Saturday, January 24, 2015

Model in the making

Nicole had her first stint as a model today. A friend in my ward dabbles in photography and wanted some practice taking baby pictures with her new props... and I just so happen to have a baby ;) Nicole was more well-behaved than I expected her to be, that's for sure.

Here are a few of the teeny, tiny, close-up details from the session:

I'll have a couple full-body shots later when they're edited :)
I love those tiny baby fingers and toes!

Sunday, January 18, 2015


Blurry camera phone pic: courtesy of Instagram. Feel free to follow along because I'm going to start working on my insta-photo quality soon, so my account will be a little more aesthetically pleasing (and used more often) then it has been so far.

Give me another week or two and I'll be able to get back to the blogosphere with a bit more regularity. Think of it as partial "maternity leave" from my blog. The fact that it's winter and too cold to take the baby anywhere very often doesn't help with the whole "postable content" issue either.

Spring! Come quickly!

Meanwhile, the cute little chunk pictured above started rolling from tummy to back yesterday. I'm pretty sure my voice went up 3 octaves from excitement the first time she did it. I got a video of it later in the evening, and I'll put the video in this post, but it might be better to just watch it on Youtube. Meh. She's getting so big!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Little Things - Priorities

One thing that is great about caring full-time for a first-born child is that you get a lot of opportunities (while the baby is eating... and eating... and eating again) to ponder. And I find myself pondering and appreciating the small things.

Getting fresh air outside after sitting so long in a stuffy apartment.
Nicole's little fists twitching back and forth when she stretches.
Doug coming home earlier than I expect.
The mountains turning pink in the brilliant sunsets caused by the inversion air.
Warm showers.
Slippers and sweatpants.
The way this girl stares dramatically off to the side as if she's a model or something:

The little things give my life color and meaning. So, this year I'm going to pay more attention to those little things; the small moments that enrich my life. My priorities get flipped so often because of getting caught up in popular culture, as well as from beating myself up because my little existence doesn't even begin to compare to the picture-perfect images that everyone shares of their own lives around the blogging world. I have to remind myself not to lose sight of what matters.

It's one of the curses of the internet. You only see what other people want you to see. Comparison is never healthy, and nobody's life is perfect.

So... here's to priorities! To family, to self, to God, to improving by my own measuring stick rather than by everyone else's!