Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Stolen Glimpses...

These are a few more shots from our visit to Longwood Gardens. Jim isn't overly fond of either picture since they don't show Lia's face...but they are two of my favorites... as I believe they capture her very essence. They were both snapped with no posing or planning...just Lia, being Lia. She loved the wide open spaces at the Gardens and just like Forest Gump....wherever she went...she was always running, stopping only to ohhhh and ahhhhh enthusiastically over the beautiful flowers and fountains. She has the unique ability to make me laugh and tear up in the same moment.

The second picture was taken in the grand DuPont ballroom inside the conservatory on the garden grounds. We found ourselves alone in the ballroom for a few moments, and without hesitation or any explanation from us as to the purpose of the room, Lia kicked off her shoes and began dancing and twirling...completely oblivious to everything around her.

My sweet Lia...whatever magical dream you were imagining as you whirled so gracefully in these grand surroundings....my deepest wish...indeed, my life's desire, is that you will someday know this dream as reality. May you always dance like no one is watching.


17 comments:

Anna Grace`s Jie Jie said...

I love the last pix! It is just precious!

Rachel said...

I have to agree with you on this one - the pictures are beautiful even though you don't see Lia's face. The second one is great - I love the twirling and love your wish for your daughter.

Catherine said...

Ahhh...the sweet innocence of childhood. What precious pictures of your carefree daughter!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Tell Jim he is in the minority here....love them!!!

I always love photos that capture the moment and these certainly do!!

Kellyann said...

Tears girl...tears.....
you made me cry. I love that expression...dance like no one is watching. What a neat shot and a neat story.

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

Oh to dance like no one is watching and not care...You captured her so well, Kate...

I love how in love you are with her...

Love,
Lisa

Jboo said...

Me too!! Gorgeous photos and you can just about see her sweetness come shining through! Keep clicking -- you're doing a fabulous job!

Janet

Laura said...

Lia is my idol. I want to dance like no one is watching. Although, no one would want to watch if I were dancing.

laura

Jodee Leader said...

Adorable pictures! Run, Forest, Run!

Erin said...

Magical. I can only imagine what you will feel like looking at these photographs when you are an oold woman! It will be such a sweet memory.

a Tonggu Momma said...

We are a fan of non-face shots (probably because those are the only kind the Husband will allow me to post on my blog)! These are particularly gorgeous... a beautiful subject and a wonderful setting -- Longwood Gardens is the best.

Denise C said...

OH your precious Lia!!! Kate, she is so beautiful...and so full of life...making sure not to miss one moment of her surrounds! I love that about her....that is exactly how my Chelsi is....never wants to miss anything!!!
These pictures are so very beautiful!!! I love them!
Blessings,
Denise

Jennifer said...

These pictures are beautiful!!! They really show how happy and carefree Lia is! Great job capturing the moment!

Jen

paige said...

beautiful shots!!

3 Peanuts said...

I absolutely LOVE these two photos! hey are spectacular. They evoke emotion.
Kim

Chris and Deb said...

AAhhhhhh....I love these shots.....they truly capture the innocence and sweetness of childhood!

Bridget said...

I love both pics - they are so sweet, as is your wish! Hope you are having a nice weekend!

- Bridget