Through The Lens Thursday #24: Deep

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Through The Lens Thursday is a one-year photography project, where every week, my project partner, Greta of GFunkified and I, will post a picture (or pictures) we have taken based on a prompt. Our hope is that together, we can teach and learn from each other, stay accountable to our goal of improving our skills, and hopefully, be taking some gorgeous photographs. 

A photography project This week’s prompt is ‘Deep’.

Again, I’m loosely interpreting the prompt, because for the life of me, I can’t think of a literally deep photo I can take, since I’m confined to the house. Friends, I’m deep in the trenches of parenting, and mothering two sick kids. We are in lockdown, in quarantine, for at least a week. 

The children have contracted hand, foot and mouth disease, and if you follow me on Facebook or are Facebook friends with me, I’m sorry, this is the umpteenth time I’ve mentioned HFMD. There has been a mini epidemic at the boys’ year round school (which has 52 students, ranging from babies in daycare to 5 year olds) – this week is the third time the school has closed and one of my kids became case #10. 

Deep - Child 1 This guy, became #11 today, and the fever has knocked him sideways, and he’s convalescing on my spot on the couch (but of course).
Deep - Child 2

Case #10 is feeling better, and fortunately, he caught a mild case of it. Why, you can barely notice the spots and blisters on his face! At least, he’s well enough now to ride his bike.


Deep - Collage of Mess

And when you have children at home 24/7, inevitably, you’ll be deep in the mess. Then you wonder, how in the world do we have 1,786 vehicles in that toy box? You may also realize that it’s not worth cleaning up until the end of the day. 

Deep - Crumbs

 That includes the crumbs that coat your floor. Leave it. 

(What do you think of these ‘deep’ photos? This is a photography exercise, so any critique is appreciated and welcomed!) Next week’s prompt: Smooth

For the full list of prompts, check out my Through The Lens Thursday page. If you’d like to join Greta and I, but not necessarily blog your picture, join our Flickr group, where we upload our photos, and give comments, or helpful critique on each other’s photographs.

I’m sharing a recipe for homemade coconut honey ice cream at Everyday Family, that doesn’t require an ice cream maker

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • June 12, 2014 Allie

    I did read that on FB and felt so badly for you!!! Is there nothing worse then being trapped in the house b/c of illness?? I’m feeling for you and your “deep” photos capture what every mom goes through with sick kids, perfectly. Crumbs? Leave ’em! I also spied the tv remote (at least I think that’s what it it?) teetering on the top of a couch pillow… πŸ™‚
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    • June 16, 2014 Alison

      Surprisingly, the boys haven’t watched any TV at all. Just occasional turns on the iPad in the morning. If the TV is on, it’s me watching my shows πŸ™‚ It’s almost a week now, and we’re almost out of this! *phew*

  • June 12, 2014 Bev

    Oh no! Your poor boys, and poor you as well. I think this time definitely calls for leaving all cleaning to be put aside. I really like your interpretation of the prompt, and particularly like that crumb picture. Hope everyone is better soon!
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    • June 16, 2014 Alison

      Thanks Bev! We are slowly on the mend!

  • June 12, 2014 Katie

    This is an excellent interpretation of “deep”. Poor buddies. Poor mommy. Poor lonely cheese-it. ps. Charlie would find that Cheese-it days later and eat it. Because that is how we roll around here. Healing hugs.
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    • June 16, 2014 Alison

      Hey guess who’s just like Charlie in my household? πŸ™‚

  • June 12, 2014 Alexa

    Yes I would say you are deep in the trenches. You poor thing. I hope that you are feeling well at least!
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    • June 16, 2014 Alison

      I recovered from a cold a few days ago, thank you!

  • June 12, 2014 Leighann

    I remember when my daughter had that. Not fun.
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    • June 16, 2014 Alison

      No, it isn’t, at all. Sigh.

  • June 12, 2014 Tamara

    Aww! Cases #10 and #11 are awfully adorable, though.
    I love the light at your place. Ours has been dim this week because of constant humidity/rain/gloom. It’s starting to get to me!
    Healthy vibes for all!
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    • June 16, 2014 Alison

      We get some good light for a few hours a day! And thank you, we’re on the mend!

  • June 13, 2014 KalleyC

    I’m so sorry to hear about the boys! My kids were recently sick too, and it lasted about 2 weeks with them. I’m with you regarding the crumbs on the floor. I find that I’m sweeping and cleaning after every meal and snack. And that’s like all the time around the clock. I hope they feel better soon!
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    • June 16, 2014 Alison

      I’m sorry your kids were sick too. It’s so hard!
      Yes, I am constantly tidying up and cleaning – but it’s come to the point of well, pointlessness πŸ™‚

  • June 13, 2014 Clare Davis Etheridge

    I am sure we have that same helicopter and I am super impressed with whoever counted the cars in the vehicle box! I really like the very last photo of the lonely cracker. Clare x
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    • June 16, 2014 Alison

      That would be me, the cleaner-upper of tiny vehicles πŸ™‚

  • June 13, 2014 Janine Huldie

    Add a puppy to this and I totally feel your pain and then some having the kids home now through the end of summer with school being over. Seriously, though hope your kiddos are feeling better and so sorry that you have had them sick this past week. Hugs to you and wishing you a much better weekend now.
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    • June 16, 2014 Alison

      I can’t understand how parents get through summer vacation! The boys go to year-round preschool because we pay daycare hours, though only 4 hours/ day. I think it wouldn’t be too bad if a) they weren’t sick and b) they weren’t contagious. πŸ™‚

  • June 13, 2014 Jennie Goutet

    I particularly like your pictures today – the depth of field in the toys and the crumb. I also really love seeing both your boys. It makes me feel happy, like I just saw them in the flesh.

    Stay sane. Love you.
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    • June 16, 2014 Alison

      Even when they’re contagious, spotty and kinda gross? πŸ™‚
      Thank you, love.

  • June 13, 2014 Kimberly

    Poor babes!!!
    You’re the second blogger whose kids got this.
    I hope that they feel better soon.
    I like the last picture. Truly epitomizes motherhood. xo
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    • June 16, 2014 Alison

      They are better, thank you! Just a couple more days and back to school they go! (hurrah!)

  • June 14, 2014 Rudri Bhatt Patel

    Oh, Alison, I am so sorry your children are in the middle of illness. Sick children adds another dimension to the word, trenches. I like the compare and contrasting images of what you photographed. It shows the daily slice of life with kids, but also that “deep” means imperfection.

    Wishing health to your family!
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    • June 16, 2014 Alison

      Thank you for your kind words, Rudri!

  • June 14, 2014 Kristi Campbell

    I have crumbs on my floor all of the time, Alison, and don’t even have an excuse like being quarantined. I’m so sorry about the HFMD. That’s awful. Wishing you inspiration and peace while cooped up at home. Your photos are gorgeous!
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    • June 16, 2014 Alison

      Kristi, thank you. Peace is absolutely what we need, and we have had a few of those moments, fortunately. Inspiration hasn’t struck though. πŸ™‚

  • June 14, 2014 Rorybore

    Oh my son had that when he was younger. Horrible – he was so uncomfortable and he couldn’t hardly eat and they just bugged the ever loving sanity out of both of us. I do hope everyone is on the mend soon.
    Love the crumbs on the floor. not only is it a great shot, but it makes me feel quite validated. πŸ™‚
    I totally flaked on the project this week! We are deep into rain and storms and losing tree branches. So camera remained safely indoors.
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    • June 16, 2014 Alison

      The boys are on the mend – the little one is over it, the big one still has spots and is itchy, but otherwise fine. But they’re not allowed back in school until our pediatrician clears them, it should be a couple more days! (oh dear lord) Oof, the weather over there sounds rough.

  • June 14, 2014 Michelle

    The first thing I thought of when I saw the prompt is the ocean and an underwater photo I took of a sea turtle, which is probably one of my favorite pictures ever. There’s so many ways to interpret. I can see being deep into the parenting trenches…I feel like that all the time. Everyone gives me a hard time when I get the camera out these days though.
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    • June 16, 2014 Alison

      I don’t get to pull the camera out as much either. Especially at home, it’s kinda boring and we don’t have a backyard πŸ™‚

  • Never been through this one altho several friends have, and declared it true misery as a Mom.
    Hang in there, and gorgeous pics, my dear, love the crumb!!! xxx
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    • June 16, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, my friend!

  • June 16, 2014 Chris Carter

    So let me get this straight. You are stuck at home in the pit of sickness with your precious kiddos (HFMD is AWFUL. I know.) AND you are still trying to complete your baby making process time TWO?

    I know a thing or 19,563,997 about being stuck home with sick kids. It sucks. It’s suffocating, lonely, exhausting and almost unbearable at times. And to think you have THAT going on whilst still creating babies X TWO.

    Girl- don’t you even think about picking up those crumbs, or counting those cars in that toybox! I’m so relieved that you are almost through this. Praying for your own health sweetie! And hoping you get your space on the couch back soon. πŸ™‚

    • June 16, 2014 Alison

      Yes, yes and yes. Out. Of. My. Mind. I may have gone slightly OTT with the chocolate, cookies and ice cream this week when the boys were in bed. πŸ™‚
      And thank you!

  • June 17, 2014 Kir

    oh those faces, I know how hard it’s been to be home with both of them sick but those faces just make me want to cuddle them. (Don’t cuddle them!! you’ll get it! Oh. Go ahead, cuddle ’em. xo)

    I love all your pictures, the one of the crumbs was so telling it made me want to visit and sweet your floor for you.
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    • June 17, 2014 Alison

      Sweet or sweep the floor? πŸ™‚ Either way, I appreciate it and I love you! xoxo

  • June 18, 2014 Kim

    I have been deep in those trenches too. Leave it til the end of the day, indeed.
    I hope that they are all recovered – HFM is no fun for anyone.
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    • June 19, 2014 Alison

      Yes, they are FINALLY all-clear!

  • June 18, 2014 Elaine A.

    Deep trenches totally counts here. And those boys are so adorable, even when sick. xo

    • June 19, 2014 Alison

      They are. They’re totally naughty too. πŸ™‚

  • June 29, 2014 Jin Ai

    Oh dear! How horrible! Glad everyone’s clear finally. Celebrate with some of that ice cream?
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    • June 29, 2014 Alison

      Oh I DID! πŸ™‚

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