Friday, February 17, 2012

Hiding (46/366)

Murphy's law exploded all over my world yesterday.

Plumbing turned my kitchen into a little creek. I used to think the sound of trickling water was soothing.


One broke a glass, "cleaned it up". The multitude of shards I found when I got home? I'm pretty sure they parachuted out of the garbage can and landed back on the floor. Damn sneaky glass paratroopers.

Another decided to spin, and lost his balance, whacking his head on my faux brick fireplace. The bricks aren't faux. He *really* doesn't do blood well.

Tim came over, helped fix the plumbing, and brought antibiotic cream & butterfly bandaids. And hugs. 

Love his hugs. :)

Turns out, butterflies don't work on heads, unless you're Mr. Clean.


I don't like the composition of this.

I wasn't *really* hiding. Or maybe I was. At 10 pm, I didn't wanna deal with anymore stuff.

I'm glad I at least forced myself to pick up the camera.

But I'm not happy I didn't have time, or energy, to actually produce a shot worth the effort.

That's becoming the norm.


My Flickr

Thursday, February 16, 2012

TJ (45/366)

*yesterday's photo, on Flickr as well*

We like to keep Valentine's day simple. There's enough love in every other day to go around.

Because I want a boxer, but life isn't simple enough for that yet.

This little guy was left in my car for me to find Tuesday morning. It totally made my day.

T is for Tim. J is for Jenn. Can you get any more cliche? :)

Yes, it's aluminum foil. I was experimenting with ways to get more light in my house. More experiments needed, although this worked well.

My 6 yr old handed out all the "kiss me" lollipops to the boys in his class because he was afraid the girls would actually kiss him and that is "just gross". LMAO

A big thank you to my T. I love you <3


P.S. I can't get my Flickr stream to show up at the bottom of the blog anymore. I'm not sure how many of you dear readers are on Flickr, but I do put up alot of stuff there that I don't put here. If you're interested, here's the link.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

my smile (44/366)

*posted for yesterday, as usual*

**cross-posted (in part) from Flickr**

god. I know this is bad. You should have seen the original. Oy vey.

I'm struggling with this 366.

I said no more excuses. I'm not making any. But I am learning there is a difference between excuse-making and reality-accepting.

Reality a mom of 4, with a full-time job, no computer at home, and no maid, time is not on my side.

I am full of ideas, even a few creative ones. I just don't have time to execute.

Some days, sleep is a bit more important. Some days, reading to the boys or putting extra effort into dinner or snuggling with my man take the priority cake.

What's better? No pic? A crappy pic that takes no effort & does nothing for the betterment of my craft? Camera winning over laundry? Taking 4 years to complete a 366?
I don't know.

I've missed 2 days so far. One day, I cheated & used a pic taken a few days prior. The 2nd missed day I just ignored and picked up count the next day. Either way, it just feels sucky.

And I really, really enjoy the blogging aka story-telling process too. Almost as much as the photos I end up liking. It's equally sucky to post a photo without the blog to match.

Anyway, whine over. Thank you for tolerating it, or ignoring it, whichever you chose.

Here's day 44.

The smile *is* 100% genuine, I promise.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Berry Invasion (43/366)

*posting for yesterday, and yes that means I missed another day, and I'm not making it up this time...just continuing count as if the day didn't exist...*

I don't have enough time to really do this photo justice with an explanation....

The short version is...these were made by me & Chris (mostly Chris) for his girlfriend for Valentine's day. 

Aren't they gorgeous???? The smell was HEAVENLY!

And this part was sooooo much fun! He took over most of the decorating, so I wanna do these again so *I* can play too! lol

Pie (42/366)

Saturday we celebrated my mother's husband's birthday. It was scalloped taters w/ ham, and homemade apple pie. 

Felt like I was cooking all day, but man, I really enjoyed it! I wish I had more time to be more domestic. Guess that's not really anything new..I just get reminded of it from time to time.

Last time I made apple pie, T said I did the slats on top wrong...LOL so this time, I made two pies, and asked him how he wanted his slats...this is what he asked for..

Best Friends (41/366)

I'm so behind...

My boys are best friends, and worst enemies, depending on which second you ask. They share everything...snacks, clothes, toys,  name it. I only hope the bond continues to grow deeper.

The other night (Friday to be exact), I found the boys sleeping, Elijah's arm around Mason. It was such a cool thing, and I wanted to hold them, at the moment, in my mind forever.

Friday, February 10, 2012

House Rules (40/366)

hey...I'm outta paper towels.

Yea, that's how I roll... the 3 socks in the foreground, dirty. The rest..clean and left spilt over from kids paws.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

on the inside (38/366)

*cheating. I chose sleep over 366 project last night. This was taken a few days ago. Sorry!*

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Untitled (37/366)

*for yesterday, as always*

I'm having so much  Probably too much, but oh well! I bought some flowers the other day, and am still enjoying using them for my photos. I can't wait to get a different lens, someday. 

By the by, life is sweet these days..and getting sweeter. Happiness is a wonderful thing :)


Friday, February 3, 2012

Meet Reese (33/366)

*posting for yesterday...*

Alright, so it's like this.

I'm finding it harder & harder every day to just FIND TIME to take these pictures. I mean, I'm hating myself for these quick snapshots. I want a showstopper, every day dammit! But it's just not realistic.

Yesterday, I was up at 5:45 am.
. Made coffee, breakfast for boys (ok, that really means I ripped open a Pop caught me), got dressed, provided clothing for them to get dressed, and woke up the pre-teen morning monster wrapped in a blanket..... I mean, wonderful daughter whom I just looooove waking up every morning.
. Out the door by 7:15 am, at work by 8. Work, work, work, leave at 4:30 pm.
. At sitter's by 5 pm.
. Doctor's appointment at 5:30, get there at 5:20. Wait to be seen.
. Make sure nurse understands 5 & 6 yr old haven't eaten dinner yet, and are likely to start ingesting the office plants.
. 6:20 pm...see doctor. (this is the part where Elijah pretended he was Mason, and actually fooled the doctor. Too bad he told on himself 10 seconds later. Mason's ruptured ear drum is all better now, too.)
. 6:45 pm....get home.
. 8:00 pm...evil mother duties done (aka discipline, a bit of yelling, enforcement of consequences, yada yada), as well as 6 yr old's homework. 5 yr old has been reminded that he should be *happy* he doesn't have homework, and mom won't tolerate tantrums, even if they are based on a desire to do school work..
. Also done are 2 loads of laundry, and a general house-pick up, as well as a quick dinner (holy crap! it wasn't frozen pizza!?)
. Read 2 library books to boys, tuck them into bed.
. 8:15 pm....sitting on couch, staring down over flowing laundry basket. Pick up wii remote to find Netflix material suitable for laundry folding time. Suddenly get sucked into your first ever solo game of MarioKart, and proceed to kick ass for the next 25 minutes.
. 8:40 pm...realize you are grinning ear to ear because you just whomped Luigi & Baby Peach, but are also moments away from turning into a pumpkin, and there's no milk for the morning.
. 8:55 corner store, succumbing to the impulse buy rack. Stupid pms.
. 9 pm ..... home. Toss a giant Reece's cup at the pre-teen daughter, kiss her on forehead and tell her you love her. Offer to split king sized pack with teen son, who refuses. You shrug, and head to living room.
. 9:05 realize, again, you are lacking a photo for the day. Take a bite of Reese's, get out camera.

. 9:07 pm....take another bite, figure they should all be in the shot

. 9:08 pm ....get an idea...and start laughing..

. 9:10 pm...have pre-teen daughter laughing at you because you're "weird"...

. 9:15 pm...put camera away, still chuckling. End the day on a great note.

PS...I thought the peanut butter cups tasted funny. I was told it's because I gave them a name. Lesson learned...don't eat anything you've already named.

Snuggle Time (32/366)

*posting for Feb 1st. Slacker's Anonymous dot Com, please send me log in info*

This is probably the worst pic I've ever taken. Cellphone camera even.

Technically, even though it was taken Feb 2nd, at 12:15 am, I'm still counting it because I hadn't gone to sleep yet.

It's my 366, I'll do what I

It had been  a very very busy day, and I got home waaaaayyyyyy late, and this is all you're gonna get from me when I remembered I hadn't yet taken my picture, and the kitty was already comfy, and the only things within my reach were 1) wii remote 2) water 3) phone.

I make (no more) excuses, or ado...

Hey, does this count as my selfie for the week? LOL

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

17th (31/366)

Well, it's official...I'm old. I have a 17 yr old! 

Last night (which I'm posting for..hehe), was the family birthday party. 

Family, plus Miranda. (a super sweet girl Chris has decided he really likes)

I didn't have much time for photos, because I was too busy cooking, laughing, eating, laughing, enjoying the people I love most being in my space, laughing, lighting candles, get the picture, right?

Finally, CAKE TIME!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Please make a wish. No, really...wish. Did ya wish yet? I mean, cream..not the greatest combination. Ummm...(30 seconds later) wish? yet?

Oh my gooooooodness, it was soooooooo good!

My little Elijah just loves to sick his head (and any other body part you allow) in every possible

Happy (now-belated) 17th Birthday, Christopher!

I <3 that boy!

Happy 17th anniversary of becoming a mom to me!


Happy 1st month of puzzle-piece collecting done!