Friday, September 19, 2014

My Week In Little Bitty Instagrams

A little peek at my week,  via those tiny little Instagrams we all love to share.
I am lucky13amy on Instagram.


The pumpkins and mums and gourds are out at all the stores now.
How   h  a  p  p  y   are these?

After school on the front porch, writing stories and stuff.

The Golden Hour... Quite possibly my favorite time of day.
Practicing cartwheels in the field at the park on our way to the grocery store.

Paint-by-number wall at the cutest antique store in Indiana.

It's true... it's BACK.
Pumpkin Spice Latte's are back and I'm taking advantage.
By the way, I am totally a sucker for the whole pumkin/Fall marketing thing.
Total sucker, at least I am aware though.

I've only seen a few fallen leaves that have changed so far,  so I had to document them.
I can't wait to see all of the trees changing.
I     l  o  v  e      Fall ! 

Good morning.
No froth or anything but still yummy, especially when you are away from home.
I wish I could start every morning like this.

This boy started orchestra this year, just last week really.
I have to tell you that when I saw him putting his violin back in the case and 
carrying it I almost started crying. Like, for real.
Parenthood makes make you an emotional mess at the starngest times, huh.

Old buildings and flower boxes.

Always writng.
Or reading.
Or both.

And me.
With make-up on and semi-fixed hair.
This day definitely needed to be documented.
And never mind the weird blobs under my eye... editing gone bad?

Happy, happy Friday.
Hope your week was good and your weekend is even better.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Coffee Just Tastes Better In Indiana

Well this past weekend it did anyway.
Seriously, it did.
A regular old cup of coffee, no fancy froth, with 2% milk(yuck)....  And still one of the best cups of coffee ever.
But anything would've probably tasted pretty good with this morning view though... Right?

This past weekend was our annual family get-away weekend in Indiana.
These perfect little cabins and this beautiful park... we    L  O  V  E   this weekend.
My kids  might love this weekend even more than I do... if that's possible.

We had the best weather this weekend I think we have ever had here so far, and we have been coming for maybe... 11 years or so.
It was sunny and there was no rain but it was cool enough that you had to wear a sweatshirt or jacket and it felt so good.
Cool enough that you could see your breath in the morning and a steaming cup of coffee felt so good in your hands.
I love that kind of weather. 

I am so glad I grabbed my Nikon before Charlotte and I took this short walk before we left on the last morning.
I take a lot of pictures with my phone, a lot, and I think I get some pretty good ones, but nothing really compares to my big camera.
These pictures almost make me be able to feel the crisp Fall air, feel the sun, see that beautiful light coming through the trees.

So yes, our coffee tasted better and our beer tasted better... I think the wine did, too.
This weekend was just what I needed... so, so very good for the soul. 
Until next year, Indiana! 

* Read last year's post about this weekend here.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Making My { Fall } List And Checking It Twice

I have been working on my Fall List for the last couple of days.
One that is actually kind of just for me.
We will have a few other family things to add to a mental list of course, too.

Everyone makes Summer Lists.... jotting down all of those things we want to make sure and do before the Summer
very quickly gets away from us.
Last year I made a Fall list because Fall is way shorter than Summer... which makes it a little trickier to squeeze in all of those
things we have been waiting all year for.

The older I get, the more I think maybe Fall is  my most favorite  time of year.
I do wish it lasted a bit longer though... Some years it feels as though we go straight from 
Summer right into Winter. 
I love Fall for so many reasons. 
The Pumpkin patch, the apple orchard, pumpkin bars, new boots, candy corn... All of it! 
I can't wait for the leaves to slowly start changing... Just not too fast though.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a long, slow Fall. 

///  Here's what's on my list so far  ///

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

{ A few of my favorite pictures from last Fall }

My list is a work in progress...  Do you have a Fall list- written or mental?
If so, what's on it?
And if you have a suggestion for a scary book or a really good mystery,  let me know!


Friday, September 5, 2014

Oh Motherhood, You $*%#!

Lucky for you I bleeped out the rest of my post title.
Or, Sorry... or, You're Welcome.

BUT, This is pretty much how I've felt since I saw the movie Boyhood Tuesday night.
Oh. This movie, you guys. Wow.
I can't stop thinking about it.
Every so often you see a movie that just knocks you right in the gut, one that you just totally "get", that speaks to you... You know?
If you're a mother of a boy/boys, or mother at all... Watch this movie.
If you're not a mother, watch this movie.

It was an amazing thing to watch this boy grow up, literally, over the span of 12 years...
It's just an awesome and bittersweet thing to witness really.
The scene with Patricia Arquette at the end when her son leaves for college, is me.
That's how I feel a lot of the time.
Heartbroken, filled with love, exhausted, emptied, full of joy, thankful and a bit sad...  All of it.
A L L   O F   T H E   F E E L I N G S.
All of the time.

I think it's completely appropriate for moms to feel like we have given every last little thing we have
to give to our kids and to want to move to a remote Island A L O N E far, far away from
Every living person for an entire year. Right Now.
{Or more}
Totally normal.
If you didn't feel like this on occasion, I'd be worried about you.

So it's been that kind of week.... The kind where Motherhood gets the best of you.
Not horrible... But emotional.
And that's just how some of these days and weeks and years are.

This weekend we will be watching my boy play Soccer and hanging out at home, hopefully getting
a few things done I have seriosuly been putting off.
I am so ready for a relaxing weekend.

H a p p y   W e e k e n d !

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

September + The Magic Of Beginnings

This is pretty much exactly how September feels to me.
It's a brand new month but it also marks the beginning of a brand new season, too.
F  A  L  L.
It's almost here... it's just at our doorstep.
You can just feel the change in the air and it makes you believe, if even for a minute, 
that new beginnings really are possible.
That anything is possible.

So that's where I am this morning.
Feeling like I am ready to tackle some of the BIG things standing in my way,
To make big changes + little changes.
To decide how I want my life to look and not be okay with it going in a
 direction I am not happy with.
To me, Fall feels more like the "New Year" than Winter ever has.
I'm really excited about it and what's to come! 


{ just  a few of the things I am looking forward to in this new Season... } 

Happy Wednesday to you.
Hope it's a good one! 

PS- If you have any books/blogs/writers/favorite quotes about making life changes, 
creating lasting change or creating/breaking habbits I would seriosuly LOVE to hear 
them... I would appreciate any help I can get!  ; ) 


Sunday, August 31, 2014

So Long, August.

Another one bites the dust.
The last month of Summer, gone.
Just like that, August is over and so is Summer.
It's bittersweet.
But I think I'm okay with it.

It was a fun, hot, full, rainy shiny month... and it's over.
Bring it on September.
I am so ready for you!

A Look Back: