|Dress: Primark; Belt: Bebe; Jacket: Kohls; Necklace: vintage consignment|
1. I love being a mum in England. All the little things about my English childhood are becoming the memories that my boys will remember about their own. Ronan’s first two years of school in England were the same years I spent in primary school in Norfolk. I love sending them to school looking sharp in their school uniforms. They will learn to spell words they way I do like ‘colour’ and ‘flavour’. Instead of knowing the names of states, they will know the countries and capitals in Europe and to which ones they have traveled. They will continue to learn more about the history of the royal monarchy. Then of course the memories like the country walks, just like my dad used to do with me. The english birthday parties, the royal jubilees, and bonfire nights. Accents. I had an english accent twice, and one day they will too.
2. If my husband had to go away on a business trip, we would starve. Okay that is not necessarily true. I do know how to cook. Italian is my go to theme. Of course picking up a pizza does not constitute real Italian food unless it involves a short stop over in Napoli. However my husband does cook and I love to tell him how much I love his food. I can look into our european fridge and exclaim ‘We have nothing to eat’. While Ryan can look into our european fridge, whip something together, and it tastes amazing. From being a boy who ate canned vegetables to becoming an Expat man that cooks with a vast variety of organic vegetables he is like an artist. I may be biased. Lets be frank, I’m married to him and still get butterflies when he looks at me. There are many ways to my heart, and his cooking is one of them.
3. With as many times as I have had to say ‘goodbye’ I have a hard time parting with items in my wardrobe. I have at least five things in there that I owned back in high school (I graduated 2001) and still have quite a bit of my clothes from living in Hawaii. (because you know those tank tops are going to come in handy in the rainy cold english weather) Over the years I have gone through my wardrobe and gotten rid of things. Although I hold true to the fact that clothes must get together and multiply behind those closed doors. Then of course I have my (mostly black) clothes for working in the salon that have a little hair dye here or a bleach stain there. Clothes that would be okay to keep for work, but I could probably get rid of them just as easily. To be fair as hard as I am about my clothes I am sure I do not have half the clothes many fashionistas have in theirs. I would like to streamline my wardrobe to to only my favourites that I wear the most often. Must add that to my 2013 ‘To Do’ list.
4. I have started watching a new television programme with my husband called The Americans with Keri Russell, Mathews Rhys, and Noah Emmerich. The show centers on Russian sleeper spies operating in the USA in the 1980s. I got hooked after the pilot. I am hoping it does well and continues to progress as it has started. I get nervous starting new shows in case they get cancelled. Let me not forget Ringer with Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ioan Gruffudd or Pan Am with Christina Ricci. Has anyone started watching this show?
5. I am sure much like blogging, there are things we do out of passion that suffer the ‘highs and lows’ through out life. Photography I love. I was doing so many shoots in Hawaii and so much so that when we got to Arizona I was still editing work from over there. Then came a few more moves and fast forward to just having moved to Bath, England. Back at starting my business again. I would not do photography as a job if I did not love it. So I pick up hobbies to keep the inspiration and motivation going. Tomorrow will be my first self portrait for 2013. I had such a great time with this in 2012, and I hope you find it fun too. Anyone who wants to participate in Self Portrait Saturdays can and let me know so I can follow your work too.