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Good Intentions {Life}

Have you ever had a day or a week with project planned, and then life just happens and whisks you right off your feet. Before long you are wondering where the time went. That seems to be everyday lately. I have so many “things” on my to-do list, really it should be the must-list and the wish-list. Because whether I like it or not, the kids MUST get fed; and I WISH I had un-interupted time to sit at the computer to post a few of my projects. It’s pretty sad when I write sleep on the to-do list and it never seems to get crossed out. It seems whenever one child settles down, the other bursts into an outrage or feeding frenzy. Sigh It seems this is all I do…


So instead of featuring one of the many projects in the works, I thought I’d share some new photo editing discoveries. I recently got an iPad so once again I’ve taken to scouring for apps (something I really should do more often). I came across one called Snapseed, which came highly recommended. It’s similar to Instagram with a few more editing capabilities. The photo above was taken with my iPad and edited with Snapseed. I’d have to agree with those 5 star reviews thus far. I’m impressed. I like the ability to share too, although they really should add WordPress to the list of options. Keep in mind I still prefer and recommend using a real camera (like my Canon EOS xSi), but in a pinch these other options are nice to have!

Hopefully, I’ll be back tomorrow with a real project to share!


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Excuse me while I stare endlessly at my latest creation!

I haven’t abandoned this blog, I’ve just been busy with an entirely different sort of DIY project.

On April 12, we welcomed a daughter into our family and I can’t stop staring, snuggling and capturing her every move!  Let me formally introduce you to EllaMae Sandra…

Our family has indeed grown by 2 feet! For those who were guessing she was born Thursday April 12 @ 5:07 PM weighing 7 lbs 15.5 oz, and measuring 19.5 inches long.  If you want her birth story details you’ll need to head over to my personal blog (Enjoying Life).

Life with 2 kids is definitely different, but I will say that I feel like we have the best life ever.  My Boys (husband, 2-year-old son, and 4-year-old dog-child) have taken quite a liking to little miss EllaMae.  I think we’re all a little smitten with this princess 🙂

I do have a few projects to share and plan to get back to my regularly scheduled blogging in the next few days!


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Writing our Life Story {the next chapter}

There comes a point in your life when you feel fulfilled.  The first look at a newborn and the world around you goes still.  Your heart is forever changed in a way that you never thought possible. The life you imagined in your head for years, suddenly becomes a reality unraveling before your eyes. The nights of hanging with girlfriends, are somehow replaced by sleepless nights and early bedtimes that you wouldn’t change for the world. You choose to spend 5 more minutes watching your child explore their world, over cleaning up the dishes after dinner.  The days of a clean house seem less important, and time spent watching your child’s 45 minute bath becomes more meaningful and enlightening each day. The moment you realize every tear, scratch, and sad moment felt by a child doubles in strength for a mother’s heart, is the moment you realize that you are living your life for something much bigger than yourself.

Balancing life takes on a whole new meaning.  This past summer I charaded my way through a circus act, attempting to balance a professional life (working 50-60 hour work weeks), a creative life (getting my photography & blogging businesses off the ground), and a family life.  Now that the chaos has ended and there is 5 minutes to clear my head, I’m realizing that my job as a mother trumps all other opportunities in life.  In 10 years I  will not  be able to go back and watch my 18-month-old son grab onto the edge of the counter and swing like a trapeze artist. The life I have created could easily carry on each day with a majority of my time spent focused on the monotonus activities of daily life.  However starting in September I chose to take an active role in my life, focusing my efforts on what means the most to me, family.  While it’s certainly not feasible for our family to have me do this on a full-time basis, perhaps it has given light to how I focus my attention in daily life.

I have never regretted the life I have chosen.  I value each aspect to my life, and am grateful for the opportunities and challenges I have experienced.  My professional career is one filled with research, innovation, and teaching opportunities which fulfill my innate desire to learn and lead others.  My creative life is an opportunity for adventure, to follow a passion, a belief, and allow myself to be the creator and the decision-maker all in one.  What matters is how I choose to spend my time.  What if I chose to not go to church on a Sunday morning and instead spend one morning with the husband, son, dog and myself all huddled into one bed that is too – small for our growing family?  Would people judge me?  Most likely, but here’s where I get to choose how live my life.  What if I choose to take a walk with the family over cleaning the house?  Would people judge me- you might if you saw the constant disarray of our house lately.  What if I spend less time in small talk at work and focus on getting the work done so I can leave my work at work? Does this make me less dedicated than others who work beyond a standard work week? The point ins’t that I don’t care, it’s about choosing what is most important and dedicating the time to prove it.

You have not seen regular blog posts here since mid-august.  Doesn’t mean I wasn’t interested, or didn’t try.  It means I arrive home at 5 PM to a happy and energetic little boy who steals my heart.  We choose to have dinner together as a family,  then spend our last hour together as a family before I nestle my little man into bed at 7:30 PM. I watch eagerly as his eyelids grow heavy, how he wrestles to distract himself so he can avoid sleeping for just 5 more minutes, and eventually listen as his breaths grow deeper and soft hums replace the squeals of laughter heard less than an hour ago.  Saying goodnight is always a ritual including a kiss on the forehead enclosed with a whisper “Dream Big Little Man,” (which sometimes prompts him to raise an arm to shew away the strange feeling on his forehead).  Often times I return to repeat the same “Good Night” ritual as I head off to bed myself.  From 8 PM to 10 PM is my time to re-aquaint myself with my husband as it seem likes months since we sat down to a bowl of popcorn and a movie. Over the past month I felt less inclined to do what “needed to get done” and replaced these activities with what “I want to do most.”

Being a mom is the most rewarding and exhausting thing I have experienced in my life.  In an effort to make things even more complicated and exciting we decided to add another member to our family.  Consider this our announcement…

Little Man will the add the title of “Big Bother” to his name come April of 2012, creating a whole new chapter in our life story.  I can choose to be a passenger in my life, or the driver.  We have some unchartered territory up ahead, and new challenges coming our way.  With is new chapter, I have the opportunity to mold and shape the story of this adventure we call life!

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