September 13, 2010 | Posted by: Julie Cruz | Category: My Life
I'll post more pics of my gorgeous niece sometime this week :)
Again, thank you all SO much for bearing with me for the past few weeks. It's crazy that even though Saturday (the shoot with my niece) was the first shoot I had done in a couple of weeks (the little guy I was supposed to shoot on Friday, fell and got a black eye....so we postponed that shoot for a few weeks from now), I have been going, going, going....non stop.
In the past few days alone, I have helped out in PJ's class twice, had lunch to catch up with a photography buddy, met up with a group of awesome photographers for a little meeting, stayed at the vet until 2am with one of my best friends while their dog was in labor (and then taken in for a c-section - the 3 puppies are SOOOO adorable!!), headed up to Temecula with my dad to watch my nephew's soccer game and then my niece's soccer game (and of course shot both games - see....i'm always "working" somehow haha), headed up to Huntington Beach with PJ for a birthday party for two of her friends, met up with my two best friends in Irvine for lunch and a little shopping before heading home, etc, etc. This doesn't include any of the "every day" stuff like getting PJ ready for school, dropping her off/picking her up, grocery shopping, Target trips, cleaning up around the house, etc. It's crazy....and I only have ONE kid....so I have NO idea how people with more than one kiddo do it.
Anyway, since the past few weeks on the blog have been pretty much a snoozefest, I totally expected my "like/fan" count on Facebook to drop....but to my shock and surprise....it has actually gone up a bit! So thank you ALL for the love and support!! You guys are awesome!! :D
Alrighty, well duty calls! Need to start getting PJ ready for school soon, pack her lunch/snack, drop her off.....and then grab myself some Starbucks to WAKE UP and come back and edit, edit, edit! Hopefully this tension headache that i've had for the past 2 days goes away so that I can get some work done! Have a wonderful day everyone! ......ok, well as wonderful as a Monday can be ;)
September 07, 2010 | Posted by: Julie Cruz | Category: My Life
People have been asking me for more pics of PJ's room makeover, so I finally snapped some pics this weekend. When PJ picked out the colors for her "new" room a few months ago, I was beyond thrilled. I guess that's the good part about waiting until they are 5+ to ask them how they want their room. Had I asked when she was 3 or 4, I can guarantee I would be living my nightmare of a pink/purple Disney Princess extravaganza. So yeah, if you have kiddos that aren't 5 yet...maybe wait until they are at least 5 or older before you ask them how they want their room ;) PJ's taste has changed SO much within the past year......and luckily for the better! So yeah, when I asked her about paint, I was just trying to figure out what color she wanted. Well little miss interior decorator threw me for a loop and said "I like this color and this color" (pointing to 2 shades of blue/teal). I said "Huh?? Two?".....and her reply was "I was thinking maybe this color for the top of my room, and this color for the bottom". Damn...she had a great idea. Why didn't *I* think of that?? haha. So anyway, while I was gone to Colorado (in the beginning of July), PJ and daddy (with the help of my sister) surprised the heck out of me by painting her room (which was awesome...because truth be told....I SO was not looking forward to helping move stuff, paint, etc - hehe). Since then, i've been adding a few things here and there (and still have a little more to do), but it's pretty much done. Now, before I post, I DO need to say thank you to SO many of our friends and family who have (without knowing) helped us "decorate" her room. There are lots of little things around the room that PJ has received as gifts. I don't have a chance to name every single one, but for instance:
All of the Ugly Dolls and cool plush toys (handmade, etc) are from her amazing godfather, Alyasha. The adorable custom plush dolly (that looks just like PJ when she was younger) was made by my friend, Shannon, a few years ago. The hand painted book holder (with her name on it) and the little bear backpack hanging from the yellow "key" rack are from my sister, Katie. The adorable Anthropologie apron (hanging) and painted canvas (on the shelf above) are from our friend, Laurie. A bunch of the awesome Julius/PF items are from the wonderful folks at Paul Frank. The 2 rad stools by the window are from our friends at The New Children's Museum. The little wooden hand painted toy (behind the wooden bunny on the shelf - with chickens that eat on it) is from grandma and grandpa when they went on a cruise and one of the ports was Russia. Her room is filled with SO much love from SO many of the wonderful people in her life :)
I wanted PJ's room to be a little mix of everything....old and new (basically if an antique store, Urban Outfitters, Anthrolpologie, Etsy, a swap meet, etc got married and had a baby ;) haha). The Fisher Price Little People, record player, pull along Snoopy/dog, etc were all mine when I was little! :) Oh and again, my bargain shopping helped out with most of the new touches. All of the vintage records displayed on the walls were found at the swap meet (by Mark, Aly and I) for $1 each! I found that cute yellow key hanger from an antique shop for $3! The little birdie hooks and album frames (both from Urban Outfitters) were thanks to the help of my awesome sister in law, Kristine (who works for Anthropologie/Urban Outfitters in Philly - thanks again for the awesome discount, Kris!). So yeah, besides paint, a new shelf/TV stand and few other little things (which were paid with from money made from PJ deciding to sell some of her "old" stuff (like her kitchen set, dollhouse, etc)....everything was bargain shopped, kept from her previous room, etc and worked out perfectly. I love the fact that I can add things here and there, and they won't stick out like a sore thumb....because there is ALL kinds of stuff in her room ;)
Here is a *BEFORE* shot of her room (Mark took this right before they painted).......
*Disclaimer* - PJ wasn't supposed to be in these pics (hence the terrible white short/leggings (whatever the hell they are) she's wearing (LOL) and the top (which is actually a size 2T dress from when she was little))....but in true PJ fashion, once she realized I DIDN'T want to take HER pics....she was all about getting in the shots (like sitting at the window, watching our neighbor wash his car, jumping on the bed, etc) ;)
Oh and for those wondering why I haven't had a shoot for about 2 weeks, it's because I purposely took a week off for my birthday and PJ's first days of school (which actually ended up as an extra week since PJ got sick) ...and also because I thought for sure that one of my clients (who was due with a little one) was due on 9/4....and I thought for sure that since he was her second kiddo (and she is tiny!), he would be a week early or so....so I kept this past weekend open for that (and also Labor Day) because I totally thought he would be early. Turns out that little stinker decided to show up a day late instead ;) haha....so I most likely won't be seeing him until this weekend or early next week :) Don't worry though. I have a shoot on Friday, then that newborn shoot, another mama due on the 12th and more shoots this month....so all will be back to normal crazy soon ;)
September 03, 2010 | Posted by: Julie Cruz | Category: My Life
Well the first week of school for PJ didn't quite turn out the way I thought it would. Her first 2 days were great......until I picked her up after school on Tuesday and she wasn't herself. She was whiney, clingy, tired, had rosy cheeks, etc. She fell asleep in the car, took a long nap.....and woke up with a fever :( Long story short, i've been home with her all week and she's had fevers on and off the whole time...and trust me...she thinks it's REALLY funny to yell "NUUUUUUUUURRSE!!" when she needs me. We took a trip to the doctor (after hours pediatrics) on Wednesday (which was the worse day) night....and it seems to just be a virus of some sort.....so besides keeping her hydrated, giving her Tylenol/Motrin to lower the fevers, etc....we just have to let it run it's course. Luckily she's been acting close to normal, still eating, drinking, etc...so the fevers and the teeny bit of less of an appetite are the only signs that she's not feeling well. A few snaps from her first day of school.....
So yeah.....while I continue to play "nuuuuuurrrse!!".......
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......and since a blog post is always better with a few pics.....here are a few random iPhone pics from my week......
September 01, 2010 | Posted by: Julie Cruz | Category: Previews