Archive for July, 2010

Better late than never!

1. Black and White

2. Happy

3. Wet (hate hate hate this photo – but I’m weird and have to complete scavenger hunts)

4. Knob (my favorite this week)

5. Made of Wood

Next week’s items:

  1. Food (this is also the POTW theme)
  2. Portrait
  3. Chair
  4. Game
  5. Miniature

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Pin-lights No More!

For those who do not know what pin-lights are, they are those little tiny, white dots you end up seeing in your loved one’s eyes when you use your built-in flash for your camera…it isn’t very appealing and the only way to avoid having that happen is, either don’t use your flash or buy an external flash for your camera.

I hate the pop-up flash – it causes harsh light and shadows, but it is the only option for indoor photos of my children, seeing as we do not have excellent sunlight coming through the windows, nor do I have money to shell out to buy an external flash. The other option I have is to buy a hunk of plastic called a Light Scoop, for $30. A wonderful invention for those who are stuck with the built-in flash, yet cannot afford the external flash. What a great option for me…except I don’t happen to have $30 floating around to spend on such a thing…so today, I made my own Light Scoop and I couldn’t be more thrilled at my hideous experiment!

I was fortunate enough, that my husband is a graphic designer and has this wonderful black mount board for me to use – nice and sturdy. I also was on the hunt for a little hand-held mirror, but found none – so I snagged this little mirror from my L.L. Bean travel toiletry  case…which, you can tell, I never use since the plastic is still on the mirror to protect it.

I made my own little template, measuring here and there around my camera and then taking those measurements to the board, hotshoe insert and all…not too shabby.

I then superglued it all together.

And used some black foam to re-enforce and fill in the gaps…hideous? Yes. Now, let’s see how useful it is?

Baby with pop-up flash.

Baby with DIY Light Scoop (he’s teething folks, can you tell?)

Little Lamb with on-board flash.

And with my hideous contraption.

Eyes with pin-lights.

And eyes without pin-lights.

I love you my hideous DIY Light Scoop!!

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I got to thinking last night, while brushing my teeth, how life really is…something I often need to work on…Life is totally out of our control no matter how much we think we are in control and the soon we accept that, the sooner we can begin enjoying life.

It seems that it is human nature to want to control things, from someone’s behavior to how a project is going to turn out – we want control over everything. But the truth of the fact is, our lives are so completely out of control…because when something happens that we cannot control or have a say in, really, what can you do? Nothing.

We have no control of when our life begins, when we are conceived, when we are born and no control over when we may die…as said in the movie Forrest Gump “I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it’s both.” We may like to think it is “destiny” so that we can put a label and meaning behind it all but really everything in life is a total random act it seems, completely “floating around accidental-like”.

It is what we do with those “accidental-like” situations that make our lives what they are.

So let go of that control and just enjoy the ride…ups and downs and bumpy roads and all.

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What I wouldn’t give for some.

This weekend marks 6 months for my baby boy – more on that later, which is just hard to believe….but it has also been 6 full months (beyond that if you count my pregnancy) where I have had a full nights sleep. Lately I have been up three times a night to nurse my little guy and usually he goes right back to sleep after.

It wouldn’t be so bad if I didn’t have to walk down the hallway to him or worry about him waking Little Magoo with his crying. I will say I have absolutely finally reached the point where I am sheerly exhausted on a daily basis and have finally just had it – the sleep deprivation is getting to me, while I am glad that I have reached the 1/2 way mark in breastfeeding.

Don’t get me wrong, I love laying next to my little man at night, the quiet moments listening to him gulp and breathe and his body laying so close to mine – I wouldn’t change that for the world. I wished one of my kids would get the hang of sleeping through the night early on, seeing as Little Magoo never did. As one of my friends who nurses refered to sleep deprivation as a form of torture and it really is! I’m moody, depressed, exhausted – I go from angry one second to crying the next – and have a toddler to deal with on a daily basis, so a nap is out of the question for me and please don’t ask about my energy level…no one understands what I am going through…at least not unless you have gone through 6 months of sleeping 3-4 hours then waking for an hour at night…pure torture.

Let’s hope Baby Magoo gets the hang of it soon! I keep hoping that sleep is around the corner.

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I feel like I have a party “hangover”. Not a tried and true, I drank too much – but more like…Oh my goodness, thank you Lord for having all that party planning and events over with, feeling!

The big baptism-birthday bonanza is over with now and finally I am feeling a little energy come back, despite the outrageous heat and humidity that is still around these parts. It was a great day though. I am so incredibly proud of Baby Magoo – he did wonderful during his baptism….mostly. I wish I had pictures to share, but alas, I was not the one behind the camera and I don’t want to post pictures of other family members or friends on the good ‘ol ‘net. He was so cute though…Ugh, I love my little Pookie Pie. He got tired about half way through the ceremony and that is when the poor thing lost it. He screamed and cried the rest of the ceremony and was a hysterical mess by the time he got home – so incredibly overtired. I tried everything to calm him and then finally had to leave him to cry a bit…but then he fell asleep…and slept through his whole entire party!

However, while Baby Magoo slept, Little Magoo ran around with joyous laughter of all the people gathered in our home…trying to steal sodas and eating every raw carrot and pepper left on the coffee table with the dip. He cracks me up. I finally wrangled him once everyone was done eating and we got the cupcakes out for everyone…all 48 of them that I made and frosted – thank you Duncan Hines and disposable pastry bags!

Anyways, I sat Little Magoo in his chair, put his party hat on and got his cupcake with his #2 candle on it and we all sang Happy Birthday to him. Although months late, the celebration was still special. Happy Birth Day. The day my baby was born – how those words seem to hold even more meaning with each passing year. He bowed his head and peeked out under his eyes, pretending he didn’t like the attention, but loving every minute of it as a smile slowly appeared across his lips. “Happy Day!”, He exclaimed as he tried to blow out his candle. Such a sweetie pie despite his stubborn streak at times. Love my little guy.

Sometimes I find it hard to believe that I am the mother to two incredible boys. Seriously, how did I get to be so lucky? I really am blessed – watching the two of them grow and become such individuals is just so amazing. Despite being incredibly stressed out and sleep deprived on a daily basis, they bring me such happiness. The hugs, the kisses…asking for a back rub…legs kicking with pure joy…squeals and giggles…it is the best thing in the world and worth every minute of a party “hangover” – they deserve to be celebrated as they, themselves celebrate life without even knowing.

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It’s that time again for Scavenger Hunt Sunday! Head on over to Ahsley Sisk’s blog, Ramblings and Photos, to check out the other scavenger hunt participants.

1. National Pride  (my boy pointing at the flag)

2. Sunset – I saw so many great gorgeous red-sun sunsets this week. Did I have my camera with me? Of course not…and of course my yard has many a tree to block such sunsets, so you’ll have to settle for some reflective sun off the clouds.

3. Fire

4. Favorite – possibly my most favorite thing in the world…well…next to my camera and my computer….oh yes, and my kids and husband (oops, almost forgot about them! Haha!!)

5. Sepia or B/W with selective color – oooooh yes my friends, I went with selective color. But, but for good reason though…all of the flowers are almost dead on this bush and I think I was justified in only having the living flowers in color 😉 It was a light pink too, very light pink…

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I got to thinking last night about parenting – how difficult it is at times…how my Little Magoo is growing so much every single day. I think back to when he was a baby and it seems such a distant memory as he blossoms into such a unique individual.

I see it every day with his “mommy ME, mommy ME!”, “No Daddy, ME!” He wants to do everything all by himself, without intervention – it is amazing and frustrating and makes me proud and infuriated and sad all in the same breath. Talk about trying to strike a balance. The balance of letting him try all on his own to make his way in the world and the balance of not letting him get too far, or into danger. It is hard to see him get frustrated when he just wants to do it all.

It is a letting go and a holding onto all at once and a struggle to keep everything in that delicate balance.

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