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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

Just wanted to wish everyone a happy Easter! We went to an excellent church service this morning, my favorite part being a discussion in Luke. At the end of the sermon a member of the congregation felt compelled to share a verse with us. If a shepherd has 100 sheep and one runs off into the woods the shepherd will leave the 99 to search for the one. And then rejoice and celebrate when he finds it and brings it home. Which is what God does with us, no matter how badly we lose our way, He celebrates and welcomes us back when we return to Him.
It was a message I needed to hear today, and that I wanted to share.
Xoxo,
Camille
Out to lunch after church!

Family picture after service

Jace's first Easter basket

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Hunting Easter Eggs!

This afternoon we went to an Easter Egg hunt, thankfully in beautiful weather, and Jace loved it. He wasn't really into going after the eggs, but he completely loved crawling all around the yard, and if he happened to come across an egg he would grab it and play with it.
It was wonderful to be around so many babies. Our congregation is FULL of babies. And children. Seriously, I think they make up almost half the population on Sunday mornings. And I love it. Because it means it is so much easier for me to relate to the other parents, to have things in common and form friendships.
Actually, I was thinking about friendship today, and I don't think I'm really great at making friends. I mean, once I have friends I try very hard to keep them and to keep my word. But meeting new people? I'm an introvert: I like to observe how everyone interacts, take in the group dynamic, and then I start saying more and adding my own personality to the group. And I think that some people take that to mean that I'm unfriendly, and I'm not, I just have issues with shyness. Still. I've been shy since, well, always. In kindergarten  that is what Mrs. Finn told my parents. Good student, bright, always listens, but shy.

I think it's something that I need to work on. Getting outside my comfort zone and working to make new friends. So, any volunteers? If you can handle an almost toddler as well we make a great package deal! 

Oh, and here are some pictures from the hunt today, who can resist that cute face?




Cutest. Baby. Ever.

I'm totally biased when I say that, and I know this, but seriously, getting the sneak peek images from Ray Davis Photography from yesterday all I can think is "he's so freaking adorable!" And we had so much fun doing the shoot too. Ray got here a little early while Jace was still napping so we could get all set up. Once Jace woke up she wanted to get pictures of everything, so she snapped a picture of him waking up in his crib:


We went downstairs and took pictures of him looking like a beach baby, pictures of him playing with a fish-y in a bowl (the fish was only slightly traumatized), and then it was time for the cake smash. Ray was afraid he would be timid, because once kids get in front of a camera they don't always do what you expect. Well, Jace did exactly what I expected. First he took the Happy Birthday sign off and threw it to the side, then he took off the candle and threw it, and took both hands right to the center of the cake. It was hilarious, and so fun! Ray kept snapping pictures and I think Jace ate at least half of that little cake. Then he had to go straight to the bath. The blue icing was EVERYWHERE and turned the bathwater bright blue as well. We got some pictures of that too, and then some pictures in his room again. I love that I have such a variety of pictures:




I'll add more pictures to the post as Ray edits them, and if you'd like to just look for yourself here is the web address of the album:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.586818867995402.1073741825.169811726362787&type=3

Update April 5 :














xoxo,
Camille

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Prepping for a First Birthday!

I cannot believe Jace is almost one. It's surreal that an entire year has passed since he came into the world. But in addition to my disbelief, I'm extremely excited. Right now I'm baking a cake for him because tomorrow we are doing one year old pictures with Ray Davis Photography!
I adore Ray, she always has amazing ideas for our photo shoots, and my best pictures of Jace are her doing. Here's her Facebook page, where I'm sure she will post some sneak peeks after the session:

https://www.facebook.com/RayDavisPhotography?fref=ts

We're going to do some regular pictures, some pictures of Jace with Luna, and a cake smash, which is why I'm currently baking a funfetti cake. But not a normal one, nope, I made it a tye-dye cake with purple, green and blue! I know Jace is going to have a ton of fun smashing and nom-ing on it, and the pictures will be so adorable.




Then in about two weeks we are having his first birthday party, which is a Finding Nemo theme. So I've started picking up decorations and getting everything ready. I'm just going to bake the cakes for that too, and I need to figure out what food I want to make still. But my amazing friends Lindsay and Bethany are coming down to help with everything that weekend and will be here to celebrate with us! I'm super excited, I've missed them both and haven't seen them since January, and Jace has changed a lot in that time too so I know they're anxious to see him. He's a whole lot more talkative now and he's going to love his birthday party.

I think that's about all that's going on around here, as usual life revolves around the itty biddy one!

xoxo,
Camille

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Marriage

For those of you that are friends with me on Facebook you can already guess where I might be going with this. I changed my profile picture today. To this: 

I support marriage equality. I truly do. As a Christian, straight, married woman, I completely support the idea of two men, two women, or a man and woman committing to each other for the remainder of their lives. When I said my vows to Nathan almost a year and a half ago, I meant them. I will love him, fight for him, defend him, and when things get tough (because this is life and life get's a little rough from time to time) I will stay with him and do everything in my power to make us continue to work. He is who I fell in love with and will continue to love until death and beyond. I think we are a good example of marriage, not because we are man and woman, but because we are committed. And I look to my other friends in their committed, loving, and faithful relationships and know that if they were to marry, they would bring honor to the word marriage. No matter what gender they are or identify as. This country was built on the idea of equal rights, I want to see the day when my dear friends have the right to share legally what Nathan and I have.
I want my children to grow up in a world where having two mommies or two daddies is normal. As long as a child is loved, protected, and taught well, then that is all any set of good parents can do. I will raise my children to love everyone, just as Jesus did, and not to judge because that is not our place. And by judging someone, you lose the chance to get to know them. This is where I stand, and what I truly believe. My mind will not be changed, no matter what bible verse is quoted to me or how "wrong" anyone else thinks it is. And I will keep hoping for the day when all the lovers I know can embrace marriage (if they so choose to), not just those that fell in love with someone of the opposite sex.

xoxo,
Camille 

Achieving Goals

My church is currently doing a version of Biggest Loser. Over ten weeks we will try to make healthier decisions with the fellowship and support of our fellow members and track our weight each Sunday morning. Nathan and I both signed up to do it, and I am doing many different things to try to get myself healthier and have more energy. I'm drinking more water, eating more fruits and vegetables, walking and exercising a whole lot more, and trying to make sure I get at least 7-8 hours of sleep at night. So far I think it's really working!
My weight became an issue after my pregnancy. I gained about 70 pounds while pregnant, and gave birth to a 7 pound 14 oz. infant. See the issue?
So about 6 weeks after he was born I took a picture to start my weight loss motivation and journey. I took another after walking a mile and a half this morning with Luna.
Here is the change almost a year later:

Left-                             Right-
May 2012                     March 2013
208 lbs.                         181 lbs.




Impressive isn't it? I was motivated to keep working! I'll try to post another picture at the end of the Biggest Loser contest.
Oh! One last shout out, there is an app called Charity Miles. As long as you have a smartphone you can download and use it. I LOVE this app, because I pick a charity, go for a walk, and it donates money based on how many miles I walk! I use it when I take Luna for a walk in the morning, when it's nice enough for Jace and I to go out for a walk, whenever I can. It makes me feel even better about being active. 
Okay, hope everyone has a wonderful day!

xoxo
~Camille 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Writer, Mom, Me.

I'm a writer.
Yes, to each individual that means something different, so let me clarify. I write because if I didn't I think it's very possible that I would go insane. My evidence? I have journals starting at age 10 that follow me until now. I probably wrote even before that, but starting in September of 2000 I have journals that document what happened in my life, how I felt, what I thought about, and what I feared. I have not always been faithful to these journals, and in the times that I stopped writing that was when I was most susceptible to depression, being overly stressed, or just feeling disconnected.
Continuing with that, I have also had a couple blogs. I felt that it was time to start a new one because when I looked at my old blog I didn't really feel like the person who had been writing it before. Then I was a student, a girlfriend, a best friend, and a daughter. I am still some of these things, but now I identify myself first as a mom. It's strange at times, but when I think about myself I see myself as a mother. I am very dedicated to my son, and I want to spend all my time with him. So, it just seemed natural to me to start fresh and keep up with what my life is now instead of living in what my life used to be.
And my life currently? It's blessed. Jace, my almost one-year-old, is a thriving, content, loved, and inquisitive sweetheart that could not be more perfect. And until I start working at the City Pool (as the assistant manager this year!) I am a full-time stay at home mama. Today we hit a milestone: Jace actually used his baby walker-toy to race across the living room and kitchen on two legs instead of crawling. We're also weaning off of the bottle, which is going pretty well, but it's going to be tough in a couple weeks to get him to give up his bedtime bottle. I think it will be hard on me as well just because it seems that time is passing entirely too fast. At this time last year I was still pregnant, and now he's becoming a toddler. A very independent toddler that likes to explore on his own.
I think I'll use this blog for a little bit of everything, from journal-type entries, tracking the milestones of my little man, recipes and projects successfully completed from Pinterest, and just sharing my life.

xoxo
~Camille