childhood unplugged

The boys came to NYC for Thanksgiving and we stayed in the apartment we will be in through Christmas and the the birth of baby sister.  They had to go home to Miami for a few weeks of school before the Christmas holidays but we spent Thanksgiving week getting settled and decorating for Christmas.

At the beginning of the week I had a doctor appointment and was told that baby is super low and to avoid her pushing down on my cervix and dilating me I had to spend most of my time with my feet up.  Of course this is not exactly the news I wanted when I had the first full week with my boys in over three months but we made the best of it and spent lots of time in our pajamas relaxing, and reading and playing games at home.  We went to the corner a block away from the apartment and bought a tree and then to Walgreens for lights and ornaments, and spent a morning decorating.  The boys did such a good job doing so much of it on their own while I sat on the floor and photographed.  I am so thankful for how well they have done with all of this, not long left now!

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This past month has been hard on all of us… the children in Miami and me in New York and New Jersey still avoiding Zika and keeping baby girl safe.  At the beginning on the month we had a weekend together, a wonderful weekend that was unplugged and calm and we needed.  I didn’t take that many pictures and when sorting through them I felt like they didn’t really represent the now.  So I decided to take a picture of us FaceTiming, because this is us, right here and right now.  This is how we see each other every day and how thankful I am for that!

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With me living up north this fall/winter waiting for baby sister to grow in my belly I have seen the boys twice this past month.  We are trying to make this a big ole adventure for everyone!  The second trip was for them to come up to New Jersey where I have been spending time with my dear friend and their auntie, Audrey.

We decided that one day we would drive to Princeton to see where their papa went to school.  Massimo loved seeing the college campus and couldn’t stop asking questions about where his classes were and the dorms and the library and on and on.  He can’t wait to go to college one day and has a list of his top 7, all but one outside of Florida.  Little brother isn’t so happy about all these talk of leaving and just wishes that everyone could stay in Miami forever, he keeps saying how great UM is and there is no reason to leave.  When asked over dinner that night what he thought of Princeton, Giacomo said that it was nothing like what he expected, instead of “normal” it looked like Hogwarts!

This month is the three year anniversary of childhood unplugged which means that each month for the last 36 months I have photographed my children, and what a blessing it has been.  I am always so grateful to Monica Calderin for inviting me on this journey because not only does it remind me of the importance of raising my children to love the art of imagination and adventure but I have recorded them doing so, something I am certain I would have not done with such dedication if it weren’t for this project.  So considering that this month we were able to spend time with Audrey Blake Breheney and her children and not only is she our dearest friend but also is a member of childhood unplugged we went out together with balloons in tow to have a bit of fun.  We went to the Highlawn Pavilion to visit a memorial to those who lost their lives on 9/11, see a view of New York City, and have a bit of fun with our friends!  To see more images of our adventure visit Audrey’s post!

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  • Monica - October 6, 2016 - 11:36 pm

    You have a beautiful family my friend. I’m loving those black and white edits. So thankful to share this journey with you.ReplyCancel

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There is always a silver lining to every situation and as difficult as being away from my family is, the fact I am able to spend so much time with many different friends is wonderful.  I have known Briana since we were 5 years old and having a week with her and her 6 year old daughter allowed me to really get to know her daughter and catch up with her in a way we hadn’t done in years. Briana is such an incredible mother and it is evident in the jewel of a child she is single handedly raising.  I am so happy I spent an afternoon photographing them and the bond they share.

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As a last trip of the summer we went to spend two weeks in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina at my in-laws home, a home that my husband spent his childhood summers in.  Over the years we have come here and the boys always love it, but this year specifically this place took on a new life.  Jim pulled out the wooden swords that he and his brother played with when they were our boys age.  He brought them out in the woods to the tree that was his hideout and showed them what made it so special.

From hikes to visiting the local nature center to playing in the house to running out into the forrest behind the house the boys had a wonderful vacation.  What I love most is the ability to let them go outside and give them a bit of independence, to let their imagination run wild.

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  • Monica - September 1, 2016 - 2:46 pm

    I love this post! Such a sense of adventure. So cool that Jim brought out his childhood toys. I’m sure the boys thought that was magical! xoReplyCancel

  • Drae - September 1, 2016 - 3:18 pm

    Love the images of the boys in the house, I think the bathroom shot is my favorite, it has such a great feel. And so cool coming back to the home their dad grew up in and sharing in those memories.ReplyCancel

52 week project

a portrait of my husband, once a week, every week, for the 10th year of our marriage

This was a hard week as I prepared to leave for my adventure away from Miami until either the Zika situation is under control and safe or baby is born.  Fortunately the boys come with me for the next two weeks and Jim will join us but he had to leave for a business trip right before I left.  This was the last image of him at home until I return, wondering when that might be….

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The news of becoming big brothers was super crazy exciting for the boys and still now, a few weeks after they found out, they are extremely excited.  Giacomo wears his The Bee and The Fox shirt whenever it is clean and just this week we got a doppler so we can hear baby sister’s heartbeat and they love it!

Since news of the Zika virus being in Florida was confirmed last week I have been mostly homebound.  I had grand plans to bring the boys for an unplugged day at this beach this week but  if they are hanging out with Mamma these boys are inside.  So we stayed in our PJS all day long, listened to baby’s fast beating heart, built tents, played games and even jumped on the bed.  I won’t pretend that staying home is easy, but they are being good sports and the prize at the end is so great that I will stay home with a smile.

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Take a moment to view the work of the other Childhood Unplugged photographers by clicking here.  Also you can follow us on Instagram @childhoodunplugged and use our hashtag #childhoodunplugged for a chance to be featured!  We all thank you for your constant support and encourage you to be part of the childhood unplugged movement!

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a portrait of my husband, once a week, every week, for the 10th year of our marriage

With me homebound with mosquito fears he has really stepped up to the plate.  Running out to get anything I need and grabbing food or groceries as needed.  The morning I snapped this shot he had gotten up and made egg and cheese sandwiches for everyone.  I am so thankful for all the extra help!