A Picture A Week- Week 13

St. Paul Downtown Farmer's Market

The farmer's market is by far one of my favorite family weekly traditions in the summer.  We have it down to a system.  Most days it is quite busy and full of people.  I love the energy and the excitement.  Vida is strapped in and thrown food items to keep her entertained.  Lawson runs between Josh and I  "helping."  Josh focuses on pushing the stroller, keeping up, and catching the bags of fresh produce I throw at him.  We grab lunch and sit wherever to listen to whatever musician is playing that day. A quick stop at Mears park for some rock climbing and back home to get the kids in bed for nap time.  

I never really get a chance to take pictures because we are a bit more focused on not loosing our children in the crowd of people.  Plus the experience is just to good to miss.  I will have to go without the family one of these days to take a few pics of the rest of the market, but for now this will have to do.

If you haven't taken the time to check out the downtown St. Paul Farmer's Market I highly recommend it.   

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Week 8 ... I think?

Sometimes the whole is greater than the sum of its' parts.  I often look for photos that are a unique piece of art that can stand on its' own.  This series is quite the opposite.  Alone they are not necessarily anything that stands out in an extraordinary way, but together they show the bond that these two siblings share.   

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A Picture A Week - Week 7

Last week we took an quick trip to visit family in Kansas.  20 hours in the car in 3 days definitely pushes my limit.  Especially when you have a 3 year old and 11 month old as your travel companions.  I brought my camera with the intention of doing a bit of stretching with my photography skills.  Instead I never took it out of the bag.  I did not forget or run out of time.  I simply decided not to document a single moment.  

I love photography.  I get teary eyed on a regular basis shooting families and editing these images.  Even talking about photography gets me emotional.  I get so excited when people get pictures taken by me or anyone else.  There are so many wonderfully creative and talented people out there.  

On the flip side I don't want my children to confuse a camera or phone with my face.  Sometimes I am so caught up in documenting the moment that I forget to actually be present.  So, that is exactly what I did.  I soaked up every beautiful moment.

My two babies were surrounded by multiple grandparents and great grandparents.  They were receiving endless attention and love from so many truly amazing people.  Kansas gave us a beautiful spring day for us to play outside and enjoy each other.  I took countless snapshots to store in my memory.  Grandpa Gary pushing Lawson on the swing and then being chased around the yard.  Grandpa Ed holding Vida's hands and walking her around endlessly.  Oma running off into the woods with Lawson to find an Owl.  Vida falling asleep with her GG on the front porch swing.  

I feel so fortunate to be surrounded by such a wonderful family, and for my children to have such a wide circle of love and support.  

Here is to remembering to experience the moment without distraction or documentation.