Monday, February 28, 2011

59/365 He Sat On A Wall


Sunday, February 27, 2011

58/365 Photo Session

Shameless plug......but I've been busy and I have to explain why there is a random couple on this post.

I own my photography business called Bloom Photography. Feel free to click on the link to head on over to my website. And if you are a facebook member, click on the facebook link on my website to become a fan.

This was my picture for the day. This beautiful couple is tying the knot this year and wanted some engagement pics. What a blast they were to photograph, plus we found some of the most amazing backdrops ever during this session. Head on over to my site to view their other session as well.
Oh, and if you are interested in my work, drop me a line. I would love to hear from you. :)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

57/365 Chocolate Milk Man

This kid loves chocolate milk like you wouldn't believe.

Friday, February 25, 2011

56/365 The Lonely Hamburger


This is the result of what happens when Little A begs and begs and pleads for Big A to bbq a hamburger for him because he is SO hungry. When the hamburger eventually makes its way to the table, 2 bites are taken and the meal ends.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

55/365 The Rocket-House

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

54/365 Goofballs

13 pictures total and not one of them taking this picture seriously.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

53/365 Bike Ride

He's so happy when he's on his bike.

52/365 Sitting

Monday, February 21, 2011

51/365 Smarty Pants

This is what a smart 31-year old looks like:
Pardon my lack of makeup....please.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

50/365 Blanket Head

I was going in to wake D from his nap, and this is how I found him:

Apparently, his head was a bit chilly.

Friday, February 18, 2011

49/365 Noggin Hat

Little A is a brainiac.....

all because of this hat that he made.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

48/365

Friends

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

47/365

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

46/365

Art Class

Monday, February 14, 2011

45/365

Happy Valentine's Day!

From a kid who is goofy.....

and another who is messy.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

44/365

Big A grilled one of the BEST meals I have ever had. Lemon-Curry Chicken with coconut rice--yum yum!! He even busted out with a mortar and pestle to grind all the ingredients together for the marinade. It was DE-LICIOUS!

He threw it on the grill after several hours of letting the chicken soak up all the curried goodness. The best part is making sure that the chicken is pretty darn thin before you slap it on a mesquite grill. There is nothing worse than having a big chunk of chicken with seasoning on the outside and having the inside taste like a bird--blech. All those ingredients need to be tasted all the way through.
It was our preliminary Valentines Day meal. Thanks Big A!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

43/365

Today is my BFF's birthday.

I was trying to dig deep in my computer to try and find a recent pic of us, but unfortunately the last time I saw her was almost 2 years ago. She lives in Arkansas now. Too far from me.

We talk to each other often. And even if it takes months to get in touch with each other, we are always able to pick up right where we left off.

She knows everything about me--EVERYTHING. Too much perhaps, but isn't that what your BFF is for?

Her and I go wayyyy back. Like, I think we met when we were 7. We were at school and she kept telling me that her middle name was the same name as my first name. Over and over again. She thought it was cool, and so did I.

24 years later, we are still like the little girls we were when we met. We still can talk for hours on end until our husbands are telling us to get off the phone, we still laugh at things that no one else would find funny, we still have fun no matter what we are doing, and we still (somehow) are not sick of each other.

2012 marks our "Quarter of a Century Anniversary" as friends. We plan on doing something, although we don't know yet what that something is. It will be big, it will be fun, but most importantly, it will be us.

Happy Birthday L!

Friday, February 11, 2011

42/365

Thursday, February 10, 2011

41/365


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

40/365

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

39/365

We don't drink that many things in our house. Milk, water and seltzer and on occasion we'll have juice around. I know we probably sound like the most boring family around, but we really stay clear of softdrinks and sportsdrinks and kid juices. For the most part, we stay clear from sugary drinks. Recently, I started adding coconut water to my list. A friend of mine introduced me to it last year and I would buy it here and there only because there weren't that many places carrying the drink at the time. Now I seem to find them everywhere.

Coconut water (not to be confused with the SUPER fatty coconut milk) is really good for you. It's 99% fat free, low in carbs and sugar, raises your metabolism, promotes weight loss, boosts your immune system, packed with tons of potassium, carries more electrolytes than a sports drinks (think SUPER hydration), has more nutrients than whole milk, and is naturally sterile.

Best of all? It's really good. Different, than what most people may be used to, but it has a gentle sweet taste to it.

Yesterday, I decided to try Coconut Water with Acai and Pomegranate. It sounded pretty darn good. Little A thought so too. I gave him a sip first and he made the most horrible face I have ever seen. He spit it out in the sink.

"That bad?" I said

"Yuck" was his reply. "I don't want any more."

Then it was my turn. I took a small sip just in case it was SUPER bad and swallowed. Then I took another one, and had a hard time swallowing it. It was pretty damn bad. I think I was mentally trying to make it taste good, but it just wasn't working.

The point of this blog entry? Don't buy this.

Monday, February 7, 2011

38/365

Little A had TONS of homework to do tonight. I'm talking about 8 pages worth of math, phonics and word problems! It was crazy. On top of that, he also had his spelling words to practice for this week. Their bonus words? "epidermis" and "digestion." Yowza!Their unit this month focuses on the Human Body, and they are going over EVERYTHING. I'm not talking about "Hey kids this is where your heart is located, and your stomach sits over and here and your brain is up there..." Nooooo, I'm talking about every week they are going over a different organ or aspect about the body. This week, they are learning about the kidneys, bladder, heart and lungs. They will learn how kidneys clean our blood, why food doesn't go into our lungs and what the difference is between an artery and a vein.

They will be going on a field trip next week to the Halle Heart Museum here in Tempe. What a great treat! It just recently opened, but I am super excited his class is going. Oh and did I mention that he's only in 1st grade? Yeah, I probably learned about Anatamy and Physiology when I was in college, but certainly not at the tender age of 7.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

37/365

When he tries to read his book, he always looks so serious.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

36/365

Sometimes at night, Little A gets really silly. I mean REAALLLY silly. Everything is funny to him, and when you stop to ask him a question, he tries to answer in the middle of a laugh.

It happens every now and then. And when it does, I can't help myself but laugh with him. The other night was his night. And while I tried to tell him to brush his teeth and go to bed, he kept laughing and rolling on the floor. I told him to go put on his pajamas and this is how he came out.

It was pretty funny to see him hopping around and giggling the entire time. Actually it was quite entertaining, because he seemed so drunk on laughter that you couldn't even look at him without him bursting out laughing.

Oh how he cracks me up.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Life is fleeting.....

...and we sometimes forget.


My life has been one big mess lately. It was bound to happen, because every time I quietly muster to myself how great life is....it always takes a turn and something always happens. I also blame it in an odd number year--2011. If you know me well, you know how much I hate odd numbers. It has put a hex on me since I was born on an odd year and continues to this very day. I won't put a timeline out for you of all the shitty things that have happened to me on an odd numbered year, but just know that I hate it. I really do.

I've been griping about work lately. Doesn't everybody have one of those days? Nothing important that I care to dish out on this blog, but it's just been hectic and I am trying to deal with it and stay positive.

I've also found myself griping about registering my son up for little league. For some reason, we aren't able to this year because we are "out of boundaries." I honestly thought this whole "boundary" crap was over and done with years ago. Like, I remember when I was going to school we had to be in "district" to go to that specific school. And if you weren't--too bad. But this is Little League, and while I pushed and complained, and spoke to the President--no one budged. We are probably 500 feet away from the boundary lines, and while I joked if they wanted me to go outside and stick my foot over the boundary line--no one found it funny.

I griped about an old friend of mine who I haven't spoken to in months. Our relationship died off somewhere and I am still trying to wrap my head around what happened. If you know me, you know that I need closure. Having unanswered questions and reasons just drives me absolutely bonkers.

My "Aunt Flo" came in the midst of all my griping and she added more stress to what I was already encountering.

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And then I hopped online to Facebook. One of my co-workers just lost her mother to cancer. I read the posts every day hoping for a good update, but it wasn't good this time. She fought a STRONG fight for 2 years and lost her battle the other day. Though I didn't know her, I followed her blog and always received updates from my co-worker. It always felt like I knew her. And so when I would hear about her struggling in the hospital, I almost felt like I struggled there with her. And I prayed....for her....her family....for everyone around her because she was just too young and life is just so unfair.

One of my really good friends from High School also lost her mother this week, and while I thought I could fight off the tears from my co-worker's mother passing away, I found myself in a constant pool of tears. Her death was sudden as well, and although she was in and out of the hospital, I never thought "death" would be coming her way anytime soon.

This morning I read about a Physician at my hospital whose grandmother just passed away one week prior to her 90th birthday celebration. I stared at the photo that the Physician posted on his facebook page. She was beautiful. Her caption stated that her "90th Birthday party would just become a celebration of her life."

And so while I was reading these posts and crying a couple rivers over here. My gripes were so damn trivial. Just when you think that your life is bad, or something doesn't go your way, you have to stop and think about all those other people you know who are privately struggling with their own battles and their family.

Knowing that these 3 people lost a loved one this week, just puts a lot of things in perspective for me. Things could always be worse, and we really need to take advantage each day of all the good things that do come our way. We need to stay positive, because all the work crap, the friend I no longer speak to or a stupid Little League system that is corrupted--just doesn't matter in the long scheme of things.

Life is fleeting. We need to take a deep breath and live for each beautiful moment that we have.

35/365

Before I even slide the plate over, he digs in.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

34/365

Each semester, Little A has an elective to choose from at school. Last semester he had a choice of doing Cultural Dance, Kickball, Frogs and Art. He ended up choosing kickball, and so every Wednesday his class would head over to the park and play kickball. Most of the boys ended up picking that elective, and most of the girls ended up choosing Cultural Dance. Of course.

This semester offered a new range of choices, from Dodgeball to Painting to Cooking to Studying a book. While I thought for sure he was going to choose Dodgeball, his first choice was cooking.

Every week he has come home with something new he has cooked in class that week. He started out cooking pasta and a homemade sauce on the first week, followed by hummus on week 2. This week he came home with some sort of a curried hummus with peas and pita bread. It was delicious.
This is what was left over after he ate some when we got home. I ended up eating the rest because it was so darn tasty.
Luckily at the end of his class, he'll be bringing home a recipe book of all the food that they had cooked. I'm so glad he's a part of this class.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

33/365

Little A is taking an art class through the City of Tempe. He loves it. It's a class he takes 1 day a week right after school. He's painted, made pictures, and this past week he had to make a sculpture. This is what he made:

Can you guess what it is?


Go on, guess.





Nope.






Nope, it's not that.









Nope it's not that either.




Give up?



It's a telescope.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Their Anniversary

"I don't pretend to know what love is for everyone, but I can tell you what it is for me; love is knowing all about someone, and still wanting to be with them more than any other person, love is trusting them enough to tell them everything about yourself, including the things you might be ashamed of, love is feeling comfortable and safe with someone, but still getting weak knees when they walk into a room and smile at you.” --unknown

Wishing my amazing mom and dad the best anniversary ever!

I love you both so much, and I only wish you many more years of happiness together.

32/365

Littla A made this at school, and I love it.


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