1.  I have time to blog today.  Ask me why?!…..cause today I had HELP.  Smack dab in the middle of busy season.  Real life HELP.  In the form of a maid to come clean my house and the most amazing nanny in the world.  My house is clean.  Every single room ALL AT THE SAME TIME.  And I got actual work done during the day today without dropping the kids in front of elmo or barney.  Real live work in daylight hours.  Uninterrupted.  Isn’t that freaking awesome?  I usually work after Jason walks through the doors at the end of the day.  I feel so much less stress right now.  When I opened my eyes this morning, I knew it would be better today.  I’ve got it under control, I can breathe.  I’ve been working 60 hours a week, pulling late nights with early mornings, chasing kids, cleaning house (sorta).  Why, oh why did I not do this sooner?  I got two galleries out, worked on some birth announcements, placed 5 orders, packaged 4 orders, burned a bunch of disks, called a few clients, sent a bunch of emails, made a trip to the post office, Target and Starbucks, all before my session tonight.  Of course I am looking forward to being in Mommy mode again soon, but it feels so good to be marking things off my long to do list!  Our nanny (I feel so fancy saying that) is looking for a new family to love and care for and we had a short term need to get me through the next few weeks so it was a total win/win situation.  I can pretty much tell you that I rarely ever leave my children with non-family members.  We’ve left our kids with 3 people in two years and she’s one of them.  Today was the 3rd time this year she’s been with my kids and I trust her.  That’s huge.

2.  She arrived at 9 am and Taryn had given the complete rundown of her entire life story by 10:01 am.  Shortly thereafter she moved on to Ty’s, Ty’s best friend, Lily and a kid at school named Ethan.

3.  T took a long nap today.  I think it’s because her lips were tired from flappin’ all morning.

4.  I haven’t taken a photo of my own kids in weeks.  Must remedy that with the return of my sanity.

5.  Has anyone had any good Etsy finds lately?  Please share =)

6.  I bought a new lens this week.  It’s the first new lens I’ve purchased in over 2.5 years.  I’d say I was due.

7.  I have 13 sessions to blog about.  My goal is to do half of them this week.  Anyone want to take bets?

8.  We are going to see Walking with Dinosaurs tomorrow night.  I can’t wait!!!  I hope Taryn doesn’t freak out.  We will take two cars and bought cheap tickets just in case.

9.  Speaking of fun stuff to do…..Austin peeps…..any recommendations of fun stuff to do with kids during the holidays??  We want to start some new traditions this year!

10.  My second favorite girl in the whole wide world turned 3 last weekend.  Happy Birthday silly Lily!  We love you!