10 on Tuesday

1.  Our Thanksgiving was awesome.  I hope yours was too.  If you want details about ours, you can find them over on Finding Our New Normal, complete with menu and photos.  I get a lot of questions about how we eat so I thought a pretty detailed post would be fun.  I will say all those carbs had me running for salad and extra fermented food for several days.  But maaaaan, it was good.

2.  Speaking of good great food, I got an email yesterday from the Executive Director of the Non-GMO Project.  Shortly after that, this happened.  Way cool right?!  That photo was taken at the Real Food Rally in Austin in October.  You can read about this amazing experience here.  I’m pretty proud of my girl.  Do you consume GMO products?  Do you even know?  Have you done the research?  If not, I’d encourage you to start here, it is definitely worth a look.

3.  I am 2 days away from reaching my goal of a complete photo a day 365 project.  I can’t even tell you how happy it makes me!  365 (well, almost) days of simple, every day moments that will live forever.  They would have been forever gone without this project.  Thank you Erin Cobb for the nudge, I am forever grateful.  There were quite a few days when I begrudgingly picked up my camera and I had to make myself do it, but I’m so glad that I did.  Childhood captured.  I saw a quote the other day that will be my theme for the next year and round of 365:  “Photograph us today, and we will live forever.”

4.  Another one for her book.  Crazy kid.  She fell asleep in the closet before bath time.  I woke her up, she went and took a bath, did her supplements, and went right back to the same spot.  Don’t you know she had to pass up two perfectly good beds to get to this spot in the closet?  Crazy kid!

5.  Instead of buying a big frame for our wordle, we chopped up a free pallet, painted it and used velcro to attach the big print. So cheap and easy!  It is now hanging in our master bedroom above our dresser and I love it!  Want a free, full resolution, wordle template just like this one?  Click here.

6.  Another idea I’ve had floating around the house that is finally finished.  I bought this huge posterboard printed like a sheet of paper from our local teacher supply store and framed it.  We write about something we love on the glass with dry erase markers.  We ended up not letting the kids use this, as it hangs in our bedroom.  I have absolutely loved getting little love notes from my husband each day.  We take turns writing something.  Sometimes funny, sometimes sweet.  I want to do a separate one for the kids somewhere else in the house, I just need to figure out where…

7.  T and Cody.  Cody is a horse Ty gave to her and she is rarely without it.  Cody goes ev.ery.where.

8.  Our family is significantly cutting back at Christmas this year.  We’ve decided to take a totally new approach for give giving within our immediate family.  We will do 4 gifts each:  something you want, something you need, something you wear and something you read.  I can’t even tell you how awesome this is.  Shopping is a breeze, I will be able to stay focused and not do the constant, oh no, which kid got more, battle / running tally in my head.  It will bridge the spending gap with the age differences in our kids too.  1 Ty gift is always more costly than 1 Teagan gift just because teenagers and their gadgets are more expensive and then of course it “looks” like Teagan got more on the day of even though the same amount was spent.  I’m so over all of that.  We are focusing on GIVING this year.  And we will each receive 4 gifts.  Simple.  I love simple.

9.  Bob the concert pianist?!  Who knew?!

10.  Speaking of Bob, I found out this morning and a few of his, eeeeeh-hum, indiscretions (and Ty’s underwear), showed up over on Babble.

easy & cheap photo display

We bought several large frames at an auction 3ish years ago and they have just been sitting in a closet every since.  I spotted this idea on Pinterest and knew it was perfect for our unloved, massively large frames.  This one is over our bed holds 5×7 photos from the Love Light Night Session we did with Michele almost 2 years ago.  I’m so happy to have these up!  There are photos of the kids all over the house, but these are just us and I now get to look at them every single day.  We did another setup just like this one, except for vertical with 4×6 prints, all fun snapshots that make me smile, in my office.  And, I can easily switch out the photos on a whim if I want to.  I’m beyond thrilled with both of them and they were super cheap.  Cheap frames from the auction, cheap clips from IKEA, cheap wire from Lowes and just a few favorite prints….voile!

2011-10-31T21:21:21-05:00October 31st, 2011|My Family, Our House|

The 10 Foot Photo Frame

No exaggeration!  Each image is 20×20 and the entire frame spans almost floor to ceiling.  Yes, when I tell my clients it is better to *go big* I can put my money where my mouth is 😉

This project has been a few years in the making.  We have this odd space in our foyer and it is the very first thing you see when you walk through our front door.  We really struggled with what we wanted to put there.  For a long time an art canvas hung there, it was art from Hawaii, where we got married.  But it just didn’t fill the space right.  I wanted something really *wow* and because there is just not that much of my work hung up around our house anymore, I really wanted it to say *a photographer lives here!!*  So Jase and I designed this frame, he built it, I filled it.  Well, I filled 3 of the spaces almost a year ago and two sat empty.  Sad, but true.  I finally got the last two holes filled and I love it!!  Of course, now we have Maggie who isn’t represented but I think that I’ll swap out the photo of Jase and I at the top (taken by my awesome photog friend Sara Lopez) and the one of Kylie and just do individual photos of Jase and I.  I think it will make more sense that way.  Until I can take new photos and order them (probably another year….) I absolutely love this.  It is exactly what I envisioned, Jason did a wonderful job.  Because we have little ones and rambunctious dogs with very active lab tails, we went with clear plexi to protect the images instead of glass.  It really sits front and center and in the middle of the house, the garage door is seen to the right, the bedrooms are off to the left of the foyer, the door to the left is the kitchen, the area to the right is the dining room leading to the living room….yeah, I’ll see it 50 times a day and smile.

2011-06-08T18:20:01-05:00June 8th, 2011|My Family, Our House|

10 on Tuesday(ish)

Totally forgot to his publish on this yesterday.  It might have something to do with 3 pending blog posts open on my screen right now…my next blog post will give you a good laugh at my expense!

1.  I’ve been in a funk about sharing and documenting my life here.  I’ve been posting here and here and I need to snap out of it already and get back to using this blog for the intended purpose and show it (and myself and my family) some love.

2.  I joined the gym last week.  I hurt.  My knee that has been bothering me for months hurts.  But it feels SO good to be back in the gym.  I love it already.  Pain and all.

3.  Ty went to visit my mom for spring break and had a blast.  I was worried about him not eating well while he was there but he did a complete meal plan and actually followed it.  The few times he did not eat well, it made him sick.  I’ve ruined junk food for him.  Poor guy couldn’t even eat popcorn at the movies without a belly ache.  Oh well, he’ll thank me someday.  I’m glad they had a good time regardless.  They went fishing and go cart racing and I’m thrilled that even though he no longer thinks I am cool, he adores my mom.

4.  I am SOOOOO doing this with my kids.  And they are going to love it.

5.  Hey Marti, I think Andy needs this!  Genius right?!

6.  The wait to bring our new puppy home is excruciating.  Soon, very soon!  Our name selections have hit a road block though.  We all have our favorites and no one wants to budge.  Jase and I actually agree which is rather impressive.

  • Jase & Lynds:  Maggie
  • Ty:  Sophie
  • Taryn:  Katie (we are still shocked she gave up on the idea of naming it after her best friend Abby)
  • Teagan:  Tarzan IKEA Coconut Fluffernutter

7.  Oh good grief Teagan!

8.  I’m thinking that I really want to make a list of free/low cost things to do with the kids this summer.  I have to do something to keep them busy since the pool isn’t an option.  With gas prices what they are we just can’t afford to commute in to Austin 4-5 days a week since I already do that, as does Jason, to work.  We opted out of summer camp for Taryn because the food allergy thing is just too complicated with teen counselors.  So….I’m going to have to be resourceful.  I see lots of crafts and creating and storytime and I’m not sure what else in our future.  Ideas???

9.  I got to thinking about #8 because Taryn and Teagan spent the entire week of spring break bickering.  Maybe it was because Ty was gone….I dunno but there was no love lost for either one as she headed out the door and back to school on Monday morning.  Sigh.

10.  New floors go in the kids new natural bedroom next week.  I can’t wait for it to be done already!  Pics to follow just as soon as it is complete.

Oh, I have rodeo pics to post soon too!  See I’m back on track already =)

2011-03-23T20:07:08-05:00March 23rd, 2011|Craft Projects, My Family, Our House, Uncategorized|

diy christmas craft

It has been a very simple Christmas at our house.  We’ve cut out a lot of the more toxic aspects (greenery, candles, lights, etc.) which leaves me to get creative when it comes to helping our house feel homey and warm for the holiday.  Instead of greens this year we are utilizing other options and textures.  I made this paper wreath out of coffee filters to replace our normal green one for inside the house.  It took forever, 500 coffee filters and a whole lot of hot glue, but I LOVE it.  After Christmas I’m going to add a pretty letter “T” and hang it over Taryn’s bed.  You can’t tell from the weird overhead lighting in the photos, but it really a true white and very pretty.  If you want to make one of your own, you can find detailed instructions, with photos, here.

2010-12-21T18:02:57-06:00December 21st, 2010|Craft Projects, My Family, Our House|

One Frame A Day

Erin Cobb made me do it.  She drew me in with her shiny press printed book and talk of real moments and real memories and day to day photos with meaning and simplicity.  I can’t resist any of those things.  Especially since on the day she posted, I had been looking through my strikingly empty personal photo folders.  It hit me.  Hard.  Yes, I have a good reason for not photographing my family all that much this year.  Yes, we were busy, we were struggling, we had dark days.  But you know what, there were shimmers of hope, even on the darkest day and I cannot convince myself that I couldn’t have found one single beautiful moment to embrace and capture.  Even if it was the quiet at the end of the day, or a hug, or the light hitting someone or something just the right way.  No, I didn’t have time for quite a few months.  But we are steady.  And much like after we lost photos to hurricane katrina, I feel the need to capture new memories, to make up for lost time, to capture those I love in a real, meaningful, simple, imperfect way.  I thought about doing a 52 weeks, but I wanted more.  365 sounded good, but why waste a day.  Why wait until January 1st?  Why not start right away?  So I did just that, several weeks ago.  They may not all be in focus or exposed properly.  I can guarantee they will not be perfect, but neither are the people in them, and that is just what I love about them so very much.  Both the photos and the people.

Lyndsay Stradtner’s One Frame A Day

Here is my post for today.  Ty worked so hard on lighting the house this weekend.  We spent so much time outside, cleaning out the garage, having a garage sale, digging through outdoor decorations and getting them up.  The little kids were literally outside every second of the day that they were not sleeping or eating.  He and Jase did the front and Ty even did the back porch.  It looks fantastic and finally puts us in the mood for Christmas.  It has been a difficult year for us with so many changes.  It turns out Christmas is a pretty toxic holiday….which means the inside of our house is less than jolly or cheery.  I’ve had a hard time with that and I am struggling to come up with ways to compensate.  I had a great big pity party the other night and then shook it off knowing that there is nothing more important than Teagan’s health.  Yes, it is hard, it sucks, big time, but we can deal.  I’m trying to come up with ways to make it warm and inviting without all the normal stuff.  Crafts with the kids are helping!  We may not be decked out with Christmas cheer inside of our house, but the outside is now nice and spirited.

I LOVE blow up Santa.  It does NOT bother me at all that he deflates into a depressing pile of dead lump of santa during all daylight hours.  And my husband did NOT complain at all that I dragged him outside with me in the freezing cold to take these shots.  He did NOT make inappropriate jokes about my cool bokeh shot relating to my bad eyesight.  And he did NOT belch in my ear while I was shooting (ewww).  Nor did he grumble, gripe or complain at all when I asked him to move the cars for a better shot.  And he most certainly did NOT complain when he had to move said cars back again while I was defrosting inside.

None of those things are true.  All lies.  Santa bugs me to no end, I tolerate him because the kids love him and because it gives my (aforementioned grumpy) husband something to poke fun at me about.

Speaking of poking fun, you know what IS true??  There was no level involved in the hanging of any of these lights (scroll down to #’s 8-10).  To that I say hallelujah, Merry Christmas and thank you Ty!!!

2010-12-12T23:15:17-06:00December 12th, 2010|My Family, Our House, Uncategorized|