i offer you a little something different

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backyard, april 2005

Because I am tired of writing this blog series. I will get back to it, in some guise in September, but for now such earnestness seems tedious.

ice_cream_san_sebastiansan sebastian, spain, 2005

Because I’m missing photography. Recently I took on the crushing task of uploading every single one of our family’s digital photos to a private Flickr account. One month in and I’m almost finished. The photos look awfully nice there, and sorting them by season and year makes them easy to access. The process has made me wistful for my early blogging days, when I fell in love with photography and snapped like a smitten teenager every day.


los angeles, april 2006

Because I am missing my two older kids like the dickens. The older one has not been home since a few days past New Year’s, and the middle one is off on a month-long internship in Los Angeles. Meanwhile I upload photos from back in the days when we were an unabridged family of five, camping and cutting Christmas trees and eating dinner in the backyard, and my heart keeps lurching.


ace hotel, seattle, august 2006 

Because it’s summer and I think differently when I wear sandals.


los angeles, april 2009

Because Mr. Z and I will be celebrating our 25th anniversary a bit later this summer, and we are going on a trip. There is much to do for that, and little time for crafting treatises on kids and writing. (I won’t be posting about the trip here, but pretty photos may show up in my Twitter feed, and on flickr and Instagram. Any day now, in case you’re a fan of armchair travel.)


backyard, june 2009 

Because it’s June and I’m guessing you may be more inclined to peruse photos than to think too hard about writing.


ek balam, mexico, august 2011

Wishing you something a little different, in these heady days of June.


getty villa, los angeles, june 2013


16 comments… add one
  • Judi Pack Jun 27, 2013 @ 11:31


  • Alison Jun 27, 2013 @ 12:00

    Great pics. I’m following another family’s big trip abroad via their blog, and am definitely in the armchair traveller mode – so some pics of others’ travels would be lovely! Twenty-five is definitely one to celebrate.

    • patricia Jun 28, 2013 @ 9:38

      Well, our photos won’t be as cute without kids in them, but maybe the scenery will make up for it!

      Yes, 25 is a biggie!

  • Amy (mamascout) Jun 27, 2013 @ 15:23

    Can not wait to see where you go!

    • patricia Jun 28, 2013 @ 9:40

      Hi Amy! I was so busy in May that I didn’t follow too many blogs–but I definitely did some lurky armchair traveling with you in Paris! What an amazing trip!

  • Dawn Suzette Jun 27, 2013 @ 17:59

    Fun blast to the past. I need to utilize my Flickr account for storage & organization more.
    Happy 25th! Have a great trip!

    • patricia Jun 28, 2013 @ 9:41

      It’s kind of neat having all of our old photos on a separate account that only family can access. It’s super easy to scroll through lots of photos with the new flickr layout.

      Thanks for the good wishes, Dawn!

  • dawn Jun 28, 2013 @ 7:26

    thanks for the views into your past 🙂

    wishing you much enjoyment on your trip, and looking forward to seeing what you want to share.

  • KC Jun 30, 2013 @ 7:41

    Wow, to watch them grow up in a few pictures! Love it. 🙂

  • Carrie Pomeroy Jul 9, 2013 @ 21:46

    Beautiful photos–I especially love the first one. I totally understand why your heart would lurch, looking at these photos and remembering your “unabridged family of five” as it was. Good luck with dealing with the challenges of gracefully letting your children leave!

    • patricia Jul 15, 2013 @ 9:48

      Letting them leave is the hardest part of parenting, Carrie. We are just back from our trip and I owe you an email response! I’m happy to help you out, and will respond in full once I’m back in the swing of things.

  • Kristin Jul 10, 2013 @ 9:59

    Fun, fun, fun to see the children and your photos! Hope you and Mr. Z are having a long overdue blast together. Congratulations on 25 years! That’s an accomplishment–and so is going through years of photos!

    • patricia Jul 15, 2013 @ 9:52

      Thanks, Kristin! Can’t wait to see you and catch up on your trip!

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