February 29, 2008

Just a Reminder

Hi everyone. Just a reminder that tomorrow is the big day: the start of our 31 Days. Have fun photographing. Can't wait to see everyone's creativity.

February 27, 2008

Emmy

I've been wanting to photograph my friend Courtney's girls for a couple weeks now. The light was leaving fast this day so I only got a few frames of her oldest, but I learned something. Like the fact that this little cutie is a "poser" and I'm going to have to work at getting her natural. But now I'm prepared for the actual portrait session (I think). Emmy has the cutest room and on attempt #2 when the light is right you'll see her mom's handy work.





February 24, 2008

Project Time!!


My friend, Courtney, and I are going to start getting together and doing projects. I think it will keep me motivated. And something to look forward to. I've decided on my first project: sewing my Easter dress (see above for pic of pattern). I'll be making the dress on the right, but with sleeves. And guess what? No zippers or buttons. It is a pullover dress. Woohoo! A great way to get back into the swing of things.

I've really been inspired to start sewing again because I've been browsing Courtney's sister-in-laws blog. If you want to see some gorgeous children's clothing be sure and check it out. Next on my project list: making Lauren a ridiculously impractical dress. Love it.

I'll be sure and post the results of my Easter dress. I haven't decided on color or fabric yet, but the pattern recommends using silk-like fabrics. I'm looking forward to looking lovely and feminine!!!

February 22, 2008

Valentine's Day (a little late)

This is pretty much what Lauren and I did for Valentine's. Made cookies. Played dress up with some of her clothes that finally fit her now.











31 Days of Photography

Since February has been more of a diary for me than a photo diary I have given myself a personal challenge. Beginning March 1st I will take at least one photo a day, each day for the entire month. At the end of the month I will post all the results. Annette, I think you should join me since I know you love photography too. No rules on subject matter. Just one photo a day. Are you up for it? (The fun begins a week from tomorrow).

February 21, 2008

Identity Crisis

Lately this modern girl has been drawn to vintage-y looks. This is a shock to me since I'm a die hard minimalist. So I feel like I am having a bit of a identity crisis, but I know exactly why. I've never spent this much time at home. Becoming a stay-at-home mom has forced me to stare at our khaki walls all day long. You know.... the khaki walls I thought would be so clean and "calm". Clean? Sure. But not so calm. More like "kill me now" because I'm so visually bored and uninterested. I have nothing to look at as I cook, clean, feed and live in this home . It's so boring and blah and depressing. I can't take it anymore. I crave texture, pattern and bright colors. I need visual stimulus. And as my sweet baby is becoming more alert she needs visual stimulus. So I'm on a mission to colorize, texturize, and liven up this place!

February 20, 2008

Religious Art

So if you haven't picked up on it yet...I'm a bit house obsessed these days. Hanging, cleaning, framing, organizing, decorating, etc. It's starting to come together, but one thing that I feel is missing in our decor is some really great religious art. I would love to have something I connect with. Something truly beautiful. More importantly something meaningful to me. Why is this so hard to find? Most of the LDS art out there is just too literal, too sappy, too cheesy, too everything. Just too,too,too!! It's frustrating to me because that is such a huge part of our lives. I'd love to have something to represent. But there's nothing. Nothing I connect with. Certainly nothing modern. Help! Anyone know of anything?

Here's a few artists I think are better than most.
J Kirk Richards

Brian Kershisnik

Ron Richmond

Minerva Teichart

Why?

(This blog is inspired by one of my sister's entries)

Why does Lauren stop smiling as soon as I pull out the video camera?
Why are the glasses not clean after they've run through the dishwasher?
Why is modern baby furniture so expensive?
Why must I like things that are so expensive?
Why do I turn everything into a song when speaking to Lauren?

I've Been Tagged

Ok, Annette, here it goes


10 Years Ago....


I was going to school at Ricks College.

5 Things that are on my "To Do" List....
(if only there were just five things)

1. Make cheesecakes for tonights Stake Meeting
2. Type word strips for the President (for tonights meeting)
3. Make bed
4. Call health insurance and find out why I'm being billed for portions of birth/delievery. Although bills are small it was supposed to be covered at 100%
5. Write the rest of thank-yous for baby gifts recieved in mail.

What would I do if I became a Millionaire?

Purchase dream home. Furnish dream home. Give siblings some cash. Max out retirement fund. Buy bigger car. Get Jeff's wish list of motorcycles. Buy lots of new clothes. Hire favorite photographer (very pricey) to do family portraits so I don't have to worry about it. Get my teeth done. Travel, travel, and more travel.

5 jobs I have had.

1. Working for dad at State Farm
2. Flower shop
3. Grocery store deli
4. Babysitting
5. TA in college for photo dept.

5 Things people don't know about me.

1. I hate public grooming...especially nail clipping. Gross!!
2. I subscribe to a total of 9 magazines and probably get equally as many catalogs each month.
3. I don't mind changing diapers, but a snotty nose literally makes me gag.
4. I can't go to sleep with the kitchen a mess. I have to clean up before I can relax. (how's that for OCD?)
5. I consider red to be a neutral color. It really does go with everything.

February 18, 2008

My Personal Feelings

Yesterday Jeff and I went to a deployment ceremony for our friend Darron. He is leaving for Kuwait on Wednesday and will be there for a year. When our friend saw us he made such a big deal about how nice Jeff was dressed (khakis and a dress shirt...not the best of his best, but better than average). Granted he usually sees Jeff in his motorcycle gear so it was not to hard to impress. But as I was looking around the theater and people watching I just noticed how casual everyone was dressed. Specifically the women. Dressing too casual for things is a personal pet peeve of mine. And it's cemented by a husband who really appreciates a well dressed feminine woman. I will never forget my brother's photos from his wedding reception. One of his high school buddies showed up in jeans and a Nebraska sweatshirt! To a wedding reception???? Unbelievable.

I've got my fair share of casual clothing in my closet, but I also have my share of knock 'em out clothing. Because sometimes life throws us moments that call for great clothes. Moments that demand a little extra effort. You know.....weddings, graudations, births, funerals, etc. One way we can honor these moments is how we dress. Certainly your husband/friend going to war for a year is included on the list of significant moments. I guess all I'm asking is that we give the special moments in our lives the respect they deserve. Dress your best. Show your husband that it means something he's serving his country. That HE means something. It's so worth it!!

February 14, 2008

Lauren @ 2 Months

Lauren had her two month appointment yesterday. (She is now nine weeks). She weighed 10lbs 9oz. And she is in the 50th percentile for each head/height/weight. Yay for a perfectly average baby! She was looking small to me, but she's right smack in the middle. You would think two tall people would have a tall baby, but I guess not. She also had her first immunizations and that was hard for me. I've never heard her cry like that. I had to look away, but I really felt like a mom in that it was the first time I felt like she really needed me and I could comfort her. That was very cool.

Will post the pics later....

February 11, 2008

Winter Blues

I have never had the winter blues until this year. In fact winter was right up there as one of my faves. But this year has been rough on me. I'm sure baby contributes as does the unusual amount of snow. But today it is 50 degrees and I feel hope again! Yesterday the sun was out all day. Hallelujah!! Jeff was home and we all went for a walk. It was so great to feel alive again. I'm truly out of shape though because my calves are sore today. Weak. Here are some of things I've been doing to feel better though.

1. Today I rediscovered the joy of my Ipod. Bob Marley is doing it for me. Making me feel like summer.
2. I Blog
3. Go on imaginary shopping sprees
4. Call friends and family
5. Cry
6. Plan my spring projects
7. Open all the blinds and let as much light in as possible

Any other tips?

What about the rest of us?

So I'm watching Oprah today and I feel myself getting madder and madder as I watch the episode. Nate the dream designer is making over an entire house for some family, but of course they had to have some major sob story to get that makeover. I'm so sick of all these shows. What about the rest of us...the rest of us who haven't had a traumatic accident, or chronic illness, or experienced the death of a loved one? What about the rest of us with great taste, big dreams, and no money? If I were in charge I'd have a makeover show for people like me and my family & friends. There are no cancer survivors and my sister hasn't had to adopt my children. We're just good people doing our best and we really want to live in a beautiful environment. Ugh!!!

February 07, 2008

My letter to Anthropologie

Dear Anthropologie,

I love you and your exquisite catalogs full of flawless photography. Each month a new catalog arrives totally unique from the last. I dig the interesting locations, hair, makeup, and clothes. But I've been to your stores many times. I've seen the details your photographs don't reveal. Who are you trying to kid? Do you really think a pintuck here or a fancy button there warrants the price of your clothing? The answer is no. Maybe others have not noticed that your clothes are made using the CHEAPEST fabrics on the planet. You are selling cotton at cashmere prices.

Don't get me wrong. I'll continue to be a huge fan. Your photography is top of the top. But, please, lower your prices.

Sincerely,



Leslie Krout

(By the way this is an imaginary letter I will never send. Just need to get it off my chest.)


Is it just me???

Is it just me or does motherhood make you more sensitive to all things vile and wicked? Or I should say does it make you have an AVERSION to all things vile and wicked? I was watching one of my favorite shows. Law and Order. And I couldn't even stomach the episode. I guess I have a sensitivity toward violence now. Not that I loved it before, but seriously I was like this is disgusting. That has happened to me a couple times this week. Way too many disturbing images. I think I'll stick to another favorite....the Food Network. I need to mix up the menu anyway.

Birthday Surprise

Today I turned 31. Haven't really cared that it is my birthday though. Truthfully it is the furthest thing from my mind because I haven't been feeling great. But my sister just came over to visit and gave me one of the most meaningful gifts I've ever received. Two of my favorite childhood books. We had been talking about the books we remembered reading a few weeks ago because I wanted to get the same ones for Lauren, but I never got around to ordering any. So thoughtful. Seriously, we probably read each of these books a thousand times.




Some of our other childhood classics:
Clifford The Big Red Dog
The Big Tidy-Up
Amelia Bedelia Helps Out
The Little Brute Family

February 06, 2008

The Bucket List

Yesterday Jeff and I went and saw "The Bucket List" so naturally I've been mentally preparing my own list of things I want to experience or accomplish before I die. Strangely many of them seem to revolve around food. Not sure what that says about me...not sure I care. Forget skydiving, climbing Everest, running with the bulls and all that crap. I so don't care. Here's a few of my own:

Visit Cyprus, Greece.
Discover my true passion and earn a living doing it.
Tour a cranberry bog. (I've always been fascinated).
Spend time in the Southern states experiencing southern food and all the history.
Learn to play the drums.
Experience Europe one meal at a time. :)
Take a photograph that I never get tired of looking at (eventually my own photos all get old to me).
Destroy all my character flaws (no problem, right?)
Own our dream home. A place where everyone wants to stay and we never want to leave.

And the list goes on and on and on....

February 01, 2008

Small Town Perks

So recently I switched all our perscriptions to the pharmacy here in town. I'm not exaggerating when I say that every single time I have called to see if it is ready they ask if I want them to deliver it to my house. WHAT??!!! Or send it with my neighbor on his way home from work (he's one of the pharmacists). Wow. Rite Aid has never asked me that one before. Yay for small town perks. Can you imagine how convenient and helpful that will be if I'm ever so sick I don't want to leave the house and pack up Lauren? Cool.

The only negative is having a ward member know all your ailments. That sure doesn't thrill me. I suppose the perks outweigh that one cuz I'm going to keep going there. Maybe I could fill our prescriptions under a pseudo-name.