Life in a Flash » capturing life one moment at a time.

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  • HELLO.

    I'm Jenn. I'm a full time mom to five. I love photography, Africa, crafts, thrifting, classical music, and this crazy good life God has given me. I spend my days dreaming up decorating solutions while picking Goldfish crackers out of my hair. I like my camera , guacamole, and old stuff. We've got three home grown littles and two who came to us through the miracle of adoption. We are loud and busy. I take lots of photos because I'm fully aware that life happens in a flash...and I don't want to miss it.

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Happy Feet

Well the morning dawned bright and cold with a temperature hitting only 1 degree. We’ve still got snow and as we rushed about our morning business of getting A off to school, J appeared in these. Perfect footwear for the frozen tundra don’t you think? They don’t even fit her. The too narrow design makes her little Flintstones foot pop out the top of the shoe like a muffin waiting for a dollop of frosting. But I was too tired to argue. I asked her if they hurt her feet. Her reply, “Hmmm…not soooo much…but look…my feet are smiling.” And with that she curtsied and we were out the door. Wishing you happy feet today too!

January 24, 2008 - 10:51 pm

Lala - OMG… had to check them out IMMEDIATELY… the HAPPY FEET… so properly PRINCESS!!!

NICE CHATTING!!! Keep warm!!!

Love, Lala

New to Ebay

Some of the gals in Ivylane are matching the fun new line that just came out at Gymboree and I have jumped on the bandwagon too! I had a bit of a fetish for rainbows as a little girl (remember my groovy rainbow sweatshirt Mom?)…so when I saw this line I knew exactly how to spend my Gymbucks! And who can resist some denim pieces made to match?!? The skirt and jacket are listed in separate auctions and are being offered as CUSTOMS!

The Bump

A quick snapshot of me at 22 weeks pregnant…for those of you following my pregnancy with rapt attention. Ok, so that may not be anyone…but everyone likes to see “the bump” right? It must be official. The man checking me out at Target this week asked if I wanted to save 10% “for the baby”. People are noticing. And people are touching. WHY do people feel the need to reach out and stroke a growing belly? Is it some inborn trait we have as women? Frankly, it freaks me out. The thin tube hanging from my shirt is the line to my infusion pump. The lucky women of my family have been gifted with a condition called Hyperemesis. A fancy term for all day puke your guts out morning sickness. It started at 6 weeks and by Halloween my Dr. had me hooked up with my own McKinley T34 infusion pump. It delivers anti-nausea meds around the clock which would be wonderful if you didn’t have to stick a needle in your thigh everyday as a pay-0ff. The GOOD NEWS…if all goes well FRIDAY IS MY LAST DAY! Then I can pull the plug and and stop wearing this ridiculous contraption! And by next week we should know the gender of this little squirming creature! I have an ultrasound scheduled for Wed. morning. We have an entire morning of fun scheduled which includes the apt., lunch out, and some shopping for the baby!

January 24, 2008 - 2:56 am

Jam Clothing Company - Awwwwww Jenn, Your baby bumb is so cute! Your ultrasound day sounds like mine. Dr, out to lunch and shopping….. what a perfect day! I can’t wait to hear the news of if it’s a boy or girl. I’m hoping for boy. he he he!

HUGGGGGGS!!!

January 24, 2008 - 3:02 am

Nic - yay! i didn’t even know! congrats, sweetie. ๐Ÿ™‚

January 24, 2008 - 3:19 am

Jenn - Too bad we don’t live closer Meli so we could do some serious shopping together! I’m so excited for you too!

And thanks Nic!!

January 24, 2008 - 2:38 pm

Lala - OH OH OH… FINALLY a BUMP SHOT!!! I thought I’d never get to SEE!!! :o) I can’t WAIT for ultrasound day… you know my guess… :o)

Love, Lala

January 24, 2008 - 3:06 pm

Jenn - Lala…I had a dream last night that your guess was right…so we will see!

A girl and her NEW room!

A has been waiting as patiently as a 5 year old can for us to finish up on her bedroom project. This used to be our guest room/office…one of my favorite spots in the house. But with #3 on the way and the need for a nursery looming, I offered the spot to A. She jumped at the chance…heck…she has her own bathroom now (what every 5 yr. old girl needs!). So the shopping began. I insisted the cocoa brown walls would have to stay and A picked out some darling horse bedding from The Company Store. A local artisan painted all the furniture for us and it is simply stunning! I love furniture with history and was dreading a trip to the local Furniture Mart…when I happened across this amazing shop right in my own backyard. The owner salvages old furniture pieces, custom paints them, and sells them in a beat up old farmhouse just blocks from my neighborhood. She helped me piece together an entire bedroom suite of girly french country furniture. A was thrilled with the end result…ok…we still have a few finishing touches to see to…but we are almost done! Here she is on her first night in her brand new big girl room with “Fifi” and “Donut” (pictured left to right if you care). Sweet dreams to my sweet baby!

January 24, 2008 - 2:17 am

Swede at Heart - Katie almost got that bedding! It is so cute. ๐Ÿ™‚ We found a similar one in lavendar (purple is her favorite color) Anna looks like she’s loving her room :).

January 24, 2008 - 2:30 am

Jenn - That doesn’t surprise me ๐Ÿ™‚ Great mind think alike huh? We need to get the girls together again sometime soon!

My Princess


I found “my princess” like this yesterday. I wasn’t lying when I said she lives in her costumes. After rummaging through her dress up box she decided that it made a better carriage…notice the toy explosion in the background…think the evil stepsisters will clean that up for her??