Monday, December 13, 2010

Student vs Mommy (a must read)

I am a single mom. 

I am a Photography student, at MATC. 

And I have been beyond stressed and rushed and frustrated in the past few weeks. 
Cramming for final exams, projects and presentations. Of course I save my presentation for the LAST night before it's due. STRESS? Yeah, but like I learned in Psychology. Some people need stress to be productive. Some people like to procrastinate, and really buckle down at the last minute and put all their blood, sweat and tears into it. 
Then...BOOM! It's done, it's over. 
Instant bright cloud over my head-TAKE THAT WORLD! 
I love the challenge!

So, it's my last night of homework....for the year! Every moment in the night revolves around Tenlee. We slide home from work and daycare-taking 35 minutes to travel approx. 3.5 miles. Tenlee says: "Mom, wet's go....c'mon cars!" I try to explain the snow and the ice and that everyone else is trying to get home too. She doesn't care. Are you kidding me? She wants a snack! We get home, we get the mail, we hardly have our boots off and it's "Mama, hurry....I hungry!" She runs to plug in the Christmas tree (yes, it was the very first thing she did-besides open the refrigerator of course). I have no idea where she picks up those habits?!? I unload the dishwasher, help put groceries away and start to make dinner. Tenlee preoccupied with throwing balls all throughout the house. We eat, we clean up, we cuddle and we giggle. Just like that-it's bedtime. And I have one unhappy little girl. We read a story. I say good-nite. We give kisses and hugs and kisses and hugs! Ok, one last kiss with a BIG I love you!

Alright, ok! I beeline it to my office, I mean bedroom slash storage unit slash big ole pit of laundry that needs to get done. I start to type. I must have been sitting there for a good half-hour uninterrupted. When just like that I hear: "Mama, I have ta as(s) you a question"? 

What, Tenlee!?

She just stands there......

Those rosy red - I really am tired cheeks!

I look over and this is where she was..... 
What a little stinker!

And this is where she should be.....

Tucked in bed!

Sweet Dreams!
Now...I am off to cuddle with the cutest little girl on Earth!
There isn't enough homework in the world that could keep me away!

St. Nick came....a week ago!

I'm a little late....but I thought I'd quick post a few pictures of Miss T when St. Nick arrived!

Waiting the arrival of St. Nick!

All sorts of goodies!

T couldn't believe that St. Nick actually came...and he left us candy and fruit.
Can he come every night?

What a doll!

She LOVES Curious George!

Cheezin' with mommy!
Now we're waiting for the big man...he can't come soon enough! Tenlee's really trying to be a good girl, in anticipation of EVERY single item on her list!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


You have to check out my new website at Shutterfly.

Really quick post, but you can take a sneak peek at the project I've been working on for school!!

A day in the life of a toddler...

Sunday, December 5, 2010

O Christmas Tree.....O Christmas Tree.

'Tis the Season!!!!

We had so much fun today picking out our tree. We were the only ones at the Christmas tree's a top secret location! haha

Auntie Nae getting a sled ride from Miss T!

That would be her first "face-plant" of the season!


Tenlee getting a ride! Go faster Nae Nae.
Tenlee in front of her very own Christmas Tree!
Merry Christmas-Merry Christmas!

Tenlee helping Papa cut down our cute little tree!

Good work T.

Papa working hard.

NaeNae's turn!

Roll out....old man!

Grandpa & Grandma love me.

Now on to decorating.....more to come soon!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

First Snow 2010

It snowed!!! 
(why I use exclamation marks-I don't know) 

Winter is officially here.....although these guys are still hangin' around

I should probably do something about that.
I don't really care for's wet, it's cold, and it has the potential to put my car in the ditch. Not to mention: the bottoms of my pants won't be dry until the end of April. Ugh, I hate that!

But I love getting to see this!
However....I had one excited little girl this morning when she peeked out the window. "Mama, it snowed" in a mad dash to get her new boots!

Outside we went....

We played. We ran. We made snow angels. We built a "fort". We laughed.
But before long...We were cold.


"I very very wike it"

 And what more could a girl want with hot chocolate, of course...


Gotta love her!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

THIS is what I'm thankful for...




 These on good days......

These on bad days.....


But most of all.....

 This little girl!