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


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


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.


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



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.

Monday, August 10, 2009

another day in hot-lanta and a bunch of "macro" shots

It's another 90+ degree day here in the ATL without a/c at home. We are living on popsicles and ice water, cold showers and mini-fans.

It's also week #2 of school for my big girls and is the second day we've managed to miss the bus. This time I was able to get everybody in the van quickly and catch the bus on it's way out of our neighborhood. I just have to laugh at myself about this one and set my alarm.

We've spent a little more time outside recently - especially since my husband did a mosquito treatment on the yard (it immediately took care of our very bad mosquito problem!!! If you haven't had one done you really need to try it!) so I've been taking more photos outside (sweet!) and have taken some nice nature shots.


On Friday I found these beautiful little yellow sweet pea plants growing by the driveway so I got out my camera and put a little macro filter on it so I could get a good close-up shot. I also got a nice photo of some white weedy flower that are growing in our yard.

While I had the macro filter on my camera I got a kick-ass shot of the roly-poly that Katie-Abigail was playing with.

She had named it "Tickles" and was trying to convince me that she should be allowed to keep it as a pet in her room.

This is Tutman - taken with the macro filter
This is Tutman - taken without the filter.
Saturday was K-A's 4th birthday!! She was an awesome birthday girl - sharing and just generally enjoying her special day. She walked around with a big grin on her face for pretty much the entire day! I haven't even looked at the few photographs I took on that day. My sister in-law took a nice photo on that day of K-A with her cake! She also blogged it for her photo-of-the-day project.

Sunday we spent the afternoon at the lake with friends. I really wish I'd had my camera because the kids all had SO much fun together! I go into MoM mode whenever my kids are around water since they are all so little and none of them are good swimmers yet.

more 365 pics

I forgot to post these earlier this week:

"Can I Please Go Back to Bed Now?"

Thursday, August 6, 2009

funny things my kids have said recently

We were eating lunch and Katie-Abigail looked at me and said "Mommy, I'm in love with you."

Daniel was sitting in the bathroom with Emma waiting to take his shower and Emma said "so what are you in for?"

365 the gag reel

Here are some outtakes and random pics from this month that made me laugh.
caught a shot of Josiah just as he was about to fall - I laugh every time I see it.
this is our "pet" turtle "Tutman"
this is why turtles make such great pets for toddlers.
she said "I am a statume" (translation: statue)
apparently Josiah thought he was writing on "paper" and wouldn't get in trouble for this. For those of you who saw this on my Flickr site - yes, I was able to get about 90% of it off using one of those special wet-wipes for electronics.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

365 day.. whatever it is

yeah, I'm completely loosing my mind, mostly because I'm not getting enough sleep. I'm having a hard time getting to sleep and Josiah is a little early bird so without further ado here is my photo of the day for yesterday and today.

Check out my flickr site for some more cute pics of the kids - and if you can only see a couple be sure to send me a message so I can add you as a friend/family so you can see all of the stream.

another attempt at yesterday's shot. still not satisfying.
My {AMAZING} sister in-law is also doing a 365 project and posting them on her blog! So be sure to go check it out!

Monday, August 3, 2009

First Day of School!!

Today was Beth & Emma's first day of school! Beth came home saying her days was "perfect" and that she got to have a "long talk" with a friend she hasn't seen all summer and Emma is thrilled to have a teacher that "doesn't yell"!! This first day went so much better than their first day of school last year. Last year I was so anxious and when Beth came home to say that all she'd learned how to do was stand in lines (she called in "line-ing") I seriously wondered if I'd made the right decision. This year I felt totally different. I missed them, and the house seemed way quieter without my two big girls but it was also a lot easier and less overwhelming.
I had more time to really discipline Josiah who is coming into those "terrible twos" and needs a LOT of dicsipline/instruction/redirection so it's nice to have more time to really deal with it rather than to just do whatever it takes to get him to stop crying. This afternoon I sat down to read in my comfy chair in the basement while the two little kids played. I'm reading "Divine Nobodies" and enjoying it for the most part. Here is something that has stuck with me - the process of our healing (emotional, physical, spiritual etc.) is not for the purpose of becoming healed it is for the purpose of knowing our Healer. We've talked about that idea in our crazy love book group at church only we put it a different way - do I want God or do I just want His stuff? This is a very challenging question if you look at it honestly.
I also went to the gym and worked out which was super-nice. I have about ten pounds to loose now and I'd like them gone by Christmas. It's getting really hard for me to loose weight so I've decided to 1) stick to a Monday, Wednesday & Friday workout schedule - Wednsday is my yoga class - love it! 2)avoid McDonalds like the plague - I've already cut back on the number of times we eat out for reasons of money but now I'm going to try to totally cut it out as completely as I can - my husband is a McD adict so it's somewhat inevitable but I can do what I can to avoid eating out. And when we go there I'll get a salad -something I never do anymore (it takes SO long to eat and isn't as filling as a burger) or the grilled chicken sandwich. 3) drumroll please I've decided to not eat ice cream until Christmas. I LOVE ice cream and I eat at least a little nearly every night. This includes milkshakes and Wendy's frostees. I will however still allow myself to eat Rita's Italian Ice (heaven in a cup especially with a little twirl of iced custard on top! I need to stop or I'll start craving it) and sherbet. I might buy a carton of frozen yogurt so that I can make fruit smoothies but NO ICE CREAM (untill Christmastime). Take that you flab!
Okay so here is my (lousy) 365 shot for the day. In my defense my camera's battery died after I took the first shot so that is what I had to make do with. I was wearing such a cute top too - wish I'd been able to catch more of it in the shot. Oh well. I'll try it again tomorrow.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

'Twas the Night Before the first day of school

Tomorrow is Beth & Emma's first day of school. They are going into 2nd and 1st grades and are totally thrilled. I am way more disorganized tonight than I thought I'd be but I guess it'll all work out I'll just have to be up at the crack of dawn to give baths etc.
Yes, Emma is my most willing model. Check on the Flickr site for more. K-A asked me to take her picture she said she was a "statume" (aka "statue") and made a silliest pose. I'd post more here but my Flickr uploader has stopped working so I have to do them "by hand" on the Flickr site - which takes ages longer.

I bought this dress for Emma at Khols. She picked it out herself and it was a really good deal. It's SO cute! (Check more pics out on the Flickr site) Hopefully next week's pics will be better!

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