Sunday, March 16, 2014

Seedy Behavior

The days are getting warmer and growing season is here at last; indoor that is. 
Darling and I picked up some seeds and soil today and as soon as we were home I took everything to the basement and got down and dirty.

After making toilet paper rolls into little potters I planted each seed and labeled them for later. Then I moved everything to containers and bases for water control. 

For now everything is being grown inside until the weather warms up a bit more and until the little seedlings sprout. The large pot in the container that looks like it has a sideways stick in it is really a transplanted blackberry sprout! This is my first time growing anything other than veggies and herbs so I'm pretty excited about it. I'll have to transplant it again into a much larger pot once it is bigger but I can keep it in a pot because it is a thorn-less variety so it can grow as a bush with no problems of stabbing me! 


All the herbs are in the other pots to the right. Here is another shot of the veggies. 

It looks like a lot but I am growing three of each so I can later thread out the weaker ones and pick only one or two of each. Also, a bit of them are greens which don't take up nearly as much room as the rest. I just pray I have enough room in the back with pots, our postage stamp yard, and front yard so that everything grows well. 


Here is a list of what we are growing this year:

lettuce
collards
spinach
tomato
cucumber
zucchini
sweet peppers
pepperoncinis
winter squash
green beans
cabbage
blackberries
parsley
oregano
thyme
cilantro
basil
lavender
chives
rosemary

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Birthday Button

This past weekend I got to celebrate the one year mark since the birth of my darling Button with some of the most amazing people I know. Though I didn't get a lot of photos, I feel like it was good for me to step away for a while and enjoy just taking in the moments and memories of my sweet little man with the ones we love.
Button had a chocolate and vanilla cupcake and man was he into it. I guess that’s what happens when you've only had sugar two other times in your entire life! Ha. 
After a tasty lunch and cupcakes we all sat around a little before Button got down to opening presence. Baboo (my father) learned that Button's new trick "the gorilla" and then everyone had to join in! 

We set up a little photo booth and though it didn't get used a whole lot, the people who did get some photos done sure seemed to have fun :).


All in all I'd say this party was a success. I feel, in a way, that it marks an end and beginning to a new chapter in our lives. Not just because my darling son is now a toddling toddler (holy cow he really is!) but also because the is the first and only year were we will be parents to just one little munchkin and the first year I get to hear my son actually talk to me. There is just so much maybe’s , could happens and dreams we have for this year and though I know not all will happen I am so full of joy to see what our future will bring and become. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

One

My darling Button is one! Yesterday was Buttons first birthday, the day I went from having a darling little baby to a toddler... a toddler! :O how did this happen?! I remember his birth story oh so well and yet it seems like he has been a part of my life since forever.

 I can hardly remember, even now, what it was like without my sweet happy boy. What did I do with all that extra time before?! 
My days are now full of chasing little pitter patter-y  feet around, lot of little giggles, smiles, many many messes and diapers, and the occasional wide mouth "kisses" and you know what; I wouldn't tried it for nothing. Well... maybe a nice bath once in a while. Ha. 

The best part? This is just the beginning. I see Buttons strong willed and kind hearted personality more and more every time I look at him and it makes me so proud; nervous, but proud. I know God has so much planed for him our family. I thank God every day that he gave me the gift of knowing what it is like to love someone you have never met so unconditionally the way he has loved us even before our creation, to love the process and not just the outcome of a life and each day. We are so blessed. 

I anticipate so many adventures this coming year. So much growth and change as we take on the world of toddler-dom as well as raising two little ones instead of three but for now, I am so thankful we are where we are at this moment. It is tiring but oh so rewarding!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Butterflies

Button and I have been really taking in the views now that he is a lot more mobile and boy does this little man love the Natural Living museum! I have taken him to three different museums, the Botanical gardens, zoo, outdoor sculpture garden, and outdoor butterfly garden (though it’s a little cold still for much life there... of any kind.. even plants -.-) and this one is by far his favorite. He loves watching the fish swim around, looking at the bugs, and of course his two favorite things to do are touching and viewing the dinosaur bones and walking though the butterfly house (which is free on Tuesdays!). Because today was a Tuesday and because there is a new wildlife photography exhibit that I just had to check out, we headed over to the museum after dropping Darling off at work.
This time I get a lot of great photos to share!
 






There were some really big blue ones that were new from Brazil but they were rather dull on the back sides of the wings and every time one landed it closed its wings and refused to pose for me. *sigh* always next time.
Seeing all the photos in the photography gallery has really gotten me inspired to shoot more nature. That is, if there is any nature in DC. And if so, I will hunt it down and shoot it.... in a totally harmless, awesomely beautiful way. :P 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Over Flowing!

We're expecting a little Pea in the pod! :D It's a little late (I am so sorry) but here is our valentines/ announcements I made.
Darling said he looked like a stocker, ha. but I thought him kissin Button was so sweet. <3

Monday, February 3, 2014

Busy

Busy, busy,  busy, that is how my life is right now and you know what... I love it! My Darling Button is leaning to walk and venture further and further each day making them full of chasing a baby around, lot of falls, and even more giggles. I will have to get a video on here of him giggling because it breaks my heart in all the right ways. I want to capture it and save it in a little music box to play again and again. <3 
Aside from sprinting around the house and face planting, I have been amping up my focus on my photography business. I’ve never been one to keep New Year’s resolutions and thus, stopped making them some time ago but this year I put my foot down. Darling told me that I needed to get my butt in gear and stat shooting weddings. He's completely right. I have always wanted to shoot children and weddings from the beginning but have always been scared and nervous about shooting weddings. They are hard, stressful, demanding, and everyone is like getting thrown a curve ball because no two are alike. It didn't help that everywhere I turned some photographer was saying how stressful it is. Then I realized something... I like high stressed situations. Ha.
I like planning things, replanting things, being in the heat of the moment, and jumping in head first. Darling was right. So, I made the resolution to shoot at least ONE wedding this year. I prayed about it and asked God to give me brides and grooms who fit well with me, that he would give me the wisdom in pricing my product for those clients and that I will be able to produce work that is just what they wanted. You know what readers? I got two wedding jobs and a maybe already for this year! One is coming up in the next few months and the other two are later in the year so I will have to share a little from them as they happen. I am so honored to be able to capture the memories of such a cherished moment for these couples and their families. I can't wait to be the one to photograph such emotions. A mother helping a bride into her dress, the father crying, the husband crying when he sees her for the first time... and again, as she reads her vows, little ones running around and sleeping at the reception. Those are the things that make my passion for photography burn and I CAN'T WAIT! 

I may be busy, chasing my baby, cleaning messes, being a mommy, planning a garden, and chasing my dreams but sometimes busy is just what this gale needs.

and heres a little picture I got of the main man taking a small break from walking around.
my babies getting so big ;')


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Manly....Pink

While creating the mood board for the living room, Darling asked me if I was going to do one for his office. You know, now that we have an extra room for the first time in... Ever. Of course I jumped on that like a dog to a couch! "hecks yeah I wann’a design your office baby"! So off I went for color inspiration and design ideas. About twenty minutes in though I quickly realized Darlings color choices and design choices do not always coincide with mine. But, that is okay because this time around we got to have lot of "us" time and design a room solely for him, his taste, and minimal design input by me (I did have to veto a few patterns and desk options though... hay, I gott’a do a lot of work in that room and want to feel good too you know ;) ). But the color pallet... all him. His favorite color is, no lie, salmon (don't judge dad, my man is still awesome). I actually really like the way it turned out. It’s moody, manly, and still full of pattern without feeling "heavy", like a lot of man designed rooms tent to get. I was surprised at the choices in fabric Darling chose as well as going for a bold and more modern wallpaper choice. They all tie in really well though because one is a geometric pattern and the other is a floral (and the carpet is just dark enough to keep things friendly while adding some more patterns and still letting the wall and reading chair shine).
So what do you all think? Dig’n the manly pink... err salmon? Anyone else in love with a deep moody colored wall?

office

office by bethanyblntn featuring distressed furniture
Oh, and the color pallet he picked out was this one from Design Seeds
sushi hues