Sunday, January 17, 2010

Random Weekend Thoughts

*Warning* This weekends random thoughts are especially random! My thoughts are all over the place! So here we go!

1. Even almost a week later, I still can't wrap my head around all the has happened in Haiti! My family has a special tie to Haiti, my mom is the Executive Director of Haitian Ministries and she travels there numerous times a year. In fact she was scheduled to be there this past week with a group of UCONN students and the trip was cancelled because my dad needed foot surgery. Thank goodness for the angel that was watching out for my mom (and the group!) The mission house in Port-au-Prince was destroyed in the earthquake and they had three staff members trapped in the rubble and their daytime guard is still missing! The three staff members were rescued after 3 other staff members dug through the rubble by hand!

2. Did you know:

*For any child in Haiti older than 18 months of age, this is the 5th natural disaster that they have survived!

*38% of the population in Haiti is under 18 old!

*10% of children in Haiti are restaveks (slaves!)

*Before the earthquake there were an estimated 400,000 orphan's in Haiti; a nation of orphans!

*Operation Pedro Pan is a possible operation to bring Haitian orphans out of Haiti to the United States to be adopted. It is formatted and named after the same mission performed in Cuba.

*May GOD bless the littlest victims of this tragedy!

3. Okay, I told you I was all over the place, so switch gears! I am sitting on the couch relaxing trying to relax and looking through the recent Pottery Barn getting a major case of Spring Fever! I am NOT a fan of winter and I especially don't like the wintry mix that we have been getting this winter!

4.Yesterday I finally took down all of Christmas, except for the Tree! Tomorrow I will tackle the tree and have Matt take it down when he gets home next weekend.  I have had fun rearranging and sprucing up the house! I am also trying to be a little more minimalist in what I put out. I am liking it, a lot *grin*!

5. This week I launched my new Sialia Photography website I am so excited about it! Don't get me wrong, I loved my old website, but it was time to update. Check it out, I would love to know what you think!

6.Time to switch those gears again! Have you ever thought of adoption? We have been, don't think I am crazy and this isn't something that we are rushing out the door to go do, but it is something that we are giving a lot of thought to. We are especially thinking of Haiti, this has been the country that we have thought of for a while (because of my moms involvement.) We'll have to see how things go.  There are some things that we would like to have in place before we do more.

7. We are thinking of moving back out towards where our families live.  Right now, we are an hour and a half from family! It is too far! Matt has been researching homes in the area where our family lives and I can't believe how much the cost of housing has come down in that area! I just hope that our house hasn't taken too much of a hit!

8. I don't have a green thumb! Just ask my mom, she'll tell you! But this winter I am trying my had a forcing some bulbs. Mainly sparked by a parent at school who gave me one already started.  Tomorrow I am starting some paperwhites and hyacinths.  I just wish that there was a way to keep them from bending towards the light!

9. A couple of months ago, we switched Jack to a Toddler bed and it has been going great! Until this last week and he has been waking up a couple of times a night and coming into our room and getting into bed! Ugh!!! So, the other night I set up the pack-n-play and he has been sleeping in there.  I hope that this is just a phase and that I will be able to transition him back into the big boy bed sooner than later, but I just can't take getting up during the middle of the night!

10. Okay, now that I have given you all whiplash, I am done! I hope that you all have a wonderful week!

Monday, December 28, 2009

i ♥ faces ~ Hillarious Outtakes

This week over at i ♥ faces it is "Hillarious Outtakes" week. When I first heard this weeks topic, I knew just which pictures I wanted to use! It had to be the pictures from when I tried to get the kids pictures for our Christmas cards! I had tried before and it was a disaster. Their clothes didn't fit and I need to put it off. Well, I put it off until the very last possible minute and the weather wasn't great outside and I needed to shoot indoors on a backdrop, which isn't my favorite or older kids. So here are the outtakes. If you want to see the ones that made our card, then go here.

Now, that you have checked out my outtakes, make sure you head over to i ♥ faces by clicking on the above button and see all the others!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Our Christmas Cards Have Landed...

So, at this point I know that our Christmas card has landed, so I wanted to share it with you and wish you ALL a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Inside Left

Inside Right


Big Snow... That Wasn't

So, this past weekend, we were under a weather alert for BIG snow. It was supposed to be a Nor' Easter with the shoreline getting the brunt of the storm at 2++ ft and we in the hills who usually get more were supposed to get 6-8 in. and we ended up getting a measly 2+ inches. But, no matter how much we got, the kids loved playing in it and it was one of those wonderful fluffy western snows! Now, my parents on the other hand who are on the shoreline they got 24+ inches!

So here is the story of our day in photos.

Jack loved stomping the snow off of his boots!

No fear! Sledding down our steep hill with Daddy on the big kid sled!

Ugh! You mean I have to walk back up that hill!

Allies turn down the big hill! Notice her eyes are closed!

She loves to go down, but only with her eyes closed!

I just love this smile!

Helping Daddy shovel!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Jack the Big Boy!

Jack is such a big boy! This past week we have started switching Jack into a "big boy" bed! I am happy to say that it has gone really well! The first couple of nights we had him sleeping on his crib mattress on the floor next to his crib. It has been going great, so yesterday when I was at Once Upon a Child dropping off toys to resell and found a toddler bed, I bought it for him. So as of last night he is now sleeping in a big boy bed and for now his crib is in pieces in the kitchen, until I can bring it down to Once Upon a Child to resell it.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Allie's Winter School Concet

Allie had her Winter Concert on Thursday and I have to admit, that it was SO cute! She has been talking about this for weeks and practicing all the time. They sang 4 songs and then they had CAKE! Allie was just as excited about the cake as she was the concert itself! I also took video and I will put the video up here as soon as Matt can get it ready for me. I hate to admit it but I don't know how to get the video off of the FLIP without messing it up first.

Monday, November 30, 2009

"Not Me" Monday

Well, I haven't done one of these in FOREVER but I totally felt like today was a good day to do one!

I did not wake up this morning at 5:30 and still end up a half hour behind schedule! NO NOT ME!!!!

I did not think about calling out sick today, just to have one more day at home! Nope, not me!

And I certainly didn't think that I would send the kids to school if I stayed home, just so that I could have some quiet time to myself, that wasn't late at night to get things done around the house! No way, not me!

I did not have the realization this weekend that my husband was going away for his week of work in GA and realize, WHAT WILL I DO IF THE WOMAN I AM SUPPOSED TO PHOTOGRAPH HER BIRTH GOES INTO LABOR?!?! Nope, I am way more prepared than that!

I am not STILL trying to get the perfect shot of my kids for our Christmas cards! No way, I am not that much of a perfectionist!

I did not tell my 4 1/2 year old daughter this morning that she needed to behave better or that Santa wouldn't bring her what she wants for Christmas! I can keep my cool way better than that!

I have not been thinking all day about the end of the day and counting how many more days until Christmas vacation! Nope, not me!

Oh, and I certainly did not get up at 4:30 a.m. on Black Friday to meet my friend Melissa at the mall to do Christmas shopping! Nope!

So you know the drill head over to MckMama's and check out what everyone else didn't do!