Friday, February 10, 2012

52 linked: quiet.

quiet b/w

This was a tough theme this week. Quiet. How do you capture quiet in a photo? Once everyone is in bed, my quiet time begins. It's usually not even that quiet since I have the TV on some nights (for company. Weird, I know.) But it's a few hours that are all mine to do what I please. Read, watch TV, catch-up on blogs and email, get lost in Pinterest...you name it. It's not always time spent on the couch. I sometimes do the dishes or iron (I know my husband is laughing because I really don't iron until he's pretty much out of shirts to wear) or tidy-up the family room a bit. But in the end it doesn't really matter what I'm doing, as long as I get some quiet time in at the end of my day.
Lately I've been heading upstairs to the guest bedroom to read. Something about being up there, in bed, in a quiet house, with a good book is just cozy to me. I can pretend that's it's my own little space even though there are piles of books and other items to give away and a few old toys that Max never plays with. It's the only bedroom in the house with a view of the street. I like to look out at the quiet little street below, knowing there are probably plenty of other moms out there enjoying their quiet time, as well. I enjoy this quiet, little space.

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And I can't help but add this photo I took of Max yesterday. He can be pretty loud at times, but when he's got his favorite blanket, the thumb goes in his mouth and he suddenly becomes pretty quiet

My boy. 40/366


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21 comments:

Casey Martinez said...

I think you captured it perfectly!! That first shot is really intriguing and lets the viewer create different scenarios. Great captures and the one of your son is awesome. Love the angle!

Casey Martinez said...

And I just want to say that in response to your last post...you are not alone girl. I know the feeling you describe well and perhaps you gave others some peace even by allowing them to glimpse your painful, hard seasons and now they know they too are not alone. There are so many things that trigger those "downs" for each of us and for each of us the things that bring us back up can be so different also. I know that being a mom is sooo hard and lonely at times and that the daily routine can make a woman batty some months. I broke out my guitar for the first time in probably 3 years last week because I too was feeling a bit desperate. For whatever reason, when I strum a guitar it takes me somewhere else and I begin to pray my heart out in song form. IT gets passionate and intense...prayers that I could never articulate without the music pulling them out of me. And when I finish I usually feel like I fought some crazy spiritual warfare in my home and in my heart. Just when I start to make a little progress the enemy loves to knock me back again in any way he can...he loves to steal, kill and destroy. So, I will press in for you friend. Even if you are feeling a bit better now I will pray for your protection and peace for future seasons. But, the main thing is...just know you aren't alone and that what you are feeling is SO okay and normal. I getcha!

Jessica said...

Looks like a nice spot to cozy up. Thinking of you with warm and hopeful thoughts.

jenn said...

You're going to laugh when you see my post. I hear your words, sister. Told you we were similar. ;)

I adore the one of your little guy, gorgeous.

Naomi said...

Looks lovely, love it in black and white. And I adore the one of Max, beyond precious! :)

Marvett Smith said...

Oh I love the image of Max. My little boy does the exact same thing with his favorite blanket!

Simply Sara said...

love this one andrea!

and i totally giggled about the ironing thing. my hubby never gets his done until he's outta them too :)

Tracey said...

A, I really love these photos! They capture that late night hour perfectly. And in my almost 16 years of marriage I have never owned an ironing board. You are leap years ahead of me in the ironing department! :)
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Michelle said...

These are awesome. The moody nighttime light is so great for conveying what all of us moms know... bedtime means free time! Also the shot of Max is AWESOME!!!

Heather M. said...

love this so much. and i love that time of day as well. i crave alone and quiet especially at the end of the day. love how you captured it. and that photo of max is adorable.

Just Rhonda said...

oooh i love these!!!!!!!

tracy said...

Ever since having kids, there really is not enough quiet in my day! So great that you take the time for yourself. The image of max is great! I love the lighting and the perspective.

Shawntae said...

I think, whenever I am able to clear out all the things I store in our extra bedroom, I shall make a place to call my own for quiet time.:) Maybe I'll sleep there too, ya never know. lol

Beautiful shots. Love the angle of the shot of little guy!

Oh and I'm so thankful my guy works in construction and has no need for ironed clothes! If he did I wouldn't do it until he was out of shirts to wear either! :)

Heidi said...

Yes, the time at night when kids are asleep equals quiet time for every mom! I relish that time too. Having a guest bedroom to escape to must be dreamy. Love the picture of Max too.

Stacey said...

Ironing? What's that? :-)

Love these images, Andrea. And that one of Max sucking his thumb? Loooooooove. Probably b/c I have a thumb sucker of my own.

Kristin said...

I LOVE both takes, seems we all seem to have the night time quiet time in common. but that thumb sucker..oh my goodness! LOVE IT! My youngest boy has a blankie, he doesn't suck but he scratches it with his thumb and it makes my heart swell every time i see him do it (he's almost 8 now) why do kids have to grow up??

ZeldaMom said...

Love the photos, my youngest sucked his fingers and cuddled Jeffrey (a stuffed lion).

Amanda Kelley said...

The color, the mood, the softness = perfect. We all need a little more quiet.

Carla said...

Glad you're back linked up. I think we missed you last week. Love to find a comfy spot to read. Especially one with some natural light . . . maybe from a window to the street. :) Adore this picture of Max. Love the angle.

Golightly said...

LOVE these! They are perfect. Loving that iPhone App, too.
I miss having a guest room.

And I rarely use my ironing board - usually for some craft project.

Brooke said...

Andrea... Responding to your previous post.... I hope you're feeling better. I think we are have our moments of self doubt, some worse than others, obviously......it's tough. Sending you prayers and the strength to forge on, Sister!
Big hugs!!!