samantha liz

January 2013 archive

Room with a view.

Today was a good day.

Thomas decided that he was ready to move up to the next level in his dance classes, which meant he’s now in the larger front dance studio. I stayed for his first time around and worked on some website updates for a client… 20130110-224347.jpg {Okay, fine. I may have also stayed to maybe sneak peeks every once and a while on how he was doing.}

Everytime I looked in, he was smiling from ear to ear. I call that winning.



Nah, just kidding.

Two years ago I did a 365. It was exhilarating and exhausting all at once, but totally got my photography into gear and made me document our lives. Last year I skipped it. It wasn’t really a 365, because honestly? There were 366 days in 2012, and I didn’t need that kind of pressure. 😉

So… This year, Ahem, I want to do a 52. Well, more like a 52 times 2.

My intent is to play along with Paint the Moon’s This is Our Life project. This week’s theme was Evening Rituals, and I came up with this:
1/52/Life - A Bedtime Story

That project is all about stepping back and truly documenting life as it happens, which I find genuine and awesome and something I really would like to let happen, and not stage/arrange/pose for the camera to make everything picture perfect.

But lets face it.
1/52/Portrait - Awaiting to brush her teeth.My kids are hams for the camera. They really see me coming a mile away, so I want to embrace that and run with it. Hence the x2. I’m sure each week while I try to capture our life, I’ll capture a great look into the camera, so we’ll just write it off to 52 weeks of portraits.

So there you have it 52 weeks @ 2 photos a week for the year 2013. Come and join me. I promise it will be a grand old time.

Is that like Ben 10?

Marcus was feeling better today. He had a full night’s rest and was up and at ’em bright and early. He came downstairs in his “summaman” pj’s to find me taping the hallway. Immediately, he ran and got a dry brush, climbed up onto the ladder and exclaimed, “Mommy! I pain 10!”


My view of today.

It seemed like there was a reoccurring theme going on today. Poor Marcus was not feeling well so he was extra huggie, mixed with quiet moments where I snuck to prime and paint.

It looked either like this:

Or this:20130104-220018.jpg

Thankfully, it was also mixed with bouts of this:20130104-220144.jpg

Resulting in this:20130104-220215.jpg

Always time for pie.

Today was a crazy busy day. We came to discover at around 8:15 am that the doorbell chime no longer worked. The poor guy that had come over to finish up the drywall texturing for Molly’s new wall tried to ring the bell, and then decided to wait in his car while calling my husband to see why no one was letting him in. Silly me watched for a good 10 minutes trying to figure out why he’d unload his stuff on the front porch, only to await in his car.

Apparently, it imploded. As I took the cover off to see if I could fix anything these parts just sprung out, literally. 20130104-024103.jpg

By day’s end we had it all worked out, though.

A working doorbell for us, thanks to a trip to Lowes with my dad and Marcus, and a newly textured wall for Molly.

Oh, and a homemade apple pie for our bellies.

20130104-023454.jpg What? A girl’s gotta bake to deal with all that.


And voila…

Got a haircut today, and told the stylist that I wanted it short, and we talked about options, and what she thought would be a good “new” look for me.

20130102-230850.jpgDon’t get me wrong, totally happy with it, but I feel like this is what every stylist agrees I should look like.

Check me out in 2008, right after a haircut then… Okay, fine. I would be fooling myself if I said I looked the same.

Said stylist today? Actually told me while she was cutting my hair that it was a “great thing the lighting in most places are not as good as they are here, so you normally can’t tell it’s so gray.”

New year, new you.

At least that’s what I’ve heard.

I had an eye exam today and in my ahead planning got a Warby Parker home try-on kit to select some new frames for my new lenses. 😉


I currently am wearing their Sinclair frames. {After a very lovely first try on.} Not really sure I love any of these more than I do those, so I did something crazy…

20130101-200429.jpgI went over to Fetch Eyewear and ordered up a 6-frame try on kit from them too.

Stalking my mailbox! I’ll update you when I get them. With more photos, of course.