Q:What camera do you use?
Hello there! I have a Canon EOS 60D and primarily use the 50mm f/1.4 lens. Every now and then I will use my 40mm f/2.8 lens as well.
Jacksonisms | Magic Edition
Scene: Zac & I were talking about an acquaintance who just generally has a hard time spelling. The usual are instead of our, and the like.
Zac: “Hey Jackson, can you spell?”
Jack: “No daddy, I don’t know any magic.”
Scene: Jackson wants milk. I pour the milk into his cup and am ready to give it to him, but he is just a bit too whiny for me to give in.
Christy: “Jackson, what’s the magic word?”
Jack: “Chicken Feet!!!”
Brothers Share Toys
Top Photo: Wyatt at 3 months | Bottom Photo: Jackson at 3 months
Today, I pulled out the trusty old exersaucer. You know, the hideous plastic monstrosity that nearly ever parent somehow ends up with? I was reflecting back on when Jackson started using the ‘sauce, and thought that he must’ve been 5 or 6 months (clearly, he was 3 months as referenced above), but thought Wyatt was sturdy enough to give it a whirl and that maybe he would take a break from rolling over to eat the carpet for a few minutes. When I put him in it, he got SO EXCITED. He started squealing and smiling really large so, of course, I grabbed my camera to snap a few photos. In that moment, the biggest wave of nostalgia swept over me and I remembered just how adorable my tiny Jackson was playing in that thing. He would slam on it and squeal for what seemed like hours, content to just slobber on his farm friends. In these photos Wyatt was channeling his big brother at 6 months old, looking just as happy and as cute as Jackson.
Top Photo: Jackson at 6 months | Bottom Photo: Wyatt at 3 Months
I have eleventy million photos of Jackson in this contraption, and I’m happy that I now have started a collection of Wyatt hanging out in it too. Handing down toys from big brother to little is almost as good as putting Wyatt in all of Jackson’s old clothes and remembering just how sweet and squishy my first baby was. Its a nice reminder for the days that I am dealing with a tall, bossy, demanding, threenager who is still just as adorable as he was at 6 months old.
This little stinker has been keeping us all on our toes lately. He started rolling a week ago, and has been going NON STOP since. Its funny because he didn’t learn to roll one direction and then the other, but all of a sudden was just able to roll from front to back and back to front. He was super proud of himself when he rolled from his back to his tummy though. Anyway, I used to be able to place him on his play mat or in his bouncy seat and he would be occupied for quite awhile. Not anymore ya’ll. Now if I dare put him down he either rolls right along after me until he gets tired and cries, or rolls once and gets stuck and tries to eat the floor or rug. Either way it’s keeping me busier than normal. Monday when I picked the boys up from grandma + grandpa they commented on just how busy he was. Tuesday when I picked him up from school, the teachers commented on how he is already into everything and in the move for being so little. Validation that I’m not nuts. He also has realized that we have a dog, and he is really into studying that furry thing, and also trying to eat her, so thats cool. I feel like we skipped 4 or 5 months and that he is just on the move and into everything as much as Jack was when he was a crawler. And let me tell you - he was into EVERYTHING.
He also started laughing out loud last week and my new favorite activity is to play with him for HOURS and see if I can make him. I mean, its the squeakiest little chuckle you’ve ever heard and if I happen to get it on video I will warn you ahead of time that you might explode from watching it because he is just so darn cute.
This is my whole update. Rambly with a lot of cute pictures. So to recap: Wyatt is wild and I am in trouble. Send help.
Day 25: one of a kind. Each year I create one of these books from my blog posts and photos of the year. It’s my way of letting him know how special he has always been to is, and he will always have my words in print to prove it. ❤️ how is he turning three already!?!! #fmsphotoaday #photoaday #day24
365 Project | March 13th - March 22nd
- March 13, 2014: 60 Degrees!
- March 14, 2014: Smile!
- March 15, 2014: Maddie!
- March 16, 2014: Shoes.
- March 17, 2014: Bad Dog.
- March 18, 2014: Happy!
- March 19, 2014: Dinner.
- March 20, 2014: Feet
- March 21, 2014: Naptime
- March 22, 2014: Grill
To view the entire project from the beginning, click here.
What’s for Dinner | Easy Shrimp Pasta
Judging me by my freezer meal habit, you are probably already aware that I am a big fan of easy dinners. I have been loving our new trend of freezer meals, but sometimes (like once a year) I get in the mood to cook (I know, weird, right?). When I do, I like to stick to easy recipes, and this one is one of my favorites. I’m not sure where I found it, but it was years ago, and I wrote it down in a little book, that has somehow managed to make it through at least 4 moves, and I would be really sad if I lost this recipe. So I decided to put it where I put all of the various things I don’t ever want to forget…here :). It helps when your sous chef is this cute:
For this recipe, you only need a few ingredients: Shrimp, butter, olive oil, white wine, parsley, basil, garlic, crushed red pepper, & linguine. You can boil the pasta while preparing the rest of the dish, and your entire meal, I kid you not, will be done in about 10-15 minutes. Start by heating 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1 tbsp of red pepper, 1 tbsp of minced garlic, and salt/pepper in a skillet.
Add shrimp and simmer. When the shrimp are cooked, remove them from the oil and place aside.
Add 1/2 cup of butter (thats a whole stick. i know, it seems like overkill, but it makes a TON of pasta, and butter is delish anyway, just do it.) and a cup of white wine to the mixture, and let simmer (NOT boil) until it is reduced by half.
While this is happening, your linguine is probably close to finishing. Check on it and when it is finished, drain it.
When your sauce mixture is reduced, add your shrimp back in. Add in Parsley & Basil (1 tsp for dried, 4 tbsp for fresh), and heat just enough so that the shrimp are warm again. Pour the saucy mixture over the linguine and BAM! you are done. Eat it and love it. You’re welcome.
Shrimp Pasta Recipe
- 1 lb peeled raw shrimp
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 cup white wine
- 4 tbsp chopped parsley (1 tsp if using dried)
- 4 tbsp chopped basil (1 tsp if using dried)
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 tbsp crushed red pepper
- 1 lb linguine
- Heat olive oil, crushed red pepper, garlic, & salt/pepper to taste. Add shrimp and bring to a simmer. When the shrimp are done, remove them from the pan and place aside.
- Add 1/2 cup butter and 1 cup white wine to the pan. Simmer (do not boil!) until mixture is reduced by half.
- Add shrimp, parsley, & basil to sauce and heat until warm. Add to cooked linguine.
They’re obviously way cooler + better looking than me. 👱❤️👶
365 Project | March 3rd - March 12th
- March 3, 2014: Little Flirt
- March 4, 2014: Snow Cream
- March 5, 2014: That Hand.
- March 6, 2014: Bailey + Wyatt
- March 7, 2014: Pizza Maker
- March 8, 2014: Bride + Flower Girl
- March 9, 2014: Wink!
- March 10, 2014: Pals.
- March 11, 2014: Big Boy!
- March 12, 2014: My Boys.
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