Monthly Archives: January 2012

Drum roll please…

^^^^Header for the new website!^^^

I finally have my own website! www.olivetreephotographie.com  is up and running! We chose for it to be a blog-style site to keep people up to date with everything and see new sessions firsthand in blog posts. Very exciting! I’m finally doing something I’ve always been too afraid to do. I’ve run out of excuses not to…I have a new camera, a new lens, a little studio, and a professional looking website. It was definitely a labor of love getting everything set up. The domain hosting was a little bit more complicated than we thought it would be. And more expensive! I think we are finally done spending and are ready to make some money! Phew. So check it out!

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Daddy’s beanie and disciplining.

Oh boy…I need to go to bed, but like always, I’m up at 1am. I don’t think I’ve gone to bed before 2 in months! Just uploaded some pictures of Oliver from earlier today. He’s so precious…I’m enjoying watching him grow and learn every day. I know a lot of parents brag about their kids, and I can totally relate. He’s very sweet and when he’s around other kids his age he shares his toys and studies them with a smile on his face. He gives out plenty of hugs and sloppy kisses!

Today I sat in the bathroom with him for at least 10 minutes trying to get him to pee in the big boy’s potty. I took off his diaper and let him play around with a roll of toilet paper until I saw him starting to pee…as soon as the first drop hit the floor I quickly grabbed him and put him on the potty. Nothing. He just looked at me like I was crazy. I know the average age to start potty training is 2, but I thought I’d try to give it a shot and see if he’d catch on. No luck so far!

He’s getting a little more courageous with his temper and that’s something we are trying to reign in. I noticed today that when Jeremy would discipline him by telling him “No,” sternly…Ollie would cry and act like it was the end of the world to disappoint his Daddy. He would also go straight for my leg and hold on tightly. Jeremy said I need to stop coddling him. I never really thought I did until Jeremy was at work this evening and when I said “No” sternly, all I got was a deep belly laugh from Oliver as if it say “HAHAHA, oh Mommy, you silly! Now let me get back to doing whatever it is that you told me not to do.” It’s during those moments where you want to keep a straight face and continue your disciplining, but when you see your child manipulating you all you can do is laugh. I’m a bad mom…

Rainy days

The wind is blowing so hard outside! I kind of like having rainy days during the winter.

A bit blurry, but I love his precious little face!

A new day…

Yesterday we found a wonderful new home for Baxter, our lab mix puppy. I knew we needed to find him a new home because he was so hyper and Jeremy was gone most of the day with school and work. The only time we were able to play with him was at night because during the day he would constantly knock Oliver over and it was a struggle to get him to calm down. We had to keep him blocked off in our kitchen, which isn’t a life at all for a dog who deserves much more than that. We loved him and that’s why we knew we needed to find him a good home with plenty of room to run around. Well, a little angel I used to work with before having Oliver loves animals and helps find them homes. She put him on her Facebook a few days this past week and a woman got in contact with me. She has 56 acres of land, 2 dogs, and a family of 4. I thought, “I couldn’t ask for a better home for Baxter!!!” so we dropped him off with his new family yesterday afternoon. I came home and cried for a good hour like a little girl. I felt like I could have given him more love and attention, etc. But I knew in my heart he was going to be much happier with his new family. The lady sent me a message and said her kids were already in love with him. So that makes my heart very happy =)

I’ve been playing around with Photoshop for a while now and recently discovered some really cool online downloads with interesting templates. Florabella is one of the ones I love! She creates actions for your photos so you don’t have to go through each and every one of your photographs to edit them. Actions are applied to your image and it makes it similar to how you want it, without spending half an hour to achieve that image. Here are a few of the free templates she has available on her Facebook page…(I spend way too much time doing thiskind of thing while Ollie is sleeping, but I thought they looked cool!)

Might have to make prints for Rachel and Tony! I liked how the template looked with their rosy picture!

And of course, my special little man!

I love my family.

What is with the face, Oliver!?

I went over to my Dad’s to visit and see my brother for the first time since he’s been back from Ecuador. I brought Ollie inside first and let my sister watch him while I went back out to the van to get his eating chair. When I came back inside, Kelly told me Brent brought Oliver upstairs, so the pictures above are what I saw when I walked in Brent’s bedroom. Ollie skyping with Luci in Ecuador =)  It’s so neat knowing my brother is going to become a dad soon. Only 3 months left! He’s so cute with Ollie. He brought everyone back goodies from Ecuador. I love them!

Music to the ears.

Seriously the only thing I listen to on Pandora is Angus and Julia Stone radio…

Practice.

Today I got up early and went with Jeremy’s cousin, Rachel, and aunt, Beth, to look at bridesmaid dresses. Rachel is getting married at the end of June so six of her friends were there to try on their dresses. Jeremy wanted me to go to get some practice at taking candid pictures. Also, if I ever get ballsy enough to add “wedding” to my photography list then that could be something the bride might want captured for a scrap book or memory book. If I ever get invited to something like that again, I’ll make sure I ask the girls to pose before going on to the next dress. I just didn’t want to be too disruptive by asking to take their pictures every few seconds. Here are a few from today…

After that, Jeremy and I went out for our favorite drinks from Starbucks…Chai Tea Frapps! Yum!

Ah, it’s finally starting to feel like winter.

Ollie napping…check. Cozy bedroom lighting…check. Angus and Julia Stone radio playing on Pandora…check. Snow falling outside my bedroom window…check. Warm cup of Chai tea in hand…check! Jeremy is at work, so the house is quiet otherwise. I’ve enjoyed our mild winter, but I’m glad it’s finally starting to feel like winter. There is such a thing as climate change *aka global warming*, and if this winter doesn’t open people’s eyes and mind to the subject then I don’t know what will. I try to steer clear of that kind of thing on my blog, so I won’t say anything else about it. =)

Poor flowers…they are hanging on for dear life.

 

No longer a baby.

Yesterday I went to my dad’s house with Oliver and we hung out with my sister. I brought my camera because I wanted to take a few pictures of Oliver in the field next to my dad’s house. Oliver didn’t really enjoy the tall grass so he stuck mostly to the road. Looking at these pictures kind of stirs emotions of both sadness and happiness. My little baby is no longer a baby. He’s only 19.5 months old, but compared to that tiny 8lb 10oz baby that I gave birth to, he is a toddler who is growing up way too fast. He is in that stage right now where he constantly wants to be on the move. He hates sitting still, which means hugs and kisses and quiet time are few and far between. At night when he’s about to go to bed, he will sit up on the couch with Jeremy and I and watch TV while drinking his last sippy cup of milk. He is heavy on kisses and hugs during those times. Jeremy and I both cherish that.

House.

There is a house built out of stone.
Wooden floors, walls and window sills.
Tables and chairs worn by all of the dust.
This is a place where I don’t feel alone.
This is a place where I feel at home.