Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tuesday morning thoughts....

Wow, three blog posts within a week.  A record lately.  A few random thoughts this morning...

-Lately I'm learning to let certain things go.  Type A personalities have a hard time with this :)  Two examples: This month I didn't dust my house for a month (that would have been unheard of a few years ago), and I managed to take three whole days off of work and enjoy them despite having 4 shoots that still needed to be edited and tons of other odds and ends that needed to be attended to.

-Lately I've been focusing a lot on how to take pictures with more fluid and natural movement, and how to make my subjects produce that natural and fun movement. 

-I've tried to lower the amount of sugar and carbs I eat, and am feeling great for it (I'm not crazy about it, I just aim for under 100 grams of carbs a day).  I also don't crave them.  My tastes have totally changed.  I crave protein, fruits and veggies and things that are good for me (mostly)... and of course the occasional treat.  A few months ago I was referred by my counselor to a chiropractor that does muscle response testing and nutrition stuff, it's really hard to explain.  Thanks to this (not cheap) treatment and regimine of crazy supplements, I feel better than ever, both emotionally and physically.  I am off my anxiety meds, I am sleeping great, and feel the best I've felt in a LONG time.  It's SUCH an answer to prayer for me.  Before I started this I was just crying out to God to bring me to this place, and here I am, and I DO NOT take it for granted.  I feel incredibly grateful to feel good, and pray that I continue to feel this way.

-This weekend was great.  I really needed some catch up time around my house and play time with my family.  It was just what the doctor ordered.  Now I'm prepared to take on another week and work my booty off.

-I'm looking very forward to our family trip in less than two weeks.  I can't wait to see my grandparents, and spend time with my little family.   I am also looking very forward to swimming in the ocean in Hawaii.... ahhhhhhh.

-Lastly, I can't wait to have a little bit of time to edit up this shoot that we did with some cuties....

That's it.  My Tuesday morning ramblings :)

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day

Today was just what the doctor ordered.....

Sleeping In.
Pancake breakfast with my family.
Playing in our PJs.
Swimming all afternoon at Papa & Grandma's.
BBQ-ing in our backyard.
Fun in the Garden and mud.
Kids in bed early and Matt and I watching the movie 21 Jump Street and relaxing on the couch.
Perfection :)

No pictures at the pool.  But we came home and Matt made mojitos with mint from our garden... so yummy and refreshing.

After dinner we went out to the side yard to water my garden. 
Alayna found a puddle of mud, took of her clothes, and had a blast.
She said the mud felt good on her skin. 
It was her own personal spa :)

Me posting a picture of the kids playing in the mud on Instagram, lol.

My dirty little girl....
I love her free spirit, 
she's so much like me

My squash is already so huge!  I'm so happy my garden is coming in so nicely :)  can't wait to eat some yummy veggies!

Love this picture Matt took... me taking a picture of them with my phone, lol.

Ahhhh, such a much needed down day together :)
Happy Memorial Day!
And of course a HUGE thank you to the many brave men and women who serve our country. We are so ever grateful.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Rib Smackin' Good

Yesterday was my first day off in quite a while, and you know what I very happily did?
Cleaned my house from top to bottom.  Yup, I was excited to clean.  How sad is that?  haha.  It's been about a month since I dusted, and like um... 2 months or more since I cleaned the master bath.  Gross huh?  Don't judge... I haven't had time.  I clean my kitchen and vacuum every week, but sometimes there just isn't time for the other stuff!  Anyhow, it felt great to get things clean and in order.  Matt spent the day smoking THE BEST PORK RIBS EVER!

Seriously, they were some of the best meat I've ever eaten.  We are serious carnivores over here.  He also made a pork butt, and while it was delicious, the ribs kind of out-shined the entire meal.

Who better to share such delicious food with than some of our dearest friends?  The Flores' came over and we had a wonderful evening together.

Aren't the kids cute?  They are saying "cheers" with their Italian sodas :)

I took Jolene out front and snapped a few pictures of her.  She's really beautiful....

Her mama sewed this dress for her.  Now I know where Jolene gets her talent from :)

All in all, it was a GREAT Saturday :)
And since it's a three day weekend.... the fun isn't over yet :)

Friday, May 25, 2012


Lately we've been busy.  That's actually kind of an understatement, lol.

Last week I had five photoshoots, booked two weddings, still managed to work out and somehow care for my children :)   Matt is a huge help.  Have I mentioned that I couldn't run my business without him??? Not only does he support me big time, he comes home and takes over the child care duties so that I can go do photoshoots.  He also keeps track of all of the financial and necessary business aspects of the business for me :)

This has been my busiest month yet.  So grateful for the business because we are taking a couple of vacations next month, however it's been pretty crazy busy!  I only had dinner with my family two times last week.... the other 5 evenings I was gone on shoots.  This weekend I have nothing booked, and am looking VERY forward to just being around home for three whole days :)  We plan to BBQ (despite the icky weather), work around the yard, clean, cook up some yummy meals, and just enjoy being at home!

I had been getting headaches every single day for the past few weeks.  It was miserable.  I figured it was due to my eyes so I made an eye appointment.  Turns out my prescription has changed a little, so I ordered new glasses.  I was also told I have to either not wear sunglasses, or get prescription sunglasses.  I pretty much need to wear my glasses all the time.  Switching back and forth from cheap sunglasses to my real glasses was apparently one of the causes of the headaches.  I've been headache free for a few days since I stopped wearing my sunglasses, but also going crazy because I'm sensitive to light.  I didn't want to spend even MORE money on glasses, but I found a cheaper pair at Costco yesterday and so I ordered them with my prescription.  I can't wait to get them!

I had a rather traumatic incident with a crow this week.... lol. Somehow a baby crow was in our yard and unable to fly away.  By baby, I mean maybe 1/2-3/4 the size of an adult crow, and crows are huge, so this baby was pretty big.  Cookie tossed it around the yard and tried her best to play with it for three hours.  The baby crow was half her size.  Meanwhile there were about 20-30 adult crows going CRAZY and dive bombing Cookie and making a huge racket.  It was so crazy.  I went to the gym in hopes that Cookie would handle it by the time I got home.  Unfortunately, she didn't... and the baby crow was pretty beat up.  I despise crows, but I started feeling pretty bad, so I decided to mercy kill the bird.  I used what I had on hand... a sharp shovel... and you can imagine the rest.  It was ugly.  It kinda traumatized me, lol.  Those birds are HARDY and not easy to kill!  I told Matt we need to get a pellet gun.

Okay, so now that I've grossed you out, here are some fun Instagram pictures from the last few weeks....

Happy hour for everyone... Italian sodas for the kids :)

A lunch date at McDonalds with my kiddos... not sure what's up with Ethan's expression, but he really was having fun!

My little daydreamer.... she rolls around in the grass often :)

My lady at our McDonalds lunch date.  They picked the place.... I actually hate McDonalds.... but they had a blast :)

The end of a crazy busy day.... a glass of wine and the Grey's finale

Alayna had a cold the other week so I took my workouts to the street.  Running with these two is definitely a challenge!  :)

I took the kids swimming at my mom's pool the other week.  I love Alayna's new swimsuit. 

Ethan remembered how to swim in the big pool without any floaties... yay.

I decided to make REAL albums since I have all of these great pictures of my family.  The blog books just don't do them justice.  I'll have to post a decent picture.  I am just starting with this year.  I'm printing pictures from each month (and getting them printed from one of my professional labs, so the quality is great), then simply putting them into album pages that hold different layouts of pictures.  Simple. 

Alayna got her second haircut ever.... just a trim.  She was excited.  Love how serious she looks.

Lunch at the Kopper Kettle after church on Sunday.  Matt's mom got to come along too, it was great to see her.

Afternoon snuggles with my crazies :)

We took our evening walk offorading the other week :)  The kids thought it was fun to explore.

Picked up a new and bigger little kiddie pool.  They had so much fun splashing around in this one day. 

I have a serious thing for succulents lately.... these little guys planted in some of my milkglass make me so happy.  It's the simple things!

The boys snuggling and watching a race

Breakfast one morning... his request.

Good morning sunshine!!!

Took a fieldtrip to a place called Amy's Farm with T-MOMS.  The kids got to learn about some animals, feed them, pet them, and even milk a cow.

Taking a much needed break one day.... me reading while the kids splashed in the kiddie pool.  A win-win for all.

A little bit of sunshine in my kitchen

I was joking that he looked like a homeless man... pushing a stroller full of random odds and ends in his jammies

BUDS!  I took them on a donut date one morning :)

Did a senior shoot here the other week.

This guy is a charmer.... he knows how to charm.  You should see him wink.

They were pushing their babies around one morning.  Alayna has named all of her babies Baby Jeffery (after her new baby cousin).

Got a much needed haircut

Dinner with our Flores' :)

This is from a few weeks ago, but it was the first time mowing our front lawn :)