Photo Share

Just popping in really quick to share a couple of photos.

Here’s what we are up to today:

swim lessons

work on some scrapbook layouts for an assignment

emily’s physical therapy appointment

work on some photography stuff – edit photos and design a wedding anouncement

clean the house

… all mixed in with the regular stuff of the day – breakfast, lunch, dinner, bath, play with the boys and emily jane…

One thing that frustrates me throughout the summer is that I feel like my house is a constant mess! Even when I have it clean at night before I go to bed, it is a mess by 8:30 the next morning!! Eeek!! Does anyone have any great suggestions on keeping your house clean during the summer when all the kiddos are home from school? I try to ignore it until the end of the day and just pick up in the afternoon before dinner. Otherwise I feel like I could just follow the kids around all day picking up and telling them to pick up. But, on the other hand it drives me crazy to have a messy house all day!! Let me know if you have any good tips!! I need all the help I can get!!

I took these photos of Emily Jane when we were up in Utah back in April. I took them with my cheap little point-and-shoot that my husband got me for Christmas. On one hand, I hate using it because I have become such a perfectionist with my photos, but on the other hand I love having it because it keeps me from missing so many shots when I don’t have my big camera with me. I guess it is a love/hate relationship! 🙂 I played around with these in Photoshop – used my actions (lighten up, color pop and vintage), then I did a little more fine tune editing and added a texture. I can’t wait to use these on a scrapbook page!!


Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!!

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  • wendy sue
    June 11, 2008 at 9:53 am

    sweet photos, Maggie! I would’ve never guessed you took them with a little camera! :o) No advice about keeping the house picked up…unless your boys are into bribes (like lemonade and laffy taffy) – that’s all that helps around here, lol! :o)

  • laura vegas
    June 11, 2008 at 10:06 am

    these photos are proof that it’s not the camera … it’s the person using it! lol! i totally get what you’re saying though … i think i’d have a hard time using a point and shoot after having my good camera … but i also miss out on a lot of photos too because i don’t like to lug it around. lol!
    keeping the house clean? i’m really bad … i can’t stand to have a mess around me. like just now. i have all the daycare babies sleeping. so the first thing i did was pick up all the toys scattered all around the house … even though when they wake up, they’re going to take it all back out again. lol! i’m constantly picking up after them. when i should really just leave … and do a quick clean up like twice a day. would save me lots of energy! lol!

  • star8278
    June 11, 2008 at 10:33 am

    My man surprised me with a P&S a few months ago for the very same reasons. I miss so many shots driving around when I don’t like to carry my expensive equipment with me. It’s paid off in dividends so far. Even came in handy when travelling to Maine last month. Instead of switching lens’ all the time, I kept the telephoto on my big Canon and used the P&S for the rest.

  • Bobbi-Jo Grunewald
    June 11, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Those shots are darling!!! The vintage finish on them is just perfect. Can I ask where you found the texture to add? I’m looking at getting some textures to add to some of my photos. Thanks!

  • Dawn McVey (dawnsing)
    June 11, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Oh my goodness Maggie, she just gets cuter and cuter!! Love those photos….the colors and that porch/door are so cool!
    Happy Wednesday!

  • AmandaV.
    June 12, 2008 at 10:43 am

    These photos are just precious! -and beautiful!
    I am also interested in the texture you added, -is that something you could walk us through? would love to know how you did that, and would also love to see what these looked like sooc and your process with them! just great! thanks for sharing!

  • kelly
    June 13, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    you have mad photo skills, maggie.
    i am in love with these cute pics!!!!!

  • Carrie
    June 16, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    She is *adorable*, Maggie! 🙂

  • Donna Murdock
    June 27, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Dear Maggie,
    In just a few years that will seem like just a minute in hindsight, your children will be grown up and will have moved away from home. Then your house will be clean and so horribly quiet. When my house was noisy, happy, and messy during the day, I tried hard to remember the advice of older women who told me how fast the time would fly. And fly it did!
    I tried to get my kids to help me clean up as they played by inventing cleaning games all the time with silly contests. We would clean the house and then leave to go swim or play so that at least while we were gone the house was clean! I, too, had four little ones.
    Now when our grandchildren come, the house looks wonderful again with toys all over the place. That is how I love it best! It reminds me of my happiest years when I was a young mother. All my years have been happy, honest, but I must admit my very, very happiest years were the years when my kidlets were young.
    So, Maggie, I guess I have no real advice but to enjoy all these precious moments you have right now. You will miss them so much. As my children got older, I loved them more and more, but still, I missed those simple days of all the clutter.
    I have a friend who had 5 daughters who tried one last time to have a son. She ended up with TRIPLETS! Two boys and a daughter. Their house was never spotless again. She joked that her one wish was for the house to be clean for just one day. She was up all night long, literally for months and months feeding the triplets. I asked her when they were 2, if she was so relieved. Naturally, her church (the Relief Society) came in every morning for 4 to 5 hours to take care of the babies and the 2 year old so that Jeannie could sleep. Anyway, I asked Jeannie later, if she was so relieved to be able to get some sleep and have the babies a little more independent. “No,” she replied, “I really miss those early years because I felt so much closer to them. I hardly get to hold them now because they are always running.” Then she laughed.
    Motherhood is a complex, lifelong opportunity that is different for everybody. Some women love the infants; others thrive on the school age. Still others enjoy the adolescents. It’s just important to live each moment in its joy I guess.

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