{Focus on Mom} Link-up July with a Giveaway thrown in

July 14, 2013

It’s finally here. The {Focus on Mom} challenge that I’ve been hinting at and asking you to prepare for. Are you in?

Nicolette of Working on a Project started this link up sometime last year and after taking some time off to concentrate on her two beautiful daughters, she has decided to bring it back and invited me to be her co-host.

I can’t tell you how happy I am to be her partner in crime. Nicolette and I met because of blogging and really hit it off. I wish, we would live closer to be able to spend more time in person with each other!

These are her words:

Every month I challenge myself and you to step out from behind the camera and step in front of it. I ask you to capture the everyday simple moments that years from now you and your family will treasure most regardless of what you were wearing or what type of camera you were using. 

For more info on how to join us, please go to Nicolette’s blog. She explained it better than I could.

I still remember the first time I linked up with Nicolette and scrambled around trying to find pics with me in them. Since then I have become a lot more comfortable taking selfies, with or without the kids in it. Sometimes, that’s the only way I will be in the picture!!!

Here are my top ten {Focus on Mom} pics for the past month (mostly)! 🙂

7-14 grandma and I 7-14 lunch date with grandma

Rarely a Sunday goes by that we don’t see hubby’s grandma for lunch or dinner. It’s more or less a tradition and has been for the past 13 years, more than 20 for the hubby! Grandma is almost 87 and has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s related dementia. She has her good days and her bad. She still knows who we are and even if it gets stressful sometimes, I try to treasure these moments now because it’s hard to know how long it will last.

coloring hairselfie

Middle is my little stylist in training. She loves to help when I color or cut my hair. This was the first time I let her have complete control. She did a great job. I took this selfie the next morning and was very surprised by how many likes it received on both Instagram and Facebook. (I don’t think it’s a great pic.)

family pool fun

This was a red letter day – all 5 of us actually went in the pool together for some family fun. I couldn’t figure out a good way to get myself in the picture without getting the phone wet or accidentally dropping it into the pool. So this was it.

pretty in pink rockstar momma middle and momm

Pretty in pink. I wanted to “commemorate” this look. I really liked the way the outfit came together! The other one is my take on Rockstar Day at camp. Hubby was non too pleased that I cut up his Jane’s Addiction tour shirt. And the last one, double selfies with middle.

mommy and her girl

I really love this one because Middle truly captured how happy I was in that moment holding Little One and my niece and getting to spent that special time together. Pure joy!!! (I had to crop my niece out of the picture because my sister prefers not to have any pictures of her and her family online. It’s a bit of a shame because I would love to share my niece with all of you – she’s a cutie pie.)

the boy and I

This one, what can I say about this one? It’s me and my boy… He’s growing up way, way too fast and I can’t believe how tall he’s gotten. How long do you think it’ll be before he towers over me?

Okay, now it’s your turn. The linky will be up all week. So, get in the picture, focus on you and link up!!! Nicolette and I cannot wait to see what you have to share.

And don’t forget to enter this super cool giveaway for a $25 gift certificate for a journal by Gadanke. Katie has the cutest journals for all occasions, and guess what? She also has lived in Germany for a time. Don’t you just love the connections you make in this fabulous online world?

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  • Beth Ann Chiles July 15, 2013 at 8:58 am

    What great pics!!! I love the one of you and your little one that middle took! Fabulous shot and you look amazing! You are very photogenic!!! Great giveaway—I LOVE Gadanke journals! I have a couple set back to give as gifts because they are so neat. I need to get to work on mine and get it more filled out! Have a great week!

    • Susi July 15, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      They are really great. I need to look through them again and order myself one. I love how you can add things to the journals. Such great memory keepers.

  • Claudia July 15, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Very cool photos, Susi! I love the idea, but since I am not a mom and my mom is back in Germany… cannot join. Oh, and your sister’s attitude towards ‘online presence’ is very (!) common in our home country 😉

    • Susi July 15, 2013 at 11:03 pm

      Claudia, it seems that way, doesn’t it? I often wonder if I would be the same way had I stayed.

  • Petra July 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Love the pic with you and Ally

    • Susi July 15, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      It’s even better with you know who in it. I’m pretty sure I sent it to you in the e-mail… But I can send it again if you want!

  • Hilary July 15, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Great pictures, but middle was holding out on me… If only I knew she did hair…

    • Susi July 15, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      Ha ha ha. If you even mention it to her she’ll hound you!!! 🙂

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