Saturday, September 29, 2012

The greatest moment ever, may take forever to arrive.

Through ups and downs, leaping bounds, it'll travel, far and wide.

Shades of time, reason to rhyme, one moment stands the test.

Other moments pass along, as though they are the best.

So far, so lost, at any cost; to never be the one.

Accept the truth, with utter grace, the moment, may not come.

Still I wonder, so long I think. I question, why and how?

Could the moment, i am after,

simply be,

right now?

-Barrale

Ellie Dance



The Girl with the Curl, who is full of laughs and complaints.  Who is almost always naked.  Who has to have a cup and a baby wipe in her hand at all times.  Who is slowly outgrowing her dolly.  Who never stops dancing.  Who can make me laugh, and the only two year old to ever make me cry.  That is who Ellie is lately.

Life is good.

I have had a great couple of weeks. I started working. Two jobs, but both are pretty light schedules so I still get to feel like a Stay At Home Mom. Best of both worlds. Plus, I am taking pictures, so it is not really work.

 I am making Hawaii home. I am trying. I still maintain my personal opinion that it is a great vacation spot, but I have been selling myself the idea of being on a extended vacation. "If you want to be happy, then be."

This past week there have been a few of those "little moments," that just make you happy to be right where you are.

 Twice Chris' trip got postponed. So we said goodbye, only to say hello again. Then when he actually did leave, we each came home to sweet little notes, reminding me why I picked him to be mine. IMG_4323
I didn't even mind that he opened the bag of kisses that I bought to mail to my girlfriend. ;)

 More than a few times, LadyBug came up to me, wrapped her arms around my neck, and said, "You're TRAPPED." I especially love to get trapped while tucking her into bed, forcing me to lie down and snuggle for a few extra minutes. Thank God she reminds me to slow down.

 Carter talked about careers in school. He came home talking all about "fighterfighers." I asked him if he knew any fire fighters, and he couldn't for the life of him think of one. I had to remind him his dad is a Fireman. To which he replied, "Oh Silly Carter!"
 He was totally onto me.


He has been such a big boy lately.  He wants to walk across the street by himself now.  As we were walking home the other day, he told me "I am still your boy mom, and I am not too big to hold your hand, I just want to practice."  *melting

I have said since he was eight months old that he was going to be a runner, and he has been jogging with me lately.  He gets out of the stroller about a half mile from home and jogs back with me.  You have never seen a four year old more proud of himself then this boy.

 These two little siblings are pretty sweet. IMG_4273
How lucky are they to have each other?

Ellie had me literally laughing out loud while being a clown with the Play-dough on our "special date." I am writing this down, just so that when I see this pic, I always remember those giggles. IMG_4328


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Daily rainbows remind me not to take Hawaii for granted, and to eat it up while I am here. Because before I know it, we will be leaving.

Ellie: Oh hey there, Cutie!

She's got eyes of the bluest skies
As if they thought of rain

 Sweet child of mine

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Throwback Thursday

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Me and Chris, homecoming 1998.  We went together...kind of.  We both had different dates.
  :)

Because he was just my friend, and I am so thankful he still is.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Sweet in her own little way.

Ellie (as I was tucking her in tonight:) Mama, I like your eyeballs.
Me: I like your eyeballs too, Lady.

ABC's of Little Moments

Age
29
Beverage of Choice
Water, Coffee
Chore you Hate
Dishes
Daily Routine
Wake up, Coffee and Cuddles, Preschool, Run, Naptime/Shower, Chores, Dinner, Books, and Bed
Essential start of the day
COFFEE!
Favorite Color
Green
Favorite Game
Euchre, though I can't even remember the last time I played.
Height
5’5″
favorite Ice Cream flavor
Chocolate.  And it MUST be old fashioned, and SUPER frozen.
Beloved piece of Jewelry
My wedding band
Kids (names & ages)
Carter, 4 1/2 & Ellie, 2 1/2
Where do you Live
Hawaii
Favorite Movie(s)
I don't even know, but the first two that popped in my head are Talladega Nights, and What Dreams May Come.
Nickname
Mama
Occupation
Mommy, Wife, Photographer
Pet Peeve
Clothes on the floor.
favorite Quote
"Someone else is happy with less than what you have."
Right or left-handed
Right
Siblings
2 older brothers.
Time it takes to get ready
Ten minutes.  Seriously.  LOL
Unusual Fact
As soon as I got pregnant I bought an outfit for the kids.  I knew Carter was a boy, and Ellie was a girl from day one.
Best Vacation
Does my Hawaii "permanent vacation" count?
What makes you lateI am never late. Ever.
Xrays you’ve had
Too many too count.
Yummy food that you make
Flat Bread Pizza
favorite Zoo animal
Hands down, Giraffe.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Hello, September

Time flies.
Little boys that were once babies start sounding out words. (Holy Moly)
Months come and go.
Seasons change, unless you live in Hawaii, then they just don't.
I guess, I wouldn't know because I have only been here a couple of months, but every day seems pretty much the same.
I do love the Cleveland seasons, but I think I will love endless summer too.

What a good way to start a month.  Labor day.  Two Sundays in a row.  Kind of.  People call it Monday, but I don't care what you call it, it feels like Sunday.

I am totally ready for September.  The next few months are going to be so fun.  New Jobs.  Holidays.  The first time Chris has been home for all the Holidays since Ellie was born.  I already have my Christmas list planned out.  How exciting is this?!

I have been losing weight.  Hello cheekbones, nice to see you again.  It has been a while.  I think by the end of the month I will be at my goal.  That is the plan at least.  I am good with planning.  That is what I do.  It is in my blood.  Plan and organize, organize and plan.  Then have panic attacks when life happens and things don't fit.

Panic attacks.  What a shitty way to handle stress.  Whose idea was that anyways?  And what is stress? There isn't stress, there is just life, but yet I think I have too much of this thing called stress breathing down my neck.

My nephew just turned one.  The baby out of his generation, is not a baby anymore.  Then what? Do we let him remain the baby, or does someone do something about that?  It seems so perfect the way it is, but then again someone else to love would be perfect too...

Chris turns 30 in one month.  THIRTY.  I guess I have to stop referring to myself as a girl.  That would just be creepy for a "girl" to be married to a thirty year old.  But how strange to call myself a woman.

My photography is picking up.  Seriously.   Can you believe I am doing what I dreamed of doing, and in Hawaii none the less?  But I have learned: work is work, and location is not nearly as important as who is in your local vicinity.  Still.  I am a lucky
girl woman.

Yesterday we watched the Lorax. It is my new goal in life to learn a song from that movie and sing it with the kids. So I should be annoying my husband by Wednesday.

Hello, September. :)

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Itsy, Ellie, Ladybug, Girl With The Curl

There was a little girl,
Who had a little curl,
Right in the middle of her forehead.
When she was good,
She was very good indeed,
But when she was bad she was horrid.
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow