Monday, October 29, 2012

NaBloPoMo anyone?

Anyone in this year?  I'm down, even though that's possibly insane.  Blog every day, plus my 365 photo thing?  No, I'm nuttier than that.  Our family blog looks pathetically lonely, so I'm going to update that too.   Masochism at its finest.

But NaBloPoMo saved my life back in 2006 after WG was born and I blogged my way through postpartum  depression.  I'll never forget all the e.mails and comfort I received from perfect strangers.  Blogging through November always puts a warm feeling in my heart, as well as keeping me sane as we gear up for snow and the holidays.

Who else is in it with me???

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Ode to a Jane

Among other things, I am late on this year's Ode to Birthday Girl Jane but I will again make up for it in picture form.  Because that is my hobby for this year (I have WAAYYY too many pictures of everything), and I also got to actually SEE Jane twice this year, so I have photographic evidence of her awesomeness.  Also, she was NOT late on mine and it was so sweet it made my hormone-addled self cry.  Bravo, Jane!!!  Shall we begin?

 Happy birthday to an aunt who is willing to hold babies!!  As a beneficiary of this noble gift, I'm a HUGE fan!
 Happy birthday to a lady who makes this bro of mine so blasted happy!
 Happy birthday to a fabulous cook!!
 Happy birthday to a wonderful woman who is willing to be abused by this little bundle of crazy boy!  As evidenced in these pictures where we told her that we were going on a wee trip to a waterhole and she didn't need a swimsuit... but aforementioned boy insisted she get drenched playing with him, and she kindly acquiesced.

 Happy birthday to my very first sister!

 Happy birthday to a woman with a crazy sense of adventure!
 Happy birthday to a firecracker of a gal!
Happy birthday to a woman who REALLY appreciates Circus World!

And happy birthday to my lovely sister-in-law Jane who graciously endured this attempt at a photoshoot:

Happy birthday, Jane!!!!!!!!!

365 days 279-286


I went for something interesting.  Something that screams "I'm a photographer!" or "I have a tripod!"  But it was still tricky to take the shot in the shower without the remote getting wet.

WonderGirl and I had pedicures and then had fun with computer magic.

Sundays are exhausting.  Here's a closeup of my manicure.
OoooOOOooooooOO!  Light painting!
Lighting experimenting going on.
I'm in there.  Hint:  it was a a long exposure.

The internet said I should look into a window for decent lighting.  But it failed to remind me I hadn't put on any make-up.

Monday, October 22, 2012

32 in review

So I know I'm way behind, but last week DID involve a birthday, a MIL visit, a sick-child-puking day on Monday and again on Friday (how random??) and the usual mayhem.  I owe you a birthday year recap.  Actually, I don't because none of you really NEED it, but I suppose I do.  As usual, I shall begin my recap by saying how incredibly dull my life is compared to years past with all my travels and rock-star-ery that are NOT my daily routine anymore.

Ahem.  For the most part, I'll do this in pictures.  Because of my magnanimity.  Yeah, that's a word - the spelling fairies said so.

Halloween 2011 - the ladies were bats, the dudes were skeletons.  Highly successful, mainly home made.  Obviously.

Did our first official thingy as YW presidency.  Thank you, internets!

A GLORIOUS Thanksgiving in Colorado.  Seriously, my family rocks that holiday.

Hey, we're all in Colorado at the same time, let's take a picture!  And then we did.  And then it was a-flippin'-dorable.

Recorded a family Christmas album.  We're working on a set list for this year!  Any ideas?  We HOPE to even get the Dude on it this time, maybe singing or playing bells?  He's got a serious set of pipes and sense of rhythm!

Got some pretty jarring news about the husband's job, just before Christmas.  It was not a easy time.

Forced ourselves to enjoy Christmas anyway.  Pretty successfully too.  But it was quite the effort.

A Christmas miracle!!  NO SNOW!!!  Yessssssssss!!!!

I sewed the kids these pants for Christmas and they are STILL holding together!!!  Epic!!!

Started my 365 photo project on my 7th wedding anniversary.  Also have been married for 7 years.  !!!!!!

Threw another official YW-y thing.

Months of stress resolved with the husband taking a new job down in Madison.  The commute is awful, but the lack of uncertainty is a nice change of place.

We took this picture on Mother's Day.  And I declare it awesome.

Stayed up late into the night, and recorded an entire album with these fine folks just before our annual gig at the Scottish games in the north Georgia mountains.  I cannot describe how proud I am of that.

Found out I am expecting another human to expel itself from my uterus early next year.

Then the implications of this hit me as I realized I will be on my own to suffer through my usual post-partum-hell-on-earth months because my parents will be in China for a year.  $%^%$#.

Threw a family reunion for my whole fam in our house and survived!  17 people, and it was way too hot to be outside without puking.  And no one killed each other!!  AND threw a awesome surprise 40th anniversary shindig for my parents.  40 years!!!!

Parents went to China and now this is all I see of my mother.  %$#^$.

This cutie turned 3!!

This gal s becoming a seriously fab musician thanks to yours truly and her huge brains.

Canoed down the Baraboo river as a family.  Only one family member screamed the entire time, and it wasn't me!

Found out fetus number three is a man-child!

Got a tripod and continued to outgrow my pithy wardrobe.

And now, onto 33!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

365 days 270-278

Reposting this just because it was day 270.  We're having a boy!  And aside from my own fears, I'm really, really thrilled.

 Cleaning, preparing for birthday week...

 It's her 6th birthday!!!

The party is about to descend upon us.  I'm either the best mommy ever, or the most insane.  18 screaming girls... and one hysterical Dude.

I took plenty of pictures this day, but when I finally took one of myself, it was awful.  So I used one I took earlier, and put it in Jack's mouth.  He's more attractive than me anyway.

Snuggle-y Sunday.

Overlooking Mt. Baby.
The most perfect birthday I could have ever asked for!  Does this Thailand temple-y structure make me look 33?

 Birthday swag!  Birthday clothes and a tripod.  yes, I've taken over 200 self-portraits without a tripod, but no more!!  My brilliant MIL got me one, wheeee!!!

HEAR YE. I need to document the fact that I ran 3 miles and didn't feel like death.  So just to make sure it wasn't a fluke, I did...