My Year In Pictures: January Week 4

Wow, after 2 years and 730 daily photos I can finally say this project is finished!  I’ve enjoyed the practice of taking and posting one photo for every day of the year but now that it’s over I’ll admit to feeling a little overwhelmed by the pace of creating 30 new photos every single month.  Scaling back to a few per week seems a lot more realistic and I’m looking forward to a lighter schedule, posting when I want and jumping back into some of the challenges I’ve missed.

Instead of 7 images and 1 full week we’ve got a super-sized gallery of 11 to finish out the year and I like the stories that they tell.  We start with a street performer in Seattle, a sleepy Finn and a beautiful sunset.  Ryan and I sat together in the car on a clear, cold night unable to leave this view while the radio played an acoustic version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity.  My last 7 shots are an exploration of the soft blues and grays that make up so much of our Pacific Northwest winters.  For editing I reached back to some tried and true favorites so you see one shot processed with Oggl and the rest were finished with VSCO.  All images were shot with my iPhone 7+.

If you’d like to see the whole year again I’ll have a dedicated page posted soon to join my previous years recaps from the 1 Day 1 World Project and A Surprise Every Day with Hipstamatic.

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My Year In Pictures: January Week 3

The third week of January was a big one for us here as our country transitioned from President Barack Obama to Donald Trump.   While it’s clear that Trump lost the popular vote and the majority of the country remains firmly against his platform we are all waiting and watching, hoping for the best while planning for the worst.  As a result my week was spent focusing on things that matter to us while trying to dial down the digital information overload. I attended my first congressional office open  house to meet our new Representative Pramila Jayapal, Ryan and I set aside time to talk about Martin Luther King’s legacy and we had a great afternoon watching a matinée of Hidden Figures.  I shipped a basket to a new customer in Ireland and snapped a close up of a painting I walk past frequently then captured this one woman waiting and watching as Seattle Police prepared for an evening demonstration/protest against the Trump Administration.  Saturday morning John, Ryan and I joined the Seattle Women’s March and we added our voices and our feet to the more than 600 marches around the world.  If you’d like to see more pictures from the day please take a look at my post about Marching in Seattle.

There’s one more week of this daily photo project so I’ll be back with seven new pictures soon but if you don’t want to wait please join us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. If you’d like to learn more about any of the images but you don’t follow me on these accounts please feel free to click here for IG, here for Twitter and here for FB or select a photo from the Instagram previews in my sidebar.  You don’t need an account at either place to view my photos, everyone’s welcome.

 

My Year In Pictures: January Week 2

If we say a New Year shows it’s colors in the first weeks of January I hope my 2017 is filled with shades of a pastel rainbow.  Fingers crossed that these photos start a positive trend leading to more time with family, more time in the outdoors and a chance to create some new things for our Etsy store.

The first two photos are the last of my cold winter beach walk with Ryan and John followed by our year-end recap of monthly selfie shots. 🙂  If you’d like to see how we’ve changed over the past three years check out my wrap up posts from 2015 and 2014.  I used my day off to photograph some new baskets and a blanket I completed at the end of the year and I finally tried to capture one of my favorite winter morning moments, sunrise reflecting off snow capped Olympic Mountains.  Cheers to you all from the wintery Pacific Northwest!

My Year In Pictures: January Week 1

Hello 2017!  In Kennedy family tradition our year began on the beach and as you can see we’ve been trapped in a cold but beautiful weather pattern all week.  I’m a native Pacific Northwesterner so I don’t let a little cold (or wet) weather keep me from enjoying the great outdoors and as long as my fingers are warm enough to press the shutter I’m ready to snap photos along the way. If I take this set of images as a preview of the year to come, remember stormy skies lead to beautiful sunsets, set aside plenty of family time on the beach and appreciate Finn watching out for any dangers ahead  we’re all set!

There are three more weeks of this daily photo project so I’ll be back with seven new pictures soon but if you don’t want to wait please join us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. If you’d like to learn more about any of the images but you don’t follow me on these accounts please feel free to click here for IG, here for Twitter and here for FB or select a photo from the Instagram previews in my sidebar.  You don’t need an account at either place to view my photos, everyone’s welcome.

My Year In Pictures: December Week 5

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is typically quiet here with kids out of school, parents on vacation and all of us eating too many cookies while binge watching tv shows we missed during the fall.  I did continue to work through the week but in an effort to simplify things I chose to post a series of ornaments from our tree.

You can see we like sparkly glass decorations and as with any meaningful gallery each one represents a moment in our year so a quick recap of this set is as follows:  The wise old owl says breathe, look at Frosty go, yes I do have a wheelbarrow ornament but at least it’s filled with flowers, gnomes are great fun, smile and say cheese, robots are the bomb and Happy New Year’s Eve under the disco ball!

My next post begins the last month of this daily photo project so I’ll be back with seven new pictures in a few days but if you don’t want to wait please join us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. If you’d like to learn more about any of the images but you don’t follow me on these accounts please feel free to click here for IG, here for Twitter and here for FB or select a photo from the Instagram previews in my sidebar.  You don’t need an account at either place to view my photos, everyone’s welcome.

 

My Year In Pictures: December Week 4

The days leading up to any big holiday are always a busy blur and you’d think by now I’d have found a manageable way to balance the demands of work and family and fun but I guess that dream will always be bit of a work-in-progress.   I do try to slow down for a few minutes each day though to think about what all this effort is really for so this week you get a glimpse at what I stopped to see on our way to Christmas.

There was a classic moment when I walked past a cherry red mailbox for Santa letters while listening to Christmas carols in flaky light snow and later Ryan, John and I stopped to take a picture of Santa in his sleigh. One block over I had to stop again for a picture of our favorite wine bar with its basket of pretty red berries and winter greens.  I’m always ready to photograph public art and these next two images were part of what would usually be a boring cement retaining wall.  Finally the week ends with the start of my end-of-the year tour of ornaments and Christmas Eve.

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My Year In Pictures: December Week 3

We’re deep into the holiday season now and depending on your point of view I expect you’re having a wonderfully festive time, scrambling to keep up with expectations, tired of shopping or you’re one of those people who finished everything before Thanksgiving.  Guess where I fall. 🙂

This weeks set of images are filled with what I saw between Seattle, Ryan’s holiday band concert, our home and some small town shopping before the first matinée showing of Rogue One.  A must for all Star Wars fans!

Red tones are in all shots, Santa is in two (can you see the tiny one?), lights sparkle, lambs dance and giving books is a great idea.  The mysterious silver triangles are the one outlier this week but I liked the view below the bleachers after Ryan’s concert and spent some time taking pictures while the kids stacked chairs.

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My Year In Pictures: December Week 2

A week filled with Christmas preparations and winter weather make for a merry and bright set of images today.  In typical Pacific Northwest fashion we’ve had our first SNOW freak-out, lit up the short and gray days with plenty of bright lights, enjoyed peppermint mochas and spent a little time shopping online.  The snow may be gone but we know it’ll return so in the meantime I’ll listen to Seahawk football, fold my laundry and watch Ryan and John put up our outdoor lights so everything will be colorful and cheery when we come home tomorrow. 🙂  How are you spending  your weekend?

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My Year In Pictures: December Week 1

Now that we’re into December I can officially start the end-of-project countdown!  After two years of taking and posting daily photos it’s time to try something new and even though I’ve learned a lot about social media accounts and refined my view of the quiet little moments that bring beauty to our days I’ve also been overwhelmed with the pace of keeping up with this commitment online and in real life.  I’ve been thinking a lot about the aspects of blogging and posting that I truly enjoy and being honest about the things I’ve missed by being spread so thin so with these points in mind I’m working toward a new workflow and focus that should make all of us happy.   After this weekly wrap up post I’ll write 9 more to get us into February and then it’s on to something new.  I’ll share more as we get closer to the end but I’ll tell you now we’ve got more than one change-up in the works – Spring 2017 is going to be great!

My week of photos above is a mix of several small moments.  I wandered around my parent’s garden after Thanksgiving admiring how pretty it still was this deep into Fall and I tried to take a picture of the big Christmas tree in Downtown Seattle but was put off by all of the advertising wrapped around the base so I decided to focus on the ornaments instead of the overall spectacle.  Then we went to get more of my Grandma’s things out of storage and I couldn’t resist falling behind the group to admire the view down this dark hallway.  My last image of the week is of the lovely marble top on this antique washstand from Grandma.  It’s going to fit right into our collection of old and new furniture and John has great plans to set up a pretty holiday bar.  Cheers to the season!

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My Year In Pictures: November Week 4

Well November is almost over and the holiday season is in full swing but for me the biggest sign that December is coming are our rapidly shrinking daylight hours.   I try to ignore early Christmas music and decorations but there’s no hiding from the fact that there are only about 8.5 hours between sunrise and sunset today and if there’s cloud cover my outdoor lights might be on all day long… Typically this is when we turn to indoor activities and the first three images are from our latest escape into popular culture.  Sunday afternoon was a great time to see Dr. Strange and if you get to the theater early enough you can sit where ever you like. 🙂  I started Christmas shopping (shhh don’t tell Ryan) and am already trying to prepare myself for the inevitable post-holiday read-aloud as he shares every single piece of Star Wars trivia in this new book.  All 2500 pieces.  We added one final candle to our Etsy shop and I had fun with the new portrait setting on my iPhone capturing summer flowers that haven’t gone to sleep for winter.  Speaking of sleep I’ll close the week with a cozy shot of Ryan and Finn relaxing at Grandma’s house after a great family meal.  This is the only place where Finn is allowed on the bed and he makes the most of it spending as much time as possible curled up at Ryan’s feet.

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