Monday, May 25, 2015

The beach house is open

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We're absolutely loving this weather and taking advantage of it as best we can.  I promise you that the beach was crowded.  So much so that we had trouble finding a parking spot.  I should write a post called "The art of appearing to be the only ones on the beach."

Saturday, May 23, 2015

This and that

I'm not working this holiday weekend.  It was a debatable and I'm probably going to pay for it on Tuesday and Wednesday but there's only so much I can do.  If you've been reading here for awhile, you may recall that the month of June is usually outrageously busy for me at work.  It's when we complete our biggest deadline and requires mucho overtime in order to finish.  This year, the deadline was moved up a full month ahead of schedule and I'm actually okay with it.  Why prolong the torture?  Being absent from home in June in the past has been stressful.  I hit the dance recital unprepared.  Then there's the gymnastics show and all the end of school year stuff.  I didn't know if I was coming or going.

The month of May is always a bit of a struggle for me as I know that at the end of it, I have Abigail's birthday to face.  Work has been a welcome distraction in helping the month to pass.  Dread began to trickle into my heart this past week when I realized that the month would soon be closing and June would be upon us.  There will be a ninth birthday and no way to celebrate that will fill the empty space inside of me.

Allie's class had a Mother's Day tea at the beginning of the month and while juggling work created a bit of anxiety on my end, I wasn't going to miss it.  How could I miss it?  I've been doing this working mom gig for seven years now and I've come to the conclusion that there is no balance.  It's a juggling act at best.

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I love this kid's style.

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We've already had some super warm days and we're looking forward to summer.  Sounds like it will be heading our way this week.  Whenever we walk down the street, I think about all the snow that seems to have just melted and how I had to dodge snowplows if I attempted to leave my driveway.  I hope that was a once in a lifetime experience.

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Allie blowing off steam.  Let it out, girl.
  
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art

As I made the move to full frame, the decision to add a 50mm lens to my photography equipment came about fairly easy.  I had the wide angle end of the spectrum covered with my 14-24mm lens but then there was a big gap to my next lens, an 85mm.  35mm seemed like it would be too close to the 24mm end of my wide angle.  On a full frame camera, the 50mm would be similar to a 35mm on a crop sensor, which had been my "walk around" lens.

So I knew I wanted a 50mm and at first, I assumed I would just go with Nikon and their 50mm f/1.4 lens.  But then I started reading about Sigma's new "Art" line of lenses and I became a bit intrigued and curious and the more I read, the more I began to doubt that the Nikon lens was the best option for me.  There is a price difference of approximately $500 (I've seen it range from $400 to $600) between the two lenses and that kept me from making an immediate decision.  I was also a bit concerned with the size and weight of the Sigma when compared to the Nikon 50mm.  I hemmed and hawed and researched for four months before I purchased this lens.  The last thing I wanted to do was regret my decision.  I was ready to press the button and order the Nikon but then I came across yet another article raving about the Sigma and that threw me back over to the other side.

The lens arrived on my front porch about three weeks ago and it's been on my camera almost nonstop.  I'm very happy with my decision.  I do have to say that the first day I used it, I was viewing the photos on my camera and I was kind of bummed because they didn't blow me away but then I uploaded them to my computer and I was wowed.

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That photo is a crop of the image below.

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By the way, I love that crop.  I think it belongs on the cover of something.  Maybe a book or a CD.  Something.

So work has been a little busy this week.  I didn't get home until 9:00 Monday night and then last night, it was 9:30.  I hope to have Memorial Day off.  We shall see.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

First Communion

The "dress" rehearsal was first.  I sort of didn't agree with the thought of a dress rehearsal for a first communion but with 140 kids, I can see why the church found it a good idea.  And after all was said and done, I agree that it helped to maintain order and ease any fears that the kids may have had.  Photos were allowed during rehearsal.  Photos were not allowed during the actual first communion mass.  There was a photographer at the rehearsal so most of the kids were in their first communion outfits.  My kids were not because I am a photographer.  Plus, I didn't want to have to worry about keeping three white dresses clean.  

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Emily did the first reading.  Allie and Anna brought the gifts to the priest.  I have to say that Emily is a freaking rock star when it comes to reading out loud.  Her teacher has told me that Emily reads like an adult would and that she's never had a student read like that.

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Last Sunday was a beautiful day and in typical New England fashion, 90 degrees.  My quick dress alterations were perfect and we kept white dresses white and hair from falling apart.  I found myself saying, repeatedly, "No jumping.  No touching.  No jumping.  No touching."  

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After party burnout

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Mosquito alert

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Thursday, May 14, 2015