Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Man I'm tired though, I went to sleep fine and then about 12:00 the Mons decided that she wanted to be awake and cry, Adam went in and worked his magic and the girl was STILL awake then I went in and he went in another time after that and all was fine after that. Silly girl, I sure hope we get something to show for all this night waking she's been doing lately. A tooth perhaps, she still only has two teeth so I would be ok with that (not that I can really control it.) And I don't check anymore because the two teeth she DOES have are sharp, very sharp, and I'm not an idiot, bite me once shame on you, bite me twice shame on me for sticking my fingers where they don't belong anyway right?
Monday, March 30, 2009
You can have as many ideas for posed portraits as you want and you will either completely forget what poses you had in mind, OR the children will not co-operate. I learned that sometimes you have to take what you can get. For example I had a 3 year old that just simply did NOT want her picture taken. And oh man did I have grand plans for her, but they just didn't work out. So I took what I got and still got some amazing shots of her, in fact I think I got BETTER shots of her than the girls she was with, cause I was trying so hard to capture her. So lesson 1 learned.
I also learned that 18 months is a HARD age, So cute and fun but they sure don't wanna do what you WANT them to. Which again, just makes you work twice as hard to get that one fantastic photo. Who cares if you manage to snap 109 (no lie) photos and maybe only 20 of them are keepers! That's still 20 fantastic photos!
So I have learned that I really need to go into my sessions with more of an open mind, since it really throws me when i can't get what I want. Get some ideas and work with what I got.
I feel like a better photographer after only 2 sessions, I can only imagine how I'll feel after 10, or 20 or 30...
Thursday, March 26, 2009
In Lily Mon News. The girl is 10 months old today. And I'm proud to say, she can get herself wherever she wants to be now. She's pretty excited about it too. And while I am a little exciting I am also terrified at the same time. Our house is like a little baby deathtrap with cords and junk everywhere that is probably NOT safe for baby to be playing with. Soon we will have to seriously have to baby proof, I know, I've been saying that forever now. Really, this weekend.
Happy 10 Months Bunkenroo. Mommy loves you!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Anyway, enough of the mushy barfoni stuff.
I took some 10 month/Easter photos of lily. I wish more of the ones with the ears would have turned out, they are super cute but she just wouldn't co-operate with me. She is too easily distracted by colorful things these days.
So some updates with her, she can officially pull herself up to standing. And she gets so excited every time she does it too. She gets this big crinkle nose grin and looks at you like "look what I did". She STILL doesn't crawl, but she manages to get around anyway by doing this crazy scooting technique. Whatever, it works for her and means we need to seriously get on the baby proofing. She also thinks that when you smell her feet and tell her they are stinky that that is the funniest thing EVER! But it's adorable. And of course she will hold her sock out for you to smell too, cause she is just generous like that. She waves Bye bye now. After working LONG AND HARD with her on that one. And we are currently working on clapping with her. She'll have it mastered before I know it.
I absolutely LOVE this effect! I plan to do More of these in the future
Thursday, March 19, 2009
So the last few days my focus has really been on getting my new blog (to be revealed soon enough) up and running. I want to get a few more sessions on there before I do my big reveal. Mainly because I have a lot of the same photos on there as I do on here so it's not like it would be news to anyone.
So, has anyone out there started a small business before? Help me out! Tips, pointers, advice? I'm all ears!
UPDATE: Website is up and running!! See it Here
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
And these pictures were taken over the weekend. But she's wearing green and in honor of St. Patrick's Day I will post them!
Monday, March 16, 2009
All weekend she has been trying her hardest to get herself up to standing without our help. She was close, I told Adam that I had money that by that time next week she would have it down. Well I was so right! This morning when I was brushing my teeth she was sitting in a storage bin (hey, don't judge) and she pulled herself up and was just standing there in the bin, so excited and she did it with so little effort too. It makes me wonder how she manages to seemingly learn these things over night. My L-mons is growing up! It will be NO time til she walks now, she loves to take steps holding on to things. Still has no real interest in crawling though. Just can't seem to get the hang of that.
In car trouble news. The check engine light has been on in the Jeep for about a week now. And last night when we got in the car to head to dinner with my Aunt and Uncle the check engine light popped on in the car too. It's always something it seems.
It's funny cause it seems since I've been blogging I can't really seem to keep up with my email the way I should. I owe a few people some lengthy emails but it seems I update you guys and then I feel like I have nothing to talk about, or I don't feel like re-typing everything out. I need to get on that. Along with many other things too. So much to do, so little time.
But on the plus side, it was gorgeous all weekend, so we got out for a few walks! And today it's suppose to be up in the 60's So of course after I get out of here and get the Mons we are going to be going for a nice LONG walk tonight again! I can't wait and the fresh air does both of us some good!
Friday, March 13, 2009
So as many of you know I am doing WeightWatchers. I have done it in the past and it has worked for me. I love the program, it's easy to follow. I don't feel deprived. (most of the time anyway) Plus I love all the motivating articles and things that are available for me online so I can do this in the privacy of my own home (or office). However, it's HARD. No matter how easy it is. Weight loss is Hard. It takes work. And a lot of it. It was easy before, I could workout when I wanted, could plan and cook meals without getting interrupted. This time...It's hard. I can plan my meals until I am blue in the face and usually end up resorting to something that doesn't require me to be in the kitchen cause I am alone with the baby. I get home from work and picking her up and it's the LAST thing I want to do. I want to simply hang out with the Mons. I already most of the time feel like I don't get to see her enough. And for whatever reason I am just having the hardest time sticking to this and making it a priority. Even though I realize I do not simply want to lose weight. I want to lose weight to be healthier. I want to live longer and be more active. I want to feel good and look good. I want to be a good, no scratch that, I want to be a GREAT example for my kids (or kid at this point). But how do I do it? How do I get my mind in the place it needs to be in for all of that to work? I can't live off frozen dinners. I can't live on salads. I LOVE doughnuts and candy and chips.
So here I am I guess. Re-committing AGAIN. For like the 9,000th time. I will plan my days, AND stick to them. I WILL get some exercise. I WILL take the time I need to do this knowing that it will be hard and tough in the meantime but it will make my FUTURE brighter, and make me be able to spend the time I want with Lily.
I was reading an article on Winning Outcome And decided that even though goals aren't usually my way to go, I feel I should put SOMETHING out into the universe.
So I'll start SMALL. Cause really that is where I need to start.
I will track all my food this week and choose healthy options. I will get in some activity (walks outside with the Mons) this weekend. And I will NOT beat myself up if I slip a little. No one is perfect and I don't need to be!
Wish me luck (again)!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Lily LOVES to it up on your shoulders, it's one of those things that makes her laugh hysterically for no good reason.
We were playing peekaboo.
Just testing out our bunny ears for our Easter photos (coming soon) Notice the food ALL over her face.
Everything in our house ends up on our head. As a HAT
Lily being a ham in her stuffed animal basket.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
In other, more exciting news. Ok so their really isn't any exciting news. Things have been tame as of late. Just trying to find my balance between my new work duties, Adam's new schedule and my overwhelming urge to lose a bit of weight and tone up a smidge. Oh and that whole being a MOM thing. It's tough, I honestly feel like I have about 3 full time jobs! Anyone wanna plan meals and workouts for me...and then Make the meals and do the workouts for me, cause I am SO not feeling it lately. *sigh* I need to get my butt in gear, I don't like it when the scale goes the wrong way. I don't like feeling discouraged and bad about failing. Blech. Give me a week or so to adjust to the new schedule. I also need to grocery shop.
So I got Daycare lined up for the girl. My first choice didn't have openings until June 1st, since Lily will be a year old then and she will have a toddler opening then. So I'm excited about it. I think she'll like it, get to play with new toys and other kids. Hopefully get on a better schedule for naps. Which would help us out tremendously plus she'll learn some social skills which will help her too I think!
One of these days I will post some new pictures of the girl. We have Easter/10 month photos coming up here soon!
Monday, March 9, 2009
Last night I slept GREAT! Thanks to some Tylenol PM. I don't think Lily made a single peep ALL night!
Adam started his new schedule today. M-F 9:30-6. Fun Fun. I'm not too thrilled with the idea of not eating dinner together so we may start eating later. Not sure yet. We'll have to see how the days play out. But they were both still sleeping when I left this morning. Lucky Ducks.
Tonight I hope I can get a workout in. If the weather is decent I think I will try and get Lily and myself out for a nice walk. We can bundle up and get some fresh air. We could BOTH use it!
Friday, March 6, 2009
Tomorrow Adam's sister is coming over to watch the monster for us as we are going out with some friends. Should be fun. But this also means I need to clean a bit so that I don't have to be ashamed of how messy my house is. So maybe tonight or tomorrow I'll get my buns in gear and get some cleaning done.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Lily-monster, Lily-mon, Mons, or L-mon (also call us mommy-mons and daddy-mons)
Bunk, Bunkenroo, Bunkenrooster, Lily-bunk
Grace (her middle name), GracieLou, Gracie, Gracie-butt.
Princess, princess lily, Princess Lillian (these are not common ones as I try to avoid the princess thing but sometimes they just come out)
I THINK that's most of them, I'm sure there are more and there are always variations of those above too. The most common one I call her is Bunkenroo. And I completely agree with Lynn (see above link) that I find it odd that no one bats an eye at the fact that her nickname makes NO sense. And no one ever questions it or thinks twice about it.
I suppose we ALL have crazy nicknames for our kids though huh?
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I love seeing who reads my blog and I love getting feedback on what people think!
In other news. Well there really ISN'T any other news. It's pretty uneventful around our house. So I'll leave you with the image of my cats peeing on the carpet for now.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
I really like the black backdrop, unfortunately I couldn't get her to co-operate and it's kinda small, so I'm on the lookout for a larger piece of black fabric!