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Thursday, September 15th, 2011 as told in 12 photos.

6:30ish to 7am:  Boys wake up.  I force my eyes open.

7am:  Breakfast of banana bread with cream cheese, fruit, and milk.

8am: Teeth Brushing antics

9am:  Time to wake the baby so we can take CW to Kindergarten.  Poor thing!

10am:  A little quality time with the Potty Seat

11am:  Following Big Brother now that we’re mobile!

12pm: B Dog gets some quality time alone with the toys.  No big brother to annoy him share with.

1pm:  Nap time.  Shoes and truck safely stowed.  Together.

2pm:  While little siblings sleep, play time for the Big Brother, CW.

4pm:  Backyard water play.  Summer lives on for a few more days.

6pm:  Dinner for the boys: macaroni and cheese (K has already eaten she’ll be asleep shortly).  I cook the broccoli with the pasta.  Time saver.  I rock.

7pm:  We have just entered the Lego phase in our house.  I already have a love/hate relationship with them.

8pm:  A little Thomas the Tank Engine before bed.  See, I can be a Fun Mom.  Note the sleepy eyes and big belly.  Love that.

8:30pm  Bed time for the boys.  The baby has been in bed already for approximately 2 hours.  Aren’t I lucky?  Sweet dreams, babies.  I love you.

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Let me start by saying I am trying to be a more thoughtful and purposeful picture taker.  I am not a great photographer.  Not even a really good photographer.  I am learning. I am practicing.  I am self-taught.  So far.

By practicing and taking pictures with a little more thought, I am taking pictures of things I never would have thought to focus on before.  Like feet.

I am not a huge fan of feet.  They get us where we need to go.  They aren’t necessarily pretty.  Kids feet are at least cute, especially when in Crocs.  I know that is a controversial statement, so feel free to let the comments fly on that one!  And, you can thank me later, I have spared you photos of my feet.  Bare, with tan lines, and in desperate need of a pedi.  You are welcome.

But here is a little collection of pics I’ve taken this summer, and one that was part of my maternity session when I was pregnant with Bdog, courtesy of Emily Main Photography (I was so lucky to have her do that shoot, she only does weddings and boudoir photography, now).

As I build my photography knowledge, hopefully I’ll be able to present beautiful pictures that will make you drool.  No, not over feet, but maybe over some food.  Take for example Jessica over at How Sweet It Is.  Her pictures make me want to reach into my computer and take a bite!!  They are positively amazing.  Really.  Go take a look!

Happy Friday, everyone.  And, happy snapping!

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1.  Learn to take really good pictures.  Oh, and learn how to edit those pictures.  I guess that’s 1 and 2.

3.  Sew, create, assemble (whatever it turns out to be) five gorgeous Christmas stockings.  In time for this Christmas.  Now that our family is complete.

4.  Sew curtains for my family room and kitchen.  We’ve only lived in the house for four years.  Come on, give me a break.

5.  Make and freeze some pesto from my rockin’ basil plant.  You don’t understand, I can’t grow anything.  And, this basil plant looks like Martha Stewart tends to it daily.

Photo courtesy of slashfood.com

So, what are some fun things on your to-do list?

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This post should have been up this morning.  Well, technically it is still the morning.  Barely.  Here in the West.

It’s been one of those mornings.  You know, the ones where 3 kids in the house feels like 13.  And, I want to tear my hair out.  Or, put the kids out with the recycling.  Or, suck on a tailpipe.

Anyyyyywayyyy . . . here you go.  My current list of favorite apps.  I’m sure there are hundreds more that would make my life richer, easier, faster, simpler, and more fun.  If you know of any, show me some love!  I’m off to give a hug, fix a snack, give someone a timeout, and, maybe, finally, finish my coffee.

Instagram  (Free!)

Love, love, love this!  It is easy to take pics, and SUPER easy to share them on either Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and more.  I am new to using it, but am having fun playing around with all the different filters.  My sister loves it because I’ve shared more pics in the last week than I have since my first was born. Hehe!

Camera+  ($1.99)

Fabulous, and pretty  much turns your Iphone into an SLR.  Am loving this new App!  Get this:  timer, stabilizer, crop, and edit your photos.  Add filters, upload to Facebook, Twitter and more.  Also has tons of scenery modes, and you can even flip the picture.  In a word.  Awesome.  In two words.  Buy it.

JellyDoodle  ($.99)

It is official:  my kids LOVE this app.  Totally worth the dough.  Kids can create jelly shapes (there are a TON to choose from, including a bear, cupcake, pretzel, and many, many more) that they can then decorate with all kinds of fun stuff.

From Babble.com:  JellyDoodle is one of those apps that really must be played to be believed, because the kid-friendly concept sounds completely outrageous. You create shapes made out of gelatin that you can then manipulate around your iPhone screen. The app currently provides dozens of different mold shapes including kangaroo, bear, cupcake and many more (if you can’t find the mold that you are looking for, you can also draw your own). Mix up your gelatin by adjusting sliders that change the color, then tilt your iPhone and “pour” it into your chosen mold. Next come the add-ins, or “doodads” as JellyDoodle calls them — choose from the provided ones or upload a photo from your phone. When your mold is stuffed with doodads, it’s time to set the gelatin free. Manipulate it by dragging your finger around the screen or give it the JellyDoodle treatment: A “Slurp” option allows you to use a straw on the gelatin. (And, yes, lovely slurping sound effects are included!) When you’re finished, “pump” your gelatin full of air until it literally explodes on your screen.

Locavore  ($2.99)

Love this!  Find out what produce is seasonal in your area, and how much longer it will be in season.  It uses the GPS in your phone to help you find local farmer’s markets, too!  It didn’t find the two closest to me, but given that they are new, I’m not that surprised.

From Babble.com:  The app even serves up basic information (from Wikipedia) on each fruit or vegetable along with simple recipes, and you can also share local finds with your friends via Facebook. But Locavore is mostly useful as a navigation system to your local farmer’s market — although keep in mind that, given how small and non-tech-y many of these markets are, the app may not have information on all of them.

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Well, today was the first day of our three day stay in South Lake Tahoe.  The three kids and I are here with my parents (what troopers!).  The boys had a blast from the minute we arrived.  And I quote “Is there a BACKYARD?!”.  Um, yes, puh-leeese go play in it!!! 

So far, I’ve been averaging about 50-60 photos each day.  This doesn’t seem like a lot, but I can’t seem to take more.  Maybe it’s because I have three kids under the age of 6?  Just an excuse, probably. 

Here are a few of my favorites from today.  We didn’t explore Tahoe today, so no picturesque scenery in this bunch.  Tomorrow is another day!

We have yet to decide what we’ll do tomorrow.  There is a ton to do, and sometimes it’s nice to not really do too much.  Except have my morning coffee.  And watch the boys play with my Dad.

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I am joining Ali Edwards and so many others in creating a Week in the Life 2011 journal.  It started yesterday.  I’ve never been very good at taking pictures and even worse at keeping up with photo albums and scrapbooks.  I love the idea of it, but I never seem to allow myself the time to sit down and create.  There’s always something that’s easier or simpler to do.  Sometimes I think I get caught up in the idea that it has to be perfect, whatever perfect looks like!!

So . . . this is a perfect opportunity to force myself to really document a whole week, and be exceptionally on top of it.  I think I will treasure this for my whole life.  This week will be unlike any other week.  A year from now a week will look very, very different.  Probably.  Even if it’s not, several years from now I’ll devour every picture, and word I jotted down.  Even getting up at 12:30am, 2 am, and 4am (and, no, not all of those were with the baby!) 

So, thanks to Ali for the fantastic idea, guidance, support, and structure.  I can’t wait to keep taking pictures and keep jotting notes.  Hopefully my kids someday enjoy this as much as I am.  Of course, today is only Tuesday.   Ha!

Here’s a favorite from my Monday:

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