Wednesday, November 5, 2014


So I have been the world's biggest slacker with blogging. And I will probably regret it, unfortunately. I have failed to document Cecie's 2nd year in words. I do still take photos and I am up to date with my photo books (hooray), but I don't have any way of remembering all the little things. I am cutting myself some slack, though. Starting and running a business is all consuming. I thought I was going to take some pictures a few times a month (if I was lucky) and not much was going to change. I rolled with it, however, and somehow this turned into a real thing with real clients and real work and a real studio and real equipment and real props, etc, etc, etc. So something HAD to give. And it was blogging. 

I would love to say that is about to change, but let's face it. I am probably not going to be blogging like I once did. It is what it is. I DO, however, have some very important blog posts coming up and I WILL take the time to write because there are some experiences that I have to be able to go back and read about. 

So here is the first of a few very important posts coming up.

We are having a baby.

A baby. A third child. Another person will be in our family.

No, I don't have a due date. No, I don't have morning sickness (woot!). No, I am not getting round in the middle (unless I keep at the Halloween candy with the same urgency as I have been for the past week). 

So obviously I am not pregnant. But close enough! Our home study is in 2 days. Deep breath. 2 days. In 2 days, as long as everything goes well, we will start "the wait." From that point on our life is in limbo. It could be a few days, a few weeks, a few months, or even a few years before we have that third baby in our arms. Bryan seems to think it is going to happen really quickly. I love that he thinks we are so marketable. I am preparing myself for a long wait, though. I am okay with there being more space between Cecie and Baby 3, but the unknowns with this kind of adoption makes me want it to just happen right away so I don't have to think about it. 

I don't know how this is all going to shake out. How will this affect my business? Our family? Our finances? Who knows. All I know is that we are going for it. We are giving our kids another sibling and I cannot freaking wait to see what she looks like, to name her, to know her birthday, to know where she was born, etc. I know things will be hard, but we will get through it.

I'll keep you posted ;)

Thursday, August 14, 2014


It's too complicated to really explain why, but Cecie went to day care today and Simon stayed home with me. I took the opportunity to do something with Simon that we wouldn't normally do with a 2 year old. 

So our day started with breakfast at our local bakery and then off to mini golfing. He was pretty good. I didn't take a single picture as my phone was sitting happily in my car...somewhere it should be much more often than it is...out of reach. But even without a picture to document our time there, I assure you we were there. And I enjoyed listening to him go on about the game. He was focused. He didn't think or talk about one single thing outside of mini golf the entire 18 holes. I had to stop just to hug him somewhere in the middle because he was just so cute.

Cecie got into Bryan's pomade (fancy name for hair gel) and caked it on her braids soooo thick. So we had to wash it and fro it out because there was just no time for anything else, and then the next day she had an "incident with the sand" at day care. I left carrying her upside down trying to bat the sand out of her curls. Not easy to do!

Cecie is saying so much, so clearly and so completely these days. Wah-wee became water this week. I told her today that she breaks my heart every time she says water and she gave me an annoyed look and went to fill her cup with water. She gets her cup out of the drawer, fills it up at the fridge and is on her way...the girl loves to be independent. Soooo much more so than Simon was (or maybe is).

Simon has expressed his disinterest in going back to school. I don't blame him really. We've been living foot loose and fancy free (is that the right saying??!) for awhile now and I'm not really ready to have to make lunches every day again. But, alas, I will have to.

Anyway, I should go to bed.

Saturday, June 21, 2014


So here's the truth. I have tons of photos of my kids sitting on my computer and/or memory cards. So many that it overwhelms me to think about deciding which ones to share, so I just don't do it. Stupid, I know. So today I am just going to write a few things and not worry about the pictures. My goal this week is to share photos on here, though. I want to do this....for my future self and my kids and anyone who still checks in here! So there. It's out there that I am going to do it :)

So here are a few things that I want to share....

Summer vacation has started and my kids are busy. They both go to day care 2x a week. Simon was going to go to the same place as Cecie but the teacher smelled of smoke so strong that I figured he'd get some second hand smoke action so I pulled him out and put him in the day care through the rec department. It means an extra trip every day, but both locations are close and the rec department is actually cheaper. Plus he has his best buddies from school there and gets to go swimming every Thursday. And apparently gets 2 juice boxes a day. No comment on that one.

He's also in a handful of day camps at the zoo. His first one was yesterday and he LOVED it. Simon is not super into sports, but tell him he can spend the day talking about animals and he's all in. Kind of funny to see his interests really start to emerge.

I am doing my best to manage my job and have some fun with the kids this summer. Every day is a balancing act....and some days go better than others. I have a job that I absolutely love and means a lot to me and is always on my mind, so sometimes I get absorbed in it and time just passes. I'm trying harder to not do that. Because I love my kids MORE of course ;)

Cecilia is staaaaaarting to get potty trained sort of. She went at day care (maybe she's gone more than once there, I don't know, I just happened to walk in when she was finishing up). She tries to go all the time and sometimes will poop in her diaper right next to the potty. So it's on her mind. With Simon we did potty boot camp but our life just doesn't work for that again right now. So we are taking it slow and letting her take the lead for the most part. I don't think her personality would allow any other way.

She is talking up a storm. Full sentences. Like "because I want juice too" or "i wanna go get ice cream" or "no fair I don't wanna get out." It catches me by surprise every single day. LOVE. THIS. STAGE. She is like a totally different kid than she was 6 months ago. Age one was so hard for me. She thew tantrums CONSTANTLY and was just crabby all day from what I can remember. Now she is funny and happy and significantly less emotional. 2 is a million times easier than 1 was. No comparison. And who knows what 3 will bring, but I am going to soak up our good days for now. (And don't get me wrong, she is not perfectly behaved all the time but her naughty crabby bs is just fewer and farther between).

Okay, I am going to make these kids breakfast. They are on the couch watching The Croods for the 500th time right now....

Who read this whole thing?! Haha.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Studio Fun Part 2

I am in a constant state of learning and trying to improve my photography skills. Constant. There's an endless river of crap to learn. Haha. Really it's fun, though. It's fun to have something that interests and challenges me every day. My latest challenge is learning studio lights. I invested in a real live studio light so that I could manage better on cloudy days and it's SO tricky to get it right. I am taking a class this month to help, but in the meant time I just have to practice.

It's never super fun to practice with my kids, but on this day we managed. It's kind of hilarious to me to see Cecie just being herself, not listening to me AT. ALL. I'm sure I was sweating by the end of this.

And I sort of wish I would have actually cleaned up the background a little....that damn step stool photobombed again!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Easter 2014

This is my last blog update for the night. I think I adequately got caught up! Haha. So anyway, here are some pictures from our annual Easter egg hunt at my in laws house in Appleton. This year it was actually pretty nice out! I failed to get many other photos from the rest of Easter this year, so I'm glad I took the time to get my camera out for this. Simon always loves it!

A new do for once!

It's been awhile since I've tried anything new with Cecie's hair. A couple of weeks ago, however, she seemed like she was in a good mood so I was brave and tried a brand new style. I loved it! It took two full episodes of Daniel Tiger from start to finish (plus washing but who's counting). I gave her a bag of suckers too. We do whatever we have to do around here to get through it! She is getting SOOOOO much better at sitting through it now that she can watch TV and open suckers herself. It's still MUCH MUCH easier to have an assistant of some kind to help, but we make do when we have to :)


So, I'm going to admit it. I waited for Cecie to nap before coloring eggs this year. And I don't regret it :) Maybe she will be mature enough next year, but this year it would have been a nightmare. So Simon and I colored eggs without her and she was none the wiser. A good choice I think!

He was SO excited about this egg for the Easter Bunny. So I said I would get a picture of him with it. And he gave me this serious stare. I reminded him how excited he was and we got photo number 2 this kid.

PS Isn't he looking old? It hit me today he is going to be in FIRST. GRADE. next year. Deeeeep breath.

Studio Fun

She crawled into my studio and I trailed her with my camera. I freaking LOVE the hair to butt ratio. It's seriously not a camera thing...that's what it looked like in real life. GOD. So cute. And three photos down you can see how skinny this chick is. She eat like a COW. More than Simon. More than me probably. But she has these lean, long, skinny limbs that make her look older than she is. I cannot stop smiling looking at these, despite how random they are! :)

A good spine

I am not sure how often Cecie sleeps on the floor during naps or during the night, but I think it's more or less a regular thing. Sometimes she is right by the door, sometimes in the middle of the floor. Just one of her little quirks!

I had to wake her up on this day because sometimes she sleeps too close to dinnertime and I worry she won't fall asleep at night then....I had my camera ready from snapping her pics sleeping in the floor so I went for a mirror selfie. I think that is a towel on my head. This is a pic I will cherish I think :)

She likes to play hide and seek in her big, empty dresser. Empty other than one dress. Anything else would be on the floor, so we don't give her the option!

Angry about who knows what!

Love his face :) Might have to print this one. Too bad there is a step stool in the background!