Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Argh. The kitchen table always has some random crap cluttering it. Here we have a bottle of Mod Podge that I keep forgetting to put away. Also, a box that was supposed to be returned to Charter like two months ago. And two sweaters that need to go in the wash. On Monday I draped this beach towel over the shower bar to dry and the whole thing came crashing down. I'm too short to put it up without a step stool and I'm too lazy to go get one, so there it lays. And when the curtain is down you can see this lovely hole in the shower surround. We had a leaky pipe in there the day after we moved in and have been avoiding getting it fixed because well, that takes money. Ah yes, my business records. As you can see record keeping is not something I'm not very good at. I haven't gone through and recorded anything since before we moved. My quarterly sales tax payment is due this week so I am going to have to tackle this in the next few days. And finally, my office. It got a little out of control in there. Bags and paint and boxes. Shane and I are supposed to be sharing this space and I promised him I'd keep it clean so I did clean up after taking this photo.
Jodie posted a photo of her stretch marks. She is a brave brave lady. Sorry folks, I just can't do it. Lets just say that Shane once told me it looks like my stomach was scratched by a cougar. Cute. Alright, I'm outta here and off to edit!
Monday, July 28, 2008
This weekend was a full one. We dropped off Monkey Pants at the in-laws on Friday night and headed to a baby shower. We got to catch up with some old friends and have hotdogs at the same time. Old friends, hotdogs, and cute baby presents, what more could you ask for in a Friday night?
On Saturday I helped Jodie photograph a wedding. It was hot and sticky and hot but you are absolutely right Jod, we totally rocked that wedding. Here are a few of my favorite shots…
After the wedding I FINALLY had a little girls night out with my friend Beth. We needed a GNO really badly. We have been trying and trying to find a time when both husbands or someone, anyone, could watch our chillins at the same time so we could hang out and buy each other ice buckets for our birthdays. Yes, we are dorks and are fully aware of it. So, mission accomplished. We also managed to fit in a manicure and a margarita as well. NICE.
On Sunday we had grand plans for a family outing to the park. But Monkey decided to cry instead of nap and when we finally did get in the car I realized that I didn’t have the baby sunscreen. And then Shane and I got in a fight and I was all "Why are you mad at me?" and he was all "I'm not mad at you, you're mad at me." and then we were like man its stinkin hot out here. So, we went to the ice cream fountain instead. Sometimes you just need ice cream.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I can’t think of much to write today so I thought I’d show you some of my favorite things.
This dress from Target is my newest favorite thing. All you moms out there, go get one! Or order it online I guess because they are out in most stores. I hate shorts so I'm always struggling to find something to wear in the summer heat. I got this dress in two colors last week. Shane will be sick of seeing me in this dress by the end of the summer. These shoes by See Kai run are so great. I love the colors. Sadly Monkey Pants has just grown out of her pair. They are wide for chubby feet and have squishy insoles. Love them!
Go to etsy.com and check out the shop called Lassie Girl. Marlie has two of these adorable reversible pinafores. They use amazing fabrics and the pinafores are great all year round. you can put it over a long sleeved shirt and pants in the fall or winter or just with a diaper cover in the spring and summer. Love this apple and pear print for fall. And Finally, peach Fresca. It is so good and is my new favorite summer drink. I don't think regular Fresca tastes like anything but this stuff is good.
Thats it folks. I am exhausted and I will, I must go to bed early tonight. I am always exhausted when I put Monkey Pants to bed, I do some work and then I get this surge of creativity at like 11:00. Why is that? Anyway my body is mad at me so I've got to get some sleep.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Three cheers for Shane for taking off work Monday so I could pull the covers over my head and moan all day. Of course now he is not feeling so hot so that is no good. Whatever this thing is, it is taking the Duggins out one by one.
So, I don't have much to say today because I've been curled up in a ball the last few days. But here is a photo of Bean and Nug's last adventure that I keep meaning to post.
This was on the 4th when they went to the Cards/Cubs game together and sat in the luxury box. Mista Nug has his pinky on his mouth like he is about to demand one meellion dollars for the return of Bean's pacifier.
My friend Amy called a few weeks ago to tell me that I should write a children's book called The Adventures of Bean and Nug. I am pondering it. I think it could be cute.
Alright I'm off to get a shower and tackle the day!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Monkey is feeling better. I have no idea what that random puke was about but she bounced back.
This weekend we went to Kansas to visit some family. That is a long drive for a Monkey Pants. She did really well and entertained the troops all weekend. It felt good to get away for a bit and good to come home.
Before we left on Friday I had a photo shoot with Mike and Beth. They are the cutest couple expecting their first baby. It was like a bazillion degrees outside when we shot these and they were real troopers. Here are a few of my favorites so far...
I love shooting in my new neighborhood! Come on down, what are you waitin for? Come get your picture made. I love how they say that in the south.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
This little sitting area is at the top of the stairs. I love it. The office is next to the sitting area. Its the perfect size for a desk and my work counter. This is my studio room from one angle. I love the fireplace. Its non functional but its beautiful.A different view of the studio. All the stuff you see is props. The firetruck was Shane's when he was little. The green child's chair I picked up at an antique store last week. On top of the hutch is an awesome old suitcase that I can't wait to put a baby in. I am working on getting a white couch and some of those carpet squares you put together to make a rug. The dining room is right next to the studio and can be separated by closing the huge pocket door that you can see. I love that because I can close it off when I'm doing a shoot and its white so it bounces the natural light in the room. This is the living room. This is the kitchen. Stairs up to the third floor. Little living space at the top of the stairs. master bedroom. Here is Monkey Pants , I mean Monkey no pants in her room. And Monkey no Pants destroying her room 5 seconds after I picked it up. This brings me to the rest of today's post. I had a bit of a melt down today. I think mom's all have days where you think, I don't think I can do this. I can't pick up that same shoe one more time or put the same books back on the shelf. I can't clean up any more sticky off the kitchen floor or step on one more cheerio. I spent a lot of time cleaning the kitchen yesterday and by the end of today it looked like a disaster again and I just kind of lost it. We haven't gotten the child locks on the cabinets yet and so Monkey came through there like a tornado, then she kept trying to climb inside the dishwasher, and the sink was overflowing with dirty dishes. Then I spilled sweet tea on the floor. Then I started crying.
I spend most of my time picking up after Marlie. Seriously, all day. She's just at that age. She's in everything. She doesn't really want to play with toys, just anything else. It is wearing me out. I must say no 100 times a day and I know she gets sick of hearing it and I sure am sick of saying it.
We have always talked about having more kids. When I think about adding another baby to the mix it sounds like a horrible idea. Of course I don't know what it is like to have a husband who is home in the evenings because Shane has been in school the whole time we have had Marlie. But, sometimes I wonder if I am just a one kid mom, and this is making me sad. I always imagined myself with a big warm comfy house, lots of kids around the table and homemade cookies for dessert. Now I'm not so sure. Am I just a selfish person and I can't handle all of the sacrifice? I'm not as good at this as I thought I'd be. I look at people like Jodie and think if she is handling 3 I shouldn't be struggling with 1.
My mom took Monkey for a few hours tonight and not a moment too soon. I am so thankful to have family here to help when I am on the edge. So, I took that time to pick up shoes and stuff and run to the hardware store.
Then, guess what happened when we got back home. I got Marlie out of her car seat and was slinging bags over my shoulders when she barfed everywhere. All over herself, me, all the bags. The perfect ending to a rough day. I am hoping it was just something she ate that didn't agree with her. She was driving me nuts all day and now I'm just worried sick about her. Thats being a mom in a nutshell I guess.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Here are four reasons why I know I'm getting old. I realize that I'm not even 30 yet, but still I feel older.
1) I hate this whole low rise pants thing. Seriously, down with the low rise. These pieces of clothing were not made for people like me with a post monkey pants tummy. It is just wrong. When will high rise sweatpants be in? Sign me up.
2) Is Eddie Bauer getting cuter stuff or is it me? I used to laugh at the stuff in those catalogs and now I order it.
3) Beth's birthday is 4 days after mine and this year we decided to buy each other ice buckets because we both need one. How exciting is that? Pretty soon we'll be buying each other prune juice or something.
4) And lastly, the other day I referred to a group of kids at the mall as "rif raff". Seriously it just came out of my mouth like I was an 80 year old woman. No offense 80 year old women.
Oh well, 29 feels pretty good. Except for Monkey Pants apparently didn't get the memo that it was my birthday today. She was extremely crabby tonight and when trying to escape my grasp at bedtime stood up when I was bending over to pick her up and slammed me in the cheek bone with the top of her head. That part didn't feel good. She didn't seem to notice and went of screeching like a spider monkey. Oh that kid. She's a pistol.
I did some work this weekend as well. I shot a wedding on Friday night and had a shoot Saturday morning. I'll post about those tomorrow. Right now I've got to go clean my dentures and hit the sack.
p.s. Thanks for all of the comments! I love that. You're the bees knees.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Congrats friend! Deb and I go way back. But I promise, it wasn't fixed! She is an amazing lady with an extraordinary little baby boy. You can check out her blog by clicking on Noah's pray for me button in the sidebar.
And to everyone else, thanks for all of the comments! I loved finding out who you are. You might be wondering what Monkey did with your names...
They made a good snack! I have no idea why the type is ginormous right now, but I cannot fix it so lets pretend that I am just this excited!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Hey there. Today was great. I got house stuff done, had a little breakfast with my mom and Monkey. Then Bridget, a.k.a. World's Greatest Babysitter, came over to watch Marlie so I could work. I got a ton of editing done at my favorite new coffee shop. To top it all off I made an actual dinner in contrast to last nights PBJs so that made Shane happy. Ah, I love a good day.
And now on to the GIVEAWAY! I was checking my site stats today to see how many visitors I had and today there were apparently 39 visits to the site, 23 being first time visitors. That is if this thing is accurate. Anyway, 39 visitors and 0 comments! I understand this totally because I used to be a annonymous blog stalker, I mean reader myself. But I just want to know who you are. So heres the deal. Leave a comment in the next two days and you will be entered to win a free name collage like this one...
Any name or word you want. So come on, who are ya?!
Monday, July 7, 2008
This weekend was great before the foot incident. Shane won 4 tickets to the cards game in the company luxury box. Can you say free hotdogs? So we spent the 4th at the game. Then we headed to my mom’s cabin with some friends of ours and their little girl for some relaxing. Love this photo of Monkey Pants and Shane..
And now I must edit. I have a wedding deadline in a week and another wedding this Friday so I have got to get to work. I have a new strategy this time though. I learned a few ways to streamline the process from Melissa Jill’s blog. I love when other photographers have blogs and I can learn from them.
I did get this little guy’s shoot edited. Grayson is the drawer baby from a previous post. Here are a few others I love..
Welp, I’m off to edit.