Tuesday, January 25, 2011


So, the awesome thing about the trampoline, besides jumping with the kids, is that it gives me the most perfect opportunity to practice my action shots.  Good-bye blur.  I think I'm getting it.  And guess what people...it's not that hard.  It's all about Shutter Speed.  

My granny would have said right now, "Well, I do declare."  

Yep, it's not that difficult.  You can do it too.  Follow these incredible instructions right here. (Read that entire series if you have time.)

Granted, these are not perfect.  Getting them to face the sun when they jumped wasn't the easiest task. "Get on that corner and look this way!"  Yeah, right.  This part is just luck when you get it right.  I think so anyway.

It was still chilly.  The hat was a necessity for little one.  But it caused a little problem.

Little dark there on one side, but looky here...motion without the blur.

"Hey, where did everybody go?"

"Jonah, look at the sun and do that!"

"Jesse, how about showing me that sweet face?"

Little bit better.  Half the face lit anyway.

"Hey Jesse!  Over here!"

And a glimpse.  Please don't lose those cheeks my angel.

His head went through the trampoline.

Just kidding.  I should position myself better.  Actually, he was just standing on it and was very proud of himself for it.

Now, Jesse sort of trots along.  She's not jumping as high as her brother.  Not yet anyway.

I thought this was a nice, sweet playful pose.  Ah, they love each other.  They play so well together.

But...my love just informed me while looking over my shoulder that Jonah has her in a deathly, Jiu-Jitsu Gi hold (a Gi is his uniform top in Jiu-Jitsu, and this is a technique he is learning).  Oh yeah, seems like I remember a "playful" throw to the trampoline.  Poor Jesse.  She didn't have a clue.  Perhaps I should look out for this more?  Oh well, there were no tears.  She probably just enjoyed the attention.

And I enjoyed this time more than they could ever possibly know.  I'll be there.  I'll watch you grow on this trampoline.  I'll capture all I can and I will thoroughly enjoy every minute of it.  No other place on this earth that I would rather be.

Saturday, January 15, 2011


Jesse girl just fell asleep in my arms.  She's breathing so hard.  I can't believe I am not taking her picture.  What a day.  I am listening to the final Dora song.  "We did it!  We did it!  We did it!  Yeah!"  I don't think I have ever had to endure a character that gets on my nerves more.  But, I endure her.  I endure her for Jesse.  I do miss Elmo.

We finally got her and her brother out of the house today after a week of being snowed in.  I thought they would be going crazy to get out...turns out that as long and Grandmommy is around, it doesn't matter.  But, we got them out anyway.  It was nice.

My attention is on my love at the moment.  He has been busy during these snow days.  I showed him plans for a bookshelf for the playroom online and he was all over it.  Mind you...he has little tools, but he was all over it.  

I had no idea that when I jumped in that Toyota truck that night that I would end up here.  He had me at Hello...or whatever.  I sat on the floor and watched him building this bookshelf for my angels.  I'm sure he thought I would blog about it.  I'm sure he thought it would be "Look at this!"  But, it's more than that.  It's more about this...Hey, Jonah and Jesse...your Daddy rocks.  He did this for you.  And guess how much I love him for it?  I can never put it into words.

They are in the storage room in our basement.  Excuse my Monica like tub labeling.  I can't help myself. Back to my love....

He's going to be thrilled I posted these.  Probably not.  It's ok.  He will forgive me.

Holly crap.  This is going to happen.  $69 bookshelves.  I totally almost paid Pottery Barn a grand.

He moves me.  Good Lord.


They do a mean prime coat.

I'll have to post more of the finished product...one day...when we finish it.  Right now, well right now, I just have him on my mind.  And I want him to know...well...I saw sparks.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Feeling Good and Frosty

What do you do when you are feeling good and snowed in and can't go to work?  Well, that's easy.  You build a snowman.

And Jesse named him simply, Frosty.  

And you stare at him out your window and wonder how the hell you are going to get him to the North Pole before the snow melts, because he is so perfect, and well, because you've been wanting to make him since you were a little girl and may cry real tears when he melts.  

And on this day, I put a little check on my bucket list in my head.  We made Frosty.  I am in love with him.  How will I keep him forever????

This is what you call serious snow in the South.  Perfect for building Frosty.  Perfect for having a snowball fight.

It hasn't been the easiest start to 2011.  I've been sick and hate talking about sick details, but I'm much, much better.  Just FYI...don't let a stupid doctor give you an antibiotic without checking you for Mono.  It will give you the worst reaction of your life.  You'll think you are dying.  You'll go to the ER.  If you get lucky, your sister-in-law will rescue you from the ER while your love is out of town.  Your mother-in-law will come rub your back while you moan through the night while your sister-in-law coats your feet with cold wet rags.  You're love will finally get you to another doctor for a second opinion who looks you in the face and says simply...."You have Mono."  She'll say the other docs shouldn't have given you Augmentin.  She'll say it's Med School 101.  She'll say "Give a Mono patient Penicillin of any kind and they will have the worst skin reaction of their life."  You will look at her somewhat embarrassed you are 37 with Mono and somewhat relieved you are not dying.  If you are really lucky, you'll get snowed in for long enough to really feel better and enjoy all the people who helped you get well.  You will rejoice in watching your kids play in the snow and thank God for good health and a wonderful family.

That's what you will do.  Just in case you are wondering.

It's so good to feel good.  It's so good to have Frosty.  It's so good to have a wonderful family.  Thank you wonderful family.  It's so good to know how blessed I am.