Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Trendy Treehouse ~ Laughter

This week's Trendy Treehouse's Shutter Love Tuesday prompt is "Laughter." This was fun because nothing pleases me more than making my daughter laugh.


It's All About ME ~ In Pictures!

I can't even tell you how happy I am that this is my last day of this whole self portrait thing! What in God's name was I thinking? Like I don't have enough to do!

31 days of self portraits seemed a little self indulgent to me but then again, that was the point. That's why I called it, "It's all about ME!" I wanted there to be no confusion. I wanted to force myself to do something everyday that was just for me and I did. At the end of it I wanted to have some photos of myself that I don't hate and I do. I don't love all of them but I'm not embarassed by any of them either. Now when my kids look at photos pf me when they're older they'll think that Momma occasionally did things just for herself and it will help remind them to do that as well. A life lived only for others is a wasted life.

So, I'm done. I may have a finishing post where I list my top favorites from the month, but that is it. Tomorrow I have enough to do without finding time to sneak away from my life and shoot a few frames.

This is me today. All done.

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Monday, August 30, 2010

It's All About ME ~ In Pictures!

Good day. Nice weather. Relaxing after a busy weekend and morning. One kid at school. One kid napping. Clothes in the washer. Clothes in the dryer. Chicken in the sink. Sides prepared.

This is me today with my baby. I'm not doing anything else for at least 2 hours.

Also, as a side note, NEVER again will I attempt 31 days of self portraits. Never.

Paper Mama's Photo Challenge

This week's Paper Mama Photo Challenge is "Self."

"The challenge: This weeks challenge is just a bit different. I would LOVE to see your baby (or kid... or puppy... or kitty) in the photo, but it's not a requirement this week. Take a self portrait. Celebrate you!"

I've been "celebrating myself" all month so I could rehash some of the ones I've already done but that's so tired. I wanted to do something new. Anyone can dig through their files and find a photo of themselves, I know, I've done it.

I had some time after I put Owen on the bus so River and I did some drawing on our faces. She liked poking at the heart that we put on mine and I was correct in my thinking that it would draw her attention to my face and get me more kisses.

So, this is River and I in our yard, waiting for airplanes to land since our house in in the flight pattern for our airport.

Here are a few outtakes:

The Paper Mama

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Watching Twilight

For my 40th Birthday my husband is taking me to Forks. This doesn't mean anything to you if you aren't into Twilight but I'm pretty damn excited about it!

We aren't just going to Forks, we're going to LaPush, Port Angeles, Seattle and Portland. We're flying into Portland where I'll be taking a five hour bus tour with Catherine Hardwicke, the director of Twilight. We'll be going to the shooting locations in the area and it should be fun. It's part of the Twilight Convention which I've already been to so I don't plan to go to the actual convention. Although we're staying in the hotel where the convention is, so I'm sure they'll be Twilight people everywhere.I'm flying in just for the tour and them some site seeing of the area. From the photos I've seen, it's a beautifully green place! I'm really excited about seeing the Hoh Rainforest!
So, in preparation for our trip to the place where vampires roam, my husband said he'd watch the Twilight movies with me. He even got both of them on Blue-Ray so we could watch them on the good TV. Don't you know that twenty minutes into the movie he tells me he's Team Jacob? WTF? I understand being Team Jacob if you like short guys with big teeth but I just don't get it! We're a Virginia Tech house because my husband went there. I buy the kids VT clothes and they wear them often. We're a Team Edward house because I say so! There is no deviation! We're Team Edward , damnit! Payback for this outward defiance will come in the form of a photo posted on my blog of my husband while he sleeps with his face nestled into a pillow with Edward Cullen's face on it in our Team Edward room in lovely downtown Forks, Washington! Oh, it's happening.
Also, any excuse to post a photo of Robert Pattinson. Piece. Of. Ass.

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It's All About ME ~ In Pictures!

I think this has been the busiest weekend I've had in some time. If I wasn't tagging items for the consignment sale, I was untagging items that didn't sell for my appointment with a local consignment shop. I'm past the point of worrying about how much I'll get for each item and I just want it out of my house! I've had emotional detachment from this crap! I just want it gone!
My favorite consignment shop closed a little over a month ago and I just discovered that it is reopening with new owners on September 1st! This is good news and I can only hope I like the new store as much as I did the last one! I had withdrawal symptoms when that store closed. We went there every week! It was so bad that if we drove past it without stopping, Owen would scream! There was a time when I would have to drive the long way to Babies R Us just so I wouldn't have to pass it.
So, they're reopening and I have an appointment to have her look at my stuff and she if she can sell any of it. What she doesn't take I might just give the quick once over and drop it off at Goodwill. It just needs to be gone.
So, this is me today, in the yard for 2 minutes between doing the crap I needed to get done today. Tomorrow when Owen goes to school, I am going to put River down for her nap and do absolutely nothing until that bus rolls in. My back is killing me and I need a break from manual labor. This 31 days of self portraits thing has been a chore and I'm glad it's coming to an end. I am just tired.
It took me three hours to pick up my items tonight and I still didn't find them all! I ask about it and she tells me that "some Gymboree items walked from the last sale." That's information I could have used BEFORE I put my items on the special Gymboree rack. Why is there a special Gymboree rack anyway? Who gives a shit if it's Gymboree? I hate that store. Every time I go in there it looks like a rainbow threw up all over the place. I don't get it. Gap Kids I get. They make clothes that a normal person would wear, only smaller. If I wanted to dress my kids like Umpaloompas, I'd shop at Willy Wonka's Wacky Clothing Emporium. But I'm not bitter.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

It's All About Me ~ In Pictures

We took the kids to the park today. The weather was beautiful and the playground wasn't too crowded, which surprised me. I thought it would be crazy down there on a Saturday. I'm glad I was wrong. We were able to let River wander around. This can be difficult when there are a million 10 year olds running back and forth playing tag around the equipment. She's a slow mover so I was pleased that she was able to walk around at her own pace and check out the area.

After the playground we walked down to the water which was a little high for River to get too close. I'd wanted to let her play in the sand for a bit but the tide was not on our side so we just stood in the water. I liked it more than she did so I let her stand on the boat dock while I went out up to my knees to take some photos. The water wasn't cold so I would have loved for Owen to at least get his feet wet but as usual, he wanted no part of it.

I'm still shocked at how green everything is. We've really had a lot of rain this year. Usually everything is an even layer of brown right now.

I took this photo of myself on the playground right after a little boy who was playing with Owen conked his head on the bottom of this handle thing. It made a loud sound and I thought it was Chris's elbow. Poor guy. I know it hurt like hell.

Nice day with the family at the park. Now we get to rest for a while before back to school night at Rolly Polly's!

Friday, August 27, 2010

It's All About ME ~ In Pictures!

Three days a week my son gets on a bus and is gone to school for hours. He loves it and I like that he's learning and having fun but it's a weird feeling to not have him here for so long. It will take some getting used to. River naps while he's at school so it's not like we could go and do anything. River is sleeping and I've done laundry but I'm just not in the mood to clean and with not much going on this weekend, I have no motivation to clean anything except the dishes, which are loaded and the damn sippy cups that Chris and I both avoid like the plague. I can not wait until she's past the sippy cup stage.

While he was gone and after I put River down for her nap, added a load to the wash and walked past the sippy again, I went into the sunlight to shoot a few frames. The weather is perfect today! Sunlight but no humidity! I'm so glad that Fall is just around the corner. I look forward to darker colours and sweatshirts!

I took some pictures near our fence and while I had my back to it I felt a buzzing. I quickly turned around to see a wasps nest that must have been right against my back. Nice. If it weren't so far from the house I'd go back and kill those bastards! That reminds me of that stupid bird that lived in our backyard and would dive bomb Owen when he was younger. I hated that damn bird and while I didn't want it dead, I wanted it away from the house so I built all kinds of contraptions to make it go away. I haven't seen her for a while so maybe it worked.

I'm really in love with our trees right now. Chris just trimmed them and they're really green because we've had a lot of rain lately. This is the greenest our yard has been since we moved here so I'm pleased. I also have a special place in my heart for our ugly fence. It looks so much better in photos than a bright, shinny new one. I know when we have a new fence I will miss it like I miss the beat up deck from before Chris stained it.

Anyhoo, this is me, today, lovin' on my trees.

Taking the Cheese Wagon

Owen started school again yesterday. As it turns out, today should have been his first day but no one told me. I got a letter from transportation that his bus service would start yesterday so I got him ready, his bus picked him up and he went to school. It wasn't until last night that I asked myself why he went to school on a Thursday. If I'm being honest, it wasn't until late last night that my friend brought it to my attention that it wasn't Wednesday. I'd thought all day long that it was Wednesday! I do shit like that all the time. I hate it.

I knew he didn't go to that school on Thursdays so I called the school this morning to make sure he was supposed to be there today. Turns out they thought he was coming five days a week. I'm not sure where they got that idea because I could not have been more vocal during our discussions about Owen's schooling for this year and what I wanted out of it. They all agreed that my course of action was the best and that they were on board with my plans so the fact that his teacher didn't know is a bit off putting but I'm trying to let it go. It's only day one and I don't need to be annoyed by the people who will be caring for my son 2 1/2 hours of the day. I'll try to save that til mid year. Damn Mrs. Jean for being such a good teacher! I knew she set me up for failure!

Owen acted like he didn't want to get on the bus but once he did and I was able to get on and snap a photo of him, he was smiling and watching out the window. He loves the bus! He just doesn't love leaving his toys behind but that's OK. I get it. I don't like leaving mine behind either. After he got on the bus and it pulled away, River stood on the sidewalk and waved until the bus was gone. It was sweet.

I was finally able to get a photo of his sweet smile that he always has when he gets off the bus. I've only been trying to do that for over four months!

Very nice bus drivers! It really makes a difference.

It's All About ME ~ In Pictures!

I still have no idea what is wrong with my SD card and why I am able to look at my photos but not upload them. Luckily I upload daily or I'd be really pissed because I've got over 4,000 photos on that card. I'm only loosing maybe a little over 1oo photos but at least I can see them. Still annoying.

Anyhoo, I took some photos this morning while we waited for Owen's bus to come. River seems to always be up for photos these days where as getting any pictures of Owen and I together is a fantasy I have. I was able to get one as he ran past and I've posted it bellow.

It's so much fun waiting for the bus with Owen because he runs around with the dog and River watches him and laughs and when the bus comes he acts like he doesn't want to get on it but he half smiles when he thinks you aren't looking. The truth is that he may actually not want to get on the bus but not because he doesn't want to go to school. He just doesn't want to leave his trains behind. I know that's what his issue is.

Since I wasn't able to upload my photos yesterday and in a sence skipped my self portrait, I will be doing two today to keep up with the promise made to myself. So, I'll be back.

I'm annoyed

I had a crazy busy day and on top of that, something is wrong with my 32 GB SD card so I can't even upload all of the excellent photos I took today of my daughter OR the photo of me for my "It's all about ME ~ In Pictures!"

Colour me annoyed. Hopefully I will figure out what the issue is tomorrow and get my photos off of it. I have no idea whats wrong with it. Figures the good card would be the one to go bad.

Until tomorrow here's a photo of me tormenting my children.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop ~ Summer

This week Mama Kat gave us these five prompts:

1.) Your childhood neighborhood.
2.) I was holding on tight but...

3.) "It was as if an invisible thread hooked her to her boy. The thread could go taut or slack but it could never come undone, it could never reach the end of its spool because there was no end; it bound them forever." What does unconditional love mean to you?

4.) Can it be saved? Think of something that is ruined when it's totally wet: like a newspaper or a piece of cheese. Write a scene (truth or fiction) that involves you and a soaked item.

5.) What five images paint a perfect picture of summer to you? Put those five images together in a piece of writing.

My choice was clear.

Before I had kids, summer didn't mean much. I guess summer meant that I could wear shorts and sandals but nothing really changed a lot from season to season. In my old life I sold new homes and I worked on weekends and had days off during the week. So the weekend didn't really mean too much either. Once I had kids that all went out the window.

Once Owen came along, I quit my job and was able to stay home with him. I got to see him do everything. I was there when he walked, talked, sang, danced and first said "I love you, Momma!" These are things I cherish and don't take for granted. I've been lucky to have so much time with them. I love my time with my kids so much that the thought of going back to work makes me sick to my stomach. I never though that would be true before my babies came along.

We do things in the summer like go to the pool, have playdates at the park with friends, watch airplanes takeoff and land at the airport and even took a vacation with both kids to the beach. I love talking photos of my kids on the beach. You have to be a really shitty photographer to get bad beach photos because everyone looks good on the beach! The sun, the water, the smiles. You just can't go wrong. I've always photographing moving water. That may be because I am petrified of it. There's a story there and while I may not want to know the whole story, I like getting a snippet.

Some of my favorite summer photos are simple. I just want my kids to look beautiful and they do that without help from me. All I ask is that they occasionally look my way.
Few things are more beautiful than the amazement in my son's eyes when he sees an airplane landing right in front of him. He stares at it from the time he sees the lights in the sky until it hits the tarmac with a screech you seem to hear for miles. Even at a young age he seems to like to know what makes things work. I like to think that in his life that will take him places that I can't even imagine.
I love that during the summer (and even into fall) the way my daughter's beautiful blue eyes look against a bright green canvas of grass. It's almost like it was put there for her eyes to bounce off of.
I love feeling safe that my children are playing with people that I trust. It's a wonderful feeling to look over and see your baby with someone else and they're smiling and giggling and feeling safe themselves. They may take it for granted that I leave them in the pool with my children, but I don't know how to swim so I have a natural visceral fear of the water and it says a lot about my feelings for you as a friend that I trust you near water with my children. My kids just love the water, especially River and summer affords them the time to be fish.

The photo that screams summer to me more than any other is the first photo I posted. There is no sun, there is no water and there is no sand. I took this photo of me holding my daughter's hand while she laid on a hotel bed with her doll in Virginia Beach. She wrapped her fingers around mine and even though we were there at the beach for maybe four days and I took hundreds of great photos, this was my favorite. Her fingers are so delicate and sweet and it quickly became the stand out for the whole trip. Now when I think of summer, going to the beach and spending lots of time with my kids, I think of this photo.
A perfect summer for me is lots of time with my family, relaxing. We don't always get the relaxing part, but we're always together. That's what's important.

Mama's Losin' It

It's All About Me ~ In Pictures

Today was the busiest day in recent memory. Owen and I had to drive to his school to meet his new teacher, who seems nice. Mrs. Bobby his speech lady was there, which I like to see. I like that something stays the same even if everything else seemed to change. Same school and same classroom but it looks completely different and his teacher form last year (who I loved) is gone. Sad, but this happens.

After the meeting I brought Owen back home and let him watch some Thomas while Chris worked from home. I drove to Annapolis to drop off my 300+ consignment items that as God it my witness, I am not bringing home! After all the work I put into getting that crap ready, it better sell!

The process was pretty painless, which I did not expect so I was glad for that and I think they turned away only 4 of my items. This pleased me.

Before I put River down for her nap I took her into the backyard and took a few photos. This new walking thing is opening all kinds of doors. She has a closet full of dresses that she's never worn because who wants to crawl in a dress? I think she looks so cute in them that I'm making up for lost time and slapping one on her every friggen day! She's so tiny that even after having these dresses for months and months, they're all still too big for her but I don't care, it's still cute!
I will never get tired of seeing her walk! I waited too long!
So, this is me, today, with my walkin baby!

Paper Mama's Photo Challange ~ Flower

Paper Mama's Photo Challenge this week is "Flower."

River forever has somehting clipped in her hair and with all that great hair, why not? I just bought new her red flower hairclips last night. My theory is that if you have fabulous hair like that, you can have as many clips as you want. The fact that she lets me put them in her hair is something I don't take for granted. It certainly helps that she's always had this hair so I've always fussed with it. She could wear a hairclip right out of the womb!

Red flowers are my favorite! How can you not love that beautiful bright red?

A few outtakes of my beautiful baby girl:

The Paper Mama

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Pour Your Heart Out Wednesday ~ I'm Skipping My 20 Year Reunion

Me in the 10th grade. Still makes me laugh.

It wasn't as easy a decision as I thought it was going to be. I can't say I was a big fan of high school and I wasn't completely sure that 20 years was enough time to get over how much I hated it then or to stomach some of those evil bitches that nauseated me but I was considering giving it a try.

When I first got the Facebook message from the president of the student body or student council president, whatever he was, I was nice about it because I actually liked him, but I was still certain that I wouldn't even entertain the idea of driving all that way for a night of annoyance and fluffy girls acting like they always liked me. I have never suffered from the affliction of acting like I like people that I don't so sitting around and chatting with all of those people from my high school which can only be described as cheerleading hell makes me want to smash my head through a wall.

I didn't sign up for Facebook to find all of the girlfriends I loved so much in high school, I signed up to find one particular friend that I'd lost touch with and it worked. I found her but I also found people I loved, liked and barely tolerated. I've never "defriended" anyone on Facebook but I sure as shit have hidden quite a few. At some point you get tired of the fluffy chick that married the equally fluffy football player with bad skin telling you how wonderful their life is together. I mean I remember them both and he was a pig. While I'm sure he's a nice guy and I can only hope his skin has cleared up, I'm also sure he's probably balling her sister but whatever. We all have our crosses to bear.

Part of me would like to go to my reunion and if I still lived in Nashville, I would go but driving my family over 700 miles to go to a reunion where I might have something to say to maybe 5 or 6 people seems like a waste. It's in the middle of the school year so I don't know how we'd safely do it without Owen missing a day or two of school. It's not like my family lives there anymore so it's a logistical nightmare. It makes me think that class reunions are for people who still live in the city where they went to high school. The girl I originally moved up here with who lives in Sykesville is going but her parents still live in Nashville. If Momma lived there it would be a no brainer.

So, part of me feels like the girl without a prom date who sits at home and misses the fun. Not that I know what that feels like because I slapped on a $36 vintage black dress and went to prom, but you know what I mean. If the planets aligned I would go and as much as I skeeved high school, there were some people I liked even if most of them made me puke in my mouth daily. I wasn't popular. I think infamous is a better word. I may not have been friends with the fluffy girls but they all knew who I was. They were the "fluffy bitches" and I was "she's mean," Whatever, it worked for me.

I mean come on, the captains of the cheerleading team were Buffy and Glenda and I AM NOT making that shit up! Buffy was nice and still is I think. I'd known her since the 5th grade and while we were complete opposites in high school, we were always nice to each other but Glenda was a big ole' frosted nightmare! Uggghhhh...See, this is what would happen all night. I'd spot a bitch like Glenda who we'd like to think has changed since high school but since I haven't, I hold out little hope that she has and I'd crack on her. I can do that at home for free by hacking into her Facebook page. This way is much cheaper. I'm a revolutionary!

I'm OK with skipping my reunion but it sure would be nice to get the people together that I did like and have a beer or ten. Oh, the things we'd come up with! Just remembering some of the crazy shit I did would be worth the drive. Maybe it will be easier in ten years. I know I'm not interested in visiting my old high school. I went there last year while on my way to see my sister. I had the kids with me and I almost wanted to cry when I saw Johnny O. It looked like an inner city school and it was a huge school with a gigantic band and sports teams that the school sold it's soul for. Now it looks run down and instead of the student sneaking a smoke under the bleachers, they might be shooting up heroin. When I was in school in NYC, I went to see my high school marching band in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Now the whole area looks like it's been shit on. Oh how the mighty have fallen.

I remember once they thought there wasn't enough school spirit so they made us memorize the Alma Mater. What kind of bullshit is that? I cheated on principle. Wrote it across my leg and wore a long skirt. I still don't feel bad about it. So take that, fluffy bitches!

I found this on YouTube for some ungodly reason and I think it sounds just horrible. I'm not even sure why they made it. "If you're a sheep dog, here's how it might sound." What's the point? I won't even get into the fact that John Overton was a slave owner. I have no idea why they named a school after him. Well, it IS Nashville.

Wow, I don't miss high school AT ALL!

It's All About ME ~ In Pictures!

Relaxing, who knew it could be so, nice.

I was finally able to put my feet up after preparing my 330+ items for a local consignment sale. Cleaned, on hangers, tagged, de-dog haired. It has been a full time job over the last several days but my house already feels lighter. We have way too much shit in this house for four people. Most of the clothes I'm selling are 3-6 months, the most wasted size for both of my kids. Owen skipped right through that size and while River can still wear some of the larger 3-6 months, most of the good stuff was form fitting so she only wore it once or twice. Although I can't really complain because River is a small girl and can wear her clothes a lot longer than Owen. I always knew having a smaller/normal sized kid would be cheaper. She's 19 months old and still wears a 2/3 diaper! That's huge! Owen was in a 5 by now!

So, short of loading the van and dropping this mess off, I am done. I've never been a consignor at this particular consignment sale in Annapolis before and I've heard both good and bad things about it so I don't know what to expect. I tried to go there once and it was such a cluster that we left and had lunch with friends instead. Hopefully it's better on this side of the fence. I'll go to the presale because I can but I don't really need anything. Of course I always say that but we'll see.

This is me, today, relaxing my ass off!

Tuesday Tag-Along

Everybody loves a blog hop!

One of my favorite blog hops is The Tuesday Tag Along. It's a great way to find new, interesting blogs!

Happy Hopping, hope you enjoy my blog!

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