Some Ava pics

I’ve been playing around with my friend’s camera, trying to get a feel for it the past couple of days. It helps to have an adorable subject to photograph (yes, I’m biased), but doesn’t help that she won’t sit still for more than a second at at time. ;)
Anyway, here are a few pics I’ve taken of my lil sweetie.

Sitting with our pumpkins (pumpas).

Time for a bath!

Playing with leaves.

Fun with sticks.

Waving to a duck in the pond.

Also, I finally scored a toy shopping cart today. (I’ve been trying to track down a used one for a while now.) I was driving by a kids’ resale shop and noticed a little boy in the doorway with a cart. I went in and asked if it was for sale and found out the little boy’s mom has JUST brought it in. I paid $7.99 for it and now Ava has something to push her babies (and everything else) around in. Yay! :)

Thriving on one income


Tomorrow is our second Cherished Children API (Attachment Parenting International) meeting. I’m especially looking forward to it because we are having a financial advisor (someone Jody and I had an initial consulation with) speak about surviving and thriving on one income. I think we’ll have a really good turnout because money (or lack thereof) is such an important issue for so many people who want to have one parent stay home with the kids while the other works.

This particular financial advisor is the father of three – two biological children and one adopted – and his wife stays at home with them. So he definitely sees the value to having one parent stay at home and likes to help others achieve it as well.

Jody and I met with him about a month ago to help get our finances in order, develop a budget, find out what else we can do to make ends meet, etc. We have a lot of paperwork we need to complete and information (tax returns, insurance policies, 401K info, etc.) to gather before we go back to see him again. It’s coming along slowly but surely, though I am the one pursuing most of it and trying to keep us on track.

Since Jody works only a few blocks from where our AP meeting takes place, he might stop in for a while. We had one dad come to our first meeting and are hoping to attract more and more since a lot of the information we cover in our meetings is beneficial to the whole family. :)
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I can’t believe it’s already after 2 p.m. today! Ava woke up early this morning, played around for like an hour and a half, then we both went back to sleep and didn’t get up til almost noon. Oops! Anyway, I feel like the day is practically over and it only just started for us. I’m glad I got my baking done yesterday and Sunday – 4 loaves of yummy zucchini bread with chocolate chips.

We’re off to run errands and take some pics. I’m borrowing a friend’s (super wowee) camera for the week to get accustomed to it because I’m using it to take family pictures for her on her daughter’s first birthday in a couple weeks. I’m loving the quality of pics I get off this camera. Can’t wait til I can afford a nicer one for myself (and my future photography business)! Ahhh, someday! :)

Winter storm (what?!) headed our way


This from The Weather Channel:

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM MDT MONDAY…

A RAIN AND SNOW MIXTURE WILL TURN TO ALL SNOW BY MIDNIGHT. THE SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES ESPECIALLY NEAR THE FOOTHILLS FROM BOULDER SOUTHWARD AND ACROSS PALMER DIVIDE AREA THROUGH MONDAY. TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO 18 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED ACROSS THE FRONT RANGE I-25 CORRIDOR…WITH THE HEAVIEST SNOW OVER THE SOUTHERN SECTIONS OF THE DENVER METRO AREA. UP TO 2 FEET OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE OVER DOUGLAS AND WESTERN ELBERT COUNTIES.

THIS AMOUNT OF SNOW WILL PRODUCE CONSIDERABLE AND POTENTIALLY DEVASTATING TREE DAMAGE. WIDESPREAD AND PROLONGED POWER OUTAGES CAN BE EXPECTED.

REMEMBER…A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS HAZARDOUS WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE IMMINENT OR HIGHLY LIKELY. SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE OCCURRING OR EXPECTED. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

Well, I’m off to bed. It doesn’t sound like we should get hit too hard by this so I hope we won’t lose electricity in the middle of the night or Monday or it’s gonna get downright cold in here!

I’m so not ready for snow yet! It’s barely fall for pete’s sake. :o(

Update 10/10/05: Guess it was a false alarm. It didn’t get cold enough for snow where I live (whew!), but we sure are getting a lot of rain.

What Amy needs and more

I woke up at 4:30 this morning and couldn’t go back to sleep. So after an hour of laying in bed, I decided to get up and online. I did some photography research and a little catching up on blogs and, before I went back to bed and crashed for a couple more hours, found this fun idea on Kristi’s blog.

Go to Google. Type in “(your first name) needs” Use the quotes (come on, you knew that, right?) for it to work. Pick five (or more) random “needs” you have and list them.

It’s pretty amusing what results you get. :oD Give it a try and post yours on your own blog.

Here are my top seven picks (because I couldn’t stop at just five):

1. Amy needs a drug-dealer’s testimony to free a teenager wrongfully accused of murder.

2. Amy needs to either wake up or start getting some extra will-power.

3. I don’t believe that Amy needs sex.

4. A little shy and laid-back, Amy needs to find a home where she can spend her golden years and be a cherished member of the family.

5. Amy needs to contact her phone service and have her number listed so her adoring public may contact her directly and quit bothering me.

6. Amy needs some therapy, if you ask me.

7. Amy needs income.

Also wanted to give a shout out to everyone who donated money to the Fourth Annual Boobie-thon. The total amount raised this year was $9240.40 — $7885.00 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation — and $1355.40 for the American Red Cross. That’s awesome!! :) Thank you!! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, click here.

And lastly, going hand-in-hand with #7 above – “Amy needs income” – I want to announce some new Halloween designs I did for my online shop. (Pretty sly, eh?) ;)
The onesies for babies and t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies and jerseys for kids say: “Mama’s lil pumpkin” “Daddy’s lil pumpkin” “Grandma’s lil pumpkin” and “Grandpa’s lil pumpkin.” So if you are looking for a cute gift idea for a little one this Halloween, check them out. :) Thanks!
Here’s an example:

Blogger Boobie-thon 2005

OK, OK, I know the title is a bit suggestive. And the contents of the Boobie-thon site are definitely suggestive (the main page is work-safe, but the picture pages are NOT). BUT, BUT, BUT, BUT…it’s all for a good cause.

The Blogger Boobie-thon is in it’s fourth year of celebrating and honoring boobs (of both women and men) while raising money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and this year, also the American Red Cross to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Anyone and everyone (18 years old and up) can submit pictures to the site. Covered boob pics go on the free page and bare boob pics go on the password-protected pay-to-view page. Donors must pledge at least $50 to see the uncovered boobs.

As I said, both men and women participate, including several breast cancer survivors. All photos are posted anonymously. Participants can have their website linked on a participants’ page in random order, but there is no tie to the picture (so no one knows who’s boobs are who’s!).

$8696.30 was raised in 2004. This year’s total raised so far is $6790.40 (last updated 4:35 p.m. EDT on 10/06/05). The event officially kicked off on Saturday, October 1, 2005, and will run through 11:59 p.m. EDT on Saturday, October 8, 2005, so there’s still time to make a donation. Even if it’s $5 or $10, every bit counts.

The Boobie-thon was featured in a WIRED magazine article. From the article: One blogger says

“she still thinks the Boobie-Thon is “genius.””It’s a way to flip it around,” she says. “We take our power back. It’s like, ‘These are our boobs and we’re raising money with them.’ It’s not done in a trashy way at all.”

It should also be noted that

…this is not porn. “Our (website) host does not house pornographic websites on (its) servers, and does not consider our content as such,” Robyn (founder of Boobie-thon) says. “Although some breasts are uncovered on the password-protected site, we do not accept sexually explicit photographs.”

I wish I would’ve learned of this earlier on so that I could do my part to promote it and breast cancer awareness for the entire week.

Help support breast cancer research, education and outreach by making a donation today! No amount is too small! Or if you are feeling adventurous, submit your photo.

Fellow bloggers, if you’d like to put up a link to the Boobie-thon on your site, go here.

What’s that? You want to know if I submitted a picture for the cause? Yes, yes, I did. Three in fact. Which ones are they? Well, here’s a hint – they are (or will soon be) posted in the free section (so, yes, my boobs are covered). ;) Two were just for fun and one includes a PSA about the correlation between breastfeeding and the risk of developing breast cancer. That one I will share with you here.
From the American Cancer Society website- “Some studies have shown that breast-feeding slightly lowers breast cancer risk, especially if the breast-feeding lasts 1½ to 2 years. This could be because breast-feeding lowers a woman’s total number of menstrual periods, as does pregnancy. One study found that having more children and breast-feeding longer could reduce the risk of breast cancer by half.”

Here are a couple articles with information about how breastfeeding can help lower the risk of breastfeeding:
Extra breastfeeding ‘prevents cancer’
Can breastfeeding protect you from breast cancer?
What Causes Breast Cancer?
101 Reasons to Breastfeed

Make a donation today! :) Thanks!

Hmm, I was just thinking about it and I’m guessing they won’t be able to post that pic of me and the babe cuz she’s a minor. Arg. Guess we’ll just wait and see what they do with it. Here I thought I was being so creative. I guess it’s the thought that counts, right?

Update 9:15 p.m. 10/6/05: They used my breastfeeding pic after all. (It’s on page 5.)Yay! :-)

HNT # 4 – Footsie

It’s time for another round of Half-Nekkid Thursday. I missed last week’s since I was on vacation and admit I didn’t prepare well for this week’s. My daughter brought a shoe out of my closet to me earlier in the week and as it sat here beside me this morning, I decided to throw it on for an impromptu pic for HNT. So here’s my foot and shoe (and a little leg). :)

Now go see who else is playing HNT this week over at Osbasso’s! Or read the Guidelines for HNT.