ten on tuesday.

1. When did it become Tuesday?

2. I’m on Oregon time which means there are still two+ hours left on this Tuesday (when did it become Tuesday again?). My apologies to my East coast friends though — for you this is a ToW post.

3. So, yesterday morning I drove myself to the airport and hopped on a plane out West. As much as I was looking forward to having a little break from my (lovely) kiddos I’ll still admit to a little mini pang of panicky feelings when I actually had to say goodbe. What is up with that?! Biology and the parent-child bond amazes me.

4. Today I got an email from Brent titled “because I don’t want to forget to tell you.” Here’s what was inside:

Overheard at the boat dock yesterday…

Ephraim:  Wook!  It’s a snail!
Sarah/Daddy:  Where?
Ephraim:  White Dayur…a snail.
Sarah:  Ephraim, there’s no snail. (and there wasn’t)
Ephraim:  Uh-huhhh, dayur’s a snail.
Sarah: Ephraim, you are really, really wrong (said in a gentle, but condescending teenage kind of way)
Ephraim:  No Sawah, I not weally, weally, weally wong.

End of conversation.  I guess when you are two your comebacks are limited.

5. I read my first novel of 2010 on the plane out here. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks. It’s not my typical read but I knew it would be a quick and easy one and ended up being the perfect length for the flights. (Thanks to Jennifer for lending it to me!). It was enjoyable although slow at times. And I’ll admit that I have beef with Mr. Sparks for the way he pulls out the cheap tricks and waterworks tears at the end of all of his books. Yes, it was a tearjerker and no, I didn’t need to be seen as the crying lady on the airplane.

6. Please don’t judge my lack of literary prowess of late. I used to be an avid reader. Now I’m, well, a Twitterer. Or just a Twit. It’s shameful really.

7. I did read any amazingly thought-provoking book recently though for our Sunday School class – The Irresistable Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical. I would highly recommend it if you’re looking for a book that will stretch your thinking in regards to the question, “what if Jesus really meant all that stuff?”

8. I know the volcano in Iceland is a MAJOR headache/heartache for so many people right now (my friend Jennifer included whose husband is stranded) but for our volcano-obsessed four year old it’s pretty darn exhilerating. Although as she stated so succinctly the other day, “I’m really just interested in volcanoes…but I really don’t want to be near them.” Kind of like me and prisons, outlaw motorcycle gangs and undocumented tribes (have I ever mentioned those three extremely random interests of mine? Undocumented tribes alone got me to subscribe to National Geographic.)

9. It’s officially midnight now in the CST zone too. I better wrap this up.

10. I guess I could end by saying that as much as I miss my kidlets I’m comforted by Sarah’s parting words to me, “I like Daddy better than you.” Awesome. Right back at you my sweet girlie love!

JackiApril 20, 2010 - 10:24 pm

Enjoy your time in Oregon- and your time with Karen. I’m dying that you’re here- I wish I could’ve set up a photo appointment for my family or watched you in action somehow!

AlisaApril 20, 2010 - 10:44 pm

I love Karen Russell so I followed her blog to here. I know have another favorite lol. LOVE your work. I wish I could follow you two around. And I literally LOL’d at Brent’s comeback. I have a soon-to-be 2 year old and I can only imagine what he and his older brother will argue about one day.

RachelApril 20, 2010 - 11:13 pm

It was Karen’s blog that lead me to yours. I think you are both fantastic photographers (and from the looks of it, mothers). I admire your skill behind the lens, and I hope to one day be as good as the two of you. I’m sure I would learn so much by just watching the two of you shoot for a day.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with when you are together, it is going to be magical! Hope you have fun.

MeghanApril 21, 2010 - 4:26 am

Picture watching Marley & Me on a flight and trying not to look like a lunatic balling crying since it was one of those movies in your own personal seat – so not everyone was watching the same sad tear jerker of a movie. My husband was getting a pretty good laugh at how ridiculous I looked trying to keep my composure. It was a very bad decision! lol. #10 is just funny – gotta love the things you hear out of kids mouths! Enjoy your time in Oregon.

DaphneApril 21, 2010 - 5:24 am

Sarah is too funny. If you get a chance while in Oregon, visit Crater Lake! The view is breath-taking, and I know you could get some amazing pictures!

BeccaApril 21, 2010 - 5:49 am

Shane’s book changed my life. For realz 🙂

LaceyApril 21, 2010 - 5:50 am

4 = precious & so funny!
8 = uh-oh…this one could generate some more strange google hits ;- )

Enjoy your trip!

LaurenApril 21, 2010 - 6:29 am

Your childrens’ conversations are adorable!
Too cute!

KristinApril 21, 2010 - 9:32 am

My kids like their dad better than me too. He works very hard to have it that way. He like to let me be the bad guy and he’s the fun one. Sometime I just wish he’d be the mean guy!

elizabeth HolderApril 21, 2010 - 11:39 am

Hi Erin
I found your blog through karen Russell and have already fallen in love w/ it –
your photos are amazing and you make me laugh –
i hope to be as good as you one day –

looking forward to more posts!!

tara pollard pakostaApril 21, 2010 - 12:43 pm

can’t wait to see some pix.
hope you are having a fabulous time~
2 funny girls together ought to alot of laughs!

PattyLApril 21, 2010 - 4:43 pm

Erin, I never comment on any of the zillion blogs I read, but I will probably be checking 500 a day to see what you post from Karen’s. You and she are my favorite photographers (and favorite bloggers, now that I think of it). I have taken Karen’s class, and can imagine that your trip will be wonderful. Both you and she give many people a lift with your honest, funny and real blogs. Today was no exception- thanks for the giggles.

TarrahApril 21, 2010 - 6:11 pm

WRT #10: I had a similar conversation with my three year old son the other day while we were snuggling on the couch. “I really like spending time with you Caleb.” “I no like you. I just like Daddy.” I figure it is just helping me be prepared for that first day of kindergarten…

nancy bootheApril 22, 2010 - 7:16 am

Hey Erin Hi!

I am in love with Karen Russell, and since she loves you, I now am in love with you too.

Regarding your comment about undocumented tribes. Have you ever read Bruchko? It’s probably one of my favorite books ever. True story. A 19 yr. old guy knew he was called by God to go to the jungles of Columbia and he broke all the “Missionary Rules” and went alone with no backing, $70, and a one way ticket. What he did there is beyond amazing. If I could produce my own Hollywood movie, or any-wood movie, that would be one of the first two. (The other is Lords of the Earth and is a similar true story.)

And your photography? Unbelievable. I. do. not. know. how. you. get. your. shots. I hope you (or Karen after this week) gives us some of your secrets. Of course I haven’t read every word on your blog or site yet, so maybe I’ll find some of what I want here. You harness light and make it work for you, which is what every photographer wants.

Looking forward to reading more.

ps…if you haven’t read Bruchko, and want to, I’ll send you a copy.

JenApril 22, 2010 - 1:07 pm

I love how the phonetic spelling of their conversation hints at a little southern accent!

Rebecca BrighamApril 23, 2010 - 6:08 am

Ok… today is my first time on your blog…. a link discovered from Karen Russell’s. After one post you have: 1.) sent me off in search of Lucy Kaplansky for which I have purchased an album, 2.) showed me your website and amazing photos 3.) given me some free actions (for which I about wet my pants to have) and 4. Provided me with out loud laughter at least three times. All this from just one blog entry! I’m now putting you in my favorites. Thanks for starting my day out right!

AllyApril 23, 2010 - 7:53 am

I too have discovered this from Karen Russell and I am completely and totally hooked for all those reasons the above commenter noted!

adminApril 23, 2010 - 10:28 am

Welcome to my new blog friends via Karen! I’m so glad you’re here! I hope you’ll relax and stay a while =)

Nancy, that book sounds AMAZING. I know what I want for my birthday!

BrandyApril 29, 2010 - 6:27 am

Oh, #10. I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard that same thing.

heather mayberryJune 22, 2010 - 9:00 am

we share one random point of interest, prisons. when we lived in saint louis, we always passed a major prison in illinois on the way home to nashville. it was very intriguing and my husband didn’t understand it. and now that we’re in north carolina, we pass another one before we get on the interstate in virginia. glad to know i’m not alone.

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