I know that this is another zoo picture, but I'm always behind the camera.
This was one day that I had a few pictures taken of me!
I've been devoting time to get to know my camera. It's only taken a year and a half! I was sick and tired of using it on 'auto' mode all the time, so my girlfriend, Brenda and I took a class and have another one scheduled for April. We even took a Lightroom class that was very helpful. I feel like I could have figured out how to use Lightroom all on my own if I dedicated enough time to it, but I just don't have several hours straight during the day to figure it all out.
I've put a lot of money into my camera, plus a $500 lens (which I love) and a $200 external flash all to discover...I think I want a different camera. Justin is so sweet and told me to sell mine and buy a new one, but I'm just not so sure I'm ready yet. I need to do some more research.
With the sky-high gas prices, I began taking the train to work again.
Confession: I LOVE IT!!
I get a 40 minute train ride to & from work which means I can sit in silence for 80 minutes a day and READ. I received a Kindle for Christmas and was finally able to put it to use! Reading is something that I have always enjoyed, but it's something I gave up after I became a mom because, duh, I don't have the time. I suppose I could have tried to read at bed time, but I would have read a page a day because I would immediately fall asleep!
I began working out again. Justin is doing P90x, but I just can't bring myself to go that hardcore. I've settled for 30-45 minutes on the treadmill. I'm not a runner (I've tried) so I just jack up the incline and walk quickly. That's enough to get me going!
I'm a tad obsessed with Bethenny Frakel (and Bravo TV in general) so I ordered her yoga DVD. I've done pilates before, but not yoga. Hopefully it's something I enjoy!
This past weekend, Justin and I had a regular date night AND a double-date night (thanks to our parents!). On Friday, my mom put the boys to sleep and Justin and I had dinner at Butcher & Singer. Dinner was delicious, but spending alone time with Justin was what I really loved!
On Saturday, Mom Mom & Poppy had a blast with the boys! They played at their house, shopped for toys at Target then went to the mall for some Chik-fil-a and running around. All the while, Justin and I joined up with Chica, Eric, Brenda and Ricky at Red Robin for dinner. After that, we all came back to our house for a game. We had a great time - I laughed until tears fell down my face. There's just nothing like a fun night with some of your closest friends.
My dad, Colleen and my brothers are coming into town on Thursday and I'm really looking forward to their visit. We weren't able to get together in December for Christmas, so were're celebrating on March 31st! Better late than never, I say. I really just can't wait for them to see how big the boys have gotten since November when we last saw them.
All in all, things have been going well for me. I'm definitely a 'mommy' and spend a lot of my time caring for my boys, but thanks to our family and friends, I am able to do some other fun things as well.