Sunday, July 31, 2011

One Little Word Blog Hop (August 1st)

Hello fellow OLW peeps! It has been a few months since I’ve played along on the hop. I fell a bit behind on the prompts but I did keep up with my word ~ ACTIVE. We have been making changes around the house which include eating healthier and getting ACTIVE. Even when we are super tired because our 6 month old is still not sleeping through the night, we are making the attempts to do things. ACTIVE isn’t only about eating and exercise for me, it encompasses all things. I am being more ACTIVE with my creativity and reading more, which is really nourishing me. My husband and I are going out on more date nights and we are also talking about future plans to move out of Arizona to a place where we both will be happy. All this ACTIVITY is amazing. These are a few photos of how my book is coming along. I really enjoyed June’s prompt! I’m still working on July’s but music is a joy for me so it will be done soon.

I hope your word is still thriving in your life. If you are here randomly please check out Ali’s class at Big Picture Classes and you are more than welcome to come along on our hop. Thank you Margie for organizing this. Check out the list below for more inspiration. Jan is next on the hop!


Here is the list of the hop...Enjoy!

Week In The Life ~ all about day 6

Oh Saturday, what fun you were! We went to breakfast at The Good Egg, the kids and I went shopping with Kris and then the family finished the day at Maghen and Kim's new place. Awesome day. I did realize that I missed out on some photos when I looked at what I wrote down for the day but I'm glad I have the stories in the end.

Deets for the day.

Observations ~ Audrey LOVES shoe shopping. Dominic LOVES to flirt with women.

Gratitude ~ I am grateful for the friends that I have. Today I spent the morning with Kris, shopping and talking about our kids while getting some good laughing in. The family then spent the last part of the day with Mag and Kim whom we haven’t seen in a while. We enjoyed see their new house and they enjoyed catching up with the kids. Mag and I talked art and future prospects.

Overheard ~ Audrey doing her best fake laugh throughout the store while I was trying to shop for clothes for her, turning down everything in the store with, “hahahahahahahaha no no”. Finally getting super excited when she saw a pair of shoes that she now owns.

Favorite Moment ~ Audrey being silly at our friends pool. Getting onto the first pool step from the water and bending over, watching all the water cascade down her butt through her legs and into the water. Then almost falling over laughing because we couldn’t stop giggling at her. It’s hard to explain but the picture below will help.

One more day for this adventure. LOVE IT!


Week In The Life ~ all about day 5

This project really does get better, day by day. The multitude of photos and stories make my heart happy. Fridays are usually always good days ~ the end of the work week for Nick ~ the beginning of the weekend brings me some relief with the kids and the renewal of sleep is always a perk. Here are the deets of Friday.

Observations ~ I really dislike Arizona summers and my kids sweat as much as I do in the heat. Dominic needs a baby icepack wrapped in a burp cloth put into his car seat to stay cool. Nick and I are saying the same things to Audrey at the same time ~ total parents. Nick and I love photography. Skye loves toes, anyones toes. I caught her licking Dominic’s toes today and he was just looking at her with the craziest face.

Gratitude ~ In my realization recently about how much I really love photography, I am thankful for my father’s love for it. I grew up watching him take photos. I always wanted to see the developed pictures that he took…to see what he saw through his lens. I enjoyed watching him in action. The last time we spoke on the phone, he had looked through my album on facebook and we spoke for a long time about photography. He said that he was talking to my mother about the photos and wondered if I got that from him. He sounded proud. Of course I got that from you Dad.

Overheard ~ “Sponge Bob Square Pants, are you ok?” Audrey (In the background, Nick laughing at whatever happened to Sponge Bob) “Sit Skye sit. Good boy.” (Audrey) “Skye is a girl Audrey.” (me) “Good boy Chazz.” (Audrey) "Yes, Chazz is a boy." (me) Lol

Favorite Moment ~ Audrey naming everything that came out of the cart during checkout at Bed Bath and Beyond and the cashier talking about how cute she is. Also Audrey saying “OOOOO, yumma Mommy.” At my scrambled eggs and cheese I made for us for lunch.

Photo highlights of the day...

The week is quickly coming to a close and I can't wait to start putting this project together next week. Remember, you can share your days on Ali's blog and also check out others around the world who are participating in this journey.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Week In The Life ~ all about day 4

Thursday proved to be rough also…Dominic is really teething hardcore and fussed a lot today and Audrey had so much energy, it was hard to keep her entertained/busy while trying to tend to Dominic. I think this project is helping me get through these rough days and look for the positive in the mound of crap. J

Observations ~ Dominic is always super happy after he eats. Smiley, Wiggley, Bouncey, Happy. Audrey loves to smell flowers, plants, well everything now that she learned that word and what it means. She says things smell either yummy or yucka.

Gratitude ~ After a long long long day, both kids napped at the same time. The hour of silence was therapeutic.

Overheard ~ “You really are good at what you do.” (Nick talking to me about my attempts at memory keeping through scrapbooking and photography.)

Favorite Moment ~ Audrey asking me to go night night and wanting me to help her with her bedtime routine. (Daddy puts her to bed every night.)

Here are some favorite photos of the day.

Everyday I love this project more and more. If you haven't tried it out yet ~ DO IT!


Week In The Life ~ all about day 3

Wednesday was a bit trying. Dominic woke up at 3 am and wanted to eat, luckily he went back to sleep rather quickly but I had a hard time falling asleep so when he got back up around 5 am, Nick took care of him. This paved the way for a grumpy day.

I noticed I wrote down a little less that day (which is ok) probably because I was having a rough day. I am also realizing that I need, well maybe want is a more accurate word, a better camera. In doing this awesome project and trying to capture little everyday moments (which occur in the house), my camera just isn’t cutting it. We have sky lights which makes everything look washed out at times and when I use a flash, it just makes colors look un-natural and blasts light onto people. So I’m dreaming of a “big girl” camera. I did manage to make sure Nick and I were in more photos...this was challenging but worth it.

Observations ~Interrupted sleep has a negative effect on my mood.

Gratitude ~I am truly grateful for all the work Nick does to provide for our family, which allows me to stay at home with the kids. Even on the tough days, I know I would miss them dearly if I were working.

Overheard ~Audrey’s voice. “Jump Dom Jump!”, “Hey Dominic”, “Doooominiiiic, where are you?”, “Where’s the baby?”, “Where’s the doggie?”, “Where’s Jessie?”, “Where’s Buzz?”, “No, no, no” (complete with hand gesture), “Mommy, come here…come on! Yogurt! Oh Yumma.”

Favorite Moment~Both times Dominic woke up from a nap, Audrey wanted to “go get baby” and then she wanted to get into the crib with him to play. I love that she is really enjoying having a brother.

Here are some favorite photos of the day.

I hope you are enjoying capturing your week. Remember to check out the chick who came up with this project, the amazing Ali.


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Week In The Life ~ all about day 2

Yesterday was a whole lot of fun, thanks to Week in the Life. I had my camera attached to me all day and made sure I was writing on my daily log. Looking through the photos, I can't help but smile. I need to do this project more often so I record the little daily happenings that would normally go undocumented. I did notice that Nick and I aren't in a lot of the photos, I'm going to work on that before the week is out. Also, some of the photos I chose to share aren't the best quality but that is OK because they captured the moments I want to remember.

Gratitude ~

I am thankful for my family. People say this all the time when they speak of their family but noticing all the small things of the day has really made me think about how much I love them and am thankful that they exist.

Observations ~

Audrey really loves to be creative. She really loves to paint with watercolors, acrylics, and finger paints. She also NEEDS to go “bye bye” at least once a day or she gets cranky.

Dominic loves to interact with everyone in the family. He wants to touch, talk and be involved. When he isn’t, that is when he is the loudest. Obviously trying to get our attention.

Overheard ~

Dominic giggling with Audrey as she danced around the living room with Buzz and Jessie. Audrey singing to eentsy weentsy spider and Old Mc Donald had a farm (only when I wasn’t looking at her).

Daddy reading to Audrey @ bedtime. She always sounds so happy when Daddy is off of work and can play with her and he always puts her to bed with a story.

Favorite Moment ~

There are two today! Getting crafty with Audrey is one of them. She loves to sit next to me when I’m scraping or painting and today we painted together. This is when she said Orange for the first time. Orange is my favorite color! It was so amazing to watch her create.

When Audrey was going to bed I said I love you (like I do every night, usually without a response)…and very quietly she said “love you” as she was walking down the hall to her room! Melted my heart. I know she understands what it means because she will give me a kiss after I say it but she NEVER says it back...until today.

This amazing adventure is only 3 days in but you can play along anytime. For the details, visit Ali and learn all about her awesome project.


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Week In The Life 7/25 - 7/31

I am capturing a week in our lives thanks to Ali Edward’s project. Learn more about it here and also view the free PDF materials here. You can play along and share your stories daily on Ali’s blog and also at Big Picture Classes in a FREE community.

This is the first year that I am playing along. I usually feel like I don’t have the time or energy to commit to a project like this. (Taking photos all day and documenting the little things) What’s changed? Nothing. J Life is chaotic right now but I am making changes in my life that include taking care of me, as well as the kids and hubby. This project is only one day in and it is already bringing me so much joy, which is what I need.

Here are some highlights from Monday 7/25.

Observations- Dominic is the sweetest baby boy. At 4am he greets me with a smile and his little hand grazes my face. He no longer cries just to cry. The poor boy is teething and having a rough time with it…he is clearly in pain and it’s rough to see him like this.

Overheard – Audrey is talking all of our ears off, even the dog’s ears. Today she “read” the Target ad to Dominic, telling him about the yummas, colors and horses.

Favorite Moment – Our (mine and Nick’s) favorite moment was when Audrey swam for the first time without us holding her. She was so excited and wanted to do it again and again, saying “SIM SIM”! She even started jumping into our arms. Awesome job Audrey.

Gratitude – I am so thankful for our pool. It is over 100 degrees (which is normal for AZ) with humidity (not normal). We had such a fun time today, playing in the pool.

I found that I have no problem taking a load of photos and the PDF sheets have really helped me document things. Thank you Ali for creating this project!
Play along this week or any other week. Capture the little things in life and ENJOY it.