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san diego family photographer | what new adventures looks like | april 2013

So thrilled to share this month’s version of What ___ Looks Like … April 2013.  Each month I use this post to write a letter to Brooks so he won’t forget the little details and big events in our life.

Dear Brooks,

What a month!  What started out as a little outing for a bike ride has turned into something that has taken over our thoughts and our days … triathlons.  About a year ago, I had considered having you try it out, but I just didn’t get around to it.  I’m so glad we followed through with it this time.

The month started with two races in one weekend.  You competed in the Carlsbad one mile run.  The pack of 8 year olds at the starting gate was impressive, but not nearly as impressive as it was when the race started.  I’ve never seen such a fast group of runners!  The group started out as if the run was a sprint instead of a mile.  After 7 short minutes, I had the biggest smile on my face as I saw you round the final corner toward the finish line.

The biggest downside to each of these races is the downtime between our early arrival and the start time, but the iPod helps to pass some of the time.

It’s been sooooo long since you’ve been the one to reach for my hand while we’re walking, but recently I find your little fingers slipping into mine whenever we’re out.  Every time it makes me smile and my heart soar!

Right after the race, we took off for San Dimas and the first in the series of the So. Cal. kids tri series.  Since you hadn’t had a chance to work on open water swimming, I signed you up for the duathlon … a 7 mile bike and a 2 mile run.

And just like that, you were back and ready to run!

This was my favorite picture from the race!  Everyone on the race route was cheering for the kids so when you came by with the giant smile, they cheered even louder!

Race day is finally over and it’s time to pack it up … until next time.

Nothing like a Sunday afternoon hanging out at Petco watching the Padres!  We caught this game during the opening home series.  You only lasted 5 innings and ate your way through the snack bar.

After the game, we went to open water swim practice.  I think it was one of the coldest days this spring … 58 degrees, wind and light rain.  You and Evan were such great sports and couldn’t wait to keep the tally going for how many fish you saw during each swim.

We caught a day at Disneyland with one of the nicest days of the month.  After a month of dreary overcast days, it was so nice to be out in the sun at the happiest place on earth.

We discovered the joy of the single rider line which cut our wait time to 10-20 minutes instead of 40-60.  It worked out perfectly on the Carsland ride when we got to race against one another.

I loved that you got to battle with my favorite bad guy!

So bummed I didn’t have my 35 mm lens on autotopia.  You were cracking me up as the crazy driver.

It’s been a while since I’ve had a simple portrait of you.  I love every single one of your freckles and those beautiful lashes.

Last weekend we spent a special afternoon doing a video session with Holly Christine.  I think day was easily one of our top 10 days.  I can’t wait to see the magic she makes with our video!

Twin day at school with your buddies!

Just another training day …

Love you to the moon and back!




Be sure to continue on with the incredibly talented Amy Grace | a beautiful life photo.


From the beginning …

What Responsibility Looks Like
What the Last Days of Summer Looks Like
What Almost 7 Looks Like
What Making Memories Looks Like
What December Traditions Looks Like
What The Magic Of First Grade Looks Like

What Being a Tourist in My Own City Looks Like
What Easter Looks Like
What Remembering Looks Like
What A Day At The Fair Looks Like
What Our Everyday Looks Like
What Love Looks Like
What Choosing Joy Looks Like
What Life Looks Like Now
What San Francisco Looks Like
What Hawaii Looks Like

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May 6, 2013 - 3:10 am

“what ____ looks like” may edition » Summer Murdock Photography - […] the circle to see what everyone else’s ______ looks like! Next up is the oh so talented Jules Trandem | San Diego Lifestyle Photographer …she’s an amazing photographer and one of the nicest people you’ll ever […]

May 6, 2013 - 7:52 am

momMom - Wonderful. I love seeing all the super activities you two enjoy and I especially like his fun in trying these new sports. A wonderful summery of a very busy month. I never realized how many freckles lived on his nose. I’ll have to look closer when I see him again. A beautiful story.

May 6, 2013 - 9:14 am

summer Murdock - Jules, wow I am so so impressed by Brooks and his races…I seriously adore how you capture him. The swing shots are AWESOME and I totally love the one of him running up the stairs at Disneyland. You are so good about getting in the frame with him too! Love them!

May 6, 2013 - 10:38 am

amy grace - i get so emotional watching him live in such a big, devoted, full hearted, joyful way. you two are like a beautiful package of inspiration. this month is packed, it is spilling over. something i noticed when i was looking through, was how i immediately spotted brooks in the (wonderful) crowd pictures during his race. the way you captured the feeling of those, and framed them in such a way that even my eye found him at once…love was your lens jules. it is so clear, and nuanced, hopeful, true. you don’t make him into something for your pictures. his spirit IS your pictures. and oh dear, those freckles. those glorious freckles…xoxoxo

May 6, 2013 - 6:08 pm

Dawn Cooper - Jules!! I LOVE LOVE these!!! I got all teary-eyed looking at the pics of his races…you are the most amazing and inspiring mom EVER!!! What a great idea to do this for both Brooks and you to remember..I have a hard time remembering much of my kids’ from last month. Thanks for sharing!

May 19, 2013 - 4:50 pm

Janni Kimble - I really love your idea and documenting your sons life. It inspires me to do the same! Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos.

August 6, 2013 - 11:26 am