Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The best Tomato Soup you've never had

Whenever my four year old really loves something she said "this is the best I've never had" it's so cute - thus the title for this post.

My sister started a food blog - in her first two blog posts she gave some pointers for making a really great homemade broth which I found quite helpful and she shared the recipe for a kick-ass Leftover-Christmas-Turkey Noodle Soup. You should really head over and check it out! She is a really good from-scratch cook and has given me lots of pointers - most notably she shared a mouth-watering recipe for biscuits that I've been using for years - in fact I used just it again this morning!
Her recent posts inspired me to share a recipe that I've been using a lot this winter so here it is:

Cut 2 carrots and 1/4 of an onion - saute in soup pot (in about 2Tb of butter) until the carrots are starting to get soft and the onion is turning clear. Add about 5 lbs freshly chopped tomato (don't worry about the seeds or skin) (you can also use two big cans of diced tomato but fresh is SO much better) and a can of white kidney beans, then add two jeaping teaspoons of montreal seasoning (or another favorite seasoning mix). Let it sit on medium-high heat for about ten minutes until it's simmering nicely then add two cups of chicken broth. Simmer for 20 minutes. Blend the soup in a blender in batches till it's nice and smooth. Simmer lightly over low heat. Make a roux by heating 2 Tb of butter with 4Tb flour in a small pan stir constantly until the butter has completely melted and it's starting to get bubbly and thick. Add to blended soup and heat, sirring frequently. This will really improve the texture of the soup. Add salt or sugar or more seasoning to taste. You can do this whole thing from cans (canned carrots, tomato, beans & broth) but it is SO much better if you use fresh ingredients.

Make this into a "risotto" by adding cooked white rice (Jasmine Rice is one of my favorites -I'd prepare about 2 cups uncooked rice for this large of a pot of soup) or orzo. Add some small chunks of fish or sausage and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

I've made this soup every week this winter. I'm going to try to make a creamy tomato soup next week but this is my go-to recipe, adapted from a recipe a friend gave to me from the food network.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Two days down!

We've survived two days of Christmas Holiday so far and I think we are all more or less adjusted to our non-school schedule. Having all the kids home has allowed me to hear more of the adorable things my kids say. Like Emma, who has taken to calling all citrus that looks yummy to her "Bob". About a week ago we had some friends over, they brought us some limes. Emma "rescued" one from the drinks Daniel was fixing and named it Bob. She pretended to be heartbroken when she woke up the next morning to find out that Bob was no longer with us. I bought a bunch of Tangerines and she sorted through them looking for "Bob". She pulled one out, kissed it and said "Hi, Bob!"

Today I asked Beth to spend a little time cleaning up her room. She came to me a moment later and said "Mom, when my room is messy my mind is tricky, when my room is clean my mind is wacky. Tricky is better than wacky, for me."

I'm cleaning the house today, trying to get laundry washed and put away etc. so that Christmas Eve can be spent making Christmas cookies and preparing our Christmas Eve "feast". I'm roasting whole chickens, I have creamed corn, cranberry sauce, stuffing and sweet potatoes - which I have still not decided how I'll prepare. My mom always made one of those sweet potato casserole with the pecan & brown sugar strussel. However, Daniel (my husband) doesn't like nuts so that way is out. Got any ideas?

I thought that it might be fun to have an Italian Christmas feast. If I could choose my ethnicity it would be Italian. I think they have such an interesting, beautiful culture and amazing food. Then I looked up what a "traditional" Holiday feast would be and I lost heart for such an enormous undertaking!

Tonight I wrap presents all night. FUN! I'm thinking I'll rent a movie for Daniel & I to watch while I wrap. We did that once and it was fun.

I hope you're enjoying your Christmas season!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

One day down, fourteen more to go.

Right this moment I'm watching a bird pulling earth worms out of the yard outside my window. I've honestly never seen this before. I doubt that at this time of year she has little babies to feed. She doesn't seem to be too happy about the quality of earth woms in our yard because she seems to have left it flailing in the grass to tunnel back down into our dirt.

Anywho... the first day of our two weeks of Christmas break is behind me now. We survived. No one was sent to their beds for indefinite periods of time and my sanity (and love for my kids) is still intact. It was always hard for me to comprehend what other mothers meant when they talked about not enjoying the times when their kids were home for breaks. I understand it now. It disrupts the "norm" and my routine and our schedules. It's CRAZY busy and my kids are used to be given activities to complete, not entertain themselves all day, so they come to me saying that they are bored much more then when they were younger and stayed at home. We've already done just about all of the crafts that I had planned for the entire week! But I think we're starting to settle down into a new goove.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Food

I wrote at the begining of the week about how inspired I was by the movie Julie & Julia. Right now I have a from-scratch soup simmering on the stove and a batch of homemade rolls rising. Makig your own food is SO satisfying. Yesterday I made fish a different way and it was SO good! I put a medium sized pat of butter in the pan (about 1 1/2 Tablespoons) which I melted then I set two fresh filets of Talipa in the butter and sprinkled some garlic & herbs on top they were SO tasty! I can't wait to buy some more fish and try again.

from Saturday's trip to Mum & Papa's house

homemade cinnamon rolls

Sleep Deprivation and My Christmas Spirit

I meant to write this Tuesday night and Wednesday night was a Christmas party for the consignment shop that I work at every other weekend. Most of the people I work with also go to my church so it was a lot of fun!


I am SO sleep deprived. Josiah has been waking up around 3am for the last month he eventually goes back to sleep around 4am for an hour or two but it's completely exhausting. When I am sleep deprived even the simplest tasks feel overwhelming the mere thought of Christmas shopping has been enough to make me want to take a nap!

Yesterday I took the little kids out Christmas shopping for cousins and did some price checks on gifts I wanted to get for the big kids, three candy canes and a small package of graham crackers later I was driving home praying that Daniel wouldn't have any appointments so he could stay home and help me with my shopping.

Today we woke to drizzling rain and near-freezing temperatures. I bundled my big kids off to their last day of school and then prepared to muscle my way through the day. Then Daniel said he had absolutely nothing to do for work today and I asked if he'd at least hit one of the stores with me. Just a couple hours later (and under-budget I might add!) we came home. It feels so good to have that done. I know I would be a sopping, exhausted mess right now if it weren't for my wonderful husband's help.
I have to admit that my Christmas spirit has been significantly lacking this year. However when my kids came home today and I watched Emma distributing the contents of her goody bags to her sisters, leaving almost nothing for herself I felt a deep sense of satisfaction and the hope that this Christmas is going to be okay.


Since my kids don't read my blog yet I'll share with you what I bought them, in case you're looking for some Christmas inspiration for someone between the ages of 8 & 2 in your life!
Beth - 8 year old girl: LIV doll
Emma - 6 year old girl: Monopoly Jr Disney Channel edition ($5 @Wal-Mart)
Katie-Abigail - 4 year old girl: Moxie Girlz
Josiah - 2 year old boy:Toy Story Woody action figure and flashlight

Monday, December 14, 2009

thoughts on a Monday morning

oh Monday morning - how foreboding you are with your scowling list of things to do! But I am laughing at you today and dancing with my little ones to Christmas music. I'm eating cinnamon rolls and drinking coffee.
oh, I see you there. I see you kill-joy pressure and stress but you're not welcome here today. Okay, okay, I'll get something done, just not right now. These souls are little for a fleeting moment and need their mother's love and attention.
Love, I open my doors wide to You. Joy, come be my wing man. Today, together, this gray busy Monday morning will be transformed into a twinkling, laughing, blaze of glory... at least until naptime.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

home

The kids and I spent the weekend with my parents. The thing about driving to their house it have been there so many times I sort of drive on auto-pilot which gives me time to think.
Yesterday I was thinking about what it means to "abide". I just finished reading "Wide Open Spaces" by Jim Palmer, which I thoroughly enjoyed , and he wrote a lot about "the abiding way". I read a book back when I was pregnant with Beth, it was one of the first books that truly disturbed my idea of spirituality. It is called Abide in Christ by Andrew Murray, I read the book with huge question marks in my brain. I was like "what does this all mean?!!!!" I was thinking yesterday about what it is not- it's not just a fuzzy feeling. It's not something inelectual, but it can't be merely an issue of obedience and the choices we make. That was when I realized - like one of those lightbulb moments that is is all of those things... I feel like I just have a corner of this realization but living with more questions answers is something I am learning.
We had a fun time at my parent's house. Beth made a gingerbread house from a kit (the gingerbread tastes so bad it is practically inedible) Emma made sugar cookies, Katie-A made a Christmas refrigerator magnent with Mum and we helped Papa put up the Christmas tree. There is always an unusual experience to be had at my parent's house. I tried horseradish mustard for the first time and listened to a bit of midevil chant as we decorated the Christmas tree.
I am so glad to be home now. Even with the dirty dishes by the sink and the baskets of clothes in my bedroom. I'm really really happy to be back home!

Friday, December 11, 2009

hello again

I'm sorry. I've been such a terrible blog friend lately. Don't worry, it's not you. I've been a pretty crappy friend to everybody lately. It's been one personal crisis after another and I've totally lacked the time and motivation to blog about it.
However I watched Julie & Julia last night and it really made me want to get back on the blogging bandwagon. It is so nice to know that your life experiences are somehow, in someway lifting up someone else somewhere far away.
Watching that movie made me want to take cookie classes or cook my way through a cookbook! So this morning I made cinnamon rolls from scratch (with the assistance of my bread machine) which were heavenly. I wish I could make food that is that good all of the time! I can make a great grilled cheese sandwich, and wonderful rolls and pretty good fudge and that's about it. I'm not big into following recipes or trying to make the same non-staple food more than once. But there's something good for the soul in creating a masterpiece in the kitchen.
My husband and I talked about becoming vegetarian last night. When we married I was vegan and ate mostly raw fruits & vegetables. I have thought it would be cool to do one of those raw vegan diets for a limited period of time. It would expose your family to a lot of new things, for sure! We haven't made up our minds yet or anything, it just sounds like a fun thing to try - is that just a little bit crazy?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

a little inspiration for Christmas shots

I ran across this on Flickr in one of my contact's photostreams it's SO cool!! I can't wait to try it!
Shot #1
Shot #2

here is my first attempt:

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Happy Day-after Thanksgiving!

Yesterday Daniel decided that he was going to shave his head. He took his beard trimmer and all the kids outside and said "have at it". I grabbed my camera an said "this is going to be good!" I don't have the heart to post even half of the pics I got - he looked absolutely horrible! But only for a few minutes. I love Josiah's concerned look in the photo above! I loved Beth's expression as she shaved Daniel's head. She is such a "Daddy's girl" and she loves to take care of him.
Daniel kept his head shaved when Katie-Abigail was a baby, so this isn't a first for me. In fact I kinda think it's sexy. The kids were totally shocked! Beth almost cried when she saw Daniel's bald head. For Daniel, it's just a practical issue of his hair growing so fast that he needs to get a hair cut every couple weeks and h doesn't like the flat buzzed off look which is pretty much all I can do to his hair.
I put a Christmas thread into my Pandora music player. Right now I'm enjoying some MercyMe Christmas music - gotta love it! I really like Sarah McLachlan's Wintersong album too.
We put our little Charlie Brown Christmas Tree up. Our tree has been with us every Christmas since Daniel and I celebrated our first Christmas together - broke, with a brand new baby. It's the one thing that we have that we've had from the beginning. I love the memories attached to it. One year I hope we can have a nice tall real Christmas tree, one year when we don't have a toddler probably! This year I bought a new set of ornaments for it, they're bright and sparkly pink & blue and green & orange. Oh well, it's festive anyway!
Thought y'all would enjoy this sweet pic of three of my four munchkins. All snuggled up in their foot jammies for these chilly nights!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

More things that make me happy

Going out to a playgroup and feeling happier on the way home
SUNSHINE after days and days of drizzly rain
Coffee on a cold morning
Little man snuggles
Little girl giggles
Listening to my big girls read to their little siblings
Watching my kiddos play with bubbles in the golden autumn afternoon
Warm baths at the end of the day
Watching Bones online on a Friday night
A nice long Saturday to spend with my kiddos

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Coming around a corner

I wanted to share that I had a real breakthrough with my depression last week. I haven't been exercising and I haven't been to a playgroup yet (though I am trying to get out of the house more often and I did join a playgroup on Meetup.com) I have been praying and getting back into God's word.

For awhile reading the Bible became such a chore. I felt guilty if I didn't do it, like I couldn't be close to God if didn't read my Bible, but every time I sat down I would get frustrated and angry. I wasn't hearing God and my spirit wasn't being fed. I was struggling with such basic things like is God really there and is anything I was taught to believe as a child true? Plus I was walking through a thick cloud of grief and shatterd dreams. My friends encouraged me to not equate my relationship with God to my quiet times. So I set my Bible aside and have only picked it up now and then for probably two years now. I don't know if I was right to let myself go without regular Bible readings for so long, but I know that in some moments it really was the right thing for me.

Last week though I took some time to read a little bit of the Word and pray and just really seek God's face and to fill me with His love fore me. He did.

The sadness isn't all the way gone and my life still feels so out of control but I feel God's hand, holding mine and I hear Him saying that He is with me, He has never and will never let me go, we are walking step by step through this together. I feel the peace. I finally feel the satisfying love of Jesus. God's word is coming alive again to me and feeding my spirit and drawing me closer to God in worship of His awesomeness.

I have so far to go. I have so much to learn about what it means to walk with God. But this week I've said to myself that there is only one thing I need to do today - I need to be with God. Some days that means praying as I load the washing machine and listening to God as fold pants out of the dryer. But I've re-connected with God... and it's made all the difference in the world.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Things that make me happy

My little boy when he says "thank you Mommy" it just melts my heart!
Hot Cocoa from my new uber-awesome Keurig coffee maker that Daniel bought for me, just because he hope it would make my day.
Whipped Strawberry Yogurt (the yopliait vanilla flavor also rocks!)
Dancing with the Stars - lame, I know. But it really makes me happy!
Hugs from my sweet little girls, and laughing with them.
Praying and feeling God's love and peace fill me.
Reading "Where the Wild Things Are" to Josiah for the hundredth time and feeling him snuggled close. I want to hang onto these moments forever.
Playing outside with my kids in the golden fall sunshine!
Waking up to realize that no kids climbed into bed during the night.
A hot bath and a good book.

Emma helped me make dinner on Sunday night - it was just one of those clean out the pantry kind of nights. Just Tuna Toasties, creamed corn and cranberry jelly sauce. Emma said that these kinds of meals with lots of good food make her feel like God is close.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A question... or two

So my therapist gave me these two behavioral assignments for the week: to plan for more socialization and to get excercise. I'm totally clueless about how to go about both! Okay, well maybe not totally clueless. I requested to join a playgroup in my on meetup.com and I looked up story times at my Library and the local bookstore. Any more ideas?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Depression...

These are some photos I've taken when I was feeling overwhelmed by life, and the messyness of it. I've always known that I'm prone to feeling low, it's sort of a rut I live in. Recently I was diagnosed with depression. It's real now. I actually have to deal with it. I think admiting you have a problem and getting help with it is a good place to be, or at least a better place than ignoring and denying that anything is wrong.
Today has been one of the worst days since being diagnosed. My kids are sick and I feel trapped at home but I can't get anything done. It's one of those gray dripy, misty Atlanta mornings "the kind of morning that lasts all afternoon, stuck inside the gloom." Plus I've got therapy tonight and I'm sort of dreading it. I'm not sure why.
But here, stuck inside the gloom, I choose to believe that God is with me. I long to feel Him here with me, like I know He is. I long to break out of these ruts I've lived in of dissapointment and brokennes and fear and junk.

Monday, October 26, 2009

learning a lesson

This is a photo of my Beth. She's such a "typical" first-born. She's a take-charge kinda' girl who has a lot of power struggles with the mama. She's awesome and brilliant but we have to work really hard at having a relationship.
I'm reading this book called "Redirecting Children's Behavior" and it's been a great tool, it causes me to look at my parenting from a new angle and gives lots of examples. Today I was reading about power-struggles and how to re-direct a child's desire for control by giving them the opportunity to make choices.
So I had this idea - I'll take Beth with me to the grocery store and I'll let her make all of those little choices I hate to make - sometimes I think that the spaghetti sauce manufacturers have it in for people like me, I mean come on! Do we really need ten different flavors of spaghetti sauce?
It was awesome Beth enjoyed her time with me a LOT. I bought her some chapstick and a .33 package of Funions and she was just the happiest little kid in the world! She made a lot of really great choices. I directed her towards the brand I wanted to buy and she usually chose stuff that she's seen in the house before so there was zero fighting. I think I got through my shopping faster too cause she was there to help!
So I thought I'd share this little nugget of wisdom, since it worked for us.
BTW: Emma (daughter #2) has more need for attention so I'll be taking her next week so we can have one on one time.

Friday, October 23, 2009

More thoughts

Today I was thinking about old(ish) movies that I want to see -

Sleepless in Seatle - love Meg Ryan's hair! I also love the way Tom Hank's charicter talks about his first wife.

You've Got Mail - another Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks movie. It's sort of a cliche story but the ending gets me every time, and Greg Kinnar's charicter is just great. I also love her apartment, for some reason, I guess it's all the white and bookshelves. I also love the part where she writes about how her life reminding her of something that she's read in a book and she wishes it were the other way around - I can relate to that.

Sabrina - Greg Kinnar is in the newer version of this one too. I watched this movie a lot when I was 13-14 years old and I just adored Sabrina's wordrobe and hair, and her photography.

While You Were Sleeping - it's my favorite Sandra Bullock movie. I love how she celebrates Christmas. I relate to how lonely she feels during that time and to her romantic daydreamyness.

I am also looking out for a time to watch Pride & Prejudice again. It's been awhile. I also have Sense & Sensability and while the one I have mangled the story a bit, I enjoy it a lot nonetheless. I've been watching BONES on TV. I think that Booth is a modern Mr. Darcey and get all swooney at his relationship with Bones. Especially in the episode "Night at the Museum"

A letter from Samuel Rutherford

Today I've been cleaning - a little bit here and a little bit there. I was packing up some books and cracked open "The Letters of Samuel Rutherford" I remember when Daniel and I were courting he would sometimes read to me from this book. I opened to a letter and read it and it spoke volumes to me, so I thought I'd put a few quotes here:

"Time cannot change Him in his love. You may yourself ebb and flow,
rise and fall, wax and wane; but your Lord is this day as He was yesterday. And
it is your comfort that your salvation is not rolled upon wheels of your own
making, neither have you to do with a Christ of your own shaping.

God has singled out a Mediator (Psalm 89:19), strong and mighty: if you
and your burdens were as heavy as ten hills or hells, He is able to bear you and
save you to the uttermost. Your often seeking Him cannot make you a burden to
Him. I know that Christ has compassion on you, and moans for you, in all your
lows and sadness; but it is good for you that He hides Himself sometimes. It is
not dryness or coldness of love that causes Christ to withdraw and slip in
behind a curtain and a veil, so that you cannot see Him; but He knows that you
could not bear with a fair gale, a full moon and a high tide of His felt love,
and always a fair summer-day and a summer-sun of a felt and possessed and
embracing Lord Jesus. He could not let out His rivers of love upon His own, but
these rivers would be in hazard of loosening a young plant at the root; and He
knows this of you. You should, therefore, first seek the fullness of
Christ's kindness, till you and He be above sun and moon. That is the country
where you will be enlarged for that love which you can not now
obtain.

Cast the burden of your sweet babes upon Christ and lighten your heart
by laying your all upon Him: He will be their God. I hope to see you up the
mountain yet, and glad in the salvation of God. Frame yourself for Christ and
gloom not upon His cross. I find Him so sweet, that my love, suppose I would
charge it to remove from Christ, would not obey me: His love has stronger
fingers than to let go its grips of us children, who cannot go but by such a
hold as Christ."



I hope that this blesses you as it did me!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hello!

I can't believe it's been over a month since I blogged last. Life has just been so full lately. I've been working doing childcare at my gym - which takes up a huge part of my week. It makes me thankful that I have been able to stay at home full-time for all these years.
I've done a very little bit of photography this month, mostly just taking snapshots of my kids and haven't felt like seriously processing anything.

I went on a coke zero kick for a couple weeks. Here's a photo from that.

We got a dog! Her name is Molly and she is a one year old Shih Tzu who needed a new home. We got her on Josiah's birthday! She's great with the kids who hold her like a babydoll. She's a no shed dog which is wonderful!

He turned two and I gave him a "big boy" hair cut and he looks SO cute!!
It's finally cold her in the ATL time for hot tea and foot pajamas

I took some photos for my church during their service. I really enjoyed processing them and watching some of them turn from chaos into something artistic. Here's the full set on Flickr



Friday, September 18, 2009

he would be 17 today

Today is my little brother Ian's birthday. He would be seventeen today if he had not died in January. It's a really sad day for me and my family. Here's a link to a post I did back in January with some photos of us. I miss him so much.
The photo is of Ian and my daughter Beth in 2004


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

well, that was fun.

It's funny how when these long weekends come around I look forward to having all this extra time to upload photos and maybe edit them, and then actually have less time than usual to do any of it! Also it's kind of funny how I actually enjoyed looking forward to the long weekend more than the long weekend itself. So anyway I am just now loading my photos from the entire week onto my computer! Needless to say I won't be posting a weeks worth of photos of the day tonight.
This afternoon my kitchen looked like a veritable commercial for swiffer mops. When we moved into our home almost three years ago it was the first time I'd ever lived in a house that had wood floors. The first time I went to mop it I felt a little panic as I thumbed through my book "Home Comforts" which is like a freaking house keeping encyclopedia. I've been cleaning my floors on my hands and knees using towels ever since (like once every six months). My floors look amazing! But I really hate it when I clean one part of my house and that makes me realize how much all the rest needs to be cleaned!!!! Like today when I was cleaning the floor I was noticing how badly my cabinets need to be washed, and the counter tops needed to be spot-treated, and the bookshelves need to be organized....
Or whatever. My motto at the moment is that one day I will be a fabulous housekeeper, but not while my kids are little. Looking back I can not believe how much I beat myself up for not being able to stay on top of housework while I had a baby. I never realized how much just caring for a baby takes from a woman! Now my perspective is so different. If we are fed then the dishes are done. If there is clean laundry in a basket then the laundry is done. End of story. I'm not going to feel guilty.
It has become so much easier now that Josiah is learning some of the rules and not getting into trouble every single waking second and I know that things are only going to get easier in that way as time goes on. But it's nice, sometimes, to exert some control into my chaos and clean something. It's so beautiful.
Today Josiah was so in love with the bubbles on top of my mop water. The other day I put a drop of dish soap into a large pot and ran warm water into it. It made a mound of bubbles that I scooped off into a little pie pan for K-A & J to play in. They loved it!! So I guess Josiah thought this was the same thing. He got bubbles all over himself. Thankfully I was almost finished!
As always there are more photos on my Flickr site - some 365 out-takes from today's bubble-face boy!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Starting things up again

Okay, I'm back from my blogging hiatus. Things are getting back to normal. Josiah is sleeping better and I am so greatful for that. I just got back from grocery shopping, after working until 8pm and then putting the kids to bed. I am utterly exhausted. But I do have a photo! It's actually taken yesterday. We were on our way back from going to chocolate pink, which turned out to be a somewhat bad experience. It was way too small and not a delicious as a lot of the raves hyped it up to be. I am just really glad I used a groupon. I will never take all four kids there again.
Anyway, I got my hair cut!! I've been plotting it for months. I took advantage of a special that the salon at Ulta was having and got a temporary color wash added really close to my natural hair color, which I REALLY like, and I got one of the best $35 haircuts EVER! If only I could figure out how to style it now that I have the cut! :)

I took this in the van by myself. Yeah, not to well planned out or anything. I took several but I like this the best because of the nice bright light reducing the undereye circles and over-abundance of freckles I also like the nice muted colors. This is SOOC.
If you're doing a 365 project let me know by leaving a comment!!!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

a post without a photo

My oh my. I really hate to start blog posts with an apology for not blogging as much as I'd like to but I think one is really in order - so, I'm sorry. Josiah's been under the weather and I've been ultra-sleep-deprived (last night he was up from about 2am - 4am screaming on and off because he couldn't sleep) consequently I haven't even picked my camera up since Saturday.
On a positive note, I was asked to photograph a wedding! I don't think they've set a date yet but I'm thrilled nonetheless.
Also, my birthday is tomorrow and I'm planing a hair cut and a trip to chocolate pink (the pastry cafe) on Sunday!! So there should be lots of photos coming soon!! :)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Thursday's photo of the day


The title for this one is "Exhausted" which is how I've been feeling the last couple of nights. I don't think I did a particularly good job capturing anything but it was late at night and I was trying to do a hand-held SP so - there you go.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Re-post

My biggest problem with my last 365 project was processing. I was taking photographs and not posting anything because I didn't have the time to process/edit/photoshop/whatever like I wanted to. So this time around I don't think I've processed a single image in my 365 set, which means that I've been posting and working on my 365 project they are not as great as I would like them to be.
Today Josiah is not feeling well so it's one of those stay in jammies drinking coffee till ten kinda' mornings so I thought I'd process a few of this month's pics. I only got to one, so this will have to do.
Today was also a great day for food for us, I made some scrummylicious cream cheese french toast for breakfast and a rockin-out hovan roll for lunch. I guess I was on a cream cheese kick today.
This is my 365 photo of the day:


Listening to this and this today.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

WOW. I'm so many days behind posting my 365 shots! So here is a quick catch-up post.
Today's 365 shot. Waiting for the bus and in a hurry to get to work. With an ever-awesome SpecialK Protein bar and coffee!!


Monday's 365 shot. I drew on Emma & K-A's fingers. It made them SO happy!!


Sunday's 265 shot. A quick self-portrait.


I don't really have a shot from Saturday - I worked all day and came home and cleaned the house. I actually took this on Sunday but it'll work as Saturday's 365.


Friday's 365 shot - in love with the protein bar! This is the Special K strawberry & white chocolate. It has really done the trick to fill me up. A little adictive though.


Another cute photo from Thursday - Emma is doing her spelling words homework dressed up in her dress-up clothes! So sweet (maybe I'll process this and re-post next week)

"Time Out"
I've started teaching Josiah how to take a time out. It's a time consuming process but it's been worth it. When I took this picture I was struck by how grimy the wall is there and how it reflects how I feel about my life right now - not even close to picture perfect.
One last photo (from Sunday)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Thursday

Last night I was irate with my bank (stupid bank fees) so I stayed up too late last night browsing through 365 project groups on Flickr, so I woke up late and was the mom from hell rushing around trying to get ready and we still missed the bus. For the third time since school has started. {sigh} So I took the kids to school and headed to work - I honestly don't know how all those full-time working moms manage. All day yesterday I went around thinking that today was going to be Friday - I was so unprepared for today!! I've not had the greatest of days and the photos I took today were totally mediocre.
This is a shot of the cereal I had for lunch. It's totally rockin' really love it, really. When I was a kid I used to LOVE strawberry shredded wheat. This is even better than the stuff I had as a kid.

9/365{2}

other version here

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Project 365

So doing 365 projects are SO trendy on Flickr at the moment. Tonight I've been browsing through some of the many groups on Flickr and thought I'd post some links to the ones I've liked best. This is for you Heather!

So I really like this idea! Check out her whole stream she's done some really neat SPs
I am happy that I found her stream a lot of her stream is that dreamy soft warm polaroid stuff. Love it!
This is a neat stream. There's a lot of ordinary/photobooth pictures cluttering up the stream but there are also some knock your socks off amazing ones too!
This one is inspiring too!
This is a very cool shot
This is really nice too sort of photo-impressionistic
This is SUCH a cool idea!!
Viewing all these photos I feel increadibly insignificant and really notice what an amature photographer I really am. I know I've come a long ways since I started my Flickr account but I have SO much more to learn.

Here is a group: Theme of the Week and another What The Fluff that I joined tonight!

today's 365 - busy mama

Today has been really busy running errands. But I brought my camera with me. I'd never done that before. It wasn't as hard as I thought it'd be and I didn't destroy my camera!
Here I'm at Publix picking up a few things to get us through the week. After this the kids started pinching each other and by the time I got to the register I was on my very last nerve. I dropped the groceries off at home and headed to my yoga class :) yay!
I'm glad I took this picture. One of these days when the kids are grown I want to look back at this and say "I SURVIVED!!!"
I took a 100 Acre Woods personality profile and here is the result! No surprise there!


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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

this is where the title is supposed to be

I can't seem to think in words today. Maybe it is because I had my first day shift at the gym where I work in the childcare area. It's an awesome job for me because the hours are light and I can bring my kids to work with me! But today was crazy - feeding two babies at once, trying to console three crying children at once. Yeah, this nips that baby-bug right in the bud every time.

Good news - the a/c guy was out to our house today and now it's only 85 degrees in the house! Down from 90 that it was earlier.

Anyway - here are my pitifully few photos from K-A's B-Day:K-A

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I took a bunch of the kids this morning while they were waiting for the bus.
This one is my 365 pic:



Katie-Abigail was singing a song for everyone while we waited for the bus.

Beth decided she could do it better.

They all sat and listened quietly.


(my mom made K-A's crown for her birthday)


When the bus finally came Josiah was SO excited!!
"yay!!" (clapping)
"the bus is coming!!"
come!! by you. "come on bus, come!"

You can see more pics of kiddos eating pops this afternoon on my flickr site.

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