Friday, June 22, 2012


life rearranged

This week I'm joining in with Insta-Friday at Life.Rearranged once again. 

June 16:  Frozen mocha to perk up the afternoon.

Frozen mocha to hit the spot.  And, to hopefully reenergize my sleepy head.

June 17:  Happy Father's Day!

We had a low key, but happy Father's Day.  Good food, good family, good times.

June 18:  After spending three hours at the DMV, my boys have their boat operator's license.

It never fails to amaze me how inefficient the DMV really is.  Ri.dic.u.lous.

June 19:  From this week's library run.

Library run.

June 20:  Soaking up every last second of daylight on the longest day of the year.  Happy Summertime!

Currently:  soaking up every second of the longest day.

June 21:  I started the morning with homemade waffles for the boys to eat before they went out fishing with their dad.  Then in the afternoon I had a rare opportunity to go grocery shopping totally alone.  It was so nice!  No junk food, I was able to stick mostly to the perimeter of the store buying up fresh meats, seafood, and produce.  It felt great to not have one single junk item in the cart.  This is going to be a great eating week ahead!

Morning waffles

Grocery shopping alone. Yay!

Thursday, June 21, 2012


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I admit, I think a lot about documenting myself here, now.  I honestly have a fear of turning my camera around even though a few years ago I did participate in a year-long self portrait challenge.  Although I have a very warped sense of self, it did feel good to actually know that I was leaving behind some proof that I was, in fact, here.  Something for my kids to look back and see and hold onto.  Then, somehow, I allowed myself to start feeling silly, and that led to feeling self-conscious, and that led to feeling completely unworthy, which finally led to hiding myself away again. All these negative feelings come from being extremely self-conscious about my weight, about my skin, about every flawed detail of myself.   All these admissions surely prove my insanity, but it's true, and it's something that so many struggle with.  

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So, this is me, here and now.  I'm trying to make a fresh start with my self portraits, most of which I don't share, but the point is to leave proof and to learn a little bit of self-acceptance, so those are my main goals.  I'm avoiding any sort of themes or time frames for shots, but rather just capturing the here and now when I want to.  I'm just going to attempt to do it more regularly and without so much self-judgment.    Even though these shots were taken with my big-girl camera, I have to say that my iPhone has made it really easy to capture quick moments that my big camera would miss, so I've definitely noticed an increase in photos of myself from that alone.  The shots in this post came from a dressing room and one from the car, just random, just me, doing what I do, living life.  Hopefully I can keep it up!

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Friday, June 15, 2012

The last two weeks

It's really funny how fast time slips by.  Last week I had my Insta-Friday post ready and still I didn't get take a moment to actually click publish.  Then the weekend was here and things were busy, then the new week began and we fought with power outages and downpours, then I realize that another Friday is here.  So this is a two-in-one deal.  I'm just proud of myself for staying in a 365 commitment for 35 days already!

June 2:

I had a bit of quiet time on this afternoon so I chose to spend it watching a movie that I had been wanting to see.  I loved it - very suspenseful, perfect.

For me - on this quiet afternoon.

June 3:

A turkey burger for lunch with avocado, tomato and spring mix was SO good!  The afternoon was spent baking bread, learning to count money and even checking out a pair of Walking Sticks....ick!

Lunch:  turkey burger with avocado and tomato.  Yum!

Learning to count money.

A pair of creepy crawlers.  #walkingsticks

Baked two loaves of bread and put up 3 quarts of this year's excess tomatoes.  I'll can the next round of excess.  Oh, and that fresh bread is so good!  I can't imagine why I took such a long break from making it.

June 4:

A few minutes to read before the evening rush, then we ended the night with a power outage.

A few quiet minutes to read this afternoon, before the busy evening hats started.

Power outage...


The sun rising is always a beautiful sight.


June 6:

A colorful morning spent drawing with markers and some school work, followed by a little house-cleaning in the afternoon, and the delicious smell of onions, celery and bell pepper sauteeing for dinner.

Colorful morning

It smells so good in my house right now.

June 7:

She was insistent on going with me to the grocery store.  I told her we would not break for snacks....and you can see how that went.  I had a plain coffee.  :)
Oh, and it was also a pizza night.

I told her we wouldn't break for snacks...

Pizza night!


June 8:

We took a little ride along the beach and then came back home to finish up the red velvet cake I made for my mom's birthday.

Heading out

Red velvet birthday cake for my mom!

June 9:

We awoke to a downpour that lasted about 4 days.  SO much rain!  We spent the dark day in our pajamas, practicing reading, then watching tv.

Rain is an understatement.  Ick!

Reading practice In our pajamas in the afternoon: these are the things we do during a relentless downpour.

June 10:

Oh the rain that had collected in our yard.  Splish splash everywhere we went.  I  need to make myself buy some wellies.  But, to brighten a totally dark and dreary day, Darrell came home to surprise our boys with their very own boat!  They were excited and cannot wait to get it into the water.  Fun times will definitely be had this summer!

Oh, the rain we've had this weekend...  I'm looking forward to the sun later this week!

Happy boys with their new boat their daddy surprised them with tonight!

June 11:

Another dreary one....painting is on the to-do list for fun.  And, a salad bar spread out for dinner.  Yum!

She loves painting

Salad bar!

June 12:

We had just a bit of a break in the rain this morning.  It was enough to let in a bit of sunshine to have with my breakfast.  Instant mood lifter!

Breakfast and sunshine.  It's so good to see the light again after a long week of heavy rains.

June 13:

A busy day on tap, but I do take time to notice all the gorgeous blooms from Isaac's sunflower patch while I walk the dog.  Our day includes two orthodontist appointments, a request for Steak and Shake from my two boys (who insist on hiding from every.single.picture), followed by a trip to Starbucks and Target.

Good morning!

The orthodontist has a coffee station.  I may can handle two appointments this morning after all.

Agh...two 13 year olds and this is a good a snapshots go unless I'm in stealth mode.

Fresh brewed.


June 14:

A date-day with my sweetheart.  We ended up going all over today, filing registration for the new boat, breakfast out at a favorite restaurant, a little Father's Day shopping, a little antiquing, then lunch at a recommended authentic Mexican restaurant and I have to say that it was the best Mexican food I've ever eaten.  The day alone together was SO needed.

From yesterday... A date out with my sweetheart, having what is most likely the best Mexican food I've ever had.

From yesterday...we even hit the antique shops together,

At the end of the day.  #photoaday

June 15:

Honestly, there is not much going on today.  A little laundry, a little nail painting, a little visiting, a little tv watching, a little more rain.

Peach Daiquiri - the color.  Now if I just had a real one...

So....there is my two-fer.  Two weeks that slip by so very quickly.  I'm glad I decided to pay attention to the little things.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Another Insta-Friday on Saturday

May 26:

A day hard to get started,
ended up on a perfect note.

I'm sitting around enjoying the peace of the morning while the kids are still asleep.  I should have gotten them up over an hour ago, but I can't bring myself to disturb the silence.

Okay - time to get on with the day!


May 27:

Tried to start off on the right foot,
and the day moved along just right.



May 28:

My sister in law's coffee cup made me smile. girls finally got the bangs they've been begging for for months.

You can't scare me...  ;)

We have bangs!

May 29:

and a party.

Breakfast time

Goin' to a party.

May 30:

He's such a funny little dude.  LOL.
And, after a year and a half, I finally succumbed to a nasty cold.  Ugh.

He's so funny.

I haven't had a cold in a year and a half, but, sadly, these are my new best friend today.  Ugh.

May 31:

Took my mom to the doctor today.
This was my one and only shot of the day.

Waiting room view

June 1:

Another one-shot-day.
My cold is a bit better, still sniffling and feeling a bit crummy.
As I sat with my feet up on the couch, I got myself one scoop of ice cream and topped it with chocolate syrup and chocolate chips as I caught up on the end of the first season of Hart of Dixie.  No doubt, the show's a little hokey, but I still can't help watching it when it mentions so many of the little towns from my area.  Sometimes it makes me wish some of it was real, a sweet little community like Blue Bell would be a great place I think.  But, alas, it's entirely fictional.  They've even filmed it everywhere but here, LOL.

Ice cream for dessert.  With chocolate chips and chocolate syrup.