Almost time!

>> Tuesday, August 30, 2011

For Rhubarb and I to spend some quality one on one time together. Piper has been in school a few days now *sniff sniff* and Violet starts next week (water works again I am sure). What are we going to do? Probably hit Goodwill (which, btw, is where I got the cutie patootie dress baby girl is wearing), maybe the grocery store, library time, the park if it ever cools down, and some days we will even have lunch with our Piperoni before we have to pick up Violet. Days will be full I am sure. Heaven knows I won't get anything done around the house though because she demands attention. Doesn't matter from who just ATTENTION *please*.

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I saw this come up on my screen and (mommy goggle alert) thought "Awww" and then noticed I was shooting almost wide open and her sweet little crinkled toe is oof. Drat! Babe is a challenge though so I am lucky to get her to sit in the grass. She doesn't like how it prickles her. Don't ask :)
Sweet Shot Day

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Monday Mingle 8.29.11

>> Monday, August 29, 2011

Another week, another mingle :) I have sort of crazy hair as I could not find a hair tie this morning. The girls had gotten in my stash :)

1. What did you do for your Sweet 16th birthday?
2. What do you think of little girls dressing like adults for pageants (think Toddlers & Tiaras)
3. What kind of car did you learn to drive in?


Link up with Eighty MPH Mom and her Monday Mingles!

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52 Weeks of Me - Behind (35/52)

>> Sunday, August 28, 2011

Late, late, late! Shame on me. I was sick with some stomach thing this weekend and then when I did feel better we took the girls bowling. Snapped this Sunday night and did PW's Vintage to try and make it more interesting. We were actually trying to call the ducks but they wanted no part of us tonight. Marley's "behind" is also in the shot. Her tail at least :)

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Add your selfie to our flickr pool so we can all check them out in 1 place. Next week is SOOC which will actually be harder than you think. For me I fix my white balance in LR so I am going to have to be pretty darn spot on to show what comes out of my camera :)




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Our 1st Grader

>> Thursday, August 25, 2011

I told her that she would have to go to bed when it was still light out because school starts here so early. "Ok" she replied. I told her that she would have to stay in bed all night because Thursday was going to be a very long day. "I know," she said "I can't wait!" Then my heart broke.

1st day of 1st grade!
My girl is ready to take on the world. Or at least 1st grade.

1st day of 1st grade!

All she had to say was she didn't want to go and I wouldn't have sent her. I would have fumbled my way until I figured out how to teach her here at home. But she didn't say that. What did she say? "I love you mama, see you tonight!"

1st day of 1st grade!

And my heart broke again.

1st day of 1st grade!

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And here we go!

>> Tuesday, August 23, 2011

No it just can't be Tuesday August 23 already. This day has come altogether too quickly. Today we will go to open house at Piper's school and meet her teacher. I blinked now summer is over and it is here. While I know that she needs to go to school I don't want her to go. Piper and Violet have been battling for the past 2 weeks over everything. A sign to me that they need some time away from each other. Now that it is here though that fighting doesn't seem so bad. Not only are the school days long but there are so many. 180. 180 days that she is away from me experiencing many 1st's and I won't get to see it. Just yesterday I might have mumbled that I was ready but I am not.

Girl B/W

Sweet Shot Day


Are you ready for your first day of school? Does it get easier as the kiddos get older. My guess is no :(

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I heart faces - Pets

>> Monday, August 22, 2011

Something about Marley that I find absolutely adorable. If there is anything of the girls on the floor in the living room she wants to sleep on it. They were playing barbies and left their stuff in the living room - shocker right? You can sort of tell that Marley is laying on a Snow White outfit. She was pretty annoyed with me taking her picture today because I was taking her away from her 20 hours a day of sleep. The life of a pooch is a rough one.

Marley

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Scavenger Hunt Sunday 8.21.11

>> Sunday, August 21, 2011

Behind again this week I decided to process this weeks hunt shots using Kellie Hatcher's Lightroom actions. They get me going in the right direction and I like how easy they are. Who doesn't like easy right?


Collage
This is my collage of pictures that hang in our living room. I try to change them out occasionally.
collage

Geometry
geometry

Along the dotted line
along the dotted line
Hanging by a thread
hanging by a thread

Brushstrokes
A million years ago I used to play with pottery. I took a class and tried to learn to throw it. This was going to be a vase but turned into a fun looking pencil holder :)
brushstrokes

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52 Weeks of Me - Night Shot (34/52)

When my husband and I decided to co-sleep people would make all sorts of comments. "You'll never get them out of that bed!" was the one that was said the most. I am here to tell you that we easily transitioned the girls from our bed island (king w/attached twin) to their own room when I was ready to have Ruby. Now that our little Ruby is getting older I see the her wanting her own space. It is still a little way off, thank goodness, but it is going to happen. That makes this mama sad especially since she loves to cuddle :)

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Add your selfie to our flickr pool so we can all check them out in 1 place. Next week is Behind.







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Is this the end?

>> Saturday, August 20, 2011

I knew we still had peppers and I was going out to grab a few to have with my supper but I almost danced when I saw the tomato. I doubt we will have many more and every one will be a pleasant surprise.

Organic
organic (1 of 1)



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These 2...

>> Friday, August 19, 2011

have fought more this summer than ever before

have played better together this summer than ever before

have discovered Barbies and Polly Pockets and created all sorts of adventures with them

have learned how to accomplish things by working together

have become best friends ♥

"2"

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Wordful Wednesday - BUGS!

>> Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I remember living in Wisconsin and getting ants one year. After that I made sure to not leave anything on the counters that could potentially attract them and never had a problem again. Flash forward to me living here in the south. I kid you not I think that I live on an ant hill. It doesn't matter how clean my counters are they come. Usually it is after a dry spell and then we get a bunch of rain but sometimes it is just because. Because of what I don't know. Today I have killed 2 (yes I said killed) and haven't seen anymore but that doesn't mean I won't be infested this afternoon. Darn rain.

Mosquitos have been especially bad this year for us too. I am not sure why but each and every time that my girls are outside they come in with no less than 5 bites and they get BIG! Poor kids. The other day I came in with 3 myself. Poor mama.

mosquito


Finally we have spiders. Lots and lots of spiders. Do you know how icky it is to walk outside smack into a web? Wondering if you have the spider actually on you or if it was already off the web for the day. Then wondering if it was a black widow or just a regular spider because you know we have black widows in our yard too.

Do you have bugs? Am I alone this year or is the whole country suddenly under attack by insects?



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Does it run in the family?

>> Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A shoe addiction that is. My husband has like 5 pairs of black shoes that look so similar it makes me laugh. In addition to those he has a collection of oxford shoes that he had during the 90's while working behind a desk. Can we say hoarder?. As for me I have purged most of mine since not working outside of the home but I still have a 20 pair shoe organizer full plus extras floating around. Mama's got to have choices right? Then there are my girls. Yep, they too each have over the door shoe organizers that on most days are full. However I blame that shoe problem mostly on me and that little girls have really cute shoes available. Ruby=addicted! She loves them! Changes them all.day.long - as well as her clothes but that is a whole other story. She doesn't need a shoe until she is in Kindergarten but when I find a pair I find myself showing them to her and then she inevitably wants them and I find myself dishing the cash. Please remember that I shop almost exclusively at Goodwill and another thrift store so it isn't big bucks but still $2 is $2 right? I know that I am not alone in this because I find almost brand new shoes EVERY time I go out in their size. Baby girl had to have these little Reefs from a consignment store that we sometimes shop at. $1. This baby loves her some flip flops. Mama loves her some animal print. Mama and baby are happy :) Sweet!

New kicks

Sweet Shot Day

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I heart faces - Beautiful Eyes

>> Monday, August 15, 2011

Our blue eyed girl. Sassy little 6 year old. To Ruby she is "Nana". To Violet a constant playmate this summer. Those are my great grandfather's eyes and he is still with me through her. In my eyes beautiful.

beautiful eyes

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Scavenger Hunt Sunday

>> Sunday, August 14, 2011

I watch in awe every week as people submit their entries for Scavenger Hunt Sunday. I sit by the sidelines because "I am too busy", "I have my own Sunday Meme". This week I decided to try to participate. It was hard and I will admit to taking most of these shots on Saturday. I need to get organized. Note to self - get more organized - oh if that was all it took :) Anyway, week 1 for me and here it is...


Against the Light - Me shooting against the eminent night
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Ink
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Buttons
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My favorite time of the day - I had to pull this one because I had every intention of procrastinating until Sunday morning and snapping something similar but wouldn't you know it we have dark rain clouds.
10/52
Frame in a frame - stretch? Probably but I saw it while picking up the trash they left under the table from lunch :)
8/14/2011

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52 Weeks of Me - Hands (33/52)

Do you remember this photo?

33/52

It was you 33 weeks ago prior to your 1st selfie! Well it was actually you until maybe your 5th selfie (for me anyway). "No, don't take my picture!" Now how do you answer that question? "OK", although you might not be the most happy with it pictures don't really bother you as much anymore do they?

Add your selfie to our flickr pool so we can all check them out in 1 place. Next week is Night Shot. I woke up the other night and realized it was a full moon. Should I get out my camera and do my night shot? Baby woke up too - nope. I can't wait to see everyone's interpretations!



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Oh Facebook, you make me feel so old!

>> Thursday, August 11, 2011

There is a new thing popping up on Facebook. Have you been added to the "You know you are from *insert town here* if...". First off let me say that if you join one of those groups IMMEDIATELY edit your settings or your phone will seriously blow up! Trust me this is advice from my own personal experience. Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding, ding... Come on people are you on Facebook like all day long? Do none of us have jobs lol :)




I moved away from my hometown like 14 years ago. That sentence in itself makes me feel ancient. Sadly I don't get back there very often either to see the changes that are happening. The last time I was home was 2 years ago and I was shocked at the difference. Progress right? What makes the "You know you are from..." pages so fun is it brings you back to the simple times when you were growing up SOOOO long ago :) It hurts my brain to think back that far :)

Through Facebook a high school reunion of mine was planned and executed this past weekend. I did not go. Too much traveling for the zoo girls this summer and their mama is tired. Because I am old. So what reunion was this? Our 22nd. Go ahead and smile I did too :) I am not smiling at the 22 years of being out of high school just that our fun loving group decided rather than continue NOT having reunions they would throw together a 22nd. Better late than never. Pictures on Facebook proved that it was a good turnout and fun was had by all.

"No, it is not possible that you have a child graduating from high school!" Those high school sweethearts have them though. My oldest is 6 and my youngest 2 so I try to fool myself into thinking that I am younger than I am but my tired body reminds me everyday. Through the wonders of Facebook I see the smiling prom pictures of children belonging to old friends. Friends MY AGE! Imagine how they feel though saying to themselves "I can't believe I have a child graduating from high school!"

Although somedays I think that I would be better off just deleting my Facebook account because it sucks me in when I could be, oh I don't know, CLEANING MY HOUSE (!!) I won't. Want to know why? I am glad to be connected to those *ahem* old friends again. I love seeing their families, their trips, their idea of a fun day. For this I say "Thank You" Facebook.

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How does your garden grow?

>> Tuesday, August 9, 2011

For someone who generally doesn't complain about the summer down here in NC I sure have been complaining about it a lot this year. Maybe it is because the girls are getting to an age that they need to be outside but honestly it is just really hot. We get out in the mornings but then afternoons are filled with Polly Pockets, Littlest Pet Shops, and television all the while we have the ceiling fan running as well as a fan in the corner of the living room. Yes, the air is on too. I told you it is hot! Our garden, as well as many others, have fallen victim to the extreme heat and I have been dreading the day when I go out and there isn't a tomato to be seen. We had so many tomatoes and peppers grow so early in the season it is just sad that our plants are looking so dismal when it is only August. Over the past few days though Matt has been scoring major husband points. He knows me quite well and sure I love flowers but what really wins my heart? Fresh Iowa corn!

8.9.11 corn


You would think that all that corn would have been it but the box that my husband came home with yesterday put a huge smile on my face. He rocks! When we had an abundance we gave our veggies away and now when so many gardens are suffering someone's is still thriving and they shared with us. Gardeners are awesome people and I am in no way putting myself into that gardening category.

8.9.11 veggie bowl


My girls eyes grew wide when they saw the beans. It has been far too long since they last had fresh beans and corn but tonight we will feast! Who volunteered to help me shuck and shell? We'll see :)

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Sweet Shot Day

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I heart faces - Friendships

>> Monday, August 8, 2011

"The best part of life is when your family becomes your friends, and your friends become your family."
Danica Whitfield

cousins and friends


This is a repeat from June but every time I see this shot of the girls together I just want to hug it :) They had such an amazing time this year with their cousins from Ohio and none of us wanted our visits to end.

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