Project 365 – Week 22

I truly enjoyed my birthday weekend! And it followed right up with my mother-in-laws birthday and a prom celebration fit for a princess!  And on top of that, my little miss showed me something about loving nature and science!

And importantly, this week included Memorial Day – sending thanks and prayers for all of the soldiers who defend ideals and freedom for others.

Project 365 Week 21

What a busy week!  From meeting the kindergarten class chicks to hanging out in the park for birthday-palooza, the kids were on the go.  They settled down a little bit over the weekend and little Mstr. played a rousing game of chess with our neighbor, then it was back to capoeira!  The kids were supposed to head to the Central Park Zoo for a big end of year class field trip to see the rainforest exhibit.  They were so ready for the adventure — but Mommie and Daddy certainly weren’t!  It turned out that it wasn’t meant to be… they missed the train with their babysitter and spent the day on a substitute adventure including Chuck E. Cheese and Imagine That!  For them, that was grand enough!  But they sure looked cute and stayed safe -and that was enough for Mommie and Daddy!


Family Tree!

My children have an assignment for school — to build a family tree!  As they both have the same assignment, we have two trees to do. So we decided to build one for my side of the family and one for  my husbands. This has turned into quite the obsession for me.  I am back on Ancestry websites with a fierce focus and determination to build a picture of our family for the kids to share and to truly understand.  It’s been fun! Digging into old databases and family photos I like to picture the story of their lives.  My Mothers side of the family is very small now given that most of the people I grew up with have died.  That makes my focus even stronger so I can document this history before it fades away.

I’ve been all over, but if anyone has any leads on finding out about Black families in Florida (& Seminole families too) and Maryland in the 1800s and early 1900s please let me know!  There are portions of my family that are a mystery and I am still trying to figure out how to solve them.

Have you documented your own family history- it’s fun, interesting and a great activity to do with the kids!  After the last push we made as a family to cut, glue and decorate, my little ones were super happy with there trees!  They were even sad to take them to school because they wanted to keep them to talk about at home.  My ‘babies’ love photos and talking about our past, hopefully yours do too!


6 on the 6

I am excited to join the 6 on the 6 Blog Circle.  It’s made up of a fantastic global group of photographers who share the same camera and same love for Photography!!  Each month we will be posting some of our favorites and I hope you enjoy!  When you finish my post, don’t forget to follow the link to continue through the circle and see some amazing work from my fellow bloggers.

By way of introduction to those who don’t know me, I am Melani Wilson Smith.  I’ve made photos my whole life, but since getting my first DSLR in 2011, I’ve spent a lot of time and paid a great deal of attention to improving my craft.  I love candid storytelling through pictures and I love the feelings they evoke.

I try not to have the camera focused on my kids too much, but they certainly end up in most of my photos.  I am developing my style, but usually spend time documenting life with an occasional opportunity for glamour.

Please let me know what you think – comments are welcome and I’d love your feedback on my story.

Don’t forget to head on over to see the artistry of Elaina B from Bucks County, Pennsylvania — the next up in our blog circle for this month…

Elaina B Photography


Project 365…Week 13

One of the primary things I want to share is my Project 365…hoping your interest will keep me accountable!  This week was an interesting one- lots of photos at the front of the week and they tapered off.  But I am still keeping it up (mostly) and hope to stay on track!

Week 15 Project 365


It’s fun to look back at the photos from my 365 last year.  Although I didn’t finish the year, I have a wonderful documentary of our life.  Between family trees, birthdays, adventures and travels to Arizona, this was a particularly wonderful week to chronicle.  I am sure I will look back on this week with a big smile all year long.