Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Caramel Apples

Nothing reminds me of fall quite like caramel apples, so we made some...



The one on the left is Todd's apple. He said he did not want much caramel and did it that way on purpose. Looks a little sad but that is how he wanted it.

Picking Out A Pumpkin


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Slow Growing...

Since I started Barefoot Summer Photography it's been slow going and slow growing. Which is my own fault. I don't have tons to invest in it so marketing has been minimal, by which I mean nonexistent. And word of mouth has brought me the clients I have had thus far. I am not complaining by any means, I just have not had the time to invest in it with my work scheduled amped up anyway. That being said my father in law and brother in law run a small advertising magazine and offered me some space to run an ad. So I did. It's not huge but I do have two new clients on the calender in less than a week so that's progress. But I was really happy with the way the ad turned out...except the 20% should say off after it, oops! Oh well, people will figure it out. And if they don't they will ask and I will answer!


Friday, October 22, 2010

Ding Dong Ditch: Halloween Version

We got "booed" this past week and so of course had to pass it forward. The kids were hilarious!!! They rang door bells and ran with all their might. I can't decide which was funnier...Tristan looking back every two seconds or Tori's crazy "Phoebe run" across our neighbor's yard! (If you don't know what I am talking about check this out! But they had fun.



Thursday, October 21, 2010

Bang Bang Choo Choo Train

I enrolled my kids in baseball/softball to learn about team sports, working hard to achieve goals, the joy of being athletic. And sure they learned that but Tori also learned this:

Bang Bang Choo Choo Train
Wind me up and I'll do my thang
I know Karate I know Kung Fu
You mess with us we'll mess with you.

And a million other chants. Remember when you yelled "Hey batter batter!"

Monday, October 18, 2010

Pro Ed Day

No time for words, just pictures. Spent our pro-ed day, aka random day off, at Hollywood Studios. First time for all of us! Lots of fun!


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Chaos: Quoted

“Chaos is a friend of mine." - Bob Dylan

And mine too! It has been nonstop work and homework, baseball and softball, family and friends, photos and house stuff. I do see a light at the end of the tunnel but its still a month away...

“It turns out that an eerie type of chaos can lurk just behind a facade of order - and yet, deep inside the chaos lurks an even eerier type of order” - Douglas Hodstadter

Stuff is getting done around here. With little free time I am paying bills at the crack of dawn, doing laundry between every other thing, and making meals like a champ. I know they say if you need something done give it to a busy person but usually that moves other things further down my to do list. I am actually keeping up, so that is eerie but makes me happy!

“Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit” - Henry Brooks Adams

This is such a good time in our lives. We are enjoying our new space, new activities, time together. We are succeeding in our work lives. The kids are doing well at school! And they are at such a fun age. It is a blast go play catch with them, to share conversation over the dinner table, to hear about the things they are learning, and last night Tori went running with me...awesome! While there are definitely still clashes and arguments and the usual parental frustrations this is a good place for us...

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sol y Mar

Sol y Mar...Sun and Sea.

Some people hate cruising. Some people love it. I am among the lovers. I cannot imagine anything more peaceful then sailing through blue waters, with puffy clouds overhead and the sun baking down on me. It is my zen like place and to be completely away from all the stress of home in my zen like place was just the refresher I needed.

I have tons of pictures, many of which are on facebook. But my favorite part of the trip was our actual Mexico stop, which is what these pictures are. We rented a little tracker (the jeeps were all stick shift and our driver was more comfortable with automatic) from the brilliantly named Sol y Mar and headed out around the island, till we reached the farthest point on the other side.


The water was so blue and the landscape so gorgeous.



And high on a cliff we found a little bar that Taylor and my brother had found previously. You could see endless ocean from there and the drinks were delicious, the guacamole fresh, and the salsa spicy!




And just when I thought my stress had melted away and I could not be more relaxed I came home to the most amazing surprise. Empty laundry baskets, spic n span clean house, fall decorations and welcome home cards. Big thanks to Mom, Dad, Jonathan and Taylor for this amazing birthday gift. To Taylor, Mom, and Pam for taking the time out of your busy schedules to go with me. And to Todd and the kids for being the family that let's me have time to be me, to soak up my sun and sea, and to come home to my favorite place of all!