Day 365

Wow. I made it! Day 365.

I had a vision for this photo and of course the picture in my mind couldn’t be created in reality. I finally found Anna a pair of jeans (“jeggings”) so I wanted all three kids to wear jeans, take off their shoes and socks, and sit on the dock at the pond near our house. I had this vision of them dangling their feet and holding hands while I got a photo of them from the waist down with maybe a hint of their reflections in the water. Well, the water is high and their feet would’ve been in the water had they sat down on the dock! So, plan B. But I didn’t have a plan B!

Instead we wandered. I had them sit on a picnic bench and dangle their feet.. then hold hands. Nah. It was 4 p.m., so the lighting was harsh but it was the only window in which I could have Jenny today. So I tried getting all the kids to jump at the same time. Oh my goodness, this is much harder to pull off than it looks! But I got a shot that I didn’t hate (though I wish the dock wasn’t behind Pickle, oh well) so here it is… my last photo of the day for Project 365 of 2010.

It’s been an amazing journey. As I look back over the year, my eyes fill with tears. I’ve watched Dominic grow from a fidgety 5-year old kindergartner into a mature 6-year old first grader. He is SO smart, seriously… he’s doing algebra already in his head… and he is so very patient, loving, and kind with Anna. He reminds me so much of Jenny when she was his age. Anna started the year in a premature puberty caused by the medication she was on which we’ve since changed. Her health was poor, her behavior was all over the place, and she was not very happy. She turned nine this year, had a big academic setback, but is now, finally, healthy and happy. Moving her to Life Skills was the best move we could’ve done for her to help her cope at school. She hasn’t had a seizure at all this year and she continues to get us all giggling nearly every day. Jenny graduated from high school, moved away to attend college, celebrated two years with her boyfriend, Chris, and turned 19. What a year! Seeing her drive off in August for Corpus Christi was gut-wrenching. It turns out that it was hard for her too and she has moved back to Austin to attend school here. We couldn’t be happier.

Curtis and I started the year separated. I wasn’t sure we were going to make it. We celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary this year and though we have some work ahead of us, we are stronger than ever. He has made huge strides in his job, has been to India and rode an elephant, and has gotten a promotion. I too have made big leaps this year. Starting the year shooting in auto mode or on P mode with my Nikon D40 and kit lens to now shooting in full manual mode with a Nikon D300 and a 35mm f/1.8 prime lens has been a big learning curve and I’ve loved every second of it! I discovered a photographer living inside of me and I have HUGE goals for 2011. I can’t wait to see what this next year is going to bring me and I can’t wait to share some of my exciting plans with all of you. Thank you for being such a great support as I photographed my daily life, documenting the mundane, the boring, the holidays, the celebrations, the scary stuff, and the everyday joys. This is what life is about.

For those who’ve wondered if I’m doing it all again for 2011… not quite. Doing the photo a day was a huge commitment of time and though I’ve loved doing it, I want a few evenings back to myself. I have committed to doing Project 52 where I’ll share photo(s) once a week so be on the lookout for something from me in about a week or so!

I hope you all have a very Happy New Year and that 2011 brings you as much contentment as 2010 has brought me. Life is good. 🙂


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