Monthly Archives: September 2011


I’m still learning as a photographer with each session I do. I’m such a goofball that I hardly charge anything because I’m so insecure that they won’t like my pictures. I’ve taken several so far and each time, I feel completely lost as to where I want them to pose, etc. I like candid pictures, the ones caught in the moment, and not posed. But sometimes, that leaves room for several photographs with closed eyes, awkward smiles, and maybe a few that everyone looks just right. I really want to take a photography class eventually. I want to learn how to tweak photographs using the Lightroom software and Photoshop as well. Maybe one day I’ll actually get good at photography and be confident enough to charge people a higher fee. That could help me stay at home with Ollie and our future babies while Jeremy works.

Anyway, with that being said, I shot some family shots of my friend Becky and her husband, Gabby, and their beautiful daughter, Madalyn. Gabby and I have known each other forever. Even before we can remember, but my mom has proof in the form of pictures! Our dad’s worked at Union Carbide together and both were transferred to Houston, TX. There is a picture of Gabby and I at our pre-school graduation together. Judging from the pictures, he was not having a great time. Haha. Somehow, our dad’s both got transferred back to WV and we ended up going to school together from kindergarten all the way up to our senior year. Becky and I also went to school together! She actually cut my hair for me senior year in our 4th period art class. She is now a stay-at-home momma who cuts hair on the side.  Now, we both have babies only a few months apart. Crazy how the world works, huh? It was neat taking their pictures for them yesterday.

My momma baby-sat Ollie for me by taking him around Ritter Park while I took their pictures. Towards the end, Ollie met his first little lady friend, Madalyn. They shared toys and goldfish.


Pinwheel DIY project in detail!

I thought I’d write up a blog entry on how to do the wind farm project I made for Ollie’s room using pinwheels. So here it goes!

What you’ll need:

  • Paint for canvas
  • sponge roll applicator
  • Mod Podge glue
  • buttons
  • felt
  • scrapbook paper *double-sided works best!*
  • paintbrush or q-tip to apply the glue to the pinwheels and canvas.
  • Cotton balls


1. So that you can let it dry first, start by picking a background color for your canvas. I  mixed together black and white acrylic paint and used a sponge roller to apply the paint to the canvas. I’d wait an hour or two to let the paint completely dry before applying the pinwheels and felt stems.

2. You’ll want to buy a few sheets of double-sided cardstock (scrapbook paper). The double-sided paper works best for the pinwheels. Cut them into 4x4in squares. I also cut them into 3x3in for the smaller pinwheels.

3. After you cut out your squares, take a ruler and go from the top left corner to the bottom right corner and vice versa leaving a light pencil marking. It will look like a light X. Cut along the pencil lines but leave a little bit of room so you don’t completely cut the paper in half. (the above picture with the green cardstock shows the cuts the best).

4. Now bend each left sided corner into the middle of the square.

5. Once you’ve bent the corners inward, start applying glue to the tips of the corners and pressing down. Add glue to the bottom of the button and then put in the center of the pinwheel. I had to put a heavy box on each pinwheel so that the glue would dry completely and the corners wouldn’t pop back up.

6. After your canvas is dry and your pinwheel is ready, start planning out where you want them to go on the canvas. Add a dab of glue to the very back of the pinwheel, then apply to canvas.

7. Next, cut out tiny stems from your chosen color of felt and add glue to the back. Then apply to the canvas.

8. Lastly, if you want, add cotton balls to the top of the canvas for clouds. I kind of stretched mine out a bit so they wouldn’t just be little balls.  =) All done!

DIY and an Ollie update.

I made this DIY a few days ago for Ollie’s room. It’s hard sneaking in that time throughout the day for breaks, but I managed to get it all done in one day. I actually like how it turned out and that doesn’t happen very often. I’m kind of obsessed right now with DIY projects. Anytime Ollie takes a nap I think of stuff I can create, haha.

Anyway, today we are taking our precious little man to get a CT scan of his legs. His doctor noticed a bit of a difference in length, the right one is longer than the left. I’m not sure how big of a deal that is, because he seems just fine to us. He walks like all the other toddlers I’ve seen, so who knows. Hopefully it’s not to major of a difference that it will cause him problems later in life. I just worry he’ll have issues with his joints and hips if he’s not balanced out. It seems like that would cause some pain later on. They are probably going to give him some kind of medicine…I think it’s called Versed? But supposedly it makes toddlers sleepy and goofy. I’m actually kind of anxious to see because Ollie is already such a goofy kid anyway. He loves doing things to make us laugh. I foresee a potential class clown. Uh oh!

And lastly, Jeremy and I have fallen in love with this cook show called Hungry Girl. She puts a healthier spin on unhealthy food favorites. Last night we finally tried one of her recipes and it was ahhh-mazing! It was an apple pie substitute that involved one cut up apple, 10 red hots, half a sheet of graham cracker, and fat free 5 calorie whip cream. Like I said, it was great! If I can fix something that Jeremy loves and even says we need to fix for people when they come over, than obviously Hungry Girl has some pretty awesome healthy recipes!










These days…

I never really appreciated my down time until I had Oliver. I would spend hours upon hours playing Sims all night, going out at midnight for a quick run to Walmart with my sister, spontaneous road trips with Jeremy…I didn’t realize how carefree I was before I had a child. I don’t regret where I am today, because I feel very loved and happy with Jeremy. Oliver is amazing and fills my heart up with joy every single minute of every single day, stress and all! Right now I am coming to the realization that my comfortable world is soon going to be thrown into a different state. After this year, more than likely, Jeremy will find a job in geology that may take us out of West Virginia, out of my comfort zone and away from the family I am very close to and love very much.

I worry. I’m a worrier. I always have been. I worry about my siblings constantly and I worry about my parents. Everyone says I’m the Mom. Always checking in on everyone and making sure everyone is okay as much as possible. I had the “mom” label way before I became an actual mother. It’s hard for me not to worry about everyone and I fear that that worry will only intensify if I am away from my family. I know I’ll enjoy uprooting and going someplace new for a change. I’ve always wanted to move out of state, even out of the country to maybe Canada, but that’s sooooo far away. I hope I’ll be able to adjust and calm down and not worry about my family back home. My sister is my best friend and I know I’ll be slightly devastated moving away to where I can’t go to the movies with her if I wanted to or just to hang out. Ugh, I cry just thinking about it. Debbie Downer. lol.

Besides worrying, I’m doing good. Jeremy and I rearranged Oliver’s bedroom and it looks really cute. We put up a few things that Jeremy had when he was little. I LOVE incorporating older things of sentimental value into Ollie’s world. I think it gives his room warmth. Plus, here lately I’ve had a knack for all things vintage. I’ll have to take a few pictures of the house and put them up soon, but that will be another day because Ollie is napping. Thank God! What a day.