Monday, March 30, 2015

Photography Failures (and some inspiration)

You may have noticed I haven't kept up with my 365 Project. Not only have I failed to post pictures from the project on this blog, but I've also forgotten to take them! The season of Lent got a little busy with illness and whatnot, but I also started to get overwhelmed with wanting to edit all my pictures into perfect shots. I just didn't have the time, plus I have even more to learn about editing (I use Gimp- it's free) than I do about my camera (and I still have to learn a lot about that!), so I started to get a little discouraged, and wasn't reaching for the camera as often.

But I started to get excited again after coming across a few blog posts recently in my reader. Michele Quigley has a really beautiful 365 Project on her blog right now. It's all mostly beautiful pictures- no text. I just wish I could talk to her in person and learn some of her techniques!

Clare just got a new 50 mm lens and is soaking up the bokeh by taking lots and lots of shots of her little girl. Just check out those eyes!

Ana found herself a smashing deal on a new camera.

So here's to picking up the camera again and capturing those pictures! I'll try to post more pictures, but they might not all be edited yet. Still lots to learn with this whole blogging/photo/editing journey!

Anywho......Here are some SOOC (straight out of camera) shots for you to enjoy.

Some blogs I'm currently following to improve my photography: Clickinmoms and Click it up a Notch. 

I've also been swooning over new camera bodies... but let's not get ahead of ourselves, right? 

I hope you all have a fruitful Holy Week! 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

WIWS: vol 1. And a little pregnancy update

First installment of WIWS (What I Wore Sunday) on Three Little Cupps. Linking up with Fine Linen and Purple.

I asked hubby to grab a picture today since I sort of had an outfit pulled together and I was feeling guilty for failing to document this pregnancy. This poor baby is already suffering from second child syndrome! For Teacup 1 I had a pregnancy journal and at least five bump pictures. Although... really...will the kid care about seeing Mama all puffy and bloated while she snuggles inside when she's, say, thirteen? I don't know, but just in case, now she can.

Top: Kohls maternity
Skirt: Target
Necklace: Premier Designs

Earrings: New York and Company

This week I finally finished Teacup's First Year photo book on Shutterfly. I'm so excited for it to arrive! She loves to look at pictures of herself, so I think she'll really enjoy the book. This week her new thing was holding a little mirror and kissing and hugging herself. Cute or am I creating a little narcissist? Absolutely cute. I just keep telling myself she thinks it's another baby.

At mass today, in the pew in front of us, there was a sweet little boy sleeping snuggled in his infant car seat carrier. Teacup thought he was just darling and couldn't stop "talking" about him. Hubby and I were trying to pray, but I glanced over at her, and had to hiss, "She's rocking the baby!!" Teacup had grabbed hold of the car seat handle and slightly vigorously attempted to arouse sleeping baby. It was kind of adorable only because the baby continued to sleep and the parents failed to notice...

Remember how I mentioned Teacup 2 is already suffering from second child syndrome? Poor thing, this post was supposed to be an update on the pregnancy and it's been all about her older sister. There isn't a lot to update other than I'm at 33 weeks, moving a little slower, but overall just progressing normally and healthy. All great things!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

5 Faves: When I'm Sick

This week's 5 Faves are hosted by Rachel at Efficient Mama!

Unfortunately, I finally succumbed to a stomach bug this winter. It's March and I was so hopeful I was in the clear. Apparently not :-P

Anyway, in the spirit of Lent and overcoming trials with joy, I offer my personal five favorites from yesterday when I felt like death rolled over.

1. My husband, my husband, my husband! Um, he could honestly probably be all five of my favorites. He was Ah-Maaaaay-Zing! Super Dad and Perfect Caretaker to one sick wifey. Early Monday morning I tossed all my cookies... and salad, and lunch, and probably just one or two less needed internal organs. J crouched beside me the entire time and cleaned everything. Then teacup proceeded to wake up approximately three to four times, and since he couldn't really stick her in bed with us, he had to stay up rocking her back to sleep. During the day he doted upon teacup (who refused to nap until 1pm) and diligently checked on me without complaint. He even went out to the store with her to pick up some sick essentials and made himself a homecooked dinner of pasta scampi. I probably should have grabbed a picture, but I was mostly quarantined to my bedroom.

2. My little girl: Oh, I missed her so so much yesterday! I missed her snuggles and smiles. J brought her to the bedroom door a few times throughout the day so she could give me a smile, giggle, and point. I definitely felt very loved and missed.

3. Tylenol: I don't usually take anything during pregnancy- I usually try to suffer through it (with a lot of moans and groans), but I called my Dr. late yesterday afternoon after a scary contraction. He encouraged me to up my fluid intake and take some Tylenol for the fever and aches. The fever was probably further dehydrating me. I only took one regular strength pill and Oh My... it worked like a charm.

4. Sleep: I napped fitfully a lot yesterday, but after taking the one Tylenol, I really passed out. Like at 8:30 pm for the NIGHT. Granted I did get up a couple times for the bathroom, but, wow, I haven't slept like that since before Teacup was born. Monday night was more of a preparation for postpartum nights to come, but Tuesday night was glorious!

Daddy getting Teacup ready for bed...can you find her? ;) 

5. Blogs: I read a lot of blog posts yesterday on my iPad. One of my favorite's was Kelly's post. I managed some pathetic whimper-laughs due to my sheer exhaustion. And, even though I couldn't eat anything, this recipe looked too scrumptious not to add to my Pinterest board.

Well, there you have it, some TMI five faves. I know, you didn't even ask for it, I'm sorry.

Today I'm feeling LOTS better, and I'm extremely grateful!