Saturday, April 28, 2012

Beach Day (and a Video!)

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One of the best parts about homeschooling is the option we have of taking days like this - days during the week to unwind and take in life, in the moment.  Fridays are actually our family's interpretation of everyone else's Sundays and this one was a great one.

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The skies were bright blue with puffy white clouds here and there, the temps had warmed considerably and the water was still and cool.

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Fishing lines were cast right from the beach and cast nets were thrown over and over gathering all sorts of fish to inspect before sending them back to the water.

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The girls played in the sand and swam in the shallow water while collecting shells and little fish to put in their self-made, water-edge pond.

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I stuck my happy toes in the sand, played around with my cameras, and watched the little moments unfold, recording them to my memory as best I can.  After a while I opened a new book I picked up at the library and so far it has me hooked with its honesty and wit.  I can't wait to finish the next two-thirds.

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When our day was done and our skin was pink and our bodies were tired, we headed back home, but not before a stop at the snocone shop.

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And, for something totally different for me, I made a video!  It is a collection of clips from yesterday's trip to the beach along with a little happy music.  This is my very first attempt at video editing of any kind, so although it could stand some improvement, I'm fairly satisfied with the results.

Happy Weekending to you!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


early morning me

  • This instrumental cover by John Mayer made me happy this morning.
  • This morning I awoke super early with allergy eyes...really puffy allergy eyes.  ick.
  • This morning I paused for a self-portrait, hiding those eyes behind the lens.
  • Over the past two weeks my house has gone from a drab and dull shade of gray with black shutters, to a new and fresh shade of greenish gray with white trim and red shutters.  It's amazing how that outward appearance made me feel so much better...maybe it's largely due to the amount of hard work put into each brush stroke.
  • It feels great to have spent most every day of the last two weeks outside in the fresh air and sunshine.  I never even turned on a radio or put on my iPod, I chose to listen to the birds and the breeze and the kids.  Peaceful in every way.
  • My first baby girl will turn nine years old on Sunday.  Unbelievable.
  • I took her, her little sister, and their good friend out for lunch and some shopping on Monday.  A fun girls' day out was what we all needed.
  • I'm trying to decide whether to cut some of my hair or not.
  • I'm heading to the library today to check out the audio book version of Women, Food, and God by Geneen Roth.  I have previously read the book, but want to listen to it this time.  My self-sabotage needs  to stop because it continually gets worse.  It's time to get some things figured out, once and for all.
  • I'm thinking of signing up for Now:You, a self-portrait e-course.  I'll have to decide quickly before registration ends Friday night.  This could potentially be a huge help for my previous point.
  • This blog post from Tara Whitney really hit home for me.  I've read it several times this week and each time I feel like screaming a big, loud 'YES!'
  • I feel like I have all the pieces of my puzzle, but still am having a hard time fitting them all together.
  • I'm disappointed that this movie isn't in a theater near me.  If it was, I know where I'd be today.
  • Today I'll think happy thoughts, remember my blessings, and let go of the things I can't control.  Basically, I think I'll recite the Serenity Prayer over and over again.
Source: via Jocelyn on Pinterest

Tuesday, April 10, 2012



When despair grows in me 
and I wake in the middle of the night at the least sound 
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be, 
I go and lie down where the wood drake 
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting for their light. 
For a time I rest in the grace of the world, 
and am free

-Wendell Berry

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Color of Spring


I took these shots a couple of weeks ago over the course of late afternoon.  I love to see the way the coloring and light shifted in each photo during that handful of moments.


Wisteria is beautiful and fragrant while it lasts, but is gone very quickly.  The color is one of my favorites.  Actually, these blooms are gone now and have left a wild-climbing green vine in their place.


This spring season has been nice so far and has seemingly done a leap closer toward summer with very warm, sunshiny days.  The kids are already spending lots of time running through sprinklers and playing in pools, the garden is growing, the tomatoes need to be staked, and the grass is being cut weekly.  Things are good.