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The Little Girl With a Curl~Clark Family Diaries

I decided to dedicate tonight’s post to my darling daughter who has turned into a top rated contestant for “America’s Most Active Baby”. The show has not gone live yet but when it does, place your bets on her for she will not let you down. In this post I am also paying homage to the inventor of the crib with its blessed containment bars and prison-like control. I can always count on it to give me an uninterrupted 3 minute shower or to edit 2 pictures without her hands banging on the keyboard resulting in subjects with 5 limbs. I can not believe my calm and quiet self has given birth to something so boisterous. Here’s a little nursery rhyme I thought of today that my mom used to recite to me:

There was a little girl who had a little curl
Right in the middle of her forehead;
When she was good, she was very, very good,
And when she was bad she was horrid.

Good ol’ Mother Goose…always had a way with words. I’m replacing the word “horrid” in this rhyme with a much more fitting description of “torrid” which means emotionally charged and vigorously energetic. And look it rhymes too. Bonus! Without further adieu, a little capturing of our “everyday”. Torrid daughter meets cell block 9.



Look at her trying to chew her way through the restraints.

I call this one, “I like big thighs and I can not lie”!

Heaven help me. Thank goodness she’s cute.

October 14, 2011 - 9:31 pm

Megan - So cute Jo! Kaydence and blu are two peas in a pod. Her latest is climbing everything. Yesterday I walked out for seconds and came back to find her standing in the middle of the dinning room table.

Love the pix! Can’t wait to get together.

October 18, 2011 - 2:48 am

Amanda Keeys - Hehe this made me laugh 🙂 She’s adorable, behind “bars” and all.

Ode to Smashing Pumpkins

Today is the greatest…Day I’ve never known…Can’t wait for tomorrow…”
It seems as if I’ve had this song stuck in my head for like 2 years now. As sappy as this may sound, my kiddos, hubby, and our pet Dodger make my life worth living and the days seem to get better and better with them in it. I felt compelled to write a blog post on our day at the beach today just because it symbolizes the sweet simplicity that has become my life. The surrealistic marine layer added to the calming mood of the morning, strolling the same beach my husband has for all of his life. I want for nothing more than to hold on to this feeling of completion and serenity. I will even happily deal with the aftermath of sand in the bed if I get to feel this way forever.

I call this one “predator and prey”.

September 20, 2011 - 11:59 pm

Nicole - My favorite post of yours to date. Love the soft colors and peaceful mood of your images. And the adorable kids don’t hurt the equation!

September 21, 2011 - 12:55 am

Jenny - So precious, this makes my heart melt! Amazing shots!

September 21, 2011 - 6:13 pm

Alicia - I love these. I love the simplicity of them. No props. No ‘staging’. Just the kids and my favorite dog, ever. You’re a natural and born for this profession. Enjoy the ride my friend! Now…. let’s do another photo shoot 🙂

May

Due to our teaching schedules, my husband and I, for the past 7 years, have had the entire month of May off together. When we were young (ahem…younger), we used to hop in his “box” (his Honda Element…don’t they look like boxes?) and hit the open road with our 2 golden retrievers, a tent and an ice chest. We would spend weeks camping all over the Western United States hiking, fishing, and drinking ice cold beer next to Colorado lakes. It wasn’t uncommon for our average May journeys to log 3-4 thousand miles on the odometer. No reservations. No plans. Just us in the car following whims and roaming free as birds. Now that our two dogs turned into one dog and two very young kids and the price of gas is more than a gallon of milk, we spent our May as a family in my husband’s hometown. The Central Coast is our second home now and staying for a few weeks in his childhood home with our own kids is nothing short of perfection. Beware of an overshare here…I am not apologizing. 🙂

I posted these two pics of our 5 1/2 month old daughter on my 365 project with this caption:
These pics are special for many different reasons. I made the tutu with some materials my husband’s mom used to craft with (she passed away in 2002 and would have loved these kiddos) and the blanket she’s sitting on was made by my husband’s grandma (her great grandma) who has long been gone. 4 generations of Clark women here in some form or another.

Some of our “just turned 2” year old at the very beach his dad used to frequent as a young boy. It’s an awesome stretch of beach at the end of Grand in Grover Beach. To the left are amazing dune riding hills and to the right is a pristine stretch of beach leading to downtown Pismo.

Had to throw in one of grandma as she made the 5 hour journey to come stay with us for a weekend. We’ve only been begging her for 7 years…
He is obsessed with grandma and I’m basically chopped liver to a vegetarian when she’s around. Hey, I’ll take being chopped liver any day to watch the relationship they have together flourish.

Ok last set I promise…
So I had this vision in my head of what I wanted to do with my boys and the setting sun so we set out with the baby on my back and my camera on my front to catch some sunset magic. I don’t care how many pictures I take the rest of my life..these will always be my favorite. Not for the dramatic mood of the shots, but for the moments I froze in time with my family on the beach during the most wonderful days of our lives. Ok, totally soap opera”ish” but oh so true!

The starburst in this one just kills me!

When I politely asked for “higher please”, I think everyone was thrilled! (No, no toddlers were hurt during the making of this photograph).

I’ll end this mile long post with a shot that may only touch my heart but here it is anyway. Until next May…