Putting it all together

It’s the wee hours of the night. The glow of my office light hitting the dark silence on my house, sweet banjo riffs spewing out of my speakers and I’m laid out on the floor with portraits, magazines, pinterest quotes and scissors. I am directing. 
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I am directing a life that provides a path of creativity and exploration.  I will never have the same schedule everyday, I will embrace change, I will lead as a role model for a younger generation of women,  I will create.
“Motivation and coffee have something in common, they both want more than what’s expected of them.”
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Suzie Homemaker | stay at home mama excitement

So I was expressing my excitement to a friend about finishing three books in eight days.  I am not a reader mind you.  The last book I read cover to cover was Charlotte’s Web in the 3rd grade.  I got on this kick and I couldn’t stop!  My friend reminded me of all the “mom” things I am doing in my life.  I am reading, Olive and I go to yoga together, story hour on Mondays, I take a sewing class, I make my own baby food and I have become the avid bargain shopper all will holding two part time jobs and running my photography business that has just reached 211 likes on Facebook! Blog High Five!

Look out world, I feel as if I am on top of you!  It was a really great feeling to have her point them out.  I have been finding ways to fill my time all the while filling hobbies I have always wanted to explore.  Years ago, my husband would give me shit about not having a hobby.  I would tell him that I didn’t have the time or there wasn’t anything that interested me enough to make the time.  Sometimes we would even argue over it, he wanted to do one of his four hobbies on his time off and I couldn’t understand why he thought it was so fun.  I resented him for having so many hobbies but now I understand, it’s nice to see him happy for me and it’s nice to share my triumphs and new beginnings with him.  It’s also nice that we make time for our hobbies and we make time for each other.  Marriage should be named Compromise instead.

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Page from Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres : Pulled my heart strings a bit.

Sewing class is instructed by my dearest friend’s mother.  Miss Pat teaches me the basics and while I quilt a blanket of my old clothes for my daughter, she plays with Olive.  It truly is the greatest!  Also she makes a delicious breakfast and has great coffee!  Sewing machines are like riding a bike, once you get going it all comes back to you.  The threading of the machine and doing the bobbin will take some practice but hey I am 40% done with it and I pat myself on the back for jumping to with little question.

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The plaid fabric is from wool pants I got in high school, I spent to much money on them from Abercrombie & Fitch and the blue floral pattern is from a pair of Old Navy pajama bottoms.  There is also a pair of my maternity jeans and a dress shirt of Steve’s.  All blues and perfect size for a floor blanket or to fit Olive’s toddler bed.

Next up, baby food.  For my first Mother’s Day my dearest friend gave me a recipe and educator book about making your own baby food.  I skimmed through it read what pertained to my age baby and pureed some peas.  At 6 months she was eating two times a day.  I gave her fruit and rice cereal in the morning and then vegetables with oatmeal cereal in the evening.  Now she is 7 months, still on a similar schedule but with oatmeal cereal in the am and multi grain cereal in the pm.  I will also be working in a third meal at some point depending on her schedule.  Olive loves to eat food.  She loves sitting in her high chair and putting on her bib.  She eats her whole meal no matter the contents or the size with no complaints.  A few breaks but no complaints.  She hasn’t dissed a food yet either, she’s a good eater like her parents! Bottles on the other hand are a whole new topic of frustrating discussion!

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Olive here at 7 months eating Spinach & Apples.  Notice the mess of happiness on her face and in her hair!

I spend one day for 2 hours every two weeks in the kitchen making her food.  Labor day I made: (by ice cube tray) squash, carrots, peaches, apple & spinach and blueberry & banana.  I also froze applesauce into ice cube trays for convenience and mixing with other fruits and veggies.  I also had peas and mangos left over from the last batch a few weeks ago.  I buy frozen, steam or defrost the veggies and fruit and put it in a Magic Bullet to puree.  I use breast milk to thin out if needed.  I date the batches, label what it is and if I used BM (breast milk) or F (formula).  After they are frozen in the trays I transfer the cubes to plastic bags with the same labels.  Every night before bed I take out her meals for the next day, put them in little tupperware containers with lids and stick them in the fridge, no microwaving to defrost.  Mix up her cereal, combine and serve.  Easy Peasy!

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She likes mixtures.  I bought some of those packets of baby food to try other flavors.  Test the water before I spent the time.  She likes those packs but prefers the home made stuff more!  She loves her mama’s cookin’!  I do think that is a great way to see if your baby likes certain foods though, I bought the Target brand ones at 89 cents a piece and she gobbled them up.  I keep them on hand for on the go, which they are AWESOME on the go.  Squirt some on a spoon and into the mouth, so easy!

Some would say that opening a jar or a pouch is much easier and comparable in price which that’s their option.  I like knowing what is going into her body and knowing that I made the effort to provide her that yumminess.  I don’t believe the cost is comparable at all since one bag of steam ready squash is $1.24 and it makes 4 serving which one pouch is 89 cents at one serving.  Yes you factor in time but it’s one – two hours every two weeks, it’s very doable if you’re not lazy! 🙂

Being a stay at home mama has brought me more joy than anything in my life.  I like being able to provide her with love and attention, giving her what she needs and playing games, singing songs and teaching her life lessons with out missing any milestones or smiles.  Not only has staying home with her benefited her well being but it has also benefited mine.  I have really taken this opportunity to find my own aspirations and seek out hobbies that I thought I didn’t have time for.  I feel more focused, more centered, more alert and more myself than I ever have.

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Slipping.

I have been a terrible blogger this month.  I haven’t posted anything fun or new.  Huge slacker in that department.  I haven’t felt inspired about anything to write about… sad.  We are having a busy summer and I have been pretty busy with Photography.  On that note, I’ve been BUSY with Photography!  Yeah!  I really can’t frown at that.  I have shot three new clients that found me through Craigslist or Facebook.  It’s really exciting to have new faces to shoot and edit.  Every year I feel that I gain more and more and this year has truly proven that.  Not only more cliental but ideas and creativity.  Some days I am busting at the seems with it, I can’t wait to get a face in front of my lens.

With that follows the lack of energy with my home life.  I didn’t take Olive’s 5 month photos when I usually do, well past the milestone!  But hey I got them done, oh and did I mention I took it with my iphone instead.  Fail.  But she still looks so cute and she had fun so that’s all that matters.

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I posted a few weeks ago that the Husband and I were starting an at home date night.  I was all excited because we were going to cook a meal together and eat a meal at the table, together!  Well that lasted all of one night.  We got busy with the construction of our backyard and I guess we forgot.  We did, however, so out on a date this past weekend.  It was our first date out since March.  We went to our first Podcast taping at the Varsity Theater.

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It was nice to be together, doing something new and laughing our asses off!

This has by far been the most memorable summer.  Photography has been great, my marriage has had some get highs and my daughter amazes me everyday.  I am so thankful that I get to be home enjoying this precious time with her.  Taking her swimming for the first time, enjoying our walks, seeing her excitement at Story Hour, watching her do yoga moves and dressing her up in pretty summer clothes!  We share stories and cook together, I show her how to put on make up and how to fold laundry.  She teaches me to not be so serious and share our happiness with ones that deserve it. Also how to do a perfect Child’s pose in yoga.

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I may be slipping in some parts of my life but all in all I am on the right track of positivity, health and happiness.  I will be better, I promise.

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Found this on Pinterest.  Had to have it!

Father of the year.

It was Steve’s first Father’s Day this past weekend.  He didn’t want any gifts, he just wanted to see the new Superman movie.  So while O and I were at his sister’s on Friday he took a half day and went, Happy Father’s Day Dear.

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On Sunday, we went to his sister’s house for lunch and to hang out.  It was a beautiful day.  O woke up in a great mood and Daddy dressed her.  I wanted to make some Olive art.  So for the dads we painted the kids feet and pressed them on canvas.  Brandon got his three kids, Grandpa got all four kids and Steve got Olive’s masterpiece.  I love it!  It’s now framed in our stairway.

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Olive seriously has the best daddy!  He is very hands on and very attentive to her.  When I first started dating Steve I questioned his paternal instinct.  But back then we weren’t having kids we decided so I moved on.  I could have never expected or asked for a better man to raise a baby with.  I know I am a better person because of him but it makes my life complete knowing that Olive will be a great human because of him.

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Happy Father’s Day, Babe!  We love you!