Tuesday, January 27, 2009


That's Daisy, one of our basset hounds. We think she's about ten, but we're not sure. We rescued her eight years ago and we thought she was two at the time...soo, do the math! I was playing around with my camera, trying to master the depth of field when both my dogs decided that I was on the floor to play with them. First Rufus stuck his nose in my camera (unfortunately all the pics of him turned out kinda yucky) and then Daisy (the boss) pushed him over and put HER nose in the camera. This turned out sorta cute.

My little guy. He was feeling kinda blue yesterday. He had a fever and I think he might be teething. On the plus side, he is kind of crawling. He can go one "step" and then plops back down on his tummy - adorable.

And this is my big guy, what an angel. I'm feeling kind of guilty tonight because I really was angry with him earlier. He woke up the baby TWICE when I was trying to get him down for a nap....I was sooo mad and I lost my temper. He wasn't being mean, he just L-O-V-E-S his baby brother! Look at that face - what a dollbaby. *sigh* Well the best I can do is move forward and learn from it. Tomorrow is another day...

Saturday, January 24, 2009

January 21, 22, 23 and 24 (phew!)

It was another cold day so we headed to the mall for a diversion. Declan got his haircut, grandma and grandpa met us for lunch at Johnny Rockets (hence the hat) and we went to the play area. Great way to burn off some pre-schooler energy!

Brendan was getting his bath with his daddy and I couldn't resist taking a few pics. Just a wet, happy baby!
Isn't the snowman great? My mother-in-law built it with Declan - she rocks! He had fun...it was the first "warm" day in a while here so we took advantage and got outside - hooray!

And another water pic - this time of Declan at his swimming lesson. We go to a great indoor pool that has water temps in the nineties all winter - it is perfect for little kids - they tend to get cold so fast in the water otherwise! I lvoe the water splashing up. I wish I had a better telephoto lens for my XTI - any suggestions?!?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

January 18, 19, 20

My husband just told me that I am not very good at taking pictures of things other than my boys and I admit, he is right. *sigh* I give up! I'm just going to take pictures of the things that move me on any given day. Maybe it will be my boys, maybe it will be the snow. (I might have more luck in the spring, summer and fall when I'm not confined to my house and the landscape is more varied than snow, snow and more snow! LOL)
Declan had lots of fun playing hide and seek with Brendan after dinner.
Brendan was fascinated with his reflection in the mirror. This is not a great shot, but it was the best I could do.

I just love his blue eyes and his little face.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

January 16 and January 17

This is a snapshot of Brendan, taken with my little digital Elph. We had a very lazy weekend together since he's still recovering from an ear infection. Declan had gymnastics in the morning and then we just hung out at home the rest of the day. The weather was still very very cold but sunny and bright. I can't wait for it to warm up so we can go play out in the snow!
Declan has decided to start taking pictures more too! He got his camera out when he saw me with mine. And this pic of him laying on the floor taking a picture of ME ended up being my favorite from the day. I love how I got the flash going off - fun!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

January 15

Coldest day of the year so far. It was 1.9 degrees this morning and the wind chill was negative fifteen. But it's a sunny day, and very pretty to look at. I ventured into the backyard during the baby's nap. This is my garden globe that I forgot to put away for the winter - doesn't it look striking?

January 12, 13, 14

Poor baby has had a horrible cold/cough and now an ear infection. He was feeling pretty needy when I snapped this pic - my mom was holding him but he was begging me to get him and he was so hopeful when I got near, but I was only taking his photograph, so seconds later, he had burst into tears again. (I did take him then, poor thing).
More pics of my son's Star Wars Galactic Heroes. Declan got out HIS digital camera on this day and was "posing" his favorite characters and snapping some pics for his "scrapbook". I decided to take a couple of pics too! This is Shaak Ti and Han Solo frozen in carbonite.

This darling boy was helping me dust when I decided to take his picture. The fuzzy white in the lower left corner is the feather duster. He was trying to clean my camera... :)

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Snow Star and Buddha


I have been taking care of my two sick little ones for the past couple of days and I'm battling their cold/cough so I haven't had a lot of extra time this weekend but I did manage to take these two snaps. The first is of a sun star that I have hanging in my kitchen window. On Saturday we had over six inches of snow fall and it was even sticking to the screens of my window - a real blizzard - so my little sun catcher looks more like a snow star to me!

The second pic is a cute little Buddha that I have kept on my desk for years and years. My mom's best friend brought it back for her from a trip abroad and I "borrowed" it when I went away to college. I have always loved it and it always makes me smile. These days it reminds me an awful lot of my baby boy - he looks very similar when he is nude and seated! LOL

Friday, January 9, 2009

Fancy Hairstyle and Playboys

The pic from yesterday is of my oldest boy right before he went to pre-school. It was his first day back since before Christmas and he was very excited. Sooo excited that he decided to do a "fancy" hairstyle for everyone to admire. A little backstory - normally this boy likes his hair combed forward "flat". No matter how hard I try to get him to spike it up, he resists. On this day though, he wanted it spiked and "fancy". So he spent about five minutes in the mirror with not one, not two, but THREE combs. I put some gel on it and then he decided he needed some "smoothing cream" from mommy's drawer. He DID look fancy and claims that everyone told him so at pre-school.

Today's pic was just a quick snap of my two boys playing together on the floor. They are both sick, poor things, but it did not stop them from having a lovely morning together. It may not be the greatest picture but I like the movement and I love the memory.

And yes, I did resort to pics of my boys again. I'm still trying to take pics of other things, but to be honest, I just really like to take and have pictures of THEM. I'll try again tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

When worlds collide

What do you get when your 3.5 year old (well, almost four year old) plays with his Star Wars Galactic Heroes in the same space that your 7 month old is playing? Darth Maul doing battle on rainbow stacking cups. Adorable.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Today is the Christian feast day "Epiphany" to celebrate the visit of the Three Kings to the baby Jesus. It is also the day I took down all of my Christmas decorations. We took the tree down two days after Christmas but just got around to the rest of the stuff today. One of my favorite Christmas decorations is this ceramic set of three Santas that my sister-in-law made for me. It reminds me of the Three Kings...hmmm, maybe it is a Three Kings set and not a Santa set at all...anyhoo, I love it and I took a picture of it just before it got boxed away until next year. The End.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Pics - Project 365 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 and 1/5

Brendan and I at the rec center. Daisy (the dog) lying in the middle of Declan's train layout. The Rodeo sign at the Palace. Books from our latest trip to the library.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Project 365 First Pic

Here is my first pic for Project 365 taken on 1/1/2008 at my grandmother's house for my cousin Andrew's birthday. The picture is of the birthday boy himself. I have pictures for 1/2, 1/3 and 1/4 as well, but they are in my little camera and that camera is currently at the rodeo with my husband! Alas, I can only post this first pic.
The funny thing for me about doing Project 365 is that I probably already take a picture each day. I'm really hoping to force myself to take more pictures of things and people that are NOT my children. We'll see how I do.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Project 365 at SBG

I'm going to do the ultimate photo challenge at SBG and take a picture a day for 365 days. Since I'm a horrible blogger this is a great way to force me to both take pictures AND post on this blog! LOL
Project 365 Info

These are a few of my favorite things...