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2011 Photo Reflect

I saw this little idea over at The Paper Mama and thought I would give it a go. Since most of this year was spent off the blog I thought it might be a good idea to throw in some photos that would not have been posted about. Here goes!
Me! – picture of yourself (you don’t have to show your face). What are you most proud of accomplishing in 2011?

I am most proud of giving birth to my beautiful son and learning how to mother. It has been an incredible challenge and I am learning so much everyday.

I Love You – picture of your husband, boyfriend, children, pets, etc.

Still Laughing… – a moment you’re still laughing about now…tell us a story. Dressing up Bodhi has been a thing of ours for a while. This hipster scarf took the cake that day and he wore that thing for a couple of days. He had a run in the yard at our old house so I can only imagine what the people walking by thought of the dog in the dorky scarf…

Winter Wonderland – a picture that reflects Winter. I can’t even believe this view. It is from the top floor of our old house at about 6am. I woke up and it looked like the hallway was on fire because of that light. I went out to look and it was so cold the ocean was steaming and that red sunrise made it look as though the sea were in flames. I opened the window and got this amazing shot.

Birthday – share a birthday picture (your own or someone you love). This was my sister Katie’s cinnamon roll birthday ‘cake’. She turned 25 this year! Also, in this picture I am a few days pregnant and I did not know it!

Friends – a picture with friends (this could be your friends or your children with their friends). My dear friend Ashley’s Bachelorette!

I Was Inspired… – could be a picture of your inspiration (person or thing), or inspired by…: I was truly inspired by my pregnancy. I ended up taking a photo every week and getting more and more into figuring out the monolith that is Photoshop. It was pretty amazing watching my body transform and create such a beautiful little being.

Spring Fever – a picture that reflects Spring. My best friend started selling cupcakes in the City Market and these were some of her delicious Easter cupcakes!

Travel or Vacation – a picture taken on vacation or on a recent travel experience…even if it was only a few miles away. We went on an AMAZING 13 day vacation to Sarasota, Florida in April with Greg’s whole family.This is Greg and our niece on the beach in front of our condo.

Summer Days – a picture that reflects Summer. Chimes on the deck…

A Day In My Life – a picture of a typical day in your life. Sweats and self portraits haha

All Smiles – a picture that makes you smile or of smiling faces.My step brother and his daughter dancing at his wedding!

Autumn Harvest – a picture that reflects Autumn/Fall. Beach walk with Bodhi in October.

Family or Home – a picture of your family or a picture that represents family/home for you.My favorite place….haaaa

Celebrate! – a picture that reflects a celebration: Yay Neil is born!!

Let’s Do It Again… – a picture of something you’d like to do again soon…nuff said….

I Miss You – a picture of someone or something you really miss. She is still here right now but I missed her a lot this year!

Beautiful – a picture of someone or something you find beautiful. My gorgeous son.

Macro – share your favorite macro or close-up image.

Holidays – a picture from the Holiday of your choice. Best present ever.

My Favorite – share your favorite picture or memory from 2011. My mornings are filled with cooing and staring at this baby. This is from one of our early morns together.

Don’t Ever Change – something you love about yourself, someone, or something that you never want to change. I never want this face to lose that gorgeous happiness…

Just Because…So There! – share any picture(s) that you really want to share, but doesn’t fit in any other category.

Hopes and Dreams – share what you hope to come or dream for 2012. Feel free to share an image of your choice. I want to continue to enjoy the new family dynamic and grow creatively through my blog and photos this year! Here’s to keeping up with our (pin)trests and enjoying those closest to us!

This was so fun! I found some photos I had totally forgotten about! Linking up with zee Paper Mama and her year in review. Thanks for the inspiration!


The future is now

I am blogging from my new iPhone!! This is crazy! I can do things like this:


And this:


Just wild!

Seven Weeks!

My sweet newborn is turning into a baby. It is true! It is happening right before my eyes!  He is becoming interested in things! He loves to kick and punch the air all while smiling and cooing at you. He is mesmerized by his new mobile and of course his favorite chandelier:

He is also a major fan of what I like to call Dancey Legs:


I have learned that sometimes he just wants to be put down to do his thing. I often think that extra rocking or holding onto him is what he wants only to find the crying does not stop until he gets some room to groove. It makes me more sure about the whole attachment parenting style. He really doesn’t want me ALL the time but he knows I am always there if he needs me!

This week has been full of extreme party and family time! We haven’t had much chance to relax. Lots of people want to see the little guy! As such here are some travelling pics of Neil:

He looks like Maggie Simpson on her snowsuit I think!


I feel like the adorable baby chub is appearing before my eyes. Sometimes I wake up and look at him and think “THERE IS MORE NEIL THAN THE NIGHT BEFORE” It is quite amazing to know it is 100% because of Mama’s Milk Cocktails. This is just another reason why I don’t know why people are so weirded out by breastfeeding. Nursing mothers down in the US actually held a “Nurse-In” at 250 Targets due to a woman being harassed by a Target EMPLOYEE for nursing her babe in public COVERED UP!!!$%# &%*#%#$^ See story here. Totally infuriating. I nurse Neil all over the place and positively love how easy it is and how no one even bats an eye.

Here is my happy boy on a Christmas themed blankie from his 3 year old cousin Jameson!

My darling is almost two months! We are all looking forward to the new year and getting some more projects on the go! Neil is a happy camper for the most part so I am looking forward to getting creative again!

Hope everyone has an amazing New Years Eve and relaxing long weekend!!


Happy Christmas All!!

Neil’s Weekly Photo Project!

Hey There!

Today is Neil’s six week birthday! Holy MOLY! He is changing more and more everyday. You can tell he is really starting to SEE things now and it is awesome. He is very enamored with this rod iron light fixture we have. I know, VERY exciting stuff. He also seems to enjoy the fan in our bedroom. He also likes laying on people, mostly me at this point but sometimes I can trick him by moving him over to his Dad’s chest for a while. I know, I know, I should be putting him down more often but after reading this article I don’t care if he prefers the human contact.

This is my favorite quote from the article:

“If you are baby with no skills in self-protection, staying with mom, having a grasp reflex, and a startle reflex that helps you grab onto your mom, makes sense.  Babies know the difference between a bassinette and a human chest. When infants are separated from their mothers, they have a “despair withdrawal” response.  The despair part comes when they alone, separated.  The kids are vocally expressing their desire not to be tiger food.”

MAKES SENSE TO ME. So for now my sweet boy shall have all the benefits of human contact. It is not that difficult to conduct my day with him strapped to me and I get the benefit of some extra exercise! When you see any footage from non western countries you get the impression that people wear their babies A LOT. I am going to guess that they aren’t too concerned about their small babes becoming “too attached” to them.

Speaking of my attached baby, I wanted to show you a 52 week photo challenge I am participating in featuring the little prince. I took the idea from the lovely pair over at Young House Love. They have a sweet little one named Clara who they completed this challenge with! It is amazing! Every week they took a photo of their daughter on a piece of rad fabric and photoshopped how many weeks she was onto a plain white onsie! You can get the full how-to right here! With Neil I have decided to use blankies that he has received from family and friends. You may not believe me, but Neil will have enough blankets to complete this challenge. I am including receiving blankets as well of course because heck! some of them are made of quite awesome fabric!!  Here are weeks 1-5:

Now drumrollll pleaseeeeeeeeeeee:

LOOK AT THOSE THIGH ROLLS BABY~~!! He is so delightfully bright!  I plan to update from now on with his weekly pic. Every Thursday is his week birthday which funnily enough is also my week birthday. I am now 1442 weeks old.

Holiday Happenings!

Hey Gang!!

As you can see my blog has a new banner! I have been spending some of Neil’s nap time schooling myself on some blog fun and photoshop action! The world is so mighty and big when it comes to these things so I am just trying to pick up a few new skillz as I go along! Anything to pretty up the place!

It is now four days before our first Christmas as a family of three! I can’t even believe it! We are so happy to have Neil here with us and I am finding that even with an infant around, Christmas is so much more fun!  I still managed to get SOME Christmas baking done. CERTAINLY not as much as last year. Last year I was even melting chocolate and dipping things in it. NOT SO MUCH this year but some dough was put together!

Recipes for these babies: Sugar Cookies, Cookie Dough Balls, & Peanut Brittle

Some decorations were put together as well. It was hard to resist not fixing up the new house. Neil LOVES the baby carrier so I just strap him to me and go around putting up lights and ornaments. He pretty much loved all the action from what I can tell.

Now it is time for babe and I to hit the hay once again! This is our entry for another of Paper Mama’s photo challenges! It is pretty much how every morning is spent!

The Paper Mama

Paper Mama Holiday Photo Contest!

I wanted to enter my little Santie Claus into this contest! He is just a month now and we are loving getting him into various Christmas poses!!



I love love love Paper Mama’s photography skillz. I have got to start doing more of her challenges so I am going to start with this Holiday One!

 The Paper Mama