13 August 2012

Handsome Bathing Boy

I've wanted to stage this photo shoot for about two years now. My amazing and much missed friend, Natalie, gave me this tub when they moved away several years ago. I finally found an excuse to use it. Little Everett LOVES baths. He LOVES swimming. I took the kids out Monday night to try the idea out in the evening. That was a big mistake. Disaster. The water was too hot and Everett was cranky. We tried again on Wednesday before going to the swimming pool. Loved it! The light was magical. Kelly let me borrow her 85mm lens since my 55mm is getting some much needed attention at the Canon shop in California. He was so funny! I think he loved the attention and to bathe all by himself. Phillip tends to be a bathtub hog.

We enjoyed a fun afternoon of swimming! Wednesday evening I had an amazing photoshoot 12 miles NE of Dalton...in the middle of nowhere. First I took family photos. The light was very strong and the shady areas freckled with light. Made for a challenge! I finished up the session focusing on Morgan who is a 2013 graduating senior. The best part was using my new portable battery for my studio lights....outside! Justin enjoyed a "fun" evening home with the kiddos.

Thursday was a busy day for us. Phillip and Everett stayed home with Neleigh while Amelia and I went to Cheyenne with Kelly and her girls. We went to Target for school supplies. We relaxed for lunch at Olive Garden. Kelly left her credit card at the restaurant. The managers did not find it until much later, it was in the billing wallet. I got Phillip and Mia set up with winter clothes for the next year. Hoping Everett will fit into Phillip's 2t clothes! He is one long dude. Lastly, we made a short stop at Hobby Lobby for thread. The boys did really well with Neleigh.

Friday Amelia asked me when I am going to stop calling her cute...she is gorgeous. Duh?! My garden is pumping out chard, green beans, and cucumbers. My tomatoes are still stagnant, only producing a couple tomatoes every couple of WEEKS. Makes me upset. Justin and Phillip went to the Fathers and sons campout Friday evening. Justin reported that Phillip really enjoyed hopping around in the tent, throwing rocks and sticks, and playing with the bigger boys. Justin slept with ants and a wiggly toddler. Amelia, Everett and I had a night out on the town. We dined at Sam and Louie's pizza joint, went bowling for the first time, and rented a movie. Amelia gave me a pedicure and vice versa while we watched Smurfs. Amelia slept with me! Our time was pretty relaxing! By the time the boys got home I had the kitchen clean and most of the laundry finished. Justin and I went on a date to see Bourse Legacy. I was disappointed it had nothing to do with Jason Bourne. I just finished reading the 9th book!

Today I worked on preserving part of the two bushels of peaches Justin brought home from work. I am dehydrating about 20 peaches and made creamy peach roll ups (peach puree with yogurt). It smells lovely. I made peach/mango salsa over chicken breasts for dinner last night. The salsa was a bit different but I really liked it. I added black beans for some protein to the salsa. This week I ordered 20 pounds of tomatoes to can salsa and spaghetti sauce. Can't wait for my Bountiful Basket to come!

The best news is that John and Courtenay welcomed little Emmeline Grace on Thursday. She weighed in at 9 lbs 7 oz, 21 inches long. Looks like she is a cutie pie with tons of black hair. Grandpa Lane was around to welcome this grandchild (out of 7) for the first time. That was neat. Emmeline was born on Great Grandma Crook's birthday. I remember feeling a connection with her because our birthdays were so close together.

Back to School Outfits

Tuesday I had a hankering to try out my new portable battery. The kids were obvious guinea pigs! What do you think of Amelia's back school outfits? After the photos I made a matching headband for the middle outfit and then trashed the last shirt. I made a new shirt with a rounded yoke. It looks MUCH better. Sunday I finished one more outfit! This time we went out to the newly blooming sunflower fields to get some more photos.

I really struggled this week for some reason. I made some stupid mistakes that hurt a good friends feelings. I had a week feeling like a terrible mother, friend, and daughter of God. Stinks when you make mistakes. Thank goodness for forgiveness and repentance. In regard to the kids they are fighting more and more. I rediscovered a quote in the August Ensign that struck a chord with me:

Quoting President Marion G. Romney (1897–1988), First Counselor in the First Presidency, President Benson said: “I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from the Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein. The spirit of reverence will increase; mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow. The spirit of contention will depart. … Faith, hope, and charity—the pure love of Christ—will abound in our homes and lives, bringing in their wake peace, joy, and happiness.

We read the Book of Mormon, maybe not as prayerfully as we should. Seems most of the time our reading is quite chaotic with Bedlamites running about. Made a new initiative to study the Book of Mormon better by myself as well. I was getting lazy! Blush.

I am not sure this was mentioned: Phillip is talking in sentences! Hooray! The sentences are quite primitive, like, "I thirsty, me, milk/I find my shoe/get my monkey." Still! Progress. The other day he was looking at the digital photo frame when a photo of him came up. He yelled, "Mom, it's my ME!" Made me laugh. Whenever we get in the car he thinks we are going to McDonalds. Honestly, we don't go that often but the trips we do make are impressionable.