Polina Bulman: Blog http://polinabulman.com/blog en-us (C) Polina Bulman polinabulman@gmail.com (Polina Bulman) Sat, 24 Feb 2018 14:55:00 GMT Sat, 24 Feb 2018 14:55:00 GMT http://polinabulman.com/img/s/v-5/u503781331-o704081063-50.jpg Polina Bulman: Blog http://polinabulman.com/blog 120 80 The days are long, but the years are short {2017 Personal Favorites} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2018/2/the-days-are-long-but-the-years-are-short-2017-personal-favorites As many of you know, during 2017 I worked on a 365 project for my daughter - taking daily pictures of her life.

In my introduction to the project I wrote these words to her:

"I want you to be able to look back at these images years from now and read my notes. I want you to know how amazing your life was when you were seven and that even when you were a little human you already had a big personality! I also want you to be able to share these with your little girl (or little boy, or both) one day."

As I am working on organizing the images and notes to print them in a book, I wanted to share some of my favorites.

All of these images are from just last year, yet looking at them gets me so emotional. That bitter sweet feeling inside - happiness from having lived through the moment and now having a memory of it, along with the desire to stop time.

This quote of Dorothea Lange comes to mind: "The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."

The days are long, but the years are short. These images are a perfect reminder of how important it is to be present and enjoy today. Because no matter how ordinary and mundane it feels now, there is a magic in it as long as you have an ability to notice and appreciate it!

 

My bookworm. Reading is your favorite activity. You can read for hours and I have to go to the library at least once in two weeks to get another thirty books for you. Fiction, non-fiction - you love them all! 

The best part of it is your ability to retain the information and share it later. I think in your 7 you already know more than I do in my 31.

 

On the way from school you begged me to play outside, at least for 10 minutes. The playground was closed due to the snow, but look what you discovered at our backyard! Looks pretty dangerous, right? But I let you take risks. For a few seconds while I am taking the picture.. You then realized that you need something to knock them down. Luckily the rake was found near by!

 

The minute we noticed that is snowed again, we were outside! This is you licking the snow from the inside of a car mirror hoping that I won't notice.

 

Another trip to the Museum of Natural History.

 

We are moving this month and since I knew I am going to start packing your room this weekend I wanted to take a picture of your room before that. We are moving within same neighborhood, so it won't be a big change, but you are kind of nervous about the move. We've been in this apartment for five years, since you were 2. Probably the longest time at one place.

 

This picture is very special for me. As special as the person in the picture. I met Edith during the summer when you were a baby and I took you to the beach twice a day. You had extraordinary bright blue eyes and your skin got dark in the sun so they really popped. People were stopping us at the street to look at you. Edith was also fascinated by it and that's how we met. We had long conversations at the beach daily and became really close. 
You love Edith and always want to go and visit her. She keeps joking that her house is like a museum full of art and interesting little things. This time Edith let you play with the very old dolls that her daughter used to play with when she was your age. You had such a deep respect to them. You played very carefully and then organized everything very neatly. Then Edith gave you a necklace as a Valentine's Day gift and you didn't want to take it off even when it was time to go to bed. 
In this picture you are listening to the "Sleeping Beauty" recording. You were fascinated both by the music and by the whole experience.

 

"You are a Jewish cat, because otherwise why would you come to a Hebrew school?"

 

You might be not the best volleyball player, but you are trying hard and you have the best coach ever!

 

We have a Russian bakery not so far from our home. We often stop by it on the way home from school. This type of bread (Borodinskiy) is our favorite and it tastes exactly as the one we ate in Russia. It's usually still warm and smells so good that we can't wait to get home and take turns in biting it.

 

I guess sleeping across the bed is more comfortable..

 

You worked hard on writing back to Zoe. You decided to make your letter extra neat and asked me how to spell different words. You said "Zoe is in 1st grade now, she will look at my letter and it should be a good example for her!". 
My favorite part was "Girls Rule" picture. You are such a great artist. Just look at your choice of composition and colors. I also loved how you filled the frame and how many details you added to the picture.

 

On the way to Philly you said:

- Hanna and Jeff have 3 kids now.

- Why?

- Because now they also have Zoe and she is like another child, right?

 

We found the spring in Philly today and made sure to enjoy it as who knows how long to wait till it comes to NY.

 

 Toy story I found in your room: when you want to charm girls but fail to buy pants that cover your bottom.

 

Today is the day of an Art Show at school. You've been so much looking forward to it and both me and daddy planned to go and enjoy your art work. Unfortunately you got sick and had to stay at home.

 

A playful otter. 

I also want to share another highlight of our trip to the zoo that I don't have a picture of. A humming bird was trying to fly through a big glass wall and got so tired of trying that it fell and I picked it up and carried to a place where it could fly away safely. You've got a chance to see it very close and even pet its head gently. Once in a lifetime experience.

 

Enjoying the beautiful weather.

 

We came to the playground early on Sunday morning and you’ve got to spend some quality time with your friend.

 

Fire Island bound. This was your first time taking the ferry and even though it was very windy and cold you've been dancing on the roof the entire time. Daddy's warm sweater was very helpful.

 

Today I wanted to get some ice cream and found THIS in the freezer. Daddy was walking by the beach in the morning found it and brought home to show it to you as he knew you would appreciate it. You were beyond excited and called this creature: "what a sweetie!"

 

You were so lucky to have Ms. Inglut as your teacher this year. Not only that she is an incredibly talented teacher, she is also fun and loving. And best of all - she loves hugs as much as you do. What a perfect match!

 

And you also read a book to him.

 

This huge Elsa doll was a highlight of today's playground outing.

 

Yes, that's what he does.

 

Watching solar eclipse with your classmates.

 

The day when we saw a giant sunflower on the way to a playground.

 

It was so wonderful to spend a weekend with you at YMCA family camp and get immersed in nature. We both enjoyed it!

"What a cute little slug!" - you said, exploring this creature for at least 30 min.

 

You got in trouble for not doing your homework and decided that "under the bed" is your new home.

 

School picnic ended up with some crazy playground fun.

 

After school fun at a playground.

 

 

I'd like to share a Youtube video by Gretchen Rubin, that inspired the title of this post and is a perfect summary of my thoughts:

 

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New York Documentary Family Photographer {Day In The Life. Upper West Side, NY} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2018/2/new-york-documentary-family-photographer-day-in-the-life-upper-west-side-ny Jon and Wendy found me through a recommendation in a group for Upper West Side parents on Facebook. Later, when Wendy was telling me about it, she said: "That mom recommended you, but why didn’t she say how special and unique your work is? We fell in love with your Day In The Life sessions immediately after checking your website!".

And indeed Day In The Life was a perfect way to record this milestone for them – transitioning to a family of 4 as well as incorporating New York in our pictures. The family was about to move to California and capturing these precious memories was very important.

When talking about documentary family photography, trust is everything! I can only get as close as you let me. Of course gaining the trust is a huge part of my job, but with this family I was amazed by how organic it was.

It started with an email in the evening: "I'll ask the doorman to send you up and we'll leave the door open so you can just come in!" When I came at 7:40 AM, Jon was in the living room with baby Charlie, while Wendy and the big sister Sophie were still sleeping. I took just few pictures and used this time to talk to Jon. We had a great conversation and after 20 minutes it seemed like I knew them forever. 

When the baby started to cry, daddy took him to the sleeping mommy (who didn't meet me yet). So I went with him and asked Wendy in a whispering voice, since her eyes were still closed, if I can start "being in her space" and her reply was "Sure!" So imagine, this women never met me, I am climbing on her bed and standing right on top of them taking pictures of her breastfeeding with her eyes closed. Then she opens her eyes, looks at me and says: "oh, you have such a gorgeous hair!" Could I possibly love her more at that moment?

The day was pretty packed: breakfast, dressing up and going out with two kids was already quite an adventure of its own! Then farmer's market, Central Park playground, bagels on Central Park lawn, listening to the saxophone player, making a wish by throwing coins to the Bethesda fountain, then back home for a few hours nap, then music together class, Museum of Natural History, then “witching hour”, dinner and night routine. Did you get exhausted by just reading this?

During the "witching hour", when we were on the way home from the museum, one month old Charlie was crying non stop and two year old Sophie was tired and whining. The parents just didn't have enough hands. At some point the mommy in me overpowered the photographer and I asked: "Guys, do you want me to continue shooting (I already had some frames) or do you need my help?" They answered without hesitation: "PICTURES!" Later, when Wendy left with the crying baby in her hands to get home as soon as possible to nurse him, she didn't even realize that she had left Jon with a tired Sophie and two strollers in the middle of the street.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Day In The Life package includes a printed component, which is always the most exciting part!

Jon and Wendy went with the 12’x12’ Book showcasing 100 of their favorite images from the day.

"We got it--Wow!!! It's even better than we could have hoped!" was the email I got from them upon receiving it.

I couldn’t resist adding a pee-pee teepee to the package. Because, well.. I thought Jon will find it helpful.

Want to book  a Day In The Life for your family? Let's chat!

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NYC Newborn Photographer {Family Storytelling, Upper West Side. Book Layout} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2018/2/nyc-newborn-photographer-family-storytelling-upper-west-side-book-layout My ultimate goal is to become a visual biographer for you family, when each annual session is a new chapter to the book that we are writing together (well, writing with images). And of course the most logical beginning to this book is when your first baby is born.

While Meaghan's due date was in November, she contacted me to schedule a newborn session back in July! I was thrilled that capturing this milestone was as important for the family as finding a good pediatrician, buying the crib and adding their names to the wait list for the best daycare (yes on Upper West Side, you actually have to do it before the baby is born). We all know - kids grow fast, but when we are talking about babies they change literally every day. Booking your newborn session early means one less thing to worry about when the baby arrives! Plus you actually have the time to do the research and find the best person for the job.

Family Storytelling is a 2 hours family session with 20 minutes devoted to the more posed directed portraits and the rest is documentary based on your regular routine or activities. While it's easier to understand this approach with older kids, it might be confusing when thinking about newborns. What kind of activities are we talking about with a 1 month old baby? Sleeping, eating and changing the diapers? These are definitely top 3, but it's not about it. With documentary family session, it's never about the activity itself. It's all about the love and tenderness that goes into taking care of your new baby. It's about the transition from a family of two to a family of three. It's the way you look at your sleeping baby and touch her tiny hands. All these little moments - this is what we care about. The way it feels to be new parents and the way it feels to be a newborn baby, not just how it looks.

I'd like to share an email that I got from Meaghan after sharing the images with her:

"Polina! 

We cannot express enough how wonderful these photos are!!!! We absolutely adore them and are so blown away by how you’ve captured everything from Ellie’s adorable (and sometimes hilarious) expressions to the love and enjoyment we have as a new family of 3. I am so so so thrilled!"

 

All of my packages include 3 components: Captured (the session fee) + Printed (the way your story is presented in print) + Downloaded (your high resolution digital files).

For their Printed component Meaghan and Kevin chose a stunning Photo Book with 50 of their favorite images. The digital files came on a USB drive in a custom box. And I'll share another email from Meaghan, just because i won't be able to say it better than she did:

"We received the book and USB this morning. Stunning!! The book is just perfect. We've looked at it several times already and cannot wait for Ellie to be able to look at it when she's bigger and see what a cute little peanut she was!

And the USB - what a gorgeous surprise! We absolutely adore the box as a cherished place we can keep the USB of our photos AND display in our home. It's wonderful!!

Thank you again - it was such a pleasure to work with you and we look forward to working together in the future as our family grows and possibly expands!"

 

 

Before posting this I contacted Meaghan to ask her permission to use the quotes from our email communication and her reply was:

"Hi Polina - we are doing well! It’s crazy how quickly Ellie is changing and growing. I wish time would stand still! 

Of course you can use whatever you need from our communications to craft your blog post. It’s a little scary trusting someone to capture such an important moment in your life and you really did it so beautifully. I hope our story can help other families in their decision-making process (though, of course, those gorgeous photos speak for themselves!!)" 

 

I know you are dying to see more pictures from this session! Check out the slideshow to see the full story:

 

Want to book a Family Storytelling session for your family? Let's chat!

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NY Family Photographer {Family Storytelling. Prospect Park, Brooklyn} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/12/ny-family-photographer-family-storytelling-prospect-park-brooklyn It was my 5th session with this family!

Seeing them every Fall makes my heart so full. I get to witness how kids' personalities change and how they interact with each other slightly different year after year. It was fun to see how baby Nora grew up so much since our last session and became an active participant in boys' games. Dressed in the cutest girly outfit she was a rough player and it seems like next year Sebastian and Matteo won't be able to catch up with her.

We've spent 2 hours in Prospect Park and majority of this time kids were running around and playing on the big lawn. This type of relaxed session is the best for capturing moments, because both kids and parents get to settle and start interacting with each other the way they would normally do without me and my camera.

"I feel I have a piece of their childhood forever in these pictures" - Marlys said.

Oh, and she also said: "I love all of them, what did you do with all the people in the park??? I can't believe you were able to get rid of all of them!"

Well, I don't edit people out. It's just a matter of selecting the right lens, right angle and waiting for the right moment. But it all starts with selecting the right photographer and sticking with her for years! 

 

 

Family Storytelling is a 2 hours family session with 20 minutes devoted to directed, yet relaxed, portraits and the rest is based on fun activities that the entire family enjoys doing together. It becomes all about you - unique personalities of the family members, love, interaction and so much more. Let's chat today to make this happen for your family!

 

For more images from this session check the slideshow:

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Brooklyn Family Photographer {Family Storytelling. Prospect Park, Brooklyn} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/10/brooklyn-family-photographer-family-storytelling-prospect-park-brooklyn Maryana was following my work for a while waiting for a perfect time to have me capture memories for her family. As Maggie's Bat Mizvah is coming up this December we decided that having a family session in addition to the event coverage would be a great idea!

Family Storytelling is a 2 hours family session with 20 minutes devoted to directed, yet relaxed, portraits and the rest is based on fun activities that the entire family enjoys doing together. It becomes all about you - unique personalities of the family members, love, interaction and so much more.

The truth is - it's never about the activity itself, but about the moments that we can get while engaging with it.

For example David was feeding ducks with such passion that it looked like he is going to kill them with the cereal. It was so funny to witness it in comparison to Maggie being extra gentle and caring.

One of my favorite moments from the session is Maggie enjoying her ice cream. She got so absorbed with it, that she completely forgot about the camera and I got a chance to capture the last drops of childhood in this beautiful young lady. 

And of course the picture of two of them sharing a secret - so much love and tenderness in this precious moment. Mind you, less than a minute after I took this photo they were on the ground fighting. That's what siblings love is all about.

I am looking forward photographing Maggie's Bat Mizvah in December and then putting together an Album for the family using their favorites from both sessions!

 

 

For more images from this session check the slideshow:

Want to book a Family Storytelling session for your family? Let's chat!
 
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New York Documentary Family Photographer {Day In The Life. Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/7/new-york-documentary-family-photographer-day-in-the-life-brooklyn-ny How does it feel to be the only child? On the one hand you are getting the undivided attention from the parents on the other hand often times you have to be creative to entertain yourself. 

This half day Day In The Life session was very special for me not only because it's a family of my close friend, but also because photographing a smaller family brings some new challenges as well as new opportunities. 

During this session I noticed and worked on two parallel stories: one that shows the personality of a child another one that shows relationships between the parents and fun-loving dynamics in the family.

Enjoy!

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Brooklyn Documentary Family Photographer {Personal Project: 365-2017. Weeks 24, 25 & 26} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/7/brooklyn-documentary-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-weeks-24-25-26 Weeks 24, 25 & 26 are up! Another 26 to go. Half way in the project!!

 

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Summer nights.

 

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End of the year party at school. With Coach M.

 

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You were so lucky to have Ms. Inglut as your teacher this year. Not only that she is an incredibly talanted teacher, she is also fun and loving. And best of all - she loves hugs as much as you do. What a perfect match!

 

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Today was your last day of school and we celebrated it at the Rose Night event at Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Oh how much you love roses! And there were so many - all the different colors and sizes. You had to smell all of them and while smelling you secretly collected petals - one from each.

 

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First day of summer break is perfect for a trip to the library. Now you are all set for a week.

 

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We've spent 6 hours in traffic today on the way to Connecticut to visit Zhulkovsky family. But it was worth it!

 

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It became a tradition to go to Talcott Mountain State Park every time we are visiting Zhulkovsky. We climbed all the way to the top but the fog was so thick that there was no view at all. You walked Reese the entire time pretending that you are training her. It looked like this - you ran as fast as you could to be in front of her and to give her directions: Reese go left, Reese go right, Reeese s-t-o-o-o-p!

 

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Learning all about conch at Bruce museum.

 

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I was sorting through your school papers today and found these ELA practices: one from September and another one from May. While ELA was always your strength I was amazed by the progress you've made. You worked so hard this year and it shows!

 

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Today we went to the zoo with Arden and Michaelle. There was an ecology station, where a staff member was talking to you about how plastic is dangerous for our environment and how eliminating the use of plastic and recycling can help animals. At the end of the trip three of you decided to recycle the flyers you've got to make paper telescopes.

 

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Tag never goes out of style!

 

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Picking mulberries.

 

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Dance performance. You are very proud of your trophy.

 

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And you also read a book to him.

 

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Today you watched your first ballet with Annabelle and Gabriel. It had two acts which were two different ballets: "The Fairy Doll" and "The Lady and the Hooligan". This picture was taken right after: you and Annabelle are full of energy and ready to perform while Gabriel is trying to wake up after a good nap.

 

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Central Park zoo. You've been patiently waiting for the musical clock to play. The clock sits atop a three-tiered tower and features a band of whimsical animals: two bronze monkeys banging hammers against a bell; a penguin on drum; a hippo on violin; a bear and his tambourine; a concertina-playing elephant; a goat with pipes; and a kangaroo on horn. The animals circle the tower to one of 44 tunes that change seasonally.

 

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We are staying at Upper East Side at Malkovich's place for few days. Today we've spent a day at Metropolitan museum and the highlight of our visit was "Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties". Ancient China is the topic you are particularly interested in and this exhibition was truly a gem. In the evening you still had enough energy to run in the park for three hours.

 

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Our balcony is now known as Cat's Paradise.

 

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Your first comics. It's about Any who learned to love "peace". Such a deep thinking for a 7 years old author.

 

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What a special day!! Two of your favorite teachers came to have dinner with us! Ms. Calish - your Kindergarten teacher and Ms. Inglut - your 2nd grade teacher.

 

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Snack time at Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

 

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NYC Family Photographer {Family Storytelling. Upper West Side} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/6/nyc-family-photographer-family-storytelling-upper-west-side Little Riley met me saying: "My family is going to take pictures today, but not me. And when it's time for a family portrait I will be hiding behind dad's back." 

Luckily it wasn't that type of "look and smile" family session and I am so excited to share all the adorable pictures I got of her and of the entire family! 

Family Storytelling is a 2 hours session with 20 minutes devoted to posed portraits, where I give some direction. The rest is documentary, based on activities that we choose beforehand. This session had it all: in home fun, strolling the streets of Upper West Side, playing ball at Central Park and brunch at a local Diner. 

Enjoy!

 

 

This year, I committed myself to providing a full service for my clients - starting with capturing your special moments and ending with a printed story you will enjoy for many years to come! This package came with a custom box with 5x7 prints. There is something very special about this product. I love the feel of each image printed individually. Maybe it goes back to my childhood when one of my favorite activities was to go through old photographs and asking my parents millions of questions about each picture.

Contact me today to book your Family Storytelling!

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Brooklyn Documentary Family Photographer {Personal Project: 365-2017. Week 23} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/6/brooklyn-documentary-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-week-23 Week 23 is up! Another 29 to go.

 

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Ultimate Science Sunday event at NYU. Someone is very excited to see the horseshoe crabs.

 

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It's this time of the year. Your favorite rose bush is blooming and while we moved and it's not next door from us anymore, you still get to enjoy it on the way to the playground.

 

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You had an unplanned Zumba class today to get some extra practice before end of the year show. Luckily some girls were coming late and you had time to enjoy the trampoline.

 

 

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Spring Dance Performance at school. "Where's the love".

 

Jewish Hebrew School end of the year party.

 

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Today I wanted to get some ice cream and found THIS in the freezer. Daddy was walking by the beach in the morning found it and brought home to show it to you as he knew you would appreciate it. You were beyond excited and called this creature: "what a sweetie!".

 

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You woke up having strep today. My poor girl! You spent a morning in bed flipping through Highlights magazine and the page with homemade pop-sickles grabbed your attention. You studied it for a while dreaming of a beautiful summer day when we can try it out.

 

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We were supposed to be away for this Shabbos, but you got sick and we had to stay. You entertained yourself today by giving a bath to your doll Sonya (yes she has the same name as you) and of course you had a furry companion by your side.

 

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Brooklyn Documentary Family Photographer {Personal Project: 365-2017. Weeks 21 & 22} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/6/nyc-documentary-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-weeks-21-22 Weeks 21 & 22 are up! Another 30 to go.

 

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We came to the playground early on Sunday morning and you’ve got to spend some quality time with your friend.

 

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The new morning routine - after you leave to school he heads to the balcony to enjoy the beautiful weather and birds singing.

 

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The big day is coming and you are a big part of it!
Initially it was hard for you to understand why do we need to get married "again"? We already have you and we are already husband and wife, so why to do it again? But then you found an answer for yourself. You decided that if we are doing it "again" it probably means that we need another baby. You like this idea a lot and not only excited about the Chuppah itself but also about a potential of having a baby brother or sister.
This is a very small intimate event with only closest people invited to celebrate with us. We asked you to keep it secret and you actually didn't share it with anyone.
Making these "Thank You" cards was the job that you asked for and worked on them with so much love and attention to details.

 

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One of the moms volunteered to produce this amazing magazine for your volleyball team and a set of players’ cards. 
According to your card:
- your favorite color is Violet;
- favorite food is French fries;
- favorite fruit is Watermelon;
- favorite book is Stink series;
- favorite subject is Guided reading;
- you plan to be a Doctor.

Last one was something new I learned about you!

 

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Rainy day pick-up.

 

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Some quite time.

 

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Saturday means Zumba! Stretching is not your favorite.

 

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After 10 happy years together we finally did it!!!
The energy of this event and emotional level exceeded all of my expectations. When I asked you what was your favorite part of our Chuppah you said "7 circles".

photo credit Desiree Tobin Walters 

 

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Fire Island bound. This was your first time taking the ferry and even though it was very windy and cold you've been dancing on the roof the entire time. Daddy's warm sweater was very helpful.

 

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Today on Fire Island: 3.2 miles to get to the Lighthouse, 182 steps to get to the top (which was totally worth it) and 3.2 miles to get back. What a great hike we had!

 

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Daddy found a sand dollar on the Fire Island beach while you were still sleeping in the morning. You recently read a book about different types of shells and really wanted to find another sand dollar yourself. We've spent few hours on the beach collecting different shells (like we don't have enough of those at home coming from our Seagate beach), but sand dollars were nowhere to be found. And then on the way out you found all of these!! It looked like someone collected them before you and then decided to leave them. I told you this, but you said: "No, Hashem sent these to me!"

 

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You finally got the 3rd letter from your pen pal Zoe and decided to write a reply immediately. In your previous letter you asked Zoe to send you a recipe of a dish they like to cook and she sent you a recipe of salmon. We'll try it out soon!

 

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Reading while waiting for Shabbos dinner became a new tradition.

 

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On a nice sunny day he would spend it laying like this. This cat knows how to enjoy life.

 

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NYC Family Photographer {Family Storytelling. Sloane Kennedy's First Birthday} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/5/nyc-family-photographer-family-storytelling-sloane-kennedys-first-birthday I met Heather and Ben 3 years ago while taking pictures of the two of them in Central Park. Married for 5 years, they were filled with so much love and passion, making it pure joy to be around them. So when Heather contacted me in April and asked if I could photograph their daughter's first birthday, I couldn't have been more excited!

This year, I committed myself to providing a full service for my clients - starting with capturing their special moments and ending with a printed story they will enjoy for many years to come! Knowing that Sloane will have this book to go back to when she grows up, and will be able to see how much she was loved, makes my job complete and my heart full.

 

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Brooklyn Documentary Family Photographer {Personal Project: 365-2017. Week 20} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/5/brooklyn-documentary-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-week-20 Week 20 is up! Another 32 to go.

 

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Lag Baomer party. Do I need to tell that you love horses or it's pretty clear from this picture?

 

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Another round of digging out the earthworms.

 

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Eenie meanie miney mow.

 

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New favorite activity: daddy is the DJ and you are dancing with maracas or other instruments from your musical collection.

 

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You and daddy gave me this ship as a Mother's Day gift. It's made of shells that you found on the beach and the piece of drift wood is a wave. It's symbolizing our family and there are three beads inside: you, me and daddy the captain and on top there is another bead - our fat cat. Best gift ever!

 

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Enjoying the beautiful weather.

 

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Last 10 minutes of your dance class are devoted to games and of course these are your favorite.

 

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NYC Documentary Family Photographer {Personal Project: 365-2017. Weeks 18 & 19} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/5/nyc-documentary-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-weeks-18-19 Weeks 18 & 19 are up! Another 33 to go.

 

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I take this same picture every time I get home late after shooting all day and find two of you sleeping in this same position next to each other.

 

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You made it today and called it "Colorful bees". Your room is always a mess because you keep working on different projects and I decided that after all it's not a big deal.

 

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While everyone is playing at the playground you are busy digging out earthworms. You then take them home and let them go into the pots with plants on your balcony.

 

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It seems that Bryn loves hugs just as much as you do, which makes your friendship even stronger!

 

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Playground.

 

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You and Bryn are trying to get the cat from behind the couch, while he is hiding under the kitchen table. I think I saw a smile on his face.

 

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On the way back from Science Saturday - an annual science event at Rockefeller Univercity. Tired, happy and full of new knowledge.

 

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Flea market. It's not an easy job to spend your $5 wisely!

 

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You didn't have school today and we went to Staten Island Zoo. Since it was Monday no one was there and you craved company. Then you saw this girl walking by with her dad and ran to her to introduce yourself. You became best friends for the whole 2 hours running around and having so much fun. She was calling you So So and you called her Clarie Clarie.


 

A playful otter. 

 

I also want to share another highlight of our trip to the zoo that I don't have a picture of. A humming bird was trying to fly through a big glass wall and got so tired of trying that it fell and I picked it up and carried to a place where it could fly away safely. You've got a chance to see it very close and even pet it's head gently. Once in a lifetime experience.

 

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Homework time. Of course he thinks that your homework folder is the best place for him to lay on.

 

 

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80's Themed Spirit Day at school. With Principal.

 

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You can't walk by a flower without smelling it. And lilac is one of my favorites so I have to join you and smell it too.

 

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The crew. Waiting for adults to cross the road.

 

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On the way to Zumba class on a rainy Saturday morning. We recently had a big fire in our dear Kneses Israel Synagogue and the building is under construction now. The day after it happened daddy brought home some colorful pieces of glass - parts of window vitrages that got damaged in fire. You discussed how you can use them for one of your projects and how meaningful it will be. Now every time we walk by you look for more pieces to add to the collection.

 

 

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NYC Documentary Family Photographer {Personal Project: 365-2017. Week 17} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/5/nyc-documentary-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-week-17 Week 17 is up! Another 35 to go. 

 

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When you want to charm girls but fail to buy pants that cover your bottom.

 

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Proud of you!!

 

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I love this installation on your window-sill.

 

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Today is the day of an Art Show at school. You've been so much looking forward to it and both me and daddy planned to go and enjoy your art work. Unfortunately you got sick and had to stay at home

 

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Hey, cat! I am home!

 

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Water balloons.

 

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Yarn doll Mia with a long black braid.

 

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NYC Documentary Family Photographer {Personal Project: 365-2017. Week 16} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/4/nyc-documentary-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-week-16 Week 16 is up! Another 36 to go. 

 

 

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You love matzah!

 

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Isn't it the fence that I told you not to climb over!?

 

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You make my mornings so much brighter.

 

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Here is the happiest cat at his happiest spot by the window enjoying the breeze and watching the birds.

 

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I started to plan my day so that we can go to the park right after school and you can play with your schoolmates. It's fun to be a photographer mom as I really get to experience the moments with you. I am not only capturing them with my camera, but also with my heart.

 

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Watching Sinbad Sailor movie on daddy's computer. His childhood favorite.

 

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You need a lot of hugs and kisses. Every day you ask me to cuddle in bed with you and I hope you'll never stop!

 

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New York Documentary Family Photographer {Personal Project: 365-2017. Week 15} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/4/new-york-documentary-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-week-15 Week 15 is up! Another 37 to go. 

 

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"Beauty and The Beast" movie at Kent Theater was a perfect ending of your spring break. Kent is a small old theater that we discovered last year during the school playdate. It's not fancy in any way but we like it. It reminds me of a movie theater that was right next to my house back in Russia. The name of that theater was Spartak and that was also the name of our bus stop and that's how everyone called my neighbourhood - Spartak. When I was your age no one was going to movie theaters in Russia. Having a TV and cassette player (like dvd-player but with cassetts) seemed way cooler. But I loved it. To have a movie on there had to be at least 10 people in the audience, so we worked hard to find enough friends to go together. Then 10 of us would seat in the very first raw right in front of the huge screen and enjoy an old Russian movie or cartoons. There were about 10 people in the Kent Theater yesterday.

 

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It's 11:30 PM and we just came back from Seder night at our synagogue. You and Sammy are watching cartoons while parents are having tea in the kitchen. 
You made us so proud today as you volunteered to read the questions from seder haggadah for Rabbi. You read loud and wasn't shy to do it in front of a large group of adults. Everyone was so impressed!

 

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Even though we let you sleep longer and you went to school later today after a late night celebration of Pesah, you still had a tough morning crying and saying "I don't want to go to school!". I promised you that right after school we'll go to the playground and it helped you to calm down. One little boy was playing with a bubbles gun and you loved it so much. We agreed to get you one as soon as we see it in the store, but it turned out that there was a guy selling those right there at the park. So here you are - enjoying your new toy and sharing the fun with other kids at the park.

 

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Parents appreciation day at school. Thank you for the sweet poem you wrote to me... and dad. We love it!

 

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Sick day for you and remake for ponies.

 

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Murzilka is a name of a Russian magazine for kids named after this furry dude who is going everywhere with his camera (just like your mom), takes pictures and shares fun facts with kids. This was my favorite magazine growing up and I was so excited when I found it in Brooklyn Public Library. We enjoyed reading it together every night this week. And here you are working on Murzilka project.

 

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Your current reading level is way above picture books, but I still bring some for you from the library. I feel that every picture book is a work of art - story, pictures, the way each page is composed, techniques that illustrator is using. Picture books go beyond reading and as long as you are interested I'll be sharing these treasures with you.

 

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New York City Vacation Photographer {Day In The Life. NYC Adventure} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/4/new-york-city-vacation-photographer-day-in-the-life-nyc-vacation

This session was such an interesting combination of a regular Day In The Life, where the focus is on everyday moments that showcase the essence of a family as well as personalities of each family member, and a Vacation Session, where the focus is on the city and on travel adventures.

When I was growing up, one of my favorite Russian movies was "Adventures of Italians in Russia". I loved this comedy and watched it more times than I can count.

As I was spending a day with this Italian family who came to visit NYC from Atlanta, I kept thinking in my head, "Adventures of Italians in New York". I loved being immersed in Italian language and culture while walking the streets of my favorite city. For the next few days I kept using  "bravo", "mio amore" and "basta" talking to my own family.

Barbara is an Atlanta-based documentary photographer. A trip to New York was always her dream and she fell in love with this city right away. They decided to rent an apartment through Airbnb instead of staying in one of NY’s many hotels, as they wanted the real authentic feel of the city instead of a traditional tourist's experience. They chose to stay in DUMBO and what a great choice it was, as this is one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in Brooklyn!

We started the day having coffee at Iris Cafe, then traveled to Manhattan to explore Chinatown and Little Italy. There was playground fun, bubble tea at Kung Fu Tea and a delicious Italian lunch at IL Cortile. Then we headed to Children's Museum of the Arts to enjoy the Lorax trees project, painting, play doh bar and so much more! Next, we headed to the High Line and back to Brooklyn to enjoy dinner at River Deli restaurant which was approved by Italians as a "true taste of home". Lastly, the bedtime routine with some tickling, fighting, reading and lots of love. What a busy, fun day!

Barbara is a great photographer herself and of course she took many wonderful pictures during their family trip, but when I shared the slideshow, her reply was: "I am crying. Thank you. It is the most beautiful gift that I had received in my life. That day I lived the DAY. For a woman/mom/photographer it is really hard living the vacation. Through your pictures I saw all the love that we have! Thank you!" These words made me cry, too. Because I can totally relate.

 

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New York Documentary Family Photographer {Personal Project: 365-2017. Week 14} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/4/new-york-documentary-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-week-14 Week 14 is up! Another 38 to go. 

This was the week of your spring break and we headed to Philly. Steinbergs are more than friends for us. They are like family and their house is like second home. Your school schedule doesn't match Eitan's and Zach's and they are having a break the following week, so during the day we had our own plans and then in the evening we did things together.

I cheated a little and selected more images for each day as it was impossible to select just one.

 

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Spring break is here! Which means no alarm clock for the whole 9 days.

 

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On the way to Philly you said:

- Hanna and Jeff have 3 kids now.

- Why?

- Because now they also have Zoe and she is like another child, right?

Yes, that's right! And having 3 kids is just the right amount of craziness.

 

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We visited Adventure Aquarium today. It was on our list for a while. Sharks were your favorites. You were telling me about "Shark Lady. True Adventures of Eugene Clark" book that you are currently reading at school. You mentioned that Eugene's interest in sharks started when she saw them during the family trip to aquarium.

 

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On the way to watch "Baby Boss" movie.

 

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"Frogs. A Chorus of Colors" exhibition at The Academy of Natural Sciences.

 

Your favorite activity was dissecting the frog.

 

We found the spring today and made sure to enjoy it as who knows how long to wait till it comes to NY.

Backyard fun.

You met a boy in the park:

- My real name is Sofia, but my mom calls me Sonya. You can call me any name, but I prefer Rosie Posie of course.

 

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Today was the opening day of a new Legoland and we were so lucky to be there. You spent majority of the time at a girl's lego section playing with little dolls and animal figures.

 

Lego movie.

You joined Eitan's gymnastics class today and I think there was a reason why the teacher called you a rock star.

Three of you baked 6 pastries and made a tremendous mess. Which of course was the most fun of all.

At least you helped to clean up later on.

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Every time we visit Philly we have to go to Please Touch museum. You love this pretend play ice cream shop station. You have your own routine there: first you arrange the ice cream menu, then setup everything and then you usually get to train a little helper and sell some ice cream to her/his parents.

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Back to Brooklyn. While I was working today you and daddy went to Home Depot and got some plants for your balcony. Both you and the cat enjoy the new "garden".

 

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New York Documentary Family Photographer {Personal Project: 365-2017. Week 13} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/4/new-york-documentary-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-week-13 Week 13 is up! Another 39 to go. 

 

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I was shooting a full day wedding today and you had another busy Sunday with daddy. The highlight of the day was that daddy helped you with some home improvements for Barbies' house. It needed few repaires. Then two of you created a beautiful chandelier, using the beads from your treasure box, to decorate the dolls' bedroom and cut out a beautiful red rug for a living room.

 

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"Mommy, this is the most beautiful time to come to the playground. I can swing and enjoy the sunset!"

 

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Second letter from your Canadian friend Zoe has arrived! I feel little jealous. No one is sending me hand written letters in golden lined envelopes with shiny stickers and stunning drawings.

 

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You worked hard on writing back to Zoe. You decided to make your letter extra neat and asked me how to spell different words. You said "Zoe is in 1st grade now, she will look at my letter and it should be a good example for her!". 
My favorite part was "Girls Rule" picture. You are such a great artist. Just look at your choice of composition and colors. I also loved how you filled the frame and how many details you added to the picture.


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Getting a haircut.

 

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It was 7 PM yesterday and we still didn't know what you are going to wear for "Dress as your favorite book character Day" at school. We were sitting on the floor sorting through piles of library books deciding which ones to return and which ones to renew. You were telling me about every book you read and what you liked most about it. And here it was: "Sonya, you have to be MATILDA!! Because you ARE Matilda!" So that's what we did. It was tricky to find an appropriate cart for books at 7 PM in Seagate but after few calls we found this. Not exactly Matilda's wagon, but has wheels and fits books.

 

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He definitely appreciates the new rug.

 

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Brooklyn Family Photographer {Personal Project: 365-2017. Week 12} http://polinabulman.com/blog/2017/3/brooklyn-family-photographer-personal-project-365-2017-week-12 Week 12 is up! Another 40 to go. 

 

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What a fun Sunday we had! We went to BMCC Tribeca to watch "The Lightning Thief" and met some friends there. The musical was so good and I was happy that you recently read about the Ancient Greece gods and goddess so you could easily understand the plot. It ended up as a full day adventure as we all had lunch together, went to the park and then ended a day visiting their house. We both came home tired and happy.

There were plenty of picture-worthy moments today, but I took just this one and decided to enjoy the day instead of capturing it.

 

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Sure, what can be more comfortable than a mailing envelope for a bed and a box for a pillow? He spent all day napping like this.

 

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- Mommy!
- Mommy!
- Mommy!
- Sonya, can you please wait a second? Don't you see I am trying to find that Light Soy Sauce that we usually get.
- Mommy!
- What??
- I actually found it..
- Oh!

 

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What do you do if you have to write a story and use 10 words but want it to be short to save time?
You write a poem!!

 

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You had a 0 Hero Breakfast at school today. Being 0 Hero means to come to school on time in full uniform every day and not to have unexcused absences. It's once in 3 months and so far we never missed it! 
Your favorite thing about it is that you are getting a chance to run around and play little bit with your friends. And being petite means that they will be carrying you around. Trust me; I know what I am talking about.

 

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Everything is better with a friend and homework especially.

 

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Looks like you had a very productive day while mommy was busy at work.
Other than playing, reading and watching Trolls you helped daddy to cook delicious fish with vegetables. Well you insist on "Daddy helped you to cook" and not the other way around as you told me that you did everything by yourself and daddy just gave you some directions.

 

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