days 128-134 {Disney World}

The past week has been the definition of whirlwind, but in the very best possible way. We flew with the whole family, including my parents, to Disney World for five nights… and then back again. When we were planning out the trip I wondered if it might not be enough days to justify the plane ride. After all, five hours on a plane with three kids under five? Yikes! Especially now that they don’t really serve (or even sell) real food onboard. The funny thing is that even while having the time of their lives (and they did!) the kids were still totally ready to go home by the end of our last full day in Florida. It turned out to be perfectly timed. And I have to say, now that we are back… there really is no place like home.

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days 128-134 {Disney World}

days 121-127 {Houston bound}

Have you ever seen the work of James Turrell or been inside one of his skyspaces? If you haven’t, I’d urge you to drop whatever you are doing and get yourself over to one – stat! It’s no secret that I love the sky so on a quick visit to Houston for a friend’s baby shower, my one must-see item was the new skyspace at Rice University (which also happens to be my alma mater). I have actually been to several other skyspaces before and knew it was going to be amazing, but we went for the sunset light sequence and it completely and totally blew my expectations out of the water. If I lived in Houston I’d be parked there every evening. Amazing, I tell you.

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days 121-127 {Houston bound}

April skies – an instagram project 365

I think that this is going to go down in history as the fastest year ever. Or maybe it just seems like that to me because I have so many things going on? In any case the end of the month sneaks up on me every single month and I can’t believe that I’m more than a third of the way through my daily sky project. I know I still have 8 more months to go but I honestly can’t see myself ever going back to life without these daily pauses to glance upward. They do a surprisingly good job of bringing me peace and increasing my zen quotient. If you haven’t been following along, you can find all of the daily sky goodness in real time over on instagram – @katyregnier and the sky posts are tagged #365daysofsky.

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This post is a part of a series of daily sky images. One image a day for the entire year. If you missed the other posts you can find them right here – January, February and March.

April skies – an instagram project 365

days 114-120 {march for babies!}

This past Saturday was the San Diego March of Dimes walk – the March for Babies. It was a beautiful blue sky day and we couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather to celebrate my nephew Peyton on our walk. I am so proud of my sister for everything she’s done for the March of Dimes and they way that she’s chosen to celebrate her son’s memory. The rest of the week went by in a hurry… I cannot believe it’s already MAY! Already 1/3 of the way through this 365… it’s amazing!

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days 114-120 {march for babies!}

days 108-113 {a little bit of San Francisco}

This past weekend was my niece Natalie’s birthday and to help celebrate I flew up to San Francisco for her party. Everyone kept saying that we brought the warm weather with us from down south, it was so warm (almost downright hot) and there wasn’t a single cloud in the sky… perfect weather for an outdoor party! Happy Birthday miss Natalie! I love you!

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days 108-113 {a little bit of San Francisco}

days 100-107 {one hundred days!!}

This week’s photos started with a bang and finished with a blur. How is it that each and every week seems faster than the last?! I realized at the beginning of last week that we were about to hit day 100 – and started getting nostalgic about what I’d been doing on April 10 back during the very first of my project 365s in 2007. As it turns out I was doing one of my very first light paintings and using Ben as a guinea pig. Exhibit A from 2007:

Project 365 on Permanent Riot by Katy Regnier photographyI thought it might be fun to do another light painting to commemorate the 100th day (I haven’t given up, hooray!)

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days 100-107 {one hundred days!!}

days 93-99 {a little of this and a little of that}

My favorite part about compiling weekly 365 posts is seeing all that we DID in the last week. Sometimes I can’t believe that we managed to fit so many projects and ideas into a single week. It’s been so beautiful out and our yard was getting a little (a lot) out of control on the weed front, so we spent a lot of time trying to tame the jungle that has sprung up on our back hill. It’s kind of an endless task but it makes me feel so accomplished to see an entire trash can full of weeds (yeah, it’s totally out of control back there). Plus doing one project always starts an improvement snowball for me – the yard was looking so much better that I finally decided it was time to hang the string lights I bought something like two months ago. They are just a few inexpensive sets of lights but they have literally changed our lives (I know, lights, really?) They are so pretty that they make me want to spend more time outside. We’ve been eating almost all of our dinners out under the lights and even trading in some mindless phone-staring after the kids’ bedtime for bundled up conversations out on the patio. Totally worth every last penny.
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days 93-99 {a little of this and a little of that}

days 85-92 {feeling film-ish}

I don’t know what it is about the last week, it’s been hard for me to pick up my digital SLR. I have had no problem getting excited about shooting with film, but that takes at least a week to come back from the lab, so I haven’t figured out a good way to incorporate it into a 365. The only way I could get them up quickly would be if I just learned how to develop it at home. I used to develop my own black and white film way back in high school and I’ve had the itch to try it out again, maybe it’s time to take the leap. For now, I’m filling in the gaps of my film-only days with some iphone snaps. I just sent in a few rolls of portra and I can’t wait to get them back and see how they came out.

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days 85-92 {feeling film-ish}

March skies – an instagram project 365

Have you been following along with my #365daysofsky project on instagram? Another month has gone by and it’s time for the recap collage. I am completely hopelessly impatient with a lot of things in my life – and as of right now the thing I’m most looking forward to seeing is this entire year in one giant grid. The big nerd in me just can’t wait! For now here’s just a snippet – one from each day in March.

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This post is the third in a set of monthly recaps of my instagram daily sky series. If you missed the earlier months, don’t forget to check out January and February.

March skies – an instagram project 365

days 81-84 {and now it’s time to rest}

It’s funny – as a school kid, a college kid, a working adult (pretty much my entire life) Monday was always a day to dread. The hectic return to real life after a lazy weekend (sleeping til 10? yes, please!). But as a mom it’s kind of the opposite. Not that I don’t look forward to the weekends, I do. It’s just that the weekends tend to be the crazy part of my week. All sorts of spontaneity and nap-skipping and not a lot of picking up. By the time Sunday night rolls around it’s all I can do to collapse in a heap on the couch after the kids’ bedtime. But Mondays now are always so restful. Pick up the house, open the windows, do some laundry. A fresh start to the orderly and predictable part of our week. Is it weird to love Mondays?

PS – this set includes a vertical shot, I think maybe the first one all year. I find myself only wanting to shoot horizontally because I prefer the way that they look on a screen. The verticals don’t fit as well. How’s that for a silly reason not to shoot vertically? This one shot is a teeny tiny step outside my safe horizontal comfort zone (if Tara can do it on instagram I can do it here)

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days 81-84 {and now it’s time to rest}