Lincoln Memorial at Night
I’ve been to the Lincoln Memorial twice…sort of. My first visit was more of a run-by, as I passed Lincoln around the 11-mile mark of my Marine Corps Marathon. I was honestly more focused on keeping my eyes peeled for Heather and my parents, who were planning to be there (luckily I spotted them loudly cheering among the sea of crazy spectators), so I didn’t really check out the building itself.
However, I was back in Washington D.C. just about a month later, and the Lincoln Memorial was one of a few places we checked out on our short trip. The way all these structures were lit at night made them even more striking, and I thought the view of Lincoln sitting in his own columned Parthenon from this angle looked a bit majestic. It was a chilly November evening, but I was glad to have the chance to experience this significant site and be reminded of this country’s history.
So Happy Birthday to Lincoln and Washington this month (rolled up into today’s Presidents’ Day). And not to be forgotten, Happy Birthday today to my 9-year-old niece, Madison!
Jeremy’s Childhood Stuff: Care Bears
Ah yes, Christmas day 1985…what a glorious morning that was. My sister got some ‘Princess of Power’ and Ken dolls, my brother got some Transformers (including an awesome Optimus Prime huge truck), a motorized Construx set, and a belt…and I, I got a box full of awesome Care Bears figures (I also got a huge red Tonka firetruck on Christmas Eve). Of course, I don’t remember any of this, being a little more than 2.5 years old, but luckily we’ve got some great photos to fill in the gaps (thanks Mom and Dad!).
I may not remember that morning, but I do remember the Care Bears figures. My mom said I played with them quite a lot, and I especially can think of playing with a green one with a shamrock and a lion one.
Flash forward almost 30 years, and I’ve finally grabbed tons of my childhood toys, games, trophies, sports memorabilia, junk, etc. from my parents’ attic (so stay tuned for more childhood memories centered around this stuff!). Amongst all the goodies, we found a beat-up bag full of 20 Care Bears figures, and with a little scrubbing, they look almost brand new! The photo below shows them all lined up after their cleaning, and now they are ready for Nolan to play with himself. Maybe he’ll like playing with them as much as I did!
In case you are interested, the inspiring names of these figures are (from left to right, front to back): Good Luck Bear, Cheer Bear, Tenderheart Bear, Grumpy Bear, Bedtime Bear, Love-a-Lot Bear, Funshine Bear, Birthday Bear, Grams, Baby Hugs, Baby Tugs, Champ Bear, Share Bear, Professor Coldheart, Cozy Heart Penguin, Lotsa Heart Elephant, Swift Heart Rabbit, Bright Heart Raccoon, Brave Heart Lion, and Cloudkeeper.
Winter is On the Horizon
I’m back! The last photo was posted back in February…but semi-regular photos haven’t really been posted for a much longer time period. I don’t want to get your hopes up (or my own), but I’d really like to get back into a routine of sharing photos…so we’ll see how this goes!
Here’s a bit of background to get us up to speed — since starting this site 6 years ago (11.15.2008 was my first entry), a lot has certainly changed in my life. Starting in 2012, I had a bit of difficulty posting a new photo every single day with both a new home and a pregnant wife, and there were multiple stretches of more than a couple weeks where I wasn’t able to post any photos. By the time 2013 rolled along and our son Nolan was born, I completely fell off the bandwagon! Time I might have spent picking a photo to post and write about was spent changing diapers or sleeping… By January 2014, I hadn’t posted anything in 9 months and I attempted to get back into regular monthly or weekly postings, but even that just didn’t happen. So now it is November 2014, and I’m giving it another go-around…the upshot of having not posted much of anything over the past 2 years is I definitely have plenty of great photos to share!
So to follow up yesterday’s Thanksgiving photo, here is a sunset shot I took this month with Nolan in our backyard. We were doing some posed family shots in the last light of the day, and after sitting still, Nolan enjoyed being able to roam around. We’re mostly set for winter, and we hope you are too!
Happy Thanksgiving, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!
Leggs and Nolan, 14 Weeks
Nolan likes taunting Leggs…and Leggs mostly tries to avoid Nolan if he can. But once in a while, Leggs will get cozy with Nolan, especially if he is on a blanket that he wants to lay on. That’s what Leggs did back in July as we were taking some photos at Nolan’s 14 week mark, and they both smiled (kind of) for the camera while chillin’ on the sheep blanket.
I’m sure Leggs cannot wait for Nolan to become even more mobile than he already is!
I think his name was Jeremy…Whatever happened to him?!
After nearly 9 months since my last post, I thought I had better post something or else I’ll even forget about this blog! The short answer to this question is that primarily great things have happened in the past year. Of course, these great things have also been time-consuming/life-consuming, so it has been difficult for me to really carve out a chunk of time to get back into my Daily Photographs.
The main life-changing event since last March was the birth of my son, Nolan Thomas, in mid-April. He is nearing 9 months in age, and it is really remarkable how fast this time has flown by. A few words that come to mind to describe the past ~9 months — tough, exhausting, rewarding, incredible, joy.
In terms of this photo blog, for now, I’ll be shooting for posting at least a Weekly Photograph…maybe I’ll be able to work back up to Daily photos at some point! So please check back periodically, or just sign-up with your e-mail near the bottom of the page to receive new posts as they are written.
So with that, I’ll leave you with an all-smiles family photo from Christmas. Here’s hoping 2014 is a great year!
Noah Paints a Car
My nephew Noah loves his cars. So you can definitely understand his excitement when he got a crafty paintable car for Christmas. He was able to not only play with messy paints, but also make his own model car. He did take a quick break to smile big for the camera before going back to painting his wheels.
Playing in Foam
What do you do when you’re staying at a place on the beach and a storm rolls in and creates rough surf and tons of foam?? You go and play in the foam, of course! It was kind of gross wading through this sea foam, but hey, since we couldn’t go in the water or bake in the sun, we might as well have fun with foam. Amy, Heather and Jodie were definitely getting their lower legs all foamy around the time this photo was taken.
Tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, a crispy crust…this margherita-style pizza was quite delicious to say the least. My niece Greta enjoyed a slice this past weekend and certainly thought it was yummy. We’re happy our local pizza place always makes great pies!
Of course I had to stick my head in a little oval-shaped hole at this farm where Heather and I picked a couple pumpkins this past fall… Do they still make huge Sears catalogs?? And isn’t the toilet paper supposed to be inside the outhouse??
A Bit of Maine Fog
Heather loves Maine, even on a chilly, foggy day in May.
90! Happy Birthday Grandma Cook!!
This photo of my Grandma Cook was taken in 1945 when my grandma was just 22 years old. Today, she turns 90, and she still has a great smile!
Happy 90th Birthday, Grandma!!
Madison and a Blanket
Today is Madison’s birthday, and it is crazy to think that she is already 7 years old! This photo was taken when she was not quite 2 months old, as she was looking all cute underneath a plush blanket.
Happy Birthday, Madison!!
To My Valentine
It’s Valentine’s Day, so I thought I would share one of the earliest photos I have of Heather and I. This photo was taken about ten and a half years ago soon after we officially started dating.
Happy Valentine’s Day to my valentine!
A Toast to Amy
Today is my sister-in-law’s birthday, so if you happen to have a champagne-glass-in-a-beer-koozie handy, feel free to fill it up and raise a glass in honor of Amy!
Hope you have a great birthday, Amy!
Christmas Eve Snow Shrimp
This past Christmas Eve, Heather’s Uncle Jakie braved a bit of Christmas snow to cook up some big barbecue shrimp. Thankfully, the shrimp were delicious and his efforts were not in vain.
Delicious Nagle’s Ice Cream
Sure, it’s the middle of winter, and we might receive an inch or two of snow overnight…but any time is a good time to think about tasty ice cream on a summer day. These cones (orange creamsicle and black raspberry with fudge bits) did not last very long as Heather and I made quick work of the cool treats. We got them at Nagle’s Apothecary Cafe (in the background) in the town of Ocean Grove, NJ, and we would definitely be sure to stop by again the next time we’re in town!
Take a Load Off
It’s the weekend. Grab some wine, get comfortable, and relax.
Kristin has the right idea here.
Bright, sunny days after a big snowfall are the best, especially when there hasn’t been a bunch of wind to knock off the mounds of snow on top of everything. The sunshine also makes shoveling driveways and cleaning porches that much more enjoyable… On one such lovely, sunny afternoon about 10 years ago, my parents took a short break from tossing snow to have some fun. I of course had to get a cute “sitting-together-on-a-snowy-swing” shot.
The Yukon, Forest Fires, and GIS
The majority of my time during graduate school was centered around all things Yukon Territory. My research focused on snowmelt in the Yukon, but I was able to work my love for the Yukon in to other projects as well. This poster was created for my one Remote Sensing course and describes how I used a series of aerial photos from different years to track effects of forest fires in the boreal forests of southeastern Yukon Territory. This project was one of many that allowed me to play around with map-making a bit…career skills in their infancy!
Packing is a Pain…
Last year at this time, when we were getting ready to move into our new home, Heather and I realized that we have way too much stuff. Packing everything up into boxes laid out all over the apartment was not a fun activity, and we would be more than happy to never have to pack up for a major move again!
The Start of Something Delicious
My mom’s cinnamon rolls are, and have always been, the best ever. Raisins or not (choose from the left or right side of the dish!), they are just the right consistency, have just the right amount of nuttiness and cinnamonniness, and are of course topped with a glaze that is just the right sweetness. This is a before shot from one particular Easter batch, and I think they even look tasty in this form!
During our 5-day family trip to Glacier National Park more than 10 years ago, I saw some great sunrises. Each morning, I quietly crept out of the cabin in which we were staying, wandered down to the edge of Lake McDonald, and enjoyed a Montana morning in all its glory while sitting on the shore. On the last morning of our stay, I think I was able to convince most everyone to get up and see the sunrise for themselves. That is how I got this shot of my sister staring off into the distance as the sun popped out from behind the mountains.
Raise Your Glasses to Tom
Raise your glasses (figuratively or literally, whichever you prefer) in remembrance of Tom on his birthday. I thought this was a great wedding day shot of Tom and Jodie.
Happy Birthday, Tom! We miss you a whole lot!