bythelight1973

If you wait for perfection, you'll miss life

Posts tagged “kids

Homemade library bags

Posted on July 6, 2016

For the longest time Henry and Oliver have been asking me to make them library bags.  We almost always end up asking for plastic bags at the front desk to take the books home in, but plastic bags can be uncomfortable for little hands, not to mention it’s not good for our planet so to kick off summer reading I surprised the boys by taking them to the fabric store. I had them pick out the fabrics for their bags and a few days later got to work sewing.  To say they were happy to see their bags is an understatement.  I knew they would be glad, but Henry especially was really touched I had sewed their bags from scratch.    The look on…

“How To Raise A Wild Child” book review

Posted on April 21, 2016

Growing up in NYC I didn’t have many opportunities to be out in nature except for going to the park nearby our home or visiting Central Park on a weekend, however ever since I could remember I have always felt drawn to nature. I still remember when the street I grew up in was all concrete and there wasn’t a tree in sight. As a young girl I didn’t know anything was missing, but then one day some people from an organization (perhaps a beautification organization) came and planted trees up and down my block. I was so excited because suddenly my block looked so pretty. That was over 25 years ago. Today those trees have grown big, strong and beautiful. Whenever I return…

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Posted on May 12, 2014

We heard that the weather was going to be lovely for Mother’s Day so I couldn’t think of anything better than to take the kids outside for some hiking and a little photo opportunity for moi. We headed to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. It was our fist time visiting this extraordinary bird sanctuary. Apparently, it’s one of the most important bird sanctuary in the Northeastern part of the U.S. My goodness this place did not disappoint. It was beautiful. As soon as we started hiking we could hear all at once the songs of many species of birds. Geese, house wrens, etc. A few almost flew into me. Of course I left my super-duper zoom lens at home but I managed to get some…

Superheroes Among Us

Posted on June 16, 2013

I have a confession to make. Tomorrow is Father’s Day and I still haven’t gotten a Father’s Day card for my husband. I know, I know what kind of wife forgets to buy her terrific husband a Father’s Day card. Um, apparently me. I do hope though that having a baby three weeks ago gives me a “get out of jail” card for this year, but just because I didn’t get a card doesn’t mean Father’s Day hasn’t been on my mind. I came across the above picture a few days ago. It was taken on the day that we brought Oliver home from the hospital. As you can imagine Henry, my eldest son was feeling a bit out of it. Not only had…

Digging in the dirt…

Posted on June 22, 2012

Today I decided to try out my other new lens that I had bought a couple of weeks ago along with my wide angle lens. Although it was hard to part with my main squeeze my new zoom lens did not disappoint. In fact it’s been so long since I shot with one I almost had to retrain my brain to see in a whole different way. It was quite a different shooting experience but nonetheless I really like my new zoom lens (don’t worry 11-16mm you’re still my baby). As for the pictures of my son I really couldn’t resist. Not just because he’s the best little person I know, but because I had a blast watching him show off his soccer shirt…

Being in love is a little like being drunk…

Posted on December 20, 2011

It’s Sunday evening.  I’ve just sat down to work on that now-scheduled-for-Christmas-quilt for my son, when I  get a text from one of my best friends.  It’s one of those super happy texts that reads the following, “I’m going to surprise my daughter and get her the cat she’s been wanting for Christmas.  I’m so excited. I can’t wait!”   Taking a deep breath I text back, “since when have you liked cats?”  Her response is something akin to, “oh, my boyfriend has three cats.  I love snuggling up with them.  They are great! This is great!  It’s going to be a great Christmas!”  I start texting back, but realize that in this instance, damage control requires a phone call and not a text.…