Monday, October 27, 2014

An Awesome Freaking Monday + A Fall List Update

Today was the most perfect October day.
I   just really, really  l  o  v  e   October this year... in case you hadn't noticed.
We have had gorgeous weather, just what you hope for and expect this time of year and the trees seem exceptionally
beautiful to me.

Oh, but today.
Today was my favorite.
After school we made a quick trip to the Pumpkin Patch to get our pumpkins for carving tonight.
When we got home we made popcorn, watched The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and carved pumpkins.
Now our pumpkins are sitting here all lit up with candles in them.
The windows are open, the weather is perfect.
Today has been one awesome freaking Monday.

Earlier I was looking back at my Fall List post from early September, here.
I wanted to remind myself what was on my list and update it as far as what I have
 actually completed so far... and what I might still wanna do maybe.

{Here's My List}

1. Make Pumpkin Bars
2. Read a really good scary book or a mystery 3. Visit the Pumpkin Patch 
4. Make a pie { Apple? Pumpkin? }
5. Watch ::  You've Got Mail
6. Make  a Fall wreath
7. Take a solo photo drive when the leaves are changing colors
8. Have coffee on the front porch early in the morning as much as possible
9. Visit the Apple Orchard
10. Have fires in the fire pit when we can

11. Find a new pair of super cute(but not super expensive) BOOTS 

So I'm dropping the Fall wreath... Christmas wreath maybe?
But I do still want to read a really good scary book and/or mystery and I still have not 
found my dream boots, but I bet I will still. It's early.
And the pie.
Yes, still the pie for sure.I'm thinking that if I ever have a totally free 
weekend day(will that ever happen again?) I am so making a pie.
I will make that pie.

I guess there's just a few more days left in October to still do anything else I was hoping to
 do before Halloween then, huh?
It's going to be a super busy week but I am looking forward to it, having kids really reminds 
me of the excitement I felt as a kid in the days leading up to Halloween... 

Happy Monday + Have a great week! 


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sometimes You Just Need 15 Minutes...

This weekend was busy. Full to the brim.
Wyatt's last soccer game, errands, last minute snacks to pick up, school Trivia Night fundraiser Saturday night, a very late night
out afterwards with friends, running into the office on Sunday morning to get a little work done, celebrating a couple of Birthdays
in there today real quick and then a family cook-out.
I mean... that's a lot.
It's way more than I like on the weekends.
It stresses me out, makes me grumpy.
I feel like our weekdays are busy enough... I dream of sleeping in, late breakfasts, second cups of coffee...
You know...   s  l  o  w    w  e  e  k  e  n  d  s.

But since I didn't get that...  I did get this.
I got about 15 minutes on our way home this evening when the sun was just starting to go down.
We passed a bike path and the sun was perfect and the trees were perfect and beautiful.
So we stopped and no one really complained and we took a short walk and I even had my big girl camera in the car.
Deep breath.
It's just what I needed.
These fifteen minutes were just the mini "reset" that I needed.

Thank God for a reset... I'll take whatever I can get these days.
Hope you had a beautiful Fall weekend wherever you are !


Friday, October 24, 2014

Tuesday Night Snapshot

Tuesday night.
Parent-Teacher conferences at school.
This was the first year for "student-led" conferences at our school(not sure if this was a new thing?) and this boy took it
pretty seriously.
The dress shirt, the hat, clip-on tie and the handkerchief in his pocket.
Not pictured is his pocket watch.

Even better than this awesome photo is how cute he was presenting his conference.
They had to write up goals and decide which areas they need to improve and how they plan to do it.
I am so proud of him and not just for his grades but for being a good student-nice, respectful, helpful, for always trying his
hardest and for just being himself.
This boy makes this Mama so very proud.

{Hipstamatic Tin Type app for Iphone}

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


I might have made up that word; Wanderlusting.
Wanderlust : Strong longing for or impulse toward wandering.

A strong longing for... that's me.
And that's how I feel lately... Actually that's how I have been feeling for quite some time.
I feel like the older I get the more I feel this way... which is kind of weird because one might think you would feel this way when you
were younger and were actually able to do more wandering.

But anyway.
This is kinda what I dream of.
Of going... travelling... just wandering really.
By myself, with the kids, with my family, with my friends... all of it and any of it really.
Just to go.
To explore and adventure.
To see.

My longing to see and explore and for adventure is nothing outrageous or exotic really.
I am content with wandering an hour away from home, or three hours away from home if that is all that I can squeeze into my life right now, but I definitely dream of bigger trips and adventures, too.
I dream of exploring new cities and States with the kids, of exploring little towns and big towns and all that they are made up of.

I am currently daydreaming of a trip to Nashville and am working on a post all about what I want to do and and see there...
I think it's gonna be a pretty long list!
Please let me know if you are familiar with Nashville or have any suggestions for me.
Daydreaming is really kinda fun.
And Nashville is close enough that I could actually pull that off.... it would be an awesome Road Trip adventure for sure.


Where are you daydreaming of visiting?
Where would you Road Trip to?
Who would you go with?

*All these photos were taken in St. Louis, my favorite close-ish place to adventure to, by the way.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Capturing Beauty Photo Collaboration /// Week 2 : Noon

So for two weeks now Lisa and I have been doing a photography collaboration project capturing the beauty of October
as we each see it.
We both take a photograph every day around a weekly prompt and share them side-by-side each week.
This week our prompt was noon... although I consider noon to be lunch time I think it's interesting that neither of us photographed
lunch or a meal or anything like that.

Last week I said that Lisa lives in Switzerland but she lives in Sweden... and I knew that, but I typed Switzerland.
I think I like our set of pictures this week even better than last week's set.
I love her cat photos the best I think.

This week we are capturing night and we will both share them next Monday.

Hope your Monday was a good one and your week is off to a good start... I am still trying to recover
from the weekend.
It was so,  so good.
More on that tomorrow!

Friday, October 17, 2014

My Week In Little Bitty Instagrams

Heyyyy! It's Friday.
Hallelujah and Amen and thank you Jesus for weekends.
I am so looking forward to this weekend and guess what?
Today I am headed out on a quick little mini get-away to go see Pearl Jam tonight + I am so excited !
It's like I have a date with my boyfriend  e d d i e   v e d d e r  but there's just going to be about 12,000 other people
horning in on it tonight! ;)


A little bit of my week, via Instagrams...

The leaves are really changing now.
We stopped here because I had to see this tree up close... 
Plus the sun had just come out after many rainy days in a row.

Halloween costume making.
Mary Ingalls, not Laura... FYI. 
Shhhh..... Don't tell my mom she is on here(or Instagram).She would not be happy.
This costume is going to be so cute though.

I love that I am still getting a couple of flowers a week from my 
teeny tiny flower garden in the backyard.
In early summer I bought a packet of seeds and threw them in there and never did
 another thing. It's like a little surprise every time I look out there! 

Charlotte's birthday was Monday... 
there's some Birthday banner making going on there.
Birthday celebrating is now over for us, such a busy, full month! 

The sunsets have been so pretty lately.
I could never, ever get tired of this view! 

Birthday balloons.

Little, tiny pumpkin.
I grabbed a few of these at the Farmer's Market last weekend to decorate
just a bot for the kid's Birthday party but we still need to go to the Pumpkin Patch.
Maybe we can squeeze it in this weekend! 
Ps- How handsome is he?

View from my dining room.
Apple and pumpkin candles are my favorite lately...
But mostly ones that smell just like pumpkin pie. YUM! 

In the parking lot at Starbucks.
I couldn't resist... a bright spot in several rainy, dreary, depressing days.
Beauty really is everywhere... even in the Starbucks parking lot friends.

At work.
Don't mid the crazy hair or lack of make-up.
Many days I am there by myself in the office and don't really see anyone else.


That's a wrap.
Hope you had a good week...decent week?... And have an even better weekend!
Doing anythign fun?
I can't wait to be serenaded tonight.

Eddie, come to Mama.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Miss Charlotte Is Eight

Oh, my heart.

My baby girl turned eight years old yesterday.
Eight feels like a big number... but not as big as ten felt last week.
I love 8 though...  I can honestly say that.
It's funny because I hate the fact that they even have to get older in the first place, because it's just dumb,
but then again I love seeing the people they are growing into at the same time.
I love who they were, who they are right at this moment, and who they are growing into.
Something I don't think I quite "got" completely when I first became a parent, is that it truly is a gift to get to do so -
and by that I mean every stage, every issue, every rough time, every time you feel like you are failing as a parent--
all of it.
This is a gift.

Oh, but this girl.
This girl is a writer, a storyteller already at such a young age.
She is an animal lover with a funny sense of humor.
She is a little girl that is wise beyond her years that loves to draw.
And paint.
She is brave and loves adventures.
She likes trying new things and will often encourage her brother when he is unsure.
She will say things like; "I wish mommy was here to see this sunset..."
She writes me letters and tells me what a great mommy I am.

She loves school and her family and walks around with a book in her hand most of the time.
She always has a new favorite doll or stuffed animal and she hopes to go to Paris one day.
She loves "cute things" and is a tomboy at the same time.
She loves reading about The Titanic and American history.

I love this sweet + funny little girl of mine so much.
Charlotte is named after my grandma, Elizabeth Charlotte.
They never got to meet but oh,  this little girl of mine inherited not only a name but some of my grandma's sweetness as well, I just
know in my heart she did.
I am so very lucky to have her and her brother in my life.

Happy 8th Birthday, Miss Charlotte Rose.


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