Tuesday, October 09, 2007

monkey time



This afternoon I spent with my two bestest monkey kids in the world and our awesome cousin Sophia at the Old Cider Mill in Glastonbury. This place has been around for-EVER, like back in the day when I was in Brownies and my Mom was the troop leader she brought us there. Yeah, it's old. I have a few weddings left to get caught up on but I had to take some time to be with my kids and not on our 'regularly scheduled night' usually Wednesdays. See, I can totally be spontaneous when I need to be. And I needed to be- my kids are totally missing me and I them- it's been quite the transition for them to have Mom go from kind of part time to definitely part time to totally not part time to completely full time to where the heck is MOM time. But some great things have been coming up as a result- Jack has asked me if 'only girls can have studios or can boys have studios too?' I told him to go meet Steve or Paul or Justin and then ask me again. That was totally lost on him, for sure, the kids five but when I was little it was always my Dad in 'the studio' painting, practicing with his band, working on his photographs. My Dad always had some art opening or another that my Mom would bring us to to support my Dad. I always loved it- the feeling of having people there for MY DAD and his super cool ART. What an impression that makes on a kid! I was bowled over by that. And then it hit me, last week my kids were there at MY opening! Not that they really got it or anything but I did. Or I do now, thinking back on it all. Very cool.
There is a photographer I met named Davina Fear (now how cool is her name?) who had the best short video that I have to find and link here soon. It really touched me for so many reasons- as a parent, mostly for sure but even more as a daughter. I cry every time I see it because it's a beautiful concept- and it shows her family and how much she loves them. But it also made me really reflect on how loved I was by my Mom and how much I miss her. It also touched me as a photographer- that she showed such a personal side of herself. I have to find it- Davina if you read this email me! :)
Partly because of that slide show I got to thinking and realized I had to post THE REASON(s) I do what I do, and why I am what I am. It is for my happy nutty little family. I love what I do and I am so lucky!!
And yes Davina, I DO have a picture of that!! :)

11 comments:

Davina said...

Carla, I love you girl! I just talked about YOU on my blog, too. That's so funny we're chatting each other up and I'm about to post about your show, too. That's totally got me thinking and I want to do something amazing for a women and see if I can talk a gallery into showing it. Thanks for the inspiration. You are an amazing woman!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your show of your kids. What a wonderful day you had and I love everything you've written here.

You've also made me so homesick for back east. I went to apple orchards and cider mills when I was growing up and I miss it every fall out here.

You are wonderful and I'm so glad you are getting time with your kids. SO GREAT!!!

Davina said...

oops! that was kind of long, huh?! lol.

Teresa Wagner said...

WOW!! Your are a super mom. The slideshow is amazing!!! LOVE IT! Your monkeys are great and cute and so much fun. Miss you girl!

Orchard Cove Photography said...

Your monkeys are the cutest patootest kiddos in the world. See you tomorrow at the shower :)

Robin Dini Photography said...

LOVE THE SHOW!! how awesome. looks like you guys had a great day...those little guys are getting big! Look at the pig tails! adorable!

Jaime said...

Thanks for the slideshow. I needed a little monkey fix. It has been too long.

Eric Foley said...

Don't you just love everything about being a parent. My son (21 months) is everything to me, I look forward to every minute with him and my wife. We have one on the way in march, I can't imagine how awesome it's going to be to have two!

You have very cute kids! You must be a very proud mommy!

nikki nicole photography said...

ohhh they are so darn cute! i am glad you are making time for those monkeys! its important

Carla Ten Eyck said...

Glad you guys are mackin' on my monkeys! I know I am- I really appreciate the support from everyone and am glad I can share even the littlest piece of them with you- they really are great kids and they love watching their slide show- I have seen it like 20 times already tonight! :)

Picture Perfect Photography said...

YOu are FREAKING awesome! If one day i have monkeys of my own, i hope to be half the mom you are to them!

<3
M

Susannah said...

okay but seriously...i feel like some kind of weird stalker b/c i have watched it about 81 times. they are just so stinking cute.