1 is the number of new blogs I've been reading today (click here to view: http://www.mycharmingkids.net/)
521 is the number of followers she has (holy cow!)
13 is the number I have (not that I'm comparing... I don't do that!)
3 + 1 is the number of kids she has (one on the way) - and, by the way, she uses nicknames, but I figured them all out... took me awhile!
5 is the number of things she and I have in common - love for photography, for our children, for cute children's fashions, for home decorating, for NOT cooking.
Her site is worth checking out - she's a photographer and her pictures are what I love the most. She also creates amusing contests, such as "Name this photo," where she asks her readers to write a "caption" for a photo of her kids, and picks a winner... or "Not Me Monday," where she reflects on things she DIDN'T do over the week (my example: "I didn't spend the entire evening reading a blog when Aidan finally went to sleep. I never stay up later than when Aidan first shuts his peepers. I would never do that. Not me!")
Why I am writing so much about her? Well... sometimes you just get inspired. Her photographs inspired me to be brave and take pictures of the Pod today with the macro lens (you know, the one I have to manually focus, which is super hard for me!). And I'm tempted to add some orange accent pillows to my living room couch. : ) And I'm still trying to find that perfect blog layout...
Anyway, here are my cutie bug's pictures of the day...
Enjoying the jumperoo thingy...
Notice my baby's blues aren't so blue! And you may wonder why he always has a bib on lately? Enter Exhibit A. : )
Practicing with the manual focus - how am I doing??
Aidan figured out how to manuever his first toy!!! He was turning and cranking away at this thing!
Ok, let me preface these next pictures with a little background info: my favorite group of girlfriends at school bought Aidan this awesome Radio Flyer. It's been sitting in my living room (to the disdain of dear Chadly) since May and I've been dying to use it. Finally, IDEA!! Put him in the bumbo, in the wagon. Yes! Perfect. My mom and I had great fun wheeling him around a few weeks ago... and Chad had even more fun when I showed him Aidan's new trick! So the other day, I took Aidan out in the cul-de-sac to check the mail, and my favorite neighbor Jennifer and her kids were just pulling in and thought Aidan was the cutest thing! Her son even came running out with a big [dirty] frog umbrella to shade Aidan's eyes! So... I may have taken Aidan out in it again today. I may have wanted the neighbors to oogle over him and think he was so precious. And I may have taken him all the way down to the park to show him off, when I didn't run into ANY neighbors along the way. I may have. : ) My favorite part (and Chad's too)? How he hangs onto the side rail, like a big person!! And I swear when we were about to go down a big bump on the sidewalk, he hung on like he was bracing himself. He's already preparing himself for Daddy's driving!! heehee
He really WAS having a good time... until the ride was over and Mom didn't take him out of the wagon, but took a long photo session instead...
Looking at Sasha - he definitely has my scowly eyebrows!
See, I'm getting better! He's in focus and Sasha's blurry.
And now Sasha's the focus - I'm getting it, I'm getting it!! Sasha obviously does too, as she poses for the camera...
"Mom, if you don't me out of the sun... I'm... going... to... SNEEEZE!!!!"
"Ok, enough. Time for my bottle, woman."
So, I'm still in search of the perfect blog layout... I do NOT understand why Blogger doesn't have more to chose from. And I've gone to "thecutestblogontheblock," but most of those Chad thinks are "too busy." Seriously? He has an opinion about my blog layout? Well, I guess it's about HIS family, after all. By the way, I know I said I got his permission to post that totally awesome picture of him with his snazzy silver belt... but he was a little shocked to see it "for real." heehee Too late!! (don't tell him there's an edit button)...