Sunday, November 30, 2008

Hillbilly Ninja

Thanks Jeana. This is too good not to share!


Remember: Don't go ninjin' nobody that don't need ninjin'.

The Sweetest Part of Thanksgiving


My Favorite Sister came home for Thanksgiving. It was such a treat spending time with her!

More To the Point


Overheard during one of our recent drives:

"How much longer? Or more to the point: Are we there yet?"

Master Munchkin, age 7

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Oh MY!


Two of my favorite subjects have delightfully converged in blogland. This link discusses how to properly light Colin Firth during a photoshoot.

Photography lovers, you can read the article. Colin Firth fans, just skip to the video. :)

Friday, November 28, 2008

Christmas Card Rejects


Here are some family photos that you won't be seeing on our Christmas card this year! :)





Thursday, November 27, 2008

Sweating Over Xmas


This year I was thinking about giving each of our martial arts instructors a personalized sweat towel along with a thank you note. I can buy some plain, some white hand towels and embroider something on them (in a very manly fashion, of course). But what to put? Here are some ideas I've been kicking around:

1. Cry in the dojo; Laugh on the battlefield.
2. Sweat is the cologne of achievement.
3. Don't sweat the petty things; Don't pet the sweaty things.
4. Suck it up!
5. instructor's name or initials
6. Sweat (verb): to perspire, to work hard, to exude moisture, to earn or obtain (a result, promotion, compliment) by hard work

What do you think? Any favorites? Other sayings or ideas? I'd love some feedback.

Dang!


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! :)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

If You Give a Boy a Mouse


The Master is in little boy heaven. This morning he rescued a little mouse from one our cats and has spent a happy amount of time making a home for him in the woods. "I heard him squeaking for his life," the Master reported. "And saved him from the Lethal Cat of Doom."

Monday, November 24, 2008

Motions

Me and hubby in class. The giant thumb is Master Munchkin's. :)

video

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Thanksgiving


I am feeling thankful for many things this year - my wonderful family, my health, good friends, our home in the country.

I am thankful that this coming week will be an "easy" week (many of our regular activities are canceled) and am looking forward to Dinner at my mom's. Every year she hosts a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. My Favorite Sister will be there - she's coming home from college for a few days - we can't wait to see her!

Ever since I tried Katherine's Sweet Potato Casserole, I've made it every year for Thanksgiving dinner. It's that good. I also like how I can easily adapt it for Miss Munchkin by substituting dairy-free butter and a gluten-free flour.

Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation.

Our President's 2008 Thanksgiving proclamation.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Armbar


Last night in Martial Arts class we did some basic grappling (sort of like wrestling). One of the things we worked on was an armbar. If you do this right (or wrong), you can break a person's elbow. Here's the basic technique:

When you have the arm, the person's thumb needs to be pointed up for the elbow joint to be in the correct position. If you try this at home, be very careful at the end; if you pull too hard, too fast, you will hurt your partner.
Ok, everyone grab your loved ones and give this a try! :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Grand


Kitchen, originally uploaded by MrsMama.

I've started going through the photos from the new house I shot last week. It was so lovely - lots of light and wood. Isn't this kitchen divine?

Here is the beautiful tile in the Master Bath.

This is the Foyer.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Sweetest Sound


There is a new sound in our house. It's the sweet, sweet sound of silence.

For the last few months, one of the fire alarms in our basement has been telling us that it's time to change its battery. You know, that lovely shrill, short chirp that is impossible to ignore.

chirp.......chirp......chirp........ every. few. minutes.

I found the alarm pretty easily - well sort of. It was in the storage room, the unfinished part of our basement which houses our furnace and sump pump. There are actually two alarms on the ceiling in there, about 2 feet apart. One is a standard hardwired unit, the other is part of the alarm system. So I stood there for ages, up on a chair between the alarms, listening. Which one was it? It was sure hard to tell! Oh well, I changed both their batteries, just in case. Chirp! I took apart the alarms, dusted them, checked the wires and put everything back. Chirp! I voiced my frustration to my husband. He changed the batteries. Chirp! Finally I unscrewed the things from the ceiling and totally disassembled them. We're talking naked wires hanging from the ceiling. The chirping continued! What?! How can a wire chirp? Did we have a haunted fire alarm? I wondered who I could call - my father-in-law, an electrician, a fireman? No, I couldn't - it's too embarrassing!

Fast forward 2 months. The chirping is still there. Frankly it has become a touchy subject in our house. I'm annoyed that my husband can't fix it. Our dog has been reduced trembling whimpers. The children have been avoiding the basement entirely. My right eye has developed a twitch.

Yesterday I had a new idea - maybe the alarm is chirping because it's been disabled. A failsafe chirp. Sort of a "You are not protected. Someone has ripped your fire alarm into pieces" warning. So last night, I went through the whole routine again. I installed new new batteries, inspected all the parts and pieces, wiggled wires, and put the alarms back up. As I listened for the telltale chirp, I heard it - a little closer to the ground then it had been before. I started looking around and focused on several storage boxes that were sitting, um, underneath the smoke alarms. There, hiding deep in a storage box, I discovered a third smoke detector, chirping. I rushed it from the room, put in a new battery and put it out in our garage. Far, far from me.

Ah, finally. Silence. Sweet, sweet silence.

By the way, this if you haven't changed your batteries on your smoke detectors, do so immediately. Not only might it save your life, it might save your sanity.

The Latest


Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to take photos in a brand new, beautiful house. The contractor hired me to document some of the features and details that went into this lovely home. I can't wait to post pictures, but I promised myself that I would editing finish poor, patient Rechelle's photos before I started playing with this new batch. (I'm almost done, Rechelle! There are just so many great shots...) So, in the meantime, picture in your head rich wood floors, stone arches, 3 fireplaces, thick warm carpet, beautiful tile work, a fabulous curving staircase and a master closet bigger than Master Munchkin's bedroom.

"O my leg!" (Does anyone know the reference for this? If you have an elementary school-aged child, you just might.) This week in Martial Arts class we did Wall Tortures. You stand against a wall and a partner "helps" stretch your leg up - basically to the point where you are not smiling any more. Then, after a proper front stretch, you turn to the side and do it again. Only this time, once your leg is as high as it goes, your partner lets go and you have to hold your leg up (by your own muscles) until the instructor lets you put it down. You know you want to try it. So, right now, head over to the nearest wall, stand sideways and lift one leg up higher than your waistline and hold it there. Till your muscles shake and you start to complain and sweat. Then hold it longer. It helps if you point your other heel away from the wall. Miss Munchkin loves these because she can get her foot almost as high as her head and, obviously, she likes to show off. Humph!

We had the first snowflakes of the season today.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sneak Peek II



Here are a few more of my favorites from our recent fun, fabulous photoshoot.

Random Ramblings


In a renewed effort to get in shape and loose that last 20 lbs, I've been stopping by the local community gym after dropping the kids off at school in the mornings. Yesterday went well - I "elipted" for 30 minutes on my favorite machine of torture. Today I worked with weights and targeted my arms. Right now, they are so shaky and tired that I can hardly lift my favorite cookie to my mouth. O the pain, the agony... :P

On the upside, I have a photoshoot on Thursday. Something entirely new for me - It's shooting a house, inside and out, for a local construction company, before the owners take possession. I am so excited!

This morning, Master Muchkin, being a 7 year old boy, asked me, "Why does shampoo have the word POO in it?" He sounded somewhat suspicious.

And Daylight Savings Time is still messing with me. I am ready for bed about 9-9:30 at night and wake up, ready to go, around 4 AM. Aughhhh!

It's a cold, wet, dreary day here. I just finished making a pot of tea and am off to spend some time post-processing Rechelle's photos.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Sneak Peek





I had a fun photoshoot this week. Here are some sneak peeks for CDW, who is probably hitting refresh even now...


Thursday, November 06, 2008

DH


My husband has lost around 40 lbs in the last few months. He started coming to Kickboxing class with me and has been counting calories. I wish I had his willpower! My sweet tooth keeps getting in the way. :P

Tact


Master Munchkin: Dad, would you like some of my Skittles?
Mr.: No thanks.
Master Munchkin: Yeah, they might make you fat.
Mr.: Hey, that's not a very nice thing to say...
Master Munchkin: (considering) They might make you un-gaunt.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Kelley


I wanted share this photographer with you. I love her work.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Another


I've got another Munchkin with the stomach flu. It's strange that they caught it almost a week apart. They don't spend much one-on-one time together so perhaps that's why. My hubby and I are still free and clear and, for that, I am feeling very grateful.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Another


Finished editing this Cutie's photos. I think mom will be happy. :)

Daylight Savings


I really dislike Daylight Savings Time. I am feeling quite disoriented; My coffee maker clock says 6 AM, my husband's clock says 7 and my bedside clock insists that it's 8! It's still dark out but Master Munchkin is already up and claiming, "I slept in". We accidentally kept him up an hour past his bedtime last night because, unbeknownst to us, Miss Munchkin had already set the clocks back. That might explain why he was yawning so much.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Buggy Blues


Buggy Blues, originally uploaded by MrsMama.

Each Fall our house is invaded by hundreds of Asian beetles. They look like harmless Lady Bugs, but they aren't. These guys can bite! They swarm our house and try to seep in every crack and entrance. I sat down on the front porch and had several on me within minutes.