sippin’ sweet tea

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Bits and pieces of memories fade, resurface and transform when we recall important moments from our lives. The happy thing about photographs is that they have the transcendent power to capture these memories, to immortalize the visual details, and help ‘paint the scene’ when we ‘remember the times.’

The absence of a photograph, however, speaks just as loudly, perhaps providing even more detail, than an album of memories. How is that so, you wonder? The undocumented moments occur when we’re too caught in the moment, too busy laughing, enjoying, and just, well, being, that we forgot to snap a photograph or 7. And you know what? Those moments, despite my love for photography, are my favorite kind.

Fill my days with laughter and activities and people that make me forget about my phone and my camera. Give me sunshine that begs to be enjoyed rather than documented. Let me sit in the grass, read away the morning, and then spend the afternoon hitting balls with my brothers. I’ll drink sweet tea and chat with my baby cousins as the sun goes down.

I boarded the homeward bound train wishing I had photographs of Thanksgiving in Chicago, but as I muse about my lack of documentation, I am grateful for the special moments that made me forgot about my camera. Those moments helped make memories more valuable than a collection of photographs.
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happy firsts on the fourth

everyone is excited about celebrating the fourth, but I’m stuck in the sunshine reflecting on the importance of the first – as in, the first time that something special happens.  there can only be one first, and so these precious moments also fall into the category of “one and only.” when you’re caught in a happy moment, and you realize it’s a “one and only” kind of thing, you feel obligated to soak it in – take the moment for all it’s worth (even if everyone else is thinking about the fourth).

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today, that special moment was watching jon teach kinzie how to swim. okay, okay – realize i’m one of those girls who waxes on and on about her puppy, but seriously, watching her swim around with jon was incredibly precious.  a very happy first on the fourth:

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