Nursery Tour

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

This post is LOOOOOONG overdue!  But I'm so excited to finally share Vinny's nursery with you!

Because C&I were team green, designing a gender neutral nursery gave me quite a challenge.  I started with the wall color.  I knew I wanted the walls grey.  I have a mad obsession with grey and so many colors compliment it.  Then I ordered my custom made black and white striped curtains (because I can't even sew a button on - pathetic, I know).  I saw them on pinterest and NEEDED them in the nursery. After that I stumbled on my You are My Sunshine piece of art and knew I needed to incorporate it also.  From there I just added pieces here and there that I loved and prayed it would all look good together!

I have also added these photos to the Nursery tab of my blog.  I will update the tab with my source list once it's complete.


The Countdown

Monday, January 28, 2013

Vinny is famous.  He's been featured on Spearmint Baby again.  Here's his first feature and his second

God I love him.

So, the countdown has begun.  (Can I just say that I love starting a sentence with "so")  One week from today I go back to work full-time and Vinny will begin daycare.  Or "school" as I like to call it.  I knew this day would come.  It was only a matter of time. 

I can honestly say I'm dreading being in the office 5 days a week again.  I haven't been since August.  I love being able to work 3 days a week and being home 2 with my little man.  But, unfortunately, my firm will no longer let me keep my part-time schedule.  And since I don't have a new part-time job lined up, I have to come back full time. 

I don't doubt that Vinny will love school.  He'll make some friends, enjoy learning and appreciate looking at some other faces other than mine and the hubs.  I have no issues with his safety or the care they will provide for him.  I've been to the daycare several times and the teachers and staff are wonderful.  I'm just sad that I'm going to miss out on so much time with him.  Luckily I am able to make my own hours at my job.  I'll able to leave work by 3:00 and have Vinny in my arms and home before 4:00.  That gives me a few extra hours with him before he crashes (normally around 7:00).  So much better than a 9-5 where I'd only get an hour or so with him a night. 

Next Monday is going to be rough.  I definitely need to purchase some waterproof mascara before then.

Until then I'm going to soak every moment up with him. 

Are you dying from the cuteness?  Yea, me too. 

Photo Shoot Thursday

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I was out running errands all day last Thursday so I missed my Photo Shoot Thursday pics.  BUT, I'm making up for it today.

My boy + chevron.  I die.  Seriously.  My heart is going to burst out of my chest. 


Monday, January 21, 2013

1)  It's cold in Minnesota today.  Like really, really cold.

Yep, that's a negative nine.  I bundled up so tightly this morning that I could barely turn my head while driving to check my blind spot.

2)  Remember when I chopped my hair and loved it so much?  Yea, I'm over it.  Soooo over it.  And now I will do anything to make it grow back.  Tips and tricks anyone?

3)   I'm counting the hours until I'm home, in my comfy clothes, sitting on the couch with my man & Vinny, watching The Bachelor.  I don't love this season.  But with 2 episodes already under my belt I feel too far invested to call it quits now.

4)  I need to find a new stylist.  And just typing that makes me shudder.  I hate changing stylists.  I have been with my current stylist for 5+ years.  I love her.  She's so easy to chat with and always gets my hair right.  She's knows what I like and what I want.  And eventho I couldn't have been more mad and frustrated with her for refusing to give me bangs, I'm so thankful.  She knew I'd regret it :)  Since moving I've always made the trek to see her.  However since having Vinny it's just too hard.  I need to find someone closer.  And it needs to be sooner vs. later since these roots are on the verge of being considered ombre.


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Vinny checked off another huge milestone over the weekend. He found his toes :)

So I did what any photographer would do. I grabbed my camera to document it. And, as my luck would have it, as soon as he saw the camera-he cried. So I put the camera away. Like back in my camera bag, back in my closet away. And of course the tears stopped. So I got what I could with my iPhone. And, surprisingly, it's a great shot!

I'm actually thinking of printing it on a canvas for our bedroom. Ya think?

Time for a Change

Thursday, January 17, 2013

I spruced up the ole blog with a new layout courtesy of Raspberry Road Design.  So much better than my do-it-yourself layout.  I'll admit, I'm not the smartest when it comes to HTML.  I couldn't tell you how many times I googled "How to add Pinterest link to blog."  I obviously needed to seek out professional help.  I still have to fill in a few of my page elements but at least I have something new and pretty to look at until that happens :)

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365 Days in Photos

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I love me some Instagram.  LOVE.  In fact, it's safe to say it's a bad addiction.  Maybe it's the photographer in me, but I love documenting life with photos and sharing them.  And I love following my friends who do the same.  Whether it's a new scarf I'm wearing or a silly face Vinny is making - consider it Instagram'd.

On January 1st I began a fun photo challenge.  365 days of Vinny.  Each day I will take a photo of Vinny and upload it to Instagram, documenting it with my hashtag: #thedailyvinny.  I take a photo of Vinny on my iphone pretty much daily so why not do the challenge.  I know I'll love looking back his growth over the next year.  I stole the idea from the ever so talented DrewB and just loved watching her Kennedy grow over the last year.

I'm happy to say I have not missed a day.  Granted it is only day 15.  I know I may miss some days here and there but I won't beat myself up over it. 

Are you participating in any photo challenges in 2013?  Tell me about them!

If you’d like to follow me on Instagram my username is court5.

Baby #2

Typing the title of this post gave me chills! 

To answer the question:  no, there is no announcement being made in this post. 

It's no secret that the hubs and I want to have another child.  I like to joke and press his buttons by saying 'one and done!'  But that is so far from the truth.  I grew up an only child for 9 years and let me tell you, it sucked.  I absolutely hated it.  I hated going home when the street lights came on because that meant I would be all alone and would have nobody to play with at night.  Because of this I was never home when I was a kid.  I was always at a friend's house and would kick and scream when my mom would tell me it was time to come home. 

I don't want to do that to Vinny.  I would never have just one child.  If for some reason I was unable to have another child naturally, C&I would definitely adopt.  Because my brother and I are 9 years apart (not by my mother's choice), I would like to have another child soonish so my children would be close in age.  I want Vinny to have a playmate, a buddy, someone to grow up with. 

Vinny has been such an easy baby.  He is always happy and so chill.  The only time he really gets upset is when he's tired.  Hey, I get upset too when I'm tired so I totally relate.  He is such a good sleeper and has been sleeping through the night since he was a little over 3 months old.  Before giving birth so many people scared me to death by saying how I will never sleep, I'll be exhausted 24/7, my life as I knew it would be completely over, I'll never be able to go out to dinner again, etc. etc.   But honestly, none of that has come true.  Sure there were a few sleepless nights in the beginning, but that was to be expected.  This mom stuff is a lot easier than I expected it to be.  I really have it easy with Vinny.  And trust me, am so thankful!  Especially when I read the struggles of other moms about their babies not sleeping at night or crying for hours on end.  Of course this can all change in an instant, I realize that.  But for now I'm going to enjoy my happy, easy going baby.

And maybe it's because Vinny has been so easy that I've been thinking of #2 lately.  Do I want to join the 2 under 2 club?  I honestly am not 100% sure.  But what I am sure about is the hubs and I are not getting any younger.  My goal is to wait until Vinny's first birthday in August.  Then, game on.  So if all goes right in my crazy little head of mine, I will become pregnant in 2013.  And just typing that gave me chills, again. 

Photo Shoot Thursday

Thursday, January 10, 2013

I love my Thursday photo shoots with Vinny so much.  He always gives me his best smiles...or grins.  However today he made me really work for it.  I unfortunately only got one shot that was decent before he melted down.  No grin or smile, but I'll take it.  Still handsome as ever. 

This boy

Photography Goals for 2013

Monday, January 7, 2013

2012 was a good photography year for me.  I learned so much not only artistcally, but also about myself as a photographer.  I've grown so much from where I was at this point last year until now. In 2013 I only want to grow more.  So here are my photography goals for 2013. 

  • Learn Photoshop.   I can hear the gasps now.  "You're a photographer and don't even know Photoshop?!"  Yes, it's true.  I don't know a lick of it.  I actually didn't even own it until this Christmas when my parents so graciously gifted me Photoshop CS6.  Due to the cost a huge part of me debated returning it.  I have done all my edits in Lightroom the last few years and have accomplished what I needed from it.  But if I want to grow as a photographer I think I should have Photoshop.  Not to mention finally be able to remove that one strand of hair that blew across a client's face on my favorite image.  So, I'm keeping it.  My goal in 2013 is to take a class to fully understand how to use it and apply it to my edits.

  • Take More Photography Workshops.  I have taken a handful of workshops over the years and have always walked away with so much more knowledge than I walked in with.  I always take away something from them.  Not to mention, I thoroughly enjoy them and love meeting new photographers.  I haven't taken a workshop in a while and definitely want to take more in 2013. 

  • Shoot What I Love.  Kids and family sessions - check.  Been there, done that.  And altho I like shooting them, I don't LOVE shooting them.  Huge difference.  Over the last few years I've let my clients dictate what I shoot.  I've always said yes.  In 2013 I would like to start shooting what I really love.  And right now I can honestly say I'm not sure what that is.  I do however know that I would like to shoot a newborn session, a high school senior and even second shoot a wedding in 2013.  Maybe one of those will turn into what I truly love to shoot?

  • Reach Out.  I want to reach out to local photographers and get more involved in the photography community.  To know me is to know I'm pretty shy .. that is until I get to know someone.  I know this goal will be tough for me.  I'm not the type to strike up a conversation with a stranger or ask a local photographer to coffee.  But in 2013 it is one of my goals and I am finally going to put myself out there. 

  • Take More Personal Photos.  This goes without saying really.  At home 99.9% of the time all my photos I take are with my iphone.  It's easy.  It's simple.  It's always there.  I want to get out of that habit and start picking up my big camera more.  I slowly started breaking this habit by dedicating Thursdays as PST (photo shoot Thursday).  Every Thursday I make it my goal to conduct a small shoot with Vinny and from that shoot find at least one photo that I would be proud of enough to show off online.  It's been working.  It's been pushing me to pick up my camera more and as a result I have some super adorable pictures of Vinny to show for.  But I want to step it up and not only do this on Thursdays.  I want to do it all week long.  In 2013 I will put my iphone down and grab my big camera.

So there you have it - my photography goals for 2013.  The list is short, but it contains some pretty big things to strive for and accomplish. 

Hello 2013

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Happy 2013!  I hope everyone is having a wonderful New Year!  The first week of 2013 has been filled with lots of cleaning, purging and organizing. 

I'm not one to make resolutions.  In fact, each year I made them I never made it to the month of February without breaking one.  So I gave up making them many years ago. 

This year I thought I'd try again.  I can't guarantee I'll make it to 2014 without breaking one tho.  (Glass half empty, huh?)

1.  Utilize my Pinterest recipe board.  I'm not one to cook.  In fact, sometimes if C doesn't make dinner I'm pretty sure I'd live off cereal.  I want to be able to cook some of these super easy and scrumptious looking meals I've pinned.  So here's to spending more time in the kitchen (and even surprising the hubs!)

2.  Be more active.  I won't lie, since I've had Vinny I have not been as active as I should or would like to be.  Entertaining him all day while cleaning, running errands and working part-time takes a toll out of me.  Or maybe that's just an excuse I've created in my head.  But I'm determined to be more active in 2013, stronger, more fit and determined to see my 6 pack again. 

3.  Eat better.  Well isn't that a given on every one's resolution list?  I'm not going to put out there that I intend to eat nothing but healthy food because that would be broken pretty quick.  However, I want to make some lifestyle changes and choose healthier options.  Instead of grabbing the bag of sour cream and onion chips, grab an apple.  Seems easy, right? 

4.  Be a better wife, mother, daughter, friend and employee.  Pretty self-explanatory. 

5.  Wake up earlier to accomplish the things I need/want to.  On my days off I'm lazy.  I'll be the first to admit it.  I feel like just because I'm not going to the work that day it's ok for me to stay in bed until Vinny wakes up.  Vinny is like his mama, he likes to sleep.  Sometimes he doesn't wake up until 8:00.  Do you know what can be accomplished if I woke up a few hours before then?  So much.  This week I started setting my alarm for 6 a.m. on my days off.  I've accomplished workouts, laundry, straightening up the house, showering, making my bed, paying bills, catching up on emails and writing out my to do lists all before he makes a whimper.  Such a great feeling.

So there you have it.  My resolution list that I'm hoping to stick to.  So, tell me.  What's on your list of resolutions for 2013?

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