Let the [March] Madness begin!

It’s that time of year again!  Forest and I don’t follow college basketball — or any college sport — but every year we fill out a March Madness bracket and make a fun little bet!  Check out previous year’s here and here.

I am currently the undefeated champion and I don’t plan on that changing this year.

Here are our brackets for 2017:

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Our bet this year is the winner gets to pick a destination for a family weekend getaway and the loser has to drive.  We don’t like driving so this is a true punishment!

Until next time — Cindy

This girl (pictures from July)

I just found these pictures from the beginning of July and I couldn’t let them stay in the folder on my hard drive so here they are!  Peyton loved (and still does) to squish her face against the glass.  I ran out to get the stroller ready for a morning walk on a Saturday and turned around to this little show – there was banging and babbling and squeals and giggles and petting Indie and kisses too!  This girl is our constant source of entertainment.

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Until next time — Cindy

Thoughts on Thursday – 8.04.2016

Hello!  And happy Thursday!  A few things that are on my mind today…

The Opening Ceremonies for the Olympics are tomorrow!  I usually enjoy watching the opening ceremonies and I love watching different competitions throughout the 2 weeks!  U.S.A.!

Today is my first day being home with Peyton on my new part-time schedule.  We’ve had so much fun and we’ve got some house-stuff done too (laundry + pulling some weeds)!  I’ve been looking forward to more time with her!

Peyton and I are headed to meet a friend at Costco this afternoon.  It’s my first time (I know… where have I been?!) but I want to check things out before I dish out $$ for a membership.  I’ve generally only heard good things (and the ‘bad’ things were minor little things about what products are available) so we’ll see if this trip will persuade me to get a membership!

Speaking of part-time, my position at work has already been filled internally.  But get this!  My replacement went to the same college as me and graduated only 1 year after me!  BUT!  He doesn’t look familiar to me nor I to him!  Weird, right?  Forest thinks it’s impossible.  What a small world, though, huh?!

Did you catch yesterday’s Forest Says?

And speaking of Forest!  He’s set to finish his Master’s degree in December and we’re already planning a trip down to Atlanta so he can walk at graduation!  You can bet on Peyton and I cheering him on from the audience!

Until next time — Cindy

It’s a big day!

Today is a big day!  July 19, 2016 is the last day I’ll come into work as a full-time employee!

 I’m shifting titles!

from employee to mommy (and wife[y]),

from 8-5 to small business owner and homemaker,

from accountant to photographer.

I’m transitioning out of my day job as an accountant to be a stay at home mom/wife/homemaker and a small business owner at Captured by Cindy Photography!  I am so thankful for the 3 years that I’ve been working at my current company.  I’ve created several great working relationships and friendships within the finance department!  However, there are reorganizations happening throughout the company (not just our department) and, although my position is not in jeopardy of being eliminated, my work load would probably increase and Forest and I agreed that my time would be better spent at home.  So while I am a little sad to be leaving, my excitement for what’s to come is so much more!

I talk Forest’s ear off with the ideas and possibilities I have of focusing more time on my photography and I’m really looking forward to implementing those ideas and really putting myself out there to grow my business!  I’ll have more time for marketing, advertising, partnerships, and setting up fun sessions for clients!  I have 2 weddings that I’m photographing this month so maybe I’ll take on more weddings!  I don’t know how this business will grow but having the time to focus on doing just that is so exciting!

I used to spend my lunch hour hanging out with Peyton at daycare (for the first 8 months back from maternity leave)!  The daycare teachers and staff didn’t mind but spending 45 minutes with Peyton during the day was good for (I think) both of us!  Her schedule has changed and she now naps during my lunch hour so I don’t get to visit anymore.  We do think daycare has been really good for Peyton – she is a social butterfly for sure and it’s suited her well!  Because of this, we have several ideas of how she can still get interaction with other kids on a regular basis (hello story time at the public library + mommy groups at church + play dates with friends we haven’t seen in a really long time!).  We definitely won’t be missing the waves of colds that she came home with this fall and winter though – keep those germs away, please!

We would like to grow our family as well!  [no mom’s, we’re not pregnant :)]  While I’m looking forward to being at home with Peyton more often, I hope we are able to add another (or a few) little one(s) to our clan.  We know that’s all in God’s timing but it’s definitely something we’re thinking about as well!

This decision wasn’t just mine.  It was Forest’s as well.  We’ve been praying about it for months and we both feel like the time is right, that God has opened doors for us, He’s pushing and pulling us in directions that we wouldn’t have dreamed of a few years ago but here we are!  We’re trusting in Him and we’re so thankful for these opportunities.

I know there are soooo many mommy’s out there that wish they could be at home with their babies all day – I know it’s difficult!  I know how juggling everything and wearing close to 5 (or more!) hats at one time is exhausting but know that your babies look up to you whether you’re at home or you’re at work.  They see how hard you work and they feel all of your love!  Be the best example you can in whatever situation you find yourself, mama!

And I’ll leave you with an excerpt from this post (I love Ashley’s blog so very much!  I think I found her blog looking for photography tips but I check in with her every week to see what she has to share – so good!)

“The one place I do want to build a name for myself, so to speak, is inside the walls of my home….among the 5 people I share it with. I’ve got 4 little ones calling me “Mommy”…that is a name I want to work on building. If anyone thinks I am awesome…I want it to be my family.  I’ll take their construction paper flowers with jedi lightsabers over any online ranking. I want to rank high with them. I’ve only got a handful of years to do this role right. I don’t get a second chance. When they graduate, I won’t be given an option for a ‘do-over’. This go-around is all I got.  When the day closes…and computers are shutting down…they are the ones wrapping little arms around my neck and giving me ‘one more’ kiss goodnight.

“Mommy”…it is a name worth building.”

Until next time — Cindy

Monday night

On Monday night after dinner (in between my attempts to empty the clean dishes from the dishwasher) I decided to follow Peyton around with my camera.  She was all over the place!  I tried to barricade her in the kitchen using a box of diapers, a box of wipes and a few toys so she started with the toys, then moved to her slide, tried to get in the hallway (which I blocked with the gate!), helped me load dishes back into the dishwasher, and she ended back at her slide but mostly so she could play behind the curtains – her new favorite spot in the house!

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