Monday, October 18, 2010

Link to the new blog!!!

I completely forgot to link to my new blog from this one thinking most of my readers were also friends on Facebook!  Sorry.

My new blog can be found here http://whitehouse3.com.  Hope to see you over there!  Let me know you found it.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Rain is so awesome

Unless you have grown up in a desert you probably do not truly Love the rain in a "Can't wait for It to happen again" kind of way.  Yesterday and today my inspiration was the rain.  It started during the last hour of church as I was trying to re-acclimate poor Maddy to her nursery class.  Starting three Sunday's ago she cried from just after she got there until I came in to take them potty.  Then last Sunday she cried which turned into an unrecoverable cry we heard clearly through the partition in the primary room.  Guy went in until he had to go teach the young men.  She totally lost it so they brought her to my class.  About one minute after she left Blake lost it so he came along too.  My 5 year olds loved it.  Since the primary kids were practicing for the primary program yesterday I took the opportunity to spend the time in the nursery with the kids.  Madison cried even with me there for about 5 minutes.  About 30 minutes into it she was acting normal.  I left for ten minutes to use the bathroom and see how she did.  She started crying again which got Blake going and when another mom brought her son back from the potty he was crying.  Just walking back into the room she was fine again.  I sure hope we can talk this week and convince her to love nursery again.  She loved it from the first time she went a year ago until now.  So weird.

Back to the rain.  Madison noticed it was dark and raining outside as soon as we got into the foyer.  I'm still not sure how she saw that trough the mass of people crowding the doors and open area.  She was smiling from ear to ear as she told me.  Blake wondered off down the hall towards a less crowded door then came back excitedly telling me about the dark heavy rain.  Guy showed up a minute later and asked Blake if he wanted to run to the car with him.  Blake started screaming in excitement they were going out in the rain!!!!  Heads were whipping around to look at us with some excited and some showing concern maybe from the start of a headache from the deafening noise.  That kid is loud, very loud.  Maddy and I followed and she also expressed excitement with me about going out to the car.  We put the loose papers in the zipper bag and I handed over the keys to Guy.  They were off like lighting out the door on the way to the car.  Since I love rain so much, I took the time to slip off my shoes and we calmly walked past the gaggle of people waiting out into the dark heavy warm rain.  It was beautiful.  Madison loved it too.  At the end of the sidewalk she decided she also needed her shoes off to enjoy our walk to the car.  I slipped them off for her and we continued to the Trooper.  We were soaked in that short 40 foot walk to the car.  Maddy's shirt came off so she didn't get a chill in the car.  All of us sat there soaked and happy during the ride home.

Today, I was in the kitchen starting to do dishes when I see my son out the window in the driveway by the garage.  He was yelling about it raining and playing in it.  I guess he though he had permission after our conversation earlier.  The rain had stopped for an hour or so when I was asking them to come in the house.  Blake told me he wanted to stay outside and play in the rain.  I told him he couldn't because it wasn't raining.  He must have remembered that conversation and headed right out the front door, down the steps and into the rain.  Kids are so smart.  We delayed nap time to play in the rain for about 30 minutes today.  They loved it.  It was the fastest Madison has gone to sleep in a long time.

Here are a few images from our Saturday spent cleaning up the front garden area.  It was so bad and it now looks so much better.

An extra hour and $28 later we were able to borrow our neighbors trailer to get some mulch.
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We had so many colors to choose from!
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We decided on this one.
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Guy thought it would be fun to let the kids get out to watch him scoop it up to put in the trailer.
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I may not be able to get my kids to look at me all the time, but they will almost always hug or hold hands when asked.
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Maddy was being a little standofish.
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Then I started to tease her.
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He came over with the tractor only to have Maddy get scared. Didn't see that one coming {insert saurcasm}.
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In went the lovely mulch and we headed back to home...
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With a stop by some cool wildflowers for me to photograph.
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Hope you have a great day!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Yeah, yeah, yeah... I'll explain

I keep promising to blog more and failing fantastically.  Well, I finally figured out why this last month has been a no go.  It may take a while to get it all out as to why.

This may come as a complete shock to most people who haven't seen or talked to me in person lately, but it was a major adjustment to get used to and actually be happy we are going to have another baby.   You see, when we did our last fertility treatment in January we really felt that was it.  That it would be the last and final opportunity to become parents again by our own bodies.  We got rid of pretty much everything related to babies except for the stroller and a few things to use as photo props.  Whenever we talked about a third child we talked about going through foster care where we can get a child that is available for adoption the twins age.

When my normal signs of the start of a new menstrual cycle came and went with no start of a new cycle the weirdness began.  Then the symptoms of pregnancy started.  I couldn't believe it.  It had to be a weird cycle and all in my head.  Guy also was in total disbelief until Madison asked him to read the book titled I'm a Big Sister.  I got a test I'd given away to a now pregnant friend to take.  Sure enough both that test and the one two days later were positive.  We ended up telling our parents the day of the first positive test.  Guy made a Facebook announcement so I put something not so obvious on this blog.  It was out.  We got all these super positive and often teary responses from all.

But I wasn't happy.  Not unhappy either.  It was the start of a month long funk my brain needed to sort all of it out.  My body was once again taken over by an alien affecting every detail of my life.  Whenever Guy and I talked anything about the pregnancy/future baby it was negative.  You know, stuff like having to wake up in the middle of the night, how to reconfigure our small house {that also houses a business!}, we can only use one of our SUV's, having to get baby stuff again, getting cloth diapers again and so on and so on. Guy never specifically told me he was happy or anything positive.  Even though I KNEW he was happy I don't think I really felt it.

Finally, this last week I finally started to feel happy and excited about another baby.  I'm definitely not one to bond or even feel like a baby is real in-utero.  Even feeling movement and seeing features on an u/s don't make it real for me.  The only real thing is seeing that baby covered in funk just after delivery.  It's checking the baby out in the privacy of our own hospital room trying to decide which of the names we like fit.  The bonding is done with the hours and days of service given to the helpless newborn then baby while getting to see the first glimpses of personality and preferences.  The loves grows each and every month as the baby develops into a walker, toddler and beyond.  With each shared experience from the quietest of moments to the loudest test of wills we gain those familial feelings that will last throughout this life and into the eternities.

This is my 7 week pregnant belly.  Not much, but surprising to me since nothing at all showed with the twins until 9+ weeks.  The joys of a second pregnancy since the uterus 'knows' what to do.
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We went to Cody's birthday party last weekend.  The kids practiced singing happy birthday for two weeks once they received their invitation.  They would carry it around and sing every once in a while.  Cody let me snap a few images of him.
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Talking a taking a picture don't always mix in low light.  Just after snapping this image Madison did a face plant re-injuring her knee.
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I brought her into the kitchen giving her a good cuddle and wiped off the blood with a paper towel.  Melissa, one of Maddy's favorite people, gave her the sympathy oooooo's Maddy loves and took her into the bathroom for some ointment and bandaids!
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Since Cody is the main bandaid wearer in their house she got cool rough and tumble boy bandages.
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Then she got some love and support from Blakie.  Yes, this girl knows how to work a room for the maximum amount of cuddles and sympathy she can get.  The funny thing is, she usually prefers me first who gives the least amount of sympathy since I am a 'tough it out' kind of person and mom.
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You know, there is a reason this kid usually looks like he is talking in images.  He usually is!  He is a talk talk talker.
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He has moments of reflection or really is just making facial contortions trying to make people laugh at him.  Can someone be both the class valedictorian and the class clown?
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This charming smile is for Melissa.
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And then I got a charming smile!
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We were talking about going to do something fun right here and both are obviously excited about it.  They had a great time at the party.  Surprisingly, Blake was scared of the fireworks preferring to go inside to watch cartoons while Madison loved them cheering Paul on to light more and clapping excitedly for her favorites.
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Being the large child I can be I taught them how fun it is to pull down a balloon and hit it repeatedly.  They had a blast.
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"Get it, Blakie!!"
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LOL
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Cody with his cupcakes.
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He got it all in one breath.
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He got tons of things Lego.  I'm pretty sure his lego collection hit at least 500K that night.
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During the present opening the kids enjoyed the fruits of their not so good scramble for the pinata candy {Alyssa gave them all of hers}.
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Melissa snapped a few shots of the kids & I.
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It was a great night!  Too bad the kids weren't old enough for the sleep over part.  They did do a great job of lasting until almost 10 pm when we got home since they normally go to bed before 8 pm.
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If you aren't a regular reader of my photography website you should definitely check out my newest post.  It shows our gorgeous new images in our WALL GALLERY found in our dining area.  http://lifelongimpressions.com/yay-new-wall-images/  



In honor of my new found out-of-the-funk life I've decided to do a 365 project.  A 365 project is when you take an image every day.  The last time I started one it was winter time and about self portraits.  Yeah, that didn't go to long.  This time my images are going to be about whatever I'm thinking about that day and about finding more inspiration in life & photography.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Great husband, Great day, Great insurance relief

I am so thankful for Guy!  Not only is he a fabulous husband and dad, but he is also mechanically minded.  He has a fabulous mind that can take a bit to look at something and figure it out.  Tonight it was super hot in our kitchen.  It's always hot in the afternoon in our kitchen with the sun shinning in the back window and door.  It triggered something in Guy's mind though.  He noticed that no air was coming out of the vent under the kitchen sink.  Nada.  Nothing.  He went to investigate leaving us to huddle on the floor next to each other by the open vent.  After a while we heard the rustling which got Blake super excited.  He called out to 'Dad' who answered him back.  It was definitely the highlight of his day.  They also loved when Guy shined the flashlight up the vent as well as the old Cheerio and upside down dead bug.  

Guy found trouble.  The drip pan drip pan drain was plugged which caused that particular 27 foot long piece of ductwork to become flooded collapsing the inside in on itself.  He poked a hole in it draining out about a gallon of water.  The duct started working again pumping a real nice musty smell into the house which is just something a pregnant woman wants to hit her already hyper sensitive olfactory senses.  Our awesome friend, Travis, lead Guy to check the drip pan & confirmed he could pick up replacement ductwork at Lowe's.  Guy fixed the clogged drain, and we all headed to Lowe's.  The parts cost $45 dollars, and we saved a ton with Guy doing the labor.  The air now blows super cold and super strong in the kitchen.  Better then it has since we moved in over two years ago.  No wonder our electric bill was about $40 higher then normal for that month of the year.  

Over the weekend we went to an Australian Rules Football game {otherwise known as Footy} with our local North Carolina Hawks against the Florida Saints.  Our team didn't win mostly for not playing the ball as they were trying to play the man going for the ball instead.  It's pretty hard to gain control of the ball if you don't go for the ball.  We enjoyed ourselves so much.  The kids Love to be out and about.  Typically we don't have any meltdowns while out and about since they enjoy themselves so much.  I love love this image of Blake reaching over to lay his hand on Guy's arm while he watched the game.  

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Blake wondering why I keep calling him to look at me.  He started out with this really cool faux hawk, but the muggy heat made short work of any hairdo.  Watch how Blake's hair goes from sort of dry here to super soaked as the images go on.  
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Madison is telling me about the ball as she watches the players handle it.  
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Our first spot wasn't the best with a couple sitting in front of us.  We moved a little closer to the field and over to the side of them.  Madison decided to help out by taking her chair over, and she actually took it all the way over to the new spot.  
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Before we left the house that day we told the kids where we were going.  Blake immediately went over to the bucket of balls in their room to pull out a Footy to bring.  Madison decided she wanted one too and grabbed the volleyball calling it a footy.  lol  Even after she was reminded it was a volleyball she wanted to bring it with us.  They both carried their balls from the car to our spot on the sidelines, took care of them while there and carried them back to the car.  
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This face cracks me up.  With the bright sun/bright clouds and ill fitted sunnies Blake was squinting badly.  
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During halftime Guy and Blake played with the footy.  This shot makes Blake's hands look massive for a 2 year old.  He loved playing ball with Guy.
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He threw the ball strait up here and was so proudly watching his handiwork.
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Madison threw her ball then threw a fit it was far from her.  Blake ran to get it for her little hot diva self.  She's lucky she has such a nice caring brother.  Guy and I were telling her to go get it herself since she threw it over there.
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Throw the ball up then jump in excitement as you watch it come back down!  
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Then get it back to throw it to daddy.
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This picture may not be cute to anyone else, but I was there.  She was so into watching the people walk by.  As a person or group would pass her she would grab her dress and sway to whatever song was in her head as she watched them walk away.
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Blake tagged along with Guy to go visit someone he knows who had a dog with them.  
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Madison could not miss out even though we all know she would freak out a bit over the dog.  I love that even though she knew they would see a dog over there she decided to face her fear to be with her family and experience what Blake wanted to do.  She ended up actually petting the dog which was a huge accomplishment for her.  
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The kids love to take pictures and love to take them of us most of all.  I was trying to help Blake see through the viewfinder until he saw me and push the button.  He wasn't getting it that day making me laugh.  The reflection is pretty cool though.
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The kids spent the last few minutes of half time running around like mad.  
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Blake often has his hand up to his face when he is giggling.  I was playing with him like he would get tickled for the next few shots.
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Notice the super soaked hair.
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My cute family with our chairs crammed under the shade of the one umbrella!
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I took five shots and got one person looking at the camera smiling in each one of them.  lol  They definitely didn't have their timing right.  
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Then I realized that I hadn't taken any images of the game!  Oooops.  Footy is a game that is played on an oval field the size of a polo field.  It's huge.  Since my portrait business doesn't need a telephoto lens we don't have one.  Luckly there was some action close the sideline we sat by.  Even though you can see the players waiting on the sideline hopefully you can see where the action is.  
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I love to see plays where the players are getting major air.  
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The last shot of my super sweaty boy.  Guess what?  The kids didn't have to go to the bathroom once while out there.  lol  Who did?  I'm pretty sure that port a potty didn't see any action with as much sweating as everyone there did.  
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My friend and I started a weekly playgroup.  Today was the second week.  It has already been a ton of fun.  The kids were so excited when Emily and her twins walked up to the door.  Madison ran through the living room into the kitchen shouting at the top of her lungs, "Who's here. Who's here!  Who's here to  see us!!"  It was so cute.  The kids all did great playing with each other!  We only had a couple issues to break up, and a snack time to get to quickly for the low blood sugar toddlers.  lol  Food is always a good fix.  

Still can't believe we are going to have a baby!  Oh, my.  It definitely doesn't feel real despite the nausea and other symptoms.   Since Guy is covered under a group plan we can cancel my individual non maternity policy and add me to his.  So as of October 1st I will have maternity coverage!!!!  YAY!!  Huge financial concern is now resolved.  This has definitely helped us get more excited for our super surprise miracle baby.  *Local ladies...  I'm looking for an OB who supports VBAC's {vaginal birth after cesarean} and delivers at a somewhat close hospital.  My labor with the twins, Blake, was so fast I don't want a 40 minute drive to Rex again in case this one comes faster.  

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