This and That

// December 14th, 2010 // family

Lots of stuff going on in the Olbinski house these days and I haven’t been able to find time to write about it. I know everytime I post one of these I make the promise that I will be better, but it just hasn’t happened.  As always, I will endeavor to try harder. I do love to write about my two girls and keep the family in the loop, but lately when I’m in front of the computer, it’s about 95% business, 5% pleasure.

So the biggest news that’s happened in our little household is that Lyla turned two years old back on November 22nd. I always want to write about how much she’s changing, but the thing is, that’s a constant thing…all the time. Her hair seems to finally be getting thicker. She still runs like the wind, never stopping. She’s talking more, learning more words, which has in turned made it harder for us to know what she’s saying.

Now Jina’s maiden name is Jackson, and she comes from a family of huggers. They all hug good. And now Lyla has learned that through her DNA we think, but regardless, the girl gives good, tight hugs. And when she used to be kind of afraid to do it, now all she has to do is talk to you a bit, and when it’s time to leave, she’ll give you a hug goodbye.

There are so many things that happen on a daily basis, I can’t remember it all. She is going through a little temper-tantrum kind of thing the last 3-4 days, we’re hoping that passes.

She poses a bit more for me now :)

But yesterday was one of those memories that I’ll cherish for a very long time. Our regular babysitter is off in Europe, so we took Lyla to our previous one when we lived in Chandler. She’s waaaay over by San Tan Mall, so when I got off work to go get her around 3pm, I didn’t want to just drive all the way back, so I decided to take her to a movie.

The last time we went to one was Toy Story 3 last summer and she didn’t sit through it. We had to leave. Jina took her to one with some friends, and she did good, but still restless.

Yesterday though…we went to see Tangled. Loved the movie, nice, clean, good Disney fun. I bought a bag of popcorn (which she loves) and a Diet Coke. She quickly took the bag from me and held onto it the entire movie. She sat either in her chair quietly, sometimes saying something about the movie (like Horsie! Man! Frog!), or sat in my lap…but she was amazing.

At the end of the film of course is the awesome happy ending, and I think because I was watching it with Lyla, I got a little choked up about it all. I’m a sap anyways, but because Jina and I have always loved going to movies, this kind of experience with Lyla is a big deal to me.

Jina is busy, busy, busy as usual. She works two days a week, writes for Hey Little Birdie (go check it out right now, bookmark it!), and takes care of a crazy kid the rest of the time.  She’s amazing at keeping things going for us. Thank you notes, Christmas cards, mailing things for me, running errands for me…the woman is absolutely perfect. I just don’t know how I got this lucky.

She’s a great mom too. She doubts herself sometimes, which we all do of course, but she’s amazing. There is so much that Lyla knows and does because Jina takes the time to sit and do deep interaction with her. I tend to sit with her and play with her a bit, but sometimes it’s hard to focus on the tiny things that Jina does.

Love my two girls

For me, things are going well. The photography business really took off this Fall/Winter, but it’s slowed down just a bit now. I did a ton of family shoots for people…engagements, kids, horses, you name it. I’m shooting a family of musicians this afternoon and a Christmas party on Thursday night. I just came out with my own self-published book called Stormchasing Arizona, I’ve been selling prints, I did an interview with Sarah Walters down at channel 12, etc.

I’ll be out at the Gilbert Farmer’s Market again this Saturday from 8-2pm!

Sometimes I get stressed about my job, things going slow, etc…but a good friend last night pointed out some of the many, many blessings God gives me on a daily basis and I was humbled by it. Sometimes I get so impatient and wrapped up in problems that wont be solved until LATER, that I just don’t sit back and realize that things are good NOW, awesome stuff is happening and if I just enjoy the journey, I’d be a lot happier.

That’s it for today, plan on writing more next week!

Oh, the dogs get pictures taken of them too sometimes…both of them are just about 10 years old now and you can see them slowing down a little. Charlie is getting gray hairs, doesn’t move as fast and may be going deaf…Riley just looks a bit more ragged. Still love them, but  boy do they shed all over our dark wood floors!

Riley chewing on a bone Charlie!

5 Responses to “This and That”

  1. jina says:

    Thanks Mikey for the sweet words… it was almost like I wasn’t sitting right besides you with a gun to your head. Too far? Sorry.

    I also love the picture that you posted after you ooh-ed and aah-ed about my parenting skills… You know, the one with me holding a TV show in my iPod for Lyla. Parenting at its best. :)

    I love you lots!

  2. Mike says:

    I totally knew that picture would make you think that :) Love it!

  3. Gramma Karen says:

    I also love the ipod pic … but it is so sweet! You both are involved on your own, but contented together. Mike,what you capture … how do you do it?!

  4. BRO IN LAW says:

    We never let Jackson do that……….
    How embarrassing Jina…

    Seriously II think Jackson can use my phone better than I can :)

    Bring Lyla to Memphis..


  5. Gramma Karen says:

    I didn’t see Chuck’s reply until today … Chuck, you KNOW Jackson is awesome … I’m thinking of all the times I have seen him work the TV and do all the stuff he does with it …

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