Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Our internet is down so I'm currently super behind in blogging, tweeting, email, etc. Sorry. :(

I'm at our friend's house using their computer for a few minutes to catch up on some work related emails and I wanted to share with you a few photos of the wedding that I photographed on August 13th in Canton, Minnesota.

Enjoy! :)










When I get a decent amount of time at someone's house or when our internet is back up (not until 8/31!!!) you can expect a review of Swanson Vitamins products, reviews of amber teething necklaces (and two giveaways!!), and Olive's 6 month photos & update. Until then.. hope you're all doing well and don't forget about me!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

jumping bean.

If Olive were a bean she'd be of the jumping variety.

I must have bounced too often while pregnant.

Maybe I spent too much time sitting on a yoga ball.

Or maybe it had something to do with the miserable Minnesota potholes I drove over a million times a day.

I bet it was the special needs kiddo hiphop class I participated in with Amanda and rhw.

Who knows.

All I know is: If Olive were a bean she'd be of the jumping variety.

Basically the little thing needs to bounce to fall asleep. So I've spent many hours of my life bouncing on our yoga ball. This was especially useful and/or terrible during Olive's colicy phase. I was quite excited to introduce Olive to a Johnny Jump Up I found on Freecycle last autumn. Unfortunately I was reminded of the Johnny Jump Up a month or two after Olive's little legs were able to support her weight.. so we could have been finding great amusement so much sooner. But oh well.

Olive loves the Johnny Jump Up. I'm amazed at how long she will stay in it. Sometimes I feel bad about how long she'll stay in it.. but she really likes it! Sometimes I give her a cucumber slice, sometimes I give her some toys. Other times she watches me vacuum, wash the dishes, or cook dinner. It took her only a day or two to figure out and remember how to make herself bounce. Now she's a pro. She just may become a professional pogo-stick-er.

It's really funny to see her jump.

But the highlight of this Johnny Jump Up experience would be the time she fell asleep while jumping. Oh my goodness. You should have been there.

I had a few things hanging from the side that made a little "tap tap" sound as they hit the floor while she jumped. I was not facing her at the time but was very close and could hear the "tap tap".

I heard it. "tap tap tap tap"

And then nothing.

And then "tap tap tap."

And then nothing.

My little bug had her arms up on the tray folded over with her head tipped to the side and she was sleeping. SLEEPING.

This was the first time I had ever experienced Olive falling asleep unassisted. By unassisted I mean no bouncing in arms, no bouncing on ball, no adult assistance.

I nearly screamed!

Then then I heard "tap tap tap."

And then nothing.





Monday, August 1, 2011

five months old.

A little over a week ago Olive turned five months old. I took photos of her that day but I'm late to the post as I've been busy with Frost on Flower. Which isn't a bad thing.

The day was pretty typical with the exception of the photo session.

At five months old Olive's highlights include:

Eating food
Sitting up (but tipping over immediately due to reaching for things)
Rolling over and then over again and then over again
Turning around in circles on her tummy
Responding to her name consistently
Eating books
Playing with toys in new ways
Jumping up and down in her Johnny Jump Up
Sleeping in our bed at night as she has outgrown her bassinet
Laughing less awkwardly than before
Kissing her momma
And probably millions of things that I'm forgetting about.