Friday, January 27, 2012

Blogging hasn't been a front runner in my life these days.


I have gotten back to working out in the evenings. I am in week 4 of Chalean Extreme. I haven't had the drastic results I got last time I did it. I attribute this to my eating habits. They simply aren't as spectacular as they were the first time.

At this point though, I am just happy to say that I haven't missed many workouts. And I am getting stronger. I have lost 6lbs so far. I would love for that to be 10lbs, but I am not going to beat myself up about it. I have other things to focus on!

I have been diligent in building my photography website - In fact, its done and has been revealed to the public. I couldn't be more proud of it!! I can't wait for the Spring so I can start photographing everyone that has requested a Spring session with me.

Plus, I just bought my daughter this dress. And I am incredibly excited to photograph her in it. I have a vision. And this dress is a part of it :-)

In the meantime, I've basically just been trying to slow down my life. I am trying to play with the kids a bit more. And photograph them being themselves. I am trying to stare at them more and really try and take them in when they talk to me. I am noticing things about them that I have never noticed before. Its amazing how beautiful and unique they each are. Truly, they are little masterpieces. I love their Creator. He is so generous.

To wrap up these ramblings, here are a few things I have captured recently of my middle man.

For those of you that are interested, here is a before and after of my editing process...

And here is my favorite version of it...

I can't stop staring at it. And him.

Saturday, January 21, 2012


Buddy Boo,

I wanted to stop and write to you tonight because I want you to know that I do love you. It seems like lately we have more challenging days than overall good days together. I don't know if its because you're three, or if you are just stubborn, or if its all my fault, but it seems that we butt heads some days.

Today was definitely one of those days. It started early this morning and it just continued all day. I fought with you and eventually got you to take a nap around 11am. You slept for almost 3 hours. I hoped you would feel better about life once you woke up, and for a little while, you did. But this evening turned on us quickly when you bit your baby brother.

Today just threw me a curve ball. Daddy was supposed to be home but snow and ice delayed his flight. You threw tantrums and I pretty much threw them right back at you. I'm sorry for acting your age instead of mine.

I just want you to know that I love you. And that I am proud of you. You do so well in school and at church. I get nothing but positive reports from your teachers everywhere. You are so easy to love. You smile, you snuggle, and you have an adorable little voice and a funny way of using the wrong pronouns in almost every sentence. I love it. I love you.

I love when you run around the house naked after using the downstairs bathroom. I love that you still suck your thumb (don't tell Daddy or Dr. O'Shea). And I love the way you curl up in my lap next to the baby while he is nursing.

I love that no matter how many times I lose my temper with you, you always love me right back. The same way I love you right back.

I promise to do my best for you. I will give all of me to you. Forever. I will not give up on training you up to be a honorable and Godly man. I know we'll continue to have our spats as you grow up, but I want you to know that above all else, I love you to no end.

To the Moon and Back.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Its been a while!

Wow, its been quite a while since I have blogged!

"What on earth have you been up to?" You may wonder (or not.)

We headed to Atlanta for Christmas and had a wonderful visit with lots of family and many friends.

Here is a picture of my mom's tree....seriously. This is in her house. Not a magazine.
Once we arrived home about 10 days ago, I have done nothing but try and reorganize my house and my life.

I did several (about 8!) photo sessions while I was home, so I have been editing my eyeballs out every evening trying to get pictures done and on CDs and mailed to their respective clients. I have also been trying get my branding and marketing in place for my new business. My husband has been helping me with this big time. My website is now officially a work in progress. Thanks B for all your help!!
(Those are just a handful of the ones I have been working on!)

I have also been trying to crank out laundry and continue with the post Christmas-gift-reorganization that becomes necessary very year.

Oh, and I began my Chalean Extreme workout program again last week. I am 100% committed to it and am lifting so heavy, even I am surprised at myself and my determination this go-round. My goal is to drop the rest of this pregnancy weight by the time the baby turns one in April. Well, honestly, I hope its gone my March, but we'll see how quickly it comes off, haha!

At the end of each day when I am tired and ready to just spend some time without the little ones needing me is when I slip on my workout clothes and break out a serious sweat. I lift, pant, sweat, grunt, jump, stretch, lunge, and squat.

What I won't do is quit.

"Don't quit when you're tired. Quit when you're DONE!"

I read that this week and it has stuck with me. I have to do this. I have a beautiful wardrobe hanging in my closet that I don't fit into. I am determined to get into those adorable Spring clothes leggins and the romper :-)

I am so ready to go from this...
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