“The secret to concentration is the acceptance of endless distractions” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Lori & Lindsey Woods by ©Kaja Tirrul

Lori and Lindsey are friendly and polite, lovers of their kids, animals, and the country. When I pulled into Lindsey’s gorgeous home in Ingleside she came out to greet me and bring me around back where Lori was. Rounding the corner I saw and heard a blur of children and animals, “Welcome to the crazy!” she said smiling. Lori and Lindsey are fortunate to be blessed with such beautiful, happy kids,  although it was not my original plan, I felt they needed to be included somehow.  In their portrait I tried to recreate the energy that I saw when I came around back; Lori and Lindsey proudly surrounded by their laughing, jumping and playing kids. It was so funny to do the opposite of what I usually do when photographing kids, encouraging them to run and jump and yell around their mothers. Definitely a laugh! – Kaja T

Image ©Kaja Tirrul

An Interview with Lori and Lindsey

Q. What is your best memory/moment from one of your past birthdays?

Lori: When I was young and my grandfather made Lindsey and I our own barbie birthday cake.

Lindsey: When we were growing up our grandfather would make us each our own doll birthday cake.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

Lori: When I was young and I really wanted something (I can’t remember now what it was) and I got a bike helmet. I was a bit disappointed. Looking back now it seems so silly to have been disappointed in something now I can’t even remember.

Lindsey: The year we didn’t get our own birthday cake mom gave us a cake from a previous celebration that she had left over.

Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that most surprised you?

Lori: My husband gave me a compound bow. I loved it.

Lindsey: When my husband gave me an iPod that he hid under my pillow and let it ring until I found it.

Q. Is there one food or dish that you insist in eating during your birthday celebration?

Lori: Yes, I always insist on cooked red cabbage the way my grandmother used to make.

Lindsey: Yes, usually chicken with mashed potatoes and red cabbage with applesauce. Our mom makes it for us.

Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?

Lori: Being with family and friends.

Lindsey: Having family together.

Q. Do you/your family/culture have any traditions/rituals/ceremonies that are performed to celebrate birthdays? What is it?

Lori: Not really. We try to get everyone together to have dinner.

Lindsey: Not really. We do have a birthday supper every year that our mom makes for us.