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How I Calm Down After a Tough Week

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

It’s been a stressful and also tragic week in many parts of the country. From the Boston Marathon bombings, to the town in West, Texas, to the defeat of the Senate gun bill (yes, shameful and shocking). At times like this, I find it helpful to take pause and look at the pure joy of my kids. I hug them and my pulse instantly slows down.  My heart warms up. My gratitude that they are safe, loved and healthy overflows. Here are a few snapshots from our week.

We may be Californians but the boy still represents (even though technically we aren’t Yankee fans)!

Heading into the sprinkler:

A pensive Fia working on her bubble machine:

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Fia Friday: Who is Who? Guess!

Friday, May 4th, 2012

We took a picture of Fia at about 3 months laying on her then-brother, Wayne Sanchez. Now she has a real brother and the cat is just, well, a cat again. But we thought Emmett deserved a turn as well.

Can you tell who is who? Ignore the color of the clothes. Both outfits are/were Fia’s. Phil thinks our babes look identical. I don’t think so…though definitely brother-sister. And isn’t Wayne the picture of perfection as well?

Picture 1

Picture 2

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Fia Friday: Photo Shoot For New Blog Title

Friday, April 13th, 2012

This was as close as we got to my “tree dangling” idea.

I mentioned in my blog post yesterday that we changed the name of my blog. Along with it, we have a new picture. After failing multiple times to get a decent picture with my small point and shoot, I asked my good friend Jilly Wendell to come over. She’s a professional photographer–and extremely talented at that.

Originally I told her I wanted to be up in a tree, dangling down, with Fia pointing up at me and Emmett looking up from his blanket.

“Um, I don’t see that working on many levels,” she said.

Oh yeah, right. First of all, it’s a tiny picture, so there is no way to get all that in one shot. Second, how the hell was I going to get two babies–one who is only 2 months old–to do that? And third: should I be “dangling” from a tree right now? Absurd idea. Scratch that.

But then, I thought about adding Wayne Sanchez (my transexual cat) into the mix. He’s a big part of our family.

She gently pointed out that:

a) We were shooting outside to make use of the natural light, (which immediately erases Wayne from the picture. He could run off and be eaten by a coyote, which would really wreck the day) and…

b) Trying to get two babies to look at the lens, and then a cat?? Probably Impossible. Especially when you’re asking for a favor.

So we bopped around the yard and got some really great shots. It was loads of fun. And simple. Which is all you can do when you’re juggling two babies and trying to pull off a decent picture. The one above and the three below are what I sent to Parents to help decide.

 This one would have required cropping Phil out.

Photos courtesy of Jilly Wendell Photography

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Introducing My New Blog Title: Fearless Feisty Mama

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Our New Blog Picture

We have a new name! No, not of Emmett or Fia, but of my blog. While we loved Of Fi I Sing, Emmett was excluded. Plus, with two kids I am entering a new phase of my life. As my blog has evolved, we realized my outlook is more than just focusing (and obsessing) on Fia. Motherhood is so all-encompassing and takes on almost all aspects of my life. We wanted the title to reflect that more. Plus, I didn’t want my boy to need (more) major therapy later on for feeling left out.

So after some massive brainstorming sessions in which I thought my computer Thesaurus was going to fire me, we came up with this new one. Introducing:

Fearless Feisty Mama: Candid and Comical Confessions of a Slightly Obsessive Mom

I’m really excited about it. I think it conveys more of my tone and style. We decided on “Fearless” because I’m not afraid to share my story. Whether it be the death of my drug- addicted mom, my decision to stay on antidepressants when pregnant, or my ugly vag issue, I tend to speak my mind and give an open and honest opinion.

We came up with “Feisty,” not only because I love alliteration, but in many ways it is my attitude towards parenting issues. From my annoyance at my babysitters for constantly losing sh-t, to the people who pay their nannies six-figures (ridiculous!), to my adamant stance on sleep training (do it!).

With my new name, we have a new look! My friend Jilly Wendell is an amazing photographer. She was kind enough to come over to our chaos and take a zillion pictures, hoping to get one without Emmett barfing, Fia screaming and me grimacing through a forced smile–though that is probably more realistic of our current state.

I’ll post some of the others this Friday.

Also, you may notice some of the older posts have images missing. And there are a few technical difficulties we are sorting out in changing my blog title. So bear with us and keep coming back. You guys help feed my creative soul.

 

Blog photo courtesy of Jilly Wendell Photography

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Fia Friday: Strange Outfits

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Okay, I know the title says Friday, but it’s actually Sunday and I’m only now finding a few moments to myself to post. I swear I don’t know how I have so little time. But it is scarce. Seems like having just one baby was a breeze. More on all that later, as I have lots to say, but, to sound like a broken record, no time.

Fia is really into picking out her clothes. This was the latest outfit as she went with her Dad to a BBQ yesterday. I have to admit Phil did have some hand in dressing her too. They are both strange. They keep life fun!

Tutu, Snack, Boots, Hat. She’s Ready to Go.

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