Thursday, February 19, 2015

Celebrating My Girl

I'm back! I have been neglecting my blog even with the best intentions to keep it active. My goal is to post updates at least two times a week...that should be doable with my ever busy life as a full-time writer and mom. My vision is to share family updates, photos of my scrapbooking/photography projects, and our Colorado adventures. So stayed tuned!

A few weeks ago, my firstborn turned eight! I don't even know how that is possible. I remember it was like yesterday that I was taking her home from the hospital. I know I am biased, but she was the cutest little thing and a beautiful little girl. Today, she is half way to being a full-blown woman. And she is gorgeous inside and out. I'm smitten I must say...even with the eight-year-old attitude, the stink eye, and all of the emotions from one side of the rainbow to the other. She always has been and always will be my miracle.

For Taylor's eighth birthday, all she really wanted was a "sleepover" with a few of her good friends. So instead of a large party this year, we opted for a smaller was perfect. Usually every year, I pay a photographer to take photos of my child to memorialize their birthday milestones. This year, I decided to take a stab at it myself as I am starting to feel more confident behind the lens.

Below are photos of the photos that I scrapbooked in Taylor's album to document her birthday and turning eight!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Project Life | Weeks 46-48

WEEK 46 | The weather truly was horrible for an outdoor fieldtrip. However, the kids did learn a lot at the Plains Conservation Center. I am so thankful that I have job with a somewhat flexible schedule to allow me to chaperone the kids and volunteer when needed.

Ryland was fascinated for days of his dinosaur egg that hatched in water. He cracks me up! And all three kiddos loved playing in our first snow of the year.

WEEK 47 | Ryland got his new glasses...he was so proud of them. Taylor and Landon had a big science project to work on and Grandpa Don came out for a quick visit.

We decided to put up the Christmas tree before Thanksgiving. I literally sat and watched while all three kids decorated the tree by themselves. They didn't want help at all...well maybe for Daddy to help lifting Ryland to put on the tree topper.

WEEK 48 | The kids had a short week at school due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Landon had a playdate with two of his classmates which he was extremely happy about.

The day after Thanksgiving, the boys went to a car show and Taylor had a friend from school over to spend the night. Exhausting weekend!

Loved this picture of Grandpa Vern so I included it as a flip-up photo.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Project Life | Weeks 43-45

WEEK 43 | My parents were in town for a few days, and we really enjoyed our time with them. They were able to attend Taylor and Landon's soccer game as well as Ryland's t-ball game. 

Shortly after my parents left, I came down with a horrible chest cold so Hank spent most of the weekend with the kids while I was home in bed. I was able to muster up enough strength to be part of our Friday family night where we watch the Amazing Race together.

WEEK 44 | Thankfully I work from home and was able to work from my bed for a few days. The kids received their school pictures. Just another reminder that they are growing up quickly.

Fall is definitely here! Leaves have fallen everywhere and it's starting to get really cold. On Halloween night, Hank took the kids trick or treating around the neighborhood and then we went over to our neighbors house for a party. Over the weekend we had some new friends come over for dinner and it was fun to be with Zanna and Chad. 

WEEK 45 | Yay...proofs of our fall family photos came back and I was super excited to see them!

This week was super special as Landon competed in his very first speech meet, and Taylor continue to advance her tumbling skills in a class that she takes with the big girls once a week. Her coach is starting up a competitive cheer leading team and has already asked us to consider enrolling Taylor in it. They big girls practice with Taylor on top as a flyer as she loves it. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Discovering New Talents

This boy amazes me daily. I expect a lot from my children, but I don't expect them to be perfect, to be the best, or to be like their parents. I desire for my kids to be kind, loving, balanced and set apart from the world. And just when I think I have figured one of them out, they totally grow and surprise me with new talents/desires/hobbies.

Rewind to a couple of weeks ago, Landon came home from school and told me that he was chosen to participate in the upcoming district's speech meet. To qualify, Landon had to memorize several verses in the Bible and stand up before a panel of judges who assessed his ability to speak in front of an audience. Well, he must have done well because he was chosen to represent his school along with some of his classmates and would be participating in the upcoming speech meet.

I was so proud of him. See, his big sister Taylor usually gets all of the limelight for her beauty, talents and good grades. Yet here is my middle child who is also equally talented and handsome and smart. He is just starting to shine in his own way.

When Landon was born, there were some complications that landed him in the NICU for 11 gut wrenching days. For the first year of his life, he had to be evaluated by the state to make sure he was progressing normally. And at age 4, he did have a short stint of speech therapy. So when he came home (and was the only one chosen among his siblings) and told me that he made it to the district speech meet, I was elated. I was so excited for him!

At the speech meet, you can receive a blue (superior), red (excellent), or white (good) ribbon. Landon knew his verses backwards and forwards and he received a red ribbon. Super exciting especially since this was his very first year competing. I am so excited for Landon to continue to explore his passions and talents. I can't wait to cheer him on whatever he chooses. He's my boy!

Friday, October 24, 2014

NEW 52 | Capsule Wardrobe

Bear with me here...this is going to be a longer, yet fun blog post. Pull up a seat and grab your coffee....

So I came across the concept of "Capsule Wardrobe" about two months ago. I was instantly excited about it and loved the concept. For those of you totally unaware of this creative fashion concept, click here. My only setbacks were: 1) Could I really limited one season's worth of clothing to 37 pieces (not including workout clothes, accessories, purses, etc.) 2) Where would I have the time to plan for this let alone document it. 3) Would it make me want to buy a whole new set of clothes to make outfits coordinate.

My answer is both yes and no, but I could totally do this. It matches my personality to a T. So while I am in the beginning stages of becoming a "fashion minimalist", it doesn't mean that I have to throw away 3/4 of my closest. It just means that it takes the 10 minutes of guesswork every morning and allows me to slowly add the clothing items that I really need. And slowly sell or donate the ones I don't really care to wear anymore.

Since I work from home, I don't have a lot of dressy clothes in my capsule. But, I still want to look fashionable even if I am home alone tapping away on my computer. I even can venture to say that this is forcing me to nail down my exact sense of style...and that makes me happy!

In the middle of December, I will begin to plan my winter capsule wardrobe (January-March) and allow myself to buy a few things that I might need. I've already noticed that I do not have any nice white shirts....must be because I am a mom and know my kids will get my shirts dirty one way or the other.

It took me about 10 minutes to go threw my closest and pull out the things I like. I also can look to Pinterest to help me pull my outfits together. I am really excited for this challenge. I guess my Fashion Merchandising education has been suppressed for a really long time!

So, I realized after taking most of the photos that the photo quality was not so great, but I didn't have time to make it perfect. I will work on better lighting for my winter wardrobe photo shoot.

All in all, I am right around 40 pieces of clothing, including shoes, and I am totally OK with that. It really not about the exact number of clothing items that I am going with in the end. It's more about minimizing to build upon my own style.

Below are just a few pieces that I will be wearing this Fall. In the end, I selected 17 tops, 8 jackets, 8 jeans, and 6 pairs of shoes.