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365 Update

I can’t decide if I will continue posting pics on here as well as the fb page… what do you think?

At any rate, here is a catch up.

Let’s see, where did we leave off? Oh yeah, looks like 1/10 was the last one.

Eva loves stink bugs- and our house has been invaded with them over the last 6 months. She calls them her friends- makes them homes, made a stink bug training school, and even packed one in her lunch to take to preschool (no she doesn’t eat them) The good thing is that if she accidentally steps on one we can find another one pretty easily.

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When the weather turns chilly, I like to make quilts

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This one got stalled as my machine broke in the middle of it.

Eva started swim lessons

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Zoey has to go get dirty socks out of the bathroom, and then gets too scared to walk back down the stairs so she paces at the top and cries

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Hard day.

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He rocks. His talent amazes me.

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Ok I think I am caught up.

Tomorrow is Friday. It’s snowing.

We are going out to eat.

All is good.

Kristen - Here! I’m not FB. I would miss you!

Tiffany - Happy weekend friend….keep posting ‘em here:) Love the puppy shot…

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Hannah - Okay…I like it on here because I’m not on FB much…and may just leave again. Yeah, I know I’m a dork who can’t make up her mind :)

I’ve taken my shots every day…but I am drowning right now and can’t post them. I’ve been working around the clock on this wedding and I’m tired…very tired.

Rebecca - I agree with the others…Here, please! I LOVE the new look of your blog!

How about a GIVEAWAY!

Head over to our Facebook page for a chance to win!

Valentines

This cute little pouch has gussets on the bottom for more room! Perfect to brighten these drab winter months.

And don’t forget if you want to follow along with our 365, you can find it here.

Hannah - That is so cute! I’ll have to sign into FB…I’m still not a fan of it. I just sign in to check your 365 most days :)

Cosi

It had been a while since I had been to Cosi, our local science museum. And I’m not sure if Eva has ever been at all.

So….we decided to head downtown on Friday- just me and my big girl

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A lot had changed since the last time I was there. Especially Kidspace.

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To say this girl had a great time is an understatement. She LOVED it.

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It was a little crazy to see the tiny baby water table where Blake used to play, or the nursing room that I always had to utilize.

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This time it was different. Just me and my 4 year old pal.

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Who cracked me up pretending to use the potty on the Space Shuttle.

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Tomorrow is the first day of swim lessons for the girly. Wish us luck!

Ally - I didn’t know COSI had some much stuff for younger kids to do. I grew up going on field trips to COSI and have not been since it moved to the riverfront. Now that I know what a great kidspace it had I will have to take Lia there soon! It looks like you guys had fun!! Love the Space Shuttle pix and the old gas station and car:)
Good luck at swim lessons.
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Hannah - Oh my goodness! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new look. Very cool. I’m kind of scared to change mine last time I messed it up so it still says Spring 2013 :D

I haven’t been to Cosi but one time, year and years ago. I drove my Star Wars obsessed first grader to see the Star Wars exhibit. Wow. I just realized he was Sophia’s age. Now I feel sick.

Can I just say I love Eva. I’d probably sit on the potty too :)

Elizabeth - Love the new site!!!

Amy Jo - Love the new look! So crisp and easy to get around :)

Catch Up!

I broke my memory card and had to order a new one which put a crimp in my 365. But I kept shooting.

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I’m going to be totally honest here.

It has been very hard for me to pick up my camera in these super cold polar vortex days. I look back at this time in Chapel Hill and we were running around outside all the time. That’s how I like to photograph- not inside our dark cramped rental.

But on the flip side it’s pushing me to pick up my camera. The bad thing is I feel every single picture looks the same.

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But at least I am doing it. My goal is to push myself creatively. And to get some shots of the older boys as well.

I am looking forward to some upcoming travel to mix things up a bit and I have been trying to go through older pics-

-add more to flickr

-print pics for Project Life

-Revamp the blog

-get more organized with the whole deal

So much has been out of my control for the last year and I think getting my photography under control is a great way to distract me from thinking about the major house project that is happening a few streets over.

Happy Friday friends- hope everyone is warming up!

Stephanie - Have you kept up with Project Life? I would love to see an update on that!

Hannah - I am SO on the same page with you. I gotta say, I’m really not enjoying shooting every day. I want to like it…but it just feels another thing I have to fit in for the day, and then I just feel like all my photos are blah and stupid. Yeah. I’m kind of whiny about it today. I just feel like I should be, could be growing, but I’m not. I’m just trying to get it over with and not really pushing myself.

Whine, Whine, Whine. I’m annoying myself :)

Cheddar cheese chowder

I broke my card reader so while I am still doing my 365 it will be a day or two before I can upload my pics- waiting on my new card reader from Amazon.

One of our winter staples around here is Cheddar Cheese chowder. The other night I made it and threw in extra veggies- couldn’t even taste them. It’s just so good.

The original recipe is this- but I usually skip the onions and add way more carrots, peppers and potatoes.

3 cups chicken stock
4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
1 med onion
1 cup thinly sliced carrots
1/2 cup diced green pepper
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup flour
3 1/2 cups milk
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce

Add veggies to chicken stock and bring to a boil, cover and simmer.

Melt butter in a heavy saucepan, blend in flour, and cook one minute

Gradually add milk, cover over medium heat until thickening, stirring constantly. And cheese, stirring until melted.

Stir into veggie mixture and cook over low heat.

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It ends up looking like this- although this recipe is slightly different (has bacon!) May have to give it a try next time instead!

Bacon version here.

Elizabeth's - Is there a low fat version of this? LOL! Kidding! This looks amazing

Hannah - This looks yummy! I used to get a cheddar/veggie soup at this cute bistro on my lunch before I was married and a mom. I think of that soup all the time, and this looks just like it…only no potatoes.