Monday, January 29, 2018

Happy Birthday Jocelyn!!

My baby turned SIX last Friday!

It was a special day at school, not only was it Jocelyn's birthday, but it was also a SNOW DAY!

The kids learned about how snow was made, they got to play in homemade craft snow, they had a snowball fight, and they watched a movie in their pajamas with their favorite stuffed animals.

Add LPS Cupcakes to boot and that's one special day!

To celebrate, we had a birthday party at the YMCA. We had a great turn out!

Jennifer and Emily from Graham Street Photography were there to capture the party since I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off! More pictures from them later!

We opened gifts at home later that night and she made out like a bandit! Tons of new LPS (That's Littlest Pet Shop for you guys without little girls around), new art supplies, kitty stuff, and fun crafts!

I cannot believe my baby is 6!! How time really does fly!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

New Year :: New Start

I'm not one for making New Year's resolutions. But sometimes it does feel like the turning of a new year is a good time to renew. The holidays are over and there's more time to focus on goals that I may have let slide last year.

This blog would be one of them.

As the kids get older, there's less "cute" stuff to talk about here. I've always used this blog as a family scrapbook of sorts. Over the last 12 years I've documented every trip to the park, every playdate with neighbors, every school performance, every day trip to Children's Museums, every family vacation.

Jocelyn is almost 6 now and there's much fewer of those things. She's almost 6 going on 15 because she just wants to be big like her brother and sister. She doesn't watch Nick Jr or Playhouse Disney; she watches Cartoon Network and You tube. She doesn't listen to Laurie Berkner or the Bear in the Big Blue House soundtrack; her favorites are Taylor Swift and Anime intros.

I just recently browsed through all of the pictures I took of my family in 2017 in order to compile the best into a book for my Project 52. I was sad to realize that there were many weeks that I only took a handful of pictures, and most of them were of Jocelyn at that.

I've always labeled myself as a children and family photographer. Photographing reluctant teens doesn't come as naturally to me as chasing around a two-year-old to get a natural smile. So I just kind of stopped trying.

I really don't want our family scrapbook to end. Jaina may hate every picture I take of her 15 year old self right now but I'm hoping she'll appreciate them when she's 25. Or maybe when she has a teenager of her own :)

The direction of this blog is going to have to go in a new direction, plain and simple. What that direction is... well, I'm not sure.

For now, enjoy this picture of Jocelyn at the park. I know far too well that these moments are fleeting.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Grand Canyon 2017

Brian decided to hike back down to Phantom Ranch at the Grand Canyon and this time, he took me with him! But no hiking for me... instead, Judy, Cesily and I went to the Lowel Observatory, Meteor Crater, Sedona, and Flagstaff. It was a great trip!

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Anime Weekend Atlanta 2017

My teen discovered her love for Anime last year around this time. At first it was just an obsession with Fairy Tale, but her love quickly spread to countless other anime shows and Manga books. I can't begin to name all the ones she's watched and liked, but it's a ton. And she's brought the entire family along for the ride.

I can now recognize a few characters from the shows on merchandise. Jocelyn knows all of the theme songs from the shows she watches (she doesn't watch the animes, though, they are 14+ for sure!) and both she and Jayce have rediscovered their love for Studio Ghibli and Pokemon.

I'm glad she's found a passion, especially one that has her reading books and learning about a new culture. Right now, her dream is to live in Japan one day. She's totally a weeaboo.

She first learned about the convention Anime Weekend Atlanta from attending our local library's teen Anime party that happens once a month. She immediately started saving her money for tickets and merchandise.

And this past weekend, she finally got to go!

She cosplayed as Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service and Chihiro from Spirited Away.

We drove down to Atlanta late Friday night so we could get up early on Saturday to find parking at the Cobb Galleria.

Jaina and I waited in line so she could meet a voice actress that she loves from Snow White with the Red Hair. No pic, but she got an autograph that she wants to frame.

We attended the Japanese Fashion show, too.

But our favorite event of the day was attending the Maid Cafe. For reasons I do not understand, maids are really big in Japan. Our maids and butlers were volunteers for the convention weekend.

I'm not sure what's up with all the peace signs. But clearly Jocelyn copies her big sister all the time.

Jaina was pretty nervous to ask random strangers in cosplay to take their picture, but we got one with Pikachu for Jocelyn.

The last day we attended the event "Ask an Anime Character" and it was, by far, the best event of the weekend. I wasn't familiar with any of the Anime's (except for Sailor Moon) but boy was it hilarious!!

And here are my pictures from my phone:

She's already gearing up to attend another conference in May 2018 :)