Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring is here!

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I love love love this time of year!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Week 11

Wooh, almost 3 months now and still going! I’m so excited for Spring, I’m going to have so many more opportunities for fun outside pics. Lots of natural light is my favorite way to take pictures.

Mar 12

Mar 12 – My nephew Joseph at his 1 year birthday party. He certainly enjoyed his cake!

Mar 13

Mar 13 – I found out I have daffodils in my front yard! Aren’t they pretty? I had no idea they were there just waiting to pop out of the ground, and it was such a fun surprise.

Mar 14

Mar 14 – Lily on her way to drop off a Netflix for us. She really likes mail and almost everyday when Ben brings in the mail she hopes that there is a letter for her.

Mar 15

Mar 15 – I didn’t realize until after it was dark and the kids were in bed that I hadn’t taken a picture that day. Even Ben wasn’t home, so I thought of the next best thing to take a picture of, and really, the only thing I could think of were all the citrus fruits I had just bought. We’ve been on a huge orange kick lately. We just can’t get enough of them. I love how bright and cheery citrus fruits can be.

Mar 16

Mar 16 – Finally, a picture of Michael! It’s been almost three weeks since I’ve had a good frontal shot of Michael, and I’ve been missing those baby blues. He was showing me the stick he found at the park. Coolest thing ever, right? At least to a 1 year old, anyway. Smile

Mar 17

Mar 17 – This is Lily’s reaction to the card she got from her Grandma and Grandpa Lemmon. It’s a little hard to see if you don’t know her well, but that look on her face? Sweet contentment. She was so happy to get that card!

Mar 18

Mar 18 – My abstract picture of the week. I had read about how you can get almost a macro effect with a normal lens by taking it off your camera body and holding it right in front of where it attaches. You can get closer and let in more light. I thought it was super difficult to do, but it results in this kind of ethereal, hazy picture with really soft light. At least, those were my results when I tried it. I’m definitely going to be trying it again.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Here It Is!

The promised “how we’re doing” post. I know you’re all so excited! I am, anyway. I apologize in advance if I brag a little bit too much about my awesome family.


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  • Just got another award at work. He is a very hard worker who knows his stuff and I am super appreciative that his managers at work notice and appreciate him for it!
  • Has been gung-ho about our kitchen remodel for weeks now, and I know that not nearly enough would get decided and done if not for his persistence in getting us to figure out what we’re doing.
  • Was recently called to Ward Missionary after a long hiatus from having any calling. It’s taken some getting used to, but he’s already having good experiences working with the missionaries around here.
  • Is an awesome Dad. He takes care of the kids in the morning so that I can go run and then shower afterwards. As he leaves to go to work we all stand around the window waving and blowing kisses to him as he waves and kisses back until we can’t see him anymore. After that Lily will often say, “He’s a wonderful Daddy.”
  • Is amazingly perfect. I’m so lucky. Smile


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  • Is re-discovering a love for running. I started running last summer and got into a pretty good habit, but near the end of summer fell out of it. One of my new years resolutions was to get back into shape and so I started running again in January. Now I actually look forward to my runs in the morning, and got myself up to 5 miles about a week ago. Not bad, right? I’d like to do a half-marathon early summer, sometime.
  • Has realized that the health food craze isn’t all crazy. All of a sudden I find myself looking at labels much more closely than I ever have and putting things back on the shelf more and more. Not sure why it took me so long to come to this conclusion, but I am not a fan of feeding my kids (or myself or Ben for that matter) empty-calorie-crap, ie enriched white flour, high-fructose corn syrup, etc. I still haven’t completely purged our diet of some of those things, but I am starting to realize that I want to fill our bodies with real, healthy food. I’m sure it’s a process, and I’m pleased with the progress I’m making.
  • Also recently received a new calling. You’re looking at the new Choir Director. Guess what? Waving your arm around up there is a lot harder than it looks! But I have high hopes and a testimony that this is where I’m supposed to be, and I’m excited to get better at it.
  • Is really really really (insert way too many “really”s here) excited about our kitchen remodel! Really! It’s pretty major. Our current kitchen is just way too small, awkwardly designed with very little counter space, and too closed off from the rest of the house. So we’re extending counters, moving every single appliance and also the sink to a different spot, tearing out walls and moving a sliding glass door to a different wall to give us more room to work with. It’s crazy. It’s big. It’s actually really fun, in a stressful, how-do-we-make-all-these-decisions kind of a way. I’ll show you some progress pictures soon.
  • Didn’t realize she could write about herself for so long. I do realize I’m not very good at writing about myself in the third person.


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  • Has a seriously unique sense of fashion. And is very strong-willed about it. I’ve pretty much given up trying to influence what she wears aside from what she wears to church. Dresses with sweatpants and mis-matched socks as gloves are extremely common around here.
  • Is fascinated with writing and typing her name. She loves to come over to me when I’m on the computer and type her name in huge letters. She then goes on to type all her friends names as well, with me telling her what letter comes next and her finding it on the keyboard.
  • Is also getting more interested in reading. It’s very fun to see her recognize certain words, or tell me all the letters in a word and then ask me what it says.
  • Emulates her mother in that she can be extremely OCD about certain things. Sometimes, it just has to be PERFECT or she can’t handle it. Writing her name is one of those things. She hates making her L wiggly or when her Y doesn’t turn out right. But she also refuses help. So she sits there crying as I try to tell her that it looks really great and we can take a break and do it later. But then she insists on doing it again and again until it looks the way she wants it to. Oh boy, what can I do to help her with this??
  • Really really loves to help in the kitchen. Basically, if I go in there to do something, she’s grabbed the stool and is right next to me ready to help before I’ve even started. She likes to rinse fruit and veggies, likes to hold on to the knife with me (we’re very careful, promise!) while I cut them, wants to stir everything together, dumps all the ingredients herself – really, just about anything that I do, she’s trying to do too. She even helps me crack eggs, and as long as I get a big enough cup out that it doesn’t splash, she’ll scramble them up for me just fine too. Her favorite is still helping me make any kind of dough. She refuses to help with onions though because “the juices are too strong.”
  • Her current obsessions: Strawberry Shortcake, playing CandyLand and Memory, her black shoes with the pink stars on them, “Step Time” – taking all the pillows and cushions off the couches and jumping around them, and pretending to be a shark and eating us all up.


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  • Breaks my heart every time I look in those baby blue eyes. He is such a charmer with an extremely ready smile.
  • Loves to talk. And is getting really good at it. It is so much fun to hear all the new words he picks up every day. Right now he really likes to describe everything. Little wet. Big jump. Really funny. So Darn Cute! Ok, that last one was mine. He is, though. Smile
  • Thinks jumping is the coolest thing ever. He wants to jump all the time, from everything. The bathroom counter after brushing his teeth. The changing table after a diaper change. The stairs as he goes down them. The step stool, just for fun. Jumping games are quite common around here lately. Especially pretending to be a frog.
  • Wants to do everything that Lily does. He picks up her pretending games quite well and follows her around all the time.
  • Is starting to show interest in going potty. He’s always excited to sit on his little potty, though nothing ever really happens. He’s taken to announcing almost every time he goes in his diaper though. He was running around Sears the other day as Ben and I looked at appliances when he all of a sudden stopped, squatted a moment, and then ran over to me yelling very loudly, “Poo-poo! Poo-poo!” Funny… for everyone else in the store.
  • Has a love-hate relationship with dogs. He really wants to love them. He wants to get close to them and pet them and play with them. But half the time when we do, he clings to me, or freaks out at the slightest wag of a tail. But then all the same he fusses when we have to leave the dog behind. Silly boy.

And that’s our family. Hope you like us! Winking smile

Monday, March 14, 2011

Week 10

I can’t believe it’s been 10 weeks already! Ok wait, to be completely honest, I can’t believe I’m still going after 10 weeks. But I am! Thanks for your comments last week, I’m getting more and more excited about taking pictures now. The sun visiting once or twice in the last few days might have something to do with that too! Feel free to shout out anything else you would like to see – I know there’s no way I could have too many ideas.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I did miss two days during week ten. But I’m posting 7 pictures anyway. Because I can. Smile

Mar 5

Mar 5 – As promised, a picture of the beautiful bride and her gorgeous dress! Love you Krystal!

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Mar 5 pretending to be Mar 6 – Krystal’s centerpieces at her reception. She had gorgeous black and white damask table clothes with these vases holding real beta fish! It was really awesome. Michael and Lily (but especially Michael) couldn’t get enough of the fishies.

Mar 7

Mar 7 – Lily pushing her very own cart at Ikea. She thought it was pretty much the coolest thing ever. I thought it was pretty much the most annoying thing ever as she wouldn’t listen to me and kept getting in people’s way and wouldn’t let me help guide her. At least one of us had fun!

Mar 8

Mar 8 – Lily showing all of us why sloppy-joes are so named.

Mar 9

Mar 9 – A spontaneous hug amidst dancing and playing. I love those.

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Mar 9 masquerading as Mar 10 – Movement can be so hard to capture, but I love this shot of Lily twirling with her pink teddy bear – which she named Pony. Random.

Mar 11

Mar 11 – Michael' playing on the new car rug I bought at Ikea. We all really like it.

Thank-you again everyone for reading and commenting and encouraging me to keep going. It really means a lot to me!!!!

PS – I promise that one of these days (hopefully within the next couple days) I’ll have a real Lemmon family how’re we doing kind of a post. I’ve been meaning to do it for awhile now and I need to stop forgetting. I seem to do better at getting things done when I tell everyone what I plan to do, so here I am letting you know what to expect and giving you permission to get on my case if I don’t follow through! Winking smile

Monday, March 7, 2011

Week 8 & 9

The last two weeks… oh man. Still dealing with sickness, trying to figure out our (huge) kitchen remodel project, tons of other responsibilities. Ugh. I barely have enough pictures from the last two weeks to make up one weeks worth! Photography has just not been my priority lately. Honestly, I could use a little encouragement. This is usually about the point where I would just give up. Obviously taking a picture daily isn’t working out for me right now. But, I really really want to keep going. So, I’m going to keep trying. Really! I’m gonna beg for ideas again – as specific as you can. For some reason I’m just not feeling inspired lately, and I think a nice list of things to photograph would help motivate me. Vanessa, I’m still trying to pick from all the great ideas you gave me. I really like the idea of having an alphabet series where I use a new letter every day in some way as my subject. Either something starting with that letter, or the letter itself… like I said, still working on it. I need to get more organized!

Well, for what it’s worth, enjoy the following pictures!

Feb 24

Feb 24 – My haul from the library. I love to read and go through spurts where I just can’t get enough of it. After getting these, I think I read a book every day for like, 6 days in a row. I would definitely recommend Bright Blue Miracle and The Juliet Club, if anyone’s wondering. Smile

Feb 25

Feb 25 – Sweet Rachel and Lily having a sleepover. Rachel stayed the night and the girls had such a good time. They really enjoy each other.

Feb 26

Feb 26 – My good friend Krystal at her wedding shower. She’s so pretty, and just wait till next week – her wedding dress is gorgeous!

Mar 1

March 1 – The first phase of the afore-mentioned kitchen remodel. There used to be a wall and pocket-door here. Ben has fun tearing things apart.  I mean really, who doesn’t? Winking smile

Mar 2

Mar 2 – Lily and her friend Molly. Lily really adores Molly, and she just loves it when she comes over because she has a kindred spirit to play princess dress-ups with. I like the back lighting in this pic – it kind of makes it look like they were dipped in liquid gold.

Mar 4

Mar 4 – Making rolls for French Dip sandwiches. Very very yummy! I love making homemade bread!  In this shot my KitchenAid is standing on a cutting board that’s placed over the sink. I can’t wait until I have more kitchen space to work in!

There you go! Sorry I skipped a week. I just realized Michael really got shafted the last two weeks. Oops. Next time. Scouts Honor I’ll have a better turn out next week. (Can I still say that if the closest I ever got to scouting was watching my brothers pinewood derby races?)