Thursday, February 28, 2013

Freelance. You dirty little dog.


Yesterday was a bad day. It was just no good. I woke up to a disheartening business email, the kind where your tummy drops to the floor and you can't seem to pick it up for hours after. It was a forehead slap, frustrating, powerless to control the situation kind of a thang...

Freelancing is a business that I love. I have been doing freelance writing for some time now and thoroughly enjoy writing, handling public relations, and coordinating events. It might be one of my favorite things to do (especially the writing and events part!!). With that said, the business of freelance can be awkward. Case in point: payment of services rendered. When I (the freelancer) and the client disagree about payment, it's truly a tough situation...

So, here is what I've learned from yesterday. Always keep record of ALL correspondence regarding payment, changes of agreement, and additional work. NEVER make verbal agreements without proper documentation, (even when you trust the person explicitly) and always have a payment deadline. These things seem like common practice, right? Well, when you are in the business of providing a service random little tasks come up. New and exciting responsibilities are agreed upon organically in the moment, which can make revising an agreement a tedious and arduous task. Still, keeping rock solid documentation of anything that has to do with payment is a NECESSITY. No matter who you're working with.

Nuff said.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Portrait.


The past few days have been really wonderful. Tony had time off of work, so we've been spending some quality time as a family. Easton has started to say "cook cook" for cookie and "crackkkk" for cracker. Pretty cute, aye? He still says "Mommmmmyyy" with all of his might constantly throughout the day. Sometimes he'll say "Mommmmyyyy" ten times in a row- I think he's just making sure that I'm right there and I'll answer him whenever he calls. Baby has been following direction really well this past week- getting books, putting things away, and getting up to leave when it's time to go. He's also started dropping to the floor when he doesn't get what he wants- tantrums...I think that's what their called :) He even rolls about three times on the ground- just for good measure...

This week, I just couldn't narrow the pictures down. We had such a great time at the park and got some photos which really captured our day! Easton had a wonderful time digging for Dino bones in the sand box, playing on the playground, and running through the open grass. He runs ALL the time. He's so wonderful to watch.



















His cape is so AMAZING...we had so much fun watching him "fly" around the park! 

A portrait of Easton once a week, every week in 2013. 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Portrait.


















Last week I forgot to post a Portrait of Easton. But this week's will not disappoint. My sister took this picture of E while we were hanging out at their home. It's so fun to have my sister so close; plus Easton gets to enjoy his Auntie, Uncle, and cousin ALL the time! Lucky him.

Uncle Erkin was teaching E how to lay down and stack the blocks on his tummy. Easton loved this game and stayed very still (strangely still, for my bonkers little guy). This week Easton has been biting on his hands a lot- he's getting two molars. He's been napping for longer (thank, goodness), Eating cereal bars for breakfast, and demanding Juice Plus+ all throughout the day. 


















I have just started to give in and allow Easton to watch 30 minutes of TV during the day. I put on Sesame Street (Classics), which is streamable on Netflix. One of my issues with TV for children in general is how STIMULATING it is. If it's overwhelming for an adult, imagine what it's like for a tiny little person!!! Anyway, the Sesame Street of years past is much slower paced, not nearly as bright, and the puppets are not as annoying. Actually, the puppets are a very small part of the show- which I rather appreciate because they are sooooo intense on the newer episodes. Too intense. That's all I'll say on the matter.

A portrait of Easton once a week, every week in 2013. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day.






































Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays! I just love it. Our anniversary is the day after Valentine's Day, so our vision has always been that V-Day will be a family friendly holiday, where we encourage love and friendship, while the next day is our Rebecca and Tony alone time/date night. That was our plan even before we had kids!! How fun, right?!?!

 Every year for the past five years we have dined at home, choosing the classiest of all classy Valentine's meals: the heart-shaped pizza! This year while we ate our favorite Valentine's dinner, Easton looked down at a stray olive and said, "HAT!" He took his hat obsession to a new level by placing that stray olive right on top of his head. It looked like a tiny Yamaka. Honestly, it was one of his cutest and most unique moments of Easton's toddler-hood. (I usually don't condone food play, but this was just too fun, quirky, and cute...)



I bought Tony what could only be considered the BEST V-Day gift of all time...a gift bag full of Vintage T-Shirts. This man loves tee's.  His tee-shirt obsession rivals Easton's hat obsession. He is constantly on a quest for "the perfect guy tee-shirt." Tony got four tee-shirts closer to finding the Holy-Grail of tee's tonight. 

Tony wrote me a beautiful card, and then surprised me with an amazing letter written to a Easton all about me- his mama. It was truly a surprise and the sweetest gift I could ever receive...especially because every gift that Tony buys me, I return. (Not because I don't like his effort, but because I truly believe that if I don't LOVE something I shouldn't keep it. Store credit is also a great gift :)

For Valentine's Day last year, we sent out cards to all of our friends and family. Remember when Easton was so small?!?!? I can't wait to have another one...

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Productive naps???


What do you do while your little one naps? I'm so curious because these days I seem to be so unproductive that I might as well be napping, too....


Friday, February 1, 2013

Food: Chicken Tacos in Butter Lettuce



Tacos have been a go-to for Tony and I for some time now. He still doesn't eat meat of any kind, but I had to bring some chicken back into my diet to help me stay fuller, longer. Tonight for dinner I made chicken tacos, sans taco shells. I used butter lettuce instead which is a really great option when I'm trying to cut calories, carbs, and wheat. Here's ma recipe:

What you'll need:
1 red pepper, chopped
1 orange pepper, chopped
1 (smallish) zuccini, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 chicken breast
1/2 avacado
1 cup quinoa

What to do:
Cook quinoa until soft and fluffy. (Boil 1 cup quinoa with 2.5 cups water (or veggie broth). Let all of the water cook out. Set aside with the lid on so steam can finish cooking.)

Season chicken breast with salt, pepper, and thyme to taste. Grill the chicken breast on the stove, cube it, and set aside.

Cook veggies in some olive oil, chili powder (if you're so inclined), and red pepper flakes, until they are soft with a small bit of crunch.

Put all the ingredients on the butter lettuce for a healthy little taco. Add avocado and salsa to garnish.

C'est fini! I hope you enjoy it. Get yo veggies, friends!!



Portrait.

















This week Easton has been sick. He's had a fever since Monday ranging from 100-104.7 degrees! Talk about scary. Weirdly enough, he has been free from any other sick symptoms and pretty much as happy as ever. This morning he grabbed Tony's shoe and said "shhoooo!" He's been saying "shoooo" all day (whenever prompted) and it is SOO cute. He has started to say "Mommy," which honestly melts my heart. He says it with such conviction...MOMMMMYYY." His other new words this week are; "baby" (and he says it with a french accent; "bebe,"), "daddy," and "knock-knock" (while he's knocking on doors). He's been doing his sign language, too. He really has a great sign "vocabulary" and uses them all throughout the day. We still tried to get outside a little this week- the weather has been beautiful here, so outside play seemed reasonable even with a small fever.
















Easton is so excited about the 49ers being in the super bow- and I see A LOT of "touchdownnnnn" sign and words in the near future (he's been saying touchdown for a few weeks now, with the sign attached!!!).

This picture of Easton RUNNING away from his Daddy is soooo cute. Even though it's blurry it truly tells the story of just how happy he was! He was giggling and running all over the yard. So sweet.















A portrait of Easton every week in 2013.
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