10 on Tuesday

1.  Did I mention I recently switched from Canon to Nikon.  Tis true and I LOVE it.  I’m not so good and change and I’m still fumbling around with the buttons and figuring out where things are, but I truly do love it.

2.  We cut off our home phone in the name of saving money.  We rarely used it and it seemed like every time it rang it was someone trying to sell us something.  Family, friends and clients, please use our cell numbers from here on out!

3.  We canceled our cable service yesterday too.  I honestly don’t think it will change our lives all that much.  I will miss the sweet 24 minutes of peace Mickey Mouse Clubhouse gave me each morning to take a shower in peace, and Ty will miss Idiot Abroad but other than that, because we got Netflix through the Wii, I don’t think we will miss it all that much.  Truly, we barely ever watch it.

4.  Wait.  Football.  Holy *&^%!!….Football….we can do this for a few months until football returns but then what?!  Just took my mini freakout to my husband and he assures me an antenna will be enough.  I’m not so sure….damn you Dave Ramsey!

5.  Taryn was home from school today with a mild low grade fever.  I have no clue why.  And while I don’t want her to be sick, I loved having her at home with me and the duder and I loved having another day to work in talk of food and allergies and changes cause man is this hard.

6.  I watched the movie Babies again today.  Taryn and Teagan watched it for the first time and loved it.  Although Taryn was very concerned about babies in the dirt eating things off the floor.  She may or may not have yelled the 10 second rule at the TV.

7.  She got that from her Daddy.  I know this because I have a 0 second rule.

8.  Do you believe genetically modified food should be labeled?  MSNBC is taking a poll and you can vote here.

9.  Do you struggle with skin tones?  I think we all have at some point.  Check out this free little tutorial:  Michelle Kane’s Definitive Guide to Great Skin Tones.

10.  Uhm, wait, is it really March?!  How did that happen??

2011-03-01T18:23:05-05:00March 1st, 2011|My Family|


1.  Hey Photogs, is anyone going to Imaging USA?  I will be at the expo on Monday and I’d love to meet up and say hi!  I’m super excited about the fact that I might finally get to meet THE Erin Cobb!  I’ve been hoping for our paths to cross for years!

2.  I am thinking about opening up a few mini sessions on January 29th or February 5th – just in time for Valentines Day.  Any takers?  Email me at [email protected] for details!

3.  I feel like I owe a bit of an explanation about my poor fell asleep on the kitchen counter hubby.  He really was asleep like that and I was shocked to find him that way.  I was hanging out with Marti last night so he was putting the kids down and he fell asleep laying down with Teagan.  When Marti left I went to go wake him up and he said as he was walking through the house to his desk he stopped and thought that was a good place to rest for a minute.  All I can say to that is I’ve never been that tired that I thought the kitchen counter looked comfy.  I did tap him on the head 3 times before I decided that since he didn’t wake up he was then fair game for photographin’.  I have a feeling his loosing battle with fighting cedar pollen has something to do with it.  He’s been miserable since last Thursday, poor guy.  Poor, funny, guy.

4.  Speaking of men who don’t handle being sick well, have you seen this.  Brilliant I tell ya, brilliant.  If you have spare cash laying around, invest, you’ll be so rich you won’t know what to do with yourself.  But you will know what to do with your sick husband!  Click on the link in that post to view the video, hysterical! I laugh because I can relate 😉

5. Today Teagan and I started going to a new playgroup.  This is a big step, emotionally and physically.  With exposure to a whole lot of new germs we’re going to see what his immune system can do.  I was very nervous about it but it seriously could not have gone any better today.  He declared on the way there that he was not going to play with anyone except me.  I told him that was ok, it was his decision but that I was really looking forward to making a new friend or two myself.  We go there and he did good, he LOVED it and so did I!  It was so interesting to see him in the group setting and immediately dive in to the activities that are most like the time he spent in OT and with Marti.  He was a huge fan of the mini trampoline, the padded sphere and the sensory table that was filled with pretend snow and snowflakes.  He got to check out a book and a toy from the lending library and as we left he waved goodbye, said thank you and declared he wants to go back tomorrow.  Big success!

6.  We also took the big step of signing him up for a teacher taught / parent led pre-k program.  The director is wonderful and probably should have given up on us a few months ago but I think she knew we’d need this when he was finally ready.  There is a waiting list but thankfully it is short and we are only 3 families down.  I think this will be perfect for him.  Our initial intention was to start him in a MDO / Pre-K program at the beginning of this year but he just wasn’t ready.  We’ve had some challenges and while we don’t consider him special needs, nor does he need services, ECI or an IEP at this point, he’s not ready for a traditional pre-k yet.  This program is the perfect in between step until he is and I’m so excited to get that call that he can start.  He can go at age 3 and 4 so there is really no rush for him to get to it this year if we don’t make it to the top of the list.  We’re not in any big hurry, especially since there is a great playgroup to start working on those social skills.  The playgroup setup is absolutely amazing, very creative, very encouraging to development and play and movement and learning and sharing and interacting.  We can go to playgroup up to 10 hours per week even.  I couldn’t be more excited about it for him.

7.  Today in the car on the way home from carpool I was calling out math problems to Taryn.  I said 3+3 and she said 6.  I said 3+4 and while she paused to count Teagan yelled out “7!!!!!”  I was shocked.  Of course he knew what came after 6 but it was just so funny to see Taryn’s face in the rear view mirror as she realized he was right!

8.  Taryn wrote her first short story this past week.  Crazy!  It was about her and Abby playing on the playground.  I’ve also been throwing out words for her to sound out and spell while driving, cooking dinner, cleaning up.  I’m amazed at how many she gets right.  That kid is a sponge!

9.  Anyone need a pinterest invite?  I can send out a few.  Post in the comments and I’ll send them out until it won’t let me anymore!

10.  If you made it to 10 you get a fun little heads up.  Giveaway.  A big one.  With a fun opportunity….coming tomorrow!

2011-01-11T23:06:30-05:00January 11th, 2011|Uncategorized|

10 on Tuesday and 2 mini session openings!

1.  I am thinking about opening up 2 last minute mini session spots for this coming weekend with guaranteed Christmas delivery.  Any interest?  Email me at [email protected] for details!

2.  My kids are so addicted to these right now.  Especially Teagan.  Obsessed.

3.  This morning I stopped at my desk to pick something up and noticed there was still solid ice in my favorite cup that had been sitting from the night before.  First, I thought to myself, wow, this cup really IS awesome.  Second, I thought to myself, I wonder what time I actually went to bed….  Third, I thought to myself, I wonder if Ty did this to be sweet, he IS always bring me water refills.  Turns out the third one is the charm.  Love that kid.

4.  Duder’s new favorite activity is swiping the water bottle we use to tame Taryn’s hair each morning and tormenting people with it.  It drives me nuts and I’m constantly getting squirts to the leg, back, face, whatever is within his range.  Getting it away from him is always a battle that involves running and wrangling a toddler who insists on screaming “NO IT MIIIIIIIIIINE”.  I started putting it out of his reach but he’d just grab the step stool in the kitchen and move it to where he needed it to be to get it.  It was driving me (and the dog) nuts.  This week, I finally gave in, I handed it to him and we headed outside so he could squirt whatever he wanted till his little heart was content.  He was thrilled.

$0.99 water bottle = hours of entertainment.  Unfortunately, I too, fell into the category of “whatever he wanted”.  Stinker.  (Update on duder here)

5.  Taryn has her first crush.  And he is not in kindergarten.  MUCH to her daddy’s dismay.  Dismay isn’t a strong enough word for what he’s going through.  Anxiety ridden ought to begin to cover it.

6.  Add her first crush to the fact that she asked for a “green ipod” for Christmas and my husband is not in a very good place right now.  His little girl is growing up quick and he’s soooooo not ready.

7.  I absolutely LOVE this.  And this blog is also one of my new favorite places to check out.

8.  Bob has been very busy trying to keep up with all the goings on around here and all 3 kids.  First though, he had a little bit of ‘splaining to do about that whole ‘borrowed rocket thing’….

9.  Then the next night, just before bed, Jase and I got a good giggle at the expense of my friend Jodie and her elf.  We laughed it up, then went to bed.  Ironically enough, forgetting to move our elf because we were too busy laughing at Jod for not moving hers.  Karma right?!  So, Bob hung out on the TV for 2 days.  The kids were concerned, but not being nearly as creative as Jod, we just blew it off and said Bob likes to watch TV a lot.

10.  The next morning they found Bob had gotten into the cereal.  Thankfully, he was picking up after himself with the dustbuster.  We’ve been working with the little kids and picking up their own messes so it was super nice of Bob to be such a great example 😉

2010-11-30T21:41:31-05:00November 30th, 2010|Austin Photographer, Elf on a Shelf, My Family|


1.   My sweet husband turns 33 today.  Happy Birthday Jase!

2.  He got P90X for his birthday and I have a feeling we’re about to get our butts kicked.  Ty, Jason and I have all lost weight with all the changes at our house (me 29 lbs, Jase 25ish and Ty 30ish) and we want to run with it.

3.  The little kids are actually gaining weight.  I swear I did a happy dance right there in our pediatricians office.  Duder is still in the same clothes he was in last fall and has been between 26 and 28 lbs for well over a year.  We are thankful he didn’t loose much while being sick but for he and Taryn to actually gain weight this month was huge, happy news at our house!  And they look healthy.  The dark circles under their eyes are disappearing, their skin and coloring looks better, they just look so healthy and I love that!

4.  I picked up my camera to take a photo of the kids for the first time in awhile tonight.  It has been too long, I must remedy that.

5.  This weekend will be a great opportunity – we’ve dubbed it “Grandparent-Palooza”.  My mom is coming in to town and we will also see Jason’s parents and grandparents!  So excited!

6.  We’ve decided to move Teagan and Taryn into the same bedroom.  We are taking it nice and slow, Teagan has been sleeping in her room all week at night and at naps and they are doing great with the transition so far.

7.  This blog post was just interrupted with a very loud THUD.  I stopped to listen because all 3 kids are sleeping and Jase is in the other room surfing the web.  I yelled out and asked Jase what that noise was….no answer….so I yelled out again, “hey, are you ok?

8.  Someone fell asleep at his desk and his forehead did a faceplant into his keyboard.  Awesome.  So awesome.  I can’t stop laughing.  He’s fine.  I did get up and check.  While laughing.  I totally can’t stop laughing.

9.  33 is gonna be a great year, I can feel it.

10.  Seriously, I can’t stop laughing.

2010-10-22T22:37:11-05:00October 22nd, 2010|My Family|

10 on Tuesday

1.  I woke up to a rude awakening of toddlers yelling directly into the monitor over who called who stupid at 5:03 am.  Maybe room sharing was a total dream…..sigh.  For the record, it was the duder.  We’re working on ridding his vocabulary of the word “doo-pid” and it makes me crazy.  I don’t like that word at all.  It went something like this:

Taryn:  MAAAAAWWWWM!  Teagan called me stupid!!
Teagan:  No I didn’t!
Taryn:  Yes you did Teagan!
Teagan:  No I didn’t!  Doo-Pid.

5:03 am.  Sigh.

2.  I made homemade, from scratch, banana bread on Monday with the kids only to leave it in the oven too long and burn it.  It smelled soooooo good.  And it was in the shape of little pumpkins.  Total bummer.

3.  Duder ran up to me when I got home from errands this afternoon with a big “I miss you SO SO much mommy!”  God, I love him.  Being able to talk again rocks.

4.  Had Taryn’s parent / teacher conference today.  I adore her teacher, absolutely adore her.  She gets Taryn.  Taryn is complicated, fabulous, yet complicated, so I really love that her teacher gets her.

5.  I really want to make these cute little guys.  And maybe a robot or two.  Duder likes robots.

6.  I also want to make these.  My kids love bubble wrap.

7.  And especially this.

8.  Last year Jase did all kinds of fun fall crafts with the kids.  I keep hoping he’ll pick that up again this year.  They did some cool stuff last year!

9.  I’m kind of bummed about the kids Halloween costumes this year….they are just so….typical.  Oh well, gone are the days I got to choose I suppose.  I wish we could do a family theme but I gave up on that idea when it was suggested I go as Little Bo Peep.  Not a chance.  Although…..if I agreed to it I would get to see my husband dressed up as Rex the dinosaur and run around saying “I don’t like confrontations!” and “my little arms” and “rhhhhaaarrrrr….were you scared?!”

10.  This totally cracks me up, I love it.  There might be one tucked away in my house somewhere.  And I might even share it with one of the children on Halloween.  Might being the keyword.  Cause I might keep it to myself too.  I think it makes the perfect grab bag for treats or little trinkets at the end of a session.  Much, much better than the brown paper bag I’ve been using!

Happy Tuesday!

2010-10-11T23:10:11-05:00October 11th, 2010|My Family|

10 on Tuesday | Austin Family Photographer

1.  I feel like I’ve been living in a box tethered to my computer for the last month.  This past weekend cured that.  And I needed it more than even I realized.  I’ve been chasing kids all day then logging on and working 12 hours.  It’s catching up with me fast.  Friday Jason’s parents came for a visit because they had a wedding to attend out on Lake Travis.  It was perfect timing too because they were able to keep the kids Friday night while Jason and I went to see Conan O’Brien live in Austin.  And while our seats suuuuuuucked, the show and Conan were ah-ma-zing.  Seriously loved him, he was hilarious.  My favorite part is that the show wasn’t a carbon copy he takes to every city, there were so many jokes about Austin, UT, and Texas in general.  He knocked it out of the park and even though our seats were awful, we are so glad that we went!  And the kids had a blast with Grandma and Grandpa.  They brought the kids a buzz lightyear water slide and I’ll have photos and video to share of that soon!

2.  Both of my sessions on Saturday got rescheduled so we gathered everyone up and went out to the Cedar Park Farmer’s Market again.  We love that place and this week we were there for the live music, so fun!  Afterwards, my in-laws wanted to hit IKEA, they’d never been before (I didn’t realize that!!).

3.  Sunday I had a session in the morning downtown and then decided to hit the craft fair at the Palmer Event Center before heading home.  I’m so glad I did, it was just what I needed, a little me time!  I learned that craft fairs in Austin are very different than craft fairs in South Louisiana.  😉

4.  I found some really cool stuff.  Like THESE (I’m trying to decide between the rocket for Teagan room or the old TV for the playroom) I bought three of these binders and plan on special ordering a few more things in papers that match my branding for Life in Motion. I love that they are refillable and more green that what I am using now for todo lists, notes, etc.  I can also throw the small ones in my purse with stickers / crayons to keep the kids happy when we are out and about!  This seller is also amazing.  Her vintage board game pieces are so cool!

5.  Holy crap is this article eye opening.  Wow.  Over 50 chemicals on my strawberries.  Gag.

6.  iphone pics early this morning:

7.  I dug out the water table this morning and the kids played for an entire hour, quiet, calm and happy.  Then an all out smack down fight over it went down.  In the end, Teagan ‘won’ the fight and Taryn turned around, arms crossed, glared and said “You are a sad, strange little man” a la buzz lightyear.  I wish I had it on video, it was awesome.

8.  Taryn learned how to hula hoop at school yesterday.  Don’t you know that I was up and out of the house on my one and only day of the week I don’t HAVE to cart kids all over God’s creation because she just knew she saw hula hoops at HEB.  An hour and $10 later we are now the proud owners of 2 shiny hula hoops.  One for her and one for Teagan.  Even though he’s too young, I just couldn’t face the sharing battles that would be inevitable with only one hula hoop.  See #7!

9.  I am super excited that next week I will be going in to do a little day in the life type session in Taryn’s pre-k class.  She will still be going during the summer but many of the kids will change.  I want to capture this amazing class and her wonderful teachers, they have done so many wonderful things for her this year.  I’m excited to give her teachers some photos of themselves doing what they love and are oh so good at.  When I talked to Taryn about it and told her she should just pretend I’m not there that day, she pipes up with a “Oh I’m GOOD at ignoring your camera Mommy, I can do that!” with a big smile.  Yes, you little turd, you are indeed.

10.  I am going to see Babies tonight with the girls.  So excited!!  Did you see it?  Love it??

2010-05-18T13:38:54-05:00May 18th, 2010|My Family|
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