Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Project 365 - June 24, 2009


Today when I got home from work, there was a slight breeze and it was completely cloudy. Good for the summer in South Florida because it wasn't too hot for me to wander around for an hour.

Funny enough, I ended up sitting on a overturned boat and poked my face very close into this field of wild flowers to get up close and personal with several bees that were flitting from flower to flower.

I liked the diffused light of the cloudy day. It was fun using my manual focus to get the exact spot that I wanted to make clear and I wanted a shallow depth of field.

This little guy was just hanging around on this tree stump. I loved the dichotomy of the textures of the lizard's skin against the old and rippled wood of the tree stump and then hanging over his head was the bright green of life!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Project 365 - May 31, 2009 Part II

Sea Watch

After a full day of graduation activity, we went home to shower off the layers of sweat from the heat and humidity of the day (trust me it was a hot one!). Then we changed our clothes and then squished into one car with my dad and his girlfriend and went out for a fancy dinner.

We went to the Sea Watch, which has been there for many years. It is in Pompano Beach, right on the beach. Wonderful view, an old Florida feel inside and delicious fresh seafood.

After dinner they brought us two desserts with candles for the girls' graduation! We took a quick walk on the beach in the dark (something that always scares me! don't like the dark) and then home to sleep! We were really tired after that day.

Project 365 - May 31, 2009

Graduation Day

It happens before you can realize what happens. Your babies start walking and talking and then driving and then they graduate from high school! It seems to fly by when you are standing outside the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, in the 90 degree heat of the day patiently snapping the obligatory photos of your child and all of her friends in their caps and gowns and garnishes of multicolored cords and drapes and medals earned over their school careers. Then you sit and listen to endless speeches and finally, finally you hear your child's name, clear as a bell and she walks across the stage shaking the hands of each of the myriad of school officials standing in a row looking much like penguins in their black robes, some who knew her well offering hugs and whispering something that makes her laugh, and then it is over. She is a graduate. She is ready to leave your home and head off to college.

Daunting reality sets in.

Did I cry? No. Why? Not sure. But I didn't. I was beaming. I was smiling and happy and snapping photo after photo and even pulling out my Blackberry to use the video function to capture them calling our her name. Everyone thought that I would collapse in an emotional melt down. But I didn't. Perhaps it will hit me when she leaves for school? Not sure. But all I can say is that I am really proud of my baby girl. She has grown up to be quite a young woman. She has a long way to go still, but she has a fabulous foundation on which to build.

Project 365 - May 30, 2009

Summer is Here

Once the summer arrives the pace in the Leshinsky house changes. Somehow we manage to get our chores done during the week so that we can spend time at the pool or just hang out in the air conditioning and do nothing. But on Saturday, Adina and I went to the pool to unwind, soak up a bit of sun and float in the pool. When we arrived at our pool we found this little guy swimming around. I was able to fish him out of the pool and set him free. But don't think that I was THAT brave . . . I found a plastic bag and put my hand in there before I tried to save him! The thought of touching him was a bit icky for me!!

And I just love this photo of Adina. It is so chic!

Project 365 - May 29 2009

The Eighth Grade Prom

It was Adina's turn to get all "duded" up for the eighth grade prom at the end of the school year. It was also the transition from middle school into high school. So Joel took her to the Clinique counter at the mall to have her make up done professionally. Then Rachel helped her with her hair and these are the final results of the primping.

And, of course, we had to stop at Poppa's house to show off the new, grown up Adina!