aileenreilly Snow day. Pjs all day, neighbors over, Legos and pretend play. Xbox and minecraft for breaks. YouTube (minecraft videos of course) if bored and if no one can agree what to do next. Stuffed animal zoos, forts under tables. And that's what we do. Around and around till dinner time comes and the reminder that school starts anew. Tomorrow. 2h

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aileenreilly Every person wants to be seen, truly seen, for who they are, flaws and all, to put the guard down, to breathe freely and to say "Here I am," and ultimately, to be fully accepted and loved without judgment in return. Life is really that simple. See someone today. Truly see them. Look hard and find them. Give them your sacred space. Let them see you. #sundaymorningthoughts #thingsithink #newprojectinprocess #callforvolunteerscomingsoon 2d

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aileenreilly “When you examine the genesis of great works of art, successful start-ups, and revolutionary shifts in politics, you can always trace back a history of monetary and nonmonetary exchange, the hidden patrons and underlying favors. We may love the modern myth of Steve Jobs slaving away in his parents’ garage to create the first Apple computer, but the biopic doesn’t tackle the potentially awkward scene in which — probably over a macrobiotic meatloaf dinner — Steve had to ask his parents for the garage. All we know is that his parents said yes. And now we have iPhones. Every artist and entrepreneur I know has a story of a mentor, teacher, or unsung patron who loaned them the money, space, or some kind of strange, ass-saving resource. Whatever it took.” ~ Amanda Palmer. #theartofasking #whateverittakes #photography #personalprojects #life 1w

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aileenreilly “‘The tyranny of the quantifiable,’ of the way what can be measured almost always takes precedence over what cannot: private profit over public good; speed and efficiency over enjoyment and quality; the utilitarian over the mysteries and meanings that are of greater use to our survival and to more than our survival, to lives that have some purpose and value that survive beyond us to make a civilization worth having. The tyranny of the quantifiable is partly the failure of language and discourse to describe more complex, subtle, and fluid phenomena, as well as the failure of those who shape opinions and make decisions to understand and value these slipperier things.” ~ Rebecca Solnit. 2w
  •   wildthyme What a beautiful quote. I have lived my life in these difficult-to-describe spaces. Highly invested in the "slipperier things". It has required walking my own path and creating my own measures and DAILY reminders not to look left or right. To remember that I am in the right place and am enough. 2w
  •   aileenreilly @wildthyme I think you'd enjoy her essays immensely. 2w
  •   ryanjohnsonphoto Love that quote 2w
  •   kieraeve Wow I love this. 2w
  •   melissabrandman The tyranny of the quantifiable. I feel that. 2w

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aileenreilly This guy. That smile. What, it's past your bedtime and you want to take selfies with your mom?! Anytime. #itgoestoofast #hewasinbedby9 2w

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aileenreilly Evenings spent driving kids here, taking kids there. Dinner on the run. Conflicting parent meetings - school and church. A moment by myself. Breathe. Thought -- They don't play enough Notorious B.I.G. on the radio. Light changes. Move forward slowly. 2w
  •   lemead Relate to all of this 2w
  •   _amy_grace This is the truth of it right here. I've been taking so few pictures these days because everything seems frenetic. With it without pictures, shared true stories hit me.2w

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aileenreilly What did your Saturday look like? Mine was 10 hours of this. #stx #capitalpegasus #goodstuff #fieldhockey 2w

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aileenreilly Found love notes. Left in the right time at the right place. #bestkind #eightyearoldboys 2w

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aileenreilly My oldest giving an impromptu art class to the younger neighbors. Snow day fun inside or outside. #closefcps 3w
  •   katie_miller21 What does #closeFCPS mean @aileenreilly 3w
  •   aileenreilly @katie_miller21 Our schools remained open today despite predicted winter weather conditions. There were many accidents, stuck buses, no teachers at the schools upon the students' arrivals, etc... As a result, there has been a huge outcry amongst parents and students about Fairfax County's decision to keep the schools open despite the overwhelming winter storm warnings that preceded the storm. So much so that #closefcps became the number one trending tag on Twitter for most of the morning. 3w
  •   katie_miller21 Oh thanks is it still happening? @aileenreilly 3w
  •   aileenreilly @katie_miller21 Yep. They stayed open today though they may decide to close tomorrow depending on the weather. 3w
  •   katie_miller21 Thanks @aileenreilly I don't have a Twitter sooo i didnt know thx!3w

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aileenreilly Snow day. Self-imposed bc FCPS isn't smart enough to do it themselves. Snow pants, jackets, mittens, gloves and snow boots. In and out and in and out. Hot chocolate and Xbox. A whole neighborhood in my house. Dog happy. But wants to go out now. Bye! 3w

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aileenreilly Honored to be featured on Beyond The Margins today writing about photography and creativity and healing through photography and about Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. http://beyondthemargins.com/2014/12/living-at-the-intersection-of-emotion-creativity-why-i-document-infant-loss/ #nowilaymedowntosleep #nilmdts #beyondthemargins #writing #photography 1mon

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aileenreilly Sometimes the light comes in just so, and it stops me in my tracks. And all I was doing was picking up a stray sock, discarded after school yesterday. A normal nothing moment. A chore. And yet, there's that light. How can you not stop? 2mon

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aileenreilly I've spent most of today editing all of my Holiday Mini-Sessions from two weeks ago, and my clients have been so excited with what I've been sending them today, that I've decided to open up an additional six slots for mini-sessions next Saturday, November 22nd, 1-3pm. 10 digital images delivered within one week. $300 due upon booking. These will be my final sessions for 2014! Email me at aileen@aileenreilly.com. 2mon

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aileenreilly If you have to be doing dishes, it should always be accompanied with a view like this. #throughmykitchenwindow 3mon

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aileenreilly The evening commute. Inside here but wishing I were outside there. 3mon

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aileenreilly Sunday. Four kids. One photo. Miracles happen. Three crossed legs. One cross child. It could have been two. Or more. Miracles I tell you. 3mon
  •   kelseygerhard and the promise of cheesecake? 3mon
  •   aileenreilly @kelseygerhard Wow. Good guess. How did you ever know that?! I would never pull that from that photo. You're good. 3mon
  •   kelseygerhard ha. i don't know...just recognized that bench. ;) 3mon

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aileenreilly And she says I'm not that funny. Clearly I'm laugh-out-loud funny sometimes. Happy Birthday Megan 3mon

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aileenreilly This girl. This sweet first child. Turns 15 today. 15. I don’t know how that is even possible. Somehow we’ve gone from forced music lessons (“Mom, I don’t like the piano, I don’t want to take lessons, please let me stop, please…”) to weekly vocal and bass lessons and performing in rock bands all year long. Somehow we’ve gone from “scrunchy faces” made at the camera all day long to hand up over the face and “Stop taking my picture!” Somehow she’s taught me more than I will probably ever teach her, and she’s done it all without even trying, while I try and try to teach her the important things I need her to know and hope that 1/2 of it sinks in. Somehow she got 15 years older while I’m convinced I’m still 31. Somehow the clock kept ticking and I didn’t even feel it and all of a sudden 15 years have passed. Somehow I gave birth to this precious soul, and though we are no longer physically tied to each other, me breathing life into her very being, sustaining her, she performed magic and reversed engineered the whole process, and it is now she who brings me life. Happy Birthday Megan. Love forever and always, Mama 3mon

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aileenreilly So proud of my girls going after what they want and doing the hard things. Travel field hockey started tonight (practices). Both girls made the U14 team a few weeks ago. @88keke88 is the only 11 year old on the team and the only 6th grader. All the other girls including @erinreilly_ are in the 8th or 9th grades. Tonight, both girls played super hard, and I suspect will sleep well. After a few more pieces of Halloween candy.... 3mon
  •   julmacinnisrocks Have they done indoor before? Their stick skills will improve sooooo much due to speed. 3mon
  •   aileenreilly First time ever doing indoor. "Everything is so FAST" was all they said getting in the car. That and their legs are killing them. :) @julmacinnisrocks 3mon
  •   aileenreilly @julmacinnisrocks It's an indoor/outdoor league. Right now though is indoor (thank god -- it was cold out today for Keelin's softball!) 3mon
  •   julmacinnisrocks Yea my JV girls were new to it last winter for fairfax indoor league and I told them "your hockey world is about to change". After their first game all I could do is laugh b/c they looked like a deer caught in headlights! I didn't even coach them b/c they needed to get their heads around speed first! But boy did they improve by the end and certainly by fall tryouts. Plus sideboards make it fun and different! 3mon

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aileenreilly My inner-Seinfeld must be shining through today. And I didn't even dance! 3mon

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