10 on Tuesday | Austin Photographer

1.  There are little people in my house.  Lots and lots of little people.  Little people resembling Taryn & Lily…..


I’m not sure which one has the bedhead, it could really go either way.  The third eye in the middle is actually the nose in case you were wondering.  Magic Erasers are my friend.

2.  Ty was pretty excited a few weeks ago to go to his first UT football game.  And by excited, I meen e.x.c.i.t.e.d!  I bought him a little disposable camera to put in his pocket.  I can only imagine what is on it….when I asked he said he took photos of his food, the 54 oz drink his dad bought him (why?!?) and the jumbotron LOL!  Anyway, I’ve been carrying around that little orange camera in my purse for a few weeks and one day Taryn was sitting next to me while I was writing out some checks and said “what is that?”  I told her what it was and that I needed to “bring it in and get the photos developed” she asked me if they were going to “come sit on our couch and proof them”…..hehehe……funny kid, I’ve ruined them!

3.  The kids wrote letters to Santa the other night.  For the first year, Taryn wrote hers by herself.  She was proud.

taryn_letterIt says “Dear Santa, What I Want For Christmas Is A Talking Buzz…something something something (it’s mean to say with a moving helmet), Taryn.   And then a picture of herself so he’ll know who she is.  No please or thank you…but I’m proud of her.  Big girl.

4.  Teagan, oh (almost 2), Teagan.  He was ONLY into letter writing if HE got to HOLD the pen.


While I don’t think he full understand the concept of Santa, he did understand we were writing about things we want because he kept saying “more binkies…uhhhhmmmmmm, elmo….uhhhmmmmmmm, buzz!” and tapping his paper.  Yeah, that pretty much sums up his list!

5.  Jason got a call from one of the network directors at this office over the weekend because they were doing some maintence on their system.  Apparently they needed his password to do something to his machine.  We were in tears laughing because he had to spell out his password to the director…..t-u-r-d-(“yes sir, d as in dog”)-m-o-n-k-e-y….bwahahahaha!  That’ll teach him!  ((no worries, he has since changed it!)) Classic.

6.  Teagan’s new favorite phrase of the week is “HEY NOW!”

7.  Saturday morning we loaded up and took the kids out to eat breakfast.  A rare treat for us as 1) I’m usually working on weekend mornings and 2) we live so far out by the time we get everyone out of the house and to a restaurant, everyone is cranky and starving.  But we braved it and I’m so glad we did.  It was nice.  After breakfast we did a little shopping and then went to the Christmas tree farm in Salado to get a Christmas tree.  The kids had a great time.  Ty was all about the hot chocolate and picking the perfect tree (he found it too!).   Taryn was all about the tree swing and the hay ride.  Teagan was all about running from us and hiding in the trees.  And the popcorn. I don’t even think he noticed we were ON a hayride as he shoved popcorn in his mouth.


Taryn looks good.  Doesn’t she look good?  I was looking at some photos I never posted from August, when things were really bad before her surgery and she was so thin.  We haven’t seen her look this healthy in a long, long time.  Healthy rocks.

8.  Well, it’s official.  We know where this weirdness came from.


9.  After our tree was decorated I wanted a photo of the kids, all snuggled up, looking sweet in their pj’s in front of it.  Instead I got this:


10.  Awesome.

2009-12-08T01:09:25-05:00December 8th, 2009|My Family|

our christmas

so many things i want to remember….ok, a few I don’t want to remember like Teagan cutting his first tooth, everyone being really sick, ear infections…..but I digress…

knowing that buying less gifts this year didn’t change us or the meaning of christmas . the excitement in the air as the grandparents arrived . watching the wonder in teagan’s eyes with each new experience . he was just as happy with the bow on the box as he was with the gift in the box . christmas jammies with names on the hiney . pretty red monogrammed dresses . the kids love uncle scott more than santa . watch t run out to see her violin and hearing “that’s not pink” . i knew we should have bought that can of pink spray paint . do you know how hard it is to find a pink violin? . cookie and cocoa for santa with the snowmen as guards . playing cards and beating my father-in-law . sporting an evil evil laugh as i scooped up all my poker chips . bwahahahaha . the annual lottery scratch off dual . watching jason’s grandpa love on kylie the dog, just like he always does when he visits . cutting up apples with jason’s grandma, chatting and catching up . snuggle bugs in the bed with gee gee every morning . watching teagan reach out for my mom after she got off the plane . teagan waving to each and every person going “bye bye” at the airport, his arm was so tired lol . watching my husband ride ty’s bike, take the ramp and bust his butt in the front yard . while wearing dr. pepper pants . no kidding

grandparents and family – check your email for a link to all the pics 🙂

2009-01-13T01:11:23-05:00January 13th, 2009|My Family|

o christmas tree

I’m a little late posting this, but I found this cute little christmas tree shirt on etsy before Christmas.  (I got it from this seller)….I love it and so does he, he’s constantly fiddling with the tree =)  It came with an adorable green hat too but I couldn’t get him to leave it on for pics.  I’m sure you’ll be seeing it in photos at some point, if not on my little guy, a client session for sure!  Laura was great to work with and she’s doing a cute little custom order shirt for Teagan to wear to his birthday party too…can’t wait to see it!

2009-01-05T14:34:13-05:00January 5th, 2009|My Family|

in true stradtner fashion

life has been chaotic.

while we had a wonderful christmas with the kids, it’s been a rough few weeks, everyone has been sick.  well, everyone except for ty, who is freaksishly healthy.  taryn brought something nasty home from her trip to louisiana and passed it all around.  on christmas eve, our pediatrician called with teagan’s blood wor results from all his brick dust / yellowing of the skin incidents and thankfully, everything came back normal.  we still don’t know what is causing it, but his urine tests and blood work looks good.  i was glad they called because he was on day 3 of running a fever and we thought they were closed for the holiday.  they had us bring him in for a quick check before Christmas and i’m so glad now that we did.  he had double ear infections and one was at a high risk of busting his ear drum.  another two days and it would have for sure.  i felt so bad…we didn’t know.  teagan is not a complainer, which sounds like a good thing, but it really isn’t.  he’s just not one to complain, didn’t pull on his ears much, we just didn’t know.  we put him on antibiotics and they worked wonderfully, he’s doing much better now.  add to that his cutting of his first tooth and he was a miserable guy for a few days.

we also hosted christmas this year, and had a full house.  it was a lot of fun, lots of visiting, lots of card playing, a little less food than normal since i wasn’t feeling well, but no one really seemed to mind to much.  the kids had a blast opening their gifts.  both ty and taryn were totally in to it this year and teagan hung in there and did his best to eat bows and stuff.  it was fabulous.

then, just like last year, my mom got here the day after christmas…the kids and i took off to the airport to greet her.  i was surpised when mr. separation anxiety himself reached out to her right away, score!  we have had a wonderful visit and it’s going by too fast.

then….last night at dinner my ear started to bother me a bit.  it hurt to chew and just felt like i was in an airplane with a lot of pressure.  by the time we got home i was pretty miserable, so i went to bed.  at 1 am i woke up in horrible pain.  i woke up jase and we dediced to head in to the er because we couldn’t find an urgent care place that was open.  i am so glad we did, by the time we got there my ear was much worse, constant popping and cracking on my left side.  the er doc took a look, said it didn’t look inflamed or infected, but likely pressure from being sick built up in my inner ear.  but as I sat there, it kept getting worse and worse.  i was holding on to jase and just crying through the pain.  i wouldn’t take anything stronger than tylenol because i’m nursing.  the nurse came back in because she could see / hear i was getting worse….and just as she was trying to convince me to do a pump and dump so i could take better meds, my ear drum burst.  while it hurt like hell, i instantly felt a release in the built up pressure and my ear started leaking fluid.  i was feeling much better.  the er doc came back in and said it was obviously infected.  obviously.

so, 4:30 am, we head to the pharmacy for some antibiotics, and then head home.  thankfully my mom was here to care for the kids and we didn’t have to tear them out of bed and take them with us.  i ended up sleeping until about 2 pm today but still woke up in a lot of pain and pressure on both sides.  i’m hearing a lot of echo sounds and still have a lot of sensitivity to noise.

photos of christmas and the good times to come….once we’re all back on our feet again.

2008-12-30T15:52:45-05:00December 30th, 2008|My Family|

10 on Tuesday

1.  Yesterday was a wonderful day for me personally and professionally.  Hearing so many comments, getting wonderful emails, but most of all, reading Michele’s wonderful words that brought me to tears.  Very cool.  Can I just tell y’all one more time how very much I love what I do?

2.  We’re a bunch of sickies.  Everyone but Ty.  Well, and Taryn is at about 80%….just in time for both Jase and I to be sick and Teagan to be teething and sick.  Sigh.  I will be honest though.  I prayed and prayed and prayed my husband wouldn’t get sick.  I begged God that if someone had to get sick, please, please, please let it be me and not him.  Yeah, I know, you think I’m a great wife don’t ya?  Well, it’s actually 100% selfish because my husband is by far the biggest baby ever when he’s sick.  Just sticks to my theory, “the bigger the man, the bigger the baby”.  Now you might think I’m a horrible wife.  You do, don’t ya?  If y’all only knew…..the oh wo is me is kickin at our house.  The walking around with a box of kleenex, the moaning and groaning, the drama.  Boo hoo dude!  At least he can take the good medicine….I can’t, I’m nursing, but you don’t see me aiming for an ocsar do ya?  And while I’m being honest here, I totally razz him about it.  When he’s sick.  Poor guy.  That’s alright….I know there are other wives out there grinning right now….your husbands are big babies too.  You’re giggling along even though you’re hiding behind that monitor and we can’t see you.  LOL….that’s ok, I know you’re there!

3.  The great thing about us hosting Christmas is that once a year (literally) it makes us get stuff done around the house.  Usually means hanging things up on our new house uber bare walls. This canvas was my birthday gift (yeah, my birthday is in July)…I figured we better get it up before Christmas….((excuse the bad photos….I stink at taking pics of pics)….

After I took the photo of Teagan and Jase, I swore to him I wanted to wallpaper our walls with it….kidding….but when the canvas arrived on our doorstep Jase said “uhm, you weren’t kidding”.  LOL  The canvas is a custom size (33×19) gallery wrap with a white border.  I bought the frames for the display first and then ordered the canvas to size.  I love it.  It’s *almost* lifesize.  This is where Teagan and I sit and nurse and for the first few days we had it up, he’d unlatch, look up and start talking all about “dada” with a great big smile.  I still want to swap out a few of the smaller pics on bottom, but I just used what I had laying around on my desk to just get it up and presentable.

4.  We redid Taryn’s room last spring and I finally got her prints above her bed a few weeks ago….

Simple, foam core mounted 18×12 and 8×12 prints with small holes drilled in the top corners.  I then ran ribbon through them and tied a knot in the back.  Trim any extra ribbon and hang….so easy and low cost since no frames are involved.  I love that because I can switch them out without a lot of guilt.  I also got these up above her little chair in her room….her favorite spot to sit and read.  These are also mounted 18×12 prints that are just velcroed to the wall.  Super easy.

I should have taken a photo of the cute fabric garland on the top of her bookcase, one of my wonderful clients sent it to Taryn as a gift and it is so stinkin cute (thanks again Lauren!!)

5.  Taryn’s room isn’t the only one with new and improved walls…..my former office turned playroom.  I’m thinking of reclaiming it as an office here pretty soon though.  I’d love some wall storage for toys under the photos.  We’ll see…..notice I didn’t even bother kicking the mess out of the way.  I have 3 kids, you guys know my house is a mess right?  This is a 16×20 stand out…ready to hang, no frame, with 2 8×16 frames I’ve had for years and never used.  Each one holds three 4×6 prints.

6.  See that thing hanging over the window in the photo above?  My mom and Ty made that for me years ago, and when I opened the box, my mom said “I’m not sure what you’re going to do with it”…but I love it.  I have struggled with what to do with it, it’s long, but this year I decided to fold it into shorter strands and hang it in the playroom.  Each year that goes by, Ty gets older, the photos on the tags fade a little more.  I lost so many photographs of him to hurricane katrina, I love these.  Love them.  I can’t not walk by it 10 times a day and smile.  And remember.  And marvel.  Doesn’t Teagan resembles Ty as a baby….

7.  And while I’m sharing house stuff….I stole this idea from Mary.  I tacked a piece of ribbon to the wall and stapled all the cards we received this year as they came in the mail.  The kids love looking at them, even if they are all crooked and not very centered on the wall.  Mary’s looked better!

8.  When Taryn and Jase were in Louisiana, Ty and I decided to try and get a shot like this of Teagan…..Little T as the snowman…..

The problem…..Teagan is deathly afraid of the snowman suit.  As in terrified.  I finally gave up trying to get a good shot of just him but even when Ty stepped in, Teagan still wanted nothing to do with it.

Actually, even after we took it off of him, we had to take it totally out of the room for him to stop screaming.  It was actually kind of funny because he’s normally soooooo chill.  It reminded me of when Taryn was his age and had an irrational fear of tinkerbell and elephants.  Funny kids.  I’m kinda sad Teagan hated it….he’d a been a cute snowman.

9.  It’s the day before Christmas Eve and I have not wrapped a single gift.  Sad, but true.

10. Love this.

and this.

but especially this.

I think I have officially cleaned out my “things to blog about” folder.  Merry Christmas!

2008-12-23T11:49:34-05:00December 23rd, 2008|My Family|
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