I am so excited.. like waiting by the phone, can’t get anything else done excited!.. I’m going to be an Auntie… any minute folks!!! When I shoot maternity sessions I usually like to do them between thirty and thirty-six weeks. Christina and I kept trying to get them done, but it just never worked between her work schedule (she’s a vet) and my mommy duties, there never seemed to be an evening that worked. There’s nothing like waiting till the last minute though, my baby niece is due on Saturday! My sister in law is such a beautiful pregnant mama, I had such a hard time deciding which photos to share! I can’t wait till I get to photograph that little bundle in her arms!!
Well, it’s only day 4, and my New Years resolution of capturing an image a day of my own kids, is off to a slow start. Last week, my little family took turns with bouts of the stomach flu! Surprisingly, I am the only one who didn’t get it! Normally, if there is a stomach flu virus within a twenty mile radius of me, I am guaranteed to catch it! I have always been extremely susceptible to stomach bugs. As someone who suffered with HG with three pregnancies, I feel like I’ve done enough throwing up to last me for the rest of my lifetime! I’m generally not someone who puts too much stock into old wives tales, but I was determined to do something.. anything.. to put the odds in my favor of preventing me from catching the bug. I scoured Dr. Google, and here’s what I came up with.. three times a day, I drink 2 teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar (Bragg Brand) with a small cup, maybe 4 ounces of Grape Juice (Welch’s 100% Grape Juice – the purple kind.). The theory is that the Vinegar has anti – viral/anti-bacterial properties that will help to eliminate the virus in your system, as well as just keep your system in all around good health, and the grape juice, which is alkaline by nature will keep your intestinal tract in an alkaline state, which the stomach virus does not like! I can honestly say, that I am THRILLED with the result!! So, if you know you’ve been exposed to the stomach flu, it’s definitely worth a try!! Today was the first day that everyone in the house is back to full health, so, I am officially kicking off my New Years Resolution!!
My brother and sister in law gave this goofy snowman hat to my now 3 year old, last year for Christmas.. It’s HUGE on him, and totally random – but he LOVES it!! Every time I clean up the house, I put it away, generally in a place that I expect that it will be one of things that is ‘out of sight, out of mind’ but I swear, he sniffs it out!! I’m not sure what that attraction to this hat is, but everyday he puts it on and pretends to do something.. sometimes to pretends to mow the lawn, other days he pretends to do the grocery shopping, today he was pretending to cast a spell in my direction with his toy broom. As much as I try to hide the hat, so it’s not such a ‘thing’, I know someday I’m going to want to remember this because it’s been such a part of him this year!
To say that I’m proud of my son Zach is an understatement. Last year we moved to Yorba Linda during the first week of school after summer break. We registered him for school using our Escrow papers, but it was still very last minute. Needless to say, all of the “good” elective classes were full and he got “stuck” in band. I don’t say this to put down band, but for him – he’d never played an instrument, heck, he’d never so much as HELD an instrument. He was dreading it. I offered to speak with his counselor and
ask .. err BEG, for him to be put into another class, but he declined my offer and decided to stick it out knowing that it could potentially be a good experience for him. He chose the saxophone as his instrument. He worked so hard, he practiced for at least 30 minutes a day. I absolutely couldn’t believe the progress that he made, and although he didn’t fall in love with the saxophone, he DID fall in love with music. In addition to the beginning, intermediate, and advanced band classes, his school also offers some specialized music classes including percussion. The percussion class is generally reserved for kids who have experience with percussion instruments. Knowing that Zach wasn’t fond of the saxophone, and that he didn’t plan to continue, his music teacher gave him an offer that he couldn’t refuse – because he knew of Zach’s incredible work ethic, he offered Zach a spot in the percussion class, and thus the school marching band. He has had such a wonderful time with marching band this semester. Yesterday his school had the opportunity to be featured at Disney’s California Adventure. It was so wonderful seeing him march down Hollywood boulevard. Caleb thought it was awesome seeing big brother in the parade, and the rest of the parade was pretty cool too!!