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Qade’s 5th Birthday

I’m still in denial about Qade being 5, but he is very proud of that fact. πŸ™‚ He enjoys telling everyone, “I’m 5 now.” as if that was the goal all along. Though he has informed me that at his next birthday he’ll be 6 and then 7 after that, and so on. I feel like telling him to hold on and not get big so fast. BUT… you know how that goes. Especially with firstborn children. I remember being so impatient to turn 10 and again to turn 20. πŸ™‚ Too bad it goes so fast after that, ha! Anyway, here are some fun shots from Qade’s birthday. We’ve had a hard time getting good video of his last couple of birthdays. One one, someone stepped in front of the camera at the very second he blew out his candles. This time, the place where I had it set up got a really great view of the back of Myles’ head right in front of everything Qade was doing. Ha! Oh well, it’s all good memories. The snapshots really say a lot too. πŸ™‚ “I’m 5 now!” (not 10!) I was so happy that Aiden got to come to the birthday party! Qade and Aiden are best buds… until they’re not, but most of the time they are. πŸ˜‰ I planned the little “goody bags” for outside activities. It included a little foam glider plane, a big bouncy ball, and a tube of bubbles. Did I ever mention that it SNOWED the night before and the morning of the party? Oh yeah… so we played with planes and bubbles INSIDE this day. It all worked out. Myles “bubble blowing face” totally cracks me up! We were thrilled that our friends the Wilsons got to come too. Benton is always lots of fun! And Ella and Kathryn really enjoy each other’s company. Ella was feeding Kathryn all of HER lunch on this day. It was rather funny! Silly girl! The Cake! Something interesting about this cake. When we cut it open there was no middle layer of frosting between the sheets. Weird! That’s good ol’ Gallup for ya! (eyes rolling) Everyone had a great time opening gifts. I love how kids just kind of converge on the kid with the gifts like vultures. It totally cracks me up! They’re circling…. Moving in… SCORE!!! (this photo of Benton with the magnifying glass really makes me laugh!) It was a really... read more

Qade’s Portraits

I know I’m way behind on the Lad’s 4 yr old portraits, but it’s about as behind as I was last year, so they’re still a year apart! πŸ™‚ Ha! We had a fun little photo session yesterday and he was thrilled to have a picture with “the big four.” I saw a shot online that someone did with a child surrounded with matchbox cars and I just KNEW I had to do it with Qade since he is SUCH a car man! I think it’s my favorite of the session though I really like the “grumpy” cowboy and the dandelion as well! πŸ™‚ Enjoy! The big FOUR! πŸ™‚ Love this! One... read more

The First

I had to share this one!! Ha ha ha ha! All mom’s do this to their kids, right? Qade has become quite the little man. Very opinionated and not shy about expressing himself. πŸ™‚ I was telling Stu the other day that it seems as if Qade suddenly hit a huge verbal milestone recently where he can now express exactly what he is thinking. Communication has reached a whole new level. It’s fun and challenging at the same time. Fun in that we can now have great back and forth conversations. Some are quite funny! As we drove home on Tuesday night there was lightning in the distance. Qade piped up that the lightning was “talking” to him. So we asked what it said and he told us, “The lightning is telling me, ‘you are going home’.” Then he proceeded to have a conversation with the lightning. πŸ˜€ Qade doesn’t like to hear Ella crying at all! He gets a little hyper when she is. The other day she was fussing in her swing as I was getting dinner on the table and Qade tried to calm her down by saying, “Don’t cry, Baby Sister, we love you!” Ha ha ha!! That made me laugh! I’m sure she wasn’t crying because she felt unloved, but it seemed to make sense to my big boy! Potty training… wow, what can I say about this?! I was completely bracing myself for a HUGE digression once the baby came along. However, our little man has instead stepped it up! I’m sure having my mom here, and she being much more relaxed about it than me, helped him along. He has been accident free pretty much for 2 weeks! He now takes himself to the potty without having to be reminded all the time. And it’s not uncommon for him to stop what he’s doing and spring up with a, “I need to go potty” as he runs to the bathroom. Yay!!!! He has also been dry through naps very well!! I’m so pleased! I was starting to feel like I would have a child refusing to go potty till Kindergarten, or later!! πŸ˜‰ But he has done so well, and I’m proud of him! The only trouble with it now is that he uses his “I have to go potty” excuse to get up after bedtime 2 or 3 times. Hmmmm…. not quite sure how to deal with that, because I DO... read more

My little big boy

The other day I finally got around to actually taking Qade’s 3 yr old portraits. I was originally going to take him to Sears or JCPenny one last time, but it kinda rubbed me wrong. I don’t like dealing with them and HEY I am a photographer after all!!! πŸ™‚ I was just hesitant because I wanted for their b-day pics to have a number in them. At least till they are 5ish. And at the time of his b-day we didn’t have anything like that nor any money to invest in those kinds of props. Well, I found some number props at a great bargain, and so we decided to wait for his pics until after camp and such and we’d get the props. Hopefully I’ll be able to use them a bunch anyway as I would like to do more kid’s portraits as well. Last week the numbers arrived. BUT my studio was still a disaster because of relocating stuff and making room for baby. It’s amazing that one such teeny tiny person can cause so much upheaval especially when they aren’t even HERE yet! Ha ha ha! I’ve also been struggling with a severe case of non-motivation to clean and organize and so on. Pretty much everything. I had no excuse this week however because Mom has been here helping me, and there’s no newborn to care for yet. Finally I got my rear in gear and got it done. Then once the clutter was cleared out it was amazing how excited I was about actually doing the photo shoot!! *Let me take this brief moment to encourage you to declutter the ‘junk’ that’s keeping you from your full potential. Stu and I have been trying to simplify our lives for awhile now. The theory that less is more is really true. I find myself harried and stressed out when there is visible or even invisible (can we say junk drawer) clutter around me. It truly does make a difference in your mental state. So ditch the junk, even if it’s not really junk. If it’s not something you use on a REGULAR basis and it doesn’t have an organized place in your home, ditch it and see how much better you feel! * Comercial over…. πŸ˜‰ Anyway, here are some of my favorites from our shoot. We had fun! Both of us!! And the best part was it took probably less than 20 min. He... read more

Poopy Problems

Okay, so here is my shout out for some great mom-tips/advice. πŸ™‚ I know we’re all bursting with it and ready to overflow on any unsuspecting soul who might find themselves in a sticky parenting situation. Well, now’s your chance! I’m actually ASKING for some advice because I’ve totally run out of ideas on my own. Qade has been potty training for nearly a YEAR now, and while the older and wiser might think that’s not that long or even think that’s way TOO LONG (I’d agree with that last one for sure!) we were making great progress recently as I bragged about in this post. However the past week or week and a half we have MAJORLY digressed. πŸ™ This does not make me happy! Qade has been pooping in his unders on a daily basis and while he doesn’t totally soak himself, he certainly isn’t staying dry either. I’m not really sure why this is happening, but rather than get into all the psychology of it at this point, I’d like to know if anyone has experienced similar issues with their ‘training’ tots and if so what you did to get over the hurtle. PLEASE send suggestions, cause like I said I’m pretty much at the end of my resources for this one. Some of what I’ve been doing with him is expressing my disappointment that he isn’t acting like a big boy. Making him clean up his own mess. Putting him in “plastics” with no unders as a consequence for messing his unders and taking away privileges like playing preschool games on the iPad, which he absolutely LOVES to do. I realize these are all negative consequences. I’m batting about the idea of bringing back a type of reward system (stickers/treats) for the “successes” but it still feels like we’re going backwards. I don’t know.... read more

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