Thursday, February 25, 2010


Yesterday Anakin started running a fever. He seems to have the same thing Mia had a while back; high fever, mild congestion and cough with no major symptoms. Today he rested for most of the day but did perk up for a bit this evening.

56/365 battle ready

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Another Day Late

I actually had my camera out quite a bit yesterday but by the evening when I was trying to go through them and get some uploaded my computer decided to rebel and freeze up on me. Poor thing is getting old and worn out. (It has taken some abuse in the past few years. LOL)

Anyway, I decided to give up and try again this morning.
54/365 falling on my head
As you can see it rained yesterday. I'm really starting to miss the sunshine. And now we're expecting more snow.

I also took some pics of Mia (she's my most willing subject) yesterday and decided to do something different.
mia board

Monday, February 22, 2010


Did I ever tell you how much I hate Mondays? Because really, I do. I hate mornings, too while we're at it. LOL

I made it through the day however, and pulled my camera out while the littles were brushing their teeth for bedtime.

Mia was mostly cooperative and possibly over-enthusiastic.
mia brush
53/365 shiny teeth
Anakin was a little silly and crazy.
At least their teeth are clean. :)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Super Mario

So, I had good intentions today. There as nothing planned, just a nice relaxing day to spend together. I was going to try to get some nice shots of the kids as I'm really overdue, but instead I started playing on the Wii.

I just bought the new Super Mario earlier this week and have never opened it. That's probably a good thing because once I opened it and got started, I couldn't put it down and I don't know where the time went.
52/365 fun
And I love my new pink controller!
super mario

Saturday, February 20, 2010


It was again at the last minute that I pulled out my camera tonight. I figured I'd just take a picture of the kids messy bookshelf. It drives me crazy that it always looks such a mess. I've considered buying bins to hide the mess but we have so many books that it never all fits. I try to straighten it all up but they are constantly taking the books back down so I've given up.

This is just the bottom shelf of the little kids books. The older kids have their own bookshelves. I love buying books.

kids books

After I took that shot, I sat on the couch playing with settings and got this shot of my feet. LOL I love my wacky pj's. LOL

I spend most of my time at home in comfy pj's and tshirts. Don't ever stop by unannounced if that bothers you. :)

Friday, February 19, 2010


All day long I kept putting off getting out my camera. "I'll do it later." I never did it later.

Frankly, I'm bored. I am tired of being stuck inside. I'm tired of snow, of muck and mud, of cold weather and cloudy days. I'm tired of my boring house. Right now, very little inspires me and I'm in a complete rut. I need Spring. Badly.

My imagination is on winter hiatus.

So, I left it until that last minute. Until I realized the day was almost over and I had nothing to share. My husband is sleeping on the couch next to me and the 13 year old is socializing on the computer. As usual. So I got them both. LOL
50/365 <span class=

all he does
Notice the earbuds in his ears? Yeah, that's so he can totally shut us out. I wish that would work for me. Instead they just get louder and badger me to death. LOL
typical teenager

Thursday, February 18, 2010


All the snow we've gotten is starting to finally melt. This means that there's mud and muck and yuck everywhere. It's unavoidable.

49/365 muck

Confession time (again):
I am one of those people that likes things to be, well, really clean. I like my white shoes to be...white. My husband's been known to laugh at me for taking a sponge of death to the white of my shoes from time to time. Right now, it's killing me to have my shoes so gross. I'd clean them right now if I didn't know they'd just end up like this again tomorrow morning.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Scenes from a regular, ordinary day

Otherwise known as: Sorry this is so boring. LOL

In the afternoons after we've dropped Anakin off at school, I come home and clean up the kitchen from lunch. We have about an hour and a half before we have to leave to go back to school to get a place at the front of the pick up line (I like to be up front because Claudia gets off the magnet bus a good 10-15 minutes before the our home school lets out and the kids are out there alone for that time.) While I'm doing dishes and sweeping/mopping, Mia plays on Webkinz Jr.
playing webkinz
Every once an awhile I look at her and see the young lady she is destined to become. She looks so grown up in this picture. Where did her baby face go?
(And please excuse the messy desk. )
waiting in pick up line
Ok, there it is.
When we get in line at school we both settle in for about an hour wait. We sometimes listen to books on tape during that time but lately all Mia wants to listen to is my Glee CDs. "Don't Stop Believing" is her favorite with "Defying Gravity" a close second. (Anakin prefers "Bust a Move". LOL)

I always have a book with me and Mia has started bringing books with her to look at while waiting. She's definitely my kid. :)
48/ 365 new point of view

Candy and Scentsy!

The kids finally returned to school today but with a two hour delay. I hate delays as it messes with my schedule and makes me feel like I'm in a race with myself to catch up all day long.

Claudia came home with candy from friends and a couple of birthday presents. I loved lick'em aid/fun dip as a kid. I threatened to steal it from her so it was the first she ate. meanie. lol

candy memories

The highlight of my day was receiving a package in the mail. I knew that I should expect a little something as a consolation prize from a person I post with on a message board (she sells scentsy and was having a giveaway). I didn't expect what I got, though.

47/365 scentsy

I received a bar of black raspberry vanilla. Now my house smells so good and I can't wait to order some new scents. Great marketing, there! LOL

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


I love to color. I find it relaxing. I love the smell of crayola crayons, the feel of the crayon on paper, the bright colors. I'm not overly picky about the pictures I'll color but I find the geometric coloring pages to be the most zen, for the lack of a better word. :)

46/365 coloring
pick one
Orange is always my favorite.
orange crayon
So what do you like to do to relax that people would find surprising?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Claudia's Birthday

This Valentine's Day was Claudia's 11th birthday. Saturday, I ran around all day (first chance I've gotten in a couple weeks thanks to the weather) trying to get last minute things done. It was quarter to one in the morning when I realized I never took a picture. LOL

I did manage to get a few today when everyone was over for cake and ice cream. It was a little hectic though with all of us. LOL I think everyone's been suffering from cabin fever just a bit. :)
hades on percy jackson cake
Claudia's cake was Percy Jackson themed. The icing was blue and I drew a trident on it and placed some mini figures around it. She seemed to really like the Hades figure. (I think that's just because we laughed so hard at that part of the movie, friday night. LOL)
jesse drummer
It seems these days that when we have people over the guitar hero gets pulled out almost immediately. And inevitably, Jesse ends up on the drums showing us all how it's done.
Of course, Anakin and Mia were more than happy to assist their big sister on opening presents.
45/365 claudia birthday
Happy Birthday Kiddo! Now quit growing!!

(Please note that not once did she acknowledge me with the camera and even hid her face in many, resulting in less pictures than I'd have liked. I guess she is my kid after all. LOL)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Silly and Dramatic

My kids are nuts. Anakin is a big goof and Mia is destined to win an Oscar. She was feeling much better today (still a mild fever, but not nearly as bad) but a little whiny still. And dramatic.

She's always dramatic.
I have no idea what set her off, I swear.
Immediately after:
All within minutes. LOL

These days the only faces I get from Anakin when I turn the camera on his is either annoyed or silly. Today was a silly day.
43/365 silly

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Still Under the Weather

Mia's fever spiked to 104.8 today. It stays down with medication, but when it's up, she's miserable. Called the nurse line and as long as it doesn't go above 105 or any other symptoms pop up, they just want us to keep her comfortable. Hopefully, it will break tonight.
42/365 snuggled


Another day, another storm. We have damage to our roof and it's now leaking. yay. :/

We're just drifting.

41/365 drifts

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

My day

Sick kid:

40/365 feverish
Beat down husband:
beaten down
I should have known last night when Mia was so cranky that she was getting sick. She woke up this morning with a fever and congestion. Overall she's just cranky and achy. We've had to resort to alternating tylenol and motrin to keep the fever down. Her appetite is low, but she's drinking plenty of water so I'm sure she'll be better in a day or two.

As for my husband? He's spent more time the past week, shoveling snow and ice than doing anything else. We are now getting the third storm in the last week and a half. Just this weekend we were slammed with the lovely blizzard of 2010 and now were expecting another 6-12 inches.

We're ready for Spring.

That's my picture!

Right there! On Pioneer Woman! LOL

That' was pretty much my reaction this morning, when I hopped over to see the wonderful pictures she would have to share today. Imagine my surprise when the second one down is mine!

This is the picture I entered yesterday. :)
27/365 empty
And to think I'd already entered a picture for today because I never thought that mine would be picked.

To say the least, this made my day. :)


and one curious squirrel. :)
39/365 house finch

bluejay in tree
spectator squirrel

About Me

My photo
I'm a SAHM that loves photography. My kids are my main models but they're on to me and have started running in the opposite direction of me and my camera. Well, all but the youngest. She's a ham. To compensate I take pictures of just about everything else from flowers and bugs, to landscapes and anything else that will sit still. And I share it all here because I might as well do something with it. :)


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