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Friday, April 30, 2010

A few pictures

When a cute little boutique (that is generally much too expensive for me to bother with) offered $100 gift certificates for $50 this past December, I decided to snatch one up and then wait for a sale. Yesterday, they began their 40% off spring sale, plus spring clearance, and I decided it was time to shop. I came home with four very expensive outfits, including two traditional (and Southern) smocked bishop dresses and spent $1.82. Well, obviously I spent the $50 for the gift certificate in December, but I'm choosing to go with my own personal shopaholic math and say that I spent $1.82 yesterday for $200 worth of outfits. :)

Camden had a baseball game last night for the first time in 10 days! It was kind of a slow moving game, but we won by alot. We're going to be making up for the little baseball break we've had since there are F.O.U.R. games next week.

Here are a few pictures from the week that didn't make the blog cut first time around (this is for you, Brian).









Every year we have a new nest with first eggs then baby birds under our deck. Camden has been studying birds at school so we took a picture Tuesday night to send with him Wednesday for show and tell. We were shocked Wednesday morning to find that all the baby birds were dead! (Our first clue was one of the babies hanging upside down out of the nest.) At first we were worried that we caused it by getting close to them to take pictures, but when Brian took the nest down, he found two teeny tiny dead birds underneath the 3 bigger babies and thinks the mama bird wouldn't return to the nest because of that. Who knows! Camden and Rory didn't seem too traumatized by it all.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Who knew?

Camden is a sweet boy. Always has been. Except when he's not. And when he's not, he's really not. We've had a rough couple of weeks that have left me in tears more than once. I took him to the doctor for his allergies and eczema Tuesday (his first "sick" visit since 2007, by the way!). After using Zyrtec for several years for allergies, we've recently switched to Claritin since Zyrtec seemed to have completely stopped working. His crazy eczema spots have also become out of control in those few weeks. Imagine my surprise when the doctor informed me Zyrtec had been helping control the eczema;Claritin does not. And my extreme surprise when he asked us if we'd had any behavior changes with Camden in the last several weeks. He does not recommend Claritin for children under the age of 12 because of the adverse side effects. He said they turn children into mean/angry people. That would describe Camden perfectly the last several weeks. Now, I'm not naive enough to think that the Claritin is responsible for everything in Camden's attitude, but it made me feel so much better to know that it wasn't all his fault (or his mama's). In the two days that he's been off Claritin, there's been a drastic change in his behavior and attitude. So we've got a new steroid cream for his eczema and an Allegra prescription to use until he can take Zyrtec again. Who knew a little over-the-counter allergy medicine could have such an affect on a 6 year old's behavior!

This weekend is (inter)National Scrapbooking Day and there are lots of online activities, including a TON of sales and new releases from the designs I create pages for. So I have spent alot of time this week trying to keep up with all of them, and the first wave of designs are available today. I generally try to spend the day camped out in front of the computer trying to keep up with all the games and challenges and new designs. This day always makes me remember the first NSD three years ago. We were in Missouri with Becky after her breast cancer diagnosis and it's the day I got her hooked on scrapping. I think it provided a welcome relief for both of us, and it's now become a shared hobby we can discuss for hours!

Here's the first round of new goodies. They are both available at Shabby Miss Jenn Designs and are on sale (50% off) this weekend.



And then I took a break from assignments and scrapped just for fun, and it's my new favorite.

The Lilypad: April BYOC


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wordless Wednesday


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Photography

Disclaimer: you might be totally bored with this post. :)

I've mentioned here once or a dozen times that I am obsessed really like to take pictures and am currently taking a 7 week photography course (which is going to be over much too quickly). I've been using the manual settings on my camera since January, and I'm slowly but surely getting better. The goal of the class I'm taking is to help us understand the settings as well as helping us get better straight out of the camera pictures. I'm not sure I'll ever reach the point of not having to edit pictures in PSE, but I am having to spend less time editing. This is the photo I took last week for my assignment. We have to submit them straight out of the camera, but I did a little editing after it was submitted.

straight out of the camera


with just a slight curves adjustment for skin tone and a Warming action


with a vibrant photo action; I know it's bright, but I kinda like it


finally, a black/white conversion


Monday, April 26, 2010

Is It Monday Already?

I'm running a little behind this morning because I slept in until 6:00 (how sad is it that 6:00 is considered sleeping in) so here's just a short list of what we're up to today.

Laundry
Purchasing tickets for me, my mom, and sisters to see Beth Moore in June
Laundry
Trying to put the house back together after a weekend at home
Treadmill
Making a dentist appointment for Brian (his new filling came out)
Laundry
Making a doctor's appointment for Camden (eczema and allergies)
Grocery store for a few necessities
Gymnastics tonight

Laundry

Dani Mogstad: Tea for Two


Dani Mogstad: Just Stay Little


Sunday, April 25, 2010

Let's Go Fly a Kite

Anyone else have Mary Poppins in your head after seeing the blog title?

It was quite windy this afternoon (and very overcast, but no rain!) so we let the kids fly their Easter kites. Rory loved it initially, but then was scared of the wind. Camden didn't have much luck with his for some reason (thus, no pictures of his Transformer's kite), but it was still fun to give it a try.






Saturday, April 24, 2010

Project 365/52 - Week 16



Friday, April 23, 2010

A Slow Week

This week has had a much more relaxed schedule, which has been a nice change. Wednesday I took Rory to storytime at the library (this is the first time we've been since Christmas!). I need to work on my crafting skills because I could not figure out the flamingo we were working on. Not that it mattered because all Rory wanted was to "DO IT MYSELF." Thursday we had an early haircut for Rory and then a make-up gymnastics class last night. Today is clean-the-house-from-top-to-bottom day. I had a big photo trip planned for tomorrow, plus a park trip for the kids and also a trip to the post office to renew Camden's passport (which we somehow let expire!), but our weather people are calling for severe thunderstorms and possibly tornado warnings so I'm thinking we'll be stuck at home instead.

Enjoy your weekend!


Gina Miller: Wild Honey



Thursday, April 22, 2010

Goodbye

Goodbye, pigtails


Goodbye, curls



Goodbye, long(ish) hair ( and fake smile)



Hello, new "shoat hair like mommy's"



This is how she describes her short hair every time you tell her you like it.



I can't tell you how many times she's asked for short hair like mine in the last several months. And now that she's got it, I've heard dozens of times today already "I've got shoat hair like yoooouuuu."


Who is this big kid?

Yesterday was Camden's big graduation picture day, and it was funny to pull up to school and see all the kids dressed up in their "adult" clothes. When he got dressed, it was impossible to ignore how big he's getting. And then when I uploaded the pictures I took, it was even more obvious. Seriously. When did he get to be so big? It feels like I blinked my eyes and he grew up. And I do fully realize this is only the beginning.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Almost Wordless Wednesday

Every morning before lunch we walk out to get the mail and stop at this little tree stump. Rory always climbs up and wants to jump off. Every time.

"This gonna be fun, mama."


Ready to jump


And this is where we stall out every day.


But not this day


Taking flight


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Win #4

After a losing streak, Camden's team won their game last night 23-14. The best news is that Camden had 2 home runs. It was kind of a crazy game, although the games are always a bit crazy with a field full of 4-6 year olds. Last night, as Brian put it, they all acted as if they were off their ADHD meds. At one point, I heard our coach say, "just stay dressed, dude." In fact, they were all so hyper that the coach made them run laps after the game. And you know it's bad if he punishes them because this is the coach who generally has the patience of a SAINT.

On today's agenda: house, Rory, laundry, Rory, etc.

A few pages from last week:


Shabby Miss Jenn: Earth Day


Dani Mogstad: Tea for Two

Lauren Reid: Happy Place


Strawberry Shortcake


I bought strawberries yesterday for the first time this season and got the idea in my head that maybe I should make a shortcake to go with them instead of just slicing them and eating them as normal. I found a simple recipe for shortbread and got it in the oven. Then I had the bright idea that maybe I could make my own whipped cream. Can I just say that it was so delicious! My picture isn't that great, but you get the idea anyway.

Here are the two recipes I used.

Shortbread
1 and 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup white sugar
3/4 butter

Combine ingredients, press into 9x9 pan and bake at 350 until sides are golden brown.

Whipped Cream
1 cup heavy cream
4 Tbs confectioner's sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Whip heavy cream (I used my Kitchen Aid whip attachment) for 4-5 minutes until thick. Add sugar and whip for an additional 2 minutes or until soft peaks form. Fold in vanilla.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Manic Monday

I feel like the last few weeks have flown by, and I'm not sure what I've accomplished. Between revival and extra church things, baseball practice, multiple dentist appointments, baseball games, lunch date with friends, play date with friends, watching other people's kids play baseball, etc. etc., I'm a little out of sorts. I haven't spent as much time focusing on my kids or house the way I need to because everything else is getting in the way (including photography and scrapping, which are my own selfish choices).

Today I spent the last 5 hours going to 3 different grocery stores and running around desperately trying to find dark dress pants, white dress shirt and a tie for Camden. Have you ever tried to find these particular clothing items in late spring? For a 6 year old? Let me just say that no one has pants or long sleeved dress shirts around. And don't get me started on the fact that I had less than a week's notice about getting these items for Camden's kindergarten graduation pictures. You know, the kindergarten graduation pictures that I will probably not even buy because I can take my own. Not bitter at all about this. Not at all. I actually ended up buying a pair of pants at Sears with pleats in them. I despise pleated pants, but not only were they the only pair of pants I found, they were definitely the only pair of size 7 slim pants to be found.


Okay, rant over. Moving on.

So, even though this morning was very busy, the rest of the week should be pretty calm. Camden has a baseball game tonight, but then we're back to a regular schedule for a while, and I'm looking forward to catching up on things around here.

A few things about the weekend:

  • My lunch with friends Friday was SO fun (and yummy!). We ate at Five Guys Burgers, and it was delicious. I'm talking real beef and someone had made that patty with their own two hands. :) The best part was all the laughs, though.
  • We had "fend for yourself" supper Friday night, put the kids to bed early and watched The Blind Side. While it didn't quite live up to the hype, it was good, and I shed tears more than once.
  • Saturday morning was a comedy of errors that I won't go into but involved lots of running back and forth because of a forgetful mom and dad as well as a couple of hours at the ball field. We most definitely did not win. I think our coach summed it up best when after spending a few minutes looking over the stats trying to find someone to give the game ball to, he said, "The game ball goes to someone who. . ." Long pause. ". . . had a hit and got on base."
  • When I hugged Camden goodnight Saturday, I realized he was burning up with fever. The fever last until Sunday afternoon, and he seems fine. I can tell you the exact moment he started to feel better: he started whistling (which is his favorite past-time and drives the rest of us almost to insanity) and he started describing in excruciating detail the superman cartoon he was watching.
We watched two older boys from church play baseball last week and they were both pitchers. Guess what Camden has been doing ever since.


I took advantage of a 40% coupon and bought Rory's first Tea Collection dress.
Think she likes it?

P.S. Do you see this girl's arms and legs? If she weren't 3, I'd swear she has actual muscles.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Project 365/52 - Week 15



Friday, April 16, 2010

Finally Friday

As a stay at home mom, Friday's don't generally mean a whole lot to me. Today, however, I'm ready for Friday. We've had a busy week with revival every night the first half of the week; last night we spent nearly 3.5 hours at the ballfield watching two of the kids from Brian's youth group play. I'm very ready to have a quiet evening at home with no plans other than an early bedtime for the kids (who are seriously feeling these late nights) and maybe a movie for the grown-ups.

The other reason I'm glad it's Friday is that I'm meeting my friends for lunch. When I was working, we had a group of 7 called Lunch Bunch and we'd have lunch once a month. It was just about my favorite time each month. It became kind of a joke to find the craziest places to eat lunch. Places like White Trash Cafe and Nashville institutions like Ellison Place Soda Shop. In the 2 years since I've been off work, we have one member in Laos, one in Canada, and another who will be taking a new job in June. They are dear, dear friends and I miss our monthly lunches! We still manage to get together several times a year for lunch even though we're all scattered. In fact, our friend in Laos is already planning our June lunch while he's still in Laos!

Have a wonderful weekend. I plan to. :)

Leora Sanford/Ange Designs: Romantic

Park Pictures

On Tuesday I met Joy and Sumner at the park for a play date. Joy recently bought a D90 and we were comparing tips and tricks. Not sure what we were thinking since getting technically good photos in full sunlight is pretty much impossible, but it was fun talking about it, and the girls had alot of fun playing together.

Very interested in a tiny little stick.






She was NOT ready to go home. Look at her sweaty red face with the dirt on her nose. Cracks me up.