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Thanks for stopping by! My name is Suzan Mayumi Turner. I'm a happy stay at home (expat) mom who does photography and theatre every time I get a chance. Here you'll find some glimpses of my life (now in Spain), my art, and my work. Feel free to drop me a line or two. I'd love to hear from you and make new friends!

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Bye 2009! Welcome 2010!

2009 was a great year! So many wonderful things happened! Here are some:

- We got pregnant!

- I graduated!

- Finally got the house of our dreams!

- Time with mom for 6 months!

- I got some close friends, and although they don't live close, they're very close to my heart!

- My hubby and I are even more in love!

- Good health!

- We went to the Lakers game during playoffs!

- 5th wedding  anniversary in the paradise: Caribe, baby!

- We got cable!

- Many moments of good laughs!

- Many good tears!

- Few bad tears!

- I met talented and wonderful new people!

- and so many other things....

I thank the Sovereign for all the goodies of 2009!

Now, for 2010:

"Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity. . ." Ephesians 5:15-16.

In my morning prayer, I was looking for a verse for the new year. I hope as the new adventures come in 2010, I'll have the wisdom to let Christ shine on me, making the most of every opportunity that I might face through my journey. I pray to be wise as a woman, as a wife, as a mother, as a daughter, as  an artist, as a friend, and as a member of my society.

May 2010 be full of wonderful surprises to everyone!!!!

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!!!!

We had a wonderful dinner on Christmas Eve...
(Ceia de Natal....)


And on Christmas morning, before we opened out gifts, we spent some time celebrating Jesus' birthday! We had a new tradition now... everyone needed to choose and read one verse or passage from the bible that refers to Jesus' birthday! It was a very neat and emotional moment!

(Na manha de Natal, antes de abrir os presentes, celebramos o niver de Jesus! Temos agora uma nova tradicao... todos tiveram que escolher e ler um verso ou uma passagem da biblia referente ao nascimento de Jesus! Foi um momento muito especial!)

Time for the gifts!
(Hora de abrir os presentes)

Some gifts for mommy and baby!
(Alguns presentes para mamae e o bebe)

Nicholas got some hand made boots by grandma Turner
(A vovo Turner fez botinhas para o Nicholas)


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

It was a good run!!!!

The show "Longe de Casa" is over now, but I had a blast! I'm glad that I met and worked with all the wonderful people from the show! You guys were awesome and thanks for all the love that my baby and I received!

Here is a nice video of our fun process!

Good job everyone!


O show "Longe de Casa" foi uma bencao! Estou muito feliz por ter conhecido e trabalhado com pessoas maravilhosas! Voces foram maravilhosos, e valeu pelo cuidado comigo e meu bebe!

Aqui vai um video do nosso processo!

Otimo trabalho gente!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

And the name is.....

We finally decided on the name for our precious boy...

Nicholas Haruki Turner

We liked the name "Nicholas" but weren't sure. I was looking for some Japanese names that would sound good with it... had nothing! Until I found "Haruki" I asked Keith -"what you think?" he said, - "I like it!" "Nicholas Haruki Turner, Wow!" As soon as we heard it, we knew that was it!

So, Nicholas means VICTORY and can be pronounced in English and in Portuguese; Haruki means SPRING WOOD, and he'll be born during Spring, how perfect is that?

I can't wait to see you, Haruki-chan!


Nos finalmente decidimos no nome do bebe...

Nicholas Haruki Turner

A gente gostou do nome "Nicholas" mas nao tinha certeza que seria esse. Eu estava procurando alguns nomes em Japones que combinava com "Nicholas" demorou pra encontrar, mas quando encontrei "Haruki" perguntei pro Keith "Oq vc acha?" Ele gostou! "Nicholas Haruki Turner" Assim que ouvimos em voz alta, ja sabiamos que seria esse nome!

Nicholas siginifica VITORIA e e facil de dizer nas duas linguas - Portuguese e Ingles; Haruki siginifica arvore da primavera, e ele vai nascer na primavera, nao tem como ser outro nome!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Feeding my artistic soul

Lately I've been thinking once an artist always an artist (Is it how they say it?). Well, what I mean is, when you're an artist, you need always something to keep feeding your creative soul, otherwise you'll die! Dramatic, I know, but you get the point!

As many of you know, this year I finally got my Bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts. After so many years, and when I say many years I'm not exaggerating, I finally graduated. It's been a long journey since I started my university life. It started way back home, in Brazil, when I spent many hours without sleeping for an annual test to get in the best universities in the country. It's a process that is a pain in the butt called "vestibular". However, after I got in, (Man, it felt so good when I saw my name on the "Fuvest" list! Thank you Jesus!), I wasn't satisfied with my life and decided to take a break - I went to live in Japan to work and get in touch with my Japanese side (for those that don't know, I'm half Japanese). I always hear about age crisis, I guess I had one at 20 years old, hehehe... Well, that delayed my journey towards my degree. Once back, I was refreshed, more experience, and ready to finish what I started; however, things don't necessary go as we plan! Once again, I had to delay it for an awesome cause: I met my hubby!

I moved to California without finishing school, but always knew I'd some day go back to it! Well, after adapting to a new life, culture, and language, I started School again! I had to started from the beginning, which took even more time to finish it!

Although I was crazy busy all the time, I was doing something that I loved.  Theatre is something that feeds me, and I noticed when I'm not involved with it, I feel so lost! However, I had to take a break from it. After graduating, I had a choice to go for my Masters in Acting (got accepted and all...), but I needed to take a time out to dedicate time for my family! I think, as a woman, sometimes you have to give up certain things to have all! I wanted to start having kids before 30s and I knew if I went to my masters, it 'd be more 3 years full time without social life. It was a hard decision that I had to make. My acting couches kind got upset with me, but after praying and reflecting about it, I decided not to go.  And after few months I got pregnant!

It's interesting to see my time after I got out of school! I was occupied enjoying time with my mom who was spending some time here in US, enjoying my new home,  getting ready to get pregnant (which for my surprise it only took two months to get knocked up), and more and more getting involved with photography (which is my passion too, but a subject for another post!). As I was busy with all those things, I noticed that something was missing! God, I was lost and didn't know why! "I have an amazing life, so why am I still not satisfied?" That's when it hit me! Big and Bold, "I MISS THE STAGE!" I missed saying, "Sorry, I can't, I have rehearsal!" A famous line among actors!

So, there is no way I can live without theatre! That is why I got involved in another production. And although it's a small one with low budget, it is still a group coming together to create life on stage! And that makes me so satisfied!!! Plus, I'm directing a kids skit at my church. It's a small thing, but still it's something that keeps feeding my creative side!

It reminds me one of my favorite quote from a great Brazilian Artist: "While some people make theater," says Boal, "we all are theater." Therefore, I don't make Theatre, I'm Theatre! That's how God designed me to be, and that's how he wants me to serve this world! So, as long as I'm involved with it, professional or not, in big or small productions, my soul will be fulfilled!

Check it out!

Hey guys, I'm in a Brazilian Musical for Christmas. Check it out: http://www.longedecasamusical.com/index.html

(Estou num musical brasileiro pro Natal, mais info: http://www.longedecasamusical.com/index.html )

And here are some head shots of the cast and crew:


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Let's send some joy to our love ones for Christmas!

So, why not send them a Christmas photo card?! Holiday specials now available! Book your session now, and you'll get a 30 minutes photoshoot + cd with 5 photos (low resolution and watermarked) + 25 custom getting cards for only $100.  Contact me today for more details at photo@ suzanturnerphotography.com or call me at 909 374 0819. Specials are available only until December 12th.

Here are some samples: