Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Please, read that again, I'll wait while you do......yes, you read that right. A Wal*Mart worker was TRAMPLED TO DEATH by rowdy shoppers. As he layed on the floor dying, more and more people continued to step on him, crushing him to death.
Oh wait, it gets even more messed up. People continued to shop and were even angry when told they had to leave because a man had been killed. It makes me feel ill, also makes me feel good about the fact that I have taken the Handmade Pledge
I have been working since early September on family members Christmas presents, it's taken a lot of time but I have thoroughly enjoyed it, almost therapeutic and with each gift I've worked on, I've prayed over it, including my hopes for the recipients wonderful 2009.
So if you're reading this, and I'm on your Christmas gift list this year, please take what I've said to heart and know how much I'd love something made with your hands and from your heart.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Originally uploaded by Ceece
The Y is open, the pools are filled, I got my swimsuit and my goggles!
Going and getting my new suit and goggles made me realize just how much I missed swimming. The stress relief, the freedom, the exercise, the grace I feel in water. I am so excited to start again!!!!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
After finally forcing myself out the other day and taking some shots around the house, I was pretty happy, and now am jonesin' to get back out and shoot some more!
Anyway, for your fall viewing pleasure...
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Originally uploaded by Ceece
The Y has its grand opening on Saturday and I went down today to get my card! we signed up practically the first day you could.
It took way to long to get the Y built here in our tiny town, no-thanks to our fool city council, but major thanks to the Y for not giving up, the Horseshoe Foundation for the grant and all the concerned, SMART citizens who came out to the council meetings to voice our support.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Originally uploaded by Ceece
This picture was taken last year at Conner's school's Veteran's Day Program. I couldn't grab one this year since Adam is on orders in Oklahoma.
To all who have served, along with your families, I say thank you and Happy Veteran's Day.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Originally uploaded by Ceece
Wow, was last week gorgeous. The weather was warm and the leaves were the perfect color. Of course I had to put my awesome garage to some good use. So far that garage wall has been my favorite photo background yet. I only wish I had one that was portable so I could take it on shoots!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
This, made my (beep)ing day.
Also, hello AMERICA! Way to stand up on Tuesday and kick some major ass. I'll be blogging more about this when I've got some more free-time.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
No, I'm not interested in a debate with you, should you disagree it's unlikely you'll change my mind, and I doubt I'll change yours.
*I do want to make this disclaimer, I am not voicing my husbands voting choice here, these opinions may or may not be his, but that is information that he chooses to keep to himself*
As a military family I have often found myself on the end of several attacks basically stating that by supporting Obama I clearly have not given any thought to our service men and women. Riiiiiiiiiiiight.
It is becoming ever more apparent that the military life my husband has chosen is one he wants to extend and continue on for an indeterminate amount of time. He enjoys and appreciates what it has to offer and the opportunity it provides for him to learn and give back to his community and country. So obviously I have given thought to our men and women serving the country and those who might choose to do so in the future.
Despite what the anit-Obamas may tell you, I am not alone in being a military family that supports Obama for our next president. Please take a peek at what these high-ranking, educated and informed military officials have to say about him.
Even U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus statements have alighed with Obama’s foreign-policy proposals.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
You can visit the organizations website to learn more.
Since both my babies each spent a large chunk of time in the NICU, with Lilli being 5 weeks early, and Conner battling some freak GI infection that we believe he picked up in the terrible horrible awful hospital in which he was born.. In either case, I was at one point faced with the possibility that I might not get to take my babies home.
If you get a chance, please say a prayer or send positive vibes, or whatever you do, for all the families that have had the unfortunate experience of losing a child, and then go hug your babies.
On a related note, I did receive my notification email stating I had been accepted as a photographer with NILMDTS. As you can imagine this will be a very challenging opportunity but one that means a great deal to me, so I'll take your prayers too.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
I'm a wee bit misty because Adam and I have gone to the Harvest Homecoming together every year for the last 12 years, and since he's gone to Ft. Sill, well it's a little hard to get that worked out.
If you go have a good time, and have some Chicken N Dumplings for us!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Unfortunately, her grand entrance to the world was a bit rocky. Her origional due date was October 30th, so when my water broke early Monday morning on September 25th, we were understandably a little surprised! However, her actual birth was a lot less eventful then poor Conner's and since she was only 5 lbs she slipped right out into this world at 12:26 pm Monday afternoon.
She came out giving us hell and hasn't stopped since. She was having a bit of a time breathing so they decided to go ahead and take her to the nursery for some oxygen help. I got to give her a quick kiss after seeing her all cleaned up!
Later the drs came in and said they were going to go ahead and take her over to Kosairs for some additional breathing help while she grows a little more. I was obviously saddened but grateful that such a wonderful hospital was so close and it was nothing worse. Adam went with her to the hospital. They strapped her down and brought her in for a quick goodbye. (this was when I lost my sh*t)
After a little over 2 weeks of extra sunnin', eating, resting and growing
We went home on October 5th. Bean finally got to meet his sister.
Then someone gave her permission to grow up and she turned 1!
I woke up this morning and she was 2! Who's behind this? I want all the baby growin' to stop!!!
Like I wrote on Conner's birthday, she is one of the few things I know I did right, and will never, ever regret.
Happy Birthday Bug, I love you.
In honor of her birthday, and since she's too small to realize she's supposed to get a lot of stuff on her birthday, I have made a donation in Lilli's name to Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. I am in the process of becoming an affiliated photographer with them. If you can, take the time to learn a little more about this wonderful organization and what they do. Then pray that you never, ever, ever have to use them.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
We had a big part of a tree down in the back and a big branch in the front, with damage to both the house roof and the garage roof. BUT no injuries and given the size of the trees on our property we're actually pretty lucky. Plus, we've got home insurance and really the only thing that upset us a little was the fact that one branch did go through a wall of the house, into the bedroom that we JUST got done stripping the wallpaper from, skimcoating and painting!
Oh well, at least it's a tiny hole!
Here's the front part of the house.
We were pretty excited though to get a peek of the woodwork underneath the nasty vinyl! It's gorgeous and we're even more motivated to get the rest of the evil stuff off and spruce up the beautiful wood underneath!
The wind flung open the storm door and it hit the planter sitting on the porch and shattered the glass. It was a little scary as I was standing right there. It also bent the frame and tore part of the screws out of the door jamb!
The tree that went down in the back and tore up part of the garage, our 2 fences and broke the old window on the side of the garage :-(
If you want to see more pictures, click on any of the ones above.
Thanks to everyone who came and helped saw, move and clear!
Monday, September 1, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
A photography forum that I visit (too)frequently recently posted a link to this blog entry by a photographer who just lost his step-dad to ALS.
In the entry, he talks about his experience in working at Kinko's and "fixing" photos for people's funeral, and some of the sadness that was brought by the lack of photos the deceased friends and family actually had to remember them by.
He spoke of how glad he was he got to photograph his step-dad and really capture who he was. Not just some snapshots taken during Christmas or birthdays.
This writing got me thinking about my photos and those I love and who are closest to me. You people know who you are, but did you know that you're the hardest for me to shoot? I'm not quite sure why that is, but i want it to change.
So that's my challenge to myself, to accurately capture those who are most important in my life. Your challenge, if you're a photographer, do the same thing, turn your camera on those you love, if you're a member of my family or close friend, shut up and let me take your picture. :-)
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
It's still new so if you see any typos or anything that needs to change let me know and I'll fix it.
I'm very excited to be starting on this venture, and really want to thank everyone who's let me stick a camera in their face at some point or another.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Here he is, the first day of school. So handsome.
(on the porch)
(in his class room).
The next day of school, Lilli wanted her picture on the porch too.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Most of you probably know that I am not shy about voicing my opinion of a smoking ban, I support them. While there should be some exceptions, cigar/smokeshops undoubtedly, it comes down to basic public health.
Anyway, there are several emails going around requesting that you call the Mayors office to ask him to veto the vote, but if you're supportive of a smoking ban on restaurants here in New Albany, please call Mayor England's office and tell him so. 812.948.5333
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
He said on the way into the city there were people lined up for 2 miles to pay respect to SPC Menke. He said that they picked up fire trucks and other uniformed services vehicles in the cities through which they passed. A also talked about the Patriot Guard Riders. We both knew about them, but had never seen them in person. You should check their website out if you get a chance. They're pretty freaking awesome.
Here are a few links if you're interested in learning about more about SPC Menke. The visitation is today from 4-8 and the funeral is tomorrow, August 14th. Please continue to pray for this family and all those affected.
To express condolences to the Menke family visit here.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
I had wanted to write about the soldier he's bringing home, I wanted to pay tribute, do anything, anything that I could to pay respect. There is a website published by the Military Times that lists and pays tribute to all the fallen soldiers so far. I asked A, if I could post a link here, he wasn't quite sure. He didn't know about the soldiers family and how they would feel. I told him the information was on a public site, and quite flattered as I was, I don't have any type of traffic that would really warrant a problem of information spreading by the masses. He just wasn't quite sure. So I said I wouldn't. And I won't.
What my husband has left to do this week, is something beyond my comprehension. My mind simply won't wrap around his task at hand. He feels no privilege in this, only saying this soldier deserves everything he can give if not more. His phone has been constantly ringing with messages from the stateside soldiers in that unit asking questions, wanting answers, and even if they don't say it, wanting comfort. I can't comfort my husband during this time because he won't let me. Part I understand, part I don't. I am fully aware that there is an "Army Way" of things, even though his commitment is part-time on paper. I understand that my husband rarely shows deep emotions, that's fine, that's who he is and I accept that. I am aware that he feels he is protecting his fallen brothers, as well as himself, as well as me, but I don't want him too. I want him to accept this pain, this fear, this anger. I want to understand what he feels, what he has to do. I can't and I don't suppose I ever will.
I don't know what I wanted to accomplish with this post, but I will close with this. The soldier that A is bringing home to his family is only 22. He was only a baby. Please pray for this family, ask that God lay a comforting hand on them as they release their son to Him, to lay a hand on his friends and brothers in arms. That God may bring an end to this war and the losses. That the pain just ends.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Sarah had a different take on it today which totally made me think. She talked about all the reasons she likes the rain, despite the fact that it affects some health issues she has. She then asked us what we liked about the rain.
I love when it rains because that means I don't have to go outside and get eaten alive by the mosquitoes when I go to water the vegetables.
I also started to think about a couple months ago, I was at Target with Conner and Lilli, we had been running errands all day long trying to avoid the mess as it had been raining all day long. As we're walking out to the car Conner asks if he can jump in this huge puddle by the car. My gut reaction was to screech no at the top of my lungs but I thought, You know what? Does it really matter if he gets his shoes and socks wet? We're on the way home, and, would I rather make sure he doesn't make a mess or would I rather he be able to look back someday and remember that his mom used to let him jump in puddles when he was little?
That's called a no-brainer.
(an older picture, April 2006, but cute non-the-less)
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I can still remember waking up feeling the contractions in the middle of the night, and waking up my sister to write it down. I remember calling the drs answering service like a hundred times because no one was calling back. I remember calling my mom, and her saying we still had plenty of time so calm down. I remember my sister driving us to the hospital.
I remember the lovely beautiful epidural. I remember the mean hateful Nazi-like nurse that wouldn't let me try go to the bathroom so I wouldn't poo while having Conner. I remember the angel nurse that came in and pushed my bed over to the window so I could watch the sunrise. I remember being surrounded by my mom, my sister, my grandma, my (almost) mother-in-law, but still feeling so alone, because Adam was in basic training.
I remember throwing up after they antacid. I remember wanting a coke so bad I could hardly stand it. I remember my stupid negligent dr leaving Conner and I for over an hour. I remember the panic on everyones faces when we couldn't get him out. I remember wanting to kick in the face of the dr when she tried to threaten me with a C-section. I remember Conner coming out so quiet and gentle. I remember seeing his sweet little face and his curly red miniature hairs.
I remember the nurse bringing me the coke! I remember trying to get Conner to nurse for the first time. I remember my grandparents coming and my grandpa seeing his great-grandson for the first time. I remember craving chicken fingers and watermelon. I remember every visitor that came to see and support us. I remember trying to walk for the first time. (ouchh!) I remember feeling my empty belly. I remember my dad driving us home. I remember my sister never leaving mine or Conner's side. I remember talking to Adam the first time after Conner was born.
I remember the dr visit when we found out Conner was so very sick. I remember her telling me we had to go to Kosair's right away. I remember sobbing, thinking how could I have messed this up. I remember them taking him from me and running us up to the NICU. I remember all the horrible things they said it might be. I remember going to Wal*Mart in the middle of the night to buy a pump. I remember coming home to the empty house and it still smelling like baby. I remember camping out in the waiting room of the NICU. I remember everyone, including Conner's Dr. telling me to go home and sleep. I remember the dr pulling us into the private room where only bad news is delivered. I remember her saying they just didn't know what else to do for him. I remember just sitting next to him and silently weeping. I remember every other baby and family that where there by us. I remember waiting with families in the waiting room while their babies were in surgery. I remember the hugs and good-byes when a family got to go home.
I remember our last night when Conner was finally without wires and needles and medicine. I remember taking him home AGAIN. I remember taking him down to meet his dad. I remember Adam tearing up when we had to leave that weekend.
I remember his first birthday and how he was not interested in the cake and making a mess. I remember the horrible disaster that was my first attempt at making his caterpillar cake. I remember when he wouldn't go to sleep at night so Adam would sing him Army cadences.
I remember him catching every virus that was around and it making him so sick, once he had to go to Kosairs.
I remember his dedication day, and how grandpa waited to pass away until he was sure Conner was dedicated to the church.
I remember when he got to meet his other grandpa.
I remember his 2nd birthday when airplanes were where it was at. I remember filling the house with balloons for him to runaround and kick. I remember getting him evaluated because he refused to talk. Oh then I remember when he decided he was ready to talk. I remember telling him Lilli was here, but she had to stay at the hospital.
I remember bringing Lilli home and Conner running over to see her and give her her very own lambie and the way he grabbed and held her hand.
I remember his first day of school last year. I remember being gone for 10 days in Europe and missing them so much by the end of the 2nd day I didn't think I was going to make it.
I'll always remember what a sweet child he is. He can never get enough lovies or tell you he loves you too many times. He loves to help, and is quick to say he's sorry. He's thoughtful and smart. He's one of the few things, in my life, I'll never ever regret.
Happy Birthday Conner! I love you so much.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
The concert was on Tuesday and absolutely amazing. I'm not exaggerating when I say it was easily the best concert and he was the best performer I have ever seen. His interaction with the audience was right on and I never heard him off key.
He played just about every single one of my favorite songs and threw in a few oddball ones such as, "Keep it in your pantry".
If Lyle runs through your town make every effort to see him, it's well worth it.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
It was featured in Save this Old House in November, in This Old House Magazine, and several local photographers have shot it.
In todays Courier-Journal, it was announced that unless someone stepped forward soon, it would have to demolish it. According to the paper. "The city will sell the house for $1, and it would then spend $50,000 to stabilize it and give a buyer another $50,000 grant for restoration, Poynter said. The cost of restoration has been estimated to be at least $1 million."
The house holds special significance to me for several reasons, first of all it's a beautiful old house and the architectural and historical aspects of it are phenomenal, secondly the same architects of the Ouerbacker mansion also designed the Conrad-Caldwell House where, as many of you know, Adam and I were married. In fact, after the article in This Old House came out we actually discussed going for the house, but it didn't take long for us to figure out that we don't have near the assets!
Please spread the word to any and all old house fans!
Friday, June 13, 2008
I didn't know this family, so everything I've seen has been from the outside, but I tell you what, she brought a big darn part of this community together. A few weeks ago, the school, church and neighborhood association where she lives put on a fundraiser and with the help of the community raised over $10,000 for this family! That right there is enough to make me proud of New Albany.
While I am of course grieving for this family and their loss, it has done a good job in strengthening my gratitude once again, if not shaming me for my actions and behavior. My children are amazing and (Praise God!) healthy, I have a wonderful husband, who's been working and helping other people in a time of need. I have an amazing family, consisting of my natural family and my in-laws who care about me very much. I have a wonderful church and church family, who, even though we don't see eye-to-eye on stuff, reach out to me and others to show their love on regular basis. I have friends who care for me and who's relationship I cherish, and have taught me many things about becoming a better person and friend.
I'll be stopping by the visitation to show my support for this family, I'll be saying a prayer that God touches his hand upon this family and eases their pain, and for Chloe to surround them with her love. If you're so inclined and able I implore you to do the same.
Following service tomorrow, dinner will be served at Silver St. United Methodist Church, 413 Silver St., New Albany, IN (at the corner of Silver St., and Elm St., off of Spring St.) Someone will be at the church after 10am to except any food donations.
Visitation for our Chloe ~ 12noon to 8pm, Friday, June 13 and 11am- 1pm on Saturday at Generations Funeral Home (3308 Ballard Lane, New Albany--off of Grantline Rd) Funeral Service will be at 1pm on Saturday at the Funeral Home.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
We've been patiently waiting for his cd, Learning to Bend, to be released and it officially was yesterday. It's just as good as he was live.
Here's a video for his song, "It's Not Impossible". The video's not my kind of thing, but the song kicks it and it was filmed right here in Louisville's own skate park.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Monday night he and I walked over to the park behind the house so he could burn some energy. There were a couple other boys at the playground who were 6 or 7 and Conner immediately went up and tried to play with them. I saw him watching them and them ignoring him. I knew what they were thinking, they didn't want to play with the baby. My heart was aching, even though he had no idea what was going on. He was like a small, fragile baby whom I wanted to pick up and carry him home and protect him from everything. The hurt feelings, the struggles with school, the stress of every day life. But I knew I couldn't and wouldn't always be able too.
I led him over to another part of the playground and we played ice cream store. (he always orders the bear meat ice cream, you know like Davey Crocket). That's my bean.
That's why I take pictures like this of him, I always want to remember this.
Friday, May 30, 2008
and yes, I cried at the end of the video.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Not only is Rose just gorgeous and absolutly wonderful in front of the lens, she has nary a stretch mark (hussy). So needless to say I had some great stuff to work with.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
* I am so grateful for CA's decision yesterday.
* I am grateful I didn't have to work yesterday while I was so sick!
* I'm grateful Lilli Bug had her 18 mo check up this week and all is A-OK!
* I'm grateful for my impassioned, active neighborhood, who all do their part to stop our city from circling the drain at the hands of certain council members.
* I'm grateful that Conner is such a big boy and awesome big brother. Sometimes he pulls stuff away from Bug, but he loves her, and gives her her blankie when she's getting her shot.
* I'm grateful for the wonderful Mother's Day that i got to celebrate on Sunday, with most of the Mother's in my life. It was a fabulous day!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
I was listening to public radio today and they did a story on it and you could hear the people in the background, and they joy was just contagious.
I think the San Fransisco Mayor said it best, ""This is about civil marriage. This is about fundamental rights," he said."
He's right, people aren't asking for a blessing but the same rights.
I've got my "Dooce Book". (purchased at the local bookstore) and I'm in bed. My mom has the kids and I have to work tonight (blea) so I'm resting up, reading, snotting, sniffling and just generally trying not to die.
Also, this is my 128th SP for 365 Days, round 2!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
This is Conner's 2nd to last week of school, then it's Summer time. I'm very glad that we decided to send him to pre-school. He's had a wonderful time and has really learned so much. He can count to 10 in Spanish, write his name (with some prodding) say his abc's. Count to 40, say the Pledge of Allegiance. Plus he's had to learn how to listen and share with other kids.
Oh and did I show you the awesome welcome mat, my mom got me for Mother's Day?
Woot, we got our "stimulus package" in the bank account yesterday. We're spending ours on a new roof and repainting our room. Because seriously, I'm done with the leaky roof and walls and now Ivy growing in one of the cracks! Oh well, when you have a 135+ year old house, you win some, you lose some.
What are you using yours for?
Sunday, May 11, 2008
I got a card which Conner signed all by himself and two tickets to see Lyle Lovett when he comes to Louisville in July! Hooray.
Then we went to church and the sermon was wonderful. Pastor Miles did a great sermon on Mother's and how today coincided with Pentecost, which is the "birthday of the church". Then it was off to my Mother-In-Laws house for some fried chicken and celebrating. THEN we went to my grandma's house for dinner with my parents and sisters.
I got home and checked my email and found out I won a contest on Jenna's blog!
I want to wish all of you a wonderful Mother's Day and I hope it was peaceful and everything you wanted.