Thursday, July 30, 2009

365 take 2

Just a couple more days and summer will be officialy OVER at our house! I never thought I would be looking forward to this day so much! The first month of summer break was wonderful and I dreamed about homeschooling again, but now I'm just so over it. I've gained back in two months every single pound I lost since January plus added a couple more. I'm a stressed out wreck, at moments feeling resentful, and overwhelmed pretty much 24/7. I adore my children - just not the bickering and the whining and the demanding and the resulting discipline for the aforementioned bickering, whining, etc. July just rushed by and while we did more fun stuff like swiming and going to the beach I feel like I've been totally exhausted for an entire month!

So to kick off this season I've decided to do a new 365 project. Or rather start my 365 project over again since I never finished the first one. I'll be focusing on school days, recording how my girls and I change through the school year.

Here is a photo of Emma who is six and going into first grade on the afternoon of ther teacher's meet n greet!

Today is my girl's school's open house and teacher meet-n-greet, so I got out all of the clothes I bought for B&E and am washing them. They look so cute in their new clothes! This year I bought their clothes new for the first time in forever. Beth just jumped categories in her clothes she's now officially in the"juniors" category and I couldn't believe how expensive her pants were!! We ended up getting a couple basic pairs at WalMart and Target for about seven bucks but everywhere else it was insanly expensive.


We met thier teacher this evening and now the girls are full-throttle excited about school starting!

Friday, July 17, 2009

movies, school supplies and too little sleep

I watched Rachel Getting Married last night. I was alone witch a beer and some Dove chocolates after a very long day and I enjoyed it a lot. I think it is one of those movies that not everyone is going to get but I loved it. I think it might be one of the few movies I'd consider buying. You could call this movie a portrait of the self-obsessed and while I felt incredibly sulky afterwards it really challenged me about how I have handled and continue to handle pain. As someone who has lost a sibling I connected at a certain level with the sisters' pain - although my circumstances are very different than those in the movie.

On a totally different subject, have you noticed all the school supplies have gone on sale? They're not just on the end caps anymore, they are in those obnoxious center-isle displays so that you can't miss them. I love buying notebooks and pens etc. etc. but surprisingly I hate buying school supplies. I am just totally not in the mood. I have penciled in a day on my calendar to take care of everything in one fell, hideous swoop. Until then I'm pretending that summer will just go on forever. It's gone by way too fast. I want more of it. I want more late nights and late mornings and pancake breakfasts and movies in the afternoon. In those moments of hair-pulling frustration I do look forward to not having to wrangle all four kids all of the time but on the whole I think I'm going to miss summer, even if I have turned back into psycho-mom. Mostly this is due, I think, to a total disregarding of bed-times in our home. Seriosly, my kids haven't gone to bed before 9pm all month! Then I check my email, flickr & facebook and it's already like eleven o'clock for-crying-out-loud. Oh well.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

first client proof album!!


I just uploaded my first client proof album this week! Go to my website: http://www.faithraiderphotography.com/ and click on "clients" type the password "baby" and see the album!!

a little change

Hey there. It's been a while now since I posted last but well - you know - life happens and so blogging doesn't. I lost an enormous amount of sleep over the fourth of july weekend and still haven’t made it up. I’ve been staying up watching movies like Made of Honor (which was romantic but okay, like He’s Just Not That Into You was) Inkheart (which was terrible - nothing that I loved about the book and way too scary for a family/children’s film) and Knowing (which was totally awful and completely stupid) but I rented Camp Rock for the kids and loved it - how silly is that?!
I've been sorting through things this weekend. Packing up some of it, selling some of it and generally experiencing a renewed sensation of how terribly blessed I am. Like I have an entire second living room set of furniture in my basement - that we never sit in. But as I was listing the furniture on craigslist I realized that the recliner I was trying to sell for $30 was actually a terribly comfy chair - one of the best in the house - but was totally underappreciated and underused. I removed that listing and enjoyed sitting in it this morning sipping coffee and reading crazy love (which is another blog post entirely) while the kids played with their garage toys.
I also ran across some old notebooks from a couple of years ago. I’m a notebook kind of woman. I always have a notebook going with journaling, lists, poems, story ideas etc. I read some of the poems I’d written on the last few pages and thought I’d like to post them here sometime.
I watched the movie Marley and Me the other day and I loved the idea of writing a column - that sounds so exciting and romantic to me - how silly. Anyway, all of a sudden I realized that I already am a columnist right here on my own little blog.
So all of this to say that you can expect to see the content of this blog changed up dramatically. It'll still be a lot of photos but also a little poetry and thoughts about books, music, movies and glimpse into my crazy-beautiful life. I’ve added a “labels” box to the right and will try to label my blog posts more faithfully so that you can just jump to whatever content interests you.

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