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Curious Lyle

People are often surprised when they find out that I take a new photo of Lyle every day and post it on my Curious Lyle photoblog. I started it the day he was born (I finished designing the photoblog site just in time–the morning of the day I went into labor when I couldn’t sleep because I was so uncomfortable) and have been doing it ever since. Four and a half years and counting. I have never missed a day. (I know this is probably hard to believe considering my record with blogging.) Days that I haven’t been with him whoever he’s with (Jeff or Grandma) takes the daily photo. I have only one real rule for photos that go on CL: No adults in the photos ever. Sometimes parts of adults–legs, arms–but no faces. I still take lots of photos of Lyle with the adults in his life. They just don’t go on Curious Lyle.

I fit it into my day pretty easily. I take pictures of whatever we’re doing during the day (and usually bring my camera with us when we go out, even to the grocery store). Sometimes at 4 or 5pm I am scrambling to get a photo before we lose daylight. Some days I know the instant I click the shutter that that’s the image I’ll use. Sometimes I get a bunch that I love. Other days I get nothing that I love and I just have to make do with what’s available.

At some point in the evening I download them (I store them in folders by year and month), process the RAW files, choose one I like for that day’s CL, and post it. I love having the website as a record of his life, and it’s a good way for his long-distance relatives (which is all of them except us) to keep up with him.

And to finish with pictures…yesterday at the playground with his BFF, Miriam.


New year, new start

The Most Intelligent, Attractive, and Hilarious Blogger in the State of South Carolina, also known as my friend Stinky, is challenging herself to blog once a week, with a few rules. She’s a lawyer, so she knows how to make the right kinds of rules. I decided to challenge myself to the same thing. Same rules, too, since she already did the work of coming up with them.

I’m starting small. With snowflakes. It doesn’t snow much in Houston. (Understatement.) So I’ve been waiting a while to photograph snowflakes. We spent Christmas in Colorado, and I shot these with my macro lens on my MIL’s back deck as snow fell last Thursday. I used construction paper to catch them for some color & contrast so they would show up well.

Forget catching up

I keep putting off writing more on here because I feel bogged down by how much I need to catch up on that I have not posted from the past few months. I feel this compulsion to blog completely chronologically, so I think, “I can’t blog this until I’ve blogged that.” But forget that, because this picture from yesterday makes me want to stop time.

holding hands

They are four, and they are best friends. I can’t help but think that they won’t be best friends forever–how many people are still close with someone they knew at age four?–but they are so good for each other and love being together so much. (If you ever look at, you’ll see her there with him on many days.) I love watching them play together and be kind to each other (mostly) and stand up for each other.

I love age four. I kind of don’t want it to end.

Wine country

A few days ago I bought a deal on for a photo book from I’ve been wanting to try them out so their deal–$22 for $55 worth of books from Blurb–gave me the perfect incentive to try them.

So now I have to decide what kind of a book to make. Travel? A week in the life? A month in the life? Wines I try? Photo a day? What would you make a book of?

I haven’t posted here in so long that these photos are technically archives now. From our trip to Napa & Sonoma Valleys this past summer. It was my first time to visit Northern California’s wine country, even though it’s the best known in the U.S. I had previously visited wineries in lots of other states–Oregon & Washington, also known for good wine, but also some more unlikely states, like Colorado, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York. And even in Southern California when I lived there.

Well, people, I absolutely loved Napa. And Sonoma, although we only managed to spend one day there. There’s just so much. So much good wine to try. So much good food. So much good mud (I had a mud bath at a spa–they said it was good for the skin). So much to look at.


Having flowers on the back deck makes such a difference in how it feels there. I love all the bright colors–both of the flowers and leaves and the flowerpots. Lyle waters them with a watering can that’s almost too heavy for him to carry.