10 on Tuesday

1.  Tyler, oh Tyler.  Yesterday while riding home from his buddy Kayleigh’s house, he misjudged (again) our driveway while going too fast on his bike.  The damage was two fold, thankfully Ty is fine as far as we know, he goes in to have his arm x-rayed later today.  It’s so hard to know what is a serious injury with this child.  He has hypochondriac tendencies.  Seriously y’all, the child once iced a mosquito bite.  I’m not makin’ that up either!  Every little thing is major.  If you ask him on a scale of 1 to 10 how much something hurts, it’s always a 9, always.  After talking with the nurse yesterday, we decided the x-ray could wait until today because he didn’t appear to be in major pain, had minimal swelling, etc.  Hopefully it’s not fractured.  I did go purchase him a sling for his arm and oh, good lord, did it feed the fire.  He was like a kid in the candy store buying that darn thing, it validated his injury and he was just darn giddy.  Everything tonight revolved around his cast, er, uhm, I mean, sling.  Not to minimize his pain or injury, but if y’all only knew what we go through with him.  Every night it’s something, usually at chore time or bed time.  Mom, look at this scratch, Mom, do you see this red mark, Mom, my neck hurts, Mom, I think one of my legs is shorter than the other.  Good grief.  I’m sure my mom is going to chime in here and tell you I was the same way as a child, including a somewhat warped version of a story about a 2 hour bath to remove a band-aid when I was his age, but that’s a story for another day, just know that Ty comes by it honestly.

My SUV on the other hand, did suffer a break, actually two. 


2.  Taryn has a new imaginary friend, Sparky the dog.  Sparky is pink and sooo much fun.  Taryn leads her around on a leash all day long.  Her little 3 year old imagination is exploding.  Reminded me of Ty’s imaginary friend named "Chris" (after my step-brother) when he was about 3.  Chris lived under my bed and was constantly bringing home new "babies" for me to take care of.  Chris was needy, and hungry, and thirsty.  Funny that when we moved, Chris and his ump-tine babies stayed behind.  I was kinda thankful, they were high maintenance. 

3.  Since we’re taking a trip down memory lane….when Ty was 3 he had several pets.  A fish he named "fish stick" and a hermit crab named "flap jack".  Funny kid, he came up with those all on his own and it still cracks me up 8 years later.  Confession, he actually had 4 or 5 gold fish cause they kept dying.  My theory is that once they heard their name they instantly had little fishy heart attacks and went belly up.  Just a theory, I have no proof.

4.  Taryn was so cute on our way to the movies the other day for our girls day out.  She was convinced that all the cars on the road were going to see Wall-E too and they were racing us there.  Then out of nowhere she tells me she wishes her "best friend kylie could go to the movies" with her too.  Kylie, is our dog.  Correction, Kylie is her dog.  Formerly Jason’s dog before we got married.  Formerly the family dog.  Now "her dog".  Mommy, my dog is hungry.  Mommy, I’m going to let my dog out.  I love my dog.  Jase messes with her all the time and claims ownership, but Little T lays down the law.  Kylie is HER dog.  The appearance of Sparky has not changed her love for Kylie one tiny little bit, they co-exist, but according to T, they don’t play together.

5.  For Ty, this has been the summer of new friends, riding his bike, playing outside, light sabers, legos and nerf.  But this will also be the summer that his mom taught him how to cook.  Back story, before school let out, one night at the dinner table, he sweetly asked me if I would write down the recipe for him so he could "give it to his wife to make for him when he gets married"….sounds sweet on the surface right?  But when I stopped to think about it, that’s not the kind of man I’m raising.  I want him to be thoughtful, intentional, honest, kind and self-sufficient.  My goal is to teach him how to cook it for her!  So, that’s what we’ve done this summer, I started to teach him how to cook.  Everything from simple stuff like scrambling eggs, making mac-n-cheese, grilled cheese to homemade meatballs, my lasagna and so much more.  And he’s good at it too.  Ok, so sugar and flour sometimes look alike and he gets a little mixed up.  He loves it and I’ve loved too.  It’s been fun and I’ll admit it’s been nice having someone else in the kitchen that isn’t limited to stirring with big spoons while perched on a step stool.  He even prepares lunch sometimes totally on his own.     T’s convinced he makes the best grilled cheese evvvvvvver.

6.  Good luck to my mom and step-dad who close on their construction loan today for their new beach house!  I’m very excited for them and cannot wait to see the end result!  I’d link her new blog but she’d physically reach through the internet and cyber smack me, so I won’t.  When we went to the beach with them earlier this month we got to go visit their lot and do a ceremonial ground breaking…


Larry has a spinal cord injury due to an on the job accident 10 years ago.  He and my mom are building a new house that will be handicap accessible and much more functional for them, unlike their present home.  Its a house with a purpose that will change their lives for the better.

7.  I cried yesterday standing in Teagan’s closet.  I had to remove some of his 0-3 month clothing because I literally couldn’t fit one single thing that actually fits him until I did.   Sad.  My baby is getting big too fast.  Correction, my last baby is getting big too fast.  I’m mourning that baby stage and it physically hurts me to know that each day that passes, I’ll never have a baby that small in my house, in my arms, again.  It’s sad but he’s also so much fun now.  He loves it when anyone quacks like a duck, kisses his belly or just even looks in his direction.  He’s becoming quickly addicted to his sister’s antics and she’s addicted to his right back.  He snuggles with intention now,  he looks up at me with those big blue eyes and lays his sweet little head on my chest, complete with a big, drooly smile, melts my heart every time.  Oh, and when he’s tired, his cheeks hang low…


8.  Thank you to those who posted advice about Teagan hating the car so much.  I’m following your suggestions and purchased a new carseat for Taryn and moving Teagan into the Britax Roundabout.  Poor kids getting a hand me down, but it made more sense to move T to a bigger chair (we bought the Graco Nautilus) and give him hers.  Crossing my fingers it works!

9.  And a product rave from me.  I bought an Itzbeen and just love it.  Perfect gift for a new mom, I bought mine at Target some time ago.  What I love about mine is that it lights up, great for night time feedings and diaper changes.  It times everything from how long baby has slept, to diaper changes, to feedings, and more, plus if you are nursing there is a toggle switch to keep track of what side you last fed on.  It was especially helpful when I was having supply problems with nursing.  I’m horrible at keeping track of how long Teagan nursed, so this really helped me.  Pretty cool.  Someone out there is thinkin.

10.  hehehe….this makes me giggle.  Aren’t 3 year olds fun?!


2008-07-29T01:07:46-05:00July 29th, 2008|Uncategorized|

it’s only girls, and not the boys

Taryn asked me yesterday if I would bring her to see Wall-E so today we are taking off, just us girls, no boys.  They have to stay home, causing us to do a little booty dance and sing "its only girls and not the boys".  I haven’t been to the movies in probably 7 or 8 months…so yeah, I’m a little excited!

Since I can’t post without a pic, check him out…love his chubby baby neck…



I may have to do "10 on {insert day here]" every day next week if I am ever going to catch up on blogging!

2008-07-26T12:00:55-05:00July 26th, 2008|Uncategorized|

10 on Tuesday

1.  I dedicated myself to going through my massive email inbox Monday night.  It was baaaaad thanks to all the vacationing we’ve been doing.  1432 messages down to 405, not bad.  So if you receive a random reply to a message from me, that’s what it’s all about 😉

2.  T’s birthday was nice.  Relaxing, quiet and nice.  We didn’t even leave the house and it was just perfect after the weekend we had.  I can tell you this, the first time we sung Happy Birthday this morning over donuts, she hid under the table in fear.  By the end of the night, she was begging us to relight the candles and sing to her over and over again.  Funny girl.  I took pics, but they are at the end of a very long list of things that need to be proofed.  I’ll catch up someday, she might be 33, but someday.

3. Random snapshot of Riley, one of our kids many cousins.  He made the trip to the beach with us and as a result got tortured with my camera just like the rest of the kiddos.  That’s the price you pay for going on vacation with us dude…


4.  Thankfully, Alli is still speaking to me after I linked her blog here.  I bet she got a ton of hits over there, bwahahaha.  If you check out her blog, you’ll see we aren’t the only ones recovering from the Shamoo trip from hell.  Poor thing lost her camera.  It’s time to learn to use that DSLR girl, this is a sign and I’m just the person to help ya!  Thanks for coming by for T’s birthday today, it was great to catch up and watch the girls play sans the evil Shamoo.

5.  This shot brings tears to my eyes.  I love it that much.  We got to see Jason’s brother, parents and grandparents in San Marcos last weekend.  Jason’s grandmother was holding Teagan and his Grandfather walked up behind her and started to play with Teagan’s hands.  He does this all the time and I just love it.  I’m so thankful to have captured it.  His grandparents are such amazing people and we are so thankful they get to be a part of our children’s lives. 


6.  Little T fending off the paparazzi at the beach…


7.  Ty has been avoiding the camera…but I managed to corner him a few times recently.  Love this one, some different processing for me and I’m not digging the crop, but it’s my boys and I love em, so here ya go…


8.  I don’t think I ever shared this on the blog, this is a display of gallery wraps my mom has in her house.  It’s at the bottom of the stairs and I just love it.  Old photos, look how little Taryn is, but I love the grouping, sorry the color is a little wonky since it’s pics of pics in a hallway, but you get the idea.  I love the way my mom displays memories.  She has photos everywhere, big and small, snapshots and portraits.  Memories everywhere, they just surround you like a big hug, wedding photos, birthdays, snapshots of anything and everything, walking through her house is like meeting an old friend around every corner, tucked in on shelves and everywhere in between.  I love that.


9.  Check back tomorrow for a post about the cute little one year old triplets I photographed at the Slidell mini sessions.  Oh, and some business news and specials I’m running!

10.  I saved the best for last.  My wonderful step-brother and his beautiful wife Dana.  I had to twist (and pull) their arms to get them to let me do this, I think I even used it being my birthday to convince them.  Pretty low, but hey, it worked.  I even had my mom hold them hostage while I ran to get a new memory card midway through because I knew they would attempt to escape with the diversion.




You two are wonderful and beautiful in so many ways, your marriage and love for one another, your love for your children.  We miss you.  8 years is way to long to not be in front of the camera together…thanks for humoring me!

Until tomorrow…

2008-07-22T16:31:45-05:00July 22nd, 2008|Uncategorized|

T is 3

she’s fabulous . she’s 3 . she’s super t . lover of the color pink . and dora . plays tricks on ty . gives mommy a run for her money . she’s a daddy’s girl . but sometimes needs some extra mommy when she’s sleepy . cuddles teagan every morning . and wakes him up every day from his nap "cause he’s just so cute" . loves to check the mail . and help cook . and anything water related . except waterparks . our honeymoon baby . determined . funny . loud . cuddlebug . sings bold and loud on a moments notice . songs she makes up as she goes along . my favorites are "I’m so funny" and "daddy is so fwustrated" .  loves ice cream . and apple slices . and macaroni-n-cheese . strawberries . and anything dipped in sour cream . if I say "I can do it" she sings in her best Bartney voice "by my self" . is spirited yet very shy . hides under the furniture in fear if someone new comes to our house . loves buddy bucks and squeals with joy every time she uses one . even though we’ve done it 1,862 times . has an amazing relationship with our her dog . she’s claimed sole ownership much to Jason’s dismay . and kylie loves her the same way right back . book lover . and puzzles . and coloring . anything requiring focus . has a wonderful, big, loud laugh . and the sweetest little girl signature giggle . we pretty much love her to pieces

these are just a few snapshots, I tried to do a "birthday shoot" several times but well, my girl has PCS, so here ya go….


makin 3 look tough


this little piggie


ther is just something about this one that I love, her hair maybe, how focused she is, dunno



a little cheese for ya…


I love how she still looks so small in this one, yes I’m in denial my baby is growing up


did I mention the PCS?


she looks so determined in this one


right after this shot she kicked the crud out of my lens on accident running toward me so we called it a day 😉


Happy Birthday big girl, we love you!!

2008-07-21T11:19:37-05:00July 21st, 2008|Uncategorized|

worst vacation ever

I am so glad to be home.  Our little over night excursion to San Antonio was stressful and just plain miserable.  I don’t know what happened, but my sweet girl was just plain difficult.  Actually, the word difficult doesn’t do it justice.  I’d say possessed but you guys might think I’m a horrible mother.  But in all honesty, that’s the adjective that first pops into my mind.  Awful, just awful.  Dinner with Alli, Mike and Lily would have been nice if I could have participated, but Teagan decided to scream through dinner….which I’m sad about cause I heard Lily used tortillas as a frisby….dang it, I miss all the good stuff!!  Seaworld was miserable, waaaay too many people, even at night.   It was so bad, we decided to not return this morning, instead we were armed with a plan to hit the Riverwalk and the children’s museum.  But after an hour of Taryn’s horrid behavior, we just couldn’t face it, so we came home.  It was bad y’all.  I just kept praying in the back of my mind, please let her get sick and not let this be a "turning 3 thing".  Is my kid the only one who gets really mean right before she gets sick?!? Yes, I actually hoped my child was getting sick, see, I am a horrible mother.  Between Ty’s complaining, Teagan screaming in the car, Taryn constantly unbuckling herself from her carseat and screaming when we made her get back in, the last thing we needed was for Taryn gets a case of the trots.  Nice.  I lost track of how many times we stopped.  Too many.  Karma coming back and biting me in the butt for hoping my child was about to get sick instead of permanently ornery.  Especially when she figured out all she had to do was say she had to go potty to get out of her car seat and then giggle that she tricked us.  Not fun.  Five and a half hour drive that should have taken less than two.  This is the last Stradtner family vacation this summer, that I can promise you.  I told Jase there is no way I’ll request a vacation, a road trip, nothing.  I may not even leave the house this week at all come to think of it.

Since y’all had to read through all that miserable non-sense….I do have something cute to share with you.  I left the 5D at home and threw the Nikon D50 in my bag (with the 50 mm 1.8 lens).  Once we got to the hotel, I was sorry I left the 5D behind, our room was ultra modern and cool with amazing light.  I think the rice cereal and bananas are going straight to his cheeks 😉


ok, this one is far from correct technically, but it’s about the moment….look at my big boy sitting up!  I’m in shock, he’s only 5 months old and sits up for about 5 or 6 minutes at a time.  He does so good.  Surprising since he’s been behind on a lot of milestones since he came early.  Also makes me a little nervous since Ty did this and then walked at 9.5 months, ran by 10 months, climbed out of his crip by 11 month…he was on physical little guy and it was tough.  But, it’s fun for photos and he loves his new perspective on the world…


Ok, I’m off to try and sleep off our horrid getaway and prepare my brain for Little T’s birthday tomorrow!!

2008-07-20T23:35:29-05:00July 20th, 2008|Uncategorized|


Every single day, when we get up and out of bed, I talk to the kids about our "plan for the day".  Whether its hang at home or doctor visits or grocery shopping, whatever, we always talk about it somewhere between climbing out of bed and breakfast, we always talk about our day.  Without fail, when we ask T what she wants to do, its followed by a long thoughtful pause and then a big, bright "I KNOW, LET’S GO TO SEAWORLD!" every.single.day since our first visit to Seaworld.

Today, to help celebrate her upcoming birthday, we woke up and said "Hey, let’s go to Seaworld!"…and she is psyched.  We get to stay over night and everything.  And you know who else is gonna be there?  Miss Lily!!  So excited that Alli, Mike and Lily are going too (who by the way is going to kill me for linking her blog, but she won’t see it till we get back – HA!)

Here are a few shots of my funny, Seaworld lovin’ girl….





We’re off!

2008-07-19T12:16:20-05:00July 19th, 2008|Uncategorized|
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