Project 52: Week 52 — And So It Ends…

Project 52: Week 52

I did it!

Back in January, I set out to post here at least once a week for the entire year. This week marks the final post of my successful Project 52.

And it is only fitting that it’s a photo of June. After all, she kicked off Week 1.

This being the end, let’s take the obligatory journey back in time and highlight a few milestones — click the Week to see the photo and read the story.

Week 4: Met Tiger Woods — sort of

Week 7: For my 40th birthday, snowboarded at Whistler while wearing a penguin outfit

Week 10: Welcomed Willow to the world, my 3rd beautiful baby girl :)

Week 15: Documented the battle of the Blood Moon and Spica the star

Week 17: Celebrated June’s 2nd birthday

Week 22: Raced around the grocery store to capture a photo that would eventually be chosen as GoPro’s Photo of the Day

Week 25: Won the 1st of my three MGA Tour golf tournaments

Week 31: Lost my best dog friend :(

Week 39: Visited Wrigley Field

Week 43: Finished in 2nd place with my first ever soccer team

Week 49: Zella shines in her first musical

Overall, I had a great time with this project. It encouraged me to take my cameras out more often and snap pictures — thousands and thousands of pictures. There were times when I knew right away what I wanted to post for the upcoming week. And then, inevitably, there were times when I struggled to get an acceptable photo posted.

So what now?

Do I start up another Project 52? Maybe even a Project 365? Or just post on my own random schedule?

I’m not entirely sure which direction to take, so I’m giving myself a couple weeks to decide.

Stay tuned!


P.S. If you want to see all my Project 52 posts, just click here. Or click the Project 52 link way up on top of the page.

In a New York State of Mind

In a New York State of Mind

If you had 3 nights and 3 days in New York City without kids, what would you do?

– Watch a couple of awesome shows: Hedwig and the Angry Itch and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes

– Compare and contrast the two best ramen restaurants: Totto Ramen and Ippudo

– Discover a new activity: Shopping at thrift stores that serve a greater good, like Housing Works

– Eat at 2 different French restaurants: Because French food apparently makes for delicious photos on Yelp

– Midnight munchy run: And finding the most amazing torrone panna cotta dessert

– Visit the quintessential winter attraction: The Rockefeller Center ice rink

– Sleep: Until noon everyday

– Take in: All the sights and sounds

– Fall more in love: With your amazing spouse

– And then at the end of the 3rd day: Jump on a 6 hour flight back to the 3 most important things in your life

I <3 NY

Don’t Mess with June

Don't Mess with June

Be lucky that Zella is around to hold June back.

Very lucky.

A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born

Zella just had her stage debut in the musical, How to Eat Like a Child – And Other Lessons in Not Being a Grown-up; a production from her dance studio at the McCoy Rigby Conservatory of the Arts. What made this musical unique was the cast of only kids 11 years old and younger. And with Zella being 5 years old, she was easily the youngest.

Despite all that, she did great! She was full of confidence and exhibited a surprising amount of stage presence.

Through two solid months of Friday night and Saturday afternoon practices and numerous walk-throughs, Zella never once wanted to stop, quit, or leave early.

And that is what I am most proud of: She tried her best and never gave up.

Number 5 Is Alive

Number 5 Is Alive

It’s been exactly 5 years since my life was completely upended and changed.

And I would not want it to be any different.

Happy birthday to my first love, Zella!

I Bite You

I Bite You

If you have a kid, then you have at one point wanted to do some sort of harm to her. I’m not saying you have acted out on it because that would be awful — but there’s no doubt you have had thoughts of it.

You haven’t?

Really?

Right.

So anyways, with June it is no different. There are times I want to literally bite her…

Out of frustration.

Out of anger.

Out of some deep-seated frustration-anger blackness of ugly feelings.

…And then, there are times like this…

Out of pure love and joy.

Just bite her to bits and pieces because she is so adorably cute. Because I am truly enjoying the time with just her and me.

From the looks of it, she may be feeling the exact same way.

Do You Even Brine?

Do You Even Brine?It’s that time of year where we all gather together and get fat on turkey.

But before the turkey gets to the table and even before it gets to the oven, it needs to be given a bath.

A salt bath.

A brine bath.

If you cook a turkey, this is a key preparation step that will ensure you end up with a delicious, moist bird that has virtually no dry meat. Even the white meat will be flavorful.

And with 2 days until Thanksgiving, the brining starts now.

So get brining!

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