catch the moment: week fifty

Say what!? Did I just type “week fifty”???? Every night I have plans of blogging about something…ANYTHING! But there’s always a list of a hundred other things to do this time of year.  Why do the weeks and days leading up to the most wonderful day have to be so stressful and jam-packed with tasks?

Can’t believe there are only a couple weeks left in this project and this year! I plan to keep moving forward. Learning about photography. Maybe finally take a class.  Get better equipment. Practice, practice, practice. Linking up with Sarah, Mindi, and Stephanie for these last 3 weeks of Catch the Moment 365 (2014 edition).

344/365 – Wednesday, December 10th: A few minutes of cartoons before pre-school while I finished packing their lunches.12-10-14

345/365 – Thursday, December 11th: That “Oh-Crap-it’s-11:29pm-and-I-haven’t-taken-a-picture-yet-today-and-it’s-December-11th-and-I’m-not-gonna-screw-up-this-Project365-now” shot? Yeah, this is it.  The little tree in the boys’ room. 12-11-14

346/365 – Friday, December 12th: Cute little downtown Franklin, Indiana on a Friday night.12-12-14

347/365 – Saturday, December 13th: Took some pictures of this sweet little Santa for his mama/my good friend. 12-13-14 348/365 – Sunday, December 14th: Finally! I’ve only wanted a mantel for 2.5 years on this giant brick fireplace.  We had one built and Ryan and his dad installed it on Sunday.12-14-14

349/365 – Monday, December 15th: A little more detail of our newest piece of furniture. This thing is HUGE! I don’t even know how to begin to decorate it! I need STUFF.12-15-14

350/365 – Tuesday, December 16th: My little holiday Batman.12-16-14

What’s your favorite this week? That sweet little Santa with his big beautiful eyes on Day 347 stole my heart.




catch the moment: week forty-nine

I should really be addressing my Christmas cards tonight so I’m going to try to make this quick. We had a fairly festive weekend, despite 2 of our 4 planned get-togethers being canceled due to puking kids (theirs, not ours). Then one of the children at the 3rd get-together was throwing up after we left.  By Sunday morning, I felt doomed that we would be throwing up by the end of the day. So far, so good…knock on wood!  It’s that time of year.  As I selected and edited my pictures for this week, I realized that I’ve done an extra crappy job of taking photos of my kids lately. I will have to focus on that – it’s just getting hard to get a decent picture of them because it’s almost dark by the time we get home and the lighting is poor inside by then. Add in the fact that they rarely ever stop moving and well, it sucks.  BOO winter!

Linking up with Mindi, Sarah, and Stephanie again this week for Catch the Moment 365.

337/365 – Wednesday, December 3rd: We always check the mail first thing when we get home.  Theo LOVES to do this and he and Dexter literally race to the mailbox each day. 12-03-14

338/365 – Thursday, December 4th: We got all of our decorations up early this year, thanks to being home over Thanksgiving weekend. Love pulling up to this sight at the end of a work day! Our home looks so cheery and festive this time of year.12-04-14

339/365 – Friday, December 5th. When our play date got canceled, Ryan suggested we go to the YMCA for a free gingerbread building activity. As you can see, it was very busy but also very fun. This was the first time I had ever built one, too! 12-05-14

340/365 – Saturday, December 6th.  Our friends’ sweet 2 month old baby girl at their annual Festivus party. Good grief, she smelled amazing and is the best little cuddler!12-06-14

341/365 – Sunday, December 7th: We celebrated our favorite little 6 year old’s birthday at a gymnastics party. She was over the moon excited and so adorable when we all sang happy birthday to her. She’s officially a big girl with a bunch of friends from school at her party.  And PS, she designed her own cake!  So super cute.12-07-14

342/365 – Monday, December 8th: Playing with bokeh in my poorly lit living room. Ugh. 12-08-14

343/365 – Tuesday, December 9th. After failing to get any decent pics of my kids, I decided to take a picture of Theo’s choice for his ornament this year. I mean, he likes pizza and all but…okay. The randomness on our tree multiplies each year. I’ll have a pretty, themed tree one day. Maybe.  12-09-14

So that’s it for this week – maybe not the best pics ever, but they captured what we’ve been up to and that’s all that matters. I love the sweet little girls and I also love day 338 – our exterior lights at home.  Which picture is your favorite this week?



catch the moment: week forty-eight

A few more words about our Thanksgiving weekend can be found in the previous post, but it’s also the main theme as it blends into the Christmas season in this week’s Catch the Moment 365 post.  I’m linking up with Mindi, Sarah, and Stephanie once again this week.  We had a very relaxed and enjoyable long holiday weekend.  Looking forward to a couple more long holiday weekends at the end of this month!

330/365 – Wednesday, November 26th.  A good friend of mine asked me to take a few pictures of her sons and a few weeks earlier, we planned this date after work.  I was super nervous and expecting the worst.  Unfortunately, it was 30 degrees and we were all freezing. I was able to get a few cute pictures like the one below, but our session was definitely cut short by all of us being a little cold, crabby, and uncooperative.  Luckily we were able to get together again later in the weekend and I got a few more we liked.  11-26-14

331/365 – Thursday, November 27th: Thanksgiving Day. I spent most of the day cooking and cleaning before Ryan’s parents arrived with these lovely flowers. I didn’t take many pictures at all (but you can see a couple more in the previous post if you are interested). 11-27-14

332/365 – (Black) Friday, November 28th: We aren’t big Black Friday shoppers, but we did go to the mall around 2pm to let the boys pick out their ornaments to put on the tree that we were getting prepared to decorate. Dexter chose a very random fish ornament and Theo selected a pizza ornament….okay, whatever you say guys!  I snapped the picture below when we sat down for a snack break. I offered this kid ice cream and he requests yogurt.  11-28-14

333/365 – Saturday, November 29th: I was enjoying a clean house with a sparkling tree, nostalgic hand-painted decorations, and the scent of a candle burning in the afternoon.11-29-14

334/365 – Sunday, November 30th: We broke out the Lego Santa’s Workshop set we’d been saving until after the house was decorated for Christmas.  Needless to say, the boys were thrilled. This set was a lot of fun to build and we want to get more pieces to add to the village!11-30-14

335/365 – Monday, December 1st: On the way home from work. 12-01-14

336/365 – Tuesday, December 2nd: Prepared with a cup of water, a bowl of popcorn, and sleeping bags on the floor – we camped out past their bedtime on a school night to watch the Toy Story that Time Forgot Christmas special.  The boys loved it! I mostly played Tsum Tsum. 12-02-14

So that was our long Thanksgiving weekend in a nutshell. It was pretty great overall!  I am loving the clean house and decorations everywhere. My favorite picture this week has to be little Mr. P on day 330 – what a sweet little mischievous face! Which one do you like best?