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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

did mama say?

really?
did mama really say there'd be days like THIS??

You might as well grab a glass of wine.
Because that's what I'm going to do, except without the actual libation.

Here's my rant.
(because it REALLY needs a preface)

Macy was incredibly sick last week and I got an award for being number one nurse.
Zach is getting sick.
I woke up sick.
The automatic gate keeps beeping some warning at me and I don't know why, I think it's sick.
I think Steve and my dad fixed it today, so maybe it's well again.

My mom brought me potato soup to help me feel better. (God bless this woman, seriously)
I laid on the couch. all. day.
I watched Bride Wars.
Then, I watched Dear Zachary.

Boo.
Bad movie.
Wanna cry? And be super depressed?
Then you should watch it.
But don't you dare say I recommended it.

We made family dinner.
That was fun.
I cleaned up the mess.
Not fun.

Steve made a fire.
Holy bad expletive expletive our house started smoking.
Not a little, like a lot.
Like, cover your face with your shirt, protect your children, and look crazily at each other with a "whhhhhhhhhhhhhhhat is going on" expression on your face.

While Steve and I try to figure out what's wrong, (not once did we say, hey...should we call 9-1-1?)
Macy dresses Zach up like a girl.
Wish I had been with it enough to take pictures.

We let more smoke in the house.
(I say let, because we kept opening the fire door to "look" and "see" what was the matter.)
We decide to take the screen off of the window.
Yes,  here's our magic plan...to pass the flaming wood through the window into a bucket of water.
My idea.
Not my brightest. Seriously.
I blame it on the Advil Cold and Sinus meds I took.

We get the flaming smokey wood out.
I hear screaming in the bedroom.
Are they on fire too?
Zach has taken a jar of delicious sweet and salty chex mix (my personal fav that I planned on snacking on while watching my beloved "Idol")
and has DUMPED IT OVER MY ENTIRE BED.
(yes the sheets part  because I did NOT make my bed today... remember, I AM SICK)

Sucked it up with the Dyson.
I really love our Dyson.
What did we do before airplane technology in a vacuum?
Yikes.
I still have to change my sheets,
because I am not sleeping on sweet and salty chex.
It's just wrong.

Now, all I want to do is watch American Idol.
But Steve is on the roof.
He's using my pampered chef really expensive skewers to poke through
our cap top of the fireplace because apparently it has a bad case of smokers lungs.
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While my gallant husband risks his life at 9pm on the roof,
I sit and blog.
He calls me to throw him flashlights and tools.
Sometimes I throw it close.
Other times, not so much.
While I help him,
Zach climbs up on the kitchen counter and starts spraying
the sink faucet sprayer all over.
(Yes my kids are still up because this is like a frickin' 3-ring circus)
That was also lots of fun to clean up.

Do I really need to say things like {insert sarcasm here} or is it just a given at this point?
That's what I thought.

So, I'm pretty tired now.
I think I'm gonna pop some more Advil,
watch me some bad singing...
and dream of sugar plum fairies.
Hopefully in that order.

Mom, I know you said there would be "days like this,"
but is this REALLY what you meant?

i am joni lane, and i couldn't make this stuff up if i tried.

Monday, January 24, 2011

not one, but four.

i am lovin' the Mc Family right now!
i joked that i "hoped they saved me a cupcake." 
this is one smart mama.
she got smiles, her kids got cupcakes.
AND SO DID I!!!
heeee heeeee. 
i'm giddy with excitement.
i've just been given permission from my kiddos 
to do more photo sessions. 
especially when they result in goodies for them too!
thanks again Mc Family...you get extra BIG smiles from me.
i am joni lane, and this is a pretty sweet day.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Mc Family

i love reconnecting with childhood friends.
especially friends who met and started a family together.
and what a beautiful family they have.
best bribe so far: "smile for pictures and we're making chocolate cupcakes!"
i hope you saved one for me!

{such good sports!}








Sunday, January 16, 2011

Mi Familia

i love it when we are all in town together.
our canadian counterparts flew in from the north,
and our L to the A lovlies drove up from the south...
so what better than to schedule some shots.
(not the needle kind, the camera kind of course!)

thanks for listening to your bossy sister-in-law.
i appreciate you not glaring at me too much today.

that was fun.
let's do it again soon.



i am joni lane, and i'm keeping my in-laws. just so you know.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Beautiful Belly

melinda is glowing beautifully.
i cannot wait to meet her baby girl.
my first belly shots! 
thanks for being so patient with me!








Thursday, January 6, 2011

::horizons::

I am in love with 2011 already.
For me, there is joy that comes with a new year.


There are so many wonderful things on the horizon.
My grandma is going to turn 90.
Steve and I will celebrate 10 years of marriage.
And...my little brother, my ONLY brother is getting married.
He's smitten and I can see why.
What a privilege to get to capture their love.
We spent the afternoon taking engagement photos.
I can hardly wait for the big day!!


Enjoy the pics of my handsome brother, and his gorgeous soon to be wife.


i am joni lane and my little brother is gonna get married. it's kinda a big deal.

Monday, January 3, 2011

I am the problem solver...

...to the tune of "i am the fire starter..."
i just got an awesome flip video camera. 
so sue me for wanting to film something else besides my kids.
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