Diet Pepsi and a toothbrush...

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
What momma? I'm not doing anything!

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Haha. Alright, you caught me!

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Target Field cans! Henry gets to go on Sunday! We're crossing our fingers for good weather!

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LOVE his expression.

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And this one.

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Always brush your teeth after consuming soda.

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I don't think I technically executed this one right, but I still think it looks cool.

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Disclaimer: No, Henry didn't drink Diet Pepsi. Yes, we are starting the toothbrush. From what I've read, we should have started it sooner. He loves it. He even let me "brush" his bottom teeth. And no, beyond the above photo, I didn't let him run around with a toothbrush in his mouth.

11 Months! 4 weeks to plan a party!

Monday, June 28, 2010
I had two missions (well, three. but after the (un)successfulness of mission one and two, mission three was promptly dropped from the agenda.)

First, I wanted to get the typical monthly portrait inside. This I have deemed 100% impossible to do alone. I have also scratched any idea of 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17 month portraits off of my future to-do list. This is what Henry thought of mission number one:

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Henry was headed straight for the camera in this one...but I love it!

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and this one...

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These are the only ones I could muster up today, and I'm not sure what happened, but my lighting is off and I'm not happy with them. I had super great natural light coming through, but he seems to get lost in the background. After today, I have a "it will have to do" attitude.

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Mission number two? Get baseball inspired photos for his baseball themed birthday invitation. A somewhat better success (I was able to get a handful that I am extremely happy with), though it wasn't without initial struggle. I put the Twins jersey on him before I put him in his car seat. What do I discover when I take him out of the car? Spit up all over the right side of his chest (seriously?? this kid has spit up twice in 4 months.). We then head over to the baseball field and in order for him to stay where I want him, I of course have to give him an object to play with. Lucky for me, I had a variety of themed objects that I didn't care if they were in the photo with him (real baseball bat, Twins ball, Twins bat, Joe Mauer doll). However, upon receipt of any of the above items, Henry wanted nothing to do with looking at me. When I took it away? I got this:

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Oh yeah, and right after I sat him down, he ate some dirt and then spit said dirt out in a brown spitty/drool mess all over the white Twins jersey. Could this go any better?!?!

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Finally, mommy cleaned up all gunk, took a deep breath, prayed to the photography gods, and started singing. Thankfully, because of that, I was able to get these:


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The best one in the jersey:

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"Tossing it up high" for pat-a-cake.

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Saving the best for last...

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Oh yeah. What was mission three? 4th of July photos. Pshh.
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"Puppy Love" for I Heart Faces: Pets

I recently joined an online photography community known as I Heart Faces (http://iheartfaces.blogspot.com/). They have a ton of great information regarding photography as well as helpful, friendly forums for discussions. Each week they hold a weekly photo challenge. This week's theme is pets, so I decided to create my first entry with this gem that I will title "Puppy Love".

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Entries have to be entered via a blog link, so that is why you are seeing this here!

We're Going on a Bear Hunt!

We went to the zoo with Henry's friend Harrison (and Harrison's mommy and daddy) yesterday. It was hot, but fun!

Henry did a lot of this at the beginning of our zoo trip!

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He woke up to see the prairie dogs!

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A prairie dog at attention!

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Camels!

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It was pretty hot out, so the babes had to cool off! Henry LOVED it!

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Henry happy after getting cooled off!

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Henry wants more!

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Checking out the farm section of the zoo!

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The mommas and the babes on the tractor!

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Yes we did. And I washed his hands REALLY well. He absolutely loved it. And called it a "da".

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Daddy is such a pushover.

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The boys were ready to see the animals!

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Another photo saved by black and white.

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Henry right before his nap!

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Amanda and Harrison!

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Not sleeping, but eyes just closed. Still cute! Harrison likes to drool!

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Who gets beer at the zoo? Ryan and Doug. You'd think we were at a baseball game or something.

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Amanda and I get along well.

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Daddy, let me go to the IMAX!

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Oh yeah...the bear we were hunting for. Henry was sleeping and missed it. 

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Henry is 11 months today!! Ahh! Expect some more photos later, of course!

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