Friday, July 31, 2009

our new house...



We signed a contract on this house back in June...after we got a contract on our house. At that time, our house was nothing but a lot with plumbing and all of the other stuff that they need right before they poured the foundation.

The following week...they poured the foundation and the rest has been history! It has literally flown...and I am always amazed at how quickly these houses go up.

For whatever reason- I never had the motivation to take pictures as our house grew...but I guess today I really started getting excited about the house. Not that I haven't been excited already- but it is just nice to have our house actually sold...and also, I think since it's getting so close to being ready it is becoming more of a reality.

Parker and I stopped by the house with my friend Amy after an ejoyable lunch at Chili's.

And so today- I had the motivation to take some photos...

And now... in no particular order...

Here is our master bedroom....


The nook area looking in from the living area...(they were putting in the tile today...as if you couldn't have derived that conclusion on your own from looking at the pictures)


The kitchen...


The dining room...


The living area...


The laundry room...(and you can kind of see it hiding if you really look...but on that back wall there is a deep storage closet that I am in love with)


This is a not so good angle of what will be Parker's room...


Another not so great picture of what will be the new baby's room...


And the study...

[not shown due to me not transferring that photo to my thumb drive this evening before I came to this computer to do my post and so...will therefore- have to be shown at another date because I am too lazy to go back to my computer to retrieve the one measely photo]


The linen closet...(For a little background...the last house we had only had the closets that came with the rooms...and this house has THREE extra closets {the one in the laundry room, a coat closet, and linen closet}...so for me...I am so excited about the extra storage space...only- I must be careful using the word extra...for I am sure that they will be filled upon move-in with all of the 'stuff' that we have somehow managed to accumulate over the years...)

And last but not least...the entry way...


(Also not shown were the bathrooms...they were tiling in ours...and the other bathroom has no windows so it was too dark to photograph.)

Thursday, July 30, 2009

her new ride....


A friend of ours goes to this 'sale' a couple of times a year and gets great deals on slightly used toys and clothes. She had invited me to attend...but I was unable to make it. BUT- this power wheels ride is something that I had in mind that I wanted to get Parker...if not at this sale...then for her birthday coming up in less than 2 months. So to make this already lengthy story a little shorter...she found this power wheels and got it for me....it was $25...which I thought was a great price!


So here she is enjoying her new ride...










Oops!! She's still trying to get the hang of it.....


"So...ummm...is somebody going to come and help me or what???"







And out of all of the pictures I took...this next one is my absolute favorite...





She finally started getting the hang of it....

Sunday, July 26, 2009

out with the old...in with the new...

And it was looong overdue. Parker has been wearing these sandals....

...these sandals ONLY for the past few months. I have discussed before (I think) about how she has such a thick and fluffy foot...that it is hard to find shoes to fit her. She really can't even fit into Crocs! So the shoes that we have been successful with are these sandals that snap in the front AND the back so that we can adjust to her foot size/thickness. And I really like these sandals from Target...however, she is ready for a bigger size and now I cannot find them!!! (I knew this would happen and am kicking myself for not just getting the bigger size while I was there like I knew I should have!)



OK- I digress.

So we went to buy her some new shoes yesterday. Bless her heart...the sandals she has been wearing are a size 5...and she is now a 6 and a half!!!

Drum roll please...here are her new shoes....

...these are my favorite. I was so excited that she could get some cute shoes that do not squish her feet!


And yes...I know that I am a huge dork (I even felt that way as I had a "photography session" with the shoes after I got home..haha) because I am so elated to have found shoes that fit my daughter...but seriously...it is a feat!

Friday, July 24, 2009

a little practice...

Tomorrow morning I am going to attempt to take some engagement pictures of my friend Emily and her fiance. I am little nervous, but excited about my subjects...in that- a.) they will not run away from me, and b.) they will smile on command. :) I'm just going to take a bunch and hope that at least a few really turn out well. I mean- don't you really only need a few?

So because I am taking their pictures...and because I have been wanting to do this for a while...I decided to rent a lens that I have thought that I might like to buy someday. I have read advice that before you spend the money on one...you should try it out first. Well....I love this one. It is the 50mm f/1.8...and I really, really like it. I wanted to try the 50mm f/1.4, but to rent this one...you need to reserve it ahead of time....I guess it's a hot commodity.

In case you're wondering...the place where you can rent anything photography for what I think is a decent price...it's called Competitive Camera. They have anything and everything you can imagine...lights, backgrounds, cameras, lenses....and I'm sure a lot more stuff that I have no clue as to what it is.

So here are my practice shots for the day. The colors aren't the best...looking a little on the green side in most of them...but I was too lazy tired to put any effort into editing them...and you may not even be able to tell a difference in these pictures as opposed to any other pictures I have taken...but I can! The main difference is the background is blurrier...and I was able to take better pictures... with less light..without having to use the flash!


I guess maybe we shouldn't leave home without this stuff???


Nemo....

his food...

a candle holder thingie...



This is what you get after you give your daughter m&ms when she gets up from her afternoon nap because she is fussy....and then daddy comes home and unbeknownst to you...gives her a red popcicle. Can we say sugar high???






Man!! I know this one is blurry, but I love her face!

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