Monthly Archives: February 2012

Would love to hear from you!

I have been working on a lot of photographs lately, and I have found that my edits traditionally lend themselves to black and white final products. I just love to work with different black and white tones. The pictures become raw, dramatic, and simple. I have a couple of edits below, and I would love to hear which you prefer and why. These are outtakes from Juney’s 3rd Birthday shoot.


Here’s another:

Hope you all are having a great week!

The Mommy Diarist


Racing the clock, all day long.

Since I have about 127.5 seconds to spend on this post, I must apologize again for my absence and lack of depth and life-altering advice in recent postings. I just planned (and quite successfully executed) Huck’s 1st birthday party, am planning a bridal shower with the help of my sisters, concepting another birthday party for Juney in late March, trying to finish my portfolio for my webpage, editing photos, sending care packages to Afghanistan, scheduling photo shoots, watching The Voice, creating nutritious meals for my kiddos, dieting, and working out (lost 15 pounds since January 5th!!).

Throw in just plain old exhaustion, and blogging is not at the top of the list these days. However, here are some pics to enjoy. They are not the absolute greatest quality, but I am obsessed with photographing my babies together. Their interactions are so stinking funny.

Huck, in his new favorite thing in the whole world, his car (courtesy of mom and dad), wearing his new flight suit (courtesy of mom and dad’s money), and his favorite new expression (let’s be honest, probably courtesy of mom, too).

Love these kids! There is so much sanity found in insanity!

Have a great week!

The Mommy Diarist



Because I really do love her.

Juney is trying to make absolutely sure I lose my mind today. Instead of obliging, I decided to edit some pics of her instead.

Editing is very therapeutic for me. See how she smiles and dances. It sort of erases all of the bad stuff….sort of….not really.

The days are long, but as long as I have these few moments of peace, we will survive.

I hope.

Here’s hoping for a great week! And, God, if you’re reading this, I really do love her. Could you just make her a little less crazy? Not a lot, just maybe a wee bit?

The Mommy Diarist

Still working.

Hey y’all. Surviving here. Actually, have been surprisingly busy. Working my tail off, literally. For example, yesterday, I watched two episodes of Downton Abbey, after a lovely dinner with a friend. For serious, that is an awesome show. However, most of said episodes were watched with a precocious 2-year-old snuggled with me. Juney is having a hard time adjusting, and each night is an absolute power struggle. I kind of feel like I am losing, but I just don’t have the energy to battle her. Plus, I understand her confusion.

Any magical advice to help me once again redeem the title of “mother” instead of “crazy lady that yells a lot”?


I recently saw a quote, most likely on pinterest, that went something like this: “You can do anything in this life, but you can’t do everything.” I have been thinking about these words incessantly since we were first introduced. What an inspiring, yet troubling truth in life!

Today, instead of focusing on doing everything, I am devoting myself to bettering my tiny little family in my tiny little suburban home in my own tiny little world.

So, though I won’t be posting a life-changing goal-setting post, I can offer you these few tidbits. Yesterday, when I locked myself out of the house for the second time in one week, Juney told me, “Mommy, we need a SUPER hero to help us.” I agreed, and though I am no super hero (I got us locked out in the first place, after all.) we eventually made our way in, with Juney clapping for me from the car. Too cute. I kind of felt like Catwoman, since I had to be so flexible to climb into the back window.

Also, this morning, the kids were taking a bath. Huck decided to, well, do a little #2 in the bath water. Gross, I know. So, all were evacuated, and the water was drained. While we were watching the water go down the drain, Huck peed all over Juney’s leg. I laughed until my sides hurt.

Hope you’re enjoying your Monday!!

The Mommy Diarist