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Grateful that photos don’t speak…

…so you don’t hear the whining and fighting from the 5.75 and 3 year-old boys who were tagging along on our last-minute Fourth of July escape to Mendocino County.

My hope is that these peaceful and calm photos (with my patented no whining kid filter) will eventually reshape our memories, so we remember ourselves as the perfect family, and we will remember this trip as the perfect summer getaway with the right balance of culture and quiet… 01-0065-MendocinoGreenHarris07012017paigegreen02-0002-MendocinoGreenHarris07012017paigegreen03-0067-MendocinoGreenHarris07012017paigegreen04-0122-MendocinoGreenHarris07022017paigegreen05-0017-MendocinoGreenHarris07012017paigegreen06-0023-MendocinoGreenHarris07012017paigegreen07-0040-MendocinoGreenHarris07012017paigegreen08-0049-MendocinoGreenHarris07012017paigegreen09-0051-MendocinoGreenHarris07012017paigegreen10-0062-MendocinoGreenHarris07012017paigegreen11-0075-MendocinoGreenHarris07012017paigegreen12-0079-MendocinoGreenHarris07012017paigegreen13-0090-MendocinoGreenHarris07012017paigegreen14-0115-MendocinoGreenHarris07022017paigegreen15-0140-MendocinoGreenHarris07022017paigegreen16-0152-MendocinoGreenHarris07022017paigegreen17-0160-MendocinoGreenHarris07022017paigegreen18-0165-MendocinoGreenHarris07022017paigegreen19-0167-MendocinoGreenHarris07022017paigegreen20-0172-MendocinoGreenHarris07032017paigegreen21-0175-MendocinoGreenHarris07032017paigegreen22-0173-MendocinoGreenHarris07032017paigegreen23-0180-MendocinoGreenHarris07032017paigegreen24-0198-MendocinoGreenHarris07032017paigegreen25-0199-MendocinoGreenHarris07032017paigegreen26-0204-MendocinoGreenHarris07042017paigegreen27-0205-MendocinoGreenHarris07042017paigegreen28-0207-MendocinoGreenHarris07042017paigegreen29-0210-MendocinoGreenHarris07042017paigegreen30-0212-MendocinoGreenHarris07042017paigegreen31-0226-MendocinoGreenHarris07042017paigegreen32-0228-MendocinoGreenHarris07042017paigegreen33-0232-MendocinoGreenHarris07042017paigegreen34-0235-MendocinoGreenHarris07042017paigegreen35-0244-MendocinoGreenHarris07042017paigegreen

If anyone has tips on how to travel successfully with children, so instead of whining they sweetly thank you for the enrichment you are providing their lives, I would love to hear them.

In case you are curious to learn more about the places in the photos above, this is where we went:

Elk:

Private Cabin

Elk Creek Beach perfect for fort building.

Mendocino:

Flynn Creek Circus we were not as in love with the fighting theme this year, but still a talented bunch of people and fun to see what some people can do with their bodies.

Point Arena:

Fourth of July Parade such a sweet small town parade with quite a diverse population.

Manchester State Park Beach long walk to get to the beach, but worth it.

Fort Bragg:

Skunk Train heaven for kids, especially the model train museum, and you can bring your dogs on the train too!

Glass Beach very crowded, but still neat to discover glass treasures and explore tide pools.

Willits:

Frontier Days very authentic look at life outside of the Bay Area bubble… my kids now want to be cowboys.

Roots of Motive Power neat free activity that is great for all ages.

Stop collaborate and listen…

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Holy Jenga, the sun came up on a new year. (After 2016, I wasn’t so sure it would.)

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But the last thing we need is another blog post about how bad things were in 2016.paigegreenfarmphoto01162012-0010

I figure, since most of our history books are filled with one-sided perspectives, and those perspectives aren’t always very factual…paigegreennaomimeyers2016-film-000003410007

And since we now live in a society that prefers make-believe over reality…000061930010

Why not write my own history of 2016. So here goes…paigegreensaragottfried08242016-152

It was amazing. paigegreenhabit09022016-0912

My house was always clean.paigegreenhabit09022016-0035

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The IRS gave us lots of money back after our audit. paigegreengloria05182016-0181

I have perfected the work/life/love balance.paigegreenfarmphoto01162012-0160

Orangutans are making a come back. Syria is rebuilding better than ever and…000086800005

Hillary Clinton won the presidency.  paigegreenkatemcpherson06032016-070

OK… so maybe not. paigegreennaomimeyers2016-film-000003410008

But instead of dwelling on the darkness…paigegreensarahentrup06232016-224

I am going to focus on the light…paigegreenlinsey03062016-056

And extend an invitation to more of the awesome…000086810006-bookclub112016paigegreen

And less of the shitty for 2017 (unless it’s compost.)000038550010

But there is an extra challenge for me, because entering this new year means entering a new decade. paigegreenmiranda092016film-012

I am not thrilled about my new decade starting the same year that our country offers the potential of nuclear war, or starts burning so many fossil fuels that we cook our way back into a primordial soup.

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Oh man, if I didn’t have kids… I would jump off of this doomed life raft so fast…

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And jump on to a booze cruise in Mexico, preferably one with lots of milkshakes and tequila.

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But thanks to raging hormones that took over my good judgement in my early 30’s,

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I now have two small people who I am responsible for.

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And I desperately want those two people to live in a world where police don’t shoot citizens they were hired to protect, presidents don’t encourage hatred and violence, warlords don’t kill innocent children, and companies don’t destroy the planet or wipe out species for products like ivory, palm oil and shark fins.

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So I have lots to do in 2017. The party is over.

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It is time to get to work.

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Because it is better to solve problems than cry about them (although I have little to no control over my tear ducts thanks to having kids, so crying is probably going to happen regardless.)

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But through the tears you may hear our family theme song, “If there’s a problem, yo, I’ll solve it. Check out the hook, while my DJ revolves it.”

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And for the real history books (and because I promised to focus on the good)…

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Here are a few of my actual favorite moments, projects and memories of 2016 and a new song (from La La Land) for the soundtrack of a new decade….

 

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A bit of madness is key to give us to color to see

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Who knows where it will lead us?

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So bring on the rebels

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The ripples from pebbles

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The painters, and poets, and plays.

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Here’s to the fools who dream.

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Crazy, as they may seem.

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Here’s to the hearts that break.

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Here’s to the mess we make.

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Here’s to a work-our-asses-off new year.

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Thank you for all of your love and support.

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I look forward to seeing what we dreamers create together in 2017.

(Drawing by Christian Anthony)

 

 

 

 

 

Zero to Two happened fast, too fast…

Two years ago, I started this blog post:

Welcome to the world baby, Alistair Henry Harris…

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And then, as it happens with the second child, I blinked (and didn’t finish this blog post) and suddenly TWO YEARS flew by…

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But best of all, you have a relationship with your brother…boys14042016bwthat just keeps on getting better and better.

ally_44A9101Happy To You, Ally Boo Boo! To show you how much we love you, we are going to get you some shirts for your birthday, so you aren’t half naked in all the photos in your next birthday post.

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(MTV video footage by: Laura Schneider.)

The Greatest (White Shark) Love of All….

My oldest son loves sharks. Passionately.
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The other day he really wanted to watch a movie about them, but I couldn’t find one that doesn’t involve sharks killing people.
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So I found a documentary about a young man, who also loves sharks, and spends his life photographing and studying them.

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I stopped the documentary pretty quickly when they started showing the illegal long line fishermen pulling in 60 miles of fishing line with dead sharks, turtles and other fish (60 miles.)
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At first my son said he wanted to keep watching the movie. But I told him it was making me feeling bad, so I wanted to see how he was feeling. And suddenly he was as upset as I have ever seen him (about something other than toys or injuries) over what people are doing to sharks.
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After lots of discussion, the good news is that now he says he wants to be a marine biologist when he grows up…
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Well, marine biologist-pirate who sinks fishing boats to protect sharks… IF there are sharks when he grows up.
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 I really hope there are sharks when he grows up.
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So thanks to our shark loving son, we are changing the way our family eats fish (to the dismay of my sushi loving husband) and luckily there are good resources to help us learn what to eat and what to avoid…
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Because we’d much rather have sharks (who were around with the dinosaurs) than a plate of sushi any day.
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Thank you, Laura Schneider, for the family photo, coincidentally featuring a shark magazine. And thank you, Christian Anthony, for taking my Great White Shark LoveHeart request. 

To learn more about sustainable fish and how you can help check out: http://www.focb.org/

What photos of children on a beach should look like…

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Today I received my film from our annual family trip to the beach, which included four rolls filled with images of my two boys (ages 3 and 1) and their cousins running on the sand and swimming in the ocean.

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At the same time I am looking at photos of my three-year-old on the beach, the world is furiously debating a very different photo of a three-year-old boy on the beach: the photograph of Aylan Kurdi’s tiny body in a bright red T-shirt and dark shorts, face-down in the surf.

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Aylan, his 5-year-old brother, Galip, and mother, Rehan, 35, were among 12 people, including other children, who died after two boats capsized while attempting to flee their war-ravaged homeland, Syria.

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To hear the little boys’ father talk about what happened in the ocean and how he tried to save his sons is unbearable. I feel a sadness for him I did not know was possible before having my own kids.

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If there is any comfort that can come to the father of Aylan, hopefully it is that because of the photograph of his three-year-old son dead on the beach, the world is now finally paying attention after:

  • four years of armed conflict
  • 200,000 deaths
  • more than 4 million refugees, mostly women and children,
  • and an estimated 12.2 million people in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria, including 5.6 million children, according to the UN.

What if the photo of this one sweet boy washed up on the beach can help save the 5.6 million other children who are still living in danger?

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What if everyone who saw that photo of little Aylan on the beach signed a petition to allow more refugees in their country and sent a donation to nonprofits who are on the ground working to help refugees?

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So in honor of Aylan Kurdi, I have signed a petition and sent a donation, because I want to live in a world where the only photos of little boys on the beach look like this…paigegreenBeach09022015-000074240006To learn more about how you can help the migrant crisis please click here: http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/28/world/iyw-migrant-how-to-help/

 

What hate burns, love rebuilds…

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As we get ready to wave our American flags this weekend, I feel extra proud of our country because of the recent human rights accomplishments we have made with the Supreme Court ruling in support of gay marriage.

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Now I want us to take our celebration of love and human rights to the black communities of America and put an end to racism, starting with rebuilding the black churches that have been attacked in the South.

daughters-2webWe can not stand back and let their churches burn to the ground as the Confederate Flag flies over their heads.

40170013I was born and raised in South Carolina, so I know how essential churches are to these communities and it breaks my heart that these acts of terrorism, committed by our own citizens, still happen and that we, as a country, are not doing more to prevent them.

belton-07-01webI want to do something to let these communities know that we will not tolerate this kind of violence in our country and that we will help them through this tragedy.

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So I looked for an organization that is raising money to help the black communities rebuild their churches and I found a website created by the Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal) and I have made a donation.daughters-webBecause when I wave my American flag this weekend, I want to wave it with pride. Pride in the belief that we are a country that stands up for love and human rights for all of its citizens.arannmississippiIf you would like to join me in standing up for love and human rights this Fourth of July, please click here: “What hate burns, Love rebuilds.”

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Happy 2015: Once in a Lifetime…

Well, it’s that time of year again…paigegreen2014paigegreenAOCSF082014-017-1

Meaning it’s time to dig through the memories of last year…

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Pull out the highlights…

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And make big plans for the coming year…

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Thing is, I have been chasing big plans for the past 15 years…

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Finding a job turned into building a career…

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Six years of saying, “my boyfriend Arann,” turned into five years of saying, “my husband Arann…”

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One great dog love was lost and another amazing dog love was found…

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Paying the rent turned into paying the mortgage…

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And two people became four…

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So now that all the important life boxes have been checked…

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I have a lot of brain space that is available for rent…

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But instead of searching for the next big thing…

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I would rather slow life down…

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And celebrate how amazing things are right now…

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Because the most important lesson I learned from 2014…

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Is that life does not always go as you planned…

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And it all can change so fast without any warning

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So in 2015, I am looking for more of this…

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paigegreen2014paigegreenAnna110514-050And less of this…

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Because hopefully there will be more harvests…

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More clothes…

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And more weddings…paigepageDaniAdam092014-0579

 

But these two will only be like this…

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Once in a Lifetime.

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So Happy 2015 (five days late.) Here is to a year of no big plans.

 

 

 

 

Well, if we have to grow old…

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At least we get to grow old together…

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And at least we know we’ll have fun while we are doing it…

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Happy Birthday to my Favorite Chicken…

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I am so glad you are my person…

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And I look forward to seeing what happens…

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looking for love…

…but we should have been looking for shoes and a jacket, before we impulsively went looking for love…

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Because it wasn’t until we were halfway to the coast that we realized we didn’t have either of those necessary clothing items for Harper on that rainy Northern California Sunday in March.

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Luckily his daddy has strong shoulders and his mommy had extra layers to improvise with…

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But in the end, our lack of preparedness didn’t matter one bit because, as usual, it all came off anyway…

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And I swear, that boy has never run so fast or laughed so hard as he did while scampering half naked through the forest on that muddy trail…

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…so I don’t think he suffered one bit… and our mission was accomplished.

Day 30 – that sure was fun…

But now it’s over.day30It is one thing to take photos every day…

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But it is another thing to create a blog post every day.

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And after one month of daily blog posting… I have learned that it just isn’t sustainable (for example it is 3:38 am and I am still working on this post.)

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This 365 project has showed me that having to photograph my life and then share it every day does not feel quite right…

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I have worked hard over my life as a photographer to keep some separation between my personal life and my work.

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So while I would like to continue to try and take photos every day… I may not share those photos.

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Partly because my life just isn’t (this) photogenic every day…

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And partly because I commute for work several times a week…

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Which leaves me photographing during the very few (very dark) hours that I am home…

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Which means that after a year of photographing every day, I will either have a very complete series of HAH in the bath,

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Which will upset my Midwestern Grandfather, who already disapproves of the amount of times HAH is not wearing clothes in photos.

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Or I will have a very repetitive and tiresome series of HAH sleeping…  especially since I am not creating incredible themes around his sleeping body and I can’t convince Arann to let us get a puppy so I can take cute photos of them sleeping together.

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The good news is that now that I am blogging again… I hope to keep that momentum going, maybe even once a week.

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And I am very grateful for all the encouragement I have gotten from people who have visited this blog.

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It is because of all the kind words I received that this resolution has lasted much longer than any of the other resolutions I made.

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But now it is time for me to take a break…

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And I look forward to sharing again when I feel like I have something really awesome to share.

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