Monthly Archives: March 2013

a day in the life … snow day!

We were expecting significant snowfall last Wednesday. I guess fortunately and unfortunately that snowfall never came to quite the extent predicted, but because we didn’t know that until it was all said and done (The forecast remained throughout the day, with the promise that the heaviest snow was soon to come!), we all enjoyed a day at home. Here’s some of what this snow day was for us.

A snow day means …

… lining up our cars just right.
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… creeping through the 4 inches or so we had by 9:30 am.
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… filling up our suitcase with jewelry, purses and toys and playing in the bathroom? Yep!
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… a quick nap with Dada.
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… a little rest for Huckleberry, who was clearly unhappy that we were interrupting his peaceful day.
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… eating homemade ranch pretzels with a spoon, because the extra seasoning is just too tasty to leave behind.
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… chillin’ in the swing.
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… chowing down on Sophie.
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… playing with Rosie the train.
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… stealing guacamole that she “doesn’t like.” Right.
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… wearing Dada’s slippers!
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… coloring!
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… coffee. All. Day. Long.
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… Dora magnets in MaMum’s slippers.
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project 365 … 3/4 – 3/10, days 4-10.

3/4 (day 4) | Routine.
So much of our morning is routine, and this is no exception. After making our bed, I always lay out little man’s changing mat and clothes for the day. If my husband has a few extra minutes, he can get our little guy dressed, and if not, I’m ready to go, as well!
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3/5 (day 5) | Laughter.
This girl has such an amazing spirit, and is often found doing just this … laughing!
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3/6 (day 6) | Snow day!
We were promised one last winter storm on this particular Wednesday, which actually would have been our first and only significant snowfall … but it never came. Forecasts for our area ranged from 8-18″, but what we got turned out to be 6″ midday which later turned into 3″ when the rain came. At any rate, we were expecting the snow to hit midday, so we were home! Not only did we get a lot accomplished around the house, but we had a blast, too! More on our snow day to come!
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3/7 (day 7) | Collection.
I’ve been collecting Fiestaware since I was a teen. Love it!
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3/8 (day 8) | What mom?
That look …
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3/9 (day 9) | Blowing bubbles.
She so loves this Hello Kitty bubble maker.
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3/10 (day 10) | Learning to sit up.
He’s getting there!
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project 365 … 3/3, day 3.

An early start this morning. The gang was all up and ready go to around 5:15 (Sigh. I’m SO not a morning person!), so we’ve been productive already! I was looking at the car seat vs. booster seat basics to try and determine when our almost 4 year old might be ready to switch to a booster seat. Of course, part of that determination is based on weight, so we just decided to find out for ourselves! What’s our girl weigh just over 2 months shy of her fourth birthday?

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project 365 … 3/1 & 3/2, days 1 & 2.

I’ll be honest – I’m not sure how this will work out. I’ve tried 365 projects before … and I’ve failed to complete them. With all of that behind me, I’m ready to try again! I’m dedicated to working on my photography skills, so it seems like the best idea. At any rate, here are the results from the first two days …

3/1 (day 1) | Munch.
He’s so into putting everything in his mouth. No teeth (yet), but eating cereal, and we started bananas on 2/28 (He LOVED them!). I so love this little guy!
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3/2 (day 2) | Fingers and Toes.
Lil and I met aunt Chelle and cousin Cypress for manicures & pedicures for the girls. So much fun! The place we took them has two little chairs – made for people just their size! The girls were so cute – they were super excited all along, but when the ladies came to give them their mani/pedi, they both froze. Funny how we change when a stranger comes along. Love these girls!
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four12x – february ’13.

And I’m back … with February’s four12x. Two things are evident as a result of this month’s photo. (1) I really need to find my camera’s remote, and (2) I need to dedicate more time and effort to this project. At any rate, I’m committed to posting each month, so here’s what we ended up with.

It was Valentine’s Day, and I needed a picture for my Instagram photo a day projects. While I wasn’t happy with any of the photos I got of the five of us (Huck wanted to play along this month!), in the end, I decided that it is what it is. This certainly won’t make it to our photo wall (More on that project later! LOVE!), but honestly, that’s okay!

Without further ado … February’s four12x!

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instagram photo a day project: #fmsphotoaday

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve never actually completed a photo challenge … and this month, I completed two! Here are the photos from my Instagram #fmsphotoaday challenge. I’m taking at least the month of March off from #fmsphotoaday to allow myself time to start a personal photo-a-day project with my “big girl” camera, but I’ll still be doing the #cmglimpse photo challenge on Instagram. If you want to join in on the #fmsphotoaday fun, you can find the prompts by following @fatmumslim on Instagram!

Want to join me in March? The #cmglimpse prompts are posted each Sunday by @clickinmoms, and don’t forget to follow me, @minski39, too!

2/1 Fork.
2/2 Pattern.
2/3 Something beginning with ‘E.’
2/1 Fork. #fmsphotoaday 2/2 Candy. #cmglimpse Pattern. #fmsphotoaday Killing 2 birds with one stone! 2/3 Something beginning with 'E.' Entertained by Elmo.

2/4 Hope.
2/5 Something you smelled.
2/6 Soft.

2/4 Hope. #fmsphotoaday For a dear friend.  And written with the pink Sharpie I'm guarding for her until she's better! 2/5 Something you smelled. #fmsphotoaday Popcorn! Totally disappointed in my previous pic, so consider this a replacement.  And as my daughter would say, "Pa-kern!" #food #popcorn #snack 2/6 Soft. #fmsphotoaday Love a baby's soft skin! #baby #softskin #sweetsmell #son

2/7 Your name.
2/8 Something orange.
2/9 Guilty pleasure.

2/7 Your name. #fmsphotoaday Or in this case, names. #name #yourname #me #aboutme #whoiam #thumbtack #black #mindy 2/8 Something orange. #fmsphotoaday Our 'love' cutout came yesterday; cannot wait to get it up on the photo wall! #photowall #love #inspiration #family #photo #orange #wood 2/9 Guilty pleasure. #fmsphotoaday It could be hot black coffee, iced coffee w/ Splenda and skim, a turkey sausage egg white flatbread, a donut, everything bagel with cream cheese, DD K-cups ... @dunkindonuts is my guilty pleasure!

2/10 3 o’clock.
2/11 Entrance.
2/12 Where you ate lunch.

2/10 3 o'clock. #fmsphotoaday Through glass. #cmglimpse Hello, DC! Through my car window on our way downtown. 2/11 Entrance. #fmsphotoaday 2/12 Where you ate lunch. #fmsphotoaday

2/13 Walking.
2/14 Love is …
2/15 Inside your fridge.

2/13 Walking. #fmsphotoaday 2/14 Love. #cmglimpse Love is ... #fmsphotoaday Love is silly, impromptu photos on Valentine's Day with these goons.  It's not "perfect," but I certainly won't forget the fun we had!  Besides, perfection is relative - they're perfect memories! #grateful 2/15 Inside your fridge. #fmsphotoaday And yes, that shelf really was that empty. Saturday is grocery day!

2/16 Perfect.
2/17 In your hand.
2/18 Something you don’t like.

1/16 Perfect. #fmsphotoaday Perfect, peaceful little guy. 2/17 In your hand. #fmsphotoaday Your LCD screen. #cmglimpse 2/18 Something you don't like. #fmsphotoaday Old man winter and his frigid temps (Though I am secretly longing for one good snow before spring!) ... birr! ⛄

2/19 I am …
2/20 Where I stood.
2/21 Full.

2/19 I am ... #fmsphotoaday ... a Fiesta collector! 2/20 Where I stood. #fmsphotoaday 2/21 Full. #fmsphotoaday

2/22 Makes you smile.
2/23 A word.
2/24 Cloud.

2/22 Makes you smile. #fmsphotoaday The little treasures I have throughout my office that serve as reminders of what's really important. 2/23 A word. #fmsphotoaday 2/24 Cloud. #fmsphotoaday One lonely little cloud ...

2/25 On your bedside table.
2/26 Quiet.
2/27 Playing.

2/25 On your bedside table. #fmsphotoaday 2/26 Quiet. #fmsphotoaday It's one of the only quiet times of the day - 5 am. #quiet #shower #home #family #lifewithaninfant #lifewithatoddler #shhhhh #Snapseed #squaready 2/27 Playing. #fmsphotoaday Think she (1) likes trains, and (2) has enough going on at once?

2/28 Upside down.

2/28 Upside down. #fmsphotoaday

instagram photo a day project: #cmglimpse

I’ll be honest – I’ve never actually completed one of these photo challenges. I’ve started several times with good intentions and never made it through. This time, I took on not only one challenge, but two. Crazy, right?

Well much to my own surprise, I completed both! I’ll post my #fmsphotoaday pics shortly, but for now, I proudly present to you my #cmglimpse Instagram photos from the month of February! Want in on the fun? Find the prompts by following @clickinmoms on Instagram, and don’t forget to follow me, @minski39, too!

2/1 Water.
2/2 Candy.
2/3 Rule of thirds.
2/1 Water. #cmglimpse 2/2 Candy. #cmglimpse Pattern. #fmsphotoaday Killing 2 birds with one stone! 2/3 Rule of thirds. #cmglimpse Checking numbers on her Super Bowl pool grid.

2/4 I spy …
2/5 Faceless portrait.
2/6 Choices.
2/4 I spy ... #cmglimpse I spy ... one little monkey jumpin' on the bed! 2/5 Faceless portrait. #cmglimpse 2/6 Choices. #cmglimpse She chose orange juice, BTW.

2/7 Your mailbox.
2/8 Child’s point of view.
2/9 On the ground.
2/7 Your mailbox. #cmglimpse Such a gloomy, dark morning.  #itiswhatitis #gowithit #suckitup 2/8 Child's point of view. #cmglimpse He's getting used to tummy time; good thing, because I don't want to roll him over every time! #baby #infant #child #dreamlight 2/9 On the ground. #cmglimpse Playing tic tac toe with Dada.

2/10 Through glass.
2/11 Opposites.
2/12 Red.
2/10 3 o'clock. #fmsphotoaday Through glass. #cmglimpse Hello, DC! Through my car window on our way downtown. 2/11 Opposites. #cmglimpse 2/12 Red. #cmglimpse Red the Fire Engine is, well, red.

2/13 In the mirror.
2/14 Love.
2/15 The edge of the frame.
2/13 In the mirror. #cmglimpse 2/14 Love. #cmglimpse Love is ... #fmsphotoaday Love is silly, impromptu photos on Valentine's Day with these goons.  It's not "perfect," but I certainly won't forget the fun we had!  Besides, perfection is relative - they're perfect memories! #grateful 2/15 The edge of the frame. #cmglimpse Always lots of these around with a 3 year old daughter! #hellokitty

2/16 Slow shutter.
2/17 Your LCD screen.
2/18 Four.
2/16 Slow shutter. #cmglimpse He's rocking like crazy! I think we're in trouble when he becomes mobile. #activebaby 2/17 In your hand. #fmsphotoaday Your LCD screen. #cmglimpse 2/18 Four. #cmglimpse The number of caterpillars she made tonight! (Okay, so I posted again ... )

2/19 Shadows.
2/20 The view from your car.
2/21 From up high.

2/19 Shadows. #cmglimpse 2/20 The view from your car. #cmglimpse 2/21 From up high. #cmglimpse

2/22 Doodles.
2/23 Breakfast.
2/24 In the middle.

2/22 Doodles. #cmglimpse 2/23 Breakfast. #cmglimpse At mom & dad's, and breakfast here holds a special place in my heart. 2/24 In the middle. #cmglimpse

2/25 Your home at night.
2/26 Loud.
2/27 Stranger.

2/25 Your home at night. #cmglimpse A My Little Pony match-up and my little jumping bean. 2/26 Loud. #cmglimpse This guy? Also loud. And yes, we use seasonal bibs all year long. Happy Halloween!  LOL! 2/27 Stranger. #cmglimpse Frankly, this is embarrassing, but why hide that I was too chicken to get a good pic, right? And if you think this is bad, you don't want to see my 4 failed attempts in the grocery store!

2/28 What you’re wearing today.
2/28 What you're wearing today. #cmglimpse