Thursday, December 31, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
noah's fire playhouse set "from santa
one his favorite gifts! from mom& dad! his exact words were, "i wuv it! tank youuuuu"
spoiled! from mum-mum & poly :-) he got a harley motorcycle
both boys will enjoy this one! from grandma & papa charfauros!
the hug! after he opened his gift and discovered . . . .
the xbox 360! lucky, lucky boy!
madden 10 from uncle kelly!
all their gifts! whew! they are very lucky boys!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
i'm so looking forward to the new year! i love fresh starts and i've decided to start my project life tomorrow. that is a photo a day. and i know, i know i tried doing it for a week a while back ago and failed - but this time (since i won that project life kit!) i'm gonna try and stick with it. i'm super excited to document a year of my life through pictures and journaling . . . it should be fun. and i'm gonna try and take a photo a day - but if i don't - i'm not gonna give up. i'm just gonna try and take pictures that represent moments and memories that represent what my life is about at this very moment in time!
i'm gonna try and create a new look for my blog within the next week. new banner and template. . . . in light of the new year.
okee dokee! i'll post tomorrow with my first photo for my project life album!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
yesterday was another long day. i was out of the house by 10am and home by 4pm and back out of the house around 630pm and home again by 745pm. then i stayed up and wrapped gifts with nicholas and aaliyah, (noah was sleeping). and i've finished everything - all the wrapping and although i'm exhausted; i feel so accomplished!
i can't wait to see noah's face when he gets to open his presents! he's so used to going to the stores and "just looking" and to have gifts to unwrap that are toys that he always "looks" at is going to be so exciting to watch! this age is so much fun!
and last night, nicholas was watching me wrap his brother's gifts and he was like, "dang mom, noah has alot of gifts! there's not even one for me under the tree." he didn't say it in a mean or ugly way - more like a statement. nicholas is not the jealous "big brother" type at all. (thank God for that!) but the boys both got the same amount of gifts from us - 1 each from mom & dad and 1 from santa. i just happened to be wrapping noah's gifts from his grandma and uncle kelly. nicholas knows that some of his gifts are monetary. but all in all he was a good sport. and come christmas morning - i'm pretty sure he's going to be one happy boy!
this morning i'm going to make my pumpkin gooey cakes. yumO! easy process, easy clean-up, but absolutely delicious!
well the kids are up and about. better get the day started!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
i can't believe that christmas is the day after tomorrow and i haven't wrapped one gift yet! boy i sure am behind. not to mention, i still have some shopping to finish up today. oh my goodness.
last night we went out for dinner - what a treat! but it reminds me of how much love goes into our home cooked meals. i am thankful and grateful that we're not raising our kids on restaurant food.
i don't have much to write about - well actually i do. but just kinda not in the mood to. sorry. but to ease my mind . . . here's what's whirling in my head right now:
- shop for gifts for, Justin, Aaliyah, Joesiah, Marissa, Kim & Seressa
- finish buying "white elephant" present (the joy of gift cards!)
- buy table cloths and center pieces for christmas dinner
- paper products and food list
- wrap gifts
- clean house
- AND BE MERRY & BRIGHT!
off to wrap some gifts, and create a "game plan" list for today!!!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
here's a picture of that handsome 11 year old boy that made his mama so mad lastnight i thought i was going to punch his lights out! i didn't of course :0)
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
and now i'm writing out my list for our christmas dinner. we'll be hosting it this year (again). and i don't mind, but it does get kinda stressful. especially since this weekend, instead of shopping and preparing our house for the gathering we'll be spending it all (both sat & sun) day at the baseball field. and although i do love to watch nicholas play - oh my there are so many things that need tending too! so that makes for a busy week this week and next!
not to mention that yesterday i started to feel as if i was coming down with something. so i stepped away from the housework took some meds and just rested. and i feel better today, but still kinda yucky!
and i'd thought i'd share some photos of how it's beginning to look alot like christmas around here at our house: enjoy!
a treasure craft that nicholas made in pre-schoolour tree
another treasure that nicholas made!
photo of our boys and fireman santa!
cermic set that my mom made (way back when i was little) i love it!
noah in his chrismas jammies!
front entry table. gold chrismas tree is a garage find for $1!
and that's it! that our cozy lil' home with bits of history strung around our house. maybe that's why i love pulling out our christmas decor every year. it's kinda like walking down memory lane. hope everyone is having a happy week in preparing for the upcoming christmas holiday.
merry wishes your way!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
the laughter of my children
the prescense of my husband
the sound of nicholas playing the ukulele
my camera & taking pictures
and. . . praying.
when i pray i'm always asking God for something. to help me, to guide me, to take care of me and my family. i feel like i'm always asking for something. is this bad? i never forget to thank Him for all that he has blessed me with. because i am blessed. i am blessed with so many wonderful things in my life. but still i ache for guidance in making the right choices in all the things in my life. i still ache to have His hand to hold when i feel like it's too much to hold back the tears. but i feel sad sometimes, because although i never fail to be thankful to Him for all that he has given me - sometimes i get carried away and caught up when things are going just the way i want; i fail to recognize Him in my life the way that i do when i am lost, lonely, or in need. this makes me feel awful. it makes me ashamed that i could get carried away like that. it makes me feel half empty at times.
i haven't been in the holiday spirit. even though our house is all decked out and noah looks so excited all the time to see the lights and the tree. he really loves all the "fluff" around the house. nicholas is excited too!
that's it. the update on the interview.
we took a picture of nicholas and his birthday cake. i'll post it later. i'm on jay's laptop right now and i don't have access to my photos from here.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
today nicholas is officially an 11 year old boy! wow - it's really hard to believe. it really does go by so fast. i am so proud of him and so proud to be his mom. it's so hard raising children - one of the toughest things but it is also very rewarding. everytime i look at him my heart swells with pride. so happy birthday nicholas. i love you son!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
here are two that i worked on. i worked on two more but after reviewing it, i think it needs a little more editting.
i love the deep green in this photo of nicholas.
i gotta work on getting that look with this photo of noah.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
while noah was napping yesterday i took a nap too. nice. not normal for me, but i needed it. when he woke up i heard him calling for me, when i went to go check on him and asked if he was done napping he said this to me, "i just laying here telling myself a story." i smiled and asked, "you told yourself a story? what was your story about?" his reply, "once a time there was a wil boy named . . . " i ask him, "what was the little boys name in your story?" he said with the most adorable smile on his face, "noah john charfauros mommy!" and he said it so matter-of-fact! i love him to pieces. he may drive me crazy but he is one cute kid! i am so blessed.
this photo was taken a week or so ago. i was testing out my tripod and noah and i got to be silly in front of the camera.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
we're scaling back this christmas with the amount of gifts we are giving our two boys. truthfully this year has been a little rough when it comes to the "extra's" in our day to day life. and at first i was sad, but my kids are fortunate to be celebrating this beautiful holiday season surrounded by the love of family. what they receive as gifts, they should and will be grateful for. this has been a topic jay and i have discussed and explored in the past; you see we spent our childhood christmas's differently. my childhood was filled with gifts galore; my mom has always been that way! we always had "one big gift" (be it size/expense) and then serveral small things to open up! because truthfully, don't we all love to unwrap a special surprise. my mom did that, and she still does . . . and it's still as special as ever. jay's childhood was different; they received one gift from their parents and it was special to him too! he was grateful to have a gift and for that he has grown up a humble, grateful man. and so between the two of us we have come to a compromise. three gifts max. one from mom & dad, one from brother, and one from santa. and yes i do santa here in our home. you see i believe that santa brings a little magic to a child's world . . . and they should have that magic. afterall they're children; they have their whole lives ahead of them to live in this great big "serious world." but they also know that this holdiday is celebrated because of the birth of Jesus.
we will also be celebrating the christmas holiday here at our house. my kids are so excited about it. and i am too, especially after i decided to scale back on my menu too. we're going traditional this year . . .well except for red rice and mom's spinach :0) gotta have those two. everything else will be traditional.
i'm toying with the idea with starting up my own photography business. hmmm. . . .i really dislike saying business. it sounds so formal, so impersonal. i am an amateur at best and i have so much to learn still. especially in the editing dept. but i have such a passion for photos, for taking them, looking at them, and experiencing the dynamic of relationships between people that bring out love & life! it's a thought for 2010 . . . and of course i'd be competitive in my fees because i'd be learning along the way.
with that said, here are some photos i took of nicholas & noah last week. they were pretty cooperative - because usually they are not! i'm a mama with a passion for pictures and capturing the moment and my kids don't like to be in front of the camera :0( sad huh.