Project 365 Week 20

Such a busy week!  Between the final preparations for the Grupo Liberdade De Capoeira Batizado to the events themselves, our little ones were on the go, focused and determined! And I loved the challenge of capturing the moments collectively and individually (take a look at the post from 19 May for more).   Trips to the Doctor and finding ways to occupy Little Miss who is supposed to stay still made for more excitement!  And I have to say the beautiful blooms on my Mothers Day plant made for a huge smile mid-week.

Project 365 Week 19

Such an exciting week in our household!  Kentucky Derby, Mothers Day and our first baby broken bone – I can’t begin to tell you!  A week of highs and lows, but mostly fun and definitely with some fantastic stories!

Thursday was also 12 May – it would have been my Mom’s 69th birthday.  The day was thoughtful, full of reminiscing and quite a bit of nursing as Little Miss broke her collar bone the day before.  My Mom was my light and I still wish I could pick up the phone to call, get advice or a big virtual hug.  My baby girl still dreams of “Grammy in the gold” so I know she is watching over us.

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Mom and I in The Netherlands, c 2007 at the North Seas Jazz Festival

Batizado

I am excited to share the most recent accomplishment in the Smith Family… my little ones progressed in Capoeira and got new belts!  A Batizado is an annual event (and reunion) for the Capoeira Community and for us was a series of workshops, exhibitions and a troca del cordel (belt ceremony).  The kids even had the chance to perform at the Youth Showcase during the Newark 350 celebration!  We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and maybe one day my little ones will be as amazing as the long term practitioners we saw (Mestras, Contra Mestres, Professors, Instructors and more from all over the Americas)!

Little miss joined a Dance workshop (and she was overjoyed to be able to “shake her booty”!) and Little mstr. was able to play in the Roda to his hearts content!

Many thanks to Professora Amazonas and the Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira for such a fantastic event and connection to the Capoeira Community.

 

 

Project 365 Week 18

Although not exciting, I certainly enjoy trying to challenge myself to find new stories to tell.  Although this week was more mundane than others, it’s my story.  I was happy to be home after a trip, and to capture a busy weekend of our every day.  And we finished up the week getting ready for a party by spray painting horse shoes — the kids first experience and no one ended up covered in gold!

 

6 on the 6th (April)

I loved seeing the beautiful work of the photographers that participated in the 6 on the 6th  Blog Circle last month!  The different perspectives, the interesting subjects and the talent combined to make great ‘reading’!  I hope you enjoyed them as well.

April was a month of highs and lows — and a for me a reminder of the power of artistry in life!

My family had such an amazing time in Arizona… the kids enjoyed the time with Mommie and Daddy — and Scottsdale, Phoenix and Sedona provide a great variety of things to do and see!  We had an amazing time learning about art and culture through museums, tours and bumming around!

Then I had a date with my husband and we were able to ‘run away’ to New Orleans for the weekend — so much fun.  A great city, with wonderful music and quality time, can’t be beat!

On the flip side, the world lost an amazing artist… Prince Rogers Nelson was from my hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota and created a massive part of the playlist that makes up my life.  I don’t think I’ve been as shaken about the loss of any music icon as I was about Prince.  As I’ve listened to his music over the past few weeks, I’ve been amazed all over again at the phenomenal talent and gift he shared with the world.  A striking reminder of 1) the role that art and music play as foundational elements to life  and 2) to live live to the fullest, being authentic and pursuing your dreams!

All the more inspiration to invest the time to develop my passion…

Here are some of my favorites from the month of April!  From Arizona to New Orleans to New York and some good family time, it was fully of art, history and wonderful experiences!

I hope you enjoy and don’t forget to browse around and look at some of my other posts (and my website); then click on over to see the fantastic work of Jenna Donato Photography and the other photographers in our Blog Circle.