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If my daughter is Supergirl, does that make me Supermom?

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

I hope so, though rarely do I feel like it. Yesterday morning I thought I had a chance at capturing the title. It started with waking up at 5:30a.m. to do a mini-workout before the girls got up. Amara woke up at 6:30am and Aya by 7am. By 9am I had them fed, dressed, and dishes washed. I was caffeinated, dressed, and even had time to eat a bite myself. I must have been feeling ambitious because I decided it was a perfect day to whip up a Supergirl cape for Aya.

A little back story… Aya comes home from DayCare constantly talking about playing “Supergirl.” What I’ve gathered so far is that Supergirl(s) go to a special school to  learn how to fight. They have power but when they die they have to wait for their power to come back. They work in conjunction with “Rodax” and “Bouncy Eyes” to fight bad guys. Bottom line is, I have no idea what she’s talking about. But I know she loves it and I thought I should try to take an interest in her interests.

Fast forward to Sunday. The girls’ eyes look a little pink, mind you I had JUST taken Amara in on Saturday to make sure she didn’t have an ear infection. We got the all clear but when I took the girls on Monday, sure enough, pink eye for both and an ear infection for Amara. This resulted in me staying at home with the munchkins for two days.

So back to Supergirl capes. I had some random scraps of fabric and began piecing together a cape for Aya then I realized that every superhero needs a sidekick so I figured I should make something up for Amara as well. Here was the result… be kind, I had about an hour and a half of work time while Aya watched “Alpha and Omega” (which I love by the way) and sewed half of them with Amara on my lap watching.

A couple side notes…. Although I started out strong in feeling like I could be the best mom ever, the evening ended with one random meal thrown together, the longest time-out ever,  and FINALLY some Francis Coppola Claret (FYI, I share this link and info cause I like it, not cause I’m a wine connoisseur) . On the upside, I consulted with my husband (the graphic designer) and the photo below may be the first time I’ve appropriately used Comic Sans. :)

Spice it up!

Friday, January 21st, 2011

I was going through some photos and came across something I meant to post a while back. For Brent’s big 3-0 I asked a friend of ours to help me switch a Sailor Jerry label to read Sailor Brenty. I came up with the clever wording and Eric made the design for me. I tell you, sometimes it’s the little things that make your husband know how much you love him and how well you know him. I knew he’d appreciate the humor, the spoofing of the design, and of course the contents of the bottle.

Really though, I think making a bottle of rum, wine, soda, juice (anything you can think of) more personal by messing with the label is a lot of fun. It’s perfect for themed events/parties/just a good laugh. All you need is an idea, a printer, something that cuts paper, and a sticker maker (or tape). If you have a graphic designer willing to help you with it, even better!

Happy Friday!

Demi & Mina

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Meet Demi & Mina,


I was floored at how much personality both of these girls have. To add to it, they are twin sisters! I love that they each have their own personalities but they share a love of laughter and a good game of red light, green light. They even taught me about purple light, gold light, orange light… for each one you do something like ‘go crazy’ or ‘jump’ or ‘dance’. I had the pleasure of meeting their mother when I proposed a barter of services for Brent’s birthday. I am on a social network called Citymommy and posted that I was looking for someone to do a custom cake, but then got offered catering services. I thought it was a great idea and am so happy I took the chance and met Monique. She provided us with an amazing meal for Brent’s birthday and I provided photos of her darling girls. I don’t know if it was a fair trade though since it was actually more fun than work spending time with these two. We ran around their backyard and played for about an hour. I thought it’d be fun to use this post to talk about interacting with kids again.

Note to photographers/parents/anyone trying to take a 4 year old’s photo:
Brush up on your games. While 2-3 year olds love a good song, older kiddos love to play games. Lately I’ve been doing most of my kid sessions with the 50mm and Shootsac on hip. This allows me to move around faster and run to play tag if need be! Here are some suggestions for games to play when taking photos…

  • Red Light-Green Light start the kiddo(s) across the way. You have your back to them and say ‘green light’ and their goal is to run up and tag you. They have to stop and freeze when you turn around and shout ‘red light.’ Now red light is your opportunity. SNAP SNAP SNAP a way and hopefully you get some fun ones of them laughing. I’m particularly keen on “yellow” light and so they have to move in slow motion. :) you get fun ones like this first one… And if you need to get a photos of two kids/siblings together, tell them there’s a teamwork challenge where they have to hold hands and work together to get to the end!
  • Freeze Tag you all should know how to play freeze tag! How else do you get  an energetic kid to slow down a moment?!

  • Upside down photos Ask them if they want to take an ‘upside  down’ photo. This is enough to intrigue them for a moment, at least long enough to get a shot of them “upside down.” Of course you’ll have to show them on your LCD screen what they look like upside down! These next four are ‘upside down’ photos!