Friday, December 31, 2010

The hassle of moving

Well we are FINALLY almost moved out of our house and into our temporary apartment. This move has been one headache after another like most moves generally are. It has been a bit of a learning experience going from a 4 bedroom house to a 2 bedroom apartment and a small storage unit. The worst part is that once we're done, it will be only a month or so before we are doing it again! Thankfully back into a house again.

Some things I've learned about myself on this move:

1. I'm stronger than I thought. I was able to help lift and move almost all of our furniture and take even the heaviest of it up a full flight of stairs. (Our apartment is 2nd floor).

2. I get REALLY frustrated when my body decides I can't push it any harder. Day 2 of the move and we were carrying a dresser up the stairs and we had to do it one stair at a time because I couldn't carry it. Brought me to tears because I wanted to just pick it up and I just couldn't do it. Hate it when something says I can't.

3. I love internet. I use it for everything. Having it unavailable to me drives me crazy. I'd rather be without TV.

4. I am spoiled beyond belief. I have this wonderful husband who works hard and we have lived in nice, big houses. Moving into a small apartment is hard. I don't have access to all of my stuff, the kids are constantly underfoot and the dog is restless. Its only been about 2 weeks and we're going crazy. Not to mention the noise from the people above us. A constant herd of elephants on the ceiling.
And our cable in the apartment sucks. It changes channels by itself and you can't just turn it on and have it work. No, no, you have to reset it. Then reset it again every time you change the channel. Definitely could do without tv.

Ok...whining over :)

If you made it through all that...this was just a quick post, typed out on my blackberry, to let you all know that I greatly appreciate your patience while I'm dealing with the fun of the move. Hope to be back to regular blogging very soon!! Happy New Year!!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sporadic Posting

Please excuse me for my sporadic posting!  We are in the middle of a move and I promise that as soon as we are settled I will have more interesting things to share! 

In the mean time, have a look at a new pic of the hubster and me :-)  Photo shoots with a remote for a Christmas card suck...even with only 2 people.  But we managed to get a couple usable ones!



















Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Family Sneak Peeks

M has been a good friend of mine for a few years now, so it was a lot of fun to shoot her beautiful family.  I also used to babysit these two beautiful little girls.  Absolutely loved getting to photograph them and giving them the chance to model for me!  I definitely hope we can do it again!

A few of my favorites from the shoot yesterday...

Gorgeous Miss A




The whole A family...


















Sassy Miss T...who is also just stunning





Some sisterly love...






































Enjoy your peeks!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Motivation Monday: Quality time

It's Monday again and I'm about to fall asleep sitting up.  Stayed up way to late editing pictures and now I need a nap.   Mondays come much too quickly.  I am not a fan.  However, today my husband finally gets home after yet another almost 2 week mission overseas.  He's been gone for basically the past month with a few days home here and there. 



Anyway, back to the task at hand...my Motivation Monday this week is about my hubby.  With all this traveling he does, I really want to get more in the habit of putting more effort into the time we spend together when he is home.  We have a deployment coming up and those are not the easiest thing in the world, so my goal is to up the effort on the quality time with him over the next couple of months. 

He really does mean everything in the world to me, the cheese to my macaroni, the spring in my step, the cool whip (emphasis on the "h"-like Stewie on Family guy) on my dessert... Sometimes, though, I know I don't communicate that.  Life gets in the way, the kids go crazy, the house is a mess, the dog chews up yet another something...add to that packing, and the stress of losing a job and you get a cranky me...which is not so fun for him.  (Or for me, for that matter).

Plans for the coming week(s) depending on how quickly we can get things done...

* go get our Christmas tree (first time EVER for me getting a live one)-really exciting
*  decorate the tree
*  go to the Festival of Lights
*  go see the Harry Potter movie
*  lots and lots of pictures
* Family movie nights with popcorn and Christmas movies
*  Finish the Christmas shopping
* pack, pack, pack the house

Lots of this is holiday related, but we have been wanting to get some traditions going with the kids.  We spend a lot of time traveling to visit family so we haven't been able to really establish any traditions of our own.  We're working on that. 

Love this man so very much...







































So there you have it...my Motivation Monday post for this week!  Now go on over to Nain's blog and link up what's motivating YOU this week!

M + C Sneak Peek

I had my first ever official photo shoot this weekend with this adorable mother & her two year old son.







































I had an absolute blast.  C was a true blue two year old boy and was EVERYWHERE.  Really made me miss that age with my kids.  He has gorgeous blue eyes and his smile! M is in trouble when he gets older...I think he's going to be a ladies man!







































*sigh*  isn't he just adorable?!  I told M that I'd gladly keep him. 

And one more just for good measure...







































They were so much fun to work with and I'm really happy with the way the photos turned out ( so excited, in fact, that I stayed up til 2 a.m. editing!) and I think M liked 'em too!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Fun Photo Props

I have a couple photo shoots this weekend and whipped these up last night as kind of an ice breaker...nothing like being silly to get people to relax!! 

Here I am modeling...


























(the starch is still wet on that last one...it's all black!)



Happy Friday!!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Christmas Photo Cards

Ordinarily for Christmas, I design my own photo cards to send to friends and family.  However, this year I have a lot going on and wanted to do something a little easier.  Between photography and the editing and all of the graphic design I'm doing for Studio E, I haven't had as much time to do my personal stuff.  The answer?  Shutterfly.com!


I really like this design:



There were several others that I liked too...but I love the versatility of this design having the space for multiple pictures.  With 5 little misfits to include, we need the extra space!  You can find it here.
I have ordered photos from Shutterfly multiple times and have always been pleased with the quality of the prints.  This will be my first time getting photo cards from them, but I am confident that the quality will exceed my expectations. 

Looking for awesome gifts?  Check out these desk photo calendars!  Another one of my favorite products.  These would make a perfect gift for a grandparent, aunt , uncle, or other family member that could use some photos to brighten up their workspace!

Love these wall decals as well!

And check out these beautiful wrapped canvas photos! And while you're there, check out all the other items they have to offer including thank you notes, and birthday cards!


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

On a roll...

The page I showed you yesterday came together so quickly and so easily that I just let the ball keep on rollin' and I made a few more.  I really have missed having the extra time to spend up in my little studio space so it was really nice to be up there quite a bit yesterday!

Here are the rest of the pages...






































Love.
6x6 page
Patterned paper:  American Crafts
Cardstock:  Papertray Ink
Border strip:  Bazzill
Chipboard Letters:  Colorbok







































Sweet Sisters
6x6 page
Patterned Paper:  Came out of my scraps bin...no clue who the manufacturer is...sorry!!
Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink
Buttons:  Papertrey Ink
Border strip:  bazzill
Other:  Sisters plaque-Making Memories (it's probably 4 years old!)

and last but definitely not least...






































You feel like home to me
6x6 page
Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink
Stickers:  Making Memories
Arrow Brad:  Oriental Trading Co.
Patterned Paper:  Making Memories "Noteworthy" Memo pad
Chipboard Letters:  Colorbok



And there you have it.  The result of some quality time in my studio.  Really happy that it got the juices flowing for my December Daily album which starts TODAY!  I will share little peeks at that as I get the pages done.  Today's page is focusing on our Countdown to Christmas calendar.

Also, I'm happy to report that I've had an overwhelming response to my photography sessions.  I have my first shoot this weekend and I'm SO excited!  So you'll start seeing the sneak peeks for those sessions here on the blog-o too and I'd love to get some feedback on those as well!

Have a great day everybody!  Happy December 1!