Sunday, January 31, 2010

Best Shot Monday: Fleeting Moments

For more beautiful fleeting moments head over to Tracey's at Mother May I. Be sure to also check out the amazing video she posted.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Another Rough Week

Wow, I can not believe it is already the end of January. As you might have guessed from my lack of posting I have been very busy both at home and work. We have a big project we are working on and a huge deadline in two weeks. I am not stressed in the least (if you believe that I have a bridge I want to sell you).

There were a few ups and one really bad down this week. A childhood friend of mine lost her 10 year old son to a rare brain cancer. He lived a lot longer than any of the doctors had expected. He fought the good fight. Ethan will be dearly missed, we know he has earned his wings! Michelle and her family are in my thoughts and prayers.

It hard to think that anything going on in my life is all that bad after finding out about Ethan. I just can't imagine it and I hugged my children extra hard last night. I going to hug them even more now (I'm already on the verge of smothering them but I going to still hug them more).

On a lighter side I did finish another week of photos, some issues with sensor dust this week. I did suck it up and cleaned it myself, not as intimidating as I thought. I still see 2 small specks but I am going to take it to a camera shop to see if they have a sensor loop to look at it. I can not see these speck on the sensor when I look directly at it but I see them in the view finder and on the photos.

Another good think happened this week. Jen from New Green Momma asked me to partner up with her for Megan and Melody's Thursday Team-Up. I am super excited about that, Jen is so talented in so many ways. I will definitely be posting Thursday so check back. I am also going to try to get my BSM up early this week. I missed it the last 2 Mondays. I propose we go to a 26 hour day on Sundays to give me two more hours to get stuff done.

I hope that you all had a good week and that your weekends are even better. To all my southern friends getting the snow and ice please stay warm.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Bullet Points

  • Saturday - friend over during the day with kids
  • Sunday - Birthday party out in "God's Country" with the gloomy rain.
  • Monday - 25 year anniversary for a co-worker, I worked on a slide show and a sign.
  • Tuesday- Meniere's "episode" which left me with vertigo for 24 hours, the nausea and vomiting was controlled by the Meclazine. Husband took kids as soon as I got home and I was in bed by 6:30.
  • Wednesday- vertigo gone, important post go-live visit at work, so glad to be feeling better.
  • Thursday- lots of work questions answered, really going to miss Megan.
  • Friday - Franceso's follow up, all went well and we got a clean bill.
  • Saturday- uploaded photos and posted on Moments In Time for my 365 project. 3 weeks down, 49 to go.
I was really bad about posting here this week but as always life gets in the way. I have the pictures to prove it (LOL)!

I also need to post a picture here as well, this is breakfast time on Friday and Francesco is taking the photo with my remote. We have started to put the camera on the tripod and have some fun with the remote.

Friday, January 15, 2010

New Pictures - 365

  • I got the opportunity to sit down tonight and post on my 365 project over at Moments in Time.
  • I have been diligent about having my camera with me.
  • My bag feel strange during the rare moments when it's not in there.
  • I continue to learn something new each day and that has been the best part.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

All Is Well

Francesco had his surgery this morning and all went well. We are now home and he will probably be bouncing off the walls by noon. He is suppose t o take it easy today according to the doctor (she doesn't know him all that well).

I was so right about this time being much harder for me. I know he only had two minor "procedures" but it was rough. I have assisted in many more complicated and lengthy surgeries on other kids but when it's your own child it's hard no matter what.

The first thing he said when I got him up this morning was, "can I have something to eat?", when I said no he threw a fit. It's a good thing they do not allow anyone to eat or drink in the Pre-op Waiting area. (Which by the way was extremely dark, and I was not about to use my flash)

The Versed did not make him groggy like the last time. He threw a fit about putting on the hospital gown and the ID bracelet. Since he was pretty upset I was allowed to bring him back to the procedure room. I then held him on my lap while they put him under anesthesia. He really fought the mask and the look in his eyes made me cry instantly. He had that look like, "why are you letting them do this to me". My heart literally broke right then and there.

He woke up they way we went down kicking and screaming. That was tougher on Michael to watch. He is a good 41 lbs and really strong. He had boughts of calm and then rage. He did eventually settle down as we were leaving to go home. He held a cereal bar in his hand and feel asleep. The saddest thing is that when he cries right now his tear are blood tinged. It bad enough he's crying but now it blood. Poor guy.

He just attempted to get up and is still a little unstable on his feet. He said to me "strawberries make me sleepy". When they gave him the anesthesia gas they put a scent in it and he picked strawberry. So much for the Versed which is suppose to be an amnesic so he does not remember. He also a little loopy and saying strange things. He is eating and drinking really starting to clear.


Here it is noon and as I said when I started this post he is now bouncing off the wall's. I did get him to sit for a minute and as you can see he is doing just fine. He is refusing to take a nap and running around with his dump truck, so much for taking it easy.

Thank you to all of you who kept us in your prayers. It felt good to know that others were thinking of us. You're an awesome bunch of friends!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Getting Ready

I feel like lately most of my pictures on this blog have been of Nicolo. That is mostly because he will sit still long enough for me to snap a shot. Even if I do get a shot of Francesco it usually out of focus because he NEVER stops moving.

He is my focus today. We had a Pre-Op appointment this morning and I was so impressed with how well he behaved. He is going to have balloon catheter dilation of his left tear duct and removal of his ear tubes. Nothing major but this time around I am more concerned. I think it's because I know he remembers things now. When he was 18 month old and they took him from me for the tube placement he was groggy and I know he did not remember. This time he will be groggy again but I am so afraid of the look on his face when they wheel him away from me.

Like I said, I could not have been more proud of him this morning. He listened, followed directions and used good manners. It was nice to hear from the staff what a well behave little boy he was.

I of course had my camera in my purse, but again I keep forgetting to look at my settings (I had the ISO at 800 from the night before trying to take a picture in low light) and I don't think they came out as good as I would have liked.

Waiting to go to the exam room: he looks so serious

Waiting for the doctor: he did great entertaining himself

His procedure is Thursday and I just can't wait for it to be over.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Best Shot Monday: Bright Spot

I am in disbelief that it is already Monday. I blinked and the weekend was over. We got a lot done but nothing finished. I do however continue to shoot pictures everyday. I feel like I am learning a lot just by shooting everyday and carrying the camera everywhere.

The brightest spot of my weekend was watching my youngest entertain himself. We were all in the midst of putting together Ikea furniture and I looked over and saw this. So glad I had the camera attached to my hip.

For more bright spots head on over to Tracey's at Mother May I.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

My 365

So I started a really simple blog to post my 365 project on, the blog is called "Moments in Time". I hope you get a chance to visit. I plan on posting at least weekly. I have been learning a lot and so far enjoying the process, even if it's only been a week.

Crossing my finger I will go the distance!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A new year

So I was thinking...

(self portrait of me at work)
I am going to attempt a 365 project.
So far, I have been taking pictures everyday. Some pictures I like, some I don't. I carry my camera everywhere but I need to get over the worry that people will think I am strange whipping out the camera in the grocery store or the doctors office and just do it.
I am going to start another blog to post the photos and only post weekly. I am going to try an dedicate Sunday night for that task. I will send out the link after I get the first post up.
Wish me luck, last year I tried this and only made it a few weeks. This year I really, really, really want to go the distance.