This Week In Pictures

Sunday, October 4, 2015

A crazy, busy week.
That is what happens when there is something going on most weeknights(at least this week)and in the span of 8 days we have four family Birthdays- Wyatt, my mom, my dad and Charlotte.
Just this weekend we squeezed in- five boys camping out in the backyard Friday night, my niece's homecoming Saturday, a soccer game, and dinner out to celebrate Wyatt's Birthday Saturday night.
The week was lots of running around + Birthday shopping, grocery shopping, soccer practice, a school celebration one afternoon, swimming lessons, present wrapping and a few early mornings of walking before work.
That is just way too much for me if you want the truth- But it's a busy season and all days and weeks are not like this one, thankfully.

One of my favorite things from this past week was deciding at the last minute to drive out to the country with the kids to see the eclipse.
We left at the last minute to be able to drive about 10-15 minutes and get a really good view of it away from a lot of lights/town...We made it.
We were already in our pajamas and all I really wanted to do was get in bed and read my book- But I am glad we went. Such a cool thing to see and I hope the kids remember these things when they are older, these simple, last minute things, the memories we are making and just spending time together.

In the midst of all the chaos I try to constantly remember to slow down, take a breath and appreciate where I am right now in the moment. Just breathe.
A lot of time it's not easy and it takes effort to push things out of my mind-the worry, the thoughts, anxieties and ugly stuff. A great reminder for me is taking pictures... Every single day.
Even if right now the pictures are just with my phone, it is a great way for me to appreciate the little things, to capture them and to remember what is really important to me amidst all the craziness and stress of daily life.

Happy Sunday!

Soaking In These Early Fall Days

Saturday, September 26, 2015

It's Fall...officially and it is even starting to feel like it now.
I do love Summer and I am always a little sad to see it go but then there is Fall.
Every Fall I think maybe it is my MOST favorite time of year... it just might be. Today it is.
Today it most definitely is.
Fall soccer, cool mornings, pumpkins, mums, all the pumpkin spice ridiculousness...I love it all.

This week I am thankful for flowers from the Farmer's Market, a coffee date + afternoon with my sister
and the leaves changing colors on the trees.
We are enjoying the days of still going barefoot but maybe needing a long sleeve shirt and dreaming of apple orchards and pumpkin patches.

Welcome Back, glad you are here.

Weekend Snapshots

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Our long holiday weekend was unscheduled, unplanned and perfect. 
In all honesty I stayed in my pajamas a lot of the weekend, reading, watching movies, doing a little cleaning and organizing around the house. 
Our weekend started early when the kids had a half day on Friday due to the heat.
Ahhh... Remember the days when you got out early from school, unexpectedly, for heat or snow or whatever? Those were the absolute best days. 
We spent just an afternoon/evening at the Cabin and the kids got to hang out with their cousins.
No staying over this time, which was fine by me, because it felt like it was about 100* down there.
Still it is always pretty, peaceful and one of my favorite things to do is walk from the cabin down the lane to the road and walk a ways down the road.
Getting to walk down the road at sunset there is just one of my favorite things ever.
I am easy to please.
This right here is what makes me sometimes think maybe I was meant to live in the country.
Beautiful, simple, quiet, breathtaking.
I know it would probably lose a lot of it's novelty and would just become part of my everyday and not so special, of course I know that, but it still makes me think; "Maybe someday..."

Besides sweating the entire time we were there, it was just what I needed... A great way to spend part of the long holiday weekend.
It's hard to believe it is already Wednesday, this short week is going fast.
Hope you have a great day!

{The End Of Summer...}

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

It feels like it's almost here, the end of Summer. Sigh.

Around here school is in full swing, we have started our third week and just as we would expect, this week is some of the hottest weather we have had in a while- Which is not great when you are on the third floor of an old school that is only partly air-conditioned! Luckily both of my kids' classrooms have air though...It's miserable to sit in class sweating with no air moving, I remember those days well and I went to an elementary school that was only one floor.

We know this hotter weather won't last long though because we are already seeing a few leaves fall from one of the trees in our backyard. How can it be this time already? It seems like we just got in to a good Summer vacation groove...and now it's over and we are back for another year of school.
We are swimming as much as we can and trying to enjoy the time before all of the evening and after- school activities really get going. I love this time and dread it at the same time. I love watching Wyatt play soccer and I am glad he enjoys it-yet I miss the days of coming home from work and having absolutely nothing to do all evening.
As soon as school starts again, I am forced, FORCED, to become more organized which is a good thing- it doesn't come super naturally to me. We are packing lunches the night before and laying clothes out, the alarm is set much earlier. I crave the routine, I like it and think it is good for all of us(at times) and especially good for me, but I miss the lazy Summer days already and am thinking(dreading) of the weather to come in the next few months.
Earlier nights and busier days, that's what the end of Summer and the almost-beginning of Fall feels like to me. I am almost ready for Fall, just about there... it is definitely one of my favorite times of the year. But I am going to enjoy these last few days of Summer the best I can and not rush or wish this time away, looking ahead to the next thing. That's not always so easy, but I am working on it.

Hope you all have a great week!

13 Of My Favorite Things{A List}

Monday, August 24, 2015

1. Mini cinnamon-sugar Fair-style donuts
2. Book stores-especially ones full of old, vintagey books
3. Sparklers(even in August)
4. Farmer's market flowers
5. Donuts made in my kitchen w/chocolate icing from a tub
6. New school shoes(Bonus points for high-tops)
7. New art supplies
8. This podcast. Oh, how I love Elizabeth Gilbert.
9. Driving through the country at sunset
10. Lemon shake-ups
11. This magazine. Absolutely beautiful photography and words.
12. Vanilla candles
13. Brick roads


I could go on and on... But I'll stop there for today.
I'm still here. Still no laptop. Still only iPhone pictures.
Oh how I miss my big camera(although it seems to be on the fritz as well. When it rains, it pours, huh?)
I feel like I am missing a little bit of myself as silly as that may sound. It's true.

Happy, Happy Monday friends.

Summer Weekend In The Midwest

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

This past weekend was everything I LOVE about the Midwest in Summer time(except the humidity, not that, it's never on my list).
It is probably what you would imagine a stereotypical summer in the Midwest in the country would be, and you'd probably be right.
There was a family reunion, fried chicken, homemade peach pie, lots of cousins(first, second, third), a barn, a pond, kittens, swimming, cornfields, a peach tree, a tractor parade... and the list goes on.
We had family visiting from Alabama so we got to reap the benefits of them being entertained by other family members and it was good.
I forgot what a peach tree smelled like in Summer and I am happy I was reminded over the weekend.
We picked a whole bag of peaches to take home and also ate them warm, right off the tree.
The kids swam in a pool surrounded by cornfields under blue skies and just a few puffy white clouds.
The adults sat and watched them swim and talked about family and passed down stories. Sometimes it doesn't matter how long it's been since you've seen family or if the kids have never met, there is definitely a natural connection there. That's a pretty cool thing.

This weekend will be on my list of favorite Summer memories I think.
Simple. Happy. Grateful.
Nothing spectacular, just a really good time with some of my favorite people.


A Working Mama and her Summer Guilt

Saturday, July 25, 2015

When you are not working(outside the home) Summer vacation is exciting and carefree and wide open and, let's be honest, often overwhelmingly long when you have kids home all Summer. 
I know that. 
But, when you are working and your kids are on Summer vacation it just goes way too fast, 
it's a little depressing and often guilt-filled, when you are the mom.
So last week I decided I was taking a day off of work and the kids and I were going to do something fun.  My idea of fun might have been laying in bed with a really good book all day and not getting out of my pajamas, but we really needed to get away from home and do something fun together.
Two things on our Summer List were to have a picnic at Allerton Park and go to the swimming pool where my sister lives and my niece works.
Luckily it was a hot, beautiful day and we got to wander around the park, have a picnic, pick up my nephew to go to the pool with us, swim for hours and then spend the night at my sister's.
For my kids, that is seriously like their DREAM day.
This park is beautiful, we love coming here, there is so much to see.
The sunken garden is one of my favorite spots and the kids find a million different things to climb on in there, naturally. Statues, flower gardens, koi fish pond, the mazes, the mansion... we definitely didn't see it all this time.
This was a really good day, the three of us had a lot of fun together and my mama guilt was eased, if only for a few days. Hey, I'll take it. 
I gave up on the illusion of the "perfect summer" and marking everything off of our Summer Lists a  long time ago... there are no perfect Summers or even perfect days and we always want the opposite situation from the one we are in. Or I do anyway... And I know I am not the only one.
If I am working I wish I wasn't, if I am home, the kids are driving me nuts and I am secretly dreaming of all of the jobs I could have that day...Usually jobs where arguing kids aren't allowed and I am not cleaning up anyone's mess but my own.

{Charlotte on the high dive, she said it was mortifying but she kept doing it anyway}
We don't get a lot of whole days like this and even if we did, all days are not like this, but man am I glad to have one every once in a while.
Watching them go off the high dive even when they are scared too, down the slide 50 times, hang out with their cousins, watching them being so nice and sweet and helpful to each other with no fighting and little threatening on my part. That is a damn good feeling.
Many days it's easy to feel like you are barely keeping it together, that you are surely ruining your kids. It's nice to have a day when you honestly feel like you aren't doing half bad and that yes, even though you are working and they aren't doing exactly what you wished they were doing every day...It's still okay.


On Wednesday I got to tell the mama guilt to kiss my ass... what a nice feeling.

Happy Weekend!