As our final week of homework for Visual Storytelling, Molly Flanagan’s photography class I took through The Define School, we were asked to tell a story in pictures. I was hoping for perfect natural light and lots of time to prepare and practice. Instead, I got rain and clouds and a busy week celebrating our oldest turning five. But I’m still glad to capture this chapter of life and the craziness we call dinner time. Tonight, we had my favorite kind of celebration–the kind where the kitchen looks like a bomb went off thanks to my little sous chefs and the five of us gather around our kitchen table while we tell knock knock jokes and enjoy the birthday girl’s favorite fish tacos. Lydia, our story wouldn’t be the same without you. Your laugh, your compassion, and your love of life are written all over this messy, beautiful story we call family. Happy birthday, sweet girl!