or does anyone else cry when the clorox commercial of the little girl who pretends she's a mermaid comes on? maybe it's just because harper wants to be a mermaid when she grows up, but that darn commercial gets me every time. and NO, i am NOT pregnant. heaven forbid.
today has been a bittersweet day for me. fifteen years ago today was the first time marc said, "i love you." we'd been dating for about two months and things were going swimmingly. i knew it would happen at some point, but the day he chose to say it caught me by surprise. fittingly, the reason he chose this day to tell me sort of set the tone for our relationship: not romantic, not spontaneous, not swept away by emotion and feeling, but instead solid and supportive and genuine.
photo of the day has been updated.
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you know how you read a blog, see a link, follow a link, see another link ... yadda yadda yadda ... find one of the funniest things you've seen in a long time?
i've cut out the middle man. here you go - straight to the funny:
okay. how's this:
so, all year long it's been on the school calendar - may 14: late start. kids to school at 10:35 a.m.
today, we get up, we lounge for awhile, we do what we need to do to get ready but in no particular rush, we leave the house on time, and we arrive at school ... to an empty parking lot.
uh ... where did i mess up?
fortunately, i see a friend at the school entrance and she informs me that there was a change - no more late start. at least i wasn't the only one to miss that tidbit, but come on! you think a reminder could have been sent home!
i go into the office to sign henry in as tardy - so NOT my fault - and ask about the change. the new (ie not as nice) secretary flips the may newsletter open, points to the BOTTOM of page FIVE and says, "didn't you see the calendar change?"
yeah. i'm supposed to wade through five pages of pta notes and other exciting stuff to get to that ONE piece of information that's pertinent to ME. ya think maybe something like that could have been on the FRONT page?!
and that's all i have for you today.
for the past couple of years, i've made my mom a calendar of the kids' pictures for christmas. and each year, something seems to keep me from completing it in time for christmas ... and it gets later and later each year.
this year, her christmas calendar is, in fact, a mother's day present.
benefit: she now have four months built into the calendar (jan-april) that can buy me some time next year in case i'm again five months late for christmas.
i planned that just right, didn't i?
anyway, this year the calendar is much less "my style" but it was also much less painless. why? i used page maps' side maps to give me no-fuss guidelines for the pages, and used studio calico kits for about half the pages. nice. everything was right at my fingertips. i knew the photo sizes needed, so getting the pix ready was a snap. and the whole calendar was completed in just a handful of hours.
here - have a gander. unless you are my mom, in which case ... GO AWAY!
i've been getting frustrated lately. with my kids. with my camera. with my lack of enthusiasm for picking up my camera to take pix of my kids. (to clarify ... i'm not frustrated with my kids in general, per se, but with their lack of cooperation with smiling and being cute when i want to take their picture. is that better, marc? ;o) )
but i now feel excited again.
look at this face:
and at the gorgeousness of baby glow:
my beloved 20d is starting to show her age and technological shortcomings, and i've been frustrated lately at the fact that she isn't as fast or sharp as she used to be. images come out slightly more underexposed than normal, edges aren't quite as crisp as i would like, and if research is to be believed, i've shot about as many frames as is typically the lifespan of a 20d. i was lamenting to marc about it, and he gave me the go-ahead to upgrade to the 5d. bells rang and angels sang, and then i opted to buy us a deck table and chairs instead. because after three years in this house i so want to finally grill out and eat on the deck before the bugs become unbearable; and marc really likes the teak sets and he never really has an opinion about stuff for the house so i decided to indulge him instead of buying the much-less-expensive and much-more-easily-storable-for-the-nine-months-of-minnesota-winter set that i figured we'd buy.
but that's neither here nor there.
what i'm getting at is today my little canonbelle was good to me. and this sweet little clara girl was good to me, too. and when i uploaded the images into lightroom and started scrolling through, that feeling of "i can DO this!" started to bubble up.
beautiful photos inspire the heck out of me, and if i can occasionally make one, then it's a good day. today was a really good day.
the maternity shoot with rob and sarah turned out beautifully, too, and suddenly harper can't start kindergarten soon enough.
here we are again: monday.
the good news is that marc is home for three solid days in a row! (as far as we know ... we're not sure yet if he has to head to chicago thursday morning or wednesday night.) and just in time ... the yard needs to be mown.
we had a good weekend. the weather was lovely, the kids were busy and happy, and marc and i were able to sneak away for what is fast becoming an every-other-week tradition: drop off the kids at child care and then head to crave for a winter roll.
let me explain the beauty of the winter roll at crave. it was a seasonal sushi roll, and we happened to discover it just as it was going off the seasonal menu. we were told, once we realized how fabulous it is, that if we come on a night that the main sushi guy is working, all we have to do is ask for it and he'll make it. ever since, marc and i get winter roll cravings about every other day. granted, we don't give into it that often. but every other week seems to hold us over. tuna, salmon, tilapia, avocado, cucumber, sushi rice, and a crunchy crust - panko? tempura flakes? who knows. and i know there are other flavorful components, but i know not nor care not what they are. i just know that it's a little slice of heaven.
anyway, enough about the winter roll. just, if you are in the edina area and plan to eat at the galleria and choose to go to crave, call me. i'll meet you there. and we'll ask if tony's working.
yesterday was productive. henry went to a birthday party for friends of his (triplets! ouch.) at a skating rink for four hours. and during that time, harper was amazingly amused by whatever it was she was doing ... we heard nary a peep out of her the entire time. so we vacuumed the basement, marc cleaned his office, and i worked on my mom's mother's day present.
productivity is a lovely, wonderful thing.
and today is still pretty darn good. i've folded about five loads of laundry, cleaned and reorganized the bathroom, painted harper's fingernails, and have rob & sarah's photos ready to upload for their perusal. and harper's still playing and happy. wow.
somewhere stars are aligning in a magical configuration.
i won't get too used to it, though. june will, to put it mildly, suck. marc will be gone pretty much all month: four days in dallas, four days in boston, a week somewhere for a rhca class, and then, likely, chicago on the days he's "home." we might see him one or two random sundays.
like i said, it will suck. with any luck i can head to indiana with the kids for part of that. and there's rumor marc wants me to go to boston with him ... thinking maybe cape cod by myself for three days?? now that's a nice idea ... three days ... alone ... on cape cod ... with a camera. my arm could be twisted.