen eggs to play with. He created this masterpiece all in the span of time it took my wife to change the baby’s diaper…

If there is one thing fascinating about watching him, it is that he obviously learns a lot from us and his older brothers. Sometimes, without us even knowing that he’s been paying attention. Take the following picture for example…

We have never shown him how to operate the espresso machine. Somehow he knew to get the steamer, place the steam wand inside, and to turn the dial. He watches his mommy do it everyday.

He’s a keen observer, and there’s nothing wrong with that…

 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Purple – Gray

Today’s picture is of my very happy and very curious son Gray. Not only is he a love, looking for hugs, kisses, and cuddles; he transforms into a smiley, mischievous monster as he explores the world around him.

Family and friends stay glued to my wife’s Facebook status updates with all the mischief he gets into. At 2 he is already figuring out fun things like operating the espresso machine, the microwave, how to crack a dozen eggs on the kitchen floor, how to draw pretty designs in permanent marker on the tables, walls, and furniture, and how to pump out a full container of Starbucks syrup with dedication and resolve. haha.

Just the other night, while I answered the front door and talked to my neighbour for a couple of minutes, Gray found a permanent marker(how does he keep finding them???), went into the bathroom and drew all over the bathroom counter and sink, went into the kitchen and did the same on our antique table, and started on my wife’s Macbook trackpad, then peed on the floor. “Fun”, he said.

While I tried to do some damage control, he found a jar of diaper cream, stuck his hand all the way in it, then ran for it. In the panic to deal with his mess, I had forgot to lock the front door, and he made off like a bat out of hell! He was free! I got him running full tilt into the driveway.

No wonder my wife wants to go out shopping every evening when I get home! lol