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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Shut Down

Some last-minute plans were made yesterday that require all of my house to be very presentable by this afternoon at 4.  But, as of 8:00 this morning, the main problem areas look like this:

Yes, our studio is a constant and necessary thorn in my side.  What you don’t see here is the majority of my mental overwhelmedness.  Yes, I made up that word.  We always have so much work to do with our photography business, and things are especially pressing right now.  We’re about to start a rather large marketing campaign for next year, too.2011-11-29_08-57-48_665Another view of the studio.2011-11-29_08-58-05_780

“Sitting Room”, AKA, Studio Overflow!2011-11-29_08-58-26_936The dining room, which actually isn’t too bad, believe it or not.  It’s the catch-all.  (And me in my robe… ::: sigh:::)2011-11-29_08-58-37_204The real messes! Winking smile  Do you see Rollei trying to steal a bite from Nathan’s plate?  Those 3 keep me hoppin’ all the time!2011-11-29_08-59-07_543Yikes!2011-11-29_08-59-19_394

No, I’m not going to show you my bedroom and our bathrooms.  Suffice it to say that Rollei just got a bath in the hall bathroom. 

So, with all the physical messes in my house at this moment in time, the real mess is me!  Today, I just don’t want to do it.  But, I will.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Little Spinning and Singing Before Bed

Nathan has been singing a lot lately.  This is a little video of him singing his ABCs, spinning in circles, and exherting as much energy as he could before he went to bed tonight.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Camera Phone

I thought it would be fun to share some snapshots my mom got with her phone over the last few weeks.


NathanPhoto_B3BE8A19-7FE4-6AEA-A008-4F34B55B1720Our little familyWP_000007Meeting sweet Cousin DanielWP_000013

Nathan liked Daniel.  He repeated “shhhh” the whole time we were there.  WP_000016

Daniel and his Daddy, my cousin Jim.WP_000017

Playing Ring Around the Rosies.WP_000019

They found Timpa’s toy Volkswagen.WP_000034

Friday, November 4, 2011

A Perfectly Wonderful Day at the Zoo

Tuesday was just completely perfect.  Aunt Pat and I had scheduled this trip to the zoo over a month ago, and I’m so glad we got to go!  The weather was completely beautiful, there were no big crowds, and the boys have become independent enough that it is not as much of a challenge to wrangle them (Especially with Pat’s help!). 

We got to feed the giraffes!DSCF5374

We rode the carousel, too!  I can’t say that everyone loved it, but I sure did!DSCF5383

I took the bar off their stroller and did not use the seatbelts while we were there.  This worked great because they would climb in the stroller between exhibits, then would jump out on their own when we arrived to the next animal.  It helps that they are pretty good at {usually} following directions.  Okay, Logan bolted a time or two…DSCF5406

We saw so many wonderful animals… Lions, tigers, bears {oh my!}, monkeys, giraffes, turtles, birds, goats

This cracks me up. L & N both climbed up to get a good look at the tiger, both are equally intrigued. Aunt Pat looks like she’s amazed, too.


L & N talked to each animal at every exhibit.  We sang animal songs {quietly} and the boys talked about what each animal was doing.  Logan would say each animal name over and over.  They were so excited.  DSCF5410DSCF5425DSCF5421DSCF5435

We ate lunch, saw some more animals, enjoyed a Dippin’ Dots treat, then rode the train around Herman Park.DSCF5442

We called it quits after 3:00, which is normally when Logan and Nathan start waking up from their nap.  The boys were just so good all day long, despite being way off schedule.  I am very proud of that.  Aunt Pat and I got a good workout pushing the stroller, and we all had a perfectly wonderful day at the zoo!!! SmileDSCF5449