Yesterday we tried to make the most of our last vacation day for hubby and my two boys. Mike and Zach woke up early and caught an early showing of Rogue One while the littles and I were lazy and slept in. When they got out of the movie they called us and we met them over at our favorite restaurant, Out of the Park Pizza. Out of the Park is our normal Sunday, after church hangout, but since we went to Disneyland on Sunday, we were craving our favorite pizza – if you ever go there, you have to try the Texan with Sweet Chili Sauce.. so good!! Gianna was ready for a nap as soon as we got home, but Caleb was still ready to rally! He and Daddy played legos and then went outside to play with his new jeep – a Christmas gift from Grammy!!
Last year I made a resolution to take my camera everywhere I went so I could capture more of our daily lives. I genuinely believe that everyday moments are special and these are the memories that are most important. I failed miserably in my resolution however, because no exaggeration – my big bulky professional camera weighs like 10 lbs! Most of the time, I just didn’t want to lug it around. For Christmas, I asked for a small, portable, take everywhere camera. So this year I have no excuse. I’ve also put together a class geared toward groups of moms to teach them how to take ‘everyday special’ photos of their families! More on that later! If anyone is interested in the camera I got, I was torn between the fujifilm x100t and a mirrorless micro 4:3 – I went back and forth but ultimately decided on an Olympus OM-D E-M10 II with a 17mm 1.8 lens because I figured it offered a bit more flexibility with the option to purchase additional lenses if I ever decided. So far I really like it, but it’s brand new, so before I give any reviews, I want to play with it a bit more..
Yesterday we decided to brave the crowds at Disneyland for a couple of hours and we were pleasantly surprised.. it was crowded.. Disneyland is ALWAYS crowded.. but it was not nearly as bad as I expected. We got on 5 or so rides and had a nice lunch in New Orleans square before heading home. One of the perks to having an older child, is that you always have a build in babysitter. When we got home, we dropped the kids off and hubby and I caught a showing of the movie Jackie. A great start to the new year!
Allow me to introduce myself – I am your Auntie. I am the person who will likely have a camera pointed in your general direction roughly 90% of your life. I’ll go ahead and apologize for that now, because according to your three cousins, it gets annoying at times. Let me start off by saying that I admire how right from the start, you made it clear that you intended on following your own agenda. You were perfectly ok with making EVERYONE wait on your arrival until it suited you. When you finally did decide to make your way into this world, you charged into life with a wild fury that I’m sure your mom will tell you ALL about someday. Don’t ever lose that quality, throughout your life, continue to master the reins of your own destiny.
You may not realize it now, but you are one lucky little girl, because you have two amazing parents! They compliment one another, and I can’t wait to see who you become as a product of that. I hope your get your dad’s carefree, generous nature, and quick witt. Just like your mom, you are beautiful.. absolutely stunning.. but more than physical beauty, I hope you get her drive and determination. And Shopping.. I hope you like shopping.. And funfetti – you have to like funfetti! Despite how amazing your parents are, there may just come a day when you think they are super uncool, but don’t worry, Auntie Jeannie will ALWAYS stay cool! I will be the person that you can call to tell me all the fun stuff that you don’t want to tell your mom and dad. I want you to know that you can always tell me anything, but part of my job as your Auntie is to look out for your best interests and to always have your mom and dad’s back. – Hopefully that doesn’t bring down my cool factor too much.
Before you were born, I never thought it was possible to love someone else’s child as much as your own, but I can tell you that the moment that I saw you – I realized it is indeed possible!