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Monday, December 16, 2013

Monday you kill me.

Holy macaroni it has been a long time since I've been able to blog. I have to say it has been on my mind. I've thought about posting things here and there but never actually sat down to do it. So here I am on my phone writing this post. 

So why does Monday kill me?? I'm going to go on a homemaker rampage here and if you don't want to read complaining just leave now. I feel maybe someone out there can relate.  So every weekend nothing gets done in our house, in fact because everyone is home playing and doing things the mess just piles up. The laundry, the dishes, the toys and clothes. Yes the clothes! How does so much clothes accumulate in the living room!?   Come Sunday I just want to rest and not do anything so it all gets neglected. 

Monday arrives. Send the kindergartner to school (the hubs does) and I usually wake up to make sure nothing is forgotten (you know hair and teeth brushed, make sure he has lunch if he doesn't like the school lunch, etc) Hubs goes to work and Leaves the princess and I in this mess.  So every Monday I just get overwhelmed with the work that needs to be done. I think preparing for a baby to come kind of intensifies that feeling because I want to start getting a space for her and her clothes and clean a space in our master room for a bassinet. Don't even get me started on our master bedroom! Oh. My gosh!! It's a nesting mothers worst nightmare!!

So that is my rant I feel like other house moms can relate. Rant with me please!! 

Despite the overwhelmingness of it all I am so very grateful I have time to work on it. I have the whole week to work on a bit at a time. Until Saturday comes and it all gets mucked up again!!!   Anyone that says a housewife does nothing is crazy! And if a housewife does nothing it catches up with her til eventually she can't just do nothing. Unless she wants to live in chaos and filth. I'm just not that person.  I'm a little more understanding of kids toys that get everywhere, while they are young it's just going to be that way.  I mean, I do want my kids to enjoy home and have fun and sometimes mess comes with fun. I just wish everyone did a better job of cleaning up their mess after fun!! 

So Monday you kill me! Every week, the day I dread the most!  

Hope everyone is having a better Monday!!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Thoughts on the Government today...

When our forefathers created the Constitution "The two groups (federalists and anti-federalists) fiercely disagreed more over means than ends, however.  Both sides, for the most part, acknowledged that a stronger national authority was needed and that such an authority required an independent source of revenue to function properly.  Both sides were convinced that the people must erect safeguards against tyranny, even the tyranny of the majority."

" The losers in the debate-the anti-federalists- graciously accepted defeat; they did not resort to violence, and many of them went on to become prominent leaders in the federal government: James Monroe became the fifth president; George Clinton and Elbridge Gerry became vice presidents; and Samuel Chase served on the Supreme Court." 
-(America A narrative History -George Brown Tindall & David Emory Shi  9th EditionVol1 
W.E Norton & Company Inc)

I find we can learn a lot today from our history. Our President can learn a lot from our history, our congress will do well to remember our forefathers.  Highlighted in red I find most interesting "Both sides were convinced that the people must erect safeguards against tyranny, even the tyranny of the majority". Shouldn't that be the same today?  Tyranny is defined as cruel and oppressive government or rule. Isn't the government inflicting hardship and constraint on the citizens?  

Sure everything wasn't perfect in the early Americas. Slavery in the South was prominent and women didn't have a voice.  We have come so far.  I think we can learn however from this debate in creating the constitution.  When Congress "Shuts down" the government and causes government workers to go without pay while they continue to get paid lets hope they remember the American people. That a stronger national authority is needed.

My own opinion is that Obamacare should be repealed.  If it isn't helping and is causing more problems it isn't needed, plain and simple. If congress or the president doesn't want to have Obamacare as their healthcare than it shouldn't be forced upon the American people either.  Why is there an argument about this? To me it seems clear and simple. Why does the government need to shutdown?

The President has said he won't agree or allow Obamacare to be held for one year? Even if congress writes a bill to repeal Obamacare he won't sign it. The senate won't approve it?  That sounds an awful lot like a dictatorship than anything to me. He seems to get what he wants whether the american people agree or not.  The whole government needs a house cleaning because this country, the American people are of no interest to them anymore.

I just have to shake my head.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A little school help! Photographers and Clients who have received Photography services.

Good morning fellow bloggers and friends,

I am conducting a short survey for a research paper I am writing in my business comm class.

This is the first time I am using 4shared.com to upload my files. These are standard .doc files. Click the link below and then click download under the file link, next click the grey bar that says free download. It will download to your computer and you can fill out the questionnaire and e-mail back to me @ photogmev@gmail.com.   If you'd like to help and don't want to download the file please e-mail me and I can either e-mail the questions to you or the file.

I 100% assure you these files have 0 viruses. A dialog box may pop up in word doc because it was created on a mac in pages and then saved as a doc file so not everything will be the same and may sometimes look different on a windows computer, but you can just close the dialog box.

Below are the links:

Client questionnaire for those who have paid for photography services:


Photography questionnaire for those who have a photography business:

Feel free to share this post with friends that may be able to assist or friends you know that can help.
I appreciate any and all help for this research paper.
Let me know if you have any questions or anything to add.

Again please e-mail completed questionnaires to photogmev@gmail.com

Have a wonderful day,


Friday, August 9, 2013

Letters for Friday

I've been wanting to link up this post somewhere but I can't remember the blog for it. I suppose I'll find it sometime.


Dear Blogger, Why can't I search topics and subjects? I feel like I should be able to look at blogs, but I don't know how. Only ones I've found through blog hopping and half the times on my reader I can't remember which blog is which.  I should be able to search for posts. I can't find other bloggy mom's or funny bloggers I might want to read. Or meme's I might want to join. I think you should work on a search option. Call me, when I'm finished with web design classes.

Dear Dublin,
You want to hire my husband, you need to hire my husband. He will be amazing!!! Give him a chance.

Dear Carson,
You started your first week in Kindergarten and I'm so proud of you! You make mommies eyes well up with tears when I see your shining happy face. I miss you during the day but am so happy to see all the things you've learned and the fun things you've gotten to do during the day. We love you and can't wait to spend the weekend with you. P.S you have to be good remember, or no library tomorrow. Love, mom.

Dear husband,
I love you so much! This hard time we're going through makes me love you even more. You are the most amazing man I've ever known and I am lucky to be able to share my life with you.

Dear blog friends,
I will be starting school myself soon and I don't know how much time I have for blogging but I hope I can get back into the swing of things! Here's hoping!

Happy Friday!


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

I have a kindergartener!

I meant to post yesterday while the day was still fresh in my mind but I got busy and tired and watched Dr. Who.

Yesterday was my son's first day of Kindergarten. He was so excited he kept telling everyone at church the day before he was starting school.  Except he would say "I'm going to school" was all he would manage to get out. 

He didn't mind going to bed around 7:30 and I believe was out before my 2 year old. He knew when he went to sleep and woke up it'd be time for school

So I set my alarm for 5:30  6:00 AM. I could not sleep. My husband went into work for a few hours and everything was running through my mind. I bet I only got 1-2 hours of sleep tops. So when I finally fell asleep around 4 I hit my snooze button til 6:00AM.  At that point I had an internal conversation with myself, Vanessa, it's 6:00 you need to leave at 7:00,  that leaves you an hour to get everyone up fed and dressed, WAKE UP! So out of bed I rolled.

After I got myself ready I went into Carson's room to wake him.  "Carson, time to wake up, time for school".  After he processed what I was saying he woke up and had a huge smile on his face all the way to his morning bathroom break. It was too cute.  

My husband fixed him a frozen waffle with peanut butter and a banana for an extra hearty meal.  My husband didn't get much sleep either after working a few hours that night/morning but he really wanted to be there for Carson's first day which I was happy for.  Clara rolled out of bed sometime after and we got ready.
Before we left I had to take those monumental 1st day photos. 

     I love how the whole family was involved.

I left the house at 7:00 it takes about 15 min to get there, but it worked out good because when we got there they were letting the kids go to their classes.  

This fuzzy face shot says it all as we were walking to his classroom. Reality setting in..nerves.  He looked quite scared as apposed to how happy he was getting ready for it.  I don't blame him, new school new kids, a lot of new kids. New teacher and a very long day. 

Finally sitting in his seat. 
We hugged him outside his class before we left and said our goodbyes. He hugged Clara for a really long time. I knew he was going to miss her so much! Best friends who play together every day.  It almost broke my heart!  We all were going to miss him.  But I got a little glossy eyed and then tried to think of something else so I didn't lose my cool.  Bye see you soon.  Lets go now! 
He went and sat in his seat as we left. 

The day seemed to go by fast I got to read a lot with my little girl and make her lunch. She also got to get a good nap since she isn't used to getting up so early.  We went to pick up Carson and there were so many parents there.

The teacher walked Carson down the stairs to me and I thought oh no what happened, what did he do cause no other teachers were walking down with the kids. I also noticed big grass stains on his new khaki pants.  She said "He goes to the bathroom a lot".  It kind of threw me off guard. I kind of know this about my child he doesn't always go potty a lot just sometimes.  I notice if he's nervous or excited he will. Maybe he just pees a little at a time I don't know.  So I didn't really know what to say about that. If a kid has to go pee can't you just let him go?  I'm like ok I'll have a talk with him.  I don't know what to do? I haven't noticed him peeing every half hour at home like she says he was.  Maybe I'll take him to the doctor to make sure there is nothing wrong?  I don't know.  I'm sure it doesn't make her day easy but she's going to have to figure it out.  She said she had to tell him no a couple times but was worried he would wet himself. I asked did he do well to hold it when you asked him? She said yes, so I don't know. Maybe he just needs to get used to the day?

On the walk to our car which was a couple parking lots over Carson was sad he couldn't ride the busses. I assured him he would ride it next week. He was dragging his feet and I could tell extremely exhausted from the day.  The excitedness had worn off he had seen familiar mom and was really sluggish.   He said "it's so far to the car" "I'm tired".    I enjoyed hearing about the stories of his day, but it sounded like he didn't make the best choices. He mentioned another boy whom he called his best friend in school and said he was making him be bad. I tried to explain no one can make you do anything, you make you're own choices. I think I need to do better on that though. 

When we got home I opened his backpack and learned he hadn't eaten the sandwich or the strawberries I packed. He did eat the pudding and drank the capri sun and had a few carrots. I don't know how he made it through the day.  He said "Mom, the teacher said we could save our lunch".  I'm sure with the excitedness of lunch time he probably was more concerned with chatting with friends than eating. 

It was a good first day for him. I am looking forward to going through this with him. I feel it will be a long adjustment period for him.  Going mon-fri should help him get adjusted maybe within a few weeks maybe a month? Who knows.  

For now we'll take it one day at a time!


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Firefly fun

I got the idea to have the kids catch firefly's one night while we were on vacation.  

I made little firefly catchers out of mason jars. I think the kids had lots of fun. But it was super hot outside. So it wasn't like we could capture them all night. We did also let them go once we captured them.  My son was pretty good at catching them.   I decided I will probably make our trip into a few posts since I've got a few fun things photographed. 

It was my niece's birthday the week we went and she wore her little birthday girl tiara everywhere it was too cute. Look at that attitude.

The kids just look sweaty to me. It was really super hot. Like super humid and hot and sticky yuck.


Friday, July 5, 2013

Carson's Birthday!! Home Sweet Kentucky Home

Last month we celebrated Carson's 5th Birthday!

I made this little electronic Invite for his birthday. Not perfect but I think it's cute!!

My little soon to be Kindergartener. Which reminds me we got a letter in the mail from Carson's new school and will be attending Kindergarten Orientation this month. Carson is so excited to meet his teacher and see his new school.

 I will probably be the only parent crying..I should just let it all go...I probably will....

so glad I don't really know any parents there yet, but I will probably be labeled "that mom"....whoever "that mom" is? You know, the one that cries all the time. I never ball but my eyes get misty...you could say. When my son blocks a ball from the soccer goal..when he kicks the ball, when I see just complete happiness, and even when we all sang happy birthday to him.  I am "that mom".

I can't help it, I am emotional. I remember my boss telling me that, where I worked years ago. "You're too emotional". Well I am get over it. Would you rather I didn't have a heart? Or rather, I wish at times I didn't wear it on my sleeve...literally it's right there beating.. Just kidding.

So onto photos....
We LOVE LOVE LOVE visiting family and friends. We wish we could go every month. Luckily we're just close enough we can visit as much as we do.

I think for all of Carson's birthdays except #3, we've been able to visit family and have his birthday party. I feel bad we never get to travel for my families birthdays, but I try to make it more about family get together and then just have cake and have fun for Carson's birthday.  We're just thankful family came!

So the party was super hot. Geez there was no shade at the park we went to. Thankfully my Mother In Law bought a pop up awning or whatever they are called to shade us and we grabbed a table real close to the splash pad.

It's kind of funny because I hate wearing a bathing suit and stuff but if it's hot outside I don't even care I'm like this guy.
He's got the idea. Little creepy but he's got the idea.

 Our cheap walmart Cake we put a cookie my friend made (Charismatic Cakes) on the cake! Perfect.  Check her out, she isn't local but she shipped these and they all came in tact and perfect!

 It was funny how my little Clara instantly clicked with Gabby. We don't get to see them often but they were like two peas in a pod.


 SHawn feeling up his wife! Love them.
 Carson loves his cousin Liam. I caught this moment. Liam trying get him under the water. So cute.

 See misty eyes.

We went a little earlier in the month to take pictures for Carson to remember his 5th year.

We stayed with my in-laws but on Sunday it was fathers day and I thought it would be fun to surprise my dad and visit him. So we did and Carson played in the water and these are a few of the pics I got.
 Dad turning on the sprinkler trying to get them wet.

It was perfect timing when we got there because my dad had just finished mowing the lawn and was in the backyard putting it up in the shed. He had those headphones on and then under that earplugs for his music so he had no idea I was running up behind him. Good thing I didn't give him a heart attack, but it was funny. 

Good times! Good times!