Writing and hiking and a tiny photographer

I love to write. I really do. I know you can’t tell by the frequency in which I post on this blog of mine. And my journal sure as hell can’t tell based on the fact that I picked it up yesterday to write and discovered the last entry was in 2011! BUT I am attributing that to the fact that I have grown, birthed and nursed (still nursing) two little girls in that time not to mention moved to a different state. Okay, it was just three hours down the road but still. We have just been trying to keep up.

Life in San Diego is pretty awesome. The weather is great. Right now, I am writing from a frequent overcast morning, which I LOVE. Sunshine is a wonderful thing but it’s nice to switch it up from time to time. The girls and I are just home from a chiro appointment and enjoying a proper breakfast of scrambled eggs with spinach and cheese, chicken sausage, waffles and OJ. Okay really, Birdie is wandering around yelling because she is mad that she can’t climb up on Ginger’s lap and steal her food. She’s no longer in her high chair because all she does is throw food on the floor and yell. Not sure how to curb that habit… Her big sister never pulled any of these stunts…hmmm….

I am still working on building a tribe here….a circle of friends that I can spend quality time with. It’s hard to find like-minded folks sometimes. I am somewhere between a full-time working mom and a stay-at-home mom and I keep finding friends that fit into one of those two categories and our schedules don’t line up. I finally agreed to enroll Ginger into a part-time “preschool” at a church down the road two days a week. It’s super laid back…more like a “playschool”. They aren’t trying to prep anyone for standardized testing or anything. The ladies that run the place are super low-key, in a good way. The worst thing they do is give my kid artificially colored popsicles….we are working on this…. So far, she likes it. She’s definitely not sad when I leave ha!  So Baby J and I get a little one-on-one time together and G gets some social time outside of her mother. So far, so good but it’s only week two this week 🙂

I have TONS of photos to post from this summer – I’m so behind. The biggest thing I have spent my time doing lately is the Exposing the Silence Project. My colleague, Cristen Pascucci, and I spent a couple months traveling the country speaking with and photographing women who have experienced traumatic births. It’s scary how we treat women in this country…it really is. And during one of the most vulnerable times in their life too. Sigh…  It makes my blood boil and my blood pressure rise. We spoke with 46 very brave and courageous women who told us their stories and how that has affected their lives since. It’s incredible the amount of post-partum depression and PTSD we could prevent if we would respect and honor pregnant and birthing women. What a difference it would make in so many people’s lives. A lot of people like to think that this an issue only affecting pregnant women however, that is not the case. It affects the baby who then goes on to have relationships and a family someday. It affects the partners of these women who are struggling to be a mother. It affects the taxpayers as well whether you are a parent or not – the U.S. spends the most money on childbirth than any other developed country in the world yet has some of the worst outcomes amongst those same countries. This is a massive issue that needs to change in America. I will write a separate blog post relating to our travels and the project in general. We plan to do further locations and meet more women and eventually turn these stories into a book. There is much more work to be done and many creative thoughts to peruse…

Until then, enjoy some images of these crazy girls of ours on our little family hike last weekend 🙂 There is so many cool things to do and explore in San Diego, I feel like I’m wasting my life if I stay home even one day! But I do it anyway. I totally do. Sometimes it’s just too much effort to leave the house, right?

All images shot with old school Nikon D40 camera and a 35mm 1.8 lens…and sometimes a three-year-old.

 photo credit: Virginia Lynn Photography 
 
 photo credit: Virginia Lynn Photography 

 

 photo credit: Virginia Lynn Photography 
 
  ^ she was nervous to be up there but conquered it!

 

 

 

 

 Virginia Lynn became weary from walking    #ergo
 

 

this canyon is in the MIDDLE of the city….but you would never know it
 

 

 “Mom, can we get IN the water??”
 
“Sure – why not??”

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