Monday, February 25, 2008


It's 8:45 and I'm already up later than I intended... I've got a sore throat and cough that is killing me.

Boys are good, randomly breaking out in hives... so that's fun. Nolan had them ALL over his face after his bath tonight and within 10 minutes they were gone. No idea why this keeps happening... no new foods to speak of, no new soaps. Who knows.

Bobby is getting married! Looks like we will be making the trek to Sweden next Summer (2009) to witness the event. It will be our first big trip with the kids (but let's be honest, camping with toddlers would be a big trip)... anyone know what there is to do in Sweden? Besides eat yucky food and ride the subway? (Yes, yucky food... I've seen some of the shit Bobby eats...EW.)

My hubby rocks
Have I mentioned that my hubby rocks? He surprised me OUT OF THE BLUE with these mother's rings. The sapphire is for seth and the alexandrite is for nolan... I love love LOVE these rings, and what a great surprise!!!!!


Friday, February 22, 2008


Bored, and putting off sleep and homework, so I played with some old shots in photoshop. I found some good ones that I forgot existed, and tweaked them a bit.

sailor boy

my bruiser

I am in LOVE with this one

nom nom nom

The focus is off here, but I love his expression

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Procrastinator, Procrastinator...

Updating now, instead of doing it later. (Because I have other more tedious, boring work to do right now... UGH.)

We went to a birthday party this weekend... Here are some of my favorite shots, much more over in my Flickr pages. (I often upload stuff there that doesn't get published here, and I upload there more often as well.)

My love
My sweetie pie... with a REAL smile, not his usual "there's a camera pointed at me, I better pretend to smile" expression.

I absolutely adore this shot. I don't know what it is... I just love it.

angry baby
Someone was really pissed off at his mean mean mama.

Who likes the kitchen?

The birthday girl's little sister Emerson. What a sweetie.

Laurel, the birthday girl. She is 3, and man... it seems like just yesterday I was pregnant with Nolan and we were looking around for a condo w/ John and Khara, and I would look at the teeny tiny newborn Laurel and tell Aaron "I can't wait to have our baby!"... 3 years went by super fast.

Birthday girl

so smoochable
I took over 200 photos that afternoon... many of them playing with point of view and focus.

Fun with focus


in love
another new favorite

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy “Bowemtime’s” Day

Aaah, good ol; Valentine’s Day. Gotta love it. I made a ton of pretzel candies, both for school and work… I find it cruel and unusual punishment to have those around the house and to not partake. So I did. I fell off the proverbial wagon. I hadn’t had a bite of candy/sweets, etc since 12/31/07… and now my record is shot to hell. That’s ok though, I feel sluggish and crappy and I haven’t eaten much today as a result. I had a yogurt this morning at 6am, and a sandwich around 9:30 am and too many of those damn candies in between and ugh. It’s 2:30 and I am pounding the water hoping to flush out the ickiness.

I have been trying to crack down on the clutter in the house lately… the clutter is arising from the two main problems: 1. Not enough space, and 2. Too much stuff. So Aaron and I talked the other day and I proposed the idea of getting rid of everything we haven’t used in the past year or more. With the exception of specialty items such as camping gear, automotive maintenance stuff etc. I am so sick of stuff being crammed everywhere. Right now I am committing myself to throwing away 10 things a day (at a minimum)… Last night I went through the junk drawer and grabbed 10 things that I knew were garbage and tossed them out. The night before it was 10 things out of my nightstand… garbage and CRAP seems to collect everywhere and I’m so sick of it, it’s not funny. I think the main part of this project will not be able to get underway though until springtime when we have a little more time and the weather is a bit kinder, so we can spend some time outside in the storage units.

I got up early this morning and made Aaron a hot breakfast (French toast, bacon, and chocolate milk)… I think dinner is just going to be frozen pizza though. At least for them… they’ll all be happy and I will too, as Aaron can get it started before I even get home. Then we’ll open gifts and start baths and the whole nighttime routine. I’d like to make it to the gym tonight for a bit to work off those candies, and then maybe hang out with Aaron since it is Valentine’s Day after all.

Here are some pics of Seth and his bruise. I think he needs a helmet... what do you think?

black and blue

this kid

Blinky the bruiser


Tuesday, February 12, 2008


I hate the feeling of disconnect. I hate being in limbo, I hate hate HATE not having a plan of action when faced with a problem or a scenario, or just in general. And yet, it is the state of my life right now and will be the status quo until the end of March.

It could be worse, yes.... it could be millions of degrees worse. I have a home. I have a job. I have a family. I have a husband. I have food to eat, clothes to wear, a car to drive... but man... I am struggling with this whole feeling of disconnect. It stems mainly from the whole school/work situation. Ever since I started working in the afternoons I have struggled with being disconnected at school. Friendships have formed around me, inside jokes, things I've missed... I would be lying if I said it didn't bother me. I enjoy the feeling of being part of a group... and though I am ultimately part of the group, I do feel disconnected. I feel like I am missing out on stuff both personally and academically... though my instructor is working with me on the assignments and such.

I feel in limbo too, because I don't have a 100% sure full time gig lined up for when I am done here at school... I don't have a daycare situation lined up for that time frame either. I just hate the feeling of floundering... thankfully it will be over in about a month and a half.







Ready, Set... GO!

having a laugh


on a mission

Insert shrieks of delight here.

bonka head?

Sweetie pies

Boys will be boys

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Off to bed....

after I post these pics. Tommorrow is my first day on my new schedule... working full days Mondays and Fridays. This means two things: I am nervous and I need to get my ass in gear and FINISH my math and powerpoint. (Powerpoint is 99.9% done... but I got absolutely nothing done this weekend.)

I am more nervous about the boys being at daycare earlier and how they will react. I am not too nervous about work because it's a different division yes, but it's only 4 hours (I'll be at my regular job in the afternoons) and it's a great way to network and learn a lot more.

So anyhoo, I am beat, beat BEAT... so here are some pics:





He is perfecting...

It was a dark and stormy night...
"it was a dark and stormy night..." all he's missing is a campfire.