Thursday, May 30, 2013

Life & Lemons

Well. Things are crazy.

If you don't know me, or haven't caught one of my rare "I WORK THREE JOBS AND I'M TIRED" status'.... here is the sitch.

Yes, I work three jobs and I classify jobs by something I get paid for. :)

We'll start with what starts first in my day, since I really can't put them in order of importance or any of that. I love them all.

I am a paraprofessional in an Elementary School. What do I do? I pull small groups out of class and work with them on reading and math, trying to get them up to grade level. It is the closest I can get to being a teacher, with out actually having my own classroom.

I am a photographer. I am pretty sure I graduated from momtography over a year ago.  If you don't believe me, you can check me out here.

I am an author. That sounds way cooler than it is, because I'm not published or doing book tours or planning out the movie. I self-publish my own books but so far they've been doing pretty well.

Here is my Author Page on Amazon.

Anyway, this post is more about what is coming next. What now? School lets out on June 6th, which means we have FIVE days left. This summer will be different than any other I've had thus far. My girls will be staying in school and I'll be working from home. Photography keeps me plenty busy, for one, and I also need to work on the third book in my Exceptional series.

I also will not be going back to school in the Fall, at least full-time. I am going to be subbing 2-3 days a week and focusing on photography/writing/housework the other days. Right now I got to school from 9-3:30, get home with both girls around 4:30, and start up photography/book work until bedtime.

I am really looking forward to getting my work done during the day so that I can finally be a mom at night. I want to be able to cook dinner and play with my girls when they are home from school, not expect them to entertain themselves because I have work to do. I am looking forward to getting the cleaning done during the day so we are not scrambling on Saturday mornings. I am looking forward to being able to be more efficient in my other jobs, now that I will not be working full-time. Especially this summer, where I will have four whole days to work! I plan on keeping the girls home for Fun Fridays if I can. :)

This post has no pictures so it is boring, but I will have some of the girls coming up. Plus some party planning stuff for Molly's 3rd Birthday!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Early Release

Rogue is now available for Kindle!

I know what you are thinking. What happened to March 22nd? Well, I was trying to make it available for Pre-Order and Amazon wasn't having it. Somehow it popped up as for sale this morning, so we are going with it.

SURPRISE for you!

Friday, March 8, 2013

March Madness

And no, I'm not talking about the basketball brackets.

March is a really chaotic month for me this year. Not only am I booked solid with photo sessions and keeping busy at work, but I am also releasing my second book this month. It comes out on the 22nd so it is GO time with final edits and marketing.

I've also gotten the organization bug, so when I just CANNOT edit pictures or work on my book any longer, I end up in a closet or the pantry, moving things around. So far I am just managing to move stuff around, but the theme of this summer is PURGE!

SO I'm still here, just a little mad. Mad as in crazy.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Brookie Boo

I feel like it will take me weeks just to catch you up on my life!

Brooke turned 4 in October. 4!!! She is such a big girl now, no longer a toddler even. She goes to "school" which translates to preschool/daycare. She likes to pick out her own clothes and can often be seen with a skirt over her pants. She likes to wear pretty headbands and have her nails painted.

She is SO sweet and mothering and just loves Molly. She has her moments but for the most part is a good listener and stays out of trouble. Her biggest complaint is when we pick out her clothes [she doesn't think we make her pretty enough] or if we wake her up in the morning. I can already see the issues ahead with school in two years.

She is in ballet once a week and is getting super excited for her recital in May. She is going to be in the front row so I hope she performs. At her Christmas play she was in the front and just stared at the crowd with wide eyes.

She still has her sassy moments....

OH and right now she is in a Cutest Kid Contest so feel free to vote for her. You can vote 5 times from each device and browser, and the voting ends Monday!

Brooke thanks you!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Maniac Molly

P.S. I threw together a shoddy blog header with an update picture. I guess I'll make this place look pretty later.

Yes, I just started my post with a P.S.

This is probably going to be a new Monday series. I could also call it Good Golly, Miss Molly. Ohhhhh man is Molly naughty. It could be second child syndrome, or maybe it is the blonde hair... we aren't sure, but she is a little stinker. I've considering taking pictures of all the crap she destroys/does and making books out of them, so that one day I can show her future boyfriends so they know what they might be getting in to. When a man asked for her hand in marriage I can whip them out and say, "You know, there is a 50/50 chance you will have a child like THIS".

Maybe not. I was a child just like Molly and I turned out okay. At least I think.

SO let's talk about what Molly did last week. For starters, she left the house and ran down to our neighbors house. Don't worry, our dog went with her. By the time I realized it she was on her way back because "Mason wasn't home".

She really likes to destroy bags of food. If she can get a hold of a bag of chips, and she will go to any length to find one, she will jump on it until it opens, dump the contents on the carpet, and do chip angels. The same applies to boxes of cereal.

So far our tally is:

8 bags of chips wasted
7 boxes of cereal wasted

I know what you are thinking. Surely NOT this sweet girl...

Oh yes, that sweet girl. She is a sweetie pie for everyone else, and about 10% of the time with me. She doesn't go on a tasmania devil reenactment unless left alone. If we have our eyes on her, she is normally pulling out the normal two year old antics. But leave her alone for two minutes and there goes your living room, bathroom, and half the kitchen.

I have to laugh the majority of the time. These days, she just puts herself in time. I find her there often saying, "I was bad, I'm tinkin' bout what I did".

Good Golly, Miss Molly.

Sunday, February 17, 2013


Sometimes I forget to blog for 8 months.

Sometimes I forget to clean my room and instead watch Brave with my little loves.

Sometimes I forget I'm on a diet and find a hidden pack of butterfinger bites.

Sometimes I want to do certain things to spite certain people.

Sometimes I complain about procrastinators when I am procrastinating on my own projects.

Sometimes I decide to come back to blogging. So here I am.