20 Things

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Meghan from Particle Woman invited me to participate in this little 20 things questionairre, and because I really enjoyed reading hers and getting to know her a little better, I agreed to play!

Question 1: How tall are you?
I’m 5’5” but online people always assume I’m taller.

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?
A Hidden talent? Not really, I try to actualize my talents and pursue my passions.

Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?
My typos! Maybe that’s my hidden talent, I have a real flair for the typo. And when people use the word “musings” in their blog title- it kind of drives me bonkers.

Question 4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?
Hmm… apathy. Deliberate ignorance. Lack of self awareness. People who use the R-word.

Question 5: What’s your favorite song?
Who can pick one favorite?! I can’t, but this one speaks to me. And also, this video makes me chuckle.


Question 6: What’s your favorite Etsy shop that isn’t yours?
Knitted Wit makes gorgeous colorful yarns!

Question 7: What’s your favorite way to spend your free time when you’re alone?
I love taking and editing photos, knitting, weaving, but when I get a chance, nothing beats reading a book in the hammock. Heaven.

Question 8: What’s your favorite junk food?
Mmmm, pimento cheese. But I’d take any kind of chip and dip.

Question 9: Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?
Murphy, Tiberius, Kitty, Ernie
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Question 10: What are your number one favorite nonfiction and fiction books?
Time Traveler’s Wife and The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing are two books (both fiction) I could read again and again and books that are special to my heart, because they are my husbands favorite book too, and we bonded over our love for them when we were courting.

Question 11: What’s your favorite beauty product?
Maybelline Dream Lumi Highlighting concealer, and L’Oreal Voluminous Millions Extreme mascara.

Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened?
I was recently embarassed at work when a colleague in a position several levels above me basically called me stupid in an email that several people were copied on. It was really hard for me, and hard on my pride, but in the end, it wasn’t received well so I’ve mostly been able to shake it off and move on and take the high road. But it was tough.

Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Assuming you don’t mean cocktails (because I love cocktails and could never pick just one) I think the only thing I drink besides water is sparkling water. I like the bubbles. I drink a lot of sparkling water. Henry calls is “Pink” and he likes it too.

Question 14: What’s your favorite movie?
Harry Potter, all of them.

Question 15: What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep?
I guess I was a loser, but I don’t think much about it anymore. I knew at the time that high school wasn’t real life, I hated it, but always had an eye on the future.

Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Colorado probably, assuming I was gainfully employed and could afford it.

Question 17: PC or Mac?
Both, also iPad.

Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse?
Josh makes my white wine spritzers, does my laundry, and rubs my feet. What could be more romantic than that?

Question 19: Favorite celebrity?

Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want be best friends with?
There is a whole world of people I love online and wish I could spend more time with in real life. I’m fortunate to be real life best friends with my very favorite ex-blogger, Josh from Berg With Fries.

I’m supposed to tag friends to play, but I’d love to know more about EVERYONE who takes the time to stop by my little piece of the internet, so tag! Leave me a link in the comments with your 20 things!

365 Fridays Week 35 & 36

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On Fridays I’m linking up for a 365 hosted by Sarah @ Nurse Loves Farmer, Mindi @ Simply Stavish, and Stephanie @ Behind the Camera & Dreaming.

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I just finished up an online photography class, so most of my pictures from the last two weeks are from class. This is the last one I’m taking for a while, I love them and I’m learning so much, but I’m fried, lots to practice in the interim though!

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This was a funny class, it was all about creative editing, so a lot of my pictures from these two week are pushing the envelope in their editing style. It was really fun to be challenged creatively like this.

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It is so, so, so hard to get Hen to stand still for a picture, but when he does it is so worth it, what an angel face.

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Muahahaha, I tricked him for this one. Kid didn’t even know he was being played!

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OK, OK so these next two are actually from the same day…

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But how cute are kids eating spaghetti?!

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And as ever, I have no shortage of Copley pictures this week.

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I’m sure his day is coming, and soon he’ll run from the camera just like Henry does, so I’d better get my fill while I can!

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I’m feeling a little bit of burnout right now, so I found a photo-a-day challenge to keep me shooting in September.

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It’s all about knitting, so prepare to get just absolutely sick to death of knitting pictures!

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And finally… if you’re looking for a great price on a woven wrap, I’m selling! Shoot me an email and one of these beauties can be yours!

Best Friends

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These two have a really special bond. The nice thing about having small children- it’s still OK to be your kid’s best friend.

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Baby Days

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Ever since Josh and I decided that our family is complete, I’m hyper aware of how quickly time is passing, aware of my baby growing up before my eyes in a way I wasn’t before.

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For instance, in this picture below that I’ working on for an editing class I’m taking, all I can see is that shoulder blade. Babies don’t have shoulder blades, little boys do though. When did my baby turn into a little boy? He still looks like a baby most of the time, but these little details sneak up on me and take me by surprise.

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I really am slowing down, savoring moments, soaking in snuggles.

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Trying to make memories, but I know that memories too are fleeting. Because I can look back at all the pictures I want, in my mind’s eye, Henry only exists as a three and a half year old. I can no longer conjure memories of baby Henry. And I know that day is coming for Copcop too.

Back To School

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Hurrah! Parents everywhere rejoice!

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Henry is not as miserable as he looks!

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365 Fridays- Week 33

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On Fridays I’m linking up for a 365 hosted by Sarah @ Nurse Loves Farmer, Mindi @ Simply Stavish, and Stephanie @ Behind the Camera & Dreaming.

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I shared this picture on Facebook the other day, and it is still making me laugh. Poor Cop.

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Hen is such a funny mischievous kid. He makes these faces that remind me so much of myself Hen I’m goofing off. I think that is on of the coolest parts of being a parent, seeing yourself in your kids.

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This corner of the yard has always been kind of a mess. Piles of twigs and wood, a broken birdbath the old owners left, lots of weeds, and the decrepit old fence. We’ve been working on the fire pit patio area all summer, and when we had the new fence put in the contractors left a huge mess of dirt and concrete all over the junk that had accumulated back here, so we took advantage of the opportunity to clean it all up. We cleared out all the junk, transplanted the catmint that was taking over my front yard flower bed and filled in the back corner with this colorful, easy to grow plant, and now this little corner is calm, peaceful, and beautiful.

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Funny thing about creating that nice comforting space, we’ve actually wanted to hang out back there. Enjoying some vino and nursing my little snuggler- can’t beat that.

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The haircut Josh will never let me forget…

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And his new super short back-to-school do.  And yes, he’s been wearing that shirt for a few days now.

Henry’s Back-To-School Haircut

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I did a bad bad thing.

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I figured I could handle it, it’s just a little trim.

I was wrong.

14 Month Pictures

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And just like that, seemingly overnight, my little baby is kind of looking like a big toddler.

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A boy. A kid.

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He loves sitting, laughing, eating beans and corn chips, has two bottom teeth and is getting two top teeth as we speak.

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He’s a happy, calm, and curious baby. I suppose he’s not always happy, but in comparison to his brother who NEVER seems to be happy, Copley is a tiny ball of sunshine.

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He looks at everything, he watches everything. He laughs a lot. He yells at us when he is displeased (usually when he wants a cup of water or some more beans) and does a happy dance when I get out a wrap to wear him when I get home from work.

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He is still nursing, but infrequently and I’m aware every time that it may be our last time… or we may hang on like this for another year. There is just no way to tell.

I normally aim for consistency when editing a set of photos, so I apologize that today’s edits are all over the map. I’m taking a processing course right now and there are just too many fun things to try!

If you don’t already follow us on Facebook, head over to check out an outtake from this little photo shoot! It had me rolling!

365 Fridays Week 32

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On Fridays I’m linking up for a 365 hosted by Sarah @ Nurse Loves Farmer, Mindi @ Simply Stavish, and Stephanie @ Behind the Camera & Dreaming.

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Cop is so into the swings! It is so amazing watching his world open up little by little. He works hard, so much harder than Henry ever had to, and we share his joy when that hard work pays off.

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Chickens man, they are so funny.

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Josh built the girls a nice long tractor so they could run around.

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I didn’t really even see what was happening here, I was just clicking and hoping to capture some cuteness. When I pulled these pictures into my camera my heart just exploded with awesome adorableness.

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I’m getting my fill of flowers, stocking up while I still can, fall is coming, and winter on its heels. I have no idea what kind of pictures I’ll shoot when miserable grey winter hits here this year. Maybe I’ll build a studio…

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This is our friends old gal Scarlet, I must say, I could take pictures of animals all day forever.

Our Backyard Paradise

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We spend loads of time in our backyard, it’s our paradise. We work in the garden, step out the back gate to the park, play with the dogs, lounge in the hammock, or sit around the fire pit.

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Our paradise was lost for a few weeks this summer when our neighors tore down the fence between our yards. I’m stil grumbling about it, but it doesn’t do to dwell.

$2200 later our privacy- and paradise- is restored.

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And we’re back outside.

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