Archive for December, 2009

December 27, 2009

i’m sitting in an empty living room with a fire in the fireplace 10 feet away and an pair of little feet running by.  it’s been awhile since i blogged.  i hate that.  as always, one of my resolutions for the new year is to blog more often…i’m considering merging my photography and personal blogs into one…if that’s the case, then i’m certain i’ll have a new post up several times a week.

we leave today for tallahassee….my parents’ house for 4 days…full of cousins/grandparents for the kids and siblings/parents for me.  i am unbelievably blessed to feel sad to leave here but excited to go…loving FUN family everywhere.  🙂  i’ve been very reflective this christmas…moreso than other years.  i’m questioning alot…actually have been kind of a scrooge.  right now i find myself really resenting the gift-giving part of christmas.  i really do enjoy everything else, but i guess i just don’t see the point of the whole gifts thing.  the past few months i’ve been asking myself “why” alot…why am i doing this, why do i believe this, why am i saying “no” to my kids?  hoping that this next week will continue to bring some clarity and refreshment to my mind…i really love New Year’s for that reason…it’s a literal fresh start (not that we dont’ get that every day through a relationship with Christ, but i just like a new page on the calendar).

i’m totally rambling, but just to say that i have all good intentions to continue this blog and the documentation of my life and the life of my family and business.

it probably just won’t happen this week (due to the aforementioned week of fun and family).

[by the way, if you’re reading this (you haven’t abanadoned me), i love you for it.]

December 16, 2009

i feel like my ambition outweighs my ability…..  it’s getting frustrating.  that’s all i have to say right now.

December 15, 2009

my feet are swollen.

  • something i accomplished today:  quite a bit, surprisingly.  harper was supposed to have school, but she had a fever this moring so i didn’t take her.  thought for sure my to-do list was shot, but i actually got alot done around the house…it’s been a tornado since we got home from camping on sunday.  harper and i also made a gingerbread house which was fun…maybe i shouldn’t say we “made” it…we put it together and decorated it.
  • something i screwed up today:  the roof of the gingerbread house totally caved in.  i broke off the triangular parts of the front and back and just slapped one of the roof panels on top.  it is a gingerbread adobe.
  • something fun i did with the kids:  the icing/sprinkles mess was about it today…  we went to a party tonight, but that was more fun for me. 
  • something funny or cute one of my kids did or said:  harper is getting better and better at memorizing songs and things.  i am so loving hearing her sing christmas carols (completely wrong most of the time).
  • something yummy i ate today:   food at the party tonight was amazing.  baked brie (tina, i love you for bringing that), several yummy dips, CFA chicken strips, chocolate-covered strawberries, garlic rolls, etc etc etc
  • something i read today:  i read several books to layne and “the Christmas story” book to harper.  nothing for myself yet…
  • a tv show or movie i watched today:   sex rehab.  i am fascinated by the people on that show.  it is some of the best tv i’ve seen in awhile.
  • something i did today that i hardly ever do:  stayed at home the entire day (until we left for the party).
  • something i did today that i do every day:  tell layne “no-no” about 3587 times.
  • something i am thankful for right now:  so so thankful for ryan’s job.  not only am i just plain glad that he is employed, but even moreso that he’s blessed to make enough money that i don’t have to work.  i’m so glad i can be home with my kids (even if i do have to remind myself of that every now and then)!
  • December 8, 2009


    it’s worse than i thought.  i just read my last post and i can’t believe what a slacker i’ve been.  i guess it’s mostly a  lack of motivation (and energy) to keep up with this blog…i’ve posted a little on my other blog.

    anyway, since my last post quite a bit has happened.

    • i had a great time with my girlfriends and the etsy holiday homemade open house was great.  (i need a link to that, but i’m too lazy…if you’re interested, check out amy’s blog.)
    • my grandma died (mom’s mom…lived in atlanta…hadn’t seen her in 5 years, but she  meant alot to me).  she had a stroke or heart attack in her home and because she lived alone, her body was in the house for about 5 days before anyone found her.  wierd situation.
    • we had a great thanksgiving in orlando with ryan’s parents and my awesome sister-in-law.  it was even cool enough for a fire, which was a blessing.  (see photo at the bottom of this post)
    • i left on friday morning and drove (alone) to gainesville, ga to stay with my mom for two days and then attend her funeral.  it was a quick trip (headed home on sunday afternoon), but very well worth the effort.
    • it took me about 4 days to recover and get the house back together after i got home…i still feel very much in a whirlwind…things constantly swirling around in my head, but i started a few lists (camping stuff, christmas gifts, things to do, etc…) and i’m finally feeling a little more organized.
    • biggest news in our family right now: WE’RE HAVING A BOY!!  we found out last week and i am still seriously in shock.  i need to scan an ultrasound photo and post it…  so excited!!!
    • we’re going camping this weekend (thus the aforementioned “camping stuff” list).  i’m so excited!  hopefully i’ll have some cute pictures to post when we get back.

    for now, here are two pictures of harper from the past month that i just had to share.  she is getting more and more beautiful every day. 

    first, here she is on a ride at the Italian Festival that was held here in our neighborhood.  it was her first real carnival ride experience and she LOVED every second.

    next, here she is on thanksgiving night…lying in front of the fire snuggled in a blanket, listening intently as her aunt erin tells her a story…ariel, i think.