Wednesday, May 30, 2012

My 24th Birfday

On the weekend of my birthday, we did not go camping. Camp sites usually don't open until memorial day weekend, the weekend after my birthday. But we still had fun. Cody gave me a cute kitten, Little Big Planet 2, Bambi on Blu ray, and the Mary Blair illustrated Peter Pan book. The morning of my birthday I walked out of my room and a b-day banner was hanging above my head. On the living room table was a big fancy b-day hat, noise makers, and a beautiful card from Cody. That night we went up to Kanarraville to see the eclipse.

Cody brought our BBQ and we had hot dogs along the busy country road. We sat on the roof of the truck and watched the eclipse, which was so cool! There were so many people there. It was fun to see all these people with their funny glasses and welding helmets and fancy telescope camera things. When the full "ring of fire" effect happened, everyone cheered.



As it turned out, you could see the eclipse just fine from St. George, but I am glad we went up. The light was amazing once the sun was down a bit. On the slow drive back to the freeway, I couldn't stop taking photos. The moon was still covering the sun a bit, and across the valley on the other side of the freeway was this misty-ness that the sun was shining through. It was soo pretty.






It was such a cool experience. The full eclipse was awesome and all, but my most favorite part of the day was driving through the little farm town and taking pictures of this gorgeous light.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Meet the newest member of the Family...


AKA Sass







The day before my birthday we took a trip to the animal shelter and found a tiny adorable torbie (Tabbie and Tortoise shell mix). She was my birthday present. My family helped me name her Assassin. She is very playful, loves to cuddle, and she falls asleep in weird, hidden places. We love her so much!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

If I were...

I got this idea while reading my new favorite blog, Moon to Moon. I thought it would be fun and make me think.

· If I were a month, I’d be October

· If I were a day of the week, I’d be Saturday

· If I were a time of day, I’d be Sunset

· If I were a planet, I’d be Neptune

· If I were a sea animal, I’d be a Manta Ray

· If I were a direction, I’d be West

· If I were a piece of furniture, I’d be a Squishy, deep couch

· If I were a historical figure, I’d be Mary Blair (is she historical? I’m saying yes.)

· If I were a liquid, I’d be Wassail

· If I were a gemstone, I’d be Turquoise

· If I were a tree, I’d be Lilac tree

· If I were a tool, I’d be a Paint Brush

· If I were a flower, I’d be Bouganvilla

· If I were a kind of weather, I’d be Summer Rain

· If I were a musical instrument, I’d be an Cello

· If I were a color, I’d be Seafoam green

· If I were an emotion, I’d be Ecstatic

· If I were a fruit, I’d be a Raspberry

· If I were a sound, I’d be The song of a chickadee bird

· If I were an element, I’d be water

· If I were a car, I’d be a Green VW Bus

· If I were a food, I’d be Chips and Dip

· If I were a place, I’d be The Mountains

· If I were a material, I’d be Wood

· If I were a taste, I’d be Spicy

· If I were a scent, I’d be Honeysuckle

· If I were an object, I’d be a Lantern

· If I were a body part, I’d be the Eyes

· If I were a facial expression, I’d be an Involuntary Scowl

· If I were a song, I’d be Welcome Home by Radical Face

· If I were a pair of shoes, I’d be moccasins

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

On Letting Go...

A couple of weeks ago Cody and I sat in our back yard at night and just listened to the crickets and talked. It was lovely. The lights from our apricot tree swung back and forth in the breeze and we watched the full moon come up over the house. I tried, as always, to hang on to the moment as hard as I could. It was just perfect. One of those Kairos moments, I suppose.

These are some night shots with a long exposure from that night. Dreamy.

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I have been attempting to learn to not try too hard to hold onto those perfect moments. To just accept that I can't take a perfect mental image of it and keep it forever. I have tried and tried but those moments that I tell myself to keep inside and "Remember the way this looked and feels. Remember it. Don't let it go. Keep it in your memory forever." Those moments just aren't the ones that I end up remembering. It always ends up being something else, something random, or insignificant, or even something more perfect than what I wanted to keep inside. I can’t control it.

But those memories of images and feelings take over. I admit it, I am one to live in the past. I dwell on beautiful memories. I miss them. I think about them and try to savor those residual feelings. Like the amazing show Cody and I went to. We stood in the sea of people who all knew my favorite song. And we all sang it together with the band we all loved so much. That night was incredible. I left feeling something that remained for weeks. I would think of the show, and just feel a little of that wonderful and indescribable emotion. And then one day I realized that I could no longer remember that feeling anymore. That feeling that was once so strong has now faded away with time and I can no longer recall it. This kills me! Instead of being grateful that I even had that experience at all, I am hurt by the fact that it fades.

I wish I could collect those moments and revisit them again and again. The worst ones are those beautiful moments from back in the teenage days. The summer nights I spent with my best friends. Riding in the passenger seat at night with the windows open, my hand sailing through the desert air on the way to a bonfire. The first time Cody kissed me, in the school hall before class. Driving home after a night with friends, favorite song playing on my tape deck, when the smell of the summer fires from the lightning storms that year was in the air. Very important memories. Feelings of freedom, youth, summer heat, crazy, teenage love. Glimpses of gorgeous moments that are so, so important to me. I kept them so close to me. I thought I could actually hold onto them forever and never lose that ability to recall those precious emotions whenever I smelled a desert fire, or heard a song, or a flash of that first kiss would surface in my mind. And then time happened and I found out I was wrong. I can’t collect moments. I can't hold onto them. Because these pieces of time are that significant, that vital to me, this was a heartbreaking realization and a nasty truth of growing up.

So I take pictures. This is the best thing I have and I am thankful that I at least have that. A little way of peeking back at a moment in time, even if your memory can't recollect it.

Even this is sometimes a problem. In those precious Kairos moments I will find myself setting up shots. I will start thinking "If only I could capture the way the light looks coming through the tree, if only I could take a photo of the way the breeze is blowing that branch.” Which then takes me out of the moment, which essentially causes the experience that I was just blessed with to die a needless, wasteful death. For the most part though, I am always thankful that I took those pictures. I just need to learn to not let my obsessive need to get everything in that photograph take over.

I don’t know why I am this way and it’s probably not something everyone does. I know I’m supposed to live for the moment. This is my curse. Regardless of how futile it is, I find myself grasping those moments, and probably will until my fists turn cold and blue and I can finally watch the tapes of life with Jesus.

But for now, I really am trying. I will tell myself to let go. Enjoy it. There’s nothing I can do, so no matter how much it goes against my neurotic instincts, just enjoy it. And as Lester Burnam sums up so well in American Beauty – “Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once, and it's too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst... And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life.”