My oldest is in kindergarten. If you've read my blog for a while now, you'd already know that, because I believe I posted about the fact that I cried every morning for about 2 weeks when he first started school. It was a difficult decision for me to decide where to put him in school. I didn't feel good about having him attend the public school that we are zoned to go to. After doing a little research and getting some tips from a couple of acquaintances, I decided to place him in a small charter school. Our experience has been a good one. I really like his teacher and he is happy there.
One of the things I really like about his school is that they have rad field trips. And not only are they to cool places, but once there, the family (who is always encouraged to go on each trip) is allowed to wander at will. There aren't groups to keep up with or children fighting to stay in line. People simply meet up at the beginning and meet back up at the end, just to touch bases.
Today, we rode the Metrolink in to LA's Union Station and hit Chinatown. I've been to Chinatown before, but I was able to see it today in a new light, being there with children, as well as my camera. JT was kind enough to herd the kids while I shot and shot and shot. I ended up with 193 images I really wanted to post here, but narrowed it down to these as I didn't think my server would like me very much if I actually posted 193 images in one post. ;)

Another post coming soon with pics of my kids in their new Chinese jammies.  Seriously, so cute.

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February 19, 2010

My oldest is in kindergarten. If you've read my blog for a while now, you'd already know that, because I believe I posted about the fact that I cried every morning for about 2 weeks when he first started school. It was a difficult decision for me to decide where to put him in school. I didn't feel good about having him attend the public school that we are zoned to go to. After doing a little research and getting some tips from a couple of acquaintances, I decided to place him in a small charter school. Our experience has been a good one. I really like his teacher and he is happy there.
One of the things I really like about his school is that they have rad field trips. And not only are they to cool places, but once there, the family (who is always encouraged to go on each trip) is allowed to wander at will. There aren't groups to keep up with or children fighting to stay in line. People simply meet up at the beginning and meet back up at the end, just to touch bases.
Today, we rode the Metrolink in to LA's Union Station and hit Chinatown. I've been to Chinatown before, but I was able to see it today in a new light, being there with children, as well as my camera. JT was kind enough to herd the kids while I shot and shot and shot. I ended up with 193 images I really wanted to post here, but narrowed it down to these as I didn't think my server would like me very much if I actually posted 193 images in one post. ;)

Another post coming soon with pics of my kids in their new Chinese jammies.  Seriously, so cute.

webUnionStationSign.jpgChinatownKids.jpg webChinatown_01.jpg Chinatown3.jpgwebChinatown_7215.jpgChinatown1.jpgwebChinatown_7218.jpgChinatown2.jpg


Comments
Lindsey says:

Beeeeautiful!! We should meet there for dim sum one of these days!

(02.19.10 @ 11:25 PM)
Jennifer n says:

How fun Rachel, the entire experience. I love ALL the images you posted. I can't wait to see your cute kiddos in their Chinese PJs. I was just in SF, China Town last week.I wish I would have seen this post. It would have inspired me to bring my camera out with me!

(02.20.10 @ 12:30 AM)
christy says:

Amazing!! Every image is so full of vibrant detail - I feel like I am there with you. You truly have a natural talent for capturing people- especially these strangers- your connection with them shows through. I adore every detail....makes me want to go to china town! What a cool field trip! It must have felt more like a mini vacation for the kids- what a great way for them to experience and learn!

(02.20.10 @ 01:32 AM)
Lindseybelle says:

Gorgeous colors! I love these!

(02.20.10 @ 06:56 AM)
gina says:

i love EVERY SINGLE ONE of these!! going to SF Chinatown next month and totally taking my camera... you've totally inspired me...

(02.20.10 @ 08:03 AM)
Dana F says:

Fantastic - these are some of your most inspired portraits!

(02.20.10 @ 08:33 AM)
thePiedPiper says:

Okay I TOTALLY felt like I was there! LOVE LOVE LOVE all of these shots and the yum yum color!!

(02.20.10 @ 02:47 PM)
eleni says:

These are amazing people and detail shots! It feels very National Geographic Traveler magazine!

(02.20.10 @ 08:34 PM)
DawnD says:

I especially love how you included the faces of the people you encountered during your day. What a great job you did documenting your rad field trip!

(02.20.10 @ 09:31 PM)
Jen says:

So awesome Rach. Totally feel like I'm right there with you. The color is amazing and the variety outstanding. Makes me want to go to Chinatown!!

(02.21.10 @ 12:46 PM)
Kristie says:

I love living vicariously through your images! And to think, this was a field trip--soooooooo cool!! Gorgeous color and composition. I love, love, love them all!!!

(02.23.10 @ 11:28 AM)