Monday, February 22, 2010

22 things I've learned in 22 years.

1.) No matter how much you care for someone, you can't make them care for you.

2.) Laughter is the best medicine.

3.) Be in the moment.

4.) Being a mother is the hardest job in the world, so be kind to your mother. Although it wasn't the best to you, it may have been her best.

5.) Being able to admit your mistakes shows real strength and character.

6.) Talking, writing... it really does give you clarity.

7.) Never put work before your family. If you do, it's something you'll always regret.

8.) Don't judge. You won't really understand this until you've judged someone and then found yourself in their shoes. It will be a really monumental moment in your life.

9.) Sometimes you have to chose to be happy.

10.) A dog really is a man's best friend.

11.) Never discuss sex, religion or politics at the dinner table... or facebook :)

12.) I believe in all paths to God.

13.) Besides education and global communication, television and the internet are pretty worthless to society.

14.) You will not understand your parents' love until you, yourself have a child.

15.) Just when you think you have the world figured out, something will happen and you will realize you still have a LOT to learn. I'm pretty sure this will be a life long thing.

16.) Sometimes taking a moment to reflect instead of react will save you a lot of trouble.

17.) The world doesn't stop to grieve with you, but hopefully a few close people in your life will.

18.) Strive to know more about the world and the people in it.

19.) Never trust someone selling something door to door.

20.) If it sounds too good to be true, you're probably right.

21.) If you're looking for a job and it costs money to start- you're getting screwed.

22.) Live like your days are numbered. Because they are.

meet my nephew, Brayden Kyle

My beautiful sister... as a first time mother. I know she'll one day she'll cherish these photos, and I was really honored to capture these first moments as a family.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

the walmart greeter

There's a man who greets me at my local walmart almost every time I go. When I see it's him... I automatically smile because I know he's going to make my day. He's so friendly, always smiles and gives my baby Jack a yellow happy face sticker (even if he is too young and tries to eat it, ha!) He asks me how my day is going, usually gets a cart out for me and helps me put my cart cover on (because I'm sure it always looks like I'm struggling)... really just the nicest guy.

He's this way to everyone, every. single. person who enters and leaves. And it doesn't matter what day it is, he's still so positive and upbeat... and it got me thinking- I really envy him. For his attitude. I know nothing about him, about his life, his struggles... nothing- but I can tell you he knows attitude is everything. I feel like he knows something I don't- something about life that I have yet to figure out.

Now you can say the greeter is suppose to be this way, but this guy looks genuinely happy and goes out of his way... there's a difference in the normal greeter, I promise.

It just had me thinking... I honestly want to be more like the walmart greeter, I want to be able to control my attitude like he does, because for me it can be a major struggle.

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
-Charles R. Swindoll

Thankful Three:
Joel was off work today! I'm sick so this was a big blessing.
I had fun with Jack coloring today, he's getting pretty good... even if he does bite a chunk out of the crayon every once in awhile.
I'm thankful for the basics, our health, a warm home, and food in our bellies!

looking back.

Saturday, February 16, 2008 5:43am

This is all so new to me...
When I took that test I was in shock, litterly every emotion you could possibly imagine came over me. I have never FELT so much as one time. It was an incredable feeling knowing what was inside me- what WE created.

Now that I've had time to let things sink in I can finally see myself- as a mom. I find myself making huge decisions for my family now and not for myself.

I gave my two week notice to my Skybus Airlines yesterday, they took it really well and basically told me the door is open. It was nice to have support in my decision, even if it was saying goodbye. I'm offically now a newborn photographer for the major hospitals here in Columbus. How ironic! I'll be working on the maternity ward... how safer can you get?

I told my oldest sister I was worried about money and finding a new job...etc... she told me everything will work itself out. And so far- it has.

One of my favorite quotes says, "Every change is a form of liberation." And I honestly feel free... I don't feel trapped or even a bit upset about giving up certain things in my life. I feel ready for that next step, even if I am a little terrified! I have never felt more free and natural in my life!

I'm excited... excited to meet you, my angel- my baby :)

Friday, February 12, 2010

not a baby anymore

We're almost finished bottle weaning. I'm a little late to the game, but we weren't ready and my mother in law said he'll let me know when he's ready and not to stress, and last night when he took a bottle of water instead of milk I knew it was time.

Jack's only taking water from the bottle before bed and before his afternoon nap, and drinks from a sippy the rest of the day. I can tell soon he probably won't even want that. I'm happy but also kind of sad... I feel like I'm closing part of the baby chapter :(

I think I maybe more of a mess the day we pack up the crib.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Meal Planning for 2/5- 2/12

$53.68 total

red seedless grapes
3 gallons whole milk
1 gallon 1%
2-whole wheat boxed mac & cheese
red onion
mozz. cheese
apple juice
apple slices
whole wheat pasta
2-fettuccini sauce
blueberry waffles
whole wheat bread
turkey lunch meat
pumpkin muffin mix
semi sweet choco. chips

Our Meal Plan this week:
(I had many items/meals left over from last week so that's why it was much cheaper this week.)
Whole wheat fettuccine alfredo with chicken (enough for two different meals)
Homemade chicken tenders & sweet potatoes
BBQ Chicken Pizza & salad (never made last week)
Turkey burgers on wheat buns & zucchini sticks

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

What I've been up to...

It's been an insanely busy week, but I'm not complaining :)

Finished up another client's photo book Monday. Here's the cover and a few spreads from their book.

Brayden Kyle P. was born last night. My sister was induced at 6am, and called me around 4pm asking me to come. She wanted me there for the birth. I was more than thrilled, and the poor thing pushed for 3 1/2 hours... and finally at 11:43pm... the 23 inches long, 10lbs 11oz. chunkster made his way into the world :)

Did I mention I was so excited I forgot to grab MY CAMERA! And my flip video.... boo. These were all taken with my camera phone.

Introducing... Brayden Kyle

And tomorrow? Tomorrow my big sister, Lynnette, from North Carolina is flying in! I'm sooo excited. I was actually texting her and sending phone images during Jessica's birth, until I was yelled at and told texting was over. haha... she got very frustrated at the end which I can understand, did I mention she pushed for over 3 hours? And the kid was over 10lbs? ;)

We're suppose to go pick her up from the airport tomorrow. I'm going to make a sign and have Jack help decorate that says "Aunt 'nette" for Jack to hold (or stick to his stroller) when she comes out of the terminal :)

Hopefully I don't get lost! I use to be a flight attendant so you'd think I'd know where I was going, but they were doing massive construction when I left and I know it's much bigger now... pray I know where I'm going :)~

Monday, February 1, 2010

Live Simply.

My goal is to live simply, greenly and frugally.

How do I do this? Well, with a lot of help from It's an awesome site with some great tips. For me, getting back to the basics is what I want in my life. In fact I recently went to (an awesome financial site) and saw that our "shopping" was less than 3%. WOW! I guess I should be happy. I think I'm starting to actually get where I want to be.

I feel like when I was working full time, before Jack, we had less money. I don't know how to really describe it. Things are so different now, I mean trust me there is LESS money coming in... but I feel like we have more.

Yikes, 2:30 am... cutting this one short! Nite :)
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