Monday, March 24, 2008


Naomi's first birthday brought with it some new roles for all of us
I enjoyed my year off with her immensely and wouldn't trade it for anything. However, reality reared its ugly head and I knew it was time to figure out a way to bring some money into the house. (I had not been getting any Mat leave due to not working enough hours in the last year while I was in school).
Ron works so hard and his paycheck covers all the needs with a little to spare, but the wants are a different story.
We started to feel the financial pressure of upcoming Property Tax and holiday plans for the summer, and realized that something had to be done
Ron and I prayed about it and waited for God's timing to bring me the right job, at the right time, with the right pay.
At the beginning of February my friend called me and asked me if I would be interested in a 7 week contract position at her place of work during Tax Season. Ron and I talked about ti and we decided that it would be a good fit. We prayed that we would find someone to watch Naomi and that the pay would be good enough to offset the cost of childcare and gas.
After interviewing and getting the details, I accepted that job and started on March 10.
It was hard to leave Naomi on my first day, but she did so well for Victoria (our nanny and dear friend) that I had nothing to worry about. What a big girl we have!
My job is great! I work mainly by myself. I get to work at my own pace and I don't always have someone looking over my shoulder. The only downside is that I have to commute to 200th street. It sure takes up a large chunk of my day to drive. I get up at 6:00 and I don't get back until 5:45.
Thankfully, my wonderful husband gets home at 3:00 and starts dinner. What a great man! So when I get home all I have to do is sit down at the table and enjoy a nice meal (sounds like a role reversal from the '50's)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Happy Birthday Naomi

Last year at this time I was in the hospital waiting to have a baby. Click here to read about the adventure that brought Naomi into this world. It is amazing to see how much she has changed in one year.

Now a year latter we get to celebrate her first birthday. We had a big party on the weekend with our family and friends. She was so spoiled!
What a milestone! Our little baby is ONE. Our lives are forever changed and we could not imagine our lives without her. We LOVE you SO much! Happy Birthday sweetheart.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - Got Milk?

Our Favorites

We got the rest of the pictures from Leah Shannon Photography. They turned out great! There are so many that I really liked. Here are a few of our favorites.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Sneak Peak

I really wanted to get some professional pictures taken of Naomi for her first birthday. As I was asking around about photographers I read a post by Leah at The Informal Matriarch mentioning that she would like to start a photography business. I had been reading her blog for a while and have always admired the wonderful pictures that she captures of her precious sons. I decided to contact her and set up our photo shoot, and on Saturday morning we headed to Gardener Park.
Today I got an email from Leah with a sneak peek at the pictures that she took. Check out the great pictures that Leah Shannon Photography captured. I am SO happy with how they turned out. Yay! My favorite ones so far are the family picture on the bridge and the closeup of Naomi with her pink toque. What do you think? I can't wait to see the rest!
Thanks Leah! I would highly recommend her to anyone who wants so great photos of their kids. I really like that she has captured Naomi's personality, and that the pictures don't feel posed and formal.
"To laugh often and much, to win
the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false
friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, or a garden patch... to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This
is to have succeeded!" - Emerson