Sunday, January 29, 2012


Last Tuesday was my birthday.  On Saturday prior, I got to celebrate with my family and the boys at a very nice dinner out:)  On my actual birthday I went to work as usual.  I decided as I was driving in at 6:45 AM that next year I am totally taking a vacation day.  Next year, I will be getting a full on spa manicure and pedicure and go shopping for new shoes or something else ridiculously frivolous and excessive.  I did enjoy a fun lunch with my co-workers and friends from the office:)  That night, we got a babysitter and Hubs and I went out for a special birthday dinner to a local Japanese Steak House.  It was so fun!  I sipped Kir Royale and ordered the Terriaki Chicken & Shrimp.  Delicious!

I was pleasantly surprised at the end of dinner when they brought me cake and sang happy birthday to me:)   I also got to wear a totally hilarious birthday balloon crown, don't laugh;)

Happy 36th to me!

Maybe it's what everyone does...but around the time of my birthday I spend a lot of time thinking about my life and where I am and who I am.  I've decide that for the first time in years I feel truly comfortable in my own skin...I could still lose 20 pounds but I'm not in a hurry.  Life is good.  Life is great!  Hubs and I are really in sync, the boys are growing like weeds and doing well in school.  There's the slightest hope on the horizon that a 3rd baby could be a possibility but I'm preparing mentally that it might not happen and I'm so thankful for my sons.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

New Lense Canon 50mm Compact-Macro f2.5

Trying a new lense.  Can't wait to use this on people, but tonight this is the best I could do.  I need the Macro for wedding shots and I also need to send my 85mm out for repair as I think it's not functioning properly.

Birthday Bouquet from my boys yesterday!  1/100th f3.2 ISO 2500 Canon 7D

Monday, January 23, 2012

Monday Blues

I hate Mondays, as I imagine most people do.  Actually I hate Tuesdays more because I'm actually off on Mondays and Tuesday is my first day back to work for the week.

It's rare that I ever get a Monday "off".  There are so many school holidays, teacher workdays, etc.  When everyone else is at home or work there are errands and appointments for me or the dog or whatever.  Today the kids actually have a 2 hour delay (apparently there was some ice..somewhere?!?). So as I write this and sip coffee the sounds of Super Mario Galaxy can be heard in the background as Puck and Muffin chatter back and forth about the best way to play the game.  It's amazing to hear their conversations with each other, especially when they are getting along!

Tomorrow I turn 36.  Wow, 36 years old...  In my mind I feel exactly the same way I felt when I was 17, I just don't look like it from the outside, LOL!  Hubs and I get to go on a birthday date since we celebrated with the kids this past weekend. 

I MUST get back to the gym this week.  I have not been able to break the 150lbs mark.  I will do it, right after my birthday....hehehehhe:)

Have a great week!!

PS:  Does anyone know why my old pictures in the blog are not viewable and I can only see a black triangle with an exclamation point?????

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

Muffin - Updated Photo

Some of you may be wondering about Muffin.  I've mentioned how far he has come.  We lost the curls this year, something I'll always miss but we actually felt like he was hiding behind his hair.  He is not a fan of pictures but I was able to persuade him to still for just one "decent" shot.

Canon 7D 1/100th f3.5 ISO 640 - Edited in LR, & PS CS4

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

#1 Stacked Up
Seems there are always stacks of laundry around here...
#2 Winter Wonderland
It doesn't look wintery but it sure is cold....rare since we seem to be having an Indian Summer.
#3 Sweet
Made these yesterday to share with a neighbor that just had her 2nd baby:)
#4 Hole
The little hole that gets punched in my K-Cup each morning:)
My youngest son basically lives off frozen pancakes and waffles.

I threw these together today as a way to force myself to pick my camera back up. I've been a bit burnt out after a super busy Fall. More to come, I hope. Here's to a fresh perspective.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Friday Night Leftovers

I just can't seem to get this done on time but at least I'm blogging again, which in and of it self is a miracle.

Earlier in the week I had the worst day at work I have ever had.  I blew a big sales presentation in front of my boss and he was very mad and disappointed at me.  I was humiliated.  I cried and cried and cried.  I wanted to go home and crawl into bed and never come out.  I sell this program all the time and have a great track record as far as closing clients but my nerves just took over and I couldn't control them.  It took about 2 days but I picked myself up out of the mud and for that I'm proud.  It made for a very long week.  I'm glad we are in the middle of a 3 day weekend right now.  Even though I wish the kids had school on Monday.

Hubs seems to be back tracking on this baby thing.  He has lots of rational reasons for not wanting another baby.  The usual, money, time, and attention for our other kids, etc.  I don't know how to explain what it's like to be a woman and how that wanting feels.  For me it's like a power from somewhere else.  I just know I'm supposed to do this one more time....He said the door isn't completely shut but he has to want this too or it will never work.  He'll just be resentful later.  I'm trying to be happy and thankful for the kids I do have, and I am.  I just know that I will regret later in life if there is never a 3rd.  It's not completely about having a girl although I would LOVE to have a daughter.  I just don't know if it's going to happen.

Muffin is going to Kindergarten in the Fall.  I just can't believe it.  Amazing...  I'm planning his 5th birthday party which is just under a month away!!!

Finally got some enlargements of the boys hung up on the wall.  They look great and make for the beginnings of a decent family photo wall.  I'll try and snap a shot of them later to share.

Yesterday, while the Hubs was out with his guy friends watching football I cleaned our bedroom.  It was so nice to go to sleep with out laundry baskets and crap strewn all over.  I think I actually slept better because of it.  Today I plan to tackle the bathroom:)

Go snack on some more leftovers with Danifred!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Ouch! {Friday Night Leftovers on Sunday Edition}

  •  OMG.  Every inch of my body hurts this morning.  I'm not sure if it was the Vinyasa class yesterday morning or the Just Dance 3 party that took place in our family room last night.  I crushed the hubs, by the way with a score of over 10,000 to his 6000:) Where is the advil?
  • It's such a shame that we have to work.  We have so much fun when were at home together.  I'm way less grouchy and I get so much done!  The laundry room is almost completely empty and if I get to the bottom of the baskets I will take a picture to prove it.
  • I joined the gym back in November and I am loving it.  I don't recall ever enjoying a workout so much in my life.  Maybe it's because I'm middle aged and I know if I want to look good and feel good it's a necessity, who knows.  I think it's because there is a daycare there to drop off the kiddos.  They love it, the wild free play and chaos.  So they get to burn energy while I burn calories.  I can relax knowing they are close by AND you can watch them on the TV's of the equipment if you want.
  • Our new leather ottoman is here and we love it.  Except now everything else in the room looks crappy.  Huh, don't you hate when that happens.? Amazingly Hubs suggested new rug and leather couches (not right away but the fact that he even thought it is a good sign).  

  • I am no longer worried about my Muffin.  He has come so far I am in complete amazement.  I feel confident that he will be ready for Kindergarten in the Fall.  Oh what a feeling!  He says the funniest things and has the memory of an elephant.  These days his favorite thing to say is, "Why are you mad?"  He says it all the time.  He knows now that we're tired of saying, "I'm not mad."  So he says, "I'm just joking", and laughs the sweetest laugh.  He's wearing a variety of other clothes even, no more Wall-e or Mario shirts daily!  What progress:)
Please go sample some of the other leftovers over at Danifred's place!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Grind

So I'm back.  Sitting at my freezing desk and missing the chaos of morning in my kitchen.  At least there is a coffee machine here. I miss the boys and hope their first day back to school is filled with excitement to see friends again and return to their routine. I need to find a way to hold onto that relaxed, calm, vacay feeling and keep it all year through.   January brings 2 positive thoughts; my birthday and only 5 more months until we can return to the beach! - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone