Monday, November 30, 2009

365 day 34 1st day of preschool | Calgary children's photographer

The day came. I was prepared. Knowing I was going to cry I packed a pkg of kleenex lol.
Really... I almost cried registering him, I knew the tears would happen. So I wasn't actually suprised when they did. Ro didn't notice. Dion thought I was nuts. My sister had a good laugh and took a pic (thank goodness it didn't turn out lol).
He was SO excited. He was ready to go at 9 haha. Dion took the day off just to see his little boy to school and home. We went and bought him new velcro shoes for school - which he couldn't have been more excited for. Then were on our way. He figured he needed a backpack - in which he packed 3 stuffies, an airplane, a walkie talkie and his compass. And figured that was perfect. Kade also took her backpack lol.
We got to the school and waited for his cousin who showed up moments later. They picked out their nametags and waited patiently.
Well as SOON as the teacher came out I was crying lol. Ro did NOT notice... he RAN into the class, grabbed the chalk and started writing beside the other teacher. I left a total mess with D thinking I was totally nuts lol.
And we got 2 hours of QUIET :)
Went back and got him - he told me all about his day. Sounds like he had super fun! Get home and WHAM he's in timeout 10 min later. Preschool should be an all day thing!!!!!! Cause he was a MENACE! Poor Kade she missed him (even thought we forgot him when we left the parking lot) so much and he got home and wasn't very nice to her :(
Meanwhile Kade was putting on his school shoes and her backpack saying ' I am DEFINATLEY going to school tomorrow MOM'. HAHAHAHA cutie :)

Here are some pics.. I didn't get many cause Ro did NOT want them. And Kade just copies WHATEVER he says. SO ANNOYING.

getting ready to go!

waiting outside

waiting for the door to open!

he's on his way home!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

it's family time {cheating my 365 day 33} | Calgary family photography

I got to go to one of my favorite places again today! With one of my besties. This was an excellent day for it and we had a great time...... well maybe not J :P
I just love this family... and we have been waiting for this for months. We had a ton of stuff planned.... and while I didn't remember it all I am starting to feel a bit more confident with families.
Families have proven to be the hardest shoots for me. Worrying about exposure/facing the light/the right focus setting/ and getting the happy all looking group shot. Which I have been worrying about too much.
I decided before going into this to be more relaxed and let it happen. And it was AWESOME!
Thanks V - can't wait to get to the rest :)

V wanted this shot done... I didn't realize the glare on the blackberry in the LCD - in fact I went back to it after I opened it in PS, and couldn't tell. I will have to be more careful!

365 day 32 recipe inside!!! | Calgary photography

sheesh.... I am a day behind again. WHO knew it would be so much work getting one blog post a day done? Doesn't help that this *virus* has been shared in our house ;)

I am trying to broaden the horizons..... change things up. I really want to be able to practice my skills - and I find just picking tough shooting conditions, changing the modes on my camera (although I am going to stick to M - I need to learn too much still to figure out the whole jpeg thing. I don't like it and it's taking space on my computer. ONE DAY!) and trying to get really good focus and clear pics. I like popping pp, but clean. Something I haven't got consistent yet! Although in it's place I love all the textures, and every other fun techinique I have learned!
BUT - it takes an excellent pic SOOC (straight out of camera) to be able to make it shine. PP does not make a bad photo good :)

So today I decided to throw in a recipe. It is one of our fav soups. I got it from my MIL. I had NO clue what a leek was before I met her. AND I was sure I didn't like them. (whose the  kid NOW) But this soup has turned out to be my very favorite. So here it is......... (I hope I'm not letting out a secret here lol)

Potato leek soup........
4 leeks (I use 5)
8 potatoes
1/4 lb butter (I used to weigh it - cause I am a person that NEEDS recipes - bow I just make sure the leeks are sauteeing nicely.)
1/4 cup fresh parsley (usually I skip this - I never have it fresh in my house haha)
6 cups chicken broth

Split leeks lengthwise. Wash. chop into 1" pieces. (don't use the really green parts. I stick to white and light-med green). Melt butter and throw the leeks in over medium heat. In your soupot throw in the 6 cups of chicken broth and heat it up. Peel and chop potatoes.  Once the broth is hot and the leeks are transparent add the potatoes and leeks to the broth. Cook until potatoes are soft. Blend it up, garnish it (I use old cheddar cheese - my MIL uses chives and the parsely) and SERVE! YUMM-O :)

And voila..... YUM!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

365 Day 31 spilled coffee leads to nothing good | Calgary photographer

Longest post ever - I WIN! And I can't find spellcheck in this version of blogger... so don't judge - I'm overtired!
This is one of the most UNBELIEVEABLE days I have ever been a part of!!!
I first have to give a bit of background. Rohan is NOT a great sleeper. He goes to bed fine, but wakes sometimes multiple times in the night, or will wake up at 3 and be up for good. When he was younger - he lived off of 5-9 hours of sleep per night for months. Which made for an extremely grouchy overtired and sore (from sleeping with him) mommy. We are not sure why he is like this - he wakes up with a purpose. Like if you tell him we are doing something the next day - he will be up at 3 ready to go, and you just can't tell him different. Or right now his kick is using Kade's camera. He wakes up at three to take pictures. He just has this brain that doesn't quit. One day I'm sure we will be thankful for this... but for right now I would LOVE me some sleep!

I like many moms am with a self employed man. Which means that no matter what happens I am up with the kids and rarely get time off. He can not simply call in sick if I need it! In fact when I was preg with Kade I was so sick I had to go to Urgent Care for some extra strength medication and some IV's - I had to call a friend to watch the kids and his mom to drive me down there! It's just something that goes with the self employed. And you learn to roll with it - but when I'm only getting around 3 hrs of sleep a night for a couple weeks.... well let's just say I'm not at my best :)

Wednesday night was real treat. My kids were at their cousins and they came back completely exhausted after a totally fun day! We could barely get them into bed there were THAT many tantrums going on. Both of us were exhausted afterwards. I called it a night around midnight - I had a photoshoot that day and was trying to get a few pics done. But Kade interrupted any plans I had. She woke up crying so I decided to give up an call it a night. I finally got her back to sleep and trudged off to bed. Where at 3 am Rohan came in - looking for batteries that were charged. At 4 he wanted cereal. To which I said forget it. He finally calmed down and settled in to sleep with is.
I was finally on my way to sleep at 5 when I heard Kade screaming. She was covered in puke poor kid :( So I got up and put all her crib stuff in the wash, taking her downstairs with me. Needless to say I just couldn't wait for the day to be over. She was whiny and crabby and didn't puke again but had a *back door* issue. All day. Like I couldn't leave the house at all BAD issue. Cute part - she walked around the house all day 'Mommy I no feel good. My belly button hurts' :)

So..... Thursday night I decided to go to be EARLY. Like 8:30 early. Rohan wasn't even asleep in his room yet lol. Rohan of course was up at 3 - and it was one of those nights where going back to sleep for him was hard. We have let him crawl into our bed when he can't sleep because he is really loud. I can deal with one kid awake but NOT two! And I hate sleeping in his tiny bed - my back just aches afterwards. Sometimes I crawl in there just until he falls asleep thinking I'll go back to our room and then fall asleep and am doubly grouchy!

All my planning for a good's night sleep totally disappeared when Rohan again got up multiple times through the night. Which brings us to Friday. Kade was again up at 6 - this seems to be a new annoying trend! I had the nephews which I wasn't worried about. I was a tad on the overtired/grouchy side as were my kids, but Kade seemed to feel fine and the kids normally get together really well.
Well - I should have known better the moment Kade spilled my coffee. That usually means the beginning of the end. Spilled coffee is like a totally bad omen.
So the coffee spilled... I had the kids dressed and grocery shopping done by 9am. That is AMAZING. It was all downhill after that.
I don't know where I started losing it.... but this is somewhere in the middle of the day.
These are actual events as they ocurred:

lunch - PB&J sandwiches... the kids thought it would be fun to see who could cram the most in their mouths. Made for a huge mess and more sandwiches to be made.
after they finished eating they asks for a cookie - okay. NEVER had a clue Keag and Kade would use this cookie as their competition to make everyone laugh. They are both oneupping each other. When I turned around from cleaning the counter they have these cookies smashed into their faces, hair and clothes. Clean them up and get them out of the kitchen. Send them to the living room so I can start cleaning up.
About 3 seconds later I heat the toilet flushing (one that Ro had previously flooded in the day already and the older kids knew not to use) I wasn't sure who opened the door but Kade and Keag were in the laughing hysterically as the water reached the top of the toilet. I told them not to touch this toilet, got them out and closed the door. (there is a baby handle thingy on it)
shortly after lunch - Jax comes in saying Anty Kafy.... look what Katie is doing! There is literally a semi flood in the living room. She was sucking the juice out of the sippy cup and spitting it all over the floor. So I grab the floor cleaner and a cloth and start washing the floor - sending her to timeout. While I am doing this Keag walks up with wet pants. (potty training 2 kids at once - really not fun) me - Keag did you pee your pants? Keag - no me are you sure? Keag - I peed.
So I strip him down and get him washed up and start a load of laundry. Let Kade out of time out.

Then I start washing the kitchen floor where Keag had walked with his pee pants and feet to make sure it's all clean. I hear the toilet flush again. This time I know what's going on - Keag knows how to open the door with the baby lock! They were both in there again... again flooding the toilet! and laughing hysterically. So I get them out - tell them if they go in there again it will mean time out.

At this point Dion came home - the house was completely upside down and 2 kids were half naked (not too shocking in our house). He fixed the problem toilet and got to work on the cord situation downstairs. (our playroom is also his game room. The cord from all his stuff were a little too attractive to the kids earlier in the day)

2 seconds later.... I am back washing the floors when I hear mommy Keag pooped on the floor! I go and grab pt and run to get it - to which our dog has beat me! TALK ABOUT DISGUSTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So I go to get the floor cleaner and notice that Keag hightailed it to the stairs... and bum scooted up leaving a nice trail. I tell him stay here I need to wipe - go to get the wipes and he goes into the bathroom to sit on the seat... leaving a trail there lol. So I finally get him, wipe him down, the toilet down when my sister and honey walk in. They had asked me to get the kids ready to go as Troy needed to get to work..... well one kid in clothes and shoes and the other half dressed prob wan't what they had in mind!

So they leave...... I took a break to clean up the backyard (dog business you know) because it is supposed to snow. Anyone that has dogs knows this is VERY important lol. Dion left to get some storage cabinets. The kids grab his ice tea from the living room and spill it fighting over it. They go to the kitchen and pour it into cups. OK. I go to clean up the living room and hear ' Hay Katie watch this trick' and then SPLAT< APLIT< SPLASH..... he took a cup he thought was empty and covered the cupboards and floor. I kick them out of the kitchen to clean THAT up. To which Kade takes his walkie talkie and he clobbers her.

I send Ro to time out which ends up in his room because he won't sit on the steps. On my way there I notice that there is PT strewn from room to room. When Kade was SUPPOSED to have been in time out she had gone into the closet grabbed all but one roll and completely unwound them. She got a *gasp* spank and sent to her crib.

I went back to the kitched praying for alcohol and had a nervous breakdown. Ro can hear this and is yelling I'm sorry down the vent lol.

So I go back upstairs clean up ALL the pt and go to talk to Kade. Where I find this. POOP. As if I need more of this! She had doneit in her crib, and thrown all the blankets that were covered on the floor - getting it all over the floor as well. So I grab all her stuff and throw it in the wash. Dion gets back home.
Kids come out of time out.

5:00 supper time. I make it. we eat it.

5:30 I go to clean up supper..... D takes the kids to the computer room downstairs (they are not usually allowed to play there. they are having fun jumping on the bed. When WHAMMO. Ro pushed her off the bed and she feel and smashed her face. Bleeding nose, cut lip (which gets really fat). Ro's crying she's crying. It's time for bed. Which does not go well. Ro is just over the top screaming, demanding things his way...... it is madness. FINALLY get his diaper on and half his jammies - that's enough. leave his room with him crying - he's out in prob 2 minutes.

8 pm (when we finally had both kids sleeping) - I decide that I need a Starbucks. It's been a BAD day and I want some grownup time. A night like that won't happen again right? Get home sip on some Starbucks, open a few pictures.....

11:30 - I hear Kade crying. SERIOUSLY??????? So I call it a night and head upstairs. I finally get her to bed - thinking this night will get worse - she just told me 'Mommy I no feel good' again. SIGH.

2:30 - Dion comes in the room with Kade. I was so tired I missed hearing my little girl choking :( He rushed up there because he heard a choking gurgling sound. Thankfully he got there and lifted her up and she could get everything out. She had been sleeping on her back I guess and couldn't move or get it out. So he takes all the laundry down and I give her a bath. Poor thing keeps rubbing her nose and lip - everytime opening her wounds and bleeding. I am shocked this kid still has all her teeth. Really we all are.

3:30 I am sitting in a rocking chair listening to Kade tell me how bad she feels wanting her blankie (in the wash) praying to hear that dryer buzzer soon. Also on my mind..... SERIOUSLT it is 3:30. Kade has been up crying twice. Had a bath (which is on the wall that Ro's bed is up against)and listened to Kade play and talk.
AND ROHAN NEVER GOT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Finally I get her to her crib and go to get the laundry. Snuggle her in and pray that's it. Turn on the baby monitor because I don't want to miss any chocking. Of course it wasn't. She starts crying about 10 minutes after I crawl into bed. Seriously I felt moments from a collapse lol.
Went back to her room and got her resnuggled, some water and she was out.


NOONE got up until 7. Awesome. Kade though woke up screaming because she thought she had puked again - really it was blood. She had opened up her cut and bled all over. However poor little Kade. Still has *back door* issues - worse than ever.I have been changing her almost every 10 min and she has also been on the potty. NASTY NASTY. I hope she is over this soon.

I call naps for everyone!!!

I write all this because one day I am going to look back at this and laugh. I know I will. I know some of you will laugh reading this. Because this is just what it's like as a parent. And I am not ready to laugh now. But want to remember all the details for when I am.... and when I remind my children of this nasty day!
Being a grandparent must be great for SO MANY reasons!

so here's the deal. there never needs to be wondering how SAHM fill their days. No wondering why our houses aren't immaculate, why we are sometimes too tired to even talk at the end of the day. No more qustions as to why we don't always answer the phone.... or why we need time to ourselves. Why I am still in my pj's at 10:00............... it's not like we're sitting around doing NOTHING!

Earlier in the day.... they spent like 20 min feeding Kade. HILARIOUS!

365 day 30

This is up late.... but I have a valid excuse which you will see in day 31 lol.
Day 30 I decided to shoot a different style. I follow a ton of photographers that are brilliant and amazing. One idea was to switch from shooting RAW (Which is the only way I shoot) to Jpg on the vivid setting and play around with the contrast/sharpness sliders.
The only time I got on this day to start messing around was late - it was dark out and kids were in jammies. So not only did I switch styles, but I had to practice my flash.... which FYI still not rockin it.
I think this style would be really great outside - like in the spring. But inside with flash I do not likey. Kade's lips look like she has lipstick on! It makes skin tones very saturated. But I am not one to give up - this photog from where the inspiration came from shoots that way all the time - and her photos are AMAZING.
She also almost always shoots at 1.6. Even groups - she really is talented.
I love trying out new things..... here are a couple!

Not helping matters.... the focus fell on her shirt lol. It was hard in the dark getting the focus to fall on the face!

Her baby. One of her favorite things to do is play with her babies.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

gorgeous family, weather,and setting | Calgary family photographer|365 day29

Today was gorgeous! It was 14 degrees, the chinook arch was out but the winds were not. I met up with a gorgeous family (another up and coming photographer like me ;) Check her link  here!!!!
It was a great day for this and we all had fun that of course ended in an injury and some crying. It's just how family shoots roll!!!
Thanks so much for letting me take pic of you and your beautiful family... I am honored you thought to ask me!

Don't worry... I have some with slightly less open mouths ;) I just loved that at this point they were yelling SLURPEES!

Seriously.... this cutie - he is ALWAYS happy to see me with a camera.... can you tell????????

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

365 day 28 | Calgary photography

Today is a break from my everyday wide apps lol. We went out this morning with a friend to a part of Fish Creek I haven't been to since before there were houses there lol. There were only rocky paths there too! Now it looks completely different - and the houses there - WOW amazing. But this trail was awesome.... we had alot of fun even the wind was pretty chilly in the morning.
What was most fun was this beautiful HUGE woodpecker hanging out in the woods. Was happy to have my kit zoom lens (hasn't been used in forever - but I had it packed up for a friend lol) and got some FUN shots of this bird!
Here is one of them!

365 day 27 | Calgary photographer

Yesterday was a GORGEOUS day. So I took my kids out to a little park by my sisters to let them run around. I wanted to practice a new way of shooting. AND IT IS HARD.
There are a couple photographers that shoot families at 1.6 or around there. Anyone that is into photography knows that it is extremely hard to get more than one person in focus at that app. But - as you can tell from my focus on blog posts and wide apps - I LOVE wide apps.
So this kind of just fits into my learning curve. I desperately want to be able to figure this out and start shooting wider apps for more people.
This is NOT something I will be doing on a paid shoots until I am comfortable with ;)

It is REALLY hard to get even one person ALL in focus from a distance at these wide apps. Especially if they are 4 and 2 and running around. So I don't have TOO many IN focus lol. It does take a lot of practice to get it nailed - and as you will see by the photos I'm still not a pro.

This is because not only am I constantly shifting for exposure, especially in sunlight and chasing kids around, but I constantly need to move the focal points and make sure the focus is landing where I want it to before I snap.

So hopefully the weather will hold and I will be able to practice more. I have become pretty comfortable with close up wide app shots - so this is just something to add to it!

Here are some pics of the day. I bribed them with suckers lol. Let me tell you sticky suckers and alot of dirt and dust = straight into the tub on returning home. ESPECIALLY little miss Kade - she was FILTHY!

COOL branches

See? I was focusing on the leaves to get some bokeh leaves shots... but then Kade did this. She was too quick for me to change my focal points - so I snapped anyways. And of course my mommy goggles dictate that this was my fav pic of the day lol :) PLUS - I blew out her shirt. Awesome pic lol.

This was pretty good - it was like the 3rd photo in. I'm pretty proud of the focus and getting them both in the focal plane... but it's nowhere near perfect yet ;)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

365 day 25 and 26

Something VERY important happened this weekend!
New Moon arrived in theatres. I was skeptically optimistic over this movie. I was incredibly disappointed in Twilight. BUT since that came out I have watched it prob over 40 times. And it has grown on me. Plus it's been a long time since I read the books... so I wouldn't be AS nitpicky.
All in all it scored well in my books. We had a good night out!
ANYWAYS I was going to bring my camera and do some night shots... until I realised how cold it was going to be and was not about to leave my baby in the car while we watched the movie.
So there were no pics yesterday!

Today we decided to get into the Christmas Spirit. I love the Lougheed house. We have only seen part of it - but I heard they had transformed it into CHRISTMAS with some stuff for kids. So off we went. (after the timbit experience - thanks Gram :) ) I enjoyed every minute of it - but am not afraid to say the $30 price take was a little much.
The house is just so cool, it's just amazing. And the decorating was AWESOME (haha Trace). Santa was there. Ro finally warmed up to him. BUT Kade would rather watch. didn't want to have anything to do with him. When we were driving home though she blurts out I WUV Santa. D says why didn't you talk to him then and she said BECAUSE I WAS MAD AT SANTA.... which apparently she still is. TOO FUNNY!
Anyways... we did some crafts and got a FAMILY PIC done. Good times!

Even Daddy made a card at craft time.... and it killed mine!

This kills me. Total Rohan.

Gorgeous decorating at the house... too bad my kids were there. PICTURE PARADISE!

Friday, November 20, 2009

365 day 24

I have been having fun using some blogging templates..... but they are a PITA until you get really quick at them! I'm sure it will get better... but this has taken me a long time. I thought it would be easy and I wanted to quickly get a blog post up tonight. The chinooks are wreaking havoc on me, my kids and sleep. Or should I say lack thereof. Which is turning me from mommy to monster rather quickly :)
I had my nephews again today and there was mayhem everywhere you looked! I let them do a very fun, but rather messy craft. And really FYI - best money for crafts for a 4 year old. Ro was really getting into this. Construction paper, colored noodles, glu, some sequiny things and GOOD TO GO! He was really proud of himself with his two creations. And with the 2 lbs of glue he used - they should be dry tomorrow in time to show off with some son/art proud pics!!!
I also copped out... by the early pm I was tired - the kids were wired and I was running out of stuff to do. So we popped popcorn and turned on a movie.... can you guess which one?

I decided to really open the ap. 1.4. all day long. Suprisingly pretty sharp. I'm going to keep at this ap for a couple days until I really nail it. It's pretty hard - especially with moving kids. I want sharp. Real sharp. Just not looks good - but tack sharp. Which takes excellent WB, exposure, steady hands and lightning fingers sometimes - because I still shoot manual :) But hey... getting close to where I want to be!

So I am showing comparisons. Pics with 100% crops. In 3 of these the crops are more than 100%, I forgot what I was doing and cropped before saving the original. So you can see - pretty freaking sharp!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

365 day 23

Today was an attempt at a photoshoot with my friend. The kids however had totally different ideas!!!!! I haven't been sleeping much of late and the morning got off to an incredibly slow start. MY BAD. So we were late getting on the shoot, and the kids were running all over the place.... and we lost some happy baby time! HOWEVER........ we did still get some cute shots. Here is a snippet... and yes this is all because I have been tied up making a beautiful baby collage that is almost done!
I'll be sharing THAT tomorrow!
So here are some pics.... totally adorable. And yes miss S MAY be looking away for the camera in one shot and isn't exactly smiling - but for those who know her knows I am NOT kidding when I say this is a major milestone in my journey to get some great pics of her. She also does not like dresses - I kid you not. we have tried to get her into a petti for a few months. TODAY was go day - we weren't set up for pics anymore - but she wore if for I would guess almost 10 minutes!! WOOT WOOT!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

365 day 22 special post

This is for my superhero friend. She is a superhero.
I don't talk alot about real personal stuff... or in depth about my friends. BUT I have permission. AND I have something to say. BIG SHOCK.

AND I have rewritten this post about 5X now!!!!!!

Every once in awhile you get the chance to meet someone that sort of just meshes into your life like they have always been there. Like you have been friends forever. And every once in awhile that person is someone that is going to teach more about life than you can imagine. They are going to show you how to be brave, how to be strong, and how important life is - that every minute of it counts. They are what I call superheros. And my friend T is one of those.

Because my friend is amazing. And NOT just because she loves double doubles as much as I do, or brings one to me every time she comes over, but I am not going to lie - that helps a little ;) Also NOT because she and her hubby introduced D and I to NCIS... but it def swayed me a little lol. And not for being uber cool - but that also helped :)

It is because she is so real. She is open and honest. She is funny and loud. She is supportive and encouraging. She listens and talks. She is everything the word friend describes and more.
She is also a bit of a party planner.... just throwing it out there! When I met her I just knew we would be friends. And am so glad we are. Because she has changed my life.

You see this friend, this amazing person that has 3 beautiful children had cancer. And I say had. Because I am an optimist and say that this ends here.
Right now she is in a type of seclusion because she is glowing green. JUST KIDDING... but she has been injected with radioactive stuff to make sure that this cancer is not going anywhere else.

I call no fair.

I mean really...... to be told when you are pregnant that you have cancer, to have to wait until your baby is born to have surgery and be separated not only from him - but your whole family. To have to go through the radioactive stuff and be separated again... NO FAIR.
Then to be told you need another surgery..... and another round of radioactive fun...... NO FAIR.

Apparently cancer doesn't care. But I do. And I am so proud to have my friend be on the winning side and kick cancer's butt. You know... I get a cold and complain for days. She had cancer and so rarely did I hear a complaint. She was worried about the scar more than anything......
And to this I say (and yes T this is a repeat) your kids are going to see it when they are older and say thank God for that scar. They are going to love those scars.... because without them you wouldn't be with them. Your family and friends..... all we see when we see those scars are how amazing and how strong you are and how lucky we all are yo have you around. Because you mean so much to everyone around you. Those scars are to be worn with pride and I WILL hold you to that!

So here's to kicking cancer to the curb..... because we your friends, your family need you around :) We are all here for you.... and may even risk the green stuff for a few minutes!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

365 day 21

Today was nothing short of hurricane winds here! WOW. My kids and I were hanging out getting ready to go over to a friends house when I happened to look outside and saw........ my fence falling over!
We have noticed in the last couple years the boards were starting to rot, but with the winds the fence was just falling over in sections - waving in the wind! Well I was freaking - who likes the cost of replacing a fence really? Phoned the honey, and he said he would check it out. So off we went to our friends (after I took some videos lol). Where we raced garbage down the streets and counted signs that had been blown over. INSANE.
When we came home I really thought oooh great I'll take pics of the fence - good blog shots lol. But D had already braced in and gone off to get some wood :) He's a good man. Of course it won't really be fixed till the summer, but I'd rather the work he did than no fence - it was the one that runs along the back lane lol.

So I am putting up a pic of my FAV lights at my friends house, and the downed recycling bins in our back lane. WHOA. stop the presses HAHAHAHAHA!

Monday, November 16, 2009

365 day 19 (and 20)

My battery was dead yest. I had all these plans for out in Strathmore... and didn't check them. BOTH of them LOL. And of course it was crazy coming home from there and getting the kids to bed - no time to charge anything!!!
So I'm just scrapping the day. I'm sure noone minded ;)

Funny story - when I was tucking Ro in tonight he put a couple of his toys in a toothpaste box for me and said 'Here mommy... when daddy grows up you can give this to him for his birthday!' SNORT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The pictures I love most of my kids are ones others prob think I'm crazy for. I love pics of them doing regular fun things. Their hands trying to get shoes on, feet with socks hanging off them they can't pull up, coloring, making a mess...... it is the stuff that makes me smile, makes me remember the day. And let's face it... those days go by quickly!

Today grandma came over and had some fun with the kids. Coloring fun. I love coloring. I loved it when Taylor was into it and I got to color with her.. and now I get to do it again! But today I chose to try and get some pics of it.
Kade is the crazy colorer... a few lines all across the page and call it done. Then she goes to town ripping it. Then she goes off to play something else. Rohan is much more into the 'fine art' staying in the lines, pressing hard to fill in the stuff properly. He like it to look perfect. It is really fun to watch!
So here are the shots......

I love this one... from the moment I saw it on the LCD.

Inspecting grandma's work......

Kade's version of coloring.... she is not showing it lol. and her scab is almost all off above her lip. I wish I had kids skin - heals so quickly!

LOVE CRAYONS!!!!!!!!!!

He presses so hard he needs to 'take a break' lol. Crazy colorer!!!




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