Wednesday, September 30, 2009

GO GREEN

Now that everyone is "Going Green" I thought I'd give it a shot too.

* all puns intended


he's just a little guy

Zhaina's turtle sun bathing at Glycorisa Beach



One of these things just doesn't belong here

One of these things just doesn't belong here


So excited for tomorrow, all photos dedicated to the colors Pink and Red!!! Stay tuned!

*Remember to visit these photos full size, please visit them here.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Orange you glad I didn't say Banana?

It's times like these that I wish I was back in the good ol' MidWest. Looking for ORANGE in a place where fall has yet to arrive was a hundred times more challenging than it should have been. I can just picture now; Wisconsin...all the pumkins, gourds, hunter blaze orange...oh the possibilites!!!



However, even while feeling sorry for myself I did manage to spot this festive color out of it's element afterall.


one lone swimmer

Zhaina's 4th pair of arm floaties this summer, these ones are a keeper!



Dad's flowers

Who knew Papu could garden?




Color week
is just gearing up, stay tunned for my world ala GREEN tomorrow!

Monday, September 28, 2009

And it was all Yellow

And so the week begins with Yellow, the center of the rainbow.

Although not a huge ColdPlay fan (what’s with their wardrobe anyway?), this song comes to mind when searching my world for things colored yellow.

And this is what I found on the hunt:

Lemon Fanta, lower cooler shelf, Notos.













Soft yellow in the form of apple juice, lovely.













When I explained color week to Zhaina, she was all too eager to participate.












Meet Belle, Photo cread. Zhaina.

* to view all photos full size visit them at http://www.flickr.com/photos/mamaocean/sets/72157622348205189/

Stay tuned tomorrow for a little MaMa Ocean in Orange!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Yay for a healthy baby boy!

I new beautiful soul entered our world yesterday.


Welcome Baby Obrean!


So happy for proud MaMa Candice, Daddy Vee, and big sister Ava!!!

Invitation Participation

Happy weekend Readers!

Beginning this Monday September 28 I will be joining in the fun of Color Week! My cousin Barb is hosting for the first time and is asking that anyone who may be interested in playing along to email her at westsidebeadery@yahoo.com by tonight 9 pm CST.

Keep a look out next week for my world IN COLOR !

Friday, September 25, 2009

Fall?

I hear the welcoming call of Fall, but I do not see it.


You see, here it is still 80+ degrees, sun shiny days EVERYDAY. I wake up every morning (okay more like noon) wondering if today is going to be the last day of summer, or as Melissa puts it, "the last beach day," but everyday we are surprised at how increadably beautiful the weather still is. (And by the way, I have decided that September is by far the most beautiful month in Samos. So if any of you are saving your pennies for a pipe dream vacation, make sure you book your tickets for September of whatever year your dream becomes realized).


I feel so lucky to have this extended summer, to still be wearing my flip flops and ponytail, and swimsuit coverup everyday. I know that soon I'll have to start wearing real clothes during the day, but for now I'll relish these last few weeks of swimsuit wearing, sun glasses rockin' days!


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Dear Pomegranate, We Love You

In the past few weeks we've been noticing the pomegranate trees coming into full bloom during our walks around the village. There is one tree in particular that we've been keeping an eye on since it is in what seems to be a deserted plot of land. Melissa and I have wondered aloud what is to happen to the fruits once they ripen and there is no one there to harvest them. I mean, we mind as well climb in there, right?


Thankfully that was not necessary. Today my dad showed up with the beginnings of what promises to be a bountiful pomegranate season.


the little thief

so delicious


Zhaina inspecting the "Pearls"


For further reading on the significance of this fruit start here.

As for me, THIS is next on my reading list. Now if only I could get my hands on a copy...

UPDATE Family Portrait Challenge

Our family portrait has been included on the original blogger's post along with dozens of other families from around the world. It is still not too late for your family's portrait to be included as well. So get out there and gather your family for backyard photoshoot! Can't wait to see the results! Post them here in my comments section and don't forget to email Jenny!

see details below

Monday, September 21, 2009

Our Family may be small, but we pack a lot of punch


I came across this blog last night before bed. I LOVED the photos (and the challenge) and immediately began brainstorming ideas of how I could capture my little family and make the photo pop. I decided that our equivelent of a "backyard" is the beach and so we woke up this morning put on our swimsuits and went to where we always go, Tarsanas Beach. I should also add that I allowed Zhaina to do what she always begs to do, wear nearly every accessory she owns at once.
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We scoped out a few different locations on the beach and tried a few shots at each place, but this photo won my heart. (not to mention in 98% of the other photos all or most of our bodies never ended up in the frame). I brought the blue chair and a stool (on top of which I placed my camera and set the 10 second timer) as props and then just let the beautiful setting do its job. I told Zhaina ahead of time that we were doing a "photo shoot" today and she acted like it was no big deal, and was most excited about deciding where to stand.
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If you haven't had your family portrait taken in who knows how long (for whatever reason) I strongly encourage you to answer my call and take part in this challenge. Link your family's portait back in the comments section here and send it to Jenny. Whatever means family to you, big or small, take a few moments to capture yours, and I know you'll cherish the results.
I sure do.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Brrrrr

Today while on the beach my dad told me to "Watch out for Zhaina. The weather, it changes now, maybe she's cold."

It was sunny and 80 degrees at the time.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

My inner Photographer


eat your heart out
Originally uploaded by MaMa Ocean

Since adding a Flickr account to my already enormous online portfolio I've discovered I'm not at all what one would call a "photographer." I'm more of a bumlbling idiot with a camera in my hand. After years of being on the other side of the camera, I'm finding it a little strange to adjust to being behind the lens. I mean, I have always like having my picture taken and think it odd that others don't share that feeling. But alas, today I had the most uncooperative subject!

This afternoon my dad came down to the beach with this ridiculously large piece of karpuzi (watermelon) for Zhaina and all I wanted to do was snap a cute shot of her eating it but every time I lifted the camera she turned around! I'd have to pretend I was walking away and then run around her really fast and click! After a few moments I was able to get this shot, but not without the lack of trying.

But I have high hopes for my future photos and am bound and determined to let my inner Photographer out! (subjects willing).

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A Day in the Forest

After a minor repair, we took the beast on a



the other day. It took us about 40 minutes in the car and a lot of "Zhaina, just look out the window." and "Zhaina, talk to your kangaroo." but finally we made it to


Manolates the Forest.


After a short hike we poked our way around and through a couple of restored Greek traditional homes complete with outdoor summer kitchens, hearths and all.


We explored the forest and wondered aloud if we might find the smurfs, but instead settled for a tiny creek and local cats that insisted on following us everywhere. Zhaina was a huge fan of the forest, once exclaiming, "MaMa, this place sure is wonderful!" Melissa, not so much. And when Melissa couldn't stand being in the forest for another minute we hopped back in the beast and drove to the nearest

sweets shop

for a snack, which immediately boosted her spirits.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Online Expansion

While someone else is downsizing their online portfolio, I am EXPANDING. You can now find me on Flickr as well as everywhere else I've always been.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

A Perfect Storm

If you only knew how the sky normally looks here, you would be able to appreciate the following photos that much more. A few years ago I once took it upon myself to count how many days it would take for a cloud to appear in the sky, and I kid you not, I got to 7 weeks! Seven weeks without a single cloud in the sky! And then when it did come it was just a tiny little smear of a thing. We are among the lucky who have clear big blue sky, day after, blue sky day.

Well, the other day changed all that. A storm blew in so fierce that we had more rain fell in a 12 hour period then all of September and October of last year. It was like the sky opened up and and a waterfall came pouring out. But that's not to say we didn't make the best of it.
Hot Lattes all around! (tiny hot chocolate for you know who!)



Oh and my dad sent Taki to purchase one large umbrella that served as a sort of shuttle between the hotel and the restaurant. Me and Melissa joked that every half hour it went back and forth carry people from one destination to the other. Very Greek. You know, far be it from everyone to have their own individual umbrella, we'll all just take turns with the same one. Typical.
around noon it looked like this


Even Zhaina found a way to make herself useful.
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That is until she snuck in the water fully clothed while I was busy taking pictures of the sky!

I managed to wrestle her out of her dress and jacket, but not the water, it was just too tempting! And even she couldn't keep her eyes off the sky, it just was too strange, I mean,

for Greece...

It finally did clear up around five in the afternoon, but left us all kind of wondering,

did that just happen?

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Yoga Baby

Sometimes she just amazes me.


Usually when we are on the beach I'm lost in my book, or my magazine, or whatever else I can get my hand on that is written in English. Meanwhile, Zhaina is off making friends with the tourists, or swimming, or finding sea glass, or snails, or some other predictable kid behavior. But the other day when I looked up from my book to scan the beach in search of my social butterfly, this is what I saw...
I thought maybe it was just a fluke, until today when she did this:


Have you ever seen such bliss?



Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The child in us all

We've been spending some time in my dad's hovel as of late, and in this time I was reminded of the bliss of childhood innocence (and how some of us can hold onto it even in our older years).




The other day my dad fixed us a dinner of Russian tortellini, fresh vegetarian tomato and herb sauce, horiahtiki, fresh fried potatoes, hard cheese, and bread. * Queue mouths drooling. * But that isn't all. After dinner was devoured over the real fun began. My dad made some ill humored joke about me not needing to do the dishes, and then went and, gasp! did them himself! And it's a good thing he did, because in the process of cleaning up the supper mess, he remembered how to make a chore into a fun activity, like only he could.



Blowing Bubbles with Dish Soap!










In the end, I'm not sure who enjoyed it more, my dad, or Zhaina.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Take a look, it's in a Book

So I'm reading this book, and it's like, consuming me. I've already read it once or twice before, and of course have seen the feature film it was made into. And yet, it consumes me none the less. And it's strange, because it's not one of my all time favorites (what's your favorite?), and I've already read so many wonderful books over the summer, but still, it consumes me. I love the characters, the setting, and all that adventure!

My favorite chapter, "the doing of it"

My favorite passage,

--If I was to ask you to do something, would you do it?
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Inman considered that he should frame an answer here on the order of Maybe, or If I can, or some like provisional phrase.
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What he said was, Yes.
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What are you reading currently?

(if you find yourself saying "nothing" then what are you waiting for?! Pick up a book, any book and start reading! I guarantee you'll soon see what you've been missing)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Table for 2


video
Every Wednesday night my dad has Live Greek Music at his restaurant on the beach, Notos. And now, since I'm not working, we actually get to enjoy "Greek Night." Zhaina and I get all dressed up and try to make it there before the rush so that we can eat too. You see, Wednesday nights are by far our busiest night. There are usually Greeks lined up for a table (or even moving tables out from inside, and sometimes even over from the restaurant next door!)and crazy tourists with smiles plastered across their faces as the entire restaurant sometimes sings along with the band. I too, have learned some of the songs and sing quietly to myself with my own smile plastered across my face. And as for Zhaina, well lets just say she has no problem dancing the night away...




Last night in particular we did NOT make it in time to get a table outside. With the



restaurant full to the brim



Zhaina girl and I set up a table for 2



inside, not far from the kitchen where my dad enjoys Greek night as master chef.