Tuesday, August 7, 2012 with 1 comment

My first baby. Lily.


posing pretty

favorite duck


lily bean

8 years old, and up until a few weeks ago, healthy.

Fast forward to two weeks ago, and all of a sudden, Lily is falling over after being startled awake, will only turn to the left, has only a fraction of her normal lab energy, and is bumping into things on her right side. Including slamming into the car door.

They have tested her for all sorts of things, and it looks like Lilybean is losing vision in her right eye. It would explain a lot… why she is clumsy when things are left on the floor out of her view, why she fell down the stairs, why she is SO startled when people sneak up on her right side. Now the big question… WHY is she losing her vision?

I have to say, I’m scared. I’ve been fighting back tears all weekend thinking about it. I had hoped that she would live a long healthy life, be there when Ben started school, be around until he was old enough to remember her. Be around long enough for our (eventual) 2nd kid to know her, and possibly have vague memories of her. She was my first dog, and my uber companion when I lived alone in Illinois. She was the reason I met some amazing people at the dog park in Virginia, and she has always been an amazing dog. I put my heart and soul into her well being, and it devastates me to think I could lose her soon. I know it’s inevitable, but this just caught me so off guard. She went from healthy, running around the yard like crazy, jumping into our pool crazy dog, to a dog who looks terrified and scared on a daily basis.

So think good thoughts. We have an appointment with an opthamalogist tomorrow morning. I hope to get more answers as to the cause of her vision loss, and hope it’s by some miracle, treatable. At the very least, I just want her to gain some quality of life back.

I’ll update when I know more, but meanwhile, going to give her lots of hugs tonight.

(Ben is 3 years 7 months 2 weeks and 3 days old)

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Monthly Challenge: Motherhood

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 with 2 comments

I’m a few days late for this month’s entry for the ClickinMoms challenge, but I did manage to find a few photos for how I view “motherhood”. At first I was going to be a bit jaded, and post about how sometimes motherhood is knowing how to give yourself some overdue quiet time at the dinner table:


Sometimes everyone needs a little Caillou :)

But then I went through some of our photos from our vacation trip in February, and thought this one was much more appropriate:

How I view... motherhood

Great-grandma taking time out to watch for big trucks roll by the window with Ben. He looks forward to doing this every trip, and Gigi makes sure they always have a good spot :) Motherhood doesn’t stop with your own children… it keeps growing with theirs.

Check out how Rebecca views motherhood over at Francis Family Fun :)

(Ben is 3 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day old)

Monthly Challenge: Friendship

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 with 1 comment

This month’s theme for the Clickin Moms challenge was displaying how I view “friendship”. I’m a sucker for kids and dogs, and since I married someone who also views dogs as part of the family, it was inevitable that our son be hooked as well :) I captured Ben with our neighbors dog, Goose, both taking a “time out” from the Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday. Nothing beats “man’s best friend” to epitomize how I view friendship.


To view Rebecca’s (from Francis Family Fun) take on this month’s theme, follow her here

Contest – Need your vote!

Sunday, April 1, 2012 with no comments

And with that, I’ve entered my first photo contest. Even if I don’t win anything, I love these photos, and seeing my name linked with the title “photographer” actually made me smile. I entered the “landscape” category, and while the winner is determined by a panel of judges, they also have a “People’s Choice” category, where you can vote for your favorite. So if you have a minute, I’d love your vote! Click the link below to see my two photos I entered, and you get one vote per email address:

You can also take a minute to scan through all of the other entries at FotoDC’s Cherry Blossoms site :) Such gorgeous, gorgeous photos!!

(Ben is 3 years 3 months 2 weeks and 4 days old)

Monthly Challenge: happiness

Sunday, April 1, 2012 with 2 comments

I never posted the photos I took from our trip to NY for President’s Day weekend, but I thought these photos that I captured while upstate definitely fit this month’s theme of how I view “happiness” :) Or rather, how BEN views happiness :) He LOVES the snow (well, he does now that he can stand and run in it without falling over), and we managed to find a bit to play with despite the warmer weather they had early like we did. His happiness is infectious, and we are so lucky to have such a happy kid. He has always been a happy baby, and not counting his typical toddler moodiness, he makes us laugh a LOT:






Playing with his grandparents and Daddy while on vacation is definitely up there in his top things he gets super happy about ;)

See how the other ladies from ClickinMoms viewed “happiness” this month, starting with Jessica from “She’s Not Tall, She’s Clever”

(Ben is 3 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days old)

Project 52: Week 13

Friday, March 30, 2012 with no comments

I knew this week would be tough, for getting this week’s theme of “catchlights”, having eye contact usually helps. Catchlights are the lights that you “catch” in the eyes of your subject. And Ben is still pretty anti-camera, so I had to settle for capturing them while he was distracted ;) He’s growing up so fast!


week 13: catchlights

I’m still hanging in there with the “52 week challenge” and I actually LOVE challenging myself to do something new each week. Next year, even if I don’t do a “challenge” I’ll still aim for finding different subjects each week!

(Ben is 3 years 3 months 2 weeks and 1 day old)

Project 52: Week 12

Sunday, March 25, 2012 with no comments

I’ve been brainstorming all week for this week’s “white” theme… and then I decided to try and capture it during my trek down to the cherry blossoms this morning. Even though it called for rain all week, I kept hoping that miraculously I’d get a few dry hours in the morning. And I woke up to NO RAIN!! :) I rushed down to the Tidal Basin, and even though the rain had knocked out the majority of the trees, I still found a few blooming :)


I’ll dedicate another post to the cherry blossom photos, I’m really REALLY happy with how they came out, murky skies and all. I have some serious lens envy now, too, after using the wide angle lens and getting such great results. I’m going to be so sad to give it back!

Happy Sunday!

(Ben is 3 years 3 months 1 week 3 days old)

Project 52: Week 11

Thursday, March 15, 2012 with no comments

It’s been in the high 70’s (even low 80’s!) this week, and with daylight savings time giving us an extra hour of daylight at night, we finally got a chance to spend some time outside :) Perfect time for this week’s “motion” theme:

week eleven: motion

And then Ben had some fun breaking in his old sandbox and I captured some motion “outtakes”:

week eleven: motion outtakes

week eleven: motion outtakes

Really looking forward to spring! :)

(Ben is 3 years and 3 months old)