Friday, July 31, 2009

Precious Little Zoe

I took this today at Moni & Nick's Rehearsal Dinner. She looked so cute tonight :)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Daily System

If you would like to own this beautiful piece of organization perfection, just check out Pottery Barn's website - here. Look closely, and you will see why it is $600!! That's a LITTLE out of my price range. It sure is a beautiful sight though ;o) *sigh*

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Summer Fun: Bike Rides, Cleaning, a Wedding, and Less Photography

We have a Wedding coming up in the family. Gage's cousin Monique will be getting married in the old courthouse on Saturday! Extended family members are flying in at various times during the week, the first of them arrives tomorrow. We will have a couple staying with us in our basement (which is a very nice basement, it's where we lived the first 6 months we were here). They arrive on Friday, I believe. So lately I have been cleaning, preparing for visitors. With the help of Sandy & Whitt (Gage's Grandparents) I've accomplished a great deal of cleaning this week. Now the whole basement is clean and organized, the many windows in the patio room are clean inside and out, the upstairs is mostly clean, and I even took time to clean Gage's drumset, which he has never once cleaned in the 10 years he's owned them. Yesterday I cleaned and organized most of Zoe's room. We have boxes filled with garage sale items out in the garage now (including a ton of baby girl clothes). I'm so glad to be finished with all the big things, now its time to get to work on a bunch of small things.

I have been so busy cleaning that I have been on the computer much less. It has been quite refreshing! Don't get me wrong, I do love my computer! :) I love to catch up with friends online, read blogs on homemaking, recipes, & photography, and I spend a lot of time going through, organizing, and editing photos that I take, which includes a ton of time on the computer.

While I do enjoy working with photos, too much of it can actually get pretty stressful. It is what professional photographers do for money because it is a substantial amount of work. I have put my photography on the back burner for now. Right now I want to spend more time with my family and less time working on photos. The entire purpose of me not having a job right now is so that I can be home with my daughter, and though I am home with her, I feel like I am constantly working on some photo project and not spending enough time with her. I've also become the "family photographer"...which has also become a problem. I love photography and I love to document special family events but seriously, if I continue this I will become the most anti-social person on the planet. I actually *enjoy* socializing, and when I am behind the camera all I think about is getting great shots of this event that I am not actually participating in.

I've been trying my hardest to take far less pictures at family events. Even when I'm asked to take photos, I know that the people who ask are not expecting 100 fantastic photos of the day, they just want a few (as in, maybe 20?) good ones. 4th of July and Monique's Bridal Shower were my first two experiments. I took less than 100 photos, which is a GREAT accomplishment for me haha. In fact, I only took 70 at the 4th of July family gathering..and there were a LOT of people there to photograph!

I think for now I will stick with my Bible studies and blogging during Zoe's naps and when she is awake, no computer. I moved my computer into my bedroom so I would have less access to it haha. Maybe at some point in a month or so I'll work out a schedule so I can work on photos for short periods of time. Right now, I am enjoying a good break from photography. Obviously with the Wedding coming up I do have to make some exceptions: The trying on of the dress, the Wedding rehearsal & dinner, and of course the candid reception photos that she wants me to take. After that, it is strictly documentation photos for a while, like a normal person!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Fried Hard Drive, New Hard Drive, and 202nd Post!

I just noticed that the post I made about my Mom was my 200th post on this blog! My 1st "Blogoversary" is coming up in 19 days as well!

My poor poor hard drive:

On Sat we were going to go to the Jazz Fest but that never happened because my hard drive on my computer decided to just STOP WORKING and Gage spent that whole afternoon & evening trying to get it to work. He tried everything and even took it to a local computer shop and they even said that, "It's fried." So, I ended up loosing all photos from May - July, including the original trip photos, and a ton of videos from the trip and videos of Zoe from the last few months... a few big events (4th of July, a Bridal Shower, a housewarming party, etc.) Thankfully, I spent all of last week uploading our trip photos to so I could display them on my new Photography website!!! If I had not done that, all of the trip photos would have been lost (that's about 1000 photos.) I lost some great photos of Zoe though, which makes me sad... but it's ok, there are more photos of Zoe so far than were ever taken of me in my entire childhood haha.

A "brand new" computer:

Monday we bought a new hard drive for my computer once we decided there was nothing else that could be done to save my old hard drive.

Keep in mind that my husband is a computer programmer. I'm constantly hearing about all the new things in computerland and sometimes I understand what he's talking about, other times..not so much. Nevertheless, I have managed to absorbe QUITE a bit of information about computers since I've been married. With that said, I knew that getting a new hard drive meant that I would basically have a "New computer!" Ohh the possibilities!!

Gage installed Linux Mint. This is an operating system similar to Windows. So far I love it! It's a lot faster than Windows and doesn't seem to have as many issues. I've only been using it for a day though so we'll see how it works out.

I figured, new operating system, new hard drive... why not go with all new programs? :) I'm using Firefox instead of Chrome or Internet Explorer, Mozilla Thunderbird for my e-mail accounts, and Pidgin for Instant Messaging. It really is like a brand new computer.

I am now, without a doubt, and OFFICIAL Geek and proud of it! :o)


Friday, July 17, 2009

A good week!

This week has been a good one for us. Zoe leg is healing and she's able to take a few steps here and there, Gage was delighted to play drums at church on Sunday, and I hosted our Thursday morning Bible Study at our home and it went exceptionally well. We had one little mishap on Wednesday when we went to have lunch and swim at McKennan park with Anna & Kjersten. Zoe's leg started to hurt her and she was crying up a storm so we had to leave before we could swim. We'll make another attempt next week I'm sure. On Monday I decided to create a website for my photography, so I spent every free moment I got putting it together for the next 4 days. I finished it last night. It's a great thing to have but man am I glad to be finished with it.
This week we also helped watch Gage's younger brothers while his parents went to the Black Hills to celebrate their 25th Anniversary. We had a full household from Sunday - Wednesday! 4 dogs, 2 boys, 2 grandparents, 1 bird and our family. Yes, I did say a bird. Brad bought a bird this week and he named him after his friend Reese. As I said before, it was a good week :)

Today was a good day too. It is Gage's Grandparents' 51st Anniversary! We haven't seen much of them today since they've been off celebrating. This morning I woke up with the urge to exercise! That doesn't happen too often... We ended up going for a bike ride just before lunch time. I packed us a lunch and we rode on the bike path over to Sertoma park. We ate lunch and played for a bit before we rode back. I decided that was enough for exercise for me today. It was our first bike ride in a few months so I'm a little out of shape. Not completely though, as I did a lot of walking and hiking while we were in Yosemite a few weeks ago.

Zoe has had a pretty good day today. She enjoyed the bike ride and the park. She has a new Noah's Ark toy that she loves to play with at home, and since today was one of Daddy's days off, she was able to spend a lot of time with Daddy. A little while ago Zoe was down in the basement with Gage and she started climbing up the stairs. She then looks back and says "Heeeeyy Daaaaa!!!" to get Daddy's attention, then she continues climbing up the stairs which she knows she isn't supposed to do, but she was having a grand time trying to get her Daddy to chase her!

We ate dinner at CiCi's Pizza tonight because we hadn't been there in a couple months and we had a coupon. They didn't have 2 of my favorite things... *sigh* but it was still a good meal. Zoe is now in bed and me and Gage are on our laptops. Tomorrow is Sat, my Dad & Becky's 11th Anniversary! We *were* going to spend the day at JazzFest tomorrow but somehow Gage didn't get the day off so he has to work until 4 and the band he wants to see is at 4:30.... who knows if we'll make it there in time to see them tomorrow but I do think the plan is to at least go for a few hours tomorrow afternoon/evening.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Monday, July 6, 2009

Another Crazy 4th.

Well for the 2nd year in a row, I was unable to watch Fireworks on the 4th. This is turning into a trend for us...the day of the 4th is great and we have a ton of fun but by the time it begins to get dark, the trouble starts! This year it was due to my daughter's hurt leg. We had a great day down in Rock Rapids, Iowa with family at a park down there. Then at about 5pm, Zoe and Brad went down a slide and her foot got caught under him. She cried for a little bit, but then fell asleep, so we drove home, she slept for another 2 hours or so and when she woke up, we went to put her down to walk around and what do ya know? She can't stand up!

We had to guess at which foot it was because neither Gage nor I saw exactly what happend on the slide. She was acting as if her right foot hurt so they did x-rays of her right foot. Why they didn't want to do both (seeing as we didn't know for sure which one it was!) is beyond me.... they couldn't find anything but they put a splint on her anyway to be safe. She had the splint on yesterday until it fell off. Today we went to the Bone Clinic and we saw her holding up her *left* leg whenever we tried to get her to stand. They did X-rays on her left leg and just as Gage thought all along, it was her left side, but it wasn't her foot - it was her leg. She has a small fracture on the lower part of her leg. Thankfully she does not need to wear a cast or a splint, we just need to keep her up off her feet as much as possible and in a week or two she should be walking again.

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