Jenny Hintze

"We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams." – Willy Wonka

The second back up October 7, 2010

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I got a new (old) camera last week. Phillip and I felt that we needed a third camera again since we’ve got two weddings coming up that we’re shooting together. I always have two cameras on at a wedding and Phillip has one when he second shoots for me. We found an almost mint condition Canon 1D on ebay. It’s only got 22K actuations (shutter clicks) on it so it’s still got plenty of life left in it. Here’s a picture of it. Looks pretty much like my other cameras. Some of the controls are in different places and are somewhat cumbersome.



I haven’t really had a chance to mess with it until last night. And I still didn’t really get a very good idea about how it’s going to perform. We were inside with poor lighting and I was using my flash. But I can tell that it focuses faster and more accurately than my 5D. It shoots more frames per second than my 5D. It has WAY more focus points, which I don’t know if I’ll even take advantage of or not. The shutter click is quieter and snappier, if that makes any sense. But the downside is that I will have more issues with noise with this camera. I knew that when I bought it. Also, the files are quite a bit smaller than what I’m used to, but can still easily produce 16X20 enlargements. I won’t be able to crop in as much with this camera, but I typically frame the shot as I want it to be when I shoot it in the first place. Overall I’m happy with this purchase. I’m looking forward to doing some outside stuff with this camera in good light. Here are a few I took last night with it. They pretty much look like photos taken with my 5D.



Phillip is really good at making this face.



Mikey has a nice bruise on his chest from falling over a chair or something.




 

Cheaper by the dozen August 20, 2010

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I don’t think it’s much of a secret to any of you who know us that I still want to adopt again and Phillip doesn’t. And this isn’t meant to be an “airing our dirty laundry” post. I hope it doesn’t seem that way. Neither of us is right or wrong. We’re just not on the same page about it. And that’s weird for us because we’re pretty much on the same page about most things. We both have different ideas about what we want our life to look like. And this one thing is a pretty big thing.


When I was a little girl, from as early as I can remember, I wanted to be a mommy. I had lots of Cabbabe Patch Kids…eight I think. All colors. And a lot of times I wouldn’t just play with one or two of them at a time. I would set them all out, get them all dressed, feed them, talk to them, carry several of them around at a time. I just always wanted to be a mommy.


When I was in college one of my professors asked me where I saw myself in ten years. She was wanting a corporate answer. I told her that my goal was to be at home with my kids and that I was only getting this degree as a backup plan and that I hoped I never had to use it. Not the answer she wanted. I didn’t care because I just always wanted to be a mommy.


And now I am a mommy and I know it’s what I was made for. Am I perfect at it? No way, not even close. But I’m good at it and I want to get better at it. I don’t want twelve kids. I don’t know how many kids I think I would want. I don’t know if just one more would be “enough” or not. And I think that’s part of what Phillip is afraid of, that I would always want more. That we would never NOT have little kids in the house if it were up to me. And honestly, that may be true if I completely had my way. All I know is that we have a lot to give and there are lots of kids who need to be adopted. That’s all I know. I don’t really worry about car seats and sleeping arrangements and college.


So I hope at some point in the near future one of us has a change of heart. And it would certainly make things a lot easier, cleaner, and more convenient if that someone was me. Guess we’ll see.

 

us. August 1, 2010

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What’s been up May 4, 2010

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Man, I haven’t blogged in a long time. I just don’t seem to have the time anymore. And that’s a good and a bad thing. It’s good that I’ve been really busy but I’m definitely ready to take it slow for a while.


My mom is doing really well. She is having a heart cath done this week. It’s one of the last things she needs to do before she’s officially on the transplant list. I think she’s technically on the transplant list now but she’s on the internal list?? I don’t really know what that means. She will start chemo pills in a few days and she’s not looking forward to that. We’re just praying that she is able to get a transplant before she starts to feel bad. She is very healthy and takes good care of herself so I know that once she gets that transplant she’s just going to bounce back and feel 30 again! I have no doubt!!


Our friends Matt and Lindsey met their beautiful son Patrick on Thursday. Patrick is going to have to spend some time in the NICU. He and his parents are just the sweetest things. They came home from the hospital yesterday without him. It just breaks my heart but we are so glad that Patrick is here and making excellent progress. Lift them up, folks. Encourage them. Love on them.


We haven’t had any offers on our house yet. We ended up not getting the first house we put an offer on. Someone else made an offer and unlike us, they don’t have to sell a house first. But we found another house that we really like. We went ahead and put an offer on it and got a contract in place on April 30th. That was the deadline for the $6,500 second time homebuyer’s tax credit. If we miraculously close by June 30th we’ll be able to get that money. That money would go a long way for us. To be honest, I’m not counting on it happening that way. Call me negative or whatever. I think I’m just being realistic. But anyway if we get this house it will be great! We would have plenty of space, hard wood floors, a great backyard, and a Barbie pink bathroom for the boys and guests. I’m tired of trying to keep this house ready to show and we’ve had some family strain because of it. I hope it sells soon. This has been a really stressful time.


Homeschooling is going okay. We’ve gotten behind and we’ll have to keep going through part of the summer. And that’s fine. I don’t think it’s a great idea to take the whole summer off anyway. I entertained the thought of keeping Mikey out of school next year too. I entertained this thought for about 8 hours and then I came to my senses. My reasoning behind keeping him home is that it would free us up to go and do a lot more stuff. It’s hard for us to go do much fun stuff because Mikey has to be at school at noon. But we just simply can’t get anything important done with that kid home. It’s just not possible. Jack would forget how to read and even write his name if Mikey were here all day, every day.


So between homeschooling, selling a house, trying to be there for Mom when I can, keeping up with my business, and just being a wife and mom, I’m just flat out tired. And I’m not trying to be a downer. This is just a tough season in our lives right now. I know It will pass.


Jackson will be EIGHT years old in three days. I can’t believe it! He has been such a great joy to us his entire life. He is just such a great kid and I’m very proud of him. Friday is his birthday and we have reserved a hotel in Houston for Friday and Saturday nights. Phillip’s parents are going to keep Mikey while we spend the weekend completely devoted to Jackson and doing what he wants to do. This will be the third year that we’ve done this for his birthday. He had the choice of having a party and inviting lots of friends or doing this and this is what he chose. He wants an itouch for his birthday. That’s an expensive birthday present for us but he has saved $70 and I think his grandparents are going to chip in some too. It’s kind of ridiculous for him to have one of those but I know he’ll take care of it. He’s very responsible like that. So this weekend we’ll probably go to the Children’s Museum again, go buy his itouch, eat at Chuck-E-Cheese, hang out at the pool, and just enjoy each other. We will all do our best to leave the stress of our lives right here at home.


So that pretty much sums it up. Just in case I don’t get around to doing a post with all of these pictures, here are a few from a recent evening spur of the moment beach trip.







 

Children’s Museum March 16, 2010

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This morning we carb loaded at Donut Haven and then headed to the Children’s Museum in Houston. We got there about 15 minutes after they opened. It wasn’t too terribly crowded at first but it very quickly got crazy crowded. For the most part we had a good time and we didn’t lose either of our children for very long.


Mikey learned to eat with chopsticks. Sort of.



Phillip is weird.





I am not.



Promise.



Mikey talked on the phone. I think he was trying to call Andrea to ask for tips on using chopsticks but I can’t be sure about that.



The boys played in the water and got pretty wet while Phillip and I tried our best to stay under the umbrellas. Mikey almost dove into this thing to grab a boat. I ran and barely grabbed the back of his pants in time. Other mothers were much closer than me and it didn’t occur to them to stop him. Doesn’t it take a village, people?? Come on! Anyway…






And then we ate at Chuy’s where Jack read a book the whole time,



Phillip continued to be weird,



and Mikey got in trouble and begged for his Granddad to help him. I didn’t get a picture of that because I was too busy being scary.

 

Just life in general March 9, 2010

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My blogging is just not what it used to be, I’m afraid. It kind of seems like there’s just not much to write about lately. Not much has changed around here and that’s a pretty good thing. I certainly can’t complain…even though I do sometimes but that’s beside the point really.


Mikey’s hair is completely in his eyes again which is just part of the cycle that it takes before we finally get it cut. I think Friday is haircut day. I think he’s beautiful even if he looks somewhat unkempt at times. He doesn’t know the difference. Mikey had his three year check up last week and he weighs 42 pounds and is 41 inches tall….or I may have those reversed but regardless, he’s a big three year old. I still carry him around sometimes and will until I just can’t anymore since Phillip won’t let me get anymore babies.


Jackson still thinks he’s smarter than me and I’ve given up trying to prove otherwise. I ask him lots of stupid questions to help him think that I’m even dumber than I am. I think maybe it will help me in the long run if he thinks he’s smarter than me. I know the truth. I think it gives me the upper hand. This all sounds really ridiculous now that I’m reading it. Anyway…


We looked at houses again a few days ago. We found one that we think might be “the one” but who knows if it will still be around once our house sells. It’s a great house that has everything we need. It’s much more house than we have now but it’s manageable and very newly renovated. We wouldn’t have to do anything but move in and enjoy. Which reminds me, I need to get off my rear and get this house cleaned up.


I had to send my main camera off again about a week ago and I’m pretty ticked about that. The shutter was messing up on me. I just hope I get it back in the next few days. We’ve got two other cameras to use but I want that one. I’ve been getting a lot more wedding inquiries lately. And I’ve been getting a few bookings here and there. It would be so great if I were able to get about 10 or so weddings a year on average. So far for 2010, I’ve had two weddings and I’ve got two more booked and a couple more I’m hoping to get. So we’re getting there. It will just take time.


My mom should find out more about her MRI by the end of this week. Then I guess we’ll know what the next step is. The step right now is to wait and that step sucks.

 

Our first house hunt February 27, 2010

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Today Phillip, Jackson, and I went and looked at a few houses with our friend/real estate agent. Before we went to look at the houses Jack asked if we were going to be on T.V. He was referring to House Hunters. Jack said that he wants to be on House Hunters because he wants to be famous. Like being on that show will actually make you famous. I told him that we were not going to be on House Hunters and that House Hunters usually only follows people who live in large cities. He said that Lake Jackson is a big city. I guess to him it’s his whole world.


So we checked out five houses today. Jackson did somersaults on the floors of all of them. Lots of somersaults. In every room that he could. Phillip and I were talking this evening about how funny that would be if we were indeed on an episode of House Hunters. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a kid do that on House Hunters before. At one house he touched the computer mouse before I had a minor coronary. At another house he wanted to get a drink from their ice and water dispenser in their refrigerator. At another house he played their piano. I don’t know if we’ll take him house hunting with us again.


Out of the five houses we saw really there are only two that we would consider buying. One of those is really not big enough for what we “need” and the layout is pretty awkward. There are some nice things about it but it needs some work. The other house is plenty big enough, huge in fact. But the owners must have gotten drunk and gone wallpaper shopping because their choices of wallpaper is pretty atrocious. But other than the wallpaper the house looks like it’s in great shape and we like the layout. The foundation is in good shape and the roof is new. The kitchen is cute…except for the wallpaper. We would really have room to spread out in that house.


Phillip and I spent a good bit of this afternoon and evening talking about “what ifs” if we were able to get the big wallpapered house. I think we’re already sort of mentally imagining ourselves there and we know we shouldn’t be doing that yet. We have to sell our house first. It’s still really hard for me to even believe that we’re taking this step. I think we both kind of thought we’d be in this house forever. But it’s time. It’s time to find another house that can better manage our chaos. And who knows… if we get the huge wallpapered house I think we’d even have room for another kid. (Phillip, don’t roll your eyes. It’s not attractive.)