Thursday, July 29, 2010

little man's silly sayings

Sam @ Sailor & Co has a cool new meme up tonight and I instantly thought of something that Josiah had said that I'd wanted to post.

We/I  are/am kinda sorta potty training Josiah. I sit him on the potty just about every day now but I'm not consistant about it however we did get him to stop taking his diaper off and peeing on the floor! He's really starting to get the concept. Well today he grabbed a "training diaper" and headed to his room. I followed, curious. When I got to his room he was making "the face" so I took him to the bathroom to try to poop in the potty. It was too late, which was okay. Josiah wasn't all that keen on sitting on the potty this time.

As he was walking away from the bathroom I overheard him say:
I don't want to be a big boy.

aw. sweet little man.

He keeps telling me "when I am a baby again then I'll nurse." and I have to keep reminding him that he's never ever going to be a baby again. He just can't seem to get that concept. He and Emma both are more babyish in that they are not constantly trying to be "big" they like being small and being babied.

He also likes wearing his "kite" (cape) to be a super-hero and he says "super-hero TO THE RESCUE!" and Katie-Abigail gets her little cape too and they are robin and "bad-man" (Batman) and they scream around the house.

Thanks to everyone for your sweet comments on my last post. They really helped me through the day.


Hello my friends,
I hate to start posts with "sorry I haven't been blogging much" but I really hate how little time I've had to blog. I've had three calls from Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep in as many days. I'm trying to get my kid's application together for school and get ready to go out of town. Moving was less stressful!!!
So I just wanted to let you know...

Monday, July 26, 2010

RAW(e): 2(6)

This is such a cool, easy photo challenge to participate in! Here is the theme:

 ...what you have to do is go into your 2nd folder of photos and post the 6th photo there. Doesn't matter what it is. How silly, how beautiful, how awful, how embarrassing-doesn't MATTER!!!

My second folder is from February my sixth photo is this:

I also wanted to post a brighter photo that was right next to it:
This was taken at our house, before we moved - in our pretty purple bathroom

p.s. I'm doing an infant loss photo-shoot tomorrow. It is already overwhelmingly sad. If you think of me tomorrow please pray for me and for the family suffering this sad loss.

the most misc. monday of all

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

today is totally and completely random... enjoy!

{1} I am SO messy! You would not even believe it. I've gotten better in the last couple of years, but I'm the kind of person that leaves clothes everywhere and hates to do the dishes... needless to say with everything going on at the moment my room is a wreck.

{2} It is only FIVE days until I go see my sister for the weekend!!!! I am super-excited :)

{3} I like using inlinkz waaaay more than Linky Tools. I get a little email notifying me of every time someone links up, which is nice and handy. Plus I haven't had any trouble with the links not showing up correctly.

{4} I love my summer pony-tail but I CAN NOT WAIT to get my hair cut for the fall!! I love short hair. love love love it!

{5} I am FREAKING OUT about my little Katie-Abigail going to Kindergarten this year. She screams every week when I try to leave her in Sunday-School. Every time I think about it I could just cry! I'm hoping that everything will work out, on every other level I think she is ready for school.

{6} I'm writing this at 3:30am because I still haven't gone to bed - I've been writing a lesson for my photography class, this is the LAST week for this class. If you missed the basic photography class you can sign up for it soon - I'll be doing the class again in October, registration is currently open for my September Basics of SLR photography class.  

{7} My little man is SO CUTE!!
He's got a smile that just melts my heart!
He gets into all kinds of mischief but we love him anyway
I think I shared this one before - but who can resist such a cute little guy's smile?!
that God for nap time!!
Thankfully he still takes good naps. SO adorable.
I love him to pieces.
{8}This week y'all ROCKED my photo challenge this week. I was feeling tired and a bit overwhelmed and almost didn't put up the challenge this week but I am SO glad that I did. I was so surprised at how many participated and with SUCH great photos!  (In case you ever wonder what the theme will be you can see it on the sidebar) Thanks! :)
{9} I am SO SICK of what I've been cooking. It's been mac & cheese and hot dogs all the way baby! And I'm so tired of it!!!!!!!!! What have you been cooking this summer?

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Photo Challenge Frenzy

I was SO excited about participating in more photo challenges this week! Then my internet crapped out on me - so better late than never? He

for Macro Friday
Here is my shot for Macro Friday. I meant to post it yesterday, but the day got away from me. Daniel and I used to eat these all the time, not so much these days - it's probably been years since I've bought a box.

This is a photo that I took last year. These were just randomly growing on the side of the interestate.

Beth riding her bike
This is one of my favorite "action" shots - Beth riding her bike.

I was looking back for something for Flashback Friday and I noticed a few scrapbook pages that I'd made with favorite lullabies. This one is for Katie-Abigail from a CD by Rita Springer I Have to Believe the original song is "In Love with Jusitce" but I chaged the name to Katie. You can hear a sample here.

in love with Katie
the lullaby is about her little boy that she adopted from Africa
Here are the words as I've written them above, I changed one of the lines to work for my daughter's name.

When I look at you I catch my breath
I loose my mind for a moment
When I look at you I can't believer
How can it be you're so perfect?
And God kissed me with a promise
God kissed me with a hope for your future
Your face has an innocent beauty
and I'm in love with Katie
When I think of you I call to my knees
I lift my voice and Iworship
Searched, known by God, knit with mysterious love
Gave you the color of your nation
God. He kissed me with a promies
God, You kissed me with a hope for our future
Your face has an innocent beauty
And I'm in love with Katie
I'm in love with you Katie

Friday, July 23, 2010

i heart friday

New Friend Fridays
Welcome to one of my favorite posts of the week - my i{heart}friday post where I share some of the stuff I thought was most interesting on the internet this week.

Etsy Shop Spotlight

custom order your favorite Bible verse.
How cool is that? I know there have been many points in my life when there was one particular verse that was my life verse. It was my inspiration and guiding light during a particularlt difficult season of life. This shop as a lot of customization options and the prices are very reasonable.

Blog Spotlight
Sweet Shot Day
A wonderful post from Darcy at my 3 boybarians on how to change your blogger settings to that I can reply to your comments via email directly. Please GO DO IT NOW!!! Darcy has som wonderful posts for bloggers & photographers - I love bloggers who blog about blogging - it's so awesome.

Little Miss Momma is an adorable blog with a fabulous giveaway going on now. Her blog has lots of pictures of life with her little boy and some cute tutorials. Go check it out and send some comment love her way!
Little Miss Momma was designed by Shay at duplin design studio. I've mentioned that I'm planing on re-deigning my blog, here is another designer I'm considering.


If you're a mama who does this on the side I'd LOVE to talk to you about designing my blog!

At any given moment there are are thousands of blogs with hundreds of giveaways but here are a couple I thought were worth mentioning:
Chrity's giveaway for Pear Tree Stationary
I like the Mommy Cards. I often meet other moms at the Library or park and it's nice to have a card, especially one with your photo on it, with your information like email, photos or your blog address. The designs are very chick and the prices are super-reasonable. You can also buy Thank You notes, invitations and announcements. Get a code for free shipping and enter a giveaway at Christy's blog.

Another awesome giveaway:
enter to win at Letters from Coco!

Here is another sweet giveaway:

Photographer Spotlight
Flying House Studios
a beautiful site with two blogs each with wonderful photos about traveling, home design, going to flea markets, paper crafts and other wonderful eye candy.  These photographers have three kids they used to live in Spain and Morocco and are currently living in Denmark. WOW!

Other Misc.
Okay, get this - there is a natural light photography class going on in Atlanta and they are charging $1495 for one weekend! WOW. I hope to maybe one day go to one of these things. It makes my photography class look like buying a pack of gum at the grocery store.

Don't forget that there is only ONE WEEK LEFT to register for my Spetember {SLR} Photography class at the $22 July price. On August 1st the price goes up to $25. Get more information by clicking here


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Special Delivery!!

Typing this blog title reminds me of my days of watching Mr. Rogers Neighborhood and the Speedy Deilvery Man would alway say "Special Delivery" hmmmm... good memories.

Well, I had a special delivery today! Drumroll please....
front cover - for now
My preview copy finally arrived of the book I'll be selling on my blog later this year (via blurb). I am so thrilled with how it has all turned out so far and while I have a tremendous number of changes to make I am so excited about making it to this place. I can't wait to bring it with me and talk it over with Abi while I stay with her next weekend!
Below the back cover - I'm so in love with it, it printed so perfectly. I'm considering making it the front cover...
I'm in love with the back cover

a favorite spread with words from this post...
another favorite spread

I still haven't quite figured out if I'm going to use text from my blog or random inspirational quotes... if you have two cents about this please do share!

I'm really excited to finally be working on this project, it is a place to start anyway. I'll be printing more of these, probably at the end of next month, if you'd be interested in proofing a copy for me let me know!

Before & After at Pixel Perfect

Thank you for your sweet comments on yesterday's post. Thankfully only the littles needed shots, so only two of the four were sore yesterday and they were amazingly un-grumpy! It took forever - like all morning long, but we're ready for school now!


LTS DSC_5901
edited with a soft white overlay and a texture from love that shot

DSC_5901 2
same edit above cropped and added a free texture from Gina

Thanks so much for everyone who participated in this week's photo challenge! It was so much fun to meet some new readers and I enjoyed each of your photos, they were all SO good this week! How is this format working for you? Is Tuesday-Wednesday enough time? Would you rather it be an all week long challenge?

So did you watch "So You Think You Can Dance" last night? Kent totally blew me away!! I'm such a fan of him now. Lauren was amazing too. Can't wait to see the result tomorrow!

I couldn't wait to share this song - I've heard this on the radio often and I love it:

"Light Up the Sky" - Afters

Monday starts the last week of my photography class! We have been having a great time - it's been a lot of time and work but I've enjoyed it a lot. I'm looking forward to getting to work on the SLR class starting up in September. I think it will be a little bit easier since we'll be focusing on the basics of using your SLR camera and less on composition. You can register here or send me and email with any questions you have about the class.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Nearly Wordless Wednesday

We are headed to the doctor today!! all four kids are getting school shots. PRAY for me!!!Nearly

And here is an update on our avacado sprout:
avacado sproutavacado sprout
(I had to stand on the sink to get the shot - silly me.)
Live and Love…Out Loud
also linking up with 5 Minutes for Mom

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


It's Tuesday evening here at my house. The hubs is off at a business dinner so I am making pancakes and blogging (yes at the same time, and yes I know it's a disaster waiting to happen). I'm wishing it were Wednesday night and time to watch So You Think You Can Dance, which I have been really into ever since Alex's amazing Hip Hope routine about three weeks ago.

I took so many photos over the weekend!!!  I got confused about the Trendy Treehouse and thought it was "by the pool" so I took some fun photos of the kids at the pool.


the next day we went to get ice cream
I even managed to snap a pic of the hubs! :)

And we snaged an awesome pair of flip flops for Josiah for only three bucks. He was so happy with his Woody flip flops that he asked me to change the "green speckled frog" song to be "green speckled flip-flop frog" and laughed the whole way through.
five greean and speckled flip-flop frogs
sat on a speckled flip-flop log
eating some most deliciousl flies
yum yum!
one jumped into the flip-flop pool
where it was nice and flip-flop cool
now there are four green speckled flip flop frogs...

Josiah tried one of the banana peppers!

Sweet Shot DayThe Trendy Treehouse

I've been working on photographing someththing for the header for my new blog layout. I want to do something like this. I don't think that this is going to be the final product but I'm very happy with the concept.

after a simple white overlay

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