Thursday, December 8, 2011

Max ruined my candle

My adorable 1 year old son is amazing. He truly is. He can even climb onto the couch all by himself, climb onto my kitchen island from the couch, and then play in my FAVORITE B&BW candle (which was NOT cheap), and then ruin my good pen, and quite a few of my adorable mini ornaments. Not to mention the delicious ice water with lemon that I was drinking.


But how could you get mad at that adorable smile?? I ask you, how??

Monday, November 28, 2011

Colton LaVar Ficklin

Oh my goodness! Where to start?? This adorable baby is Colton... he's about a month old and just the sweetest thing.. He belongs to my brother Chase and his wife Sammy! They were nice enough to let me take pictures of him... and I think that some of them turned out pretty cute. I'm still trying to figure out my camera so I'm glad that they had patience with me as we tried to get some good shots.. He's well past the newborn phase, but we still got some sleepy pics! Yay!!

Thanks again Chase and Sam, he's a doll!! I can't wait to see him again!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Yellow Rose Scarf

I know I've been a little skimpy on the blogging lately, but I've been crafting like crazy!!! Here's my latest project!! It's so cuddly and soft! I'm so excited to wear it!!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Cameras, all kinds of cameras

Well, I guess I did it. I joined the cool crowd. I bought my self a fancy DSLR camera. Well, actually, I bought myself TWO.

Yes, you read right. I bought T.W.O. Nikon DSLR cameras.

Let me fill you in on the rest of the story...

I live in Lewiston. My sis-in-law Heidi lives in Lewiston. She owns a fancy camera, and takes fancy pictures, and makes money at it. I don't own a fancy camera, I can't take fancy pictures, and I don't make any money at it. I do however, have a looming Dental School Debt that *hopefully* begins next year.
Scratch that -- with all the applications and the one interview we've done, it's already begun, and we're not even in school yet.
I do have an etsy shop - and I do make, I think, a pretty good amount of money at it. I also teach piano lessons and I'm pretty sure I do okay there too. But... being married to Kyle, I've learned over the last 2.5 years to pay attention to my finances. I know, I know. Don't ask why I never did it before, I didn't have a child, husband, or normal life bills to pay before I got married. And subsequently, it never crossed my mind.
And while Kyle and I don't really spend money except for on what we need (he's better at it than me) we still are not as financially stable as either would like to be. (and we probably won't be until he's a dentist - but for now - at this point in our lives, we're not quite there.) so I needed a way to be able to make more money.

*light bulb*

HEIDI!!! She takes beautiful pictures and knows how to work a camera and figure out everything about that...and I live right next to her!! GENIUS. PLUS, she offered to help. Saint-like if you ask me because I'm not the easiest person in the world to work with. Anywho, she offered to help and I accepted. Only problem, I don't own a camera.

But I knew what I needed to get. so I bought a lens... Nikkor 50mm F1.8 and after doing all my research and listening to Heidi's advice I finally settled on a camera I THOUGHT would work for me.
Enter *Ebay* - oh goodness. It's wondrous if you know how to use it and crappy if you don't. After losing about 3 cameras to other *Ebay* aficionados that actually knew how to use the site, I finally bought my Nikon D5000. Woo hoo!! So excited UNTIL the dumb thing actually arrived. It worked beautifully, but just not with my lens. Which apparently wasn't compatible with that type of camera. Awesome. I just spent all that crapping money on a camera and it doesn't even work with my lens. Apparently, I missed the little part about what lenses work with what cameras in all that research I did. INSERT FEELING LIKE AN IDIOT HERE. Thank goodness that I had bought the camera from a company and not a person that accepted returns. So I returned the crapping thing and had to set off to buy another one. Enter the Nikon d90. Heidi owns the d80 and the d7000 and the Nikon d90 is right in between the two so I figure that's a good one to buy. She will know how to work it. More importantly, it's compatible with the lens that I've already bought... and can't return.

Very long, boring, story short. I bought my Nikon d90, returned the Nikon d5000 and am now qualified to give a review on the d5000, being a previous owner and all.

I'm sure it's a wonderful camera, but I think it's dumb.

Let's hope the Nikon d90 works out better for me. Or I may just return it and never buy another camera. EVER.

Until later, when I can really afford one.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Max's One Year Photo Shoot

my baby is 1.

I love these pictures! I wish he would have maybe sat
still a little more but then that wouldn't have captured him at all.
He is such a mover!!!

love this boy!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

My Baby Boy

Tonight I was particularly nostalgic as I cuddled my one year old son on the couch... two hours after bedtime, because I couldn't bear to put him to bed today. He was so cuddly and playful tonight, so I let him stay up and we just laid on the floor and played. I can't believe it's been a year since he was born. It makes me want to cry to think about how fast time is going by...oh, I'm turning into my mother. I thought I would share with you some of the best moments of today, a year ago. It was the scariest, hardest, most painful, intimidating thing I have ever done in my short little life, and it was the most beautiful moment as well.

Neil L. Anderson, of the quorumn of the Twelve Apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints said "We hold in our arms the rising generation. They come to this earth with important responsibilities and great spiritual capacities." It has been my divine right this last year to hold such a child in my arms, to feel - on a daily basis - the love of my Heavenly Father, and the peaceful, happy Spirit that He can bring into our homes. I feel so blessed.

So this is where I was a year ago. I was fortunate enough to have my sister-in-law (a photographer) there to capture this beautiful time in my life. Here are some of the pictures she took.

Happy Birthday baby boy!

I love you to the moon and back.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

What do you get?

What do you get when you put two women together, give them 24 water bottles, a box of food coloring, and it's 2 in the morning?

This. You get this.

24 water bottles with various shades of every color we could think of. Minus Black. Because we couldn't for the life of us figure out how to make it. Every time we put all the colors together, it made brown. Then we took a black sharpie apart and put the ink in one of the bottles, but it just turned purple. Then I decided to fill some mason jars with colored water and put it on my window sill in my kitchen.

Why? I don't know. It was 2 a.m.

But holy cow, we had a blast.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Weekly Wednesday #5

Who doesn't love a good statement necklace??

This week I attempted some jewelry.- what do you think??

My Version:

What do you think?

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Max and his Toilet Paper

I'm glad someone had fun today.

46 Weeks

I can't believe my baby is almost a year old.

Where has the time gone?

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Weekly Wednesday #4

This week's craft was clothes for my baby...and some other babies.
But this is one shirt I made Max.

I love it!!
And it wasn't that hard, I got some onsies
and started puff painting away.

I actually really like the results.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Wasps Suck

Well, tonight would have been awesome playing out in the yard...
except for the fact that Max got stung in the ear.
wowza. I haven't even been stung in the ear.

see here.. see how it swelled??

But It's ok. Because two seconds later, he turned and smiled at me,
and check out the cute picture I got.

what a stud.

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Nicest Thing

People say the nicest things sometimes. I got to do a musical number in my ward two Sundays ago and it was wonderful! I love playing the piano so it was nice to be able to. I played "I Need Thee Every Hour". People told me they thought it was pretty, which is pretty typical in the church, and that was that. It was nothing special and I didn't think it made a particularly big impact on anybody.

I thought that until yesterday in church, an older man, who I've never spoken to, and rarely seen handed me the back of a notebook on which he had written me a poem. It was the sweetest thing, and it made me cry. There's just something to knowing that something you did brought about the Spirit. Oh, how I love this church.

In case you can't read the picture:

The Piano
by: Boyd Ricks
21 Aug. 2011

There is a piano made of wood by human hands
in our Church dedicated to the worship of God
Most of the time it is alone and silently awaits
to please the ear, gladden the heart, and prepare us to pray
A young daughter of the Lord did sojourn there
on this sacred day
Quietly, with full purpose of heart
prepared a melody to play
Immediately I recognized the tune
as sweet music filled the air
I listened as she continued in the tapestry of the heart
not alone with my ear, but with the very core of my heart
Never had I needed my Savior more then at that very hour
I wished I was dressed in white and softly said a prayer
The last time I heard music so full of power
we all were
at the very source of Celestial Light
There is a piano made of wood by human hands
In our church dedicated to the worship of God
It might stand alone tonight
But earlier today, wrought spiritual delight

I hope that you were able to feel our Heavenly Father's love for you yesterday. It is one of our great joys and privileges in life to be able to do so!


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Weekly Wednesday #3

I know, I know. I'm posting this a day early, but that's because it's already been done and worn out in public. This weeks Weekly Wednesday Craft was all about clothing!!

My first project was a skirt. I took a page out of this girls book...

And made myself this...

Seriously, little miss Leanne over there at Elle Apparel makes some B-E-A-U-TIFUL things!! I want to make everything she makes. I hope I get around to it eventually.

My second project was for my babe. He needed an outfit to wear on Sunday, and because I woke up at 5am for no reason Sunday morning, I thought "why not". So I made him an adorable little vest and matching tie. It. Was. Awesome.

BONUS: they're reversible!!

love it.

I hope you made some lovely things this week!