My first Quinceañera client!

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Spring is on the way, I await the arrival of wildflowers. We've already had a few rainy days, and supposedly the bluebonnets will arrive early this year. It's International Women's Day, and I slept in, then my old friend Meg that I haven't seen in ages came over with her boyfriend to visit for a while. After that we took my mom out to dinner at her favorite restaurant. Rory has become quite unruly when eating out recently, but for the most party she's pretty well behaved.

I photographed a small wedding yesterday, and the bride ran about 50 minutes late. That meant no pre-wedding photos, we were literally racing the sunset, but managed to squeeze in the short ceremony and the big family photo before calling it. And now my drive is full again so I have to transfer some things before I can import those...

Before March is over I want to have finished my community service, Aurora's Easter photos & paint the carousel horse for spring sessions. I also plan to pick up as many shifts as possible to replace the money I spent on A Perfect Circle tickets! I'm incredibly excited, I haven't spent this much money on myself in a long time, and usually that means getting a tattoo (because at least that last forever) but seeing them is really on my bucket list. Especially since the rest of my favorite bands have either broken up or past on. I'll be seeing them in April, right between Taylor's birthday and mine so it's kind of perfect.

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Obviously I fell off the wagon with the 30 blogging challenge, between work, community service & my foot constantly in pain because of the first two I haven't felt much like blogging or had much to write about. I went to the doctor today and she ordered and x-ray to try and determine the source of the pain, then I ended up having a 'mole' that started out as a freckle removed from my chest. It had grown to 6 mm, was raised, asymmetrical and had irregular borders. I'm sure the results will show it was nothing, but I'm glad to have removed and future risk.

On the other hand, as usual at the doctor I was weighed on a scale and it showed me 197 lbs. Which is heaver than I was 9 months pregnant. Needless to say, this month I will be concentrating on my health and fitness. I am going to drastically change my diet and daily activity, to change my quality of life and set an example for my daughter. I will document my journey here, recording my meals, exercises, and results. Can't wait to have some results and changes to show!

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A year later my sister made another YouTube video, I again did the editing for her. It's a makeup haul & review, so if you're into that stuff, go check it out! It's an improvement in a lot of ways from the last video, but ignore the backdrop, we didn't have time to perfect that before filming.

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I got Louie in January of 2011 (I think), he turned 6 years old last December. After waiting years to get a puppy of my own, I got him during college, after I first moved away from home. I found an ad on Craigslist for a litter of half German Shepherd, half Australian Shepherd puppies. The day I was supposed to pick one, I completely panicked because I knew I would love them all, so I sent my then boyfriend to pick one and bring it back to me. He brought me Louie. I named him Louie for a couple of reasons, I was studying King Louie XIV and Louie was the name of the dog from Sublime.

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1. Lime Crime's Opals highlighters, still in development, but I would love to own those. You get pink/gold/peach for $38.
2. Makeup Geek has 10 duochrome eyeshadows for $55, my favorite of which is Blacklight! I really want a bunch of this to wear every day for the rest of my life!
3. High-Maintenance by ColourPop. I've actually been having a really hard time finding cranberry & burgundy eyeshadows... $18
4. Unicorn Brushes by Unicorn Lashes, 10 face & eye brushes for £45. I'm not sure how practical they are, but I love them nonetheless.

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Today has been a day of editing! Almost done burning CDs, batch processing at the moment. Then once I deliver the packages, I will be caught up & ready to book shoots for March. I've had quite a few inquiries recently so that's exciting... possible weddings, a couple boudoir sessions & even a burlesque shoot!

I've designed a photo book for the most recent wedding I photographed, and as soon as I get my tax return deposit I can order 2 copies to be printed. One book for the venue, and one for the bride to keep at her salon. I also have prints for past clients printed that I need to pick up & deliver. I want to offer more products, I was hoping to order some sample products for the studio, but we'll have to see.

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Didn't end up doing much yesterday at all, mostly just editing. Today I had to work and tomorrow I have community service & to check in with my probation officer. Then I work all weekend.

Tomorrow is a "Day Without Immigrants", a seemingly national boycott in which undocumented immigrants will not go to work, or school, or shop in order to show the rest of the country how much we rely on them. I'm actually really excited to see what happens, the few undocumented workers I know will definitely not be shirking their work hours. Mostly because my boss would not allow it, which is ironic in and of itself. Then again, they are here to work, and have the strongest work ethic that I've seen in my life.

I've got nothing against immigrants, as I see it we are all immigrants. We are just people in the world. I have never had a bad experience, a disadvantage, or anything taken away from me by someone labelled illegal. I honestly don't even understand why a person can be illegal, I understand wanting to keep people 'documented', but I don't see why anybody cares where anybody else was born.

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Not doing much this Valentine's day, I plan to have some craft time with Rory later and make some valentine's but that's about it. Hope everyone is having a nice day.

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Mommy Monday #2
​Aurora Lori was born January 6, 2015 at 5:15 am. She weighed almost 9 lbs & measured 19 in long.

Her first year flew by. She started teething early and had 2 new teeth every month. She slept in her crib at 3 months, and started sleeping the whole night by 8 months old. She started walking at 10 months old, and shortly after started saying words like mama & bobby (for bottle). She started a small variety of vegetable & fruit baby foods by the time she was 6 months.

Rory spends lots of time with her family, between her GG & aunt Briegh, me or her father stay at home with her while the other works. She has lots of friends her age too, so we get to go to lots of parties and stuff. She hasn't started day care, but I'm hoping to get her into a Montessori toddler program by this fall.

Not long after Aurora turned 2, she started using sentences, not that I can understand them. She loves Mickey Mouse & playing doctor, knows her colors well & can almost count to 10. She's really quick at figuring things out, and loves to draw, sing & dance.

This blog as much as anything is to document my baby girl growing up. My progeny, my mini-me, my punk pumpkin angel. Let me know what kind of Mommy Mondays you'd like me to do next.

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