Monday, December 1, 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!





For the past few years, I've been putting up the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. This year, I decided to dedicate November to doing 30 days of thankfulness and so, Christmas was saved for December. As today is December 1st, we pulled all the decorations out of the attic.

We pushed some furniture aside to put the tree in front of the front window. I think a window is the perfect place to put a tree, don't you? It makes the front of the house look so happy!

Joseph was happy to explore all the boxes and various plastic ornaments. He went down for his nap before the Christmas tree was done. When he woke up, I sat him down in front of the tree. He didn't know quite what to think of it! He reached out to touch a branch a few times, and then quickly drew his hand back. It didn't take him too long to warm up to the tree though!

I love having the Christmas tree up! It put me in such a great mood today and I'm really looking forward to Jojo's first Christmas. :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Daily photo | self portrait

I've been wanting to take a decent self portrait for a while now and I really like how this turned out. Of course, it was one of, like, three dozen. For my setup, I kind of channeled (just a wee bit) Jose Villa. I had him in mind when I stood right in front of the window and metered for the shadow. I love how the light is wrapping around.

Oh, also! I'm now editing using a Wacom Pen and Touch tablet. It's Mike's and he never uses it so, last night, I thought I'd give it a try. Definitely a learning curve but it's kind of fun. My favorite part so far it that it gives me a steadier hand and more control when editing.

And just for funsies, here's the before and after. Yeah, I added some makeup in Lightroom. I don't mind how I look in the original or anything, I was just playing around with the editing and ended up liking how it turned out. Too heavy handed? Probably, but I'm still new to this. Though, if I was to go back and edit some more, I might add some shadow to my neck to separate it from my chin a bit more. Annnd...I'm off to go put some eyeliner on. ;)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Daily photo | golden hour at the playground


Days like this make me very grateful that I live in the South. While the frigid North is battling snow, Friday in South Carolina was just gorgeous! Joseph and I went to another park to have fun on the baby swings. Also to get upset when Mommy wouldn't let Jojo eat wood chips. ;)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Daily photo | waving hello


I really love getting photos of these two guys together. And I love that I caught Joseph waving his little pincer fingers on one hand and pointing with the other. He does that a lot. 

Today, Joseph had another swim class. He's getting better, but he's certainly not 100% comfortable in the water. He only cries at the end of the class now, when he really need to get home for his morning nap because boy is SPENT.

I made loaded nachos for dinner last night and Doritos casserole for dinner tonight. Next week, I'm going to try to cook something healthy to make up for all this junk! But, man, the Pioneer Woman loaded nachos? I highly recommend. So so good.

Speaking of food, Joseph is eating like a big boy these days. He eats more table food than purees. I've been trying to go this direction, but he just wasn't having it. But these past couple of days, he's eating almost anything I cut into little pieces and put on his tray. His current favorites seem to be olives and pineapple. Today at lunch, he ate a whole banana, one teeny piece at a time!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

#fmsphotoaday | I love this


Another day where I couldn't decide what my photo would be until I saw it happen. And then, yes, I knew this would be the perfect one.

Oh. This picture! So sweet, am I right? These two guys are so happy to see each other when Daddy comes home after work. Makes this mommy's heart just burst!

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