Sunday, November 29, 2009

Home again, home again, jiggity jig

I am SO glad to be home!!

Its seems like the older I get, the less I like to travel. I do love to see new places, but the hassles of packing, luggage, laundry, etc seem to overshadow the adventures sometimes.

This is how much stuff we all needed to bring for 3 nights in Atlanta. Ridiculous. And I am a light packer, too!

Anyway, we had a great time, but its so nice to be home in our own beds with our own routines and our own stuff. As much as I love visiting Florida and Georgia, South Carolina really feels like my home now :)

More pictures to come soon!

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Train Park

The kids and I are winding down our trip here in Atlanta and heading back home to South Carolina in the morning. We've had a great time, as usual, here in my home town. Although I was born in Southern Florida, I barely remember my time there as a small kid. I feel like I grew up here in Tucker. This is where my friends were, this is where my family still is.

I'm sure none of you would be shocked to discover that I have over 200 pictures to sort through and edit from our 3 full days here. It will take me a while, no doubt. A long while, because I have the Christmas decorating bee in my bonnet and am chomping at the bit to get home and get my tree up.

So, in the meantime, here's some photos of my kids at the train park. When the train was actually running, which is hardly ever.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

After reading many blogger's Thankful posts just now, I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and make one too.

I am thankful for:
1. my children, who complete me.
2. my husband who supports me and encourages me in my role as mother.
3. the beautiful house we've lived in over two years that I just had to have after seeing in online.
4. the fact that my mom lives so close to me.
5. the best neighbors in the world.
6. visiting my hometown with all the friends and family that still live here.
7. my blog followers who encourage me to blog more often and take better photos.

There will be many many many pictures of our Thanksgiving trip up soon. I've been playing with my new birthday present, more to come about that!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Loved too much

Can something be loved too much?


We just patch up the love-worn spots and love on it some more.

This blankie has been in the family since Jaina's birth. My aunt Diane sent Jaina this blanket and matching newborn nightgown. It was the perfect light weight blanket to become a "lovey" but Jaina picked *my* pink blankie that my mother had made me before I was even born. So this blankie got packed up in the baby box.

When I found out that I was pregnant with Jayce, I went through the baby box and pulled out all the gender-neutral things I could find. This blanket would be in use again very soon. It doubled as a tummy-time blanket and an emergency burp cloth. In the summer it was perfect for a light cover while riding in the car seat. Then Jayce became a toddler and I encouraged him to use the blanket as comfort, although he wasn't attached to any blanket or stuffed animal at all.

Now Jayce loves his blankie. Loves it so much that he wore a hole in it. That's how you know a blankie is loved, you know. And a few weeks ago, it received its very first patch. Jayce picked out the fabric and helped Gray sew it on. I have a feeling it will be just a first of many.

I Heart Faces: Sun Flare

Sunday, November 22, 2009


So, the other afternoon, I had the great idea to take my kids downtown to get some christmas-card worthy pictures. However, maybe I should have asked them if they had wanted to do this.

Let's just say they were less than cooperative.

Well, did I finally get a shot? Guess you need to be on my Holiday Card List to find out!

Email me at if I don't have your snail mail address, but you would like me to send you a card. At this point in my life, I send out about 50 cards to my friends/family in real life and about 50 cards to a bunch of friends I've never met outside of the internet :) So I won't find it strange at all!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Soccer IS over!

Its almost enough to make me shout "Hallelujah!!" if I was a person that shouted "Hallelujah" with any regularity.

Not that I don't love that my kids play soccer. I really do. I love that they love to run around kicking a ball. I love that they love making new friends. I love that Upward sports teaches them about teamwork, sportsmanship, and playing your best as well as soccer game rules and regulations. Eh, I could do without the bible verses that I never insist on my kids repeating and I most definitely could do without the weekly devotions. But since they come part and parcel with an Upward sports registration, I chalk them up to just being a small part of my children's wide knowledge of world religions.

But what I really truly dislike are soccer socks. Ugh, I am cringing just now as I type this out. Am I the only one that hates soccer socks? Or are my kids' calves just weird?

See, no matter what size we buy (or that Upward provides us), the socks don't fit. And we've tried good Nike brand as well!. If the length of the foot fits and the heel is in the right place, then the sock part that goes over their calf muscle doesn't fit. And the sock is too short to even go above their shin guard. So, I go up a size. Now the place for their heel is way off, the extra material by the toes scrunch up (which introduces a new line of complaints), the part that goes over the calf muscle is STILL too tight and the sock now goes up over their knees. Is it supposed to? And can anyone please tell me if the shin guard is supposed to go over or under the actual sock? Thanks in advance!

The socks are so darn tricky that my 7 and 1/2 year old, who has been putting on her shoes and socks by herself since the tender age of 3, cannot do this herself. And forget about the 4 and a 1/2 year old doing it either. I swear I spend close to 15 minutes trying to wrangle soccer socks on their feet. Its almost enough to make me not want to sign them up next year. But of course I will anyway :)

So, soccer is over. They had a great season. Jaina was much less scared of the ball than last year. She played a great defense, which is the position she feels most comfortable in. She had fun playing with her good friend Anna Grace S. Since there was another little girl named Anna on the team, the coach decided to call the girls by "Anna" and their last initial. Except that he obviously couldn't spell and thought that Anna's last name started with a "C". So, all season we heard, "Get the ball, Anna C! Move on up, Anna C! Anna C, go down the line! White corner kick, you're up Anna C!!" She just learned to answer to that name. Her mom confided in me that it kinda became a cute nickname for her at home :)

I'm honestly trying to think of Jayce's soccer experience as a learning experience and nota huge waste of $70 registration plus cleats, shin guards, and socks (damn those socks!!!). But who am I kidding? It kinda was. I am not sure he really had fun, either. I mean, he got excited about it. He said he liked it. But I think he was just way overwhelmed and didn't know how to deal so he just "checked" out during games. I guess what made it worse was that even the younger kids on the teams paid more attention to the game and actually tried to run after the ball. Jayce stuck out like a sore thumb. I found out by the last game that my good friend Mary Elizabeth pretty much felt the same way about her son on the spectrum as well. We both commiserated with each other and assured ourselves that this was a good learning experience for our boys and it never hurts to try these things.

So, soccer is over. Just in time for Upwards Cheerleading, which we registered for two days ago. Oh joy, here we go again. At least I can handle the socks!

I won't mention the mess that pom-poms make.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Metering in Manual

I did it! I finally took the plunge and shot in manual (M) mode on my camera!!!

And this is what I got:


Since my subject wasn't moving, I quickly re-adjusted my shutter speed (since I had already picked my aperture that I wanted to use) and really paid attention to the little green scale inside my camera. And I tried again.

Okay, now to practice practice practice!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Theme: Autumn Beauty

If you know me, you know of my deep obsession with following photography blogs. There's nothing I like to do more than peruse photographic images taken by talented artists. Do I consider myself one? No way, Jose. I fully admit that I am just a mom that likes to follow my kids around with a camera 24/7. But I am very inspired by other photographer's work and that's a good thing :)

I've been following a photography blog entitled "I Heart Faces" for a while now. I've never posted a single entry to any of their themes or contests. But I feel inspired to do so today.

This picture was taken 10 days ago at a local park about 1 hour before sunset. The little boy is the son of a very good friend of mine. He never ever ever sits still. He is a comedian of the highest order and I guarantee that you will keel over laughing if you ever meet him in person. Normally I can't even get in front of him long enough to snap a single picture, posed or natural. This was a rare occasion, and one fitting for the theme "Autumn Beauty". This is also a photo that none of my blog readers have seen yet because I've been lazy and am very behind on my blogging!

At any rate, I'm thankful that we threw caution to the wind and played so hard at the park. I'm also thankful I captured some of it on camera :)

Not Me Monday

Its time for another addition of "Not Me Monday!"

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

Let's see...

What did I not do this past weekend. Well, I certainly did not make my husband brave Monkey Joe's for a birthday party because I had my own agenda instead. No, I'm always a lover of crowded noisy playplaces because of the joy it brings my children. It also certainly was not the only time in the last 6 months my kids had been there, despite going weekly last school year.

And when big sister was extremely disappointed that she could not go to the birthday party as well, I certainly did not bribe her with a Polly Pockets toy from Walmart to make it up to her. Nope, not me! My children handle disappointment with grace and do not need bribes for good behavior.

I also did not get upset when my daughter's room looked like this

exactly 2 hours after cleaning it. My house is always kept clean and tidy and my children know how to pick up after themselves.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Blue Balloon

Who knew blowing up a blue balloon could be so much fun?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sunny Days

Well, huh....

Imagine that.

I actually post something about the rain going away and it actually worked. I should get a medal or something. You know, controlling the weather like that.

So, the rain went away. And the clouds blew away. Then the wind died down. And we were left with a gorgeous setting sun amidst a beautiful blue sky. After riding bikes and trikes and scooters for an hour, Jaina decided we should go on a walk through our neighborhood, pushing Jayce in the stroller that he's too big for. I grabbed my camera and we were off:

I have a feeling that the sun is around to stay all weekend long :)