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When Life Gets in the Way…

Man, it’s been a while…and it’s been a whirlwind of a couple months! You might wonder what has kept me from writing anything, and the answer would be: Life. 

Here is a look at some of the stuff that’s been going on since December:

  • I got a cold on Christmas Day that didn’t go away for three weeks (yay pregnancy immune system).
  • Little Man got his first cold and was a snotty, cranky mess for a couple of weeks.
  • We moved houses…which meant closing on both houses about a week apart…moving almost everything ourselves, unpacking everything, and making the house baby friend ASAP!
  • Then I got the flu. Yay!
  • Then Little Man got the flu Double yay!
  • Then hubby started feeling yucky. Then he felt fine.
  • We traveled to Kansas to visit family (and enjoyed a week or not being sick).
  • I left my computer in Kansas never to see it again (for a few months at least).
  • We came home and hubby was sick again. 
  • Little Man started getting sick again. 
  • I started a cough that wouldn’t go away, with no other symptoms. 
  • Warm weather decided to pop in here and there and we’ve been outside as much as possible.

If you followed all of that…I’m ready for the pile of medications and vitamins to be off my counter for the season!

With moving we moved everything ourselves (with the help of my awesome FIL) except the really heavy stuff like bedroom furniture. It took a few days, but it allowed me to unpack as we went, as well as know where everything was. I think it helped the process immensely! (As well as having my MIL close to watch Little Man during the day!) So I survived my second move pregnant, and first move with a toddler. 

Because of being sick, and pregnant, and still finding the perfect organization for our new house, a lot of free time has been spent resting (pregnancy fatigue and pains, yay!), or just enjoying time with family. 

Sometimes life just gets crazy. That’s just inevitable. Hopefully the household will be well again soon! 

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6 Reasons I’m Always Behind on My 365 Photo Project

In my current 365 Project, I often find myself playing catch up. I sometimes chuckle to myself when I realize just what has held me up, so I decided to compile a list. My 365 has been a great adventure so far and I am so glad that I am doing it, but sometimes life can get in the way of good things. The only thing you can do is keep moving forward, no matter the set backs!

  1. Challenging Prompts – There is always a prompt here and there that REALLY stumps me. I might have every photo taken after it up to the current date, but I can’t post until I get that shot!
  2. Computer Accessibility – With a small kiddo, I have limited windows that I can actually get on my computer. That’s usually when he’s asleep. If I try to get on it when he is awake, he wants to either pound on the keys, or complain very loudly that I won’t let him pound on the keys. This means some times I have multiple days worth of shots just sitting on my camera, waiting to be uploaded.
  3. Chores and Life, Ugh! – I guess the house needs some attention sometimes…and sometimes we need to eat. So nap time is sometimes utilized for other pressing needs…depending on how crazy the house is currently driving me.
  4. Quality Time – When Little Man goes to bed at night, that’s also when I get quality time with the hubby. Sometimes we just want to relax and spend time together. That’s not the best time to have a computer uploading and posting images. (And maybe sometimes I’m just lazy at night :P)
  5. Camera Accessibility – I don’t always take my camera everywhere with me. I want to, but with even the few things I need when I go out with Little Man, I just don’t have the right bag at the moment to safely take my camera without having a massive, clunky bag. No fun.
  6. Mommy Brain – I blame a lot of things on “Mommy Brain,” but I’ve probably always had a bad memory, I just don’t remember. With not always having a camera, and with just day to day life, I honestly forget some days completely about my project.
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How Having a Kid Changed How I View Road Trips

 

img_7387Road trips. They were a big part of my childhood. I mean if we did go anywhere, we drove. I use to love it…sleeping, playing games, eating gas station junk food…what’s not to love? I also remember staying up late playing navigator to my dad with a REAL PAPER MAP. It was awesome!

Fast forward many years and I still loved road trips. Blaring music, gas station junk food, and chair dancing. Yes!

Fast forward again…kids. Hmm. They can put a damper on road trips. We live about 8 hours from my family and many of our friends. We are lucky enough to be able to go back frequently to visit everyone, but that means packing up a car, strapping a baby into a car seat, and praying that he naps at least enough to not turn into a monster.

 

Good luck.


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img_7390The first few times were nothing. The smaller Little Man was (he was 6 weeks for the first trip), the easier it was to just get him to sleep most of the way. Now that he’s older (15 months), doesn’t like being imprisoned in his car seat, hates diaper changes, and stays awake longer, things can be rough. Sometimes we blare music and belt it out to stay sane. You do what you have to do.

“Sorry honey, we can’t just crash at Quik-Trip for the night, no matter how much daddy loves their hot bar, we have to keep driving.”

It’s rough goings sometimes, but it’s worth it in the end to see the family and friends we love so dearly. I pray one day God’s plan includes us all living closer, but until then, we will endure the nap nightmare car rides!

 

Do you cringe at the thought of car rides?

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Learning How to be in Front of the Camera | Self Portraits

In taking on a 365 project, I’ve had to start getting serious about self portraits (since it’s the theme for the day multiple times). I have always been hesitant to be in front of the camera, but I am starting to get better at capturing myself. Mainly I take a million photos until I get at least one That is semi-decent. Some times I don’t get any “good” shots, but I’m relaxing a bit on my high standards for self portraits.

As a new mom, I’ve come to realize how important it is to get photos. I don’t just want shots of my Little Man, I want shots of him with family and friends, enjoying life. I want photos of loved ones to cherish for years to come and remind me of all sorts of things that my brain can’t always keep clear. If I want these kinds of captured moments, then I know my family does as well. I know that they cherish them too, even if they don’t really think about needing to capture such things.

Some of my favorite photos of Little Man are actually photos of him with someone else…and sometimes that someone is me. So I will learn to be a selfie pro!

Selfies on an SLR camera are a bit more tricky than on a phone, but I have the necessary gear. As I take the time to think shots out and patiently try to capture them, sometimes I end up with fun shots that weren’t the intended image, but bring a smile to my face.
Here’s to learning to take photos of myself!