After a good discussion this last weekend with several people I admire very much who are older and wiser, I came to the conclusion that I need a break from Facebook. I need to not be able to see “everything.” I am evaluating whether or not I will return from said break, and if I do, to what extent. We will see. All I know is, it’s just too much right now. There is no offense intended towards anyone and it’s not because of one single person that I am doing this, it’s just a collective number of reasons.
I was able to get a lot of work done on my website for Ashley Jane Photography this week so far and I am so excited for it to launch! My web designer, an old friend from high school, has been doing an amazing job on helping me get it set up and he is so patient with me as I am learning how to edit and design it for myself so that I can “take over” my website and be able to make changes as I want to when we’re all done. I would love for some volunteers to browse through the site and let me know honestly what they think of it. Please let me know if you would like a “sneak peek” in exchange for some feedback. 🙂 Also, I’ve re-designed my photography blog as well! It’s already been “up” for awhile, but you can look at the changes if you like! Just click HERE (it will open in a new window)…..
This is all very exciting to me!!! I am revamping my prices as well and trying to streamline everything. This has been a fun adventure so far, I hope it lasts.
Jadon has recently gotten into K’Nex toys. Tim had inherited these from his childhood and a few months ago, we decided he was old enough to start playing with them. He has really taken off with these! They aren’t really intended for kids his age, but he is really good at putting them together! It’s funny, he started out just watching and handing the pieces to Dad and just observing how it all came together. He would attempt it on his own and get really frustrated when he couldn’t do it. So for awhile it was all observation and assisting as Dad, or Granddad would build the creations. Then he started getting the hang of building simple things on his own. When building with Dad or Granddad, they would always build it exactly to the specifications in the manual. But one evening, Papaw and Momo were over (my grandparents) and Papaw and Jadon disappeared into the front room while Momo and I chatted for about an hour and a half. He kept coming in, saying how excited he was to finish the project they were working on and finally when they were done, he was so proud. Then Papaw showed him how to modify the design without altering the function to work better or different and Jadon totally latched onto that. He loves to do that! And now he is building pretty advanced contraptions and altering them to work differently or better on his own. Tim and I marvel at him. He is so smart. We were discussing how he is so very like both of us. He, like Tim, has the focus to sit down and work on this “puzzle” for hours. (Something I would NOT have the patience for.) and yet, like me, he will build it and change it however he wants. He has both the engineering from Tim and the creative from me. He recently went through a phase of sneaking crayons into his room and drawing these little murals on his wall at night or when he was supposed to be napping. Tim asked him one night why he was doing this. He said, “Dad, I have all these pictures in my brain and I want to get them out!” After Tim told me this, I thought, “What this kid needs is a sketch book!” So the next day, off we went to Target and and him a sketch book, pencils and a pencil box. For about a week straight, it was all he ever did. He would sketch everything from people, to dad’s work building (which he did from memory… we’ve only been there twice) and our TVs, one of me sleeping, flowers, the tray and decor on our coffee table…etc. etc. etc. This kid has a lot in his head! I am finding it difficult to keep him constantly mentally stimulated. The K’Nex toys really help with that, as he will literally sit for hours and hours and just build away. He began a water plane last night which he finished this morning and now he is building a fully functional ferris wheel. So if anyone is looking for birthday or Christmas gift ideas, he would LOVE more of this stuff!! Here’s their website: http://www.knex.com/ He is working on intermediate and advanced things, so you can search kits on the left side of the page based on difficulty.
Alrighty then, I should get going, I’ve got to take Matthew in for a check-up with his pediatrician in a bit so I need to go get ready.
Till Next Time,