Friday, March 02, 2012

Music Man

Caleb had his first piano lesson tonight! He seemed to have fun, and the piano teacher is very enthusiastic, fun and patient and perfect for Caleb.

This was taken through the studio door.

First Piano Lesson

I hope he continues to enjoy it! :)

Thursday, March 01, 2012

February Photo A Day - All The Rest!

Capping off my leap day with catch up on the last of the Fat Mum Slim's February Photo a Day challenge.

Friday - Inside your bathroom cabinet. This is actually a sliding shelf unit that fits right in between our cabinets and the wall. (What's up with not just carrying the cabinets all the way to the wall, builders?)


Saturday - Green. This was some cilantro I chopped up for dinner. How much do I love cilantro? How did I live so many years without eating it on a regular basis?


Sunday - Night. A streetlight in our neighborhood.


Monday - Something you ate. My friend Liz posted this recipe to her blog, Butter and Onions, and this is my second time making it. I LOVE it. Asian Chicken Noodle Soup. Easy and delicious!


Tuesday - Money. This is my emergency caffeine stash at work.


And finally, today! I've been enjoying this song. :)


Okay! There! Not exactly posted every day, but a picture for every day of February! Yay me. :)

Friday, February 24, 2012

February Photo a Day - Work, Shoe

For yesterday's photo theme, where I work, I submit the full color marquee that everyone sees as they drive onto post.


Did you know that Fort Jackson graduates more than 50% of incoming soldiers every year? Roughly 1,000 soldiers graduated Basic Training every week! So Wednesdays (family day) and Thursdays (graduation day) are busy days on post. As in, don't bother trying to eat at the PX. And definitely get gas at the small shoppette.

Anyway, it took me a while to get used to working for the Army. Having grown up an Air Force brat and then marrying into the AF, it was a difficult transition. But I enjoy my job and my coworkers and am proud to serve soldiers at Fort Jackson in the tiny capacity that I do! After all, Victory Starts Here! (Sorry. I couldn't resist.)

For today's theme, Shoes, here is the pair of sparkly flats that I wear probably more than any other shoe. I got them last summer on sale at Dress Barn. They are starting to get a little worn out though, so it may be time to invest in another pair of every day flats.

Sparkly Shoe

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

February Photo A Day - Drink, Hate, Handwriting, Fave

I'm actually doing well at taking my daily photos. However, I'm pretty lousy at making the time to upload them. FatMumSlim has a March Photo a Day challenge I'd like to participate in, but I might have to rethink my strategy. It's just not realistic for me to blog daily.

Having said that, let me catch up on the February Photo A Day challenge!

For the 18th, Drink, here is my morning cuppa from this past Saturday. I'm not sure how I ever functioned before PG Tips.


For the 19th, Something You Hate to Do, here are the burnt pancakes I made for my family. I consider myself a pretty decent home chef, but for some reason, I straight suck at making pancakes.

Burnt Pancakes

It's kind of a rubbish picture, and I almost did some editing. Then I thought, "The pancakes sucked. Why shouldn't the picture?"

For the 20th, Handwriting, here is a snapshot of some notes of mine at work. When I put my mind to it, I have pretty decent handwriting. I actually hand addressed all of our wedding invites. And to blatantly toot my own horn, I think I did a good job! But my day-to-day handwriting is nothing specialy. Some days it's barely legible.


And for today, A Fave Photo of You, here is a self-portrait taken while laying beneath the Chicago bean. A great trip, and one of my favorite pictures of myself. I think it pretty much sums up exactly who I am, which is mostly just a big goof in a hoodie.


Saturday, February 18, 2012

February Photo A Day - Time

It's been a long week. Lots of late nights between Valentine's Day prep and the Quicken transition. So I was happy it was Friday. Especially since Monday is a holiday! Thank you, presidents!


I had a short day already because I was out in the morning accompanying Caleb's preschool class on a field trip to the zoo. In spite of that (or maybe because of that!) I was eagerly counting down to the weekend by mid afternoon.

A trip to the zoo with 1 four year old makes me tired. A trip with 34 four year olds just plain wiped me out! At least they were well  behaved kids! Those preschool teachers are doing a good job of keeping them in line!

Friday, February 17, 2012

February Photo A Day - Something New

Ooo! I'm excited for this one.

My Valentine took me to Best Buy this week for a bit of upgrading. First, we picked out Quicken.  I've been a Microsoft Money user for years, but my version is outdated and getting buggy, so it was time for an update. Apparently, Microsoft is no longer making Money, so I've switched over to Quicken.


Let me qualify this. I'm in the process of switching over. The accounts are synced up. Now to transfer the bill reminders, etc. I think I'm probably at about 50-60% complete with the transition.

And I got a new camera! Whoop whoop! I'm super excited about this baby!

Oh, baby

It's a Sony NEX 5N, and I pretty much adore it, so far. It's compact enough to still make it convenient to use, but advanced enough to take some pretty awesome pictures (without being so advanced that I'd be lost!)

I'm not a photographer by any stretch of the imagination. But I do like to think of myself as a bit of a documentarian. I love to document things...whether it's on Facebook or my blog or with pictures. I just want to remember. So I'm pretty excited to put my busted up, taped up Nikon S-51 back on the shelf and to move on to bigger and better things with my Sony!

Happy Valentine's Day to me!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

February Photo A Day - Phone

I keep a charger at work because I tend to forget to charge my phone overnight. I also have a charger in my car.


In spite of having three charges, I still occasionally forget to charge my phone at all, much to my husband's irritation.

Silly electronic leash.

February Photo A Day - Heart

It isn't a heart, but here is Caleb's Valentine for this year. Thanks for the inspiration, Pinterest!


For the record, his head wasn't cut off in the original picture, but it printed that way. Bummer! I still love it, though. :)

February Photo A Day - Blue


The most beautiful set of baby blues I've ever laid eyes on.

February Photo A Day - Inside Your Closet

One of my favorite things about this house is my closet. First of all, it's huge. Second of all, it's all mine!


I knew this house was a serious contender when I saw there were seperate closest in the master bedroom!


Honestly, one of our bedrooms in England was about the size of my closet here. There's a lot about England I miss. That tiny bedroom ain't one of those things!