Monthly Archives: November 2011

Holy Crapoli.

So, yes, it has been weeks since I have officially posted. The month of November has been the absolute quickest month of my life. I swear it was Halloween two seconds ago. Anyway, Wildhorse raked leaves all day, and now, he has Huck in the tub. Juney is content with Dora and PBJ, so I am jumping on this opportunity to vent a bit.

What have I been up to?? I have been taking pictures. Lots and lots and lots. And I am so behind in editing. But, I will get caught up…I will, I will, I WILL. ūüôā

I took the kids home for a week while Wildhorse went to London¬†to work(translation: drink in pubs and hob-nob with British Intel types). We had a fanstastic time catching up with family and friends. Managed to get 4 shoots in, help my future sister-in-law find gorgeous bridesmaid dresses (I have the wonderful priviledge to be maid-of-honor!!!!), eat lots of my mom’s yummy food, spend lots of quaility time with my dad, visit with my in-laws AND see Breaking Dawn at midnight on opening night. Quite the experience (Team Edward). Not to mention the 16.5 hour trip there and the 14 hour trip home (which included a car seat full of Juney vomit). Whew! It took me a minute to decompress when I got home.

Throw in a Thanksgiving holiday and a houseful of great friends, more photo shoots and a husband home from work for the past 5 days, and I have had absolutely no time to myself the entire month.

Funny that one of my last posts was about priorities. I am proud to say that after the first week, my entire organizational system went to absolute crap. Maybe I will revisit it again after the holidays and pre-deployment chaos.

So, I really just wanted to say hello. I have various musings and anecdotes running through my head that I will try to get organized and back into some sort of blog schedule. I am absolutely living and breathing photography at the moment (just got my Canon 60D), and I am loving it. Just renders the rest of my life a bit manic. Did I mention I am having lunch with a new photog friend tomorrow?! Super excited. If I were to make a goals list, one of my top goals would be to make a new friend each week (sounds¬†super generic, I know, but in stay-at-home-momland, new friends offer countless new opportunities and fun conversations). Since I have no actual goals “list,” just random blogposts and journal entries, I am excited at the opportunity to get to know a new fun momma!

Anyway, I typed this in about 3 minutes. Now, time for Juney’s bath!!!

Thanks for sticking with me! Now, get those Christmas trees up! ūüôā


Randomly fun weekend.

I had a relatively random weekend. I kept my camera close by for much of it, resulting in a series of appropriately random photos. Hope you enjoy my randomness!

In the aftermath of Halloween, Juney has worn her entire Dorothy ensemble at some point each day. She is absolutely in love with her ruby slippers.


On Thursday night Wildhorse had a night out with the boys. Juney and I had a slumber party to pass the time. I had intended to spend the night reading, but Juney would not go to bed and I could not battle her any more that particular day. Plus, she is pretty cute when she is trying to get her way.








Saturday night I had a night out with two of my greatest friends. We had a wonderful time in Washington, D.C. It was odd to be out of my house after dark, but a much needed break for my kiddos. Plus, I got to wear my new skinny jeans and boots.

I am most definitely not 21 anymore, though it’s fun to pretend every once in a while. Since Saturday was a late, late night, Sunday morning was extraordinarily rough, especially since Juney was up at 6:30 a.m.¬†(Can I just say daylight savings ¬†truly means nothing to parents of small children.)

Wildhorse decided to let Huck get messy at breakfast. Juney ate like 4 pieces of bacon.

Overall, we had a nice, quiet day at home with a few fun moments and lots of Tylenol and water.

Thanks for reading! Hope you had a great weekend!

The Mommy Diarist







So, today is a sort of a different kind of day. I feel, in addressing my  quest to be positive and productive, my brain is a mess of mush. I have so many different ideas wandering through my head on a daily basis that it is nearly impossible to make sense of it all. I want to be a better wife and mother. I want to be a better friend. I want to take better care of myself. I want to embrace my spirituality. I want to be creative and ambitious. However, today, I have been glued to the Internet working on photos while my kids have patiently played around me, and I feel like I am kind of failing. Yep, not so positive today.

Now that the kids are napping, it’s time to get serious. I think in addressing my quest for internal and external peace, I need a plan. Some people are equipped to simply set a goal, develop a plan, and attain it. I am not that person. I need regimented and contant reminders. My rootless positivity is helping no one. I need priorities.

I have 6 main areas that need improving and balance–motherhood, wifery, friendship/family, self, spirituality and creativity. So, here’s my plan:

In the beginning, each day will be devoted to the improvement of one of these 6 goal areas¬†to better dig in and attack concerns with clear priorities in mind. I will prioritize each week, and go from there. At the on-set of each day, I will strive to develop 5 “Completable” tasks for that day. These will be both practical and necessary to stay focused.¬†Lots of organization and motivation. Whew! Can I do this? YES, I can. ūüôā

In addressing these goals, there will be prevailing super-ultimate goals that will be incorportated into my daily life along the way. Each of the previously mentioned “6 areas of overall improvement” play a role in my “super-ultimate goals.” I think this is making sense, right?

Setting the ultimate goals is a good place to start. Super Ultimate Goals are as follows:

1. Feel more put together as I meander through my days. In other words, tie up loose ends.

2. Laugh more, with friends and family alike.

3. Start a photography side-business and actually make a small profit.

4. Keep my house reasonably clean and organized.

5. Save money and stop using shopping and attaining things to be happy.

6. Provide a healthy lifestyle for my family and I. Be a good rolemodel for husband, my kids and those around me.

7. Figure out where I am with God and embrace it.

8. Indulge in all the brilliant people in my life, including my husband and my children.

9. Develop a 5 and 10 year plan with my husband to be sure we are living it right.

10. Enjoy my imperfections, but always attempt to quiet my insecurities.

There it is folks, my 10 SUPER ultimate goals. What are yours?

Tomorrow, just so you can see how this works, is a “Self” day. (Yes, I am starting with myself. I am selfish. Hopefully this journey will relieve me of some of my selfishness.) Let me journal it so you can see my plan in motion:

Self Day #1: Thursday, November 1, 2011

  1. Take Huck along with me to the Gym. Kick my own ass.
  2. Start back on my regimented Weight Watchers plan (heading off to a meeting tonite), paying attention to healthy snacks and not Halloween candy. This probably includes a trip to the grocery store (with coupons).
  3. Put away the laundry.
  4. Find a healthy recipe for dinner and make it for my family.
  5. Go to bed by 10pm.

And there you have it. I don’t have all the answers yet, but I hope this makes sense. I have never been great at explaining things, just ask Wildhorse. I tend to always be two-steps ahead, but no more. I am going to own my days. I will share my¬†plans as they develop, maybe on Sundays. I think that will be a nice time for me to regroup and assess my goals. Would love for some of you to take this journey with me. Let’s see what we can accomplish! Set your own goals and let’s do this.

Wow, maybe I am scaring myself a little.

For now, I am off of this computer, and onto actionable results, like, perhaps a shower?


The Mommy Diarist

Halloween was a success.

Last Halloween, Juney and her friends were pretty clueless about trick-or-treating (since they were only one, duh). This year was way different, and way more fun! Luckily, we had lots of animated company to celebrate and eat chocolate with until way past bedtime. We have been truly blessed with some fantastic friends with very, very cute kiddos.

Juney was Dorothy (she is STILL obsessed with the Wizard of Oz), and Huck was a monkey. He may have been the cutest monkey I have ever seen.

We had a wonderful time eating lots of yummy food, playing in the front yard and making our way around a wee bit of the neighborhood. Wildhorse stayed behind to pass out candy while I went out with my little Kansas princess. She kept telling me she was running like Dorothy as she pranced and skipped. A few households even got to hear her rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Priceless.

The greatest thing about having children is embracing their ability to absolutely melt your heart into mush.

Hope your Halloween was filled with lots of smiles and treats!

The Mommy Diarist