Wednesday, February 20, 2008

"Ta-da!"

It's happened gradually-- Maggie's infatuation with fashion.

First she made sure I was picking out clothes for her that matched, and by match, she means black shirt, black tights, black skirt, black shoes. Next she refused to wear anything other than "cinderella" dresses. "Cinderella" being an adjective for anything frilly and pink. In the last few days she's been putting her palm to my tracks and saying, "Stop! I don't need any help." And so I sit there and watch her struggle to put on her clothes. It's hard! But she eventually squirms into whatever it is she's trying to wear.

Today she had an outfit all picked out before I'd even showered for the day and when she discovered after I'd dressed that I was wearing a black shirt, she quickly (yet it took forever) changed from her pink top to a black one so we could match. This evening she's come running into the room three different times with three different shirts on. "Ta-da!" she says each time. I can't help but smile even though at the same time she's driving me crazy with the outfits she's tearing through!




A couple more things she's said today and yesterday that have made me smile:





"I'm helping you. Is that nice?"





Last night Magnet and I were talking during dinner and not really listening to what she was saying to us. She kept repeating herself and repeating herself, getting louder and louder until we took notice. "THANK YOU FOR THE NICE DINNER!" she yelled. I was speechless. What a sweetie, especially since she was dry heaving the five more bites she had to eat. What can I say? I'm still a cook in training. :)





"How many 'til married?" Translation: How old do I have to be to get married? I told her that was a good question for her daddy. :) She's also asked me how old she has to be to get earrings and get baptized, but that's because she requests "Tinkerbell earrings" and so I have to explain to her that she has to be eight to get earrings, and because she's been to a lot of baptisms and wants to get baptized.





This afternoon I was lost trying to find a girl's house I visit teach. Maggie noticed and said. "I need to see a map." This is thanks to Dora the Explorer, I'm sure.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Liam's Lovely Lips and My Valentines

I've been wanting to post this picture for a few days now, but it took some time to figure out how to use our new scanner. Anyway, this is our little Magson at about 34 weeks. Check out the lips on this kid!! I have no idea where they came from and maybe it's just the ultrasound picture making them look so plump...so full...so Angelina Jolie, but yeah, my little boy has some smackers on him!

The ultrasound was so fun. The lady kept saying how unusual it was to see a baby's face so well this far along. She kept commenting on what chubby cheeks he has and what pouty lips and what defined muscles he has in his legs. I got a kick out of her insight because I didn't have the eye for what she was talking about--except for maybe the lips. I could pick those out. But yeah, we're awfully anxious to meet the little guy. By the way, being eight months pregnant or whatever I am, I'm also feeling so plump, so full...and so UN-Angelina Jolie. :)



As for Valentines Day, it's taken me a few years to understand what Valentines Day means for a family in the floral industry---lots of work and little sleep! But I definitely can't complain as I didn't have to work through the night in a chilly warehouse/design center all week long. I'm just thankful that the business is doing so well! And despite Magson's exhaustion, he managed to bring me home Seattle Chocolates, a beautiful bouquet of flowers and an assortment of balloons, one of which sings, "Wild Thing" when you hit it. WARNING: Maggie has now learned how to hit. She loved her "heart sing balloon" and I love my Valentines.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Marie Photographie 2011

Click on {Portfolio} to view some of my work. Bonjour, and thanks for visiting!



{About}
Expect chic, expect unique and expect vibrant with a touch of whimsy from Marie Photographie, a children’s, senior and family portraiture boutique serving Kitsap County, WA.

{Scheduling}
I have limited availability throughout the year. Email me at gross.marie@gmail.com or call me (360-329-2412) to schedule your outdoor session. You will also receive a welcome packet with all the fun details about outfitting, props, where we’ll go, and other secrets. We’ll work together to make sure your photos have pizzazz.
{Session Fees}All session fees are nonrefundable and due at time of booking to secure your slot. Session fees cover time and talent of photographer, a consultation via phone or email, and custom digital processing of your top 20-30 images. Two weeks after the shoot, your photos will be displayed in an online gallery which will be available for another two weeks.
{Standard Session} $125
Covers individual portraits, engagements sessions, and bridals.

{Family Session} $150
Covers families of up to five people. Add $25 for each additional person after that.

{HS Senior Session} $150
Covers up to three locations, and all the wardrobe changing you can squeeze into two hours (I love mixing things up!), as well as one digital image for yearbook and graduation announcement use.

{Print Prices}
4x6 $8
5x7 $10
8x10 $20
10x13 $30
10x20 $45
11x14 $35
16x20 $80
16x24 $100
20x24 $100
20x30 $115
24x30 $130
24x36 $150

Other print sizes and products, such as mounted prints, gallery wraps and albums, are available upon request. These prices and packages are included in your welcome packet.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Rise and Shine


This week I decided I was ready to finally start my main New Year's resolution--to wake up early. I've been draggin' my feet, basking in every excuse imaginable. Sunday night rolled around and I was out of excuses, so I set my alarm for 5:30am Monday morning and got up rather easily, actually. Same thing on Tuesday, but Wednesday and today Maggie woke up at 6am-ish! The whole idea is for me to have some quiet time to myself, not to start my mom-job earlier! That silly girl is unintentionally foiling my plan! I'm not about to bump up the time either. I guess I have a new excuse to revel in. I think she's just anxious to blow milk bubbles or something...

I can't believe the things that keep her entertained:

*blowing milk bubbles through a straw
*filling up bags with stuff--rocks, puzzle pieces, you name it
*playing hide and go seek
*dreaming up things she's going to "ask Daddy when he gets home" (She used to ask me her questions first, and if I didn't know the answer then she'd say, "I'm gonna ask Daddy when he gets home." Now she doesn't even bother to see if I know the answer; she jumps right to her line about how she's gonna ask Daddy. haha)
*making up analogies...seriously! She's constantly saying things like, "that's kinda like this" and "this is kind of like that."

I guess if these things were on my daily agenda, I'd have no problem getting up early either!

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