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This morning the boys swim team organized a sponsored swim to help raise money for the local chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Before we headed out the door a little before 8 this morning I said “I will sponsor you each one $ a lap. I was thinking 15 -20 laps each was a reasonable amount to donate. As I sat on the pool deck watching them I quickly realized that I was going to be donating a little more than I had expected!

When they climbed out of the pool they came running over to me to announce that they had each swum 56 laps (52 = 1 mile of our pool). Wow, how amazing that at the ages of 9 and 6 they have the stamina to swim for a little over an hour and cover such great distance. I could not be more proud. They understood what they were raising money for and took their role very seriously.

Needless to say they are spending the rest of the relaxing at home.

They even had the energy after the swim to climb up on the lifeguard chair! Could this be in their future???

If you would like to make a donation to this incredible organization please click here.

Going through the archives this afternoon and stumbled on this series of images. I never did blog them for some crazy reason. I love them so much just had to jump on it right away.

I love the simplicity of this holiday card as a way of showcasing your family images. This is a 5×7 folded card, named Very Vintage.





After several attempts to make this shoot happen we finally got together this morning at 7:30am. The heat and humidity here in NY has been a little off the charts for over a week now and everyone knows that does not bode well for family photographs. So we decided to make an early start this morning in the hope of beating it! Well at 7am it was already 88 degrees and with a good amount of humidity.

However P, W and M were complete troopers. We took a couple of a/c and water breaks. The family are moving to LA very soon and so mom had contacted me as she wanted some photographs taken before they leave their first family home. I hope that these images will help to recall wonderful memories of their time in Tarrytown for years to come.

There are so many wonderful images from the session. I cannot wait to edit them all.

Thank you so much for a fun morning boys. I hope you got your treat, you deserve it!

This 5×5 trifold is called Snowflake. It suits this set of images so well. It was a cold and frosty morning on the day of this engagement shoot last December. We were all so cold, but it was such a fun shoot. Happy memories.



This next sample is called Very Vintage. It is a 5×5 trifold card. I love this size and shape.



Another 5×5 trifold. This is my favorite so far. I would love to hear what you think.



Believe it or not I have my mind on the Holiday Season!  Yes I know it is 100 degrees outside and it is only July, but I am gearing up for the holiday season.  I have my holiday card templates ready and waiting for your family shoot.  I have some amazing designs this year and I cannot wait to share them with you.

This is the front of the 5×7 folded card, named Christmas Crush:

This is the inside top of the card, plenty of space for a personal message to your family and friends, or a generic holiday greeting, your choice:

This is the inside bottom of the card:

I will showcase more of the templates over the coming week. Cannot wait to share them all with you.


Poems on the Underground

Back in 1986 London Underground introduced Poems on the Underground, a great way to enable poetry to be enjoyed by more and more people. Such a wonderful concept, I remember fondly when it was first introduced. I was always on the lookout for a new poem to read on my way home from work! London Underground have continued to display poems on the underground ever since and have published a series of poetry books, which have proven to be very popular.

Fast forward to 2011 and our visit to London, during our visit we went on the tube with my mum and dad to travel on the London Eye. On the journey home my dad put pen to paper and wrote his literal poems on the underground:

Poems on the Underground

A poem on the underground
I’ve written just for you
To say a special thank you
For our trip to London Zoo

Oh no it was the London Eye
Today that we went on
Another special treat for us
How quick this day has gone

We decided Buckingham Palace
Was a place the boys would like
There were oh so many people there
Some even on a bike

As we left the palace
And headed on our way
A motorcade drove swiftly past
And The Queen gave us a wave

Down to Earth we quickly came
And a pizza next we had
Right now we’re sitting on a train
Heading home to our nice pad

A day out with the family
Where we went on London town
We even saw The Queen today
She smiled at us, no frowns

The London Eye we went on
And viewed the many sights
Whislt spinning around so slowly
We had no fear of heights

We walked right through a lovely park
St. James’s it was called
We ended up at a pizza house
Everybody had a ball

Finally we headed home
To Hornchurch on a train
A hectic day had ended
Someday we’ll do the same again


I love how he can just reached for a pen and paper and within a few minutes he had created an ode (or two).  Such a talent.


He did write another at the end of our trip which I will post in part iii.


As we walked along Victoria Embankment on our way to Buckingham Palace from the London Eye we happened upon the most incredible monument, commemorating the Battle of Britain. We had no idea it existed and so were thrilled to have stumbled upon it. It was unveiled in 2005 by Prince Charles and was created by sculptor Paul Day. The site of the monument was donated by Westminster City Council. The site is based on an existing panelled granite structure 25 metres long. This structure was originally designed as a smoke outlet for underground trains when they were powered by steam engines. It had been filled up and blocked for many years.

The idea for the sculpture came about from the Battle of Britain Historical Society as they felt it important that the battle be recognized for future generations. If this battle had been lost it is possible that World War II could have been lost. Read more about the monument here.

Back in May we took a much needed break from our routine for a two week vacation to visit family and friends in UK. We started the trip in London and were thrilled to arrive to find the sun was shining. The weather in NY had been miserable prior to our departure so it felt great to be able to spend time outdoors at my mum and dad’s house. The boys have not been back for three years and so it was all a little alien to them at first. However they adjusted really fast to life on the other side of the pond. Having the opportunity to hang out with their cousins was such a treat for them. I know they would love if we lived just around the corner, like many of their school friends and their cousins. We ensured they had as much time as possible with each other during our short visit.

Our first little touristy outing was to Tower of London. We took my nephew Austin with us. We all had such a brilliant time. It does feel weird playing the “American” tourist in my home town, but I did a pretty good job I think!

It was such a treat for the boys to see Tower Bridge raising to allow a tall ship to sail under it. This does not happen so frequently anymore as the river is not the bustling commercial waterway that it used to be. My dad recalled a story from the 1950′s when the bridge raised as a double decker bus approached it. The bus driver had no alternative but to “put his foot down” and go for it! He safely made it to the other side. No one was seriously hurt. Read more about this incredible story here.

I started back on my Flickr 100 Stranger project during our time in London. I could not resist Jake, the American tourist from Colorado. He was very happy for me to capture him and his tremendous mohawk.

I had the pleasure of attending an outdoor dance performance at the historic home of John D. Rockefeller, Kykuit last month. The Rockefeller Brothers Fund support the Rioult Dance Company of NYC and so the event took place on a stunningly beautiful June evening on the former site of the Kykuit tennis courts. A stage had been built for the evening, the majestic home was the backdrop to the stage and mother nature played a huge part in creating a unique soundtrack in between the musical pieces.

I was literally on the edge of my seat for the entire performance. It was magical.

I hope that I will have the opportunity to see the company perform again soon. I was so moved by the whole experience.

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