Monday, May 30, 2011

Doing for me

I'm slowly starting to come to terms with my helicopter mom tendencies.  The realization that Kayla is nearly 2 years old and I have yet to spend a night away from her sort of forced me to take a look at how to fit myself in again.  When I first went back to work after my maternity leave was up, I often felt as though I had three full time jobs - wife, mom and employee - and I wasn't truly succeeding at any of them.  Now that I feel more like I have the home/work balance in check, I need to start doing some things for me. 

I finally ordered my 50mm prime lens for my camera.  A small thing, but very exciting.  I can't wait for it to get here.  Hell, I can't wait for the email that it shipped.  I decided to go with Nikon's newest - the f1.8G Nikkor.  It's a very reasonably priced AF-S lens  (I'm proud that I finally understand some of this photography jargon) and with the good reviews of the older f1.8, I couldn't justify the expense jump to the f1.4.  It's not like I'm a pro or anything... but it will be nice to have a new, faster lens to shoot with on the upcoming trips we have recently planned.  I just hope it arrives in time.  I'd hate to have to start scouring local camera shops if Amazon can't ship me mine in time for Kayla's birthday photos. 

In July we are acutally going to go away with some friends for a night.  We'll only be in Philly, a quick trip from here, but it will be nice to kick back and not worry about being home by X hour because I know I have to put Kayla to bed, or will have to get up with her the next morning.  I'm so excited to be able to relax a little more than usual, if you catch my drift.  I know Kayla is going to have a great time staying over with Pepere and Grammy Sue and Gracie. 

We hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend.  We're going to run some errands and then relax for the rest of our last day off! 

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Always Remember

Tonight was the first night in a while that we didn't have anything going on .  I took the opportunity to have some real cuddle/play time with Kayla.  I never want to forget how much fun it is to sit there with a giggling pile of blankets, pillows and stuffed anmials with some little toes sticking out from underneath;  how much it makes me laugh to watch her methodically strip all of the clothes off her Baby Stella only to hear her exclaim "Baby Bella!  Where clothes go?!?" in shock and horror; the way she giggles and exclaims "again!" when I do 'this little piggy' or peek out from behind a pillow and surprise her. 

Too often still I get wrapped up in the day to day stuff, and I worry that I'm going to lose sight of what really matters.  It's so easy to rush around trying to get things done and before you know it another week is gone...  maybe it's because we're down to 7 weeks to go until her second birthday... maybe I'm just having a (typical) sentimental moment. 

Either way, it's time for a break.  Counting down until vacation and some much needed de-stressing with the monkey. 

Monday, May 9, 2011

Found my favorite.

Some of you will recognize her, and know why she’s my favorite.  ;-)

Can I just say??

That I LOVE the Google Doodles today!  I really loved the Roger Hargreaves books when I was little, and I really hope to share them with Kayla someday.  Which was your favorite?

I don’t think I can pick!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Hope yours was as beautiful as ours. 

Mom, Sue, Darcy... thanks for everything you do.  We love you!