Wednesday, November 25, 2009

i am very thankful for...

this awesome little dude...... i love this picture of him skipping to the beach.
"look mom, i'm cross eyed."
this fat baby in the tub...

merv. (this is a great picture of his sister. i'm thankful for her too!)

and for being a mama, to name a few.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

twilight series.

please don't shoot me: if you remember this post then you know i'm not a huge fan... but i can appreciate the story and anyone that does love it! i only ended up with the first 3 and never finished the series... but they have been read by a ton of friends and family. i'm trying to clean out the ol' closet and am selling them on ebay! so hooray for ebay!!! and hooray for any of you nuts who want to buy them! ;)

Monday, November 16, 2009

madeline james photography

been working like crazy to juggle "8OO million things" (i overuse this saying, merv tells me...) but finally feel confident enough to post about this.

so...... arah and i have both been occasional photographers of friends and family for years and have decided to take it a little more seriously and see where it goes. this little(HUGE) project has actually been in the works for quite a while. the website is still brewing, but upon many requests i have finally decided to just post the link to the makeshift site/blog on here.
the name alone took forever to decide upon. i think its sweet and pretty and dear to my heart. (middle name of both brinely and cody combined....) people always asking who madeline james is. i've even been called madeline a few times from customers assuming its my name...anyway, it is fun. and a good excuse to buy new lenses and equipment.

...this vintage camera, a gift from mervs mama.

Friday, November 13, 2009


what a nutty went like this:

-during the mad morning dash to make it to codys bus stop by 8:16, i locked myself out of house with out keys... or a phone & we miss the bus to boot. ran across the street to neighbors & waited for merv to save the day and race cody to school.

-repeat the scenario the next day. yes, i locked myself out again. thankfully bundled lola in her snow gear for walk to bus stop and grabbed my cell phone the second time. called grandma and waited. (WAY to embarrassed to knock on neighbors door again... i'm pretty sure that they already think we're wack-o's as it is.)

-ipod bites the dust at the gym -running not so fun without i pod. dug out old radio arm band. and wow, that dinosaur is such a piece of crap. boo. what happens when your ipod stops working anyway? do you ship it off for a new battery? do you just by a new ipod??

-go see christmas carol movie with merv and kids. super good!! one of my favorite stories...a little dark for kidlets. -brinley covered her eyes for at least 1/2, but lola was a champ and only jabbered a little.

-merv goes out of town. (although i'm sure he is secretly rejoicing to get to hang out at night and watch movies in a fancy bed.)

-pretty sure that my wallets been stolen so i cancel cards.

-oops! false alarm wallets found 1/2 hour or so later... writing checks is no fun!

in other news...

-lola sprouted some new teeth for a grand total of 3!

-thanksgiving is coming and we love thanksgiving!! and christmas!!

-cody is hilarious and won't shut up about the roman empire (ya, don't ask), and roman columns and warriors, and hurricanes and tornadoes... his latest obsessions. he tells me everything he reads about like he's the first to discover it and he LOVES to read. its cute.
these pictures have no relevance what so ever to anything that i wrote. when i get stressed out i look through old photos and these made me smile.

i love codys feet in this one..
this was a portrait kelsey made of her grandma. strong resmemblence i think. don't you?
if they weren't cousins i think these 2 would get married.

Monday, November 2, 2009

food for thought...

"Are you "there" when you're there? Listen closely if your child says he misses you. Perception is reality for sevens.

If you're spending a lot of time around your child but he senses that your mind is somewhere else, he's picking up on the disconnect. This is a real risk in our computer- and cell-addicted culture. Consciously step away from your laptop after a certain hour. Turn off the pager if it's not critical. Put away the Blackberry when you're playing a board game.

In addition to creating "poor quality" quality time, you're setting an example that your child will naturally want to follow. Before long the whole family will be sitting together in the same room night after night, each person absorbed in his or her own screen. Sound far-fetched? It's happening all over the country right now — and the impressionable, curious, and lively age of 7 is too soon to get sucked down that road

Sunday, November 1, 2009

baby bee, obe wan kenobi, mrs.witch and mr.awesome.

halloween 2009:
8 or 900 parties, events, carnivals...and my wonderful mom being the sport of the year by donning her historic witch costume for the class party ...getting into character with the her notorious witch cackle and all...if you have had the privelage of hearing her, it's the best!! (...i may get kicked out of being codys classroom mom by letting her suprise the class party and scare the crap out of a few children...) i'll post pictures if i can get my hands on them.

us getting ready to head out for our final round of 2009 halloween goodness...

"quick cody!! the infant bee is escaping!!"

me:"and you are?..."

him:"mr awesome, of course."

me:"of course."