I honestly can't believe it will be October already! Where did September go? My September went by in such a blur that when my mom came to church this weekend, she jokingly said, "I figured I had to come to church if I wanted to see you or talk to you." At least, I think that she was joking, hmm on second thought, knowing my mom, definitely not joking. I can't imagine why I thought September was busy. It only saw the beginning of school, religious education and football games. Plus there was a trip to Block Island, my daughter got a job, I took pictures for 7 seniors, 1 family and one set of friends, gymnastics in full swing, I subbed at least one day each week in addition to my normal 3 days a week, participated in a 8th grade retreat with my religious education class (oh did I forget to mention that I teach 8th grade religious education every Monday night from 7 - 8:30?). On top of all that, I celebrated my daughter's birthday and our wedding anniversary, attended a family reunion, ran in the Diva Dash and celebrated a friend's 40th birthday. Yeah as I said, I can't imagine why September felt like such a blur! Happy October, it is one of my favorite months so I really hope that it goes by at a slower pace, and that the foliage and the weather cooperate!
I honestly can't think of a better way to start such a beautiful Sunday morning than by meeting a terrific senior and his mother in a gorgeous outside location. Curiously enough, that is just what I got to do today!! I may just have the best job in the world. Enjoy this sensational Sunday, I am off to engage in my favorite Sunday pastime, watching some football, culminating with the Patriots-Falcons game tonight! Look for more of Sean's pictures this week, hopefully Tuesday or Wednesday.
In light of one of my posts yesterday, which in turn referenced a post from last year, I think that this is an appropriate selection for today. Happy Friday, I hope that everyone has a fabulous weekend. It looks like it will actually be sunscreen weather here in the Northeast.
So I met up with Joelle right before I met up with Tori on Sunday and let me just say, she was an absolute doll. And how about this, that picture on the left? The first one that we took!!
But really I meant, more than being a very pretty girl, Joelle was also a pleasure to work with (and quite obviously, pretty good at this picture taking stuff, too.)
The only quibble that I had with Joelle was that she was so hard on herself. As she was looking through the pictures quickly when we were finished, she was picking out some flaws and she said that she didn't really like the black shirt/scarf combination. I think she is crazy, both about flaws and the scarf outfit, I thought it looked fab!! Loved the scarf. I then went on to tell her that when she was my age that she would look back and realize how great she looked. I mean, c'mon, I think at one point she said that she was a size zero. Emma and Maddie from a couple of weeks ago did the same thing when they were looking through theirs and this is one of the things that really bothers me about our society today, how people (mostly women) are held to such impossible standards of beauty. I actually wrote about this here in this blog post around this time last year. But that is a subject for another day, sorry for the tangent. Besides I don't think that Joelle really listened to me but to be fair, when I was her age, I immediately tuned out anyone that started with, "When I was your age" or anything to that effect.
She did bring another outfit which she changed into mid session. She liked the white ensemble better but I thought that they both looked terrific.
Joelle is part of the group of friends that joined Tori for group shots. Since you all are really smart and really observant, I am sure that you knew that. Even though I said it on Tori's post, it bears repeating, these girls were a lot of fun and I am so glad that they were able to come and meet us.
Thanks Joelle for hanging out with me on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. It was a pleasure to meet you and I hope that you have a fabulous senior year. Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Joelle's portraits.
Do you ever have one of those situations where you have so much to say that you don’t know where or how to begin? I kind of feel that way with Tori, there is so much to say about Tori that I just don’t know where to begin. Well I guess I will start with how Tori wants to be a teacher when she grows up (do you still say that when they are seniors or are they too close to a grown up to say that? Should I say what she wants to be in a couple of years? anyway) and this is so perfect because her mom is a teacher. That is actually how I got in contact with Tori, I know her mom from subbing at her school. I have to say, her mom was always so nice to me and always made me feel comfortable at her school. I think that Tori will make a great teacher because not only has she grown up with a teacher her whole life but she seems to have the personality for it. Tori seemed very comfortable in her own skin and she has an air of self confidence and quiet determination. All of which will serve her well when it is time to take charge of a classroom.
And although part of this is nature, I am sure that a big part of it is nurture as well. You can tell that her family has a close bond and that Tori draws some of her strength from this closeness. Both with her whole family and the obvious closeness that she shares with her sisters.
Tori has also been a varsity cheerleader for all 4 years of high school. At this age, what you do plays a big part in defining who you are as a person. Well actually that is true at any age because what you do tends to give an indication of what kind of person you are. When Tori tells me that she is a cheerleader that tells me that she is a strong, athletic, charismatic, enthusiastic person that enjoys supporting and encouraging others. And since being a cheerleader is such a part of Tori's persona, I readily agreed when she asked if 3 of her fellow senior cheerleaders could join us for a couple of shots. I am so glad that I did too because it was so much fun! They even stunted for me, what great girls!
Since you all know that I am a quirky person, you will appreciate the fact that Tori won a place in my heart when she declared that Tuesday is the worst day of the week. I also feel this way, as a matter of fact, I once wrote a blog post on this. Ok,, Tori also won a place in my heart when she laughed at my stupid jokes!
Now, I don't think that it needs to be said that Tori is also gorgeous, that is pretty obvious, isn't it? Well someone else thought so as well since at one point we sort of had a stalker. Tori and I were quite amused (and a little creeped out) by this guy that kept following us around but at least he was complimentary!
Thanks Tori, for allowing me to capture this special time in your life. I hope that you have a truly epic senior year!! If you would like to see the rest of Tori's pictures, please click here.
As I mentioned in her sneak peek, there was a lot of uncertainty in Tori's shoot. There was also a lot going on as well! When Tori's mom had originally asked me to shoot Tori's pics back in June, she mentioned that she would love to get a family picture at the same time. Now being a mom of many (is 4 many? few? several? anyway...) and all, I totally understood her thinking. If one kid is dressed and excited and up for it, then you really need to seize that momentum and run with it. Then as we were scheduling the date, Tori asked if her senior cheer besties could meet up with us to shoot some of the 4 of them together. Again, I know how these things go, after all what is senior year all about but best friends? So again I said yes. Now I know that this is not how everyone is comfortable doing things (and really, it did get a bit crazy at one point) but we all need to do things our own way, in the way that we are comfortable with, and since I actually don't mind chaos (c'mon people, I have 4 kids, if chaos bothered me... well, I don't even want to think about it), I went along with it all. And it worked out great.
Whew, this is a really long winded way of introducing a sneak peek of Tori's family and her senior cheer besties (and a pretty lame excuse for why I haven't yet blogged the pictures of Joelle or Tori).
By the way, tough gig having to shoot these groups, huh?
What do you know, a bonus post today. Which is pretty appropriate since I did Joelle's session right before Tori's so it was pretty much a bonus session. And because Joelle was right before Tori, the same uncertainties applied (weather, place) but like Tori, Joelle was not only gorgeous but a natural too!! If you are keeping track, that's a bonus post, a bonus session and a bonus because they were both awesome so that is a lot of bonuses!! How lucky am I?? Joelle is also going to get a bonus picture today because I have already shared the first one on Facebook but since it might be my new favorite ever, I couldn't help sharing it again here.
I have to admit, I was a little bit uncertain how things would go for my shoot with Tori on Sunday afternoon. Between the weather forecast with a 30 % chance of showers and never having been to the place that we were taking the pictures (I tried to get over there last week but it was just a crazy week around here), I was feeling a bit apprehensive about it. Well I needn't be, the sun came out, the place was amazing and Tori herself was gorgeous and a natural in front of the camera. Just a quick sneak peek, I am on to the rest of my insanely busy Monday (I hate Mondays, not only is it Monday, 'nuff said, but it is also our craziest day around here too). Enjoy, I am shooting for tomorrow or Wednesday to get Tori's pictures up here (pun intended).
It's our 18th wedding anniversary tomorrow so recently I watched our wedding video. Okay, okay, I have to confess I cheated a little bit. I can't stand to watch the whole thing anymore (actually I never could) so 3 years ago, I made a "highlight" film that's about 20 minutes long and now? I love it!! Now that I watch it pretty regularly (you know because it's 20 minutes instead of 120 minutes), there a couple of things that strike me: 1) we look ridiculously young 2) there are a lot of people no longer with us (actually strike that, I choose to believe that that they are with us in heaven and we have an entire cheerleading squad up there rooting us on) and (3) that the toast that our best man, his brother said, "May the love that you feel for each other grow stronger every day and may God Bless you with a long happy life together" has actually come true. Because we still love each other, a lot!. The fact that this is a revelation of sorts for me may sound ridiculous because really, isn't that the point of marriage? But... but.... this whole marriage thing has far exceeded my expectations. We are as happy now, no happier, as we were then. We still enjoy each other, we still "get each other" and, God knows this is important, we still make each laugh (we have a lot of kids in the house, so we better). And you know what? He has been really upped his game lately. Just a couple of weeks ago, not only did he take me to Block Island, he also did whatever I wanted to do which included riding about 15 miles on our bikes, posing for a bunch of pictures with me, getting up for not one but two sunrises. And on top of that, surprised me with a brand new camera on the ferry on the way over!! In addition, as I wrote recently, I have been spending a bunch of time at the gym but even when I have been home, I have been kind of lacking in the motivation dept (meaning my house looks like a tornado of teenagers hit it, oh wait that actually is what has happened) and he never complains and can not be more supportive. And when I thanked him for that, he shrugged it off as no big deal because he just feels like that what he should do. For sure, he's not perfect: he's sarcastic, hard to read, a terrible communicator, often grumpy, has a hard time dealing with our kids (he'll readily admit to that one) but quite simply, he's always there for me and is the best guy that I know.
Isn't it hilarious that the superhero alter ego is always described as mild-mannered? And what about clumsy, they always seem to be clumsy too. Is it some sort of prerequisite that they be both? I am pretty mild mannered (sometimes, my kids may disagree with this assessment) and clumsy (my kids would not disagree with this), does that mean I am a superhero? What should my superhero name be? Oh these are all perplexing questions for an early Saturday morning. Never mind, enjoy the mild-mannered, clumsy janitor, Penry's transformation into Hong Kong Phooey, number one super guy!! Happy Saturday, everyone!!
Under the it's a small world heading, I had a bit of coincidence when I took Tim's senior pictures. By the way, in case you were wondering, Tim is Nick's twin brother or Nick is Tim's twin brother, I don't want to get that wrong. Anyway, during the course of our session, I happened to mention that I am the school librarian for one of the elementary schools here in town. When they asked me which school, they told me that they had gone to that school for the 2nd half of their elementary school career. When they asked me if they teacher that they had back then was still there, I was happy to report that yes she was!! Actually you all may remember her and her wonderful family from last fall. As we were reminiscing, I was able to get some shots of Tim alone and of the 2 of them together.
When I was writing Nick's post, I mentioned that Tim had his own ideas of posing with the numbered boats. He told me that he wanted to stay in front of the number 13 boat. When I pointed out that the 14 was the significant number, he merely smiled and said, "I like 13." When I pressed a little, he then told me that 13 is his lacrosse number (which I would have known had I paid closer attention to his letter man jacket). I am nothing if not flexible, so I went right along with this (ok, ok, you know me, I was absurdly excited about this!)
Like his brother, Nick, Tim is also accomplished, what with the boat owning and the lacrosse coaching. Plus he's the captain of the wrestling team and he captained the lacrosse team last year as a junior. I must say, it was really quite exciting to be in the midst of all this captaincy. And by the way, I love the jackets!
Tim wants to be a plumber and if I can think of one thing we may need around here more than an electrician, it just may be a plumber. So I wasn't going to torture Tim any more than I was going to torture Nick. So it was a couple more pictures, separately and together....
Before I let the guys walk off into the sunset (ok, ok, the sun was not setting, it was 9:30 in the morning! But admit it, it sounded kind of good, didn't it?)
Tim, I wish you all the best for a fantastic senior year and future! Thanks for being such a good sport. Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Tim's pictures.
It was pretty funny that when I pulled into the place that I was going to meet Tim and Nick, the first thing that I saw was a row of sailboats with the numbers 13, 14, 15 and 16 on them. Since they are the class of 2014, I thought it would be pretty cool to get a couple of shots with the boat. I didn't even realize how perfect it was until I showed them and their mom told me that they love to fish and that they actually have their own boat. Anyway I did manage to get some shots of them both together and individually with the numbered boats. Tim had his own preference for boat number but I will save that for his blog post.
After we shot some with the boat, we wandered over to the little building that is on the property. It has a really neat door on side and an detailed, intricate railing on the other. At this point, Nick said to me, "You know all the places here, huh?' Hey it's my job to know good shooting spots.
There was also a not so stable dock, and Nick thought it would be funny to rock it a little when I was on it. Since I didn't fall in with my brand new camera, I thought it was pretty funny too!!
Nick is quite an accomplished young man, besides being a boat owner, he is a captain of the football team and the wrestling team and will most likely be captain of the lacrosse team in the spring. And apparently he and Tim also coached youth lacrosse last spring. I say apparently because they didn't tell me, I found out when I posted the sneak peek on Facebook and someone commented that they had coached her kids and that they were great guys. .
Nick wants to be an electrician when he is finished with school, there is always a need for one of those so I tried really hard not to torture them too much so that I could stay on his good side. So after getting a few more shots, both separately and together, I let them go to carry on with their day.
It didn't take them long to shed their picture taking personas and become regular guys again. And I think that I may have been successful in my not torturing them bid because Nick did give me a thumbs up when they were leaving.
Thanks, Nick for being such a good sport.I wish you all the best in all of your endeavors this year. Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Nick's pictures.
Lately I am finding that I am struggling to get everything done in the mornings. Well, since I am not the sharpest tool in the shed, it has taken me a couple of weeks to figure out one way to alleviate things in the morning. D'oh, blog at night! So even though I have already blogged today (that's right, this makes this a bonus post), I have decided to make this the inaugural blog at night post. We'll see how this works. If you have strong opinions either way about when I blog, please feel free to let me know. Thanks.
Anyway, once again, I am forced to ask myself, "How lucky am I?" What prompts the question this time, you may ask? Well today I got to hang with and get to know these 2 handsome guys a bit. And once I get a chance to share more about them, I'm sure that you will be just as impressed with them as I was. Enjoy this sneak peek and as usual, I am hoping to have the rest of their pictures done in the next couple of days.
I had to rush out this morning because I had a couple of early morning errands to do. First, I had to meet my colleagues for the annual class, er staff photo at school and then I had to go meet a couple of great seniors (more on them later today or tomorrow, hopefully). Anyway I did not have an opportunity to wish my 2nd (in birth order only) daughter a very happy 15th birthday. I wrote a couple of years ago that she was my first assistant and she is still willing to play that role for me. She will often sift through my seniors pictures to mark the ones that she likes the best and if our opinions differ, I usually go with her choice. She is a also terrific kid with a great sense of humor, tons of great friends and an extremely logical mind, too logical sometimes, often she sounds scarily like my husband. Anyone that knows him knows that we don't need another one of him floating around (just kidding, I LOVE them both!!). Her manners may need a little (okay, a lot) of work but for the most part, she is truly a pleasure to have around. I know I say this every time my kids have a birthday and with 4 of them it comes up pretty often but how did this adorable little girl,
become this stunning young lady in the blink of an eye?
Happy birthday, honey, I love you more than words can ever say!!!
It is Constitution Day today. On this date in history in 1787, the Constitution of the United States of America was signed by 38 of 41 delegates present at the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. So in addition to it being the 40th anniversary of the birth of one of my closest friends (happy birthday, my friend!!), it also the birth of our government. One of the great things about my other job as a school librarian is that I end up looking up a lot of cool information to keep them entertained. For instance, last Friday on the Friday the 13th, I looked up some tidbits to share and I learned that the US loses $900 million in commerce on the 13th because people don't want to travel or complete business deals on such an unlucky day. Well Constitution Day is no exception. Some of the things that I learned:
The last one is the one that I think that it is most relevant because teaching students about the Constitution is crucial for educators to do. In order to ensure that the words Benjamin Franklin said some 2 centuries ago as he observed the symbol of a half sun on the back of George Washington's chair still hold true today, “I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting sun", we must make students aware of the importance of the Constitution. And because George Washington had it right when he said, "The Constitution is a guide which I will never abandon." Happy Constitution Day and happy birthday to my friend, it has been quite a year for you but you handled it all with grace, dignity and a lot of humor, of course.
Please click here if you would like to read more fascinating facts about the Constitution.