a little update

19 Apr a little update

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It’s been a hectic few weeks. I try to keep this blog as a living scrapbook, a place to log our stories and photographs and chronicle the happenings of life with two toddlers. But the reality is that much happens behind the scenes that I just can’t write about. You scan a blog or a Facebook timeline of someone’s life and you know you’re only skimming the surface of them. You can’t answer the question “how are you?” or “who are you?” with a 140-character tweet. As much as I adore this blog, I can’t put all the pieces of me, of us, here.

This is why I love photography. It speaks when words can’t. It cracks the window open a little wider.

I want you to meet our neighbors.

Our neighborhood is zoned for horses, which means anytime my kids need a horsey fix, we walk one street over and say hello through the fence. Occasionally, we’ll come across someone casually walking their horse just like you’d walk your dog. We live in the city limits, so it’s always a wonderful, surprising sight.

I’m not much of a horse person. I have friends who are and they talk about the healing energy, the profound intuition of these animals. I watch the way my kids settle in their presence, and I believe it. When my kids are grumpy, often a trip to see the horses is the perfect cure.

We’ve been visiting the horses a lot lately…and then, when Kris gets home from work, we pile the kids into the bike trailer and pedal to the local pizza shop or playground. We’re playing outside and just relishing the almost-too-hot weather. Summer is nipping at our heels. We need to savor our time outdoors before it gets unbearable. 

Last week, B and I escaped to the mountains for a bit of spring skiing. It was slushy and cold-but-not-too-cold. We met up with three other moms and their 4-yr-olds. After a rough first day on the slopes, B got the hang of it. She rode the lift and skied the longest green run top-to-bottom four times. She would have gone a fifth round, but we ran out of time (and energy…snowplowing with toddlers is serious work on your quads).

Next week I’m leaving the wild west, traveling to New York to speak at a conference for journalists and authors. I’ll be giving advice to other professional writers about how to use photography to complement their stories. I’m looking forward to connecting with some former magazine colleagues and making new connections with various writers, editors and agents. (Kris is hanging back with the kids and the horses.)

And remember that article I wrote about body image? It’s getting a lot of attention, which makes me proud and hopeful that there might also be a sea change in the world of body envy toward body acceptance and gratitude. I was interviewed for a podcast on the topic. You can listen here.

I’ll update more soon. xo

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