DaughterRunningToKite

Kites And My Favorite Photos Of Summer

My favorite pictures from the summer are of kites and my children.

I only cropped it a bit because I love the layout and the dull colors compared to the awe and height.
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The colors of the day shifted a lot with the early morning clouds and I tried to let this picture reflect the changes. Plus, I love how the kite seems like an after thought.
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I had to do at least one black and white. I like how the sand and the beach and my son are nearly indistinguishable.
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Okay so I couldn’t resist black and white twice, but I don’t like how lonely my son looks.
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I feel like there’s a bittersweetness to this photograph and I messed with the colors until I found it.
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Like the first photo, I didn’t want to alter the colors at all. I just cropped for better juxtaposition and edited out a small figure way in the background.

As I walked around the beach with my iPhone, I marveled at how hopefully a kite seems as if a lightening rod for joy and laughter and family.

But as the ever-over-thinker, I kept wondering why. Why am I so smitten with kites? Why did I want to skip and run and clap my hands at my children maneuvering the string? I have no strong childhood memories of kites bringing the world, family or friends together?

Suddenly, it dawned on me. Mary Poppins.

I probably watched the movie once a month during my formative childhood years between television showings and renting it from the library.

LET’S GO FLY A KITE. UP TO THE HIGHEST HEIGHTS. LET’S GO FLY A KITE AND SEND IT SOARING. UP TO THE ATMOSPHERE. UP WHERE THE AIR IS CLEAR. OOOOOOOH LET’S GOOOOO FLY A KITE.

{the song is from memory so the lyrics may be completely wrong}

The scene where the family comes together and fun and perspective and kites are had by all and although the moment is sad as Mary Poppins can now leave the family, she reminds us that family is more important than proper goodbyes.

Am I really this media-afflicted? A sweet moment with my children is a byproduct of watching a Disney movie? Or was the movie merely playing off what kites do to all of us? Am I that obvious? Everyone loves a kite since 1964?

Another family did gather to watch us and the children clapped and gazed long after a usual attention would have passed. I don’t know, but the kite even let me pretend to be a photographer for an entire blog post so perhaps there’s a bit of magic after all.

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NoBathTonight

Just A Bath Thwarted By A Castle Of Stuffed Cats

My kids do not take a bath every day because I don’t believe in showering daily and my baby-soft skin and hair prove I’m right. Go ahead and pet my arm. Amazing, right?

But being on a non-daily schedule means missing bath night isn’t an option. Or it’s a smelly option that makes me feel judged. Plus, not being pro-bathing means I have “Bath Kids” in my iPhone to-do list so I won’t forget, and, if we skip a day, I CAN’T CHECK IT OFF. {twitchtwitch}

However, even my compulsive stubbornness is thwarted on occasion, such as the occasion of a castle of stuffed cats in the bathtub.

NoBathTonight

Um, yeah, my stinky kids totally win this one.

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