Friday, July 29, 2011
It's so cute to watch a toy be used by each of my kids. And now a little girl in her own little house!
And of course my water obsessed little girl loved the fact that mommy put water in the sink!
Thursday, July 28, 2011
I had the pleasure of shooting this family for the second time a couple of weeks ago. I did her maternity shoot and now it was time to meet this precious little boy. I love babies! Here are just a few from the shoot.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
We have been going through testing for Boston because I was almost positive he had a severe case of ADHD. We tried everything all natural last school year (including gfcf) but nothing helped at all. I was convinced that he would need to go on medication in order to function and get anything done at school. He is a great boy and everyone loves him but the poor child just can't keep focused and keep still for the life of him. Someday he will be able to channel that into something and be uber successful....but until that time I needed to figure out how to help him be able to do the best he can in school.
My pediatrician wanted us to just put him on meds right away. No questions asked. But inside me, my motherly instinct said I needed to dig deeper to be sure that medication was the best route. The only thing I knew to do was to go to Dallas' neurologist because I knew she could get me in with the Neuropsychologist I loved so much that diagnosed Dallas. I also had the teachers and some staff hinting that there were some social issues going on with him. I knew when they mentioned it that it could mean Aspergers (especially with all his stemming- for him stemming is the typical jumping and flapping his arms that a lot of kids with Autistic Spectrum do.) But honestly I really didn't think he had Aspergers because to me Dallas and him are so different.
Making this long, long story shorter: after Neurologist visits, 3 visits with neuropsychologist (including an evaluation that took the whole day) he was diagnosed Aspergers. I was shocked in so many ways but then after it settled in and the psychologist was explaining things all the dots started to connect and I felt like I finally understood him better than ever.
It doesn't change him, it doesn't change his future, it just means that I can understand him better and we can help him to understand the world better.
From a mothers perspective it was the harder diagnosis. It's not like finding out your child has ADHD and you can use medication to help him. This one means your road down parenting isn't the rocky one that most people go on but one that includes a bolder, snow, ice, floods, and a mountain. It's still beautiful but you have to be prepared for anything. Things are always changing and you have to think outside the box. You can't do things like all the other parents do. You will be judged. You will feel like you are failing. But somewhere down the road there will be much reward. And I have to keep moving on knowing that.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Don't believe me....here's a few before and afters
Saturday, July 23, 2011
And here is the sweetest little owl!She loved her toes and fingers in the yarn.
We had to do the shoot inside because the mosquitoes were insane outside.Yes I know I'm so prettyAnd thanks it mom. I'm done. Can I run around with the boys now and stop being so pretty.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Boston complained about a stomach ache at the end of the session. The space shuttle was going up for the last time and we were rushing to get home to see it. I had wanted badly to drive over to let the kids see it up close and personal like I have so many times but the idea of spending many hours in traffic wasn't appealing. And I was sad that, just like the last launch, there were lots of clouds in the sky so they wouldn't be able to see it go up. But we rushed home to see it on the tv and run outside to see if we could see at least a little bit. No such luck. But they were super excited to witness it on tv like the rest of the country.
Right after the launch Boston got more sick. He was running a fever and a few hours later the throw up started. Poor guy. This 24 hour bug seems to be going around here so much and our poor family keeps getting it and spreading it amongst all of us.
Our sweet cat Memphis crawled up on Boston to comfort him.
On Saturday Boston was doing much better and by the later afternoon he was begging to go to Universal Studios. So we loaded everyone up and headed to the park. But once we were in the park at the fun ball playground I noticed that Sydney was pretty lethargic and warm. I headed back to the stroller when Dallas grabbed me and said he was really hot. So he went with me and then I noticed he felt really warm as well. I popped out the thermometer and sure enough they both had fevers. So we packed up the crew and headed back home.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
I also replaced my white dry erase board for this sleek, fun, flat chalk board from the contact paper. Now it fits in with my Tuscan theme kitchen more than the big white board.
And here's a shot of our kitchen. It's been a slow and long transformation. It used to have green counters and wood cabinets. I LOVE paint. With it you can transform anything for very little cost.
Below you can see the table that sits our big family for meals. There used to be a green table attached to the wall with 4 green chairs. The old owner was obsessed with green. Our carpet is green and the fans used to be green. The last green left is the carpet in the house. One day....
Below is another new addition Sean added a few months ago that I don't know how I lived without! Now I have more space in my cabinets and I'm not having to rummage through a ton of pots to find the right one and then go looking for the matching top. Below it you will notice the Menu I designed for my family. To see more about it go here. I used to have it hanging on the wall but recently put it in a recipe holder instead.
Monday, July 11, 2011
You can click on the design above or get there by typing in http://www.cricketsphotoart.com/
And thank you to all my sweet clients for calling on me over and over again and for all the referrals. It feels so special to be blessed to take pictures of all your special moments in your lives.
I love this picture for several reasons: Asher's smile, the fact that he is eating instead of helping, and that Boston is pounding the heck out of his dough.
Dallas working with super hero focus to get them just right.
And here they are getting ready to go into the oven.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Dallas was going to go tubing in the 3 man tub but decided against it at the last minute. He did do it last summer but doesn't really remember.
Sydney enjoyed another day of fun in the sun, sand and water.
Asher swimming his little heart out
Daddy's little girl
My cousin Trisha (who was a bridesmaid in my wedding) meeting Sydney for the first time.
Poor little Asher was exhausted from all the activities for the last few days and crashed before dinner with a little tummy ache. And he managed to sleep in the midst of all the crazy noise going on around him and in the room we had the Casey Anthony trail playing on the tv. I had to wake him up for the family photo and fireworks (and if you look at the first picture above you can see how tired he is.)