Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Downward-facing dog

For those of you who have done yoga, this pose called "downward-facing dog" will be familiar to you. It one of Stefan's favorite poses which he figured out on his own. I wonder if he'll attempt Pilates anytime soon.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Many hats

In my twenties, I was so stressed about finding a career. My problem was finding ONE career. Now that I'm a stay-at-home mom, I find that I can dabble in about anything I'm interested in and not feel pressured in any way (I'm volunteering my services). I probably mentioned this before, but I've been teaching music and art to Maylin's class at school. I've been more interested in the art-teaching...the art projects really empower kids and let them explore their creativity. Creative kids have an outlet, and the kids who have difficulty in traditional subjects of reading, writing, and math, get a chance in building their self-confidence by making something for themselves. I just love seeing that.

I got to do some photography at a fundraiser at Maylin's school. Got many compliments on my work after posting my photos on a bulletin board in the school's main hallway. Everyone was really grateful. I guess this is what my photography skill was meant for -- at least for the moment. And I'm happy to help.

And since we're on the topic of photography, Maylin's school just had "Picture Day" with photos taken by LifeTouch. Now do they have a monopoly on school photography? I am sure they do. However would they be able to charge such high prices for the photos? I forked over $50 last year for a package. No more. Why should I pay too much money for photos that look so contrived when I can do natural-looking photos for free? And why can't we just buy one 8x10? They force you to buy the $50+ package to get it.

Some people from Maylin's school have referred to me as an artist. Made me feel pretty cool. I haven't made anything substantial for a long time, and yet, people still call me an artist after having sold two painting last year for a school fundraiser.

And now, I've been called a "dancer" a couple of times now that I'm taking two hiphop classes weekly at the gym and am in a December performance. I guess once you perform (or are committed to a performance), you become a "dancer"?

I may also get the chance to design t-shirts again (haven't done it since college). I'll keep you posted if anything comes of that. Once again, people love you when you do something for free. And I'll do anything if I love doing it.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Self-portrait at 93 weeks?

The last self-portrait I took was when I was 38 weeks pregnant. Heehee -- has it been about 93 weeks since I got pregnant with Stefan? Too bad you can't see my tummy this time, but I'll just proudly say that I weigh less than my pre-pregnancy weight! By the way, I took this photo in the bathroom.

My other cutie pie...

We went to the Spring Hill Farms pumpkin patch in Petaluma last Sunday and had a wonderful time. More photos will be up on my flickr site soon. Maylin had a marvelous time picking her pumpkin (took her only a few seconds), watching her friend milk a cow, enjoying other farm animals, eating organic homemade ice cream, going on a hay ride, and running through a hay maze.

Future Gap model?

Well, after encouragement from friends and relatives, and after deliberating for over a month about whether I should enter Stefan in the online Gap Casting Call for new models, I finally submitted four photos last minute (about 36 hours before the deadline -- phew!), and this cute one was not one of them! Will I regret it? Initial judging is based a third on appearance of the child, a third on personality of child, and a third on quality of photo. This photo is not very sharp, but doesn't Stefan look great? If Stefan becomes a finalist (how likely is that? thousands of submissions? maybe more?), public online voting will start December 8. I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Two stars are born! Watch Caroline and Stefan in an Obama ad!

This was totally fun to do. A neighbor asked for our help, and we were quite willing since we're Obama supporters. I quickly whipped up that special onesie that Stefan's wearing with a permanent marker -- Babies for Obama. You may also notice that I am wearing a tunic that has O's (O for Obama) all over it. Just a little subliminal stuff. By the way, I don't know how to text.