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My Lovely Distractions

Good morning to the world! Bittersweet day. In lieu of lots of whiny words, I thought I would share some pics I took yesterday. Still trying to perfect my new camera in low light settings.

Juney literally walks into the house, strips down naked, asks for a drink (in a very throaty, thirty voice) and plops down on the couch with a stack of books. Yes, this happens everytime we come into the house. Crazy kid.

I love this boy.

How is he almost one already?? CRAZY!!!

Yes, that is an Albert Einstein doll. Santa has a sense of humor. Oh, and notice Juney now has clothes on…sort of. A Snow White dress counts, right?

Even Spike was a little bit sad yesterday.

This picture makes me laugh. His eyes are HUGE. And he is watching something absolutely riveting. Or terrifying. Not sure.

Time for lots of morning cuddles. Staying positive (despite lonely sleepless night. I know, poor me. Ok, I had to whine a little.), and ready for lots of important changes. However, it would be great if everyone in my house would simply stop coughing and snotting all over the place. No one ever tells you how positively disgusting kids can be. You’ve been warned.

The Mommy Diarist

seriously busy.

Life these days is TEDIOUS. Sorry I have not written in a while, but I have been experiencing extreme blog block due to the lack of time to actually think about anything with any sort of clarity, much less write about it. Most of this lack of time is undoubtedly self-inflicted, but I like to play a martyr anyway. I’ll have an idea to blog about, and after the 30th interruption, I just give up. And typically, I try to write when my kids are occupied/napping, but there have to be a few moments in the day where I can just kick back and watch meaningless crap on television.

Why so busy? Well, my little man is now crawling, pulling up, and all in all, getting into absolutely everything. He changes every day, and this phase of life is just so stinking cute. I am ridiculously in love with this kid. But, now that he is mobile, my sweet little boy has a glimmer in his eye, and I think this child is going to keep me on each and every toe, probably for the rest of my life. He already scoffs at any limitations. His appetite is insatiable. And he spends a good part of the day screeching like a falcon. But, he has a smile that absolutely liquefies my heart. His hugs are the best. And he’s a great shopping partner.

Then, there is my baby girl, who is more and more like a 15-year-old each and every day. After we took her out of the crib, she has stopped napping (I felt this tremendous amount of pressure to liberate her from her crib tent as her friends started moving into big kid beds, but now, I would give anything to take it back. Unimposing peer pressure is a bi-atch).

She still needs a nap, she just won’t actually sleep. Combine that with school two days a week (another blog topic) and lots of busy fall activities, and our afternoons are full of sleep-deprived tantrums. She wants to be a good girl so badly, but the little devil on her shoulder wins out fairly often. Last night she went to bed early because she drew all over her pink chair, her body and the window with a green marker. Yes, it’s probably my fault she had the marker. And it was washable and caused no significant harm. However, while I appreciate her artistic initiative, she is constantly testing limits as I attempt to set boundaries. It’s rough.

And finally, Pinterest. Lovely, unassuming Pinterest is monopolizing my creative juices. For those not pinteresting, it is like a virtual  bulletin board for all things creative and cool. Many of the projects included are DIY, and they inspire me. Last week, I made a fall bucket list, an art nook for my little girl’s school art projects, a necklace from a t-shirt, leaves from crayon shavings and wax paper….And I have ideas for 100 other projects.

Will include a tutorial soon on my fall bucket list (supplies shown above). It only cost $2.00!!

Finally, photography is always there. I am trying to establish a plan to actually establish myself as a photographer, and it is hard with all of these distractions. But, I am getting there, and I am excited!!! I am hoping that by Spring 2012, I will be up and running, ready to start taking clients! I just have to establish my brand, and I am not sure if I want a creative name or just simply my own name. Decisions, decisions. Any suggestions?

I love this picture. It sort of implies, at least to me, that the road is a museum and is open for exploring. I am loving the road that I am on, but I am so ready to know more! Will life ever calm down? Is photography right for me? Am I on the right path?

I am off to take the kiddos to enjoy this gorgeous fall weather. I leave you with one final thought: Seriously, why are they remaking the movie Footloose?

Yay, I blogged! Have a great week.

P.S. I am not entirely certain which direction this blog is going to take. I started it as a way to get more acquainted with the process so I can post pictures. I really appreciate the support, and am at nearly 1200 views! Exciting! I have not chosen any specific approach to content yet, and I thank you for your support and feedback while I am getting started. Pretty lucky to know so many amazing women (and men, if any of you happen to be reading), and I learn so much from all of you!

Finding my niche.

In all the bajillion photography blogs I read these days, the experts say that the first step to developing your photography in some sort of professional way is to determine your niche. This has always been hard for me in all aspects of life. I went to school to become an international business professional and came out an english major. I always went for younger guys in college, and then married a man eight years my senior. I was never going to have children, and now I have 2. It’s hard for me to commit.

So, I have been experimenting, and since I don’t have a ton of time, thought I would upload some of the different pictures I have been taking on my path to establishing a niche. Hope you like, would love feedback!

 

Here’s hoping for an inspiring and productive week!

Mommy Diarist

Chocolate and Peanut Butter

It is seriously one of the most gorgeous days of the summer, and my kiddos and I are stuck inside. Booo! The little lady is sick, and hasn’t made it off the couch much today, poor thing. As I sit here and watch the gorgeous sunshine outside, feeling like I am up to my neck in responsibilities, I can’t help but start absolutely PINING for fall. I love fall. The air, the leaves, the food, the sweatshirts and cardigans. Fall is my happy place (as showcased by today’s photos).

In tackling really oppressively un-fun days like today, I think it’s important to have a plan and to know your happy place or places. You know, the things that will help you keep perspective and trudging along until bedtime. Not that I am an expert in stress management (just ask my husband), but I thought I would share a few things I try when i am on the brink a major mommy meltdown.

1. GO to your happy place, whether mentally, physically, spiritually, whatever it takes. If saying a quick prayer helps, say it. If looking at a picture of happier times lifts you up, look at it. If sitting on your front stoop, simply breathing air in and out of your lungs brings your blood pressure down, go sit! In considering everyone’s sanity, it is preferable to get to this place before you are a crying, screaming looney-tune.

2. Eat something that consists of these two important main ingredients: chocolate and peanut butter. I am not ashamed that I have had two Reese’s today, and I might have another one later. I might be a diet cheater, but I’m smiling.

3. Sing and dance along with your favorite song. Come on now, go for it. Be dramatic. In choosing said song, it is important to recognize song choice. No elevator music will do. I typically go with either a super upbeat tune, like Justin Timberlake’s Sexyback, which makes me feel like a sassy domestic goddess, or a really sad, deep track that reminds me that life could always be worse, like Ray Lamontagne’s Jolene (this song seriously hurts my heart).

4. Call your mom/best friend/go to person. Just spoke with my mom a couple hours ago. When your kids are sick, you need someone to acknowledge your hard work. Friends and moms are perfect for this affirmation!! They will always offer advice and boost your confidence as a mothering force to be reckoned with, which will ultimately give you that extra push to get through the day.

5. Purge. There is something so stinking awesome about de-cluttering your house. Go quickly through the house with a box or bag, and fill it with items you no longer use/need (like your husband’s shirts from 1990 that your secretly hate, but he loves). This is a quick way to make you feel more productive and less overwhelmed. Then, on a less stressful day, be sure to get the items to an appropriate charitable organization. Everyone wins.

6. If possible, take a shower. Not smelling stinky and having clean hair will work wonders for your attitude. Plus, when you look in the mirror, you won’t feel so startled by your messy reflection. For a special treat and if time allows, shave your legs. 🙂

7. Try not to over-react. No one wants their kids to be sick, but don’t scare the crap out of them and treat them like their fever or runny nose is the end of life as we know it. Plus, thinking that way will only freak yourself out more. Worry when worry is due, but trust your abilities and instincts.

8. Finally, don’t take yourself too seriously, and don’t try to do it all. Clean the house tomorrow. The laundry will wait. Look at your imperfect house as a reminder that time is fleeting, and one day your little babies won’t be there to take care of anymore. Give lots of hugs and kisses (to your family, not to others. Try your very best not to get anyone else sick, or you will just feel like a jerk, which will ultimately just make things worse!) and embrace your role as an imperfect mommy.

Hope this helps, if even in some small way. Now, back to the trenches.

Cheers,

The Mommy Diarist

Wishing my brain was more like an Ipad.

So, I am embarking on a new project. Yes, another one, don’t hate. If you know me, you know I am the absolute queen of unfinished projects. I always have good intentions, buy a myriad of interesting supplies (like a box of 100 ties on ebay), and then nothing really happens. Mostly because I don’t do anything with them.

I know what you’re thinking, and yes, I really did buy a box of 100 ties. For the record, they are actually pretty rad.

I most definitely see things on the Internet or in boutiques and think, “I can DO that!” With two small children, I sometimes wonder if maybe these moments of inspiration are really actually sleep deprived fantasies or a form of rebellion to days filled with diapers and messes. Either way, I long to be creative and have to have an outlet to feel like me, or no one in my house is happy.

The above picture is my attempt at art in college. It is actually a picture of my husband and I, but many viewers have asked me why I painted a picture of me kissing another girl. Either way, I like it, and it hangs in my children’s play room. In a corner.

Onto the current topic. I have fallen in love with photography. A little over a year ago I bought a DSLR, without even knowing what DSLR means. (Digital single-lens reflex, and yes, I just looked it up. Seriously can’t remember stuff like that.) Now, I, Rebecca Ann, am officially a wanna-be photographic genius. Disclaimer: I am by no means a photographer, just someone who likes to take pictures. BUT, I would like to one day be confident enough in my abilities to start a business and establish myself as a professional, emphasis on ONE day. Excited at the possibility that I think I may have finally found something I can manage and still simultaneously manage my mommy duties.

This past weekend, I had my very first unofficial family shoot. Here are a few of my favorite shots:

While I certainly got some shots I really liked, when I got home and started to process, I was once again plagued by my own photoshop stupidity. I wish my brain was more like an Ipad, and I could just download an app and understand things without having to sit down and learn them. Mastering photoshop is the first step in this business plan of mine. That, and getting a workstation.

Anyway, for those that live close to me, I am sure I will be hitting you up so I can take pictures of you and your families. I learn so much each shoot, and I am so very excited to have found a hobby that I truly enjoy. I will also always be fishing for opinions, so please don’t get frustrated if I am overloading you with my work.

Kiddos have worn me out this morning, so since they are both sleeping, I am off to decompress…..and edit some photos. OBSESSED!

Cheers,

Mommydiarist