Vapor Trails and March for Babies

Let me start off by saying that there is a picture of Gigi’s urn at the end of this post, so if that bothers you, you have been warned.

What a beautiful day here in sunny California! I live in Ridgecrest, California, which is home to  Naval Air Warfare Station (NAWS), China Lake.  What you see above is a vapor trail from the fighter jets flying at sunset.  I love when I hear the “green” people talk or post something about how they are chemical trails. Ahhhh….a little investigation leads to a lot of knowledge. 

On another note I have created a team for the March for Babies.  We will all walk on April 30th in Gigi’s name.  I am so excited for this event for the obvious reason, and because my best friend and family will be walking with us.  They currently live in South Carolina and will be here during that time and donated their time and money to walk for team GigiRoman. I am so lucky to have such a great friend. Hopefully some of Sals family and mine can also join us. AND….we have met and beat our goal to raise $200 before the march! In only one day! Thank you to all of our friends and family who have donated. It really is very meaningful that you have helped out a cause that is so near and dear to my heart. The generosity shown today warms my heart.  If you would like to walk with us or donate the link is below.

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Giovanna Phoenix Ramirez

I had another session with the amazing Kirk at Sleepy Lagoon today, and Im writting this blog today with mixed emotions.

You see, today was the last session. On one hand I am so happy to be done because Gigi’s Phoenix is complete and here to stay.  On the other hand the sessions were therapeutic to my soul and gave me some closure.  I’m only going to post a few pictures here today, but I will take a better photo and post in about a week when I’m done healing.

This is Kirk…

And finally me looking a hot mess as usual after a session, but in complete love!

A final thank you goes to Tommy Roberts for taking the pictures. Thanks Tommy!

Watermark

Let me start of by clarifying why I created this watermark.  I have been thinking about it for a while now, ever since I put my first picture of the Phoenix up. Through WordPress I can see when someone takes my blog and “re-blog’s” it. That unfortunately happened with the Phoenix. I knew writing this blog would put myself out there for the world to see and possibly take, and while I was uneasy with it, I thought that no one would have interest in a no namers crappy pictures. While that still holds true, the protectiveness has come out. It may be my fault for exposing my family but I would still like to have control over what is published and shared. I created the watermark as a way to deter fake blogs from taking my stuff (I don’t think any credible blogs would). I in no way consider myself a photographer, and grappled with the “photography” on the end. While I am still uneasy with giving the impression to real photographers that I think I know what I’m doing by having a watermark, I hope that they understand, and don’t laugh so hard that water comes out of their nose.

On to the fun stuff! This picture was taken last night after playing in the mud. I am a HORRIBLE baker. I guess I didn’t get that gene from my Grandma…darn you!!!! It’s okay though, it’s still fun…kind of. My problem with baking is how everything has to be exact. Um yeah….Im more of a recipe tweaker. Needless to say the cookies are hard and a little tasteless. Like those ones you get in the giant tins with big sugar crystals on them. Oh well. The train picture was taken today, as well as the first one. The train turned out pretty good. Probably because I didn’t have to cook it, and Roman decorated it.

As you can tell I am still trying to get the hang of this prime lens and the low f-stop, and yes I am still in love.

Gigi Round 3

 

I went to Fullerton today to get some more work on Gigi’s tattoo. I’m torn between wanting it to be done and wanting to keep working on it. It is obviously not done, but I’m sure if I could sit for longer we might have been by now. I was only able to sit for 3 hours today, not sure why. Probably not focusing right, my mind is all over the place. So I pulled my sissy card. Thankfully I have the best tattoo artist in the world who is so patient with me. I know I’ve said it before but it’s true. He’s got a client for life….if he’ll have me. Haha!

Phoenix Part 2

Today was a special day. Gigi was due a year ago today. To honor not just only her but also the actual date, I had more work done on the Phoenix. Kirk, my amazing tattoo artist, added her name and some reds and purples. I am amazed at how it looks and fall in love with it more and more every day. I am so excited to see her finished, but in some way it’s very therapeutic to have these multiple sessions to be able to physically remember and honor her.

Phoenix Part 1

Technically I’m a day behind, but as you can see I have a good reason. Sal and I made the trek down to Fullerton today to get tattooed. This isn’t a tattoo that we got on a whim, this is something that we’ve been contemplating for a long time. My tattoo is a Phoenix; Gigi’s middle name is Phoenix. The legend of the Phoenix goes something like this…The Phoenix has a 500 to 1000 year life cycle. At the end it builds a nest out of twigs that catch on fire. The Phoenix burns with the fire down to ashes, and from the ashes a young Phoenix rises again to live out another life, making her immortal. The cry of the Phoenix is said to be as beautiful as a song.

This is the first round for both Sal and I, and when were done I’ll post again. I’m getting color added. Sal got Giovanna tattooed on the top of his shoulder and his whole left arm is going to be a battle scene between angels and demons. It looks amazing too. We researched and researched because we wanted to go to the same shop, but we have drastically different styles when it comes to tattoo’s. A big shot out to Kirk and Edo at Sleepy Lagoon Tattoo in Fullerton. Amazing!