Jenny Hintze

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Downhill November 30, 2009

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I thought maybe I would try to get a picture of the boys sitting in front of the Christmas tree this evening. Nothing fancy at all, just something in front of the tree so I can say I did. They were both in their pajamas so I thought I would give it a try. I got a somewhat decent one right off the bat. Not too bad, right?

But maybe I can do better. Maybe I can get one that’s a *little* better. I’ll keep trying…

Nope, that’s not it. Let’s keep trying. This is bound to work.

Hmmm…it seems things might be going downhill.

and fast…

Yep. Looks like we’re all done here.

Here’s one of Jack, the congenial child.

And here’s Mikey, the…. well, the one with the cute hair. It might appear that he’s being cooperative in this next picture but don’t be fooled. The only reason he’s looking at the camera is because I gave him strict orders not to. Reverse psychology still works on him for now.

And this one I told him that I was just taking a picture of the monkey on his sleeper so he thought he was off the hook. I lie to children. Did you know that?

My favorite is definitely this one. It’s so awful.


Not Me! Monday

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Do you keep your house spotless at all times? Is your vehicle free of crackers or bits of paper or empty cups? Do all of your bath towels coordinate and fit perfectly in the cabinets? Is your liquid dish soap free of that goop that accumulates when you don’t wipe it off? Are all of your trashcans clean on the inside like they day they were purchased? Are your cookbooks alphabetized for goodness sake??? If this describes you, I might love you. Heck, I might even like you. But I’m sorry to say that this Not Me Monday post is not for you.

It’s for all of you who wipe your kids noses on the bottom of your shirt and then take it a step further by wearing that same shirt two days in a row just for spite. It’s for those of who couldn’t say when your office room fan was dusted if your life depended on it. It’s for those of you who despite your best efforts just keep forgetting to throw away that lettuce at the bottom of your fridge that’s from last week’s (or was that two weeks ago?) taco dinner! IT’S FOR YOU!! Liberate yourselves! Do not be ashamed to admit your “flaws.”


This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

I don’t keep waiting for someone else to clean the bathroom. It hasn’t gotten just a tiny bit untidy! If we were to have unexpected company I wouldn’t be freaking out trying to clean it at lighting speed. Promise. The four of us keep our ONE ugly bathroom spotless at all times. There’s never somebody’s underwear on the floor at any given moment and/or trash that needs to go out and/or toothpaste stuck to the sink and/or any empty toilet paper roll or two on the window sill. We don’t do that. You come over any time and pee to your hearts content! (But you should really call at least 30 minutes in advance.)

Speaking of underwear, I didn’t clean up some spilled (intentionally poured out) orange juice today with a random pair of underwear that just happened to be laying on the floor nearby. I didn’t do that first of all because my son doesn’t intentionally pour orange juice on the floor because he likes the way it looks. And my boys also DO NOT leave pairs of underwears here and there around the house. That’s probably unsanitary. We’re very sanitary.

I didn’t spend too much time writing our return address on 50 Christmas card envelopes only to receive our ANNUAL name and address stickers from State Farm the very next day. Why would I address envelopes like 2 weeks before I even intend to mail them knowing that we always get those stickers? Why would I do that? I don’t know but knowing me it probably wasn’t to avoid doing something less appealing than writing our names and address 50 times! IN CURSIVE! Not me!

I DID NOT end up being way too gassy on Thanksgiving day! No way! Okay, enough on that subject.

Okay well, I’m sure there’s probably NOT more but it’s 12:30 a.m. and I need to get to bed. So this is probably the earliest Not Me! Monday post I’ve done so far. But it is technically Monday.


Some kinda random November 28, 2009

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Just some random news here in our world.

Mikey is talking like crazy!! It’s so awesome to FINALLY hear his thoughts come out in a somewhat rational and intelligible way! I’m so excited to finally have to watch my mouth in front of him. It’s so great!

I got my main camera back a few days ago. There was indeed something wrong with it and it is now fixed. I’m very glad they didn’t tell me that it was user error and tell me just to read the manual. I might have been peeved.

Jackson has lost some teeth lately and has another one that will be ready to come out soon. He holds onto teeth forever. It’s almost impossible to get him to pull those things. Jack won’t put his teeth under his pillow at our house. He waits until he spends the night with his grandparents. The tooth fairy pays double over there. We’re fine with that.

I’m gratefully bombarded with lots of sessions, editing, and orders to process. This is a very busy time of the year which is why I don’t have much time to blog. In fact, I really shouldn’t be blogging now but photoshop is batch editing for me right now so it’s cool.

We got Mikey some precious footed sleepers on sale the other day. They are size 4 and we probably could have gotten a size 5. He’s not even 3 yet. He’s huge.

I will be launching a new wedding/engagement/bridal website by the end of the year or early next year. I’ve had a hard time finding time to get that done and ready to go.

Phillip and I are seriously thinking about selling our house and buying another one in a year or so. A few things would have to fall into place for that to happen. We’ve really outgrown this house. Mikey can easily use 1300 square feet all by himself. And 4 people living with one bathroom kind of sucks. I know that lots of families have grown up with one bathroom but if we can have two, that would be so awesome!

We got all our Christmas decorations out and up today. Phillip didn’t complain too much. We didn’t listen to Christmas music while we decorated. We listened to Wilco. I put some decorations in Mikey’s reach this year. We’ll see how that goes.

Santa Claus might bring Jackson a bike but Jackson doesn’t want a bike. He has zero interest in ever riding a bike. I don’t know what to do about it.

I started to get kind of sick a day or two before Thanksgiving but Seagate throat and nose spray saved me again. I haven’t been on an antibiotic in years.

I’m talking a little bit tomorrow in church. I spoke briefly a couple of weeks ago about our pregnancy losses. This week I’ll be focusing more on Mikey. The pastor wanted us to bring Mikey up to the front. I think that’s a BAD idea. We’ll show a picture.


Not me! Monday November 23, 2009

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So I’m feeling like the Not Me! Monday fun is winding down. I haven’t done it for the last two weeks and I’m not that excited about doing it right now. So that’s probably a good indication that I’m officially bored with it. I guess we’ll see.

NotMeMondayButtonV6copyAnyhoo…this blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

A week or two ago while we were at the park I wasn’t playing on my iphone instead of watching my kids. I am an extremely attentive parent at all times! Anyway, hypothetically speaking…let’s say Mikey somehow got his knees strangely stuck between the bars around the top of the slide. Let’s say that he started crying but my brain didn’t even notice because…well…he kind of whines and cries off and on all day long. Anyway, I wasn’t so busy playing on my iphone that I didn’t hear him and a little girl didn’t have to say “Um excuse me but I think your little boy is crying.” I didn’t say “Oh I’m sure he’s fine.” Meanwhile he was not completely stuck in the bars and I didn’t have to finally yank him out and leave bruises on either side of his knees. Yeah, those scenarios might happen to other mothers but NOT ME! Promise.

On Sunday evening Mikey didn’t have ice cream and cake for dinner. Nope. Tonight he did not have the entire family’s left over pizza crusts for dinner. Again with the nope.

Jack and I didn’t just decide to take a nap today for an hour while we probably should have been reading about Ancient Greece or who knows what. Um… didn’t happen that way at all.

I didn’t call a driver a “stupid idiot” today with my children in the car. Jack didn’t defend the (stupid idiot) driver by saying that he looked “tired and beat up.” I didn’t then say, “Yeah well, he’s still an idiot.” Uh….what? No way! Not this quaint homeschooling Jesus loving happily married mother of two. You’ve got me mixed up with some psycho mom I’m pretty sure.

Oh my gosh!! I almost forgot…I DID NOT take Mikey into Sonshine Books, our local Christian bookstore wearing his “Handsome Little Devil” t-shirt!! HA!! HA!! How awesome would that have been though had I done that? Pretty awesome, right? I thought so.

Last but not least, I did not just watch Dexter and am now not blogging while I should be working on photos which will in turn cause me to stay up much too much too late again and will not require another unscheduled middle of the day nap tomorrow.

Alrighty then, take it easy. I wish for you a good week of not only happily noticing your many inadequacies but pointing them out to others so they can laugh at you. It really is fun.


Things that weird me out November 21, 2009

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I did a shoot last week with some friends of ours. Jim said that he would like to see a list of all the things that weird me out. Apparently I say that a lot. Who knew?

So Jim, this is for you.

– Raw chicken! Touching it, seeing it, smelling it, knowing about it…

– People walking in step (for no good reason) weirds me out. Especially if they’re trying to stay in step with me.

– When women call their husbands “hubby” or “hubs”….

– Putting clothes on dogs weirds me out. (We just bought a shirt for Scott, btw.)

– People wearing matching clothes weirds me out. Especially when it’s grown-ups. That’s just wrong, in my opinion. Prisoners wear matching clothes and it is NOT cute, people.

– The way Jackson pulls his pants up to his belly button. Weirds. Me. Out.

– Really long toe nails.

– Seeing our names in our State Farm calendar really weirded me out.

– That red truck that drives around the L.J. area that is COVERED in Jesus bumper stickers weirds me out.

– Aaron Sanders kind of weirds me out.

– Dentyne gum.

– Wearing skirts weirds me out.

– People hugging me sometimes weirds me out.

– Those pre-packaged ranch dressing packets that don’t require refrigeration GROSS me out!


This whole marriage thing November 11, 2009

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Phillip and I have been married now for over 9 years. And we are no experts on marriage. We’re not experts on our marriage even. We’re not experts on each other. We’ve still got a lot to learn. So keeping that in mind and knowing that we are not experts at all, I just want to talk about some things that have helped us to have a stronger marriage and also some things that we struggle with.

It seems like I’m hearing about more and more marriage lately falling apart. And it’s so heartbreaking. First and foremost we have never spoken the word divorce as an option. It’s just simply not an option for us. Now if one of us was being abused by the other (which he’s not b.t.w.), then the abused spouse would have every right to leave the marriage. That’s my opinion. I’m sure there are those that would disagree with that but whatever. Anyway, we have had some strong disagreements and some very hurt feelings over the years but ending this has never been, and I don’t think will ever be, an option.

Earlier in our marriage there were things that we both were not 100% honest with each other about. I think that’s probably normal for young married couples. But we eventually had to get that stuff out in the open and out of the way. I believe for the last several years, we have had an honest relationship. We are extremely real with one another. There is no person on this earth who knows me better than Phillip and vice versa.

We compromise on a lot of stuff. We yield to each other’s ideas and needs. Do we do this 100% of the time? Uh…no. Does he compromise on movies that I want to watch but he doesn’t? Uh…no.

We respect each other in front of other people. Does this include friendly banter? No, we certainly pick on each other. But we do not degrade or make fun or belittle each other to other people. We are each other’s biggest fans. Do I occasionally maybe drop a line about him forgetting to take out the garbage on facebook? Yeah, I think I’ve done that. But I won’t do it again. Promise.

For the most part we support each other’s parenting decisions in front of the kids. Usually if we don’t support each other’s decisions it’s because we were tricked by a very smart child. There are some instances where we disagree about parenting stuff in front of the kids. We don’t make a habit of it and when we do, it’s not heated and we resolve it quickly.

We spend as much time away from the kids together as we can. We have had a “date night” once a week for the past… like…5 years at least. We are fortunate enough to have our parents in town and they love having our kids. If we had to pay a sitter each week, I doubt the date night thing would happen very often. This is our favorite night of the week. We’re able to sit and eat without getting up from the table 100 times. We’re able to actually have a conversation without being interrupted by stupid knock knock jokes or the dog whining or Mikey throwing food on the floor. Is it romantic? I don’t even know what that means so I would have to say no. But it is just a time for us to talk about stuff that’s been going on. We tell each other funny stories about things we’ve seen or heard. We usually end up talking about those darn kids. But talking about the kids is much better sometimes than trying to talk over the kids.

We are both fairly quick to apologize when we’ve done wrong and we are both quick to forgive. I would say that I am the better apologizer and Phillip is the better forgiver so I guess that works out. We both probably need to work on our weaknesses in this area. We really don’t let things fester. In these 9 years I can remember very few instances where we went to bed angry. We went to bed sad a lot because we’ve gone through some really hard stuff. But we rarely go to bed angry with one another.

We let a lot of things go. Earlier in our marriage we used to nitpick a lot of stuff. We used to just kind of pick little insignificant fights with each other just to be mean, especially me. I would get it in my head that “he doesn’t love me” if he didn’t unload the dishwasher when I thought that he should. I would give him the cold shoulder for hours or days for something he didn’t even know he did or didn’t do. Now thinking about that stuff seems so ridiculous. After going through some of the stuff we’ve gone through, whether or not the dishwasher was unloaded just didn’t seem all that important anymore. Now to be honest, I still do get unnecessarily gripey at times when I feel like I’m behind on house work. But I’m blogging now instead of cleaning it, so it must not bother me that bad, right?

We want each other to be happy and fulfilled. We encourage each other to have hobbies and we are supportive of each other in those. I genuinely want him to enjoy his life and he wants that for me. And we do what we can to help each other have a fulfilled life.

I cook chicken for him and he handles most of my internet needs.

So this all sounds lovely and perfect, right? We sound so put together, right? Well, we’re not. We still have lots to work on. We aren’t great communicators. Phillip keeps stuff bottled up and I like to let stuff just blow. Neither one is healthy. We are pretty good at talking about things that are easy to talk about. But neither one of us is real keen on bringing up hard stuff. We need to be more intentional about having meaningful conversations about stuff that really matters and not just like a funny billboard we drove by. And while we are both Christ followers, we don’t invite God into our home and our conversations nearly enough. We need to work on that.

So I guess those are just some of my ideas of things that have helped us with this whole marriage thing. Take it for what it’s worth. If you’re married, I hope that you find and have a beautiful life together. If you’re divorced, I hope that you are able to find healing and maybe one day find love again. Love that will last. And if you’re not yet married but want to be, I hope you’ll hold out for the right person who’s holding out for you.


Stellan’s having surgery today. November 9, 2009

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I follow MckMama’s blog and that’s where I got the the Not Me Monday thing from. I know today is Monday I was starting on Not Me! Monday but MckMama is in Boston with Stellan and he’s having surgery today. You can read about it over at her blog. I might still do the Not Me! Monday thing later today but that baby needs prayer! Lots and lots of prayer! He is a very sick little boy.