It’s single digits until the kids go back to school (not that I’m counting). It warms my heart to hear them talking about how they can’t wait to go back because, let’s be honest, I can’t wait for them to go back either. I’m introverted. Deeply, deeply introverted. I need s-p-a-c-e… and *shhhhhh* quiet time. …

Our summer is moving along, lickety-split, and if I’m being honest, it’s actually been pretty good. This time last year, I could have not anticipated how much better this year would be. Last summer we were living in the the freshly-home-cocoon.  This summer?  We have broken out of the cocoon, and it is just plain …

from the zoo…

It gets pretty hot.  But I’m thankful there are a few reasonable hours in the morning.  And for these… my people… who agree to the picture on the hippo every time we are here. ❤️

Wordless Wednesday

For the ability to bring the outdoors to the indoors during the hottest times of the year… Thankful. 

Yesterday made me realize that there is never a wrong time to focus on gratitude.  So, that’s the plan for July!  Every post, every photograph… all focused on being thankful.  And what better timing?  July is here and the full-steam-ahead month of June is behind us which leaves a blazing hot month of no-school-for-kids and …

There is no possible way I am about to type this. My fingers are rebelling. My heart is squeezed a little tight. My mind doesn’t want to accept it… But it’s true. My oldest?  She woke up as a ten-year-old this morning! And since today is all about celebrating her, we’re up to our eyeballs …

This guy and I got to hang out for a while today. He said, “I love it when it’s just the two of us, mama.” It’s rare, and I love it, too.  We started our date with an eye exam. Turns out he’s gonna need a little help with the whole far-sighted thing…  He also …

We just got back from a little family vacation.  Didn’t go too far away, and have I ever mentioned how thankful I am to live within driving distance to the beach? I love the beach. And you know who else loves the beach? That’s right!  Miss Julianne is a HUGE fan of the beach!  I …

Photography Friday (on a Saturday)

I’ve been really good about sticking to my resolution to back off of social media this summer.  This week has been refreshing.  I played with the kids more.  I read more.  I took more pictures.  I scrapbooked.  I DID more.  Because I was scrolling LESS. It’s pretty awesome. Remember my DIY phone jail?  It’s a …

I bet if I looked back and found any blogs posted during the last week of school, they would contain similar themes… Excitement about the impending summer vacation and the freedom to step back from the scheduled existence we live during the school year. Slight anxiety about the impending summer vacation and what life will …