As far back as my memory goes, my mom has always been the artistic one in the family. She took painting and drawing classes, got into floral arrangements, and all sorts of arts and crafts. I didn’t always necessarily appreciated her vision, but I always admired her artistic abilities and her willingness to take the journey.
This year, she started taking photography classes. Last week she told me she wanted to photograph the sunset at Kits beach, so one night we hauled my gear to the beach so she can shoot. After all these years of being inspired by my mom, it was nice to see our interests finally converge.
Everyone had a good time in Hawaii, despite the scare we had at the start of the trip. On our last day here, I sat on the beach watching a pod of whales playing and breaching, and wondering when we can come back here again.
This is one of the best beaches I’ve been to in all my travels (probably just second to Zanzibar). The sand is buttery soft, and the water is clear and warm. It’s a great spot to recover from the scare of your preschooler having a febrile seizure.
Lyric’s mom wanted photos done for her first birthday. So the day before Lyric turned one, we met up for the photo session. From the moment I met Lyric, she did not stop smiling. It’s hard to resist a cute baby, and even harder to resist one who smiles for a whole hour!
Happy birthday, Lyric! You are so beautiful and so loved!
Cliff and I have been struggling to find time for ourselves. I guess it’s typical of families with young kids. But really, it’s my fault. For a long time, I let my fears get in the way, and refused to get a babysitter. I worried about messing up Joshua’s routine, and I worried about not being there if something happened.
To make a long story short, I finally started letting go a bit more. Cliff and I had our first night out in…forever…a few weeks ago. It made me realize how much we need that time together. So tonight we went out again after the kids went to bed. We saw this really cool photography idea on the internet and thought we’d try it tonight. You whip around a piece of burning steel wool to create spark, and leave the camera shutter open to capture the beautiful streams of flying sparks.
So we headed out to the beach tonight, and brought our bag of steel wool burning supplies with us. It was pitch black at the beach. I felt like a teenager, sneaking around, up to no good. When Cliff lit up the steel wool and started swinging it, the sparks flew and it looked really cool. The wool would burn out in about 15-20 seconds, so that’s how long I would leave the shutter open. I thought the pictures looked beautiful.
We went to a local pub afterwards for a drink, and enjoyed each other’s company. That was a short but fun night, with cool photos to boot.