Saturday, September 17, 2011

The first day of kindergarten

So the past week has been quite a week to say the least! My little girl started kindergarten a week and a half ago and I'm happy to report it hasn't been nearly as stressful as I thought it would be. Its still going to take some adjusting but its all coming together. I had a week off work before kindergarten started to spend lots of quality time with Izzy. We did a few Disney days, lots of shopping for back to school supplies and clothes, LOTS of pool time, and finished up some projects around the home! Well, I finished the projects while Izzy watched the Care Bears and My Little Pony...

The first day of school was great and went very smoothly. I decided to go back to work that day, but my husband was off work for a while also, so he was close to home just in case there was any problems. Thankfully there wasn't... So far Izzy appears to be really enjoying herself, a little too much to be honest because I cant seem to get her to come home when I go to pick her up! She is having way too much fun... We are very fortunate and live within walking distance to her school, so I get to walk her to school each morning, which I love. Then I swing by and pick her up on my way home. Here is Izzy on her first day of school... This is without a doubt my favorite picture from the day! Looking a little nervous at first.

But it doesn't seem to take Izzy long to warm up so within seconds she was being her silly self and doing all kinds of funny poses. I've included a bunch of pictures from the day throughout the post :) The second day of school? Well the second day was interesting because school was cancelled! Yep. We had a major power outage the night of her first day of school (which was kind of a fun camping night at home playing flashlight games and sleeping on the floor). Because of the power having to be restored at the school etc, etc, the school district closed all the schools for the next day. It all worked out because the husband was still off work so him and Izzy got to have a random daddy/daughter day. I came home to some new plants in my backyard, lovely!

Ive joined the PTA, which I'm really excited about but at the same time seems really bizarre? I think It just seems like this stage of my life came around way too fast. I honestly feel like it wasn't all that long ago that I was in school, now my baby is! Either way, I'm excited to be involved and help the school, volunteer where I can and meet and get to know other families in our community.

Izzy's 4th day of school was also an interesting one. To cut a long story short: I drop Izzy off at usual time of 7:45. At 11am I get a voicemail from the school saying "we are just checking in to see why Izzy is absent?" I run outside at work at lightening speed, (saying bad things under my breath), call the school and tell them "she ISN'T absent, I dropped her off like 3hours ago, WHAT is going on?" The school receptionist very kindly and professionally handled the situation & told me she would figure it out and call me back asap. I decided - OK, I will give it 5 minutes before I jump in the car, drive to the school and begin the search - because I was 99% sure it was some kind of roll call mix up... which it was and my phone call was returned within about 4 minutes. phew. But for a split second I was in serious panic mode. A few people at work saw the humor it in, joking about how she was already skipping school... sigh. If my daughter is anything like I was as a teenager then that's just going to be painful... Lets just enjoy the cuteness of kindergarten before the teenage years, please!!

Few more pictures from the day.
This is what I am calling the GANGSTA poses.

It's been a long and tiring but very exciting week.
Happy Back to School!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Day 31: August Break Challenge is over?

Wow, that went so fast. I'm feeling very happy and proud that I actually stuck it out and completed a challenge for once! Mind you there were a few days I missed and would then make up for it the next day and post twice (sorry about that). So I thought this picture of my little one blowing a kiss was a good one to say "goodbye" to the August Break:


August Break was a blast and pushed me to take more pictures and blog everyday! It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. Glad to be a part of it. Many thanks so Susannah Conway for hosting this awesome challenge.

Day 30: Messy Hair.

I couldn't help myself, had to share this messy hair picture of my Izzy..

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Professional Photography

Artful Anthology Photography.
Because a picture should be worth a thousand words.
Elizabeth and Pedro.
Costa Mesa, California Wedding. August 2011.

Jen and Neal.
Montage Resort.
Laguna Beach,California Wedding. March 2011.

Lambie Family Portraits.
Rancho Santa Margarita, California. August 2011.

Day 29: Self portraits on the move.

Yes, I do self portraits of my daughter and I when we are on roller coasters. Doesn't everyone?

I still need to perfect these, I tend to miss half our faces (usually Izzy's ends up being cut off - I guess because mine obviously takes up more room). But pictures like these on a moving roller coaster? Not easy. This would probably be easier if I had the iphone so I could reverse it and actually be able to see our self portrait before I take the picture. Yep I really need an iphone. I've decided to continue until day "Day 31" with The August Break since I started late, so two more days! Cant believe I've made it this far, feeling proud.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Day 28: Point and shoot macro.

I typically take my point and shoot camera to places like Disneyland, so of course its when I don't have my good camera that I find things like butterflies about a foot away from me where my SLR would come in handy! By the way, I'm just assuming this is a butterfly since its broad daylight and its hanging out on some greenery, but to be honest it looks more like a moth. I know. It isn't the most beautiful butterfly/moth thingy). But I feel like when you witness the simplest of moments (like this one) you really need to document it, Moments like these are rare. Life is so busy and hectic at times. Every now and then you need to just stop and apprecieate a moment like this from mother nature.

Thankfully point and shoot cameras have a macro function that will do the job so that you don't miss the shot.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Day 27: So Simple.

This recent photograph of mine just simply makes me happy.

Its nothing more than a few random blades of grass with the sun setting in the background. So simple. But sometimes less is more and slowly I'm learning to embrace simplicity in photographs. This one makes me happy.