More to come with these pictures. I'm making Valentines for E-Man and Miss J, and it did not take ANY prompting to get my man rocking out. Most days he turns to his rock persona to give us a crazy concert (usually with made-up songs involving potty humor, armpits, or his big brother sitting in a tree K-I-S-S-I-N-G).
Archive for January, 2009
I spend hours a day on the computer and have developed some serious addictions, I must admit. While I'm waiting for orders to transmit, or uploading photo files, I browse online. I take breaks from proofing by checking my email or Facebook.
I'm sharing some of my favorite links and sites in order to make something constructive of all my wasted minutes! Here are my faves, in totally random fashion:
Hello, my name is Missy, and I have a Facebook addiction. With so little effort, I am keeping in touch with my friends back home, catching up with college friends I've lost touch with, and it's amazing.
I love amazon! I read a lot (understatement of the year) and they have great bargain and used books. I buy photo equipment, kid toys, and more (like half my Christmas list).
Etsy is like a funky, cool flea market without the crowds or the yuck. It's a site for handmade and original wares — everything from jewelry to decor. I've found the absolute coolest props for portrait sessions on etsy — hand knitted baby hats, tutus, big ol' hair bows, hand painted signs, crochet blankets…etc. If you need inspiration for a holiday outfit or photo session, take a peek (like these sweet fruit hats!!).
Post Secret is like soap opera drama in postcard form — a crazy ridiculous hodge podge of other people's troubles that makes me feel more normal. People from all over the world send in anonymous postcards with their secrets, and I love reading them!
This is a site run by a mom who has made blogging and freebies an artform. Every day there is a different give away, and you enter in the 'comments' section of the blog. I have found some cool online vendors for both personal and business use (without the spam email follow ups). Worth checking out — especially right now because there are over 900 (yes, nine HUNDRED) prize give aways listed for the quarterly carnival!
I love my playlists! They keep me company when working, working out, or just chillin'. I love to find great songs and am always willing to browse for new music.
These fun girls are full of sugar and spice and everything nice — and so is their mom! She is the woman behind Lulu's Sweet Shoppe, on the corner of 81st and Sheridan Streets. Lulu's is one of our regular stops because it's so kid-friendly and yummy (pastries/soups/homemade meals). There is a play area for the little people, and great coffee for the grown-ups. Check it out!
And more sister portraits:
The Tulsa World recently did a great article on Lulu's if interested in more info, CLICK HERE.
I finally did it. After 18 years, 11 months, and some odd days, I am no longer a Walgreens employee! A couple months after my sixteenth birthday, I started working at Walgreens, and I never left.
In high school, I needed the job for gas money (and Aqua Net for my big hair stage). In college, I stayed on and worked after classes and weekends. When I started teaching, I worked weekends, school holidays, and summer breaks (don't get me started on teacher pay standards!). When we moved to Tulsa, I didn't know a soul and needed a reason to leave the house on a regular basis, so I stuck with Walgreens.
Well, I've squeaked by and was barely on the payroll the last few years (thanks to that 4 weeks paid vacation time a year), but my long Walgreens career is officially over. I can say that I have been a cashier, cosmetician, photo clerk, pharmacy tech, assistant manager, Hallmark lady, and bookkeeper.
My longevity was mostly due to emotional ties — I met my husband at Walgreens and have found so many life-long friends there. It was also like a bad habit I couldn't kick — I just didnt' know how NOT to go work at Wally World on a regular basis. When I shop, I have to bite my tongue from asking people if they need help finding things. And often, the employees ask me if I know the answers to random questions while I'm shopping.
So, now I'm shopping for IRA's and roll-over accounts but can look at the silver lining: I still get an employee discount thanks to my man!
My middle child is absolutely bursting with personality. He is so much fun and always the life of the party. He is our entertainer, mood lifter, and resident goof ball. E-Man was one of those babies that just woke up smiling and ready for the day, with a sparkle in his eye.
As a four year-old, his enthusiasm for life sometimes gets him into trouble. Like yesterday, when E-Man decided to make a beard using the jar of Jif. I found myself actually saying the words, "No more peanut butter beards!" He just loves to be the comedian, whether it's making up goofy dances or doing impressions of people. His cuteness works greatly in his favor, because it's so hard to be mad looking at those big laughing blue eyes and ginormous grin. See what I mean??
These portraits make me happy. Mr. M was just not that into me for his first session this Spring, and not really in the mood to be charming for a strange lady. This holiday session, he let go a bit, gave a few smiles, flashed his big blues, and made me and his mama very relieved! He's in that stage when the baby-ness is turning into big boy looks, and that's one of my favorite ages.
M can also brag that he has a famous aunt in the family to love on him. Two hints — an Oklahoma country girl, and American Idol winner.
Check out this vest and power tie:
And my favorite:
Happy New Year to everyone!! I am a few days late in my New Year's wishes, but still catching up on life after time off. I have already begun working on my resolutions for 2009, which I am sharing below. I follow the 'keep it simple' method, so I only have two, but they are biggies!
1. Get healthy.
Not only lose weight, but start eating healthier, working out more, and taking better care of myself. I've become so much less active the last couple years due to working more (on my butt in front of a computer mostly) and spending hours a day in the car doing kid pick ups and drop offs. So, less eating on the go, more veggies, and less Sugar Free Red-Bull (which will save my a lecture every time Big B sees the can, because thanks to Red Ribbon Drug-Free week at school, my son thinks I'm on drugs as Red Bull is a harmful stimulant according to my man).
2. Make my Mommy minutes shorter.
As in telling the kids, "Give me a minute," or "I'll be there in five minutes" and taking advantage of them having no concept of time. I realized how much I said that when Miss J started saying, "two minutes, mommy" every time I ask her to do something! Hopefully our household will be happier and I will feel better.