11on11 – May 2014

May 12, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Wow has this past month flown by.  It was so jam-packed with goodness (and craziness) that it felt more like four months.  Parenting has become a bit of a chore as the gemstone becomes older and more stubborn and the little learns that to get attention when she’d like it tears should be involved.  I’m slowing down my paid photography pace this year due to this.  I have one more slot for a wedding in July and limited portrait sessions available.  The adjustment from one to two children has been a bit harder than I anticipated, but also very rewarding.

As I sit here typing considering the last 30 days, I’m trying to remember to stop and breathe.  Breathe is a mantra I need to practice daily.  It’s how I teach the gemstone to calm her frustrations and how I try to be present in the moment.  I read an Eckhart Tolle quote once that talked about  not worrying about the future because you were cheating yourself out of the present moment.  April-May brought a lot of worry and anxiety and equally as much awesomeness to be present in.  Here are some of the moments I stopped and immersed my presence in.

At the start of the month we visited family in Michigan and Ohio.  My baby got to meet all of her living great grandparents (4 – that lucky girl!) as well as many family and friends.  I made sure to take some amazing images and was awed and moved by them.  Then after our trip my memory card got mixed up with another and formatted before I could transfer the images to my computer or external.  I did as you might wonder; I cried.  It made me so sad to only have these memories for myself and to not be able to visually share them with the girls when they are older.  There will be another trip and I won’t do the same thing again!

For Easter the gemstone was gifted a PRINCESS tee ball set.  I
For Easter the gemstone was gifted a PRINCESS tee ball set. I’m learning she’s got some decent hand-eye coordination. I may see some softball games in my future.
In April the gemstone wanted to make art so I thought it
In April the gemstone wanted to make art so I thought it’d be great to make work for an art competition (which I forgot to send in before the due date *mom of the year!*). We talked about what certain people in our family did for a living and then I asked her.
“what do you want to be when you’re grown up?”
“A Princess.”
A whole nother blog post can and should be written on this. Her artwork amazed me but I haven’t yet photographed it so you’ll have to suffice with the making of it.
Preschool this month has been jam packed with really fun special days.  This was kite day.  all 11 of the 2-3 year old preschoolers walked a block to the park and flew their kites. Gemstone got hers up by herself on the first try :)
Preschool this month has been jam-packed with really fun special days. This was kite day. all 11 of the 2-3 year old preschoolers walked a block to the park and flew their kites. Gemstone got hers up by herself on the first try :)
Flying next to a friend always makes things better.
Flying next to a friend always makes things better.
We
We’re trying to focus on experiences instead of things in our house. I feel swallowed up by the “things” in our house. For Mother’s Day I requested we spend a day at the zoo. It was great. We made the 1.5 hour travel to Peoria and started the day off at Joe’s Crab Shack on the River. It was a great way to kick off a fun and beautiful Friday (the hubs took the day off so we could avoid weekend crowds). Then we trekked to the Peoria Zoo. The flower learned to sit up this week so of course we took advantage of it and used our stroller (since she’s strong enough to handle it now!)
The Peoria Zoo is a great small zoo.  They have a wonderful African Safari area complete with giraffes, rhinos, zebras, and two lions.  Here the gemstone was goating on Arthur the lion to roar.
The Peoria Zoo is a great small zoo. They have a wonderful African Safari area complete with giraffes, rhinos, zebras, and two lions. Here the gemstone was goating on Arthur the lion to roar.
The zoo usually takes us about 1.5-2 hours to get through - the perfect amount of time for a preschooler and her parents.  This turtle spent quite a few minutes talking with the gemstone nose to nose.
The zoo usually takes us about 1.5-2 hours to get through – the perfect amount of time for a preschooler and her parents. This turtle spent quite a few minutes talking with the gemstone nose to nose.
My family watching the warthogs.  We found ourseves singing like Pumba from The Lion King "When I was a young warthoooooggg…"
My family watching the warthogs. We found ourselves singing like Pumba from The Lion King “When I was a young warthoooooggg…”
The flower got tired of the stroller and I was sure to be ready with my rockin
The flower got tired of the stroller and I was sure to be ready with my rockin’ wrap.
Since you barely got to see the flower this month I threw in this beauty.
Since you barely got to see the flower this month I threw in this beauty.
The day before Mother
The day before Mother’s Day I decided to shake things up. I asked for bangs. Fringe at it’s finest. My hairdresser Jodi rocks. She does her thing and does it well. I freaking love her *squeals!*.
You got two self portraits this month to make up for previous months past. I also apologize for posting on the 12th. I decided to take Mother’s Day and nurse the gift that keeps on giving. The gemstone gifted me a head-cold for the big event. Have a wonderful May friends!

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