Monday, March 28, 2011

The tragedy of first position

Oh goodness, I love this.
If I ever have a little girl that I put in dance.. I imagine she will be a little bit like this.
Oh, I hope so. :)

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

A Thief.. and a Recipe!

For those of you who like to blog, whether it's to share snippets of your life, photographs, recipes, or whatever else, this is what it's like to try and share these things when you have children...

Yummy, super easy, Shrimp Asparagus dish I wanted to share with you..

welcome sneaky little fingers..

 help yourself.

"Don't mind if I do!"

 Little stinker.

Here's the recipe for those interested:
(keep in mind.. I like to just throw everything in the pan so the amounts can vary)

Shrimp Asparagus

4 cloves of fresh garlic
( I am pretty much in love with fresh garlic so even though this might already seem like plenty to the average person, I usually use even more)
2 T. Butter
(I use frozen pre-cooked shrimp and thaw it out under cold running water first)
Asparagus Bunch
(the thin asparagus is definitely the best in my opinion but the thick stuff would work too)
Lemon Pepper
Salt & Pepper
A fresh lemon

Chop fresh garlic into itsy bitsy pieces and break tough ends off of Asparagus, set both aside. Melt butter in a pan on the stove over medium/high heat (closer to medium).  Add chopped garlic.  Add asparagus and shrimp.  Sprinkle lemon pepper, salt and pepper over mixture (amount depends on your preference) and stir it all together.  Cover and cook for up to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
(Keep an eye on the asparagus, if you like it more soft and tender, cook it longer, if you like it more crunchy, don't cook it as long.)
Remove from heat and squeeze lemon juice over it. (I LOVE lemon juice so I usually squeeze a TON over my own plate)


Thursday, March 24, 2011

My face is broken.

Mason is learning so much these days.
He tries so hard to understand everything around him and is constantly wearing his "thinking face" as he is figuring things out that he didn't quite understand before.
I love it.  I love seeing my little boy come to understand things.
I love helping him learn. And most of all, I love the innocent way he looks at the world.

The other day he was drinking an ice cold smoothie and every time he would take a long sip he would yell in frustration, "My face is broken!"
This happened after every big sip he took.
It took us a while before we learned that he was saying that every time he got a brain freeze! 
It was the cutest thing ever.

Until today... Mason was crying over something and he pointed to the tears coming from his eyes and said, "Mama, my eyes are broken!"

Apparently his body is breaking one piece at a time.

Monday, March 21, 2011

on being deaf.

Because of my degree and my connections with Deaf people, I get asked a lot of questions about my opinions on many different topics related to deaf people and the Deaf community, some of which I have a hard time answering.
Not because I don't understand them (for the most part) or know where I stand on each specific topic..
but because I am not the most eloquent person and I want to explain my thoughts the very best I can because there is already so much confusion and so many misunderstandings about Deaf people.
I LOVE what I have studied so far in college and I hope to someday continue my education in this area and go back for a master's degree.
Because of my love for this, I want to share with you a post from my friend Becca.
She is a fantastic writer and she successfully explained SO much in such a short post here.

Thursday, March 10, 2011


My sweet friend unexpectedly lost her beautiful baby boy yesterday. 
Please pray for their family.
My family and I have been on the recipient end of many prayers and I know it makes a difference.
Even if it just helps them feel a little extra peace right now, that will help.
Thank you.

image: me, Dancing Toad Photography

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

One fun blog.

Today my sweet friend Becca featured my play kitchen on her blog.

I was SO flattered when she asked me as her blog is one of the loveliest.
Seriously, it's definitely a favorite of mine.
Check her out here.
You won't be disappointed.
She is one of those people you secretly want to be more like
because she's spunky, sweet, unique and amazingly pretty all at the same time.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Present Joy

"While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about."

Today Mason came to me with a box in his hand.
He was trying SO incredibly hard to hide the huge smile on his face.
He handed the box to me and said, "Mama, I have a present for you."

I opened it to find this...

He found these hair-things in my hair drawer.

I love how much joy he had, giving me something that he knew I would like and I would use.

Best. present. ever.