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#iseewonders April

April was the second month of looking for wonders. If you are not sure what I’m talking about check this post and then March.

I’m going back and forth with sharing my #wonders on Intstagram. Heck, sometimes even taking a picture. Some days I just look and think “I see a wonder”, but my phone is not with me. So mental picture must suffice. But it HAS trained me to see beauty in the mundane. To smile or laugh even on bad days. To stop and think “my world, this life is really awesome”. Some of my favorites from this month:

karba

jwengert

lucianapollonen

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Left: kavsam67 Right: handansur

April print goes to jwengert. Love your feed, always brings smile to my face :) Can you send me your postal address?

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Portait 12/52

Just a girl and her puppy.

Mary Oliver

LITTLE DOGS RHAPSODY IN THE NIGHT
 (PERCY THREE)

He puts his cheek against mine
and makes small, expressive sounds.
And when I’m awake, or awake enough

he turns upside down, his four paws
in the air
and his eyes dark and fervent.

Tell me you love me, he says.

Tell me again.

Could there be a sweeter arrangement?
Over and over
he gets to ask it.
I get to tell.

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Week of goodness

These have been on my bookshelf in the last two weeks. “The Still Point of the Turning World” had me crying from page one. She doesn’t spare the reader, the book starts with a punch and continues. I cried a lot. But I see a lot of things in my parenting differently. “Prodigal Summer” is all about sex, but it’s not what you thought just now. A novel describing the shared animality of humans, regardless of their efforts to subdue nature. Three interwoven stories set in the magnificent Appalachia. One of my favorites books of all time.

Pippi Longstocking is just so full of awesome. I love her to pieces. Yes yes, I read it to the kids, of course ;)

Two books that are on my iPad:

The One Skill: How Mastering the Art of Letting Go Will Change Your Life. It’s free, just grab it, it’s a quick read and it will at the very least make you think.

The freaks shall inherit the Earth. It’s a business book. I’m about halfway now and have been taking notes frantically. Planning, listing. The chapter on discipline and the daily structure, just what I needed to read right now.

And one book for the future: The Nesting Place. I think it’s the first time that I saw a book about home decor and got excited.

Have a wonderful weekend and see you on Monday.

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Childhood Unplugged May

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” – Margaret Atwood
Mid-April. Air was still crisp and fresh, especially close to sunset. I was planting some herbs in one of the boxes, little helper by my side.
I look at him as he sheds a mitten and digs his chubby fingers deep into dirt, takes a handful and examines it up close, marvels and laughs. How beautiful that handful of dirt is. I cannot help but think that we are made of the same stuff. Dirt and plants, everything on this beautiful planet is made of star dust. We are too. And he somehow knows it. It’s so natural and so amazing at the same time.

To see which image I chose to be featured for this month’s edition of Childhood Unlplugged, head here. Also, check out Childhood Unplugged on facebook and play along on Instagram by tagging your unplugged moments with #childhoodunplugged.

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Childhood Unplugged – May 2014 | - […] Karolina Baszarkiewicz | Halituli Photography […]

Portrait 11/52

Koli. I shared some images last week here and promised to bring more :) It was the most relaxing Easter *ever*. Grilled sausages for dinner and cheese-ham-caramelized onion quesadillas for hiking trips. Tea drank from our old wooden mugs (Hannu’s is over 30 years old, mine only 12. Inkku will get one this summer). Sun filtering through the still bare branches. Magnificent views from Ukko Koli. Climbing. Lots of climbing, Ingrid’s favorite activity. Kito’s less so. He doesn’t like stairs, so at some point Hannu had to carry him cradled in his arms.

We need more trips like this. Feels like being in our element.

If you enjoyed this set of photos you might also like to see our trip to Mustila Arboretum, Kuusamo and Lastenkaupunki.

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