Category archives: Personnal-News

  • A bug's life

  • Not really a bug life.  Tomorrow I'm leaving with my children for my annual breath of fresh air, my return to my roots, my heaven on earth, France, precisely Aix-en-Provence.  If you've never been, make it a goal in your life, have it on your list of places you must see at least once.  I never tire of the landscape, the smell of lavender, the colorful markets, my native language...  One typical sound in Provence is that of the loud "cigales" (in english: cicada or commonly known as crickets).  I [...]
  • Contacts and courtship

  • Yesterday was a big day in my son's life.  Will got fitted for the first time with contact lenses.  He's had bad eye sight for a couple of years, and isn't wearing his very cool glasses all that much.  At school, he has them on occasionally to see the lesson on the black board, and then sometimes at home to watch TV, but otherwise never.  It has handicapped him playing sports, in basketball he couldn't always make out his teammates faces, and he never really cared for tennis (probably because he [...]
  • I ♥ faces

  • Trying something new. I just found out about this cool blog, I ♥ faces, which holds every week a photo contest in 2 categories (children and adult). There is a new theme each time, and this week it's sepia tone. I'll enter it with my favorite image of Taylor: (I just love the circular blur created by the "garden wire sphere" I shoot this frame through)
  • Albums

  • This past week, the UPS man (bless him, he's a modern version of Santa dressed in a brown outfit), came to my door almost everyday. He's Coco favorite too, because he always has a gigantic milk bone for her, on top of my packages. All the way from Italy, I received 3 enormous box, from Graphi Studio. I opened them in a hurry, heart pounding, soon had the floor covered in bubble wraps, and on my dinning room table sat 3 beautiful albums. These are the epitome of my efforts to present my image [...]
  • Le Petit Prince

  • My little artist, Magalie strikes again.  I love everything about this latest drawing, it's beautiful, full of bright colors (she explained her choice of orange for the astronaut suit would work best to compliment the other colors), well composed, just full of talent.  Again, she touches my heart with her subject matter, her own interpretation of our classic french story "Le Petit Prince", a favorite of mine, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.  "The stars are more like the star fish in sponge bob squa [...]
  • Elated

  • I'm elated. I've had one of those moment when you try to organize your life. Bragging about balance would be a bit of a stretch here, but I've managed living somewhat of a "complete" life for 7 days. I've been reading.  I'm an avid reader.  But, I take a novel like I do a box of chocolate: all in one sitting.  Even though I'm a fast reader, this still means I'll spend a day or night lost in a book, and nothing gets done.   In consequence, I haven't allowed myself to pick up a story in a wh [...]
  • Rose

  • They're all back in France! And I'm sad, it was such a treat to have my family with me. But then again, I will travel there pretty soon for my early trip home to Provence. Every year, we seem to extend our visit a little longer, this time it will be a generous 6 weeks. For today, I wanted to share some pictures of my niece, Rose, who will turn 11 in just a month. She has a natural grace about her, and has been taking dance lessons all her life. She is very talented, and is attending one of [...]
  • Happy Earth day

  • I've always enjoyed a beautiful "jardin", the women in my family all have a "green thumb". My aunt, who lives in England has created the most beautiful garden. Words can't do justice to her little paradise on earth. People from all over the world come in busses to visit this slice of heaven, she has the most amazing and rare species of roses. All the women in my family can speak to the flowers, and they listen. Not me, or at least not yet. Some areas of my back yard (it hasn't earned the n [...]
  • Happy Easter!!!

  • Happy Easter everyone!! I have been very fortunate this past week with my family visiting from France. I love it when they are in town. My sister, Sylvie and my niece, Rose are staying with us, while my parents have rented a beautiful home on the Gulf. The children were out of school and were able to spend plenty of time with their cousin. "April showers" just isn't a myth, we are definitely in the rainy season, it has been pouring! Saturday was a welcome brake and we enjoyed the beach all [...]
  • Oh, how I love to come across these little gems of childhood wisdom. Magalie is always drawing, in fact all 3 of my children are always sneaking into my computer room to steal some of my printing paper, to draw. Yesterday, several new drawings were left on the kitchen table, and this morning I found this one along with an elaborate map of a fantasy world (Tëradorá, a new story Will is working on), and a "pizza" newspaper hat (an Olivia creation). All treasures, but this one especially. Meg i [...]
  • Coco, super model!

  • Just a month ago, Coco had her first birthday, thankfully she's not aware of the exact date, so she probably won't have notice, we're still a little late celebrating it. The kids would like to plan a special dog party... I'm excited to announce I am now able to offer "studio dog photography". I've set up a small studio, but only intend to photograph dogs in that setting. I still much prefer "on location shoots" for newborns, children, and high school seniors. I got the idea from a wonderfu [...]
  • The Bucket

  • I have been waiting anxiously to gloat about the "blue bucket's" retirement to the garage. For the last 2 weeks my household has been infected by some nasty, resistant GI bug. The bucket had definitely extended its welcome indoors, and does it feel good to finally have it back where it belongs, in the GARAGE!! It went through each room in the house, as we all took turns, even Coco the dog. When Will, the last victim, finally started getting better, after a safe 36 hours free of symptoms, I d [...]