Happy Costume Day!

Friday, October 30, 2009

I couldn't quite bring myself to say Happy Halloween, as it's not a holiday I really celebrate or a phrase I say. I definitely did not go trick or treating growing up, partially because my Mom thought there was a needle in every candle, and partially because it wasn't something my Mom wanted to promote.

All of this to say, I could not stop myself from looking at Halloween costumes for Isaac. To top it off, when I showed my Mom the one that I liked the most, she bought it for him. I think this is the first of many instances where my Mom will prove to be much more lax with Isaac than she was with us lol!

I do have some pictures from when we initially had Isaac try it on, but I'll wait for the big reveal tomorrow. As if it's any surprise, I think he's the most adorable little guy ever! :)

For the first time Tony and I carved pumpkins together at our friend's house Monday night. It's currently outside getting rained on and I'm not sure if I'll get a better picture, so I thought I'd share my free-hand "Isaac" pumpkin.


The going-ons

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Well, just as expected my freckle was removed for biopsy. Depending on the results they will have to do a more thorough removal. I will find out in 1-2 weeks. They also took pictures of a few other suspect freckles for comparison sake in the future.

Nothing was said that was alarming, but the doctor barely even hesitated when she saw it. Kind of a bummer that this will result in a not so pretty spot on a prominent area of my chest, but eh, no one's looking anymore other than Isaac {okay, that's not really true, for unknown reasons Tony is still very attracted to me lol}.

As for Isaac's appointment, Tony ran into a huge issue with a floor, so he wasn't able to take him in. After conferring with my Mom, she had a complete 180* on whether she thought he should go in and in my heart of hearts I really felt like he was okay. So, I canceled.

Not that I took any 6 month pictures, but my big man did turn 6 months on Monday! Per our pediatrician's recommendation we've been waiting to start Isaac on solids . . . until Tuesday!

Even as I was making the cereal Tony was commenting on how much Isaac would eat and I was telling him that it was basically just for the experience and to not expect him to actually eat much. Boy was I wrong! Isaac loved the cereal and couldn't wait for the next spoonful!






Very pleased with himself!

Wedded Wednesday

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wedded Wednesday is a collaboration
of married bloggers sharing their inspirations,
anecdotes, struggles and thoughts regarding
the amazing union of two separate people, as one.

One of those frustrating days . . .

Tony and I usually clean on the weekends. Sure we tidy up on week nights, but after a full day neither of us wants to do much more than sweep or do the dishes {who am I kidding, we don't want to do that either!}.

Seeing as how I've been taking pictures on the weekends for 3 weeks now, it seems that we don't clean. I, by myself, clean on Monday, or Tuesday. Based on this new cleaning schedule, I don't seem to find time to cook. So I'm getting a lot of this:

"What should I eat?"
"What did you eat?"
"Is there anything in the freezer?"
"That doesn't sound good. What else?"

Let me tell you, I do not handle these questions well. They annoy me to no end. They make me question how Tony ever survived the brief stint out of his parent's house and before our marriage.

Last night he had hockey, so even if I had had time to make dinner it wouldn't have been ready in time for him to leave, so he had a pre-game meal of oatmeal. When he came home he ate:

Chips & queso
White rice with soy sauce
Pork & Beans {randomly given to me by my grandma}

Is that not disgusting?

Sorry rant over.

I just want to know how do your men do when it comes to food? I know we've got a few sous chefs out there, but we're not all that lucky, are we?

And Seriousness {Part II}

Monday, October 26, 2009

For the serious side of things.

Augh. I don't even want to type it.


It makes my heart drop again just thinking about it.

Saturday morning while I was getting ready to take Jeannie's pictures, I was downstairs in the basement, when I heard a loud thud. My mind raced as I thought of the possibilities, knowing that I'd never heard the animals produce such a noise, leaving but one choice: Isaac. I was half way up the stairs before he even started crying. Tony was playing with him in bed, but Isaac deeked him out with an arched back and double roll . . . straight off the side of the bed.

Tony had him on his chest, trying to comfort him and I couldn't help myself, I just had to comfort him myself, even though I knew Tony was hurting as well. I stood and rocked with him, shushing him and telling him how loved he is, all the while with my back to Tony. I didn't want to kill him with my death glares or say something I would regret. It took Isaac a few minutes to calm down and when he did I was as well. I asked Tony what happened and he told me, all while apologizing to Isaac. I left to get ready again and Tony checked Isaac out, including his eyes for tracking or bounce.

When I was finished and came back up, Tony apologized to me and I tried to swallow back everything I wanted to say, because I knew it wasn't true. I knew it was an accident and very well could happen on my watch. I knew he didn't do it to hurt me and therefore didn't even have to apologize to me! He told me that he promised Isaac it would never happen again and I pray that it never does.

After a fussy feeding with my Mom and what she thought was an episode of his eyes rolling back, I called and made an appointment after speaking with a nurse. I'm sure it's just precautionary . . .

In addition to Isaac's appointment tomorrow, I have a dermatology appointment for a freckle {I know it's technically a mole, but they're so much less ominous as a freckle!} that I am very concerned about. Last year I had 3 freckles removed and one did have precancerous cells. I know what this one used to look like and am very upset by the condition I find it in now.

And this is where I remind everyone to vigilantly apply sunscreen daily, including your neck!

As for my Mom, there hasn't really been any change and she still hasn't been able to get in to our family doctor. If there are any further updates, I will definitely let you guys know!

Thank you for your love!

Some fun {Part I}

This weekend was pretty jammed packed, but with a healthy dose of family to keep it balanced.

First off, I got to meet two fantastic blogging friends! I always love to meet bloggers in person, as it feels like a visit with old friends . . . only not quite.

First up on Saturday morning, I got to meet the Olson Family. Jeannie is just as much fun in person as she is on her blog, and I was really surprised by what a comedian Rob was! I must say, I thought I was completely prepared for Henry's cuteness . . . but he still blew me away. :)




And then yesterday, I got to meet my conservative voice Chelsie and her main man Jamin. Honestly, if there is something that needs to be said on an issue, I can usually sit back and wait for Chelsie to nail it spot on 100 times more eloquently than I would have managed. It was just Jamin's birthday and they just celebrated their 2 year anniversary on the 20th!





Friday, October 23, 2009

Thank you for all of the birhtday wishes! We ended up having a fantastic evening, thanks to a mother's best friend, flexibility. :)

Tony came and picked me up from work, equipped with cards, gifts and my baby boy. With the help of Gina, Tony secured me two memory cards that will enable me to shoot in RAW {mine was too slow} and Gina's refurbished 50mm 1.4 {love}. I would say that the boy done well! Oooh and speaking of, he also had flowers delivered to me at work from Isaac. :) Too sweet.

From there we went to dinner . . . and got through our salads before asking the server to box up our entrees for home. Isaac started to get tired and just wasn't having it! So in the comfort of our living room, in pjs, we ate our nice dinner while watching Biggest Loser. It was perfect.

I'm typing this from the ease of my home computer due to my staying home from work today. My stepdad texted me while I was out to dinner with Nadia last night that he was taking my Mom to the hospital for chest pains. He said not to be worried, but that he would update me.

I continued my conversation with Nadia, based on this and was given the best compliment she could ever give me in regards to the pictures I took from her wedding. She started to cry. Nadia's not a crier, I wasn't a crier before being a Mom, and we don't call each other "best friends." We're each other's person {a la Grey's}. So when she started to cry in thanking me, I knew they had her approval. I doubt anyone else's praise will ever compare. :)

After dinner my Stepdad called me to inform me that they were admitting my Mom. Never a good sign! So I called into work and started to pray for my Mom. Her pain went away, but they kept her for observation, running a fair amount of tests. She's now been released. They do not however know the source of her pain, just that it's not her heart.

And with that, we're jumping into a rather hectic weekend! I wish you all fair weather and will catch back up with you on Monday!

Wedded Wednesday

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wedded Wednesday is a collaboration
of married bloggers sharing their inspirations,
anecdotes, struggles and thoughts regarding
the amazing union of two separate people, as one.

Persistence is key.

I'm not sure who all knows the story of how Tony and I met. At one point I had an "About Me" section, but then decided it was a bit too personal.

The short edition is that we met online, the long edition involves Tony's determination and God's orchestration.

In college, at the end of my freshman year, I joined a quiz website called emode.com. My boyfriend at the time had taken their IQ test and I wanted to shutter his bragging up by scoring higher. {And that right there could encapsulate my competitive nature} Sadly, I was just a few points lower and my goal was not realized, but I did create an account so that any future quiz scores could be saved. The quizzes varied from IQ tests to "Who's your inner rock star?," the type of junk that easily filled a day that should have included homework.

Over the course of two years the site morphed into a dating website as they prodded all account holders to complete a profile and finally submit a photo. Personalized space online was exploding at this time, and as I didn't have a myspace, I created a nifty profile on a dating site I had no intention of ever utilizing. Guys would send me winks or the like and if they were cute it was a confidence booster, but no more. Periodically I would get emails, but they were deleted without my even reading them.

As you may recall, MSN messenger was huge and it wasn't unusual to have that annoying add from the person you just weren't sure if you knew or not. There were only so many time that you could hit ignore before either choosing to accept or deny. To this day I don't recall adding "Gopher Hockey," but I did. It would be about 6 months after his initial email that was deleted, but as I was driving home from school for Christmas break of my junior year, logged into messenger on my phone to see who of my hometown friends were home, I was contacted by Tony.

I didn't know if I knew "Gopher Hockey," as that was the limitation of information on my phone, so we small talked as I waited for him to give some identifying information, not wanting to insult a friend by failing to recognize who they were. It wasn't until the question, "Are you really a Christian," that I knew I had no clue who I was conversing with, as anyone who actually knows me would not question this. So out came the details that he'd been emailing me for a couple of months, without response and that one day he had added me on messenger. He politely asked if I would read his email, if he did email again and I was intrigued.

Let's just say that I bought him off of his first email. Hook, line and sinker, I was captivated by this person who was perfect on paper. I even told my friends that I had found "fictional perfection," already too jaded to think that he was who he presented himself to be. Over the course of my Christmas break we traded small novels via email, both of us baring our souls in the cloak of pseudo anonymity. Without speaking on the phone, we finally reached the point where it was apparent we either had to meet or we'd forever be penpals. Tony asked to meet after the first week though and I declined, still a bit creeped out. But as he had already proven himself to be, he remained steadfast, swallowing his pride to ask me to meet again, before I returned to school.

I arranged for a friend, Nadia to be my spy, as Tony and I set up our meeting smack dab in the center of a large mall. My Mom of course freaked out, all of this building without her knowledge, until I finally sprang on her what my plans were. I finally got to her by reading Tony's emails outloud and telling her that I only told her so that I would have her prayer support.

The night before we were to meet we finally spoke on the phone. I was slightly disappointed by his voice, he well, he sounded dorky. Little did I know that I needed a dork in my life. :) In that conversation we discovered that the friend who I had just visited that night, for the first time in months, was his cousin's roommate. I will forever be grateful that her parents named her uniquely and that I chose to use her name. We quickly closed our conversation for me to get a reference from Gracia regarding Tony and for Tony to get the details on me from his cousin.

The next day when we finally met face to face, it was basically to establish if there was a physical attraction as we were already won over by the person via email. While we did allow some time to verify, through our budding relationship, that the person presented in email was truthfully the way life was lived, we were speaking of marriage at six weeks.

I can truly attribute this to Tony's perseverance. And I know that he continuously chooses to love me with this same attitude daily.

They say it's my birthday . . .

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

And they'd be right. Our plans are pretty low key this year . . . um, I mean non-existent. Tony didn't necessarily check with me on our weekend plans before coming up with my birthday agenda. Kind of a bummer, and in addition not sure what we're going to do tonight.

But I do know this: I have received the best gift ever, my family. A legitimate family, with a son, a child, of our bodies. I really couldn't ask for more. It's the most beautiful present I've ever been given.


What I've been up to . . .

Monday, October 19, 2009

I can't really explain the general lack of blogging lately. I do seem to find myself with time, but I just am not utilizing it to blog. I don't really have much to say I guess. You guys know what it's like, just a funk . . . it'll work itself out. :)

Something that is blogworthy though, I've officially done 5 family sessions now. They were a complete stretch for me, but I did find learning experiences in each. I'm not entirely sure where to proceed from here . . . but am very happy that I get to look forward to two bloggy buddies who proactively approached me for sessions this coming weekend! Chelsie and Jeannie, I can't wait to meet you guys and your respective significant other's/family, especially little Henry!

And now for a complete picture overload, here are the images I've been working with!

As you may remember, this little guy is Rocco. He just turned one!
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I have no idea how I'm going to keep up with Isaac at this age.
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He was into everything!
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My 2nd victim was this family. Ben just turned 3 and has a little sibling on the way!
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I better have some endurance built up, because again, I'm not sure how one keeps up with a 3 year old!

He looooves construction equipment and was in awe of the machines.



Everett is my old co-workers son, he's just 3 days younger than Isaac.
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Angie is an interior designer and little E had the cutest nursery!
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And the most stunning blue eyes! His Momma could make him laugh for sure!
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It was a chilly morning, but we managed to get some outdoor shots.
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Finally, my little redheaded boys, Isaiah and Levi.
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Cute they be any cuter?

I went to high school with Bekah and Kyle, they were high school sweethearts!
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These guys are Ben's cousins!
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I averaged 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours each shoot and spent roughly the equivalent at home editing. Once the photos are done, I move on. No more touching.

Last night I also took pics of my friend Randine and her family, but unfortunately I didn't get enough time to make boards. :(

Better Get Ready!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Uh oh . . . we're in for it! Isaac is all about planks, push ups, being on his knees and rocking!

Isaac 5.5 Months 003, originally uploaded by allpossible.

Wedded Wednesday

Wedded Wednesday is a collaboration
of married bloggers sharing their inspirations,
anecdotes, struggles and thoughts regarding
the amazing union of two separate people, as one.

Stay busy - then there's no time to argue!

Puttering in the garden and tinkering in the workshop, fixing up the house and cleaning up the yard: Any useful activity is good. And when spouses stay busy, they're content - and at least they're not getting on each other's nerves. But is all this activity ultimately worthwhile?

Some of the work we do seems endlessly repetitive and meaningless at times. Making the bed, washing the dishes {oh yes, washing, some people don't have dishwashers}, mowing the grass, cleaning clothes, dusting the house - all these make our home a peaceful, orderly place. We do them all and gain a moment's satisfaction from a job well done, but in the back of our head we know we'll face these tasks again before too long. Is it really just a waste of time?

First Corinthians 10:31 says, "Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all in the glory of God." Not only does useful activity keep us happy and out of trouble, it affords us the opportunity to honor the Lord. What we do has value to Him, because we have value to Him. And step back and see how God uses your efforts: as the years go by, you and your spouse are maintaining a clean, safe, nurturing environment for each other and perhaps for your children.

Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord.
Colossians 3:23

From the book Married for Life.

Wedded Wednesday

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Wedded Wednesday is a collaboration
of married bloggers sharing their inspirations,
anecdotes, struggles and thoughts regarding
the amazing union of two separate people, as one.

I promise it's coming . . .

Where I'm at

Monday, October 5, 2009

We had a pretty laid back weekend and I couldn't have been happier! Unfortunately it should have been a bit busier, but all in all it shaped up pretty well.

Sadly two events just didn't come to pass.
1). Meeting my girl Sarah, who never fails to crack me up or offer a sage quote. :( I'm pretty sure I dropped the ball on this one and it bums me out.

2). Running any distance in the TCM. Remember back in the spring, before Isaac when I was on crack and thought I could take on the Twin Cities Marathon? Yeah, that was way back before Isaac and I was on crack. Enough said, and yet I need to explain why I failed anyways:
    • I'm sick
    • Isaac's sick
    • Isaac no longer sleeps through the night, which means I'm almost more sleep deprived now than I was when he was 2 months old
    • I quit running over a month ago to try to salvage my supply
    • Even without all of the those factors, I think going that long without pumping or nursing would finally be the nail in the coffin of my breast feeding days.
And those are my pretty stellar reasons for not running a foot in my first marathon, even though Kierstan, Nancy, Maddie and I did! Kier finished her first marathon and Nancy qualified for Boston because she's crazy psycho. :) Up until Isaac stopped sleeping, Tony and I were still planning on running at least half . . . and then Isaac stopped sleeping and I got sick and then he got sick and that was that. :(

It's funny how pre-greatest-baby-in-the-world, all I thought about were the logistics of a baby. Like in planning for the TCM, I thought we'd be good to go because I could schedule my training and had my Mom booked to be our baby-sitter . . . not even taking into consideration anything regarding sleep or my boobs lol, let alone my desire to be with the little man!

So that's what should have been included in our weekend, but instead we went to a HH with my work Friday night {Isaac's first bar of the weekend (okay fine, it's a nice restaurant)} and then I came home to clean. Saturday Tony got up and made us breakfast in bed {2nd time making eggs and he's already showing great improvement}, I cleaned some more, we watched the Gopher's defeat and then we went to join some friends for my friend's Dad's band playing at Isaac's 2nd bar of the weekend {I never said I was classy}. We then came home to watch the Twins play and WIN, before the Wild game. Tony then went to a movie with the aforementioned friends, while I went grocery shopping with our chunker dunk {and got yelled at in the parking lot by a crazy lady}. Yesterday we went to church, again watched the Twins WIN {forcing a playoff game with Detroit on Tuesday} and the farewell to the Metrodome, before Gina came over for a quick visit, ending with dinner at my Dad's . . . because my Stepbrother is in town from Indiana for the biggest Viking's game ever! For those of you who don't know Brett Favre, now sporting purple, will be playing the Packer's tonight on Monday Night Football.

On that note, I'll leave you with some fabulous shots G took of our littlest Vikings fan {even though I'm not quite ready to put him in a #4 :)}



Five Months Old.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

I'm really not ready to say good bye to our wonderful autumn weather, because I know that the next time I feel the sun's warmth I'll have a one year old. Time has already flown way too fast!

Such a short amount of time to go from here:
2009 Apr 29 079

One month old:
2009 May 25 004

Two months old:
2009 Jun 08 040

Three months old:
2009 Jul 25 122

Four months old:
2009 Aug 08 078

To my dashing little man on his 5 month birthday at Nadia's wedding:


  • Isaac is able to reach accurately for an object.

  • He can hold his head steady when sitting upright.

  • He can raise his chest with arm support while lying on his stomach.

  • He can roll over in one direction, which is why we aren't getting any sleep.
  • Isaac can tripod with some success and will reach for our hands as he's struggling to sit up.
  • Isaac is very vocal and squeals with delight.

  • His new favorite game is blowing raspberries in response to Tony and I.
  • He reaches for our faces and loves to put his hands in our mouths as we give him kisses.
  • Isaac loves to play Patty Cake and This Little Piggy, although Momma can't remember the words and makes them up!
    • In example: This little piggy went to the library, this little piggy went to the movies because he isn't as smart as the piggy that went to the library. You get the idea.

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