Keith Pitts Shoots My Family on Super 8mm: The Video

Photographer Keith Pitts does it again. In the past, he's taken pictures of my kids in our apartment, he's done a family photo shoot, and now he has a new labor of love: Super 8mm film. We spent the afternoon with him and his vintage video camera exploring the Museum of Natural History, eating hot dogs, and playing in Central Park. Check out the color, the speed, how imperfect the film is. It's the best. As always, Keith made my family feel themselves and, as a result, he captures us perfectly. It's not overly cutesy or cheesy. It's just us. I wouldn't have it any other way. Plus my amazing hair day only makes the video that much stronger. I mean, really. It's never looked better.

I can't recommend Keith Pitts enough. He's so easy to work with and is incredibly talented. Thanks Keith for making us this video. I'll cherish it always.

The regular price for a Keith Pitts Super 8mm movie is $1600. Keith is happy to include a mini session as well for anyone who books by mentioning my blog. (Added value of $300). Keith and his assistant work together as a team for the Super 8 with photography sessions. He will do the mini session, she will shoot the Super 8. A fun collaboration. He's based out of Scarsdale, AZ but will be in NYC 8/21-9/2. He's happy to book any sessions during that time! Contact him for details.

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Camping for Wussies

Every time we run into our friend Daniel Parker, it seems like his family is just getting back from an amazing weekend camping. When he invited us to tag along a few weeks ago, we couldn't say no. We were ready for anything in our new Target-quality camping equipment. Bring it on nature. We can take it. Snakes. Bears. Flash flood warnings. We love flash flood warnings.

Except that we don't. My family stayed in the Days Inn the first night because there was no way I was going to camp in rain. The Parker's took on the flood challenge, of course. And so did the other family in our party. As soon as we checked into the hotel, Rob fell asleep on the bed and I gazed out the window. We had a beautiful view of a McDonald's parking lot. Nothing beats that. I took the kids to the indoor pool, went to Taco Bell for dinner, and fell asleep with the Disney channel in the background. The wimpier choice? Yes. But it felt good.

The next morning, we checked the weather. Clear skies. It's camping time. We saw bald eagles, almost got bit by a snake, and sang camp fire songs around the fire. It exceeded my expectations. As long as the weather is absolutely perfect, we might be camping family. Warm, but not too warm. Clouds, but not too many clouds. And no rain. I'm going to miss those McDonald's parking lots though.
About to set sail.  
Good picture of Ella. 
Oz looking handsome. 
Whoa. Owen's entered his awkward stage a early. 
The kids knew they outnumbered us.
Oscar's dirty face thanks to the amazing desserts the Parker's made for us in their dutch oven. Best ever. 

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A Quick Post About My Feeeelings

I turned off my computer and phone last week while I vacationed in Fire Island with friends. I needed to break myself away from the Kate Kelly excommunication developments. I'm shocked I'm obsessed with her because I never put my profile on the Ordain Women website. I never marched with her at the priesthood meeting at conference. I don't even think women should be ordained. I don't think men should either. Ordain No One is the only group I could join at this point. I'll start it if it hasn't already been formed. Give church jobs to the most qualified or whoever has the most time or wants it the most. Let's quit these elitist titles and ceremonies and just move on. We're all special. Regardless of my outrageous beliefs, I still love reading about Kate. She tried. I respect that. The commentaries on the issue are entertaining.

Last night, I found some advice from a random guy on Facebook that helped. He suggested this: Go to a coffee shop. Sit there with a newspaper, take your time, and wait for the coffee to get cold if you don't drink coffee, or drink it if you do drink coffee. And just look around at all the people that are just fine. They are all fine. They drink coffee. They read. They have no clue what mormons do or think. They are fine. And you'll be fine. The other side is not necessarily harder or easier, but whatever the hell it is it's better with authenticity.

So that's what I'll do. I needed to get this out before I could write about Ferris wheels and ice cream and sand castles. It meant too much to me to ignore and act like nothing has happened. Pics of our summer trips coming soon. We've already gone to Ocean City, camped in the Catskills, and spent a week in Fire Island. My Summer Travel Blog starts now. Or whenever I upload the pictures and write the post. So like in a month or next year or tomorrow.

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Awww I'm a Grown Ass Woman Finding Myself. Cute.


Drivers License: I'll stop talking about it now

I finally got my drivers license. I had to because I was bringing it up in every conversation as if I was so special. How urban! So eco friendly! I'm the queen of the slow movement! I do this kind of thing a lot. I've learned I have to own cable TV, eat meat, and have an active Facebook account. Otherwise, I'll go on and on about how awesome I am for resisting such trivial lowly things. I'm tempted to learn how to write with my right hand so I can stop humble bragging about how difficult everything is for me. See what I mean? I bring up stuff like that all the time to make sure people know how different I am from the rest of the world.

I respect people who can resist this urge. I have a few friends who don't have Facebook accounts and they do it beautifully. Good for them. I know no one cares why I wouldn't have a Facebook account (I do)/don't eat meat (I do)/don't watch TV (I do). But as soon I stop doing any of those things, I'll bring it up when the conversation gets dry.

So here's the plan: I promise to always have cable TV, eat meat, have Facebook, and anything else that falls under the "look how awesome I am for not owning" category. For example, I promise I'll never let my license expire so long that I have to take the written and road test again. Even if I never drive for the rest of my life, I will have a current license.

There's one thing I should mention. If I ever buy a car like the one above, I guarantee I won't shut up about it. I'll never stop bragging about things I own. Oh no. It's the things I don't own that gets annoying. Giving everyone the warning now. You have time to de-friend me on Facebook.

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