Tuesday, August 31, 2010

day thirty-one

{from dinner tonight}

it is the last day of August.  the last day of the August Break.  i'm going to miss it...or at least miss having a project that i love, with a title, a group pool to share with others, the simplicity of the idea, and the reminder that it brought of how much i enjoy blogging.

as i sit down at the end of this day, i'm glad that i took the time nearly every day this month to use my camera and put up some sort of post.  i'm thankful that it allowed me to focus on my photography just a bit more than normal and glad that it made me more mindful every day, looking for the small parts and pieces of life that i may have ordinarily missed.  the things like food and cooking, smiles and freckles, pets and nature, beach bags and fences, vacations and walks along the beach.

August is typically the one summer month that i dislike most.  it is always so very hot and unbearably humid and seemingly never-ending.  this year, however, the month of August seemed to skip along at a better pace and has found itself fading into September before i knew it.  i am almost certain it is because i kept my mind a little more busy and focused on the good things that this month brought.  and that is a good thing.

now i'm looking forward to September and the changes that it will bring as we slowly slip into autumn.  hopefully i'll be able to keep up the pace i've set this month and bring myself back to this space with that same mindfulness every day.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

a walk in the rain



today i took a few shots when the rains let up a bit.  it has rained almost non-stop for three days and more to come over the next couple for sure.  it has been dark, dreary, and icky wet.  all this rain makes for great organizing time and movie/book time though.  i'm just hoping that tomorrow's forecast is not as wet as they think it possibly could be.  i need some sun!


Saturday, August 28, 2010

rainy saturday

equals baking
zucchini apple bread

rainy saturday

and trying new things like this
and using greek yogurt on my warm bread
instead of butter

all done.

Friday, August 27, 2010

simple friday.



Outside my window... rain, rain...SO much rain!

I am thankful for... family...each and every person in it!

From the learning rooms... still organizing...looking over my reading curriculum for my girls

From the kitchen... brown rice salad (above)  with tomatoes, cilantro, avocado, black beans, garlic, and oil and vinegar.

I am wearing...lounge pants and a tee.

I am creating...a bathroom with a clean coat of paint...that's what i've done on this rainy day!

I am going... nowhere today.

I am reading... a new blog....and i think it's going to be one i visit very often.

I am hoping...that this rain eases off for tomorrow...

I am hearing...the constant drip, drip, dripping of rain off the roof.

Around the house...the bathrooms are getting a new coat of paint and the laundry is piling up!
One of my favorite things... kale.  really.  it's what's for dinner - with pasta and cream sauce.

A few plans for the rest of the week: finish the bathrooms!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

for today


i'm tired
i'm headache-y
i'm glad the little one is feeling better today
yesterday was such a long, sickly kind of day
i hope that i (or anyone else for that matter) don't catch the bug she had
i'm happy that my hubby is home today and tomorrow
i'm looking forward to possible time out with my mom tomorrow
i'm feeling hungry but really don't want to cook anything
i may just have some leftover brown rice salad from lunch
one of the boys is already cooking himself a grilled cheese sandwich
i wonder if the girls would be happy with cereal....hmmm.
cancel that...emma just asked for chicken.
i'd love to curl up with my book in peace and quiet
or maybe a movie...a girly romance like Becoming Jane, but then i really love Chocolat.
i think i'll go make myself a glass of iced tea while i cook
and think about it.
book or movie?
that is the kind of day i've had.
i'm looking forward to tomorrow...to begin again.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

today....and vacation food

through the candy shop window


Outside my window... sunshine and heat and humidity.  i can't wait for the onset of fall-like weather.

I am thankful for... being able to homeschool my kids.  the reasons why seem to multiply daily.

From the learning rooms... organization and scheduling as we near our start date.

From the kitchen... left over butternut squash risotto, from the recipe in this month's clean eating magazine.

I am wearing...denim capris and a button down shirt with black flip flops

I am creating...a crafting to-do list and hoping that i can actually do it!

I am going... not far.  possibly the feed store to pick up a few puppy items!

I am reading... Mockingjay!  i'm SO excited that this book is finally here...i started it immediately!

I am hoping...that my littlest girl feels better soon.  she's not feeling well today.

I am hearing... the low rumble of a movie to distract my girl from her icky tummy.

Around the house...towels are drying on the line, floors need mopping, and i really, really need to clean the windows
One of my favorite things... iced tea, unsweetened.  so good on these hot days.

A few plans for the rest of the week: i'm hoping to sneak in a movie with my mom before the week ends!

More of The Simple Woman's Daybook.


Now onto the vacation food:

amusement park food

what else is there to say?

except i shouldn't have

and yum.

yep - it was good!

iced tea... in a mason jar.

iced tea in a mason jar
at a catfish restaurant.
does it get any better than that?

i forgot how good these are

i forgot how good these are.
i haven't had any of these in years...i found them in a candy shop during our vacation and oh my...yum!  needless to say, we went through a couple of bags before we got back home.

candy sticks

a little old fashioned candy...

so many to choose from...yum!

oh, let's not forget the ice cream cones....it is august afterall!


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

on my mind

{this cardinal mommy was in the tree right below our hotel balcony last week.  we'd watch her come and go and feed her babies every morning with our coffee.}

just a bit of randomness this afternoon:

  • i saw this post from jessica claire photography and fell in love with what she captures.  check out these photos and tell me it's not the cutest wedding idea ever!  i adore it!
  • my friend Kylie shared a link to darrah parker photography and the beautiful poem that she wrote about the beauty in all of us.  i loved it...it touched me deeply and it is so very true.  do yourself a favor and read it and then really think about it.  beauty.  it's in all of us....
  • a couple of things had me smiling/laughing at the grocery store yesterday.  i saw, as i made my way down the bath soap aisle, men's body wash - Old Spice Swagger, i thought that name was just so funny.  it was the first time i'd noticed it, heehee!  ***** on another note, the Target assistant manager was helping out the grocery cashiers and ended up being the one who helped me.  he was hilarious although i tried not to laugh at him.  he was, the entire time, making random and constant comments out loud about nearly every product i was buying, lol!  he was giving me positive feedback about nearly all my choices...my extra virgin olive oil, my free-range ground beef, my kale and squash choices, even my shampoo!  it was like his mouth was freely saying what his mind was thinking, lol!  i was just glad that i didn't come through his line with a cart full of junk food and i'm really glad that it wasn't the week for a purchase of feminine products...yikes!
  • it's been hard this week to get back into routine after last week's vacation.  it's really a shame that we can't vacation all year, then only work a week or two...hmm.  i might as well forget that little idea, huh?  :)
  • the upcoming john mayer concert on labor day has me daydreaming...i can't wait to go!  i've been waiting since april for that concert!  it's going to be extra special since the hubby and i will be staying away for the night!
  • i'm actually feeling the itch to sew and knit the past couple of weeks.  i'm thinking about pajamas and reusable grocery bags and quilts and an afghan....oh, and how about this!  we'll see how crafty i get!  
  • oh...as i was browsing books-a-million yesterday i came across Clean Eating magazine.  I have to say that  i love it!  i'm not usually a magazine kind of girl, but boy do i love this one!  i took it with me to starbucks and had a cup of coffee as i browsed the simple, easy, healthy, and clean recipes inside.  ideas on how to feed a family of 4 in the healthiest way possible for under $10 a meal...so that means great ideas for my family of 6!  lots of whole foods, simple preparations, and healthy ideas!

okay...enough of my ramblings today.  back to the August Break for tomorrow!  

creekside view


in the sun.



goosebumps and water drops



from last week's vacation.
the absolute best times
were at the creek.
the water was shockingly cold,
the kids were collecting rocks
and building dams, and i was
trying to take in every second.

Monday, August 23, 2010

a little trip


to the Smoky Mountains is where I've been.
We spent all last week there on vacation, taking it easy,
watching the kids play in the creeks,
taking in the beauty of the national park, eating meals
prepared by someone else and not washing clothes.
This morning is back to reality for us.  The hubby is
back to work, I have a grocery list a mile long, and
the kids are a little sickened that I'm also picking
up school books for them to start on later this week.

It was a wonderful time though and I'm so thankful
that we got a chance to get away and do nothing
more than just enjoy each other.
Good times...really good times.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

the sweetest


faces ever.
i love these little sweethearts.
our new addition will be number 4, the darkest one.  

they're my mom's mini schnauzer puppies
at five weeks old.  totally adorable and
they have totally taken my heart.  ♥

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

moo-y details :)


all the bits and pieces
that i loved.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010



may just be the most perfect food.

from this recipe.

Monday, August 16, 2010


we were visiting some family
last week who lived next to a
pasture and the sweet cows
couldn't help but come over
and visit...or was it the other
way around?  hmmm....anyway,
they were the sweetest and i had
a blast snapping these photos.
there will be a few more to come
this week!

i adored the face on this sweet one.


and the beautiful eyes on this one.


this was the little calf in the group...
i loved her red and white coloring.


and this one...in the harsh afternoon light.
i loved it in black and white.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

little peeper

little peeper

there was a curious little guy
peeping out from the collection
my girls were gathering.


Saturday, August 14, 2010

beach butterfly

beach butterfly

the tiniest little treasures
in the tiniest hands
make me happy  :)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

for one.

for one.

this morning....

a little french press for me
talking with the hubby
a quiet house
the sun peeking in the windows
laundry and yard work awaiting my attention
my mind feeling full but relaxed
busy but content

the day is off to a good start.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010




oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.
they went so fast!

Monday, August 9, 2010



today's daybook entry:

Outside my window...more wetness from more much needed rain
I am thinking...about my busy day ahead

I am thankful for...
{honestly} my kids being home today and for our homeschooling life...when all the other children around had to go back to public school this morning.
From the kitchen...
strong. coffee.
I am wearing...pj's it is!

I am going...to spend the day shopping and running errands
I am hoping...that I get everything I need today...on one shopping trip!

I am hearing...my children slowly awakening and walking in the hall
Around the house...
laundry is under control, yet the floors are not...
One of my favorite things...hugs and kisses from my kids :)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

summer skin


i love her freckles and how they pop in the summer.
and her green eyes.


today's daybook entry:

Outside my window...wet from overnight rain showers
I am thinking...
that a good night's sleep might just be a cure-all....i'm feeling good this morning.
I am thankful for...
kindness in others
From the kitchen...
waffles or maybe muffins. or pancakes...hmmm.
I am wearing...still in my pajamas :)
I am creating...several lists, for school supplies, groceries, vacation packing list, and final to-do list before we venture out

I am going...to spend time finishing my lists... and the laundry
I am reading...
Master Your Metabolism by Jillian Michaels
I am hoping...that the weather cools down just a fraction...it's still so very hot out there.

I am hearing...the click of my keyboard as i type.  that's it.
Around the house...
floors and laundry.  must be done. today.
One of my favorite things...watching the numbers on my scale go down!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

pool day

pool day

today was:


Thursday, August 5, 2010