Thursday, September 30, 2010

Week in Review

Yes, a day early, but I've got something a little different for tomorrow. :)

My car is healthy again, and we're back to being a two-car family.

Rory had a dentist's appointment Tuesday and has two more cavities. There was also talk of putting caps on her two front teeth. Imagine the nightmare flashing through my head of two silver front teeth on my girl. Thankfully, they decided to take a wait and see approach.

After 90+ temperatures last week, fall has finally arrived in Tennessee, and we've loved having highs in the 70's and 80's. I even switched out Rory's summer closet to her fall/winter clothes. Because Camden wears uniforms to school, his wardrobe pretty much stays the same.

Rory has started her first week as a 4 year old with a bang. The diva attitude is in full force, almost like a switched has been flipped in her little brain. I realize it's just a coincidence that it happened right as she turned 4, but WOW.
I made this for dinner last night, and it was a delicious fall meal. (my family knows that I definitely left out the zucchini, though)

And that's about it - thankfully, a pretty uneventful week!



Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Rory's been getting lots of face time on the blog lately, so here's a Camden picture just in case you'd been missing him. :)


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tuesday's Tidbits

The whole family was out distributing flyers for a church event and Camden watched Rory walk up a drive (with a little pep in her step) and said, "she looks just like she's walking down a fashion runway." I'm sorry, but when did my 7 year old learn the term fashion runway?

The other night Rory got in trouble for something, and I had a stern talk with her. She has quite a tender heart and cried, of course. After she came back into the room, she walked up to me and in a quite self-righteous tone said, "I forgive you for not being very nice to me, mama." Brian and I looked at each other and had trouble covering up the giggles.

My computer and internet connection are trying to slowly drive me insane. I'm almost at the point where I'm ready to throw anything that involves a computer out the window. And if you know me, then you know how frustrated I must be to even consider giving up my scrapping/photography/connection to the outside world.

When I told Rory yesterday that I couldn't believe that I had a 4-year old, she replied, "well, I can't believe that I have a 34 mom."

Camden has said several times over the past few days that he wishes Rory would just stay little. And if yesterday is any indication of life with a 4 year old, I'm kinda with him on that (although I'm hoping to blame her diva attitude on a couple of late nights and two missed naps in a row).


Monday, September 27, 2010

Happy Birthday, Rory!

Four years ago today the world was blessed with a petite, sweet, seriously cute little girl with black hair and eyes who manages to charm pretty much everyone who crosses her path. And we're lucky enough to call her ours. Happy Birthday, Rory!

We celebrated yesterday with family, and even though I took an over abundance of pictures as usual, due to my sad dying computer and very sketchy internet today I've whittled them down to just a few.

Despite her earlier requests for a Star Wars cake, when it came right down to it, she couldn't resist the color pink and the tiara that came with the cake.

Eyes closed for her big surprise.

It's a princess bike!

This pretty much says it all.

The only picture of them together I could manage (and this only because they were intently playing with one of her new toys).

Uncle Michael and Aunt Liz were the clear winners in the present department. She LOVES this camera and managed to take 250 pictures yesterday afternoon alone. She keep saying she's "the tography." And let me just say that she thinks she's in charge when that camera is in her hands.

And you know it's been a busy weekend when this girl falls asleep in my lap.


Saturday, September 25, 2010

In Love

We had a little photoshoot Thursday night, and I am quite in love with the pictures. Actually, I'm in love with the girl in the pictures but you know what I mean. And if you can believe it, this is not my favorite one of the bunch, but you'll just have to wait to see that one because I'm saving it for something special. Stay tuned.


I even decided to scrap with it right away - something that rarely happens these days.
Sahlin Studio/Holly Designs: Art & Soul

Friday, September 24, 2010

Busy Weekend Ahead

Well, I should feel guilty for even worrying about both kids being home together yesterday, because they were so good! The whole day was pleasant and full of smiles, and they even managed to be very kind to each other all day. I'm going to choose to believe it was not because I bribed them with the promise of ice cream at the end of the day.

We have a busy weekend planned. Tonight we're driving south of Nashville to meet our friends (and Texas partners) for dinner. It's at least an hour's drive (without traffic) so it might be a late night for us. Saturday includes a Korean restaurant (Rory's choice) for her birthday and then a small family party Sunday after church. I'm looking forward to it!

And some pictures from yesterday:

I found Camden and Rory outside sitting in their little lawn chairs "trying to annoy the horses."
(our neighbor has horses)

And Rory pulled a Camden and used the goggles in the bathtub (check out those red cheeks from playing so hard outside). (and I took the opportunity to use my new external flash)


Gina Miller/Jacque Larsen:
End Zone

Designs by Lili/Valorie Wibbens:

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Rory spent the day with Gram and Gramps yesterday while I worked for a few hours and then enjoyed a few quiet hours at home. It was wonderful (and much-needed). I even managed to scrap two pages, but you'll have to wait to see them until tomorrow since they use new designs.

Camden is off school the rest of the week and my car is in the shop so we're spending the day at home. Brian has a PTO meeting tonight and won't be home until after bedtime so it just might be a long day although it's 7:20 and both kids are still asleep so that's a good sign. :) We're supposed to have record high temps today but I've decided we're going to spend time outside anyway, especially since there's rain in our forecast for the next week or so.

Rory wore this shirt the other day and while we were in the grocery store she asked me what it said. When I told her "adorable" she paused, then let out an excited, "heeeeeyyyy, I'M adorable!." She turned a few heads with that one.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wordless Wedneday


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tuesday's Tidbits

I've been making mental notes all week about this week's Tuesday's Tidbits, but failed to write them down and now I've forgotten most of the cute stuff - it was a full week when it comes to Tidbits, but they are forever lost in my mushy brain. Here are the few I remember:

Rory's taken the approach that if she's really excited when she asks me for something, that I'll be more likely to do it so I've gotten alot of, "WOULD YOU???!!! LIKE???!!! TO LET ME???!!! HAVE???!!! A PIECE OF CANDY???!!!

Rory's favorite part of having a big girl bed is that I can lay down beside her. She says, "Are you not tired? Let's talk, mama."

And Sunday morning I went in to get her up and laid down beside her, she said, "let's talk about ourselves." When I asked her about Sunday School instead she said, "yep, snacks and Jesus."

Okey Dokey Artichokey and Easy Peesy Cheesy Wheezy are two of Camden's favorite phrases these days.

Camden has developed a lying problem over the last couple of weeks. And he's not even smart enough to lie about something good - it's all about brushing his teeth, blowing his nose, washing his hands, etc. You know, stuff he'll have to do every day of his life so he might as well get over it. Anyway, nothing we've done so far has helped so Brian gave him a scripture reference to look up and read for himself. It was a list of things God hates and a lying tongue and murder were both in there (I might have gone for a less severe first verse, but Brian was running the show). Camden read the verse, looked up, and said in a completely matter of fact tone, "Soooo, I guess I'm going to grow up and start killing people if I keep lying?"

Camden's dental appointment was pretty typical for us. His 6 year molars are coming in and one of them already has some decay. And it's only halfway in. And better than that, he has an absess beside one of his capped teeth. You know, one of the ones we paid $1200 for last year. The dentist thinks he's going to have to pull the tooth and put in a spacer. We're trying antibiotics first, but he was pretty sure it's coming out. And if you can believe it, Camden hasn't complained once about those molars or that absess. For a child who is a serious baby when it comes to minor cuts and scrapes, the kid has demonstrated a serious tolerance to pain over the years.

It's the last official day of summer, and we're going out with almost record high temps. It's supposed to be 94 today (and for the next several days).

One picture is out of focus and the other has Camden's head and feet chopped off, but they were having such a good time so I don't care.



Monday, September 20, 2010

Another Monday

Our weekend went by in a whirlwind of activities starting Friday night with a trip to Dairy Queen as a reward for a full jar of marbles for the kids (they fill up a little jar with marbles for good behavior and then get to do something fun as a reward) followed by a quick trip to Walmart where I finally located Rory's birthday present. Twelve inch princess bikes are apparently hard to come by since I've been calling every Toys R Us, Target, Walmart, etc. in the area for the last 6 weeks. We finally found one and then very nearly lost it to another little girl who was on the hunt for the same bike. Saturday I had a photoshoot with my sister's niece, a much-needed haircut, trips to the library and bookstore, a wedding, a reception, and a photoshoot with Camden and Rory. Sunday was church and more church.

I had hopes that this week might be a little less busy than last week for all of us, but especially Brian considering he missed supper and/or bedtime with the kids every night except Friday, but so far three nights are already full. I'm beginning to think life will never slow down.

We're still transitioning into Rory's big girl bed. She does pretty well at night, although at 3:00 a.m. last night she was wide awake and playing in her room, but for the most part she's done well. Naptimes are a different story. And let's just say I'm using the term "naptime" loosely. For instance, an hour into her nap today, I found her running races with Camden (never mind that Camden is not actually in her room). I'm beginning to wonder if naps are going to be just a distant memory.

Camden has a dentist's appointment this afternoon and I'm very curious to hear what he has to say. Camden's top two teeth have been loose for the past 6 months with no progress. And in the last month we've noticed that they've started to stick out. Think buck teeth. Of course, they're these tiny little baby teeth so it's not too noticable at this point, but I'm thinking that his adult teeth are trying to push on through and I'm guessing they will not be small. Remember the "Wow! Those things are huge." comment from the dentist at his last visit as he looked at Camden's x-rays?

I'm off to fix myself an iced coffee and try to enjoy the last few minutes of "naptime."

Gina Miller/Rachel Young: Grandma's Attic

Kaye Winiecki: Bumps and Blahs

Sahlin Studio: Explore, Learn, Grow

Friday, September 17, 2010

Big Girl

We reached a new milestone last night and took down the crib so Rory slept in a big girl bed. Okay, actually she slept on a mattress on the floor, but that's only because the store had just sold the last few slats for the bed frame right before Brian walked in last night (see what I mean about this week just not going right? LOL). We haven't bought a head/footboard yet but we have the mattress and frame and because I'm determined to not have a four year old in a crib, we're just not waiting for the headboard. Rory was ecstatic and could not wait to get into bed last night. Of course, an hour later she was still going strong singing and playing. We made it through the first night without any problems, though. She poked her little head out the door about 6:15 but when she saw me, she quickly ran back in and slammed the door (I told her last night she couldn't get up until I opened her door in the morning). When I did open the door at 6:45, she was sitting straight up in bed with her legs crossed, all her animals/pillows gathered around, and wide awake. She told me that she kept falling out of bed during the night which I don't doubt since she generally sleeps curled up against the crib rails.

Rory's a very light sleeper so there's usually no sneaking up on her when she's asleep, but I managed it yesterday and took a quick picture during her last nap in her crib. She thinks that a big girl bed means no more naps, so I'm pretty sure she's in for a surprise right about 1:00 this afternoon. :)


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sweet Baby

So my "definitely a Monday" theme has unfortunately continued through the week. The worst thing is that we're currently down to one car because they've discontinued the part we need for our car. Seriously. Discontinued. Still not sure what we're going to do about that. The latest thing is that I got a parking ticket yesterday afternoon. I was having lunch with a friend when it happened so I've decided it was worth it.

Not everything has been bad this week. Not only did I get to meet my friend for lunch yesterday, but I also got to see another friend and her new baby. I'm pretty sure I've mentioned a time or two that Rory loves babies. I mean seriously. loves. babies. Of course, most of her experience with babies is with her dolls, but she loves them. And little Emmalyn was no different. She immediately wanted to hold her, feed her, and kept talking to her in a very high-pitched voice. She would be the best big sister ever. Maybe one day.



Emmalyn says "enough is enough!"

And now I'm off to order coffee because to top it all off, we ran out this week. :)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tuesday's Tidbits

Rory: Mommy, if you will be sweet today, I will probably let you give me some candy.

Rory after leaving the furniture store, "When we come back here, I am definitely going to use that baby again. She was soooooo cute."

And I wish I had something witty from Camden, but he has reached the age where finding out the specific thing that might just drive your mom/dad/sister insane and then repeating until they really are insane is really cool, and he spent the week perfecting his new past-time.


Monday, September 13, 2010

Definitely a Monday

Well, after sleeping a grand total of (maybe) 4 hours last night, I woke up this morning to a car that wouldn't start and a stinking load of laundry in the wash that I washed on Thursday and forgot to dry. I think it's going to be one of those days.

The Digi Files #21

Friday, September 10, 2010


Uncle Michael and Aunt Liz brought the kiddos these lollipops last weekend, and I immediately said they had to sit in front of me while they ate them so I could take pictures. Oh, yes, I totally made them start out in front of me. But I didn't make them pose, just let them eat for a few minutes and then left them in peace.

You'd almost think they never get sugar by the joy on their faces.
(and just for Joy, here are the camera settings: f3.2, 320 ISO, 1/200ss)


I've been sitting around feeling sorry for myself this morning. It's Friday and seems like it should be a slow day. I spent 4 years having Fridays off before I became a stay at home mom, and I've never been able to shake the feeling that the weekend begins Friday morning. And this has not been a slow morning. I used the treadmill, fixed breakfast, cleaned and mopped the bathroom, swept and mopped the kitchen, etc. But as I worked in the kitchen, I could hear Sesame Street in the background and Rory singing along with the TV as she sat surrounded by her coloring books, stickers, and scissors. And I decided that instead of feeling sorry for myself at having to clean the house on a Friday morning that I should feel happy that I have a house to clean, that it's raining outside, that we had a good morning with Camden before school, and that Rory is happy with Sesame Street and her colors. And I feel much better.

If you're a scrapper, here are a few new goodies available today.

Gina Miller: Flea Market kit
Crystal Livesay: Me Time template set

Designs by Lili/Leora Sanford: Boy, Oh, Boy
Crystal Livesay: Me Time template set

Thursday, September 09, 2010


Well. That didn't go well.


Where's the Camera?

One of these days, I'm going to stop asking this question because without fail, she points at the camera instead of looking at it. :)


We're having a slow week, although having Monday off has thrown us off and it doesn't seem possible that this week is almost over already. Rory and I went to "story library time" yesterday and church last night which represent our big outings for the week. I told you it was a slow week!

And a quick Rory story. She's used the words terrific, pitiful, and appropriate this week - all in the wrong context, but it's really funny to hear her use big words.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Orange Scones

I am not sure when this blog turned into a cooking blog, but I have another recipe to share. I made these last night, and they were just delicious for breakfast this morning.

Orange Scones
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 whole egg (large)
2 Tbs orange zest, finely minced
3 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cups sugar
5 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 sticks unsalted butter

3-1/2 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cups orange juice
1 Tbs orange zest, finely minced
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the orange juice, buttermilk, egg, and orange zest. Sift together the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the cold butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir the wet mixture into the dry mixture until it comes together. Turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead gently 5 or 6 times. Pat or roll dough into a rectangle and cut into 24 triangles. Place onto pans with parchment paper. Bake for approximately 18 minutes. Remove to cooling racks. To prepare the glaze, whisk together powdered sugar, orange juice, orange zest, and salt until smooth. Adjust sugar/liquid to desired consistency. Dredge completely cooled scones in the glaze and allow to set completely.

And just so this post is not completely without pictures, Rory asked me while I was folding laundry yesterday if she could "west a wittle while cause it's my fav-wit." Rory, anytime you want to rest and be still for half a second is fine with me.


Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Our Labor Day

We spent Labor Day hunting down big girl bedding for Rory at two different Targets (found everything but the really cute pillow that I wanted); had a cook out at my sister's house with some dear friends, and made a quick park trip with the kids. We'd planned on letting the kids play as long as they wanted at the park, but we made the mistake of going at the end of our fairly long day and we were tired plus the park was FULL of people, including lots of big kids who were quite rowdy. We got home about 5:00, put the kids through a quick bath/shower, then popped in a movie (which Rory had no interest in, of course) and let them eat supper in front of the TV and then had an early bedtime.

I was not a good Mommy Photographer and only took 2 pictures all day yesterday. This on top of the fact that I did not even take the camera when we went on a picnic Friday night, and missed a good photo opportunity since we ran into one of Camden's friends from kindergarten (who happens to be from China and the cutest girl with red glasses you've ever seen). She attends a different school now, and he misses her so much. Judging from the scream that came out of her mouth when she saw Camden, she misses him too.

So here are the two very exciting pictures from yesterday. :)



Monday, September 06, 2010


Well, it's only taken 3 years of begging coaxing for Camden to learn to ride his bike without training wheels. We have spent countless afternoons working on this. And by we I mean Brian. And by working I mean trying to force him to even try. It's been a disaster. But he finally decided it was worth trying, and now he's riding like a pro after two days of practice. I don't know what changed his perspective, but he loves it. Of course, his Diego bike is now way too small for him since it was his 4 year birthday present, but we'll deal with that on another day.


He face planted in the rocks and has the marks on his face to prove it.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

This Week's Pages

Gina Miller/Design by Lili September BYOC at The Lilypad

Zoe Pearn: Blissful

Shabby Miss Jenn: Sweet Dreams

Friday, September 03, 2010

Our Week in Pictures

We had a very rushed, late-notice family photo session Monday night. Our pastor and partner in the Texas church endeavor has already started traveling and fundraising and needed a picture for his presentation. You have no idea the drama involved in getting this picture, but there were ants, ticks, and 90 degree weather so you might have some idea.

Tuesday I practiced with Rory a bit and used a fun photo action.

Wednesday, my pre-ordered book arrived eight days late and I proceeded to finish it in less than 24 hours. If you haven't read this trilogy by Suzanne Collins, you definitely should. The first book is The Hunger Games followed by Catching Fire and Mockingjay. So fun!

Is it just me or does Taz look lonely? She slept all day until Camden got home, and then both kids played dogcatcher and tortured her by chasing her around the house and locking her in the crate. I
almost felt sorry for her. At one point, I actually caught Rory in the crate with her holding her head down because she was "in trouble." The poor dog is quite traumatized and is barely eating or moving from the crate. I'm guessing our house is a bit more lively than what she's used to.

Aaaannnnnnddddd this picture represents the general tone of our week. The kids have just about gotten the best of Brian and I. And by kids I mostly mean a specific 7 year old who just got new glasses. I can't tell if he's going through a little phase because of the Texas trip (and his strong objection to it) combined with some bullying/teasing he's had at school or if it's just a matter of being 7 and kind of obnoxious. We've spent lots of time working on respect and kindness and it's been exhausting. Clearly, Rory's had a few growing pains as well. And poor Brian is having a tough time at school, not to mention being extra busy at church this week. One of the teachers in his 4th grade team is starting a new job (a month into the school year) and they're doing some major rearranging with classrooms and schedules. This is his 4th year teaching and he's yet to have the same classes/schedule.

In an effort to brighten our week a little bit, I made cupcakes for supper last night. (Okay, actually I've just been craving them ever since I confessed I'd never made them. Plus I found a new recipe for buttercream icing that involved half-n-half, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla, and it completely lived up to the hype. We decided to throw out all the rules and parenting for the evening. We played games, did homework together, and ate cupcakes. I hope that the break from the rules will help us all to be refreshed and things will run a little more smoothly.

Because I definitely want to see more of this smile.

I saw on Facebook this morning that today is National Lazy Mom Day, and I've decided that's something I definitely should celebrate. How about you?