Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Out on the water.

It seems like a week goes by and I suddenly say, oh, wait, I haven't posted in - oh, a week or so. I'm not sure why that is. Fall is coming. The child started school. You'd think I'd be posting up a storm. But I'm not. And today I had a small idea for posting, and suddenly found two link-ups I could share with, and one other I normally do (cause it's Wednesday, and that means I head to Shell's place for Pour Your Heart Out today!).

And so, here's what we did this weekend.

We finally got back out on the water. It was such a beautiful day. Almost fall-like. Almost. But way warmer than I expected. Which my daughter LOVED. Because, well ... look.

It was definitely chilly, but that didn't matter. She swam. By herself. But yes, that's my husband at the edge of the picture. Easily able to reach her if she needed him. She didn't care one way or the other. She loves the water. Which is something I'm so glad we've passed on to her. No fear. I seem to remember being that way when I was a kid. And now, even. Sometimes. My husband is, too. At least when it comes to water. So we're lucky. #nofear

And this picture kind of sums up the sort of bliss she feels out on the water. It also makes me really happy. #nofilter

So while this isn't quite your normal (okay, MY normal) Pour Your Heart out post, it totally represents what I love about family time on the weekends. We did invite some friends out with us, but they weren't able to make it. And that was okay. Sometimes it's okay to be out there, just the three of us. Enjoying each other. And the water. And the fresh air and sunshine.

Sometimes that's what it's all about. A small escape from the mundane or the plugged in. Yes, I know, I used my phone out there to capture a few moments. I often try to be better about NOT doing that, but then, then I look at these shots and smile. I like to have them. When she's in her 20s and looking back at her childhood I like that I'll have these pictures.

You know - our parents captured important moments - never the seemingly insignificant ones of visiting with family on the weekends or taking a walk around the neighborhood. I surely don't have a single picture of myself riding my bike or on roller skates. Which is fine. But is it wrong that now we capture those shots? It would be if that's ALL we did. If we weren't in the midst of the moment, as well. I think that I noticed that at a concert recently. I took a few shots, and tried to record a moment or two (ssssh), and then realized, put the phone away. Enjoy yourself. You paid to hear and see and live and experience. And there's no need to document. But is it any different than when I hit concerts growing up and brought a camera? A 35mm or my digital? Yes and no. I don't know why, it just is.

Well, I guess this turned into a PYHO type of post, after all. Heh.

I'm also linking up with Diana Stone of Diana Wrote for Glimpses and Greta at gfunkified for #iPPP (even though I don't have an iPhone - she said it's okay!).

So, how was your weekend? Are you able to enjoy the weather where you are? Is fall there yet? Have you had your first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the not-quite-season? Are you ready for my birthday? I mean ... Halloween ...? I'm SO not. Seriously. Not. Ready. I still have so much to do. 

Guess I better get started. What to do first ...? Maybe I'll start with a cup of coffee. Sounds easy enough. Catch y'all later. #Cheers


  1. Such fun family time!

    I pretty much always have my phone with me, but I have gotten better about certain times being camera-use only and not checking in anywhere else. I do love having those everyday photos of my kids, as opposed to the only special occasion ones that were taken when I was growing up.

  2. Cutest pictures ever! :) I am LOVING the feeling of fall in the air...LOVING it! Pumpkin flavored everything!-Ashley

  3. I WISH We got out on the water again, though I'm still waiting for a real fall feeling to take over instead of these 80 degree days. My weekend? Mostly spent working on my dissertation, but such is my life right now.

  4. I love good family fun! She really looks like she's having a blast. And as a photographer, I am all for documenting just about everything. Balance living in the moment and capturing it too :)

  5. I actually don't have a camera other than my phone... non of the give-aways I keep entering have panned out! :-)... which means my phone is the only way I have to document.

    We watched a lot of football last weekend, The Boy played, then college, then NFL... lots of playing catch in between!

  6. Family time is the best.

    I think it is awesome that you captured that picture of her swimming by herself, and the one of her on the boat. Those are special moments, and it is awesome to be able to hold onto them in your mind, and in your hand (well, on your computer, in your hand if you print know what I mean).

    The last concert I went to, I planned ahead of time to take two pictures of each band...and to video one (specific) song. Other than that, I had the camera off. The thing I noticed about people who were taking their pictures and video on their phones was that they then wanted to upload them to Instagram, or put them on FB and Twitter...I think that is part of the difference. When you take a picture with a camera, you can't do anything else with it until you get home, but on the phone there are all the options of sharing right then in the moment...and that is what makes you miss out on the moments happening around you. Maybe?

  7. I *just* had this phone/camera thought the other day. I was running sprints with Elliot (we do what we gotta do) and laughing. He looked SO happy that I immediately wanted to photograph it.

    But I didn't. I stayed in the moment. And yet I still want the pictures!

    Yay for self-swimming, too; it's like they've morphed overnight.

  8. Your daughter's smile in that picture!! That is seriously precious. Of course, that picture makes you smile! I agree...I don't have a ton of pictures from my childhood, and that kind of makes me sad. It's so much easier to quickly document something now, while you're enjoying it, and I think all of us will enjoy the pictures later. I'm sure of it.

    Thanks for linking up this week!

  9. Those seemingly insignificant private family moments are the best! Looks like you had a blast!
    I'm with you on the lack of posting. I can't seem to figure out how to find my blog mojo since school started. It's nice to know I'm not the only one.

  10. You are so right. Living those moments are just or more important than capturing them.

  11. There is something about the water. I love living by it - even when we're not on the beach, we're walking over the marshes and loving that family time. I'm glad you had such a lovely weekend.


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