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My Week(183) in iPhone Photos

Monday, May 5th, 2014

I have almost totally completely recovered from the Mom 2.0 Summit in Atlanta this weekend. The combination of standing/walking/dancing/flying made me swell up like a bullfrog and I was worried I might have overdone it, but things seem to be getting back to normal. But definitely no more travel for me until I have an outside baby.

Sunday:

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Furniture in an orchard. What, that’s not how you spend your weekends?

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Evan is “helping” her read a book. This definitely didn’t end well.

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STOP JUDGING ME, YOU ARE A CAT.

Monday:

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I was very tempted to just throw that whole pile away, but I mostly put it away. Mostly.

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Captain Barnacles and Peso to the rescue!

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Who knew applesauce in a pouch was THAT delicious?

Tuesday:

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Adorable shopping cart sharing.

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Making herself at home.

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We don’t ACTUALLY live at Target. My kids just get confused sometimes.

Wednesday:

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Swim lesson shenanigans

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Her side-eye is already perfect.

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If this is what happens after a 30 minute swim class, maybe summer will involve LOTS of naps.

Thursday:

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Goodbye Providence…

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Hello Atlanta!

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Chocolate fountain = pregnant woman’s dream come true

Friday:

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No YOU cried like 5 different times during the first 4 hours of Mom 2.0

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I’ve never had such amazing food at a conference. Parmesan encrusted shrimp OMG.

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Fancy hairs courtesy of the Dove suite

Saturday:

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High tea at the Ritz. Is this real life? (No)

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Fancy award ceremony is fancy

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My amazing, beautiful roommate Miranda who I miss so much already

I’ll write an actual conference post later (that will probably be mostly photos, duh) but it was an amazing experience. I had literally zero negative interactions with people – even people I would consider Kind Of A Big Deal on the internets – and loved every conversation I had. Even though right now the logistics of going next year (not knowing where we might be stationed, having a 10 month old) are overwhelming I already bought a ticket.

Now I am back to real life where I am responsible for butt-wiping and laundry and a severe lack of fried green tomatoes. But cuddling with the ginger babies makes me super glad to be back to life (back to reality).

Type-A Parent Conference – Atlanta 2013

Monday, October 7th, 2013

It’s been a week since I got back from the Type-A Parent conference, and I think I’ve finally recovered. Not from the conference itself, since that was mostly learning with a healthy dose of fun, but from my red-eye flight back and only getting 2 hours of sleep last Sunday night. I am way too old for that sort of thing.

Explaining to people I was going to a blogging conference is always weird (I usually say “work thing” and hope no one asks what I do) but once you get there it’s SO NICE to be around people who don’t think writing on the internet is crazy. Even if sometimes I think it’s crazy too.

I feel like warning you this is going to be picture heavy is almost redundant at this point, since it’s not really any more picture heavy than anything else on my blog these days.

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I was super lucky my friend Miranda is Atlanta-based, since it meant I had an instant conference-buddy and didn’t feel quite so alone, although if I had gone alone I think I still would have had a good time. People were very welcoming and friendly. At one breakfast I swear I talked for 15 minutes straight before realizing I had told 6 people my entire life story and shut myself up. But no one seemed to mind – or at least they hid it very well and only talked about me behind my back when I left.

I put myself out on a limb a little bit and attended the Military Spouse bloggers tribe session on the first day and I’m so glad I did. I met the cool people behind NextGenMilSpouse and realized there are a lot of brands interested in talking to us as a community – and even if it’s a community I don’t always self-identify with, it IS one I belong to and that has value.

Type-A has been on my wish list of conferences for a while, but it wasn’t in the cards this year because of E’s work schedule and my investment in the photography thing instead of putting blog pennies back into blogging. Amazingly, the awesome team at MinuteClinic stumbled across my blog a few months ago and offered to send me as one of their sponsored bloggers. Not only was I honored to be chosen, I had a fantastic time with the whole team. We took a slightly extremely terrifying cab ride to a delicious restaurant I probably couldn’t find again if my life depended on it, and I totally bonded with Vicki over New England and photography.

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The hilarious and awesome Heather of The Third Boob mans the MinuteClinic table during meet & greet

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Yum, yum, and yum

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Definitely the best booth at the expo

The sessions were really good, especially the technical ones. I got some excellent tips on using Google+ I plan to implement as soon as I can force myself to start caring about Google+. The session about the legal side of blogging could have been twice as long and still not long enough – did you know if you watermark your photo and someone crops out the watermark without permission it’s an instant fine in court? Obviously the lawyer was in favor of watermarking, although while I was chatting with the photographers after their session they shared my opinion that watermarking is generally useless, since people will take it out/clone it out/use your pictures anyway and you still won’t know. Watermarking might be worth it though, since I’ve found my photos on several sites recently thanks to the fact that they linked back – although that’s not quite the same as ASKING me if they can use them. But whatevs. I’m pretty busy trying to figure out webmaster tools, I can’t spend the rest of my life sending takedown notices.

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The coolest sponsor event was the AT&T Digital Life house. Their PR team knows how to do it RIGHT – cocktails in mason jars, amazing tiny food, and great info. It’s a good thing my husband wasn’t there, he would have signed us up for the magical house that turns on and off automatically in a second. I have to admit it’s super cool and would be so handy as the kids get older – who doesn’t want a door that tells you when your kid gets home from school??

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The best night was definitely the Disney Star Tours party plus the Time To Play game night. I was a little nervous “game night” might be lame – not because I don’t LOVE game nights, but because I figured I might be the only dork who DOES love game nights – but it was a blast. At one point I think I actually peed a little from jumping up and down pretending I was on a trampoline and laughing so hard. I wish I was joking (Headbanz, get it).

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The drinks were called “Dark Sider” (which was spiked cider) and the “Jedi Mind Trick” which was a delicious mystery. It WAS the martini I was looking for.

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I think the absolute highlight of the conference was the We Still Blog readings on Sunday. I wish I had submitted something, although that’s an easy statement to make AFTER the fact when there’s no chance I might have to get up in front of 300 people and read a post about my vagina. Which is exactly what Miranda did, and it was HILARIOUS. It was nice to hear people read their posts out loud – not just because they were really great posts but because it’s a good reminder there is a person behind all the words on the internet. Even though tons of my friends live in my computer (and let me sleep on their couch when I come to Atlanta) sometimes I forget people are reading MY words and I need to make sure I’m using the best words I can. That was something Erika Napoletano said in her closing keynote and it’s definitely been on my mind ever since.

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Miranda reading about her lady parts, and with Erika after her keynote

It was a wonderful weekend and I’m so glad I got to attend. I felt like the balance of education and entertainment was spot-on, most of the speakers were real experts on their topics, and I met some great people. If you’re thinking about attending in 2014 (it’s in Atlanta again, super easy to catch a flight and the public transit is amazing!) I would say definitely put it on your calendar!

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Atlanta is beautiful at sunset

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My Week(153) in iPhone Photos

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Back in the photo session saddle again, which means my iPhone is feeling pretty neglected. The kids actually ASKED me to take their picture this week. It’s a miracle!

Sunday:

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Celebrity sighting at Type-A! It’s hard to tell, but it’s Minnie Mouse.

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Ballet slipper = my absolute new favorite color. MinuteClinic had the best swag.

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Oh, OK. I can do that.

Monday:

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The waiting-for-the-bus dance

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I could not love his school picture more.

Tuesday:

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Verdict: good, but not amazing.

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Clark Farms! Donkeys! Goats! Sheeps!

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And a giant slide!!!!

Wednesday:

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She dressed herself, then started carrying around that kitty in a box (?? I think it was swag from something????) as a purse.

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Sometimes, I have to step back from my photo sessions and do one for ME in the location I want.

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Open house at Caroline’s preschool. That was our most recent family photo.

Thursday:

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MORE swag from MinuteClinic. I love those guys.

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Sitting shotgun in the drop off line for school (which means we got there on time for once!)

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Thursdays are for napping.

Friday:

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My Friday morning newborn session lived at the end of a dirt road.

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I’m going to be SO SAD when it gets too cold to shove the kids out on the porch and tell them not to come back inside.

Saturday:

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I’ve been binging on home improvement shows. Caroline has been binging on vintage My Little Ponies.

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Playing red light green light at Gillette Castle

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Very nice, Connecticut. I approve.

The weather has been abnormally warm all week – even if it did rain today – so the fall colors still haven’t peaked. Good news for next weekend’s photo sessions! And maybe I’ll even have time to take some of my OWN family pictures before Christmas. Miracles do happen! Except it hasn’t happened yet, so don’t hold your breath.

More real blog posts coming soon! Like super soon. Less than 12 hours from now. I have to much to catch up on.

 

My Week(152) in iPhone Photos

Monday, September 30th, 2013

This post is late and I got less than 3 hours of sleep in the last 24 hours and I barely remember how I got home from the airport last night and Caroline is sitting on my lap with her slightly terrifying My Little Pony Equestria Girl introducing her to all the princess dolls and I have 5 photo sessions to edit so what I’m saying is if this post makes none sense don’t be surprised.

Sunday:

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Princess Pirate Butterfly Caroline’s new best friend, the Dragon Ice Cream dragon

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Evan defends his family against a zombie puppet

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Sleepy, smudgy butterfly

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Who knew a Kohl’s parking lot could be so inspiring?

Monday:

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I don’t even know.

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Sand castles on our deserted beach

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About 20 seconds later Caroline and her friends smashed them all.

Tuesday:

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They’re having a mini-conference on how best to beg me for that candy on the counter

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Cleaning and trying out my headphones for an upcoming post

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Shooties. Verdict after wearing them all weekend: Wise choice! Very comfortable for high heels, lots of compliments, only felt slightly like I have hooves.

Wednesday:

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Who is this huge person going to preschool and where is my baby?

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Another stunning fall day in Connecticut (Town Hall)

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Watching Monsters University (again! We saw it in the theater!) with the kids

Thursday:

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I took a picture of my parking garage level/number to I didn’t have to remember when I can back at 1 am Monday. BRILLIANT. Worked perfectly.

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Boston!

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Random MARTA station in Georgia where my friend Miranda picked me up!

Friday:

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Average attention span in 2012: 8 SECONDS. Now you know why we needed a session on writing engaging content.

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All cleaned up for dinner with my other Minute Clinic bloggers at Type A

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The crazy cab ride was worth it to get to this place. AMAAAAAAZING.

Saturday:

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In case you were wondering, THAT is an Equestria Girl. I managed to snag one when they were breaking down the booth on Sunday.

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My next DIY, obvs.

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Atlanta was really pretty

Step 1 in getting back to my real life: write down all the stuff on the calendar I’ve been ignoring because it was “in October” and “October is a really long time from now”.  Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh <–  the sound I just made looking at the stack of papers from the kids’ schools talking about open house nights and PTO meetings and pizza parties. Back to work!

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