There’s a part of me that feels guilty for letting this blog collect cobwebs…but then I sit back and realize two things: 1) I’m pregnant and seriously, it’s affecting my willpower to put words to a page. These days, just getting up from the couch involves a mental conversation in my head that goes something like, “Musssttt.makeee…theee…effooorttttt.” and 2) I’ve been so busy enjoying life these past few weeks—creating memories as they’ve happened—that I just haven’t had a chance to sit down and blog about them.
So here’s an update on two major milestones I don’t want to soon forget. At the end of April, I welcomed my sweet friend Tina to my place for the weekend. Here’s the awesome thing about our friendship: Tina and I met back in 2009 at Melissa Jill’s MJ2 Day Workshop. Attending that workshop taught me so much about my craft (I adore Melissa with a capital “A”), but more importantly, it introduced me to someone who has become one of my closest friends. Someone I know I’ll still be in touch with when we’re old and grey. I visited Tina in her hometown of Philadelphia back in 2010 and it was during that trip we decided life’s too short for us to go years without seeing one another. Which is how she came to visit me this year, and how we reached a decision to grab a plane ticket every other year or so and make time for one another, circumstances be damned.
Here is Tina and I, bundled onto my living room couch. I surprised here while she was in town, inviting a few other of my dearest photo friends over for a night: That’s Betsy King on the left, Maya Laurent beside her and, to the right of Tina and then me, April Smith (whose family you might have spotted on this blog before). We girls put on our PJs, opened up a few bottles of wine (sparkling grape juice for me!) and talked until 4 a.m., old-school slumber party style. And it was perfect. Love these women so much and my heart fills with gratitude to know photography brought all of them into my life (and just a heads-up, all of them are gals worthy of your blog readers ;))
I told Tina her visit made me think of a line from one of my favorite essay’s in Shauna Niequist’s “Bittersweet” (if you’ve never read Shauna, her books are like chicken soup for your soul): “Share your life with the people you love, even if it means saving up for a ticket and going without a few things for a while to make it work. There are enough long lonely days of the same old thing, and if you let enough years pass, and if you let the routine steamroll your life, you’ll wake up one day, isolated and weary, and wonder what happened to all those old friends.”
And speaking of plane tickets and people I love, I myself hopped a plane the first weekend in May to head out to Los Angeles and visit the ever-sweet Jasmine. Last summer when I visited her and her hubby, JD, I joked in an email, “What do you think the chances are Coldplay is playing at the Hollywood Bowl while I’m out there?” and we laughed and made a wish for just such a show and agreed that, if it ever were to happen, we owed it to ourselves as fans to go. Fast forward to this month, when (thanks to the incredibly thoughtful JD), Jasmine and I found ourselves doing that VERY THING. (Seriously Internet, my mind is sometimes blown at the way wishes can come true). As we sat under a full moon, the Hollywood sign in full view, Chris Martin crooning “Yellow” to us way up in the stands, I had a pinch-me moment for sure. And the realization that life can be as beautiful as you allow yourself to dream it.
It was a short trip—just a long weekend—but plenty of time to squeeze in an AMAZING concert, lots of wonderful conversation, good food and relaxation with a California girl whose got a piece of my heart residing in her guest bedroom.
So if you have been wondering what I’ve been up to, like I said before—I’ve been soaking up moments with the people I love as much as I can. Before I get ready to welcome into Nick and I’s lives somebody who’s going to demand my full attention this fall—not to mention make me fall head over heels in love in a whole new kind of way. Can’t wait!
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