The Do Nothing Summer

We really haven’t done anything this summer and I’ve felt guilty about it, but part of the time it couldn’t be helped.

This has been a fairly hot, humid summer and going outside to frolic in the fields hasn’t really been an option. Of course, one has to be cautious about frolicking in fields around here anyhow with all the Lyme Disease carrying ticks that our county has. The number of people we know hitting their beds due to Lyme is a bit overwhelming. My dad has been one of them and is frustrated with the exhaustion that often hits him.

We haven’t really visited playgrounds (okay, we’ve gone to two), or gone to the local pool near us (probably because my dad installed a large one at his house), visited the local libraries (probably because I always lose library books and end up paying for them) or had a fancy vacation (because we are poor). Quite frankly, we’ve been slugs.


We still have a month before school starts, so hopefully, we can pack in some fun days before then. In the midst of trying to squeeze in some fun activities, I’m also researching additional homeschool curriculum since I plan to start homeschooling on August 26, something my son isn’t super thrilled with.

Homeschooling has been a blessing to us so far, even on the tough days. It’s been nice to be able to visit my parents even on school days, instead of visiting them only on the weekends. My son is able to spend days and nights with my parents while my dad teaches him life skills, such as do it yourself projects. My dad is either teaching my son or using him to help complete some projects around the house, either way, it’s a good learning experience for him.


This summer my son helped his grandfather prepare the ground for a new pool behind the house, work on a shed near the house, and repair a tombstone of a family member at the local cemetery. They have also enjoyed quite a few breakfasts out together. One thing the weather this summer hasn’t allowed much time for is the long bike rides my son and dad usually take.




Maybe we can all find something fun to do when the weather breaks and we don’t have to sweat through it. Thanks to the flexibility of homeschooling we will be able to do that even if it happens right when classes start again.

So, how about you? How is summer treating you? Have you been able to take a lot of trips, go to the pool, play at the playground (with or without children), or take some long bike rides? Or have you been a slug, like me this summer?



10 on 10 August

I recently took a social media break and have been thinking a lot about why I photograph in the first place. While thinking about that, I also started thinking about some of my favorite photos and why I took them. I photograph to document my family’s life more than to impress anyone so I thought for this month’s 10 on 10 I’d feature ten of my favorite photographs from this summer and share a little bit about why they are my favorites.

This is part of The Bloom Forum’s 10 on 10 blog circle so after you visit my post catch the link at the bottom for the  next photographer on the list.

I love how free my son is in this moment. He truly was that joyous about running through the sprinkler during a heat wave that hit our area. I love the way the water fans out around him as if it is celebrating too. 

This was a particular hot day and my husband and I were stressed about many different things but we didn’t let our stress stop us from driving an hour north to Ithaca NY for a small Shakespeare festival and to see the lake. This photo includes my three favorite people, my husband, son, and daughter.

I have an entire series of the kids playing together at the creek on this day but I love this image of my son throwing a rock in the creek with his sister looking on. Do you remember when all your responsibility included was throwing stones in a creek? I wish I had appreciated it more back then!

My son found a way to make running through the sprinkler even more fun..making mud after the ground is wet and trying to touch mom with it.

I have several of my daughter playing with water but this one of her beaming while she plays with the hose makes me smile because she was genuinely having a blast.

I had to share one of my son at the splash pad at a local lake and swimming pool near us since it has been our favorite place to visit this summer. I love the way the water, which falls from a bucket above, is falling all around him.

I love the expanse of the sky here in contrast with the smallness of the boy against the field. The clouds were dark that day but we never actually got any rain, even though the local farmland really needed it. This property is owned by a neighbor of my parents. 

My daughter was in the kitchen while I was trying to cook and she was wreaking havoc as usual, pulling things out of drawers and putting aluminum foil around her like a towel but then she paused and the sun hit her just right and I started photographing her in the light in one of her rare moments of pausing in her destruction.

I love this photo of my daughter because this summer was when her attitude- I mean personality- really started to show.

I love this one simply because of how relaxed my son was on a very relaxed summer day.

Continue the blog circle at Lenkaland. 

Four on Four | Ithaca NY Child Photographer

We have been enjoying the summer, taking things as the come and that has included playing in the puddles after a rain storm moved through recently.

Somehow my daughter ended up without clothes at one point, but, well, that’s what living life as a toddler is all about, right?

This post is part of a Four on Four blog circle through Clickin’ Moms. This is the time of the month when we choose four photos from either an event or simply taken in the previous month and then share them.

Enjoy other photographer’s work by following the circle. Next up is Chrissy Mazer