We have put off potty training Kressa, basically because we have had no time! A few weeks ago, her teacher decided to put her in undies and she's been great ever since. We've even been able to get her to poop in the potty. Pretty much the easiest potty training ever.
I know this is a few days late, but I just loved the bokeh I got from my tree.
So, here we are again, the beginning of a new year. I don't think I've ever been more ready for a year to end as I was 2016.
I have a list of resolutions nearly a mile long. I'm keeping them in a place where I can review them daily. I will say, however, that my main goal for 2017 is to establish new habits that will hopefully lead to more health, peace and simplicity in my life.
I want to focus on the kids, my own health/well being, and my career this year.
As for photography, I'd like to accomplish the following this year:
- Master Kelvin white balance
- Get in one photo per month with each of my children
- Master shooting video/editing and complete one video per month
- Review the materials from the 3 Clickin Mom workshops I have taken
- Complete at least one photo book
- Really study the manuals and master the controls for both my Fuji X100T and Nikon D750
I've gone back and forth debating a 365 project and I've come to the realization that working full time makes it nearly impossible for me to get a decent shot every single day, especially since it's already dark in the winter when I get home. For now, I'm just content shooting as much as possible.
Cheers to a prosperous 2017!
She's still not much of a fan of walking, but she sure loves to climb the stairs. And on this morning, Scott had just woken up, so he was at the top to surprise her.
Somehow all the pieces to this dinosaur model "disappeared" when D wasn't looking.
It's hard to believe our little angel is one year old already! Reviewing this blog, I realize I have not recorded many stats and happenings over K's first year (well, I have recorded them, just not blogged.) I'm trying to carve out more time in my schedule to share some of these memories, but here's a little bit about K at 12 months:
- Overall, she's a very good sleeper. She started sleeping through the night around 6 months. Currently, she goes to bed between 6:30 and 7 and sleeps until about 5:30, when we give her a bottle of milk, and then usually we can get her to go back to sleep for at least another 45 minutes. I keep hoping she will "sleep in" until 6:30, but so far, no luck. She naps great at home, taking 2 naps on the weekends, but her napping at school hasn't been so successful. She usually only naps for about 30 minutes.
- We took away her bottles (except for 1 in the morning) after her 1st birthday and there's been no issues with that. She does great with her sippy cup and she's also off of formula and drinking whole milk.
- Lately, she really prefers me. There's times when she will cry and cry unless I hold her.
- She's taken a few steps, but no consistent walking yet.
- Her latest phrase is "uh-oh." But when she says it, her voice sounds kind of deep. It almost sounds like a grunt.
- She's become very good at feeding herself. Some of her favorite foods now are bananas, ravioli and graham crackers.
- She loves her big brother. You will mostly find her following him around, interested in whatever he's doing.
We headed over to Moses Lake for a joint birthday celebration with my dad and niece, Tia (who share K's birthday), and my other niece, Tressa (who's birthday is the next day.) I was a little nervous about how K would do sleeping in the pack n play, but she did great, going to sleep on her own both nights.
D has always loved cars and more recently, he has become a big Nascar fan. If you ask him who is his favorite racer is, he will tell you Danica Patrick, then Dale Earnhardt Jr., and then Greg Biffle. He knows all the racers names and says he likes Danica the most because she's sweet.
Scott took him to Home Depot this weekend and got him this American flag. D was waving it around yesterday, while watching the Nascar race, pretending it was a checkered flag. Sometimes the flag was needed because there was a caution. And then he asked me if I wanted to be a pace car.
Linking up with Little Things Thursday
A few weeks ago we took D to the Spring Fair and the Monster truck show. This was his first time going on rides and he absolutely loved it! When he got off the carousel, which was his first ride, he exclaimed "That was sooo fun!" Other highlights: seeing some of the monster trucks up close before the show, checking out a reptile exhibit and playing with legos (a good way to pass the time before the monster truck show).
The thing I was most looking forward to was a funnel cake. After only a few minutes of enjoying it, D had to go to the bathroom (and Scott had gone to the car). So, there I was with this messy funnel cake wondering how I was going to carry it into the fair bathrooms. I decided against it, so I stuffed as much in my mouth as I could before I had to take him to the bathroom. Lesson learned for next year: make sure Scott is available while I eat my funnel cake. (All photos shot with my Fuji X100T.)
Linking up with Sweet Shot Tuesday
Last Friday, Scott's work had a happy hour event at a Japanese-Style karaoke bar. We had our own little party room for up to 35 people and controlled all of the karaoke songs ourselves, just by entering them into an iPad. Afterwards, a group of us hit up another bar and then ended up at this pizza joint/bar, where I managed to get one single picture with my Fuji X100T. I guess I was just so excited to be out without the kids, I forgot to get any snaps! Anyways, it ended up being a really fun night and a reminder that we need to make an effort to do things like this more often. One of the teachers from the kids' daycare brought them home for us and baby-sat them.
Oh, and for the record, I sang Bad Romance by Lady Gaga, Torn by Natalie Imbruglia and did a duet of Shoop by Salt N Pepa, where my inner rapper really came out. (This was after a couple glasses of chardonnay, of course.)