Thursday, April 28, 2011

bring your kids to work

Judging by the little girl taking my order at Daz Bog this morning it is Take Your Child To Work Day here in Colorado.  This leaves me with a bit of a dilemma.  Because, you know, they are my work.  Should I make them do laundry? Vacuum?  Meal plan?  RSVP to the next birthday party on the calendar?  Plan for the school fundraiser?  Answer emails from their teachers?  Clean their rooms (oh wait, I did make them do that this morning before school).... Or of course, I guess, I could take them on a photoshoot with me?  Except I don't have one scheduled, because I don't do that part of my job during the week because I'm being Mama.  And the one time I did take them on a photoshoot with me (yes, I did, with the client's blessing because he wanted the portraits done asap...) was a bit, well, hectic, to say the least.  But at the end of the day, they ARE my work.  Sometimes I get so wrapped up in all the little things that make up my day I forget that they are what I'm doing it all for. That I did leave behind an entire past life for them - a career, a home in a different state, friendships, marriage without the added stress - because nothing, and I mean nothing, is more important than them.  Most days I fall into bed with utter exhaustion, and still manage to lie awake thinking of the 105 things I didn't get done in the day.  It is these little things that I didn't consider when I took up being a stay at home mama.  I thought of the love and hugs and giggles and stories and silly songs and all the goodness that gets wrapped up in a Mama's day.  But it is the little things -- the rsvp's to parties, the teacher emails, the school committees, the carpools, those are the  things that also make me a Mama.  They are my job, too.  They are the "work" part.  The love and hugs and stories and kisses, they are the easy part.  The work is the hard part.  But I wouldn't trade this job for all the money in the world.  And I'll gladly continue to "bring my kids to work" with me every  single day.

**Addendum: and to my friends/family who do hold down full time outside-the-house jobs AND manage all of the above as well, my proverbial hat is off to you because though I was only in your shoes for a year, I know how very hard that job is as well.**

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Hoppy Easter

Saturday, April 16, 2011

House Rules

I have some new blog-love going on  -- Jones Design Company.  Emily is an uber-talented designer who is also a full time Mama to 4 darling kiddos and wears the cutest, most with-it outfits ever.  I sorta kinda want to be like her (except the 4 kids thing - I'm good with 2, for reals).  A couple of days ago she posted an adorable print of her house rules (which she sells on her site, btw) and I knew I had to copy it (sincerest form of flattery and all).

We have had a list of "house rules" up on our refrigerator for about a year now.  Last year I gathered the boys together and asked them to help me draw up our house rules.  I intended for it to be a fun way for us to establish, once and for all, the rules of our home.  The boys really got into it -- as you can tell from the last rule of the bunch (for the record, Uncle Al had just broken out in a poison-ivy rash a couple of days prior and obviously it left a strong impression on the boys).  On occasion when the boys are acting out I will proclaim "What house rule is being broken?!" It sort of (sometimes) breaks up a tantrum or an argument and helps restore peace and harmony to our home once again (again, sometimes, I make no claims that my house is in any way continuously peaceful and/or harmonious - let's get real here, ok?!).  So I took our tattered list of house rules and printed up a design similar to Emily's on my favorite papers.

And so, without further ado, I present...The House Rules:

Friday, April 15, 2011

365 - 4/15/11

Belaying at J's school.  Awesomeness.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

bad blogger, bad!

I obviously have been beyond negligent.  It is apathy, pure and simple.  And the fact that my hobby has become a job and in that time I don't take nearly as many pictures of my boys as I used to.  The last pictures I took of them are Holden with the firetruck and the boys in Texas.  I need to find that balance.  If there's any Mama out there who's figured that out, call me, k?  Never mind, don't call because I never hear my phone.  The curse of a cell phone existence is that you don't have a phone in every room of your house (remember when that was like the ultimate in luxury??!).  Oh wait, maybe that's not a curse.  Sounds more like a blessing.  I'm just not a phone person.  Don't like it.  Don't like to talk on it.  I'm an emailer.  Want to reach me? Email me.  Or Text me.  But don't expect elaborate texts back because my cell is from 1982 and is really a pain in the ass to text from.  I'm kidding, I didn't have my own cell phone until 2001.  Hey, 10 years - yay for cell phones!

Ok, so where is this little odd post going?  I dunno.  The boys are both at school and I had a meeting get cancelled so I'm literally sitting in my incredibly quiet empty house all by myself with my feet up on the ottoman.  It is SUCH a weird feeling.  I'm not even trying to work or do house stuff or cleaning or whatever else I'm supposed to do as a full-time-Mama-part-time-photographer-full-time-homemaker.  My head is buzzing with all that is going on and yet I sit here.... This month I'm working with the fundraiser group at Jackson's school for their big silent auction event.  Lovely working with such dedicated, hard-working women who want the best for our awesome school.  Yeah, I said awesome - cause it is.  I'm hosting a mini-social-networking event at our house on Thursday.  Need to prepare noshies and figure out my own presentation.  Next week I'm shooting a larger networking group.  I'm trying to of course drum up ever-more clients who want me to photograph them in cool settings like meadows, parks, and rustic urban areas, and rescheduling those that have been tossed aside the past few months because of our wackety-wack weather here in Colorado.  I'm also trying to cook at least 1 decent meal a day that my youngest son will inevitably complain about without even seeing/smelling/tasting.  I made Gnocchi last night!  Yes, from a bag but everyone loved it.  Except Holden, who proclaimed it was "not good" without - you guessed it - tasting it.  I'm trying to keep our house clean because with the weather change that means grass, dirt and tiny rocks find their way into our home on a continuous basis.  And legos are obviously mating because they are taking over every nook and cranny of this house.  And I have to wonder why I feel utterly compelled to have neatly made beds every single day but I could care less about mopping my kitchen floor?!  Oh yeah, and Easter's in a couple of weeks.  Probably should figure out what the Easter bunny is bringing.  And then Jackson's birthday is the following week.  Oh boy. And Karate twice a week.  And foolishly, in the midst of all of this, I'm refinishing my childhood dollhouse.  Just for fun.  'Cause I want to.

And that, is that.  Just keeping it real.  Maybe I'll upload a photo again one of these days.  Maybe.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Baby Mine

"Baby Mine"

Baby mine, don't you cry.
Baby mine, dry your eyes.
Rest your head close to my heart,
never to part, baby of mine.

Little one, when you play,
pay no heed what they say.
Let your eyes sparkle and shine,
never a tear, baby of mine.

If they knew all about you,
they'd end up loving you, too.
All those same people who scold you,
what they'd give just for the right to hold you.

From your hair down to your toes,
you're not much, goodness knows.
But, you're so precious to me,
sweet as can be, baby of mine.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

365 - 4/6/11

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Hey look!  Crib Tales Photography's work is featured in this month's Douglas County Living! It was actually also featured last month but due to a mix up they credited the wrong photographer.  :-(  But this month we are back in business!  I've had so much fun working with the Douglas County Divas - a really wonderful networking group for women business owners, and it's been an honor to capture the last few events for them.  I sort of feel like my little business is an infant who is growing into a running, squealing toddler.  :-)

Monday, April 04, 2011

365 - 4/4/11

Makes my heart crazy-happy that my two boys have a gaggle of cousins that they love to be with and play with and hang out with, whenever we can make it happen.  Growing up I had a lot of cousins myself, and practically grew up just down the street from two of my cousins , Ryan and Jordan.  If I ever came close to knowing what it would have been like to have brothers it would be through those boys.  They were part of my every day world for most of my youth.  Now Debbie has 3 girls and I have the 2 boys, and Kimi's got her new baby girl and her beautiful say my boys are outnumbered on my side of the family is an understatement.  But they don't care.  They have the best time with their cousins, and it takes me way way back to my own childhood with my two favorite cousins.  And it makes me smile. Big time.

Sunday, April 03, 2011