Rori: 6 Months

i remember this day, a long time ago when the faded, blue flannel shirt I wore was the coolest thing since sliced bread.  i spoke my words confidently to a friend sitting casually in the passenger seat of my larger than life 80-something-oldsmobile. “i will never buy a mini-van…i will never have kids…i will never get married…”   
famous last words.
well, i did get married.
i did have kids; three to be exact.
and all i do, is dream about the day that i finally have keys to my shiny mini-van.

but that really doesn’t have much to do with today’s post.  today i am here to tell you how father time is taking my little pumpkin away from me.  she is already six months old!  don’t get me wrong, i can believe it.  
i just wanted my little baby to stay a little baby.  now she is my big baby.

she has the cutest two bottom teeth that poke out when she smiles. 😉
she hasn’t learned to crawl yet, but she is getting there.  
she started eating baby food this week.  so far she enjoys apples and sweet potatoes. 😉
she likes to play with toys and also likes to grab at everything that she is not supposed to touch. 
other than that, she is right where she needs to be in her development.  she will be going to the doctor next week for her checkup.  
i do know that she will have to stay on her special formula because i tried giving her soy milk, only to have her throw up cottage cheese and then deal with her screaming because of a tummy ache. 🙁
this somewhat concerns me because this is exactly how Scout behaved with his formula and he has a ton of food allergies.  let’s hope Rori stays away from food allergies.

looooook at that face! don’t you just want to squeeze her!? (I know the pic is blurry, but i just really liked the picture.)

that’s it. bye, now.

Learning To Use My Camera

Today, I embarked on the journey of how to use my camera, and lemme tell ya, it isn’t as easy as 1-2-3. 
Photography has its own language, acronyms, and a long list of equipment.
It’s tough stuff.

But here is what I’ve found to be the most important stuff: 

  • Lighting is a big deal
  • Aperture is surprisingly important
  • Exposure
  • Angles-gotta know the good ones
  • Focus, focus, focus
  • Annnnnd, you need to take forty pictures of the same thing just so that one will come out good enough to use.


Here are my practice pictures.  (all of these pictures are unedited)

This picture is me playing with the aperture.  You know that classic effect of having the blurred background while your subject is in focus.

This picture shows how it is necessary to focus on your subject before you snap the picture.

Again, focus.  Gotta focus on the right thing.

This is aperture again.
This shows the importance of angles.  This dead on shot doesn’t look as nice as the next picture.

Whoa Nelly!  This is an example of me having my aperture opened too much.    

This shows the importance of lighting and how hard it is to get good lighting inside of a house.  This picture was taken in the house with Mr. N standing directly in front of the door that was wide open.
More lighting.  Can you see the difference in how the lighting outside on a shaded porch still came out better than the picture above with Mr. N?

This an over exposed pumpkin.  Exposure was way off causing a neon pumpkin…I think.

Any way, that is it for now. 🙂  I’m sleepy and I want to crawl into bed. 


Dear Summer,  I am over you.  I’m not understanding why you have such a hard time letting go of Texas.  Just let it go, please.  Summer, you are a clever, wise guy.  You slowly began slipping away into breezy, cool days, with a promise by the weather man that you were leaving by mid-week.  Only, you didn’t leave.  You came back with nearly a week full of 90 degree days ahead.  What a cruel thing to do.

Dear Fall, Where are you?  I miss you.  I’m waiting very impatiently for you to arrive with your chilly mornings, and cool afternoons.  I am ready to wrap myself in cozy sweaters, pick pumpkins, and drink hot chocolate.  Please, hurry up.

Jar Fart

Two things to know about farts:  farts can be funny and farts can be gross.  
I also stand by my childhood declaration: Boys are GROSS!

With that said, I’m going to jump right into my story.  

On Saturday evening, Nate was on dish duty.  
Now I am on the couch, minding my business, when he decides to pop into the living room; mischief written all over his face. 

Me:  What are you doing? (picture me squinting my beady eyes at him)

This is when my eldest child held up a sealed mason jar and says to me, “Mom, whatever you do, DO NOT ever use this jar again.”

Me: Why? (eyes still squinted)

Nate:  Because I farted into it.  (he says this matter-of-factly, then runs off)

I thought he was kidding.  I didn’t think about it again.

Until the next morning….

Nate yells: “Yaaaarrggghhh!!!  I’m never doing that again.  That nearly made me throw up.”

Me: What in the world are you talking about?

Barely able to finish my question, Nathan stormed into the kitchen and placed an empty mason jar into the sink without answering me.

Me:  Whoa, whoa, whoa.  Did you really fart into a jar, wait over night, and then sniff it?

Nate:  Yes.  Yes, I did.  And it was disgusting. (then he walked straight out of the kitchen)

Later that evening I grabbed a mason jar out of the cabinet and almost started loading it up with ice, before I had a moment of ewww.  

I sniffed the jar.  

What!? I had to make sure I wasn’t using the fart jar! Stop judging me.
And just for the record, the jar was good to go. 

We Still Remember

I think most of us remember what we were doing on this day eleven years ago.  I was at work, building wire harnesses for airplanes.  


This was a day that made us cover our mouths with trembling hands.  It was a day we clung to the edge of our couches; glued to our televisions. 

It was a day of disbelief.

But eleven years later, we still remember with great details, of the historic yet tragic day.  


A few years ago, my husband and I were fortunate enough to take a trip to New York.  We were able to see ground zero before they built the memorial. It is definitely an experience to see it in person and I highly recommend visiting if you ever find yourself in the area.  Beware though! It will make you a little emotional!

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Homemade Baking Mix

I was in need of some Bisquick the other day and had none in the cupboard.  Sound like a situation you’ve been in before?  
I knew that this stuff was easy to make, I just never wanted to make time to prepare it.  However, circumstances made it necessary.  

I had already had everything cooked for our pot pie except that I didn’t have the Bisquick topping for it, so I gathered what I thought would be good ingredients and threw them in a big bowl.  
Surprisingly, it came out really good.  I mean, really, really, good.  In fact, it was so tasty with the pot pie stuffing I made; I’ve decided to venture out and make a breakfast pot pie using this mix.  

Any way, our taste buds may not be the same as yours, but if you give it a try, let me know how it comes out for you.

6 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup baking powder
1-1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar
1 generous cup of dry milk
1/4-1/2 cup, cold, salted butter
What To Do
Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. 
Once the ingredients are well incorporated, cut in you super cold butter, and mix around with your fingers until little peas begin to form. 
That’s it! 
If you’re wanting to make a drop biscuit topping for a pot pie (this will be more spreadable), then use 1 and 3/4 cup of mix and 2/3 cup of water.  Extra water if needed.

Fall Hairstyles

I’ve been bored with my hair lately. 

My hair was stuck for a while between short and long so there wasn’t much I could do with it for a while. 

But now that my hair has finally got some length to it, I’m ready to start experimenting with some new hairstyles for this fall season.  

Here are a few hairstyles I want to try…

pic 1: I can imagine this do with chunky sweater on a chilly fall day.
pic 2: This would be a great do for going out christmas shopping or any other casual day.
pic 3: This do can be done any season.  I love the simplicity of it but yet it is still pretty.

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Click on any of the links below the pictures to be taken to the lovely ladies website where they give a step by step tutorial.  The last two pictures offer video tutorials. : )