Friday, June 6, 2014

Event Planner, Photographer, Family girl

I have a decision to make. I hate making decisions.

First, let me say that I value my time with my friends and family. I lead a relatively busy life and always welcome the joy and laughter that comes with gathering with people I enjoy being around. It's one of the reasons why I quit medicine. I just couldn't be at the beck and call of a hospital... not, when cousins are graduating, babies are being born, and my older aunts and uncle go on to become ancestors.

On a slightly unrelated note, I also have a love for planning a great party. Maybe it's the design, or the decor,  or maybe it's the good times that a good party can bring. You can tell by the effort that I put into my son's first birthday party- I like to do it up for a shindig.

Earlier this year I was asked to work on a party for a close family member of mine. She was turning 50. I was so honored that she thought of me when it came to planning the perfect party. So, of course I got to work...literally. She didn't really know what she wanted- only that she wanted to incorporate her favorite things. I used Pinterest as a source of inspiration because I was under a huge time constraint and needed to act fast. I needed to bring the color red, shoes, handbags, and all things glamorous to this celebration.

I worked on invites and the candy table. It was so much fun. It didn't feel like... work. And then a funny thing happened. I got to assist my brother who was actually the photographer for the evening. This was shaping up to be a good experience.

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So, the big decision I have to make? I have the opportunity to shoot with my brother for an upcoming event. This would give me great practice, help my brother, and is really right up my ally. But then- I'd miss missing out on the good times. 2 parties to be exact. When the best of both world's collide- isn't that why I left medicine?

What's a girl to do?

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Mommy tip Monday

I intended to post this a few weeks ago- therefore this tip is a little late but still useful nonetheless.

It's time to update you child's cubby! If your child attends school/daycare or is cared for outside the home it's time to update their belongings. 

I usually keep a bag with a few sets of change of clothes in my son's cubby at school. That way it's there when he needs it and I don't have to worry about sending another set of clothes right away if he uses it. 

Here a peek inside his bag:

5 pairs of undies (for inevitable accidents)
4 short sleeved t-shirts
1 long sleeve t-shirt (in case it's a cool day)
4 pairs of shorts
1 pair of jeans
1 pair of socks
Sun block (for days when they will play outside.) 

I never bought the bottle of sunscreen he had home from last summer so I asked his teacher to check the expiration date and he was good to go!

Once the weather gets really warm I will add a rash guard and swim trunks along with flip flops. His class does a lot of water play (at the water table) and they get really wet. Adding his swimsuit will lessen the likely hood of constantly needing a new set of change-of-clothes.

It's time to trade the long sleeved shirts to something more suitable for warmer weather. Also check for too small clothing and rotate it with clothes worn more often (clothing worn more frequently will suffer more wear and tear than the ones sitting inside in their cubby). 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Mother's Day re-cap

Ahhh! Mother's Day weekend. Am I the only persons who celebrates "Mother's Day weekend" as opposed to just Mother's Day? I'm not trying to be selfish or anything and extend the celebration- but over the years Mother's Day has become a weekend celebration for a number of reasons.

1. Sunday's are hard to deal with. We are regular church-goers and so we spend most of the morning there. Then we have a tendency to "end" Sunday's a little early because you have to get ready for Monday- be it getting lunches together or just going to bed at a decent hour in an attempt to be well rested- Sunday evening aren't really for celebrating. Unless you have a three day weekend then Sunday's are for partying!

 Anyway- back to my point. 
2. We have also come to celebrate throughout the weekend because my family has grown considerably since I got married. Instead of just celebrating my mom and aunts, I now have my Mother-in-Law and Sister-In-Law to celebrate as well! The more the merrier :)

Monday, May 19, 2014

Momtography Monday

We've been having amazing weather around these parts. I just do not want it to end! These days are what I love most about warmer weather months. We spend evenings outside on the deck, eating anything that can be grilled, and enjoying life. We also get to bed later because it stays light out longer and it's pretty deceiving. One night I looked up and couldn't believe it was already 8 pm- it only "seemed" like 5 pm!

I shared this picture via Instagram and thought it captured the moment perfectly! My son loves bubbles- so much so that we bought a bubble machine. It keeps you from passing out while blowing bubbles the old fashion way.

But I can't tell you the number of photos I had to take to actually get the shot. This was taken with my phone as I am committed to doing a photo-a-day project (even if the duration is only a month).

This makes me want to take my big girl camera back out and get on with my momtography.

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Goodbye April!

It's been quite awhile since my last post.  26 days to be exact. And honestly, not much has happened since then except a whole lot of nothing.

There was some celebratory hanging out for the new found warmer weather.

I must admit, I was really happy to see 60 degrees. It was completely disheartening when it started snowing again a few days later.

There was some shopping for new play things.

Okay, not really. But this boy is obsessed with all things transportation including
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