Monday, October 20, 2008

Up and Almost Running

*children mentioned with Photos*

We had to get a baby gate. Luke's crawling and determination to escape have gotten to be too much, so he is now trapped in his room. Don't feel too badly, though, his room is pretty cool. Already he is pulling himself up on the gate and I can just tell that his little mind is trying to figure out how to get that thing open.



This kind of change seems gradual to me. Luke grows every day, I know, but I don't always see it. My parents marvel at how much he changes from one visit to the next, but I only see it if I look back at old photos. When you are in the midst of change it is sometimes hard to see how quickly it is happening.

We like to take walks through our local park. In my continuing effort to become a somewhat decent photographer, I always bring my camera. My goal is to change the way I see the world. Good photographers take a scene that looks boring or mundane and make it worth examining. Places I used to walk by without a glance get a little more consideration.

Rules


Swings


I like my new found identity as a more visual person. For so long I was a musician only. I heard and that was all I needed to do. Now that I am seeing a little more of what's around me, I don't get the sense that life is passing me by as much as I used to. That is the kind of examination I hope I can give my child. With children, change may just be subtle, yet constant shifting of what is normal. I want to try to notice it more than I do now. Laundry can wait. Dishes can wait. Luke won't wait. He changes every day and I hope I remember to notice that and appreciate it a little more.

Looking Out

38 comments:

seussgirl said...

So precious...and oh, if we could remember to make that conscious effort to pay close attention every day.

Fertilized said...

goodness he is so cute! and getting so smart and big

Tinker said...

I'm liking the photos, but being a visual person myself, of course it makes sense to me. I'm glad that the images are making you feel more present.

And Luke is absolutely adorable! Definitely worth dropping the dishes to appreciate.

Amanda said...

LOL, I love the video - he has this sneaky smile like, "Just you wait mama, I'm gonna bust outta here!"

Artblog said...

cute voice ;) i lurrvvve the last photo, the one with his hand on the glass!

good post, my sentiments exactly.

x

how did you post the video clip btw?

eggorchicken said...

Here from ICLW, and happy to have found your blog ;)
Your little guy is so, so cute!!!
It's scary how fast the time flies, I hope you truly are able to capture and enjoy every moment of the journey.

x
Yvonne

Stella said...

"When you are in the midst of change it is sometimes hard to see how quickly it is happening."

If that is not the truest statement ever, than I don't know what is!!

I love the pictures! He's adorable! I really like the swing picture. There's just something about it. Great job!

Teal Marie Chimblo said...

See i told you he'd be rattling the bars in a stripped shirt. Free Luke!!

darcie said...

I'm the very same way - stopping to smell the roses these days, and taking pictures all along the way - I cannot believe how quickly the last three years has gone since I had my first baby. Amazing. I wish everyone would slow down and stop rushing so much - you couldn't be more right - the dishes and laundry will wait - everything will wait - but our kids - our kids will not.

Trafty said...

"Laundry can wait. Dishes can wait. Luke won't wait." So true. Words to live by.

Aunt Becky said...

Wow, he is such a sweet looking guy. Kids are wonderful at reminding you of how to stop and appreciate the small things in life.

Hope said...

He is so cute!! And this is odd... but I've noticed those blue and white floors on your flickr page... is that carpet?? I like it. :) Keep taking pictures- you're doing well!

KandiB said...

Man, he is a CU-T-Pie! I just love that look on his face with the gate. He's so determined, and seems happy trying to figure the darn thing out.

Great pic of the swings, BTW. Great angle.

ICLW.

ms. c said...

Great video! I can't believe he's standing so well! That's awesome.

I think I have to invest in a gate too... Today Sacha got into the garbage in my office!

And you're so so right about time and change.

bendingbackwards said...

Precious pictures. The video is wonderful too.

Here from ICLW.

me. said...

Well said!

And great photos!!!
As your hubby knows... I'm a little critical of the photos ;-)

Jenn said...

I looked back at pictures from Halloween a year ago and I'm floored by how much bigger and OLDER they look now.

Mary said...

Baby jail!!! He looks so cute! Absolutely adorable. And for someone who's non-visual, your photog skills are formidable.

Thanks for letting me visit!

(ICLW)

Kristin said...

What a cutie-pie. I know what you mean about not seeing the change when you are living with it. I was making a family reunion video and was just marveling at how much my boys have changed in two years.

ICLW

cjsayers77 said...

I love you're outlook... you're right! Dishes can wait, Luke will not. And your photography is beautiful, I love the swings!

Amy said...

He's very cute. Also love the pictures!

ICLW

Andrea said...

He's so cute!!!! I like your photography work, too!

ICLW.

CappyPrincess said...

He is such a cutie. Make sure you hold on to all those moments and forget the little stuff. There's always going to be dishes, but he won't be discovering the world for the first time every day.

Trish said...

very very adorable Luke and your photos have great perspective.
They do grow up so fast and LOL we had to baby jail our boys too ... for their own safety and my sanity !

nancy said...

I really really really like the picture of the swing. Like ~really~. I'd buy it.

(iclw)

Cibele said...

WOW, I so needed to read what you said today. Dishes can wait, laundry can wait... My husband is a musician and I only wish we would be a little more visual and notice the changes around him...
LUKE IS SO CUTE!!!!!!!!

Michelle said...

Luke is so adorable!

Your photos look great and you sound like an amazing mom!

Caba said...

Wow. Love your pictures. You son is a doll. Oh, it's tough, the movement. My house must look like a prison to my kids, with the gates everywhere. The other day my son actually ran his sippy cup across the bars like he was in prison. Too funny!

Oh, and I'm tagging you! Details on my blog!

momofonefornow said...

oh, his little smile is so precious!

wheresmy2lines said...

Its so true, change happens before your eyes and before you know it nothing is the same.

ICLW

Sassy said...

They're great photos. And a gorgeous little boy too.

Ginny said...

How sweet. It is funny how you don't notice it. My 11 year old daughter had to have grown 4 - 5 inches this summer & I didn't realize it until she went back to dance class in the fall. Girls that used to be taller then her were so much shorter all of a sudden. One of the girls seems so small now & just last year her mom gave me some clothes that she outgrew for my daughter!

ICLW

Kymberli said...

That last picture is absolutely adorable! I wonder what he was thinking about.

ICLW

Stacie said...

What a cutie! I just broke out in a sweat thinking about my twins crawling!

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Donielle said...

Great job on the photos! I wish I would remember to bring my camera along more often. :-)

ICLW!

Courtney said...

Those photos are great. I got a new camera just a few weeks ago, and now I am trying my hardest to capture all kinds of moments. What you said about becoming more visual definitely hits home to me. Our own children are the perfect reason to inspire visual creativity.
:)

meducell@yahoo.com said...

Dear Kate, hi from Turkey, Izmir.
when i was surfing, i saw your blog and Luke by chance. Your son is very sweet, lovable and very clever like my son is Arda. The God give to them a long life.
When i saw your blog, i decided to prepare a blog for my son, like yours.
Have a nice day, see you again.
Yours sincerely.
Mehmet Durmus
meducell@yahoo.com

abadmommy said...

we put up baby gates too - at the top and bottom of the stairs.

now our 11mo stands at the top of the stairs, rattling the gate and throwing his toys down the stairs and going 'uh oh' the whole time.

naughty little shit.