Thursday, January 3, 2013

Three is the Magic Number

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Halloween, a couple days late

My son wanted to be an octopus for Halloween and I used Martha Stewart's (I love you Martha) free pattern. I emailed it to Staples and they blew it up for just a couple bucks. M picked out the fabric- vinyl on one side and sequins on the other, because sequins looked the most like suckers! I ended up lengthening the tentacles  and I also added wire to make them have a little more shape.

I loved that he could wear anything he wanted under it. I wish I had more time; I would have made pants that looked like the sea floor. I also had visions of a bubble machine but there are only so many hours in the day!

We recently got a roku box and have been watching the same cartoons that my husband and I grew up on with our own kids. We both had the same reaction of all these childhood cartoon memories flooding back. So far they have watched He-man, Care bears, Mr. Rogers, and of course She-Ra Princess of Power.

My daughter had thrown out a new costume idea everyday including, but not limited to: Princess, Butterfly, Tinkerbell, Hello Kitty and finally resting on She-Ra. I am guessing it is because she has a crown, cape AND sword. Once she mentioned She-Ra I admit to being more enthusiastic because I knew that costume would be the easiest and I liked that she was a kick ass princess with a sword.
I appliqued the flower thing on the shirt and made a simple skirt using the pattern from Made. I use that pattern for all her skirts.

The cape is a simple rectangle that is gathered at the top and attached with sequins. Boots are old rain boots that we spray painted gold and the head dress is cardboard and sequins, held together with hot glue.
No sword (see bubble machine explanation above). I told her it was a magical invisible sword that only princesses could see and she seemed to accept that explanation. I was surprised by how many adults didn't know who she was.

My son is already talking about next year's costume, can't imagine where he gets that from!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Pumpkin Patch 2012

I love getting our pumpkins at this real farm. No silly carnival games, no rides, pumpkins that are actually grow here at the farm and not shipped in on pallets then rolled out into a field. 

Simple is good.

My son on the lookout for a ghost pumpkin. My dad did find a nice sized all white pumpkin.

Trying out some new Photoshop techniques. 

Last morning spent with Grandpa before he had to go home! 

These shots were actually their idea.  Love his little round cheeks and that chin dimple!

Thank you Osborn Farms for existing and providing such a beautiful place to take my family.

Stay tuned. Halloween costumes will be done shortly!

Friday, September 28, 2012

A Letter to My Daughter On Her Third Birthday

Dear Bean,

Today you are three! Wow, how did that happen so quickly? I am guessing it is because you are a ball of energy and movement that barely stops to sleep! You are slow to warm up but once that fire is lit watch out!

You are the most expressive child I have ever met, making at least 50 different faces while eating your supper. Taking pictures of you is always an adventure and requires a fast shutter speed!

Your heart is sensitive, often asking me "Are you happy now?" after you know that you did something that upset me. When you see me upset you are the first to offer a comforting hug and a pat on the back even when you are unsure what has caused the sadness. 

Your beauty is in the wildness of your curly hair, the callus on the thumb you suck, your eyes that are neither grey, brown or green but all of those at the same time. You prefer not to wear dresses unless you also have pants on. You love your super girl shirt.

Your brother started school this fall and the emptiness in the house is felt most acutely by you. You are still working on figuring out who you can be and what you can do without him around.

This summer you decided you wanted to get your ears pierced but ONLY if it was with Hello Kitty earrings. The first store we went to didn't have them so you said no. The second store did the ones you wanted and you sat braver and stiller than me while they pierced one ear at a time.

You saw the ocean for the first time this year and love it and I loved watching you experience it. 

You love Hello Kitty, horses, Caillou, making dinner, filling a page with small intricate circle designs, painting your finger nails, holding babies (real ones please), and owning but not wearing hair pretties.

When you were born I was afraid to have a daughter but now I can't image my life without you! Happy third birthday little girl.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

First Day of Preschool

Today was a big day for our family. My oldest went to his first day of preschool. Yes, I cried but not in an embarrassing kind of way. He was so excited and very ready for this day.

My husband and I dropped him off after he showed us his cubical and wrote his name on his white board. He ran off to play and waved good bye. (sniff, sniff)

I spent the morning with my daughter painting her nails, going to the bank and reading books. It was very, VERY quiet in my house.

We came to pick him up and he ran to the teacher saying "She's here, she's here - where is her card?!" (start to get teary eyed here)

They gave us cards based on the book The Kissing Hand.
That sucker is getting framed!

His teacher said he got a tears in his eyes when he realized we were gone and he didn't get to say goodbye but he recovered quickly and was back to playing again. On the way home he told me EVERYTHING and I feel really lucky since I hear so many stories about kids not sharing what happened in school. He gave me a blow by blow of the whole morning, it was wonderful. He made friends with the boy in the white shirt, they read books, played in the rice table, made cards (he picked the color red) and went on the playground. 
When we got home we completed this free printable interview for the first day back to school. My favorite question/answer:
My favorite thing about myself: My heart! 

That is my favorite thing about him too!

Friday, August 24, 2012


My kids saw the ocean and went to the beach for the first time this summer. They loved it so much it almost made me want to leave the mountains and head for the shore... almost.

We spent the day with cousins, aunts and uncles and Grandma and Grandpa. It really was the perfect day.

Sit back and relax and watch some of my vacation photos.

Beach from SarahBocco on Vimeo.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Broken Washing Machine

For most people a broken washing machine is a big hassle and means piles of dirty laundry that results in money out of pocket and a trip to the dreaded laundromat. It means that to me too but also an opportunity to try out a fun photo shoot location.

Taking pictures of your own kids is tough. My daughter refuses to look at me and when she does it usually means I get to see all of her tongue, her eyes squinted and her head contorted. My son just sighs when he sees me reach for my camera.

I do love this picture of my daughter. I would have loved to have her looking at me but I will take what I can get with that firecracker!

Right before I snapped this one my son said, "One picture, that is all mom." Here is that one picture.

I love that the laundromat is an unexpected place for a shoot and would love to see how this would work with kids other than my own. Thank you also to all the little old ladies that just smiled at me and my kids and even though I could see it in their eyes, never once asked what the hell I was doing.

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