Monday, September 24, 2012

This n That

-Our church is reading through the Bible in 90 days.  It's petty intense... there's around 12-16 chapters to read each day.  It takes me around 35-45 minutes.  I've been doing half in the morning and the other half in the evening.  It's been kind of cool to read through so many chapters at once (something I've never done before).  I feel so immersed in it.  An added benefit is the kids seeing me with my nose in the Bible for more than five minutes each morning (I was previously just reading two chapters each morning at breakfast time).  The other morning I was outside reading, when Ethan woke up he found me out there and decided to get his own Bible and join me :)

-Ethan's class has show and tell every Friday and they get to bring something that starts with the letter of the week. Last week was "C", so we brought in Cookie for him to show :)  He thought it was pretty fun to bring in his dog.

-I'm second shooting a wedding with another photographer this Saturday.  I'm actually really excited to be able to take a back seat and just second shoot, it will be fun :)  The best part is no editing!  I hand over my cards and I'll be finished after the wedding.

-Speaking of photography, I attended another meetup with that photography group I'm a part of.  The guy who hosted it had a taco truck and it was super yummy.  Matt came along with me since he's my second shooter for weddings :)  It was a lot of fun.  I always enjoy getting to talk to other photgraphers.

-This past weekend I had a photoshoot for an 11 month old at a nearby park (Wildwood Park in Yucaipa).  As we were walking to the car I almost stepped on this...

Yup, that's a rattlesnake.  It was a baby, and it was laying in the middle of the grass.  So freaky!  There were kids playing all around too.  I did not expect to come across a snake at the park.  That park is near the hills, so I guess that's why the snake was there.  I was just grateful that no one got hurt.  Some guys caught it in a bucket so that it wouldn't be at the park anymore.  Crazy!

Lastly, a few cute pictures of Alayna from two weeks ago.  She was accessorizing :)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

A visit from family

The same weekend we had Alayna's birthday party my Aunt Kami (my dad's youngest sister) and Uncle Roger were staying with us.  They were visiting from Colorado.  The reason they came out was for a Nebraska football game, which was at the same time as Alayna's party, thus they weren't here for the party.  We did however have a lovely time visiting with them for the weekend.

 We popped up to Oak Glen for a bit and in between ducking for cover from the thunderstorm, walked around, enjoyed a few treats, and went to the petting zoo.

 Alayna dancing with Grammy

This guy had a captive audience... we were all seeking cover from the rain, lol.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

He sleeps

The word "nap" seems to no longer be in my children's vocabulary.  Seriously, since the day we got rid of binkies, neither of them has napped.  I have instituted "quit time" for 90 minutes to 2 hours every afternoon, and they are required to stay in their rooms and play quietly.  I keep hoping that one day they'll nap, but I'm beginning to think those days are over.  To be honest I miss the naps.  One positive side is that they are in bed and asleep between 7:00-7:30, and that means I get a nice quiet evening once again.  We haven't had early bedtimes like that since we just had one kid.  So I guess it's a trade off. 

Since I work from home, them not napping has been a challenge in that it's harder for me to find any time to work.  I'm re-arranging the way I do things and trying to come up with a new game plan now that we are in a new phase.  I'm having a daughter of a friend of mine come once a week for 3 hours to entertain the kids so that I can get some work done, and then trying to be SUPER productive during those 90 minutes of "quiet time".  It's soooooooooo hard to buckle down and be really productive during those 90 minutes when sometimes all I want to do is rest, or do something creative, or blog, or look on the Internet, etc, but I'm trying :)

Anyhow, I snapped these sweet pictures pretty much the last time Ethan napped, which was about a month and a half ago.  He looks so sweet :)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Alayna turns three

First of all, I don't know how my little girl is already three.  I've really enjoyed two... and am not ready for her to be three, but I guess the day has come. 

We celebrated her this weekend, with a pink party (her request).  We started off the day with her awaking to a decorated house and balloons filling her room.  She was so funny... she casually walked out with a small amused smile and didn't say anything, just stood there and looked around.

Love this picture of her hugging Matt... in all her bed head glory :)

 Her presents were all wrapped and ready for her, yet she didn't even ask to open them.  We ate breakfast and then she had fun opening them.  She would open one, then play for it a while before moving onto the next.  It was so cute and I love how she stretched it out.

My Aunt Kami and Uncle Roger were out visiting from Colorado for the weekend.  They weren't able to be at the actual party because they had tickets to the UCLA/Nebraska game, but they were here in the morning and enjoyed watching Alayna open some gifts.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

This Week...

Big news around here....
For the first time since having children we are now a binky free home!
The "binky fairy" came two nights ago to take Alayna's binkies to a baby who needs them, and left her money in their place.  So far she's done great.  She fussed a little but went to sleep.  She hasn't napped, and I'm wondering if she'll stop now.  I figured since Ethan doesn't nap anymore it doesn't matter as much, because then we can put them both to bed early instead of having her wired until 9:00 pm.

No more pictures like this.....

I can't believe that she'll be three in less than a week.  I want to bottle her up right now and freeze time.   I'm not ready for her to be three.  She's so funny and sweet and still has a tiny bit of baby in her voice.

I took my camera outside for a few minutes while the kids were playing out front on Sunday evening.  I realized I have hardly any pictures of them from this past month.

Did you notice all that lush green grass????  It's looking good!  Matt is still trying to get it weed free, but is pretty close.  He sure works hard on our lawn, for which I am very grateful!

His "camera" face...

My mom came over for dinner so I snapped a few pictures of her with the kids.  Matt BBQed up some delicious ribs.  I really love ribs.

 I made my famous watermelon margaritas, so refreshing and yummy.

On Memorial Day we enjoyed a nice lazy morning in our PJs.  We played with the kids and hung out. 

Then I made cookies and we headed over to Matt's parent's house to swim and BBQ.  It was a very relaxing afternoon. Our kids were in the pool from 1:30-5:00.  We got home around 7:00 and they were pooped!  They slept great that night :)

Ethan has had three days of school and still says he loves it :)  It's been great so far.  Today Alayna and I went to the gym and then went and got stuff for her birthday party.

Alright, I really need to get to work, so that's about all for right now.