It has been a while since I have posted about my little ones, so this is for the family (and to save for years to come).
Maya is 14-months-old now. I would say that she could very well be the silliest kid in our family, but let's be honest, we are ALL extremely silly. That would be a tough competition. She really is hilarious though. She is repeating almost any word we tell her and is learning to show her frustration if she does not get what she wants quickly enough. Yay! A third ride into terrific toddlerhood! Hold on, everybody... we are in for a bumpy ride (particularly while these teeth are pushing their way through - ouch!).
Camden is the coolest 4-year-old I have ever known. (What do you expect coming from his own mother?) He still loves Cars, the movie + toys, but is not as fixated on Thomas & Friends as he used to be. We still play with them regularly though. He has been teaching himself to read, with the help of two great little cartoons called Super Why! and Word World on PBS Kids. I am so proud of him. I love his curiosity and open little mind. Poor guy - his hair is a bit whacky these days due to Mommy wanting it to grow out. He would be so awesome with long hair. Right? (And all of the grandparents yell "Nooooo!")
It's amazing how quickly time has flown by. This month last year is when I started venturing out to find an answer for Camden's difficulties. We had no idea that we would be led to his diagnosis of Autism. Next month makes one year that he has been receiving occupational therapy and his progress has been incredible! I definitely attribute a lot of that to starting him at such a young age. He still has things we will continue to work on, of course, but to see him doing so many things that he would/could not do a year ago is an amazing feeling. I am so proud of him! Let's move on before the tears start flowing...
Ella. My goodness, this girl keeps me on my toes! She gives the sweetest kisses and has the cutest pretend stories with her toys. She also loves to terrorize her brother and sister by pushing and stealing toys. Jeromy asked this morning if we should consider giving her up for adoption. She's just too cute. It is awfully hard to get her to keep clothes on though. I have a few new photos to add to her "Ella's Patterns" album over on the left. I will try to get to that today (not making any promises). Another funny tid bit is that every day she says "I'm going to dance cwass (class) water (later)!" The funny thing about that is we pulled her out of dancing class in October because she had a melt down every time we went. She loves to dance though, and loves her dancing clothes + shoes. I will probably put her in for the summer session and see if she handles it better.
I don't think I have mentioned this before now, but we had her evaluated over a period of months last year. We should be receiving her report soon. I am feeling a bit nervous about that, but I know it will be somewhat easier knowing what to expect regardless of the report. It will help knowing what to do next to help her in some areas. Plus, she is the strongest kid I know.
I will have a sneak peek this afternoon from a photo shoot I did this weekend. That's you, "J" and "T"!
ETA: If you are interested in booking a photo session with me and want to receive my intro rate of $100/session, you must book before the end of March. Contact me at 337-212-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to answer any questions!
How in the world does time pass so quickly when the days seem so long? I desperately want to post, but I am tired and seriously need rest. I will leave you with a few pictures though.
OH, before I forget... details about my photography coming up very soon. Stay posted!
I am having so much fun taking pictures of Maya lately. She just started walking and it hit me that she will be as big as Ella before I know it! I need to capture every moment that I can. I don't want to miss a thing. Who knows how much I will remember in the years to come... heck, I see pictures from last week of things that I already forgot happened. She was having so much fun with me today, too, and I kept reaching for that camera.
Also, her first birthday party was Sunday. Yes... already! It seems like last month she was only a twinkle in my heart. She had plenty of guests at her party and a bit of cake. Yummmmm!
Do you think she was enjoying herself? OH yeah.
ETA: Her birthday is actually this Saturday, the 24th.
After a crazy evening like tonight, only a huge smile like that can make me look forward to doing it all again tomorrow. Who wouldn't want to kiss all over my little, chunky Maya? So sweet & so fun lately!
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Do you ever let yourself get hung up on details? I do. A lot. My perfectionism can easily be translated into laziness, and quite often is . . . even by myself.
Ali Edwards came up with this neat little idea she calls daily something. I loved the idea and immediately felt compelled to grab something and pour out my creativity onto it. One little problem... I loved the raw feel of reusing envelopes like she was doing, but I wanted to come up with a unique canvas. So I decided I would think of something else to use. Four weeks later, I finally just pick up an envelope and create. My perfectionism robbed me of a month's worth of my own art. Sad, but true.
I think I'm really aware now that we have two princesses in the house, not just one. Up until now I have been referring to my children as "the kids" and "the baby" as if she is separate from my kids. Now that Maya's little personality is starting to show and she is crawling around the room, it seems more natural to include her in "the kids." I'm not so sure if I am ready for that!
We had a good day here today... no meltdowns (on either the children's part or mine). I am hoping to make tomorrow a more productive day though. Today I kept thinking of so many things that I wanted/needed to do, and didn't end up doing much of any of it. I was handing out my own guilt trip. I can't create my daily something, I have laundry to do. I can't scrapbook, I have floors to clean. I can't watch a movie, I need to figure out where Camden is going to school! I can't. I can't. I can't. UGH! Tomorrow I think I just WILL.
On a good note, my friend Jenny is coming over to visit again with her niece. They came over last weekend and we had such a fun time chatting. She is 9 weeks pregnant and I am already planning a fun photo shoot with the little darling. Yay!
I hope you all make tomorrow an exceptionally great day!
Believe it or not, I am still alive! I'm not sure if anyone still visits my blog anymore... you have probably all decided I must have forgotten about you, but the truth is I think about you every day. :)
These little munchkins have been challenging me for the past week or two, and I have had to use more time and energy to go toe-to-toe with them. A few other Moms I know have been dealing with the same things with some of their kids, too. Why do they seem to do this at the same time? There was a cluster of weeks (or was it months?) where I was having a more difficult time with Camden in the spring, and it seemed to be the case with other Moms then, too. Things that make you go hmmmm...
Speaking of going toe-to-toe, I feel like I am at battle with the school district. They are refusing to give Camden the services and support that he needs, despite the diagnoses he has received this summer. How is it that every where you read or hear about Autism, you hear early intervention is key, and yet I can not get the school system to help me provide that for my son? It blows my mind. The anger hits me in waves. Honestly, I feel pretty darn ready to move to a state where Camden can get what he needs and flourish. This post on Ali Edwards' blog, and the website of a program in Oregon that she linked to - EC Cares - had me weeping this evening. This is what I want for him... so badly!
Since I felt like I was spending way too much time on the phone at war, I wanted to make sure to fit in silly time. So I chased the kids into my room and we jumped and played on my bed. Of course, I propped up my leg to make a tent like a good Mommy while we all had a good giggle. These are the moments I want us all to remember when my children are grown. Scrapping this photo will definitely help with that.
Jeromy is offshore for work and I miss him so much. Who wouldn't miss a pretty face like that? We aren't able to call each other, so I'm not sure when he will be back. It should be some time before Tuesday is over. I think this photo of him is definitely scrap-worthy, too. Yum! hehe
My baby girl is getting so big! She is sitting up and crawling now. Noooooo! Someone freeze time please. Maybe her deliciously chunky thighs will at least slow her down. I sure have been nibbling on her an awful lot lately. I am completely enthralled by her.
I will leave you with a few pictures I took over the weekend. I hope you had a great one!
ETA: Anyone feel like making a new banner for my blog? No photo editing/creating software, and no working scanner here.
This is my favorite out of all of the photos I snapped at my niece Elexa's 2nd birthday party Saturday. I didn't pose her either. Isn't she adorable? And I just love the style and colors of the furniture and rug! The party was at her grandmother's house, and it's a beautiful home.
Here are a few more shots from the party:
I am coming to post with no particular subject in mind. I'm just so happy to be back that I couldn't wait to post again! My sweet Maya is getting so big. She will be 7 months soon. It's hard to believe how quickly her little life is already passing. The absolute best parts of my day definitely have to be when I make my babies laugh. I could quite possibly be the silliest Mommy alive. And I wouldn't have it any other way! Jeromy and I always said that our kids didn't stand a chance - at being normal (whatever "normal" may be) - and that always seemed great to me. I hope they make animal noises on their hands and knees while chasing their kids around, too.
I've got something else to say regarding the above photo... thank God for Picnik! Since I am without Paint Shop Pro that I have been using for ten years, I am lost. If I didn't have Picnik, I wouldn't know how in the world to edit my photos. I'm not too happy trying to figure out how to organize them on this Mac either. Hmmmm. I don't have enough brain power to think about that one any more tonight.
Well, if I don't write again this weekend, have a memorable Father's Day!
ETA: It's about time I update that banner. Don't ya think?