Monday, November 30, 2009

Tooshie Time

The theme this week at I Heart Faces is I Heart Tooshies.

This summer I traveled back to my home town and got to meet my favorite little cousin, Ms. Khylie (sorry Ashley but babies always win :)!). And she was as sweet as can be and really performed for me. I liked hanging out with her so much that she is the baby in my header. If you'd like to see more of Khylie go here.
And if you'd like to check out more tooshie photos head on over to I Heart Faces.

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Friday, November 27, 2009

It's a Girl!

On this day, November 22, it was a really nice day so we gathered a friend and we all went down to the beach. You ever look back on days and just wish you knew what was in store? Just so that you could go back and do things a little differently. Well if I knew that I was going to find myself  in labor that night, I certainly wouldn't have spent the day doing 100 miscellaneous things and certainly wouldn't have spent the afternoon at the beach. Instead, I would have been at home resting for the upcoming sleepless night.

So, meet our newest edition, Little Miss Rylie. She's (so far) a sweet little baby. However, the most surprising thing has been how alert she is. I mean, look at those eyes! During the day, she is up for at least an hour or two, just looking about.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Just Playing Around

So. This was my favorite photo from our day roaming around downtown (click here if you happened to have missed my previous blog post), but I felt this image needed a little something.

First I tried a color version.

Then I tried a little Mocha Madness. And you know what? I like this alot!

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Monday, November 16, 2009

My (Almost) Big 6th grader

We found ourselves on this day, just hanging out and walking around downtown. I always try and carry a camera, so all I need next is favorable lighting and a nice scenery and I'm ready for any impromptu photo shoot.
I keeping thinking I should have edited this image a little differently. It feels a little "old school" to me. Maybe it needs a little texture.....hmmm. Anyway, this is my favorite photo of that day because I think it shows her true character- quiet and reflective. And consientious. Those are words I would also use to describe myself. Isn't it funny that you can look at your kids and sometimes see yourself? And then you worry about all the mistakes you've made and things you've done wrong and think they could be hers too......or am I the only one?

This was the next image I got when (I don't know how we started talking about chocolate) I asked her was she thinking of chocolate. And she said, "Yes, chocolate ice cream!" This kid loves chocolate! I mean really loves anything chocolate. On the way home from Trick-or-treating, I remember wondering exactly what I was going to do about all the candy we had gotten that night. Well, the day after Halloween, I was looking through her candy and found about 20-30 empty candy bar wrappers left in her bag. Then, she had a friend over that weekend and they ate ALL the remaining candy left in the house. They even ate poor Cailin's candy as well!

A smile about stopping for ice cream on the way back home.


I love you, Sweet Ariel.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

My Almost Post.......


On days that I plan on blogging, I get up real early to do this before my littlest munchkin gets out of bed. However today, when she heard me up and about, she yelled out "Mommy what chu doin'?" and got up too. So my long blog post with lots of photos has to be shortened to one picture and a few quick words.
Ariel made the comment that she was in the house with babies and adults. I didn't know what to think about that. I mean if I could have had kids closer in age (Cailin and her are 9 years apart) I would have, but I couldn't imagine myself with more than one kid in my early 20's. However I did make myself a promise to spend more time with her one-on-one and to get out and hang with her and friends more, because I realize that Cailin just requires more of my attention because she is a busy toddler and in a few short weeks a baby will steal the show away from everyone.

 I have also been letting her pick out her own clothes and shoes. Which was hard because it seems that overnight she went from not caring to having an opinion about all the "ugly" clothes I insisted on her wearing. When she picked up these shoes the other day at the mall, I cringed slightly on the inside, and then we headed to the check out and bought them. She loves them and I have come to like them, I guess......

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Monday, November 9, 2009

I Heart Faces- "My Story in Thankfulness"


This is the season that we reflect on life and cherish the things we are most thankful for. I am thankful for a lot of things.
However, I am most thankful for the gift of being a mother. I love my little ones......

This is hands down my favorite photograph of them. I plan to blow this up really big (like 20x30 big) to go on the hallway wall as soon as I'm able. I am in love with Cailin's joy and I love the way Ariel is looking at her. I think it defines their relationship perfectly. Cailin adores her big sister and thinks she can do EVERYTHING she does. Ariel is a good big sister (most of the time) and looks after her.

More thankfulness in photos can be found here. Now go and check it out!

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