Monday, July 6, 2015

Summer Snippets

I go in spurts with setting my camera aside
and being more present with what is in front of me.
It's hard to do when I am a photo fanatic
and our family enjoys looking back at photographs.
My new approach has been to take a few photos
and then set the camera/phone aside to take in the 
other moments.  Seems to be working well so far.
Here are a few candids of summer!
The boys are at a daycamp most days;
both are worn out and starving when I pick them up!
Drew falls asleep in the car 
and I bring him in to snuggle on the couch.
I miss those baby days, so this is my fix!
 Our favorite summer restaurants are Panera and Tropical Sno.
Yes, shaved ice is a meal : )

Summer isn't complete without a couple of trips to Union Park!
There happens to be a Tropical Sno there, too!  
Tyler had a boy scout weekend that will probably
win-out all weekends in our summer.
He and a couple of friends went to a cabin
and had a blast trout fishing, cooking over fires and
goofing around!  The dad who took them (bless his heart!)
said he wanted a couple of days in nature and play
and away from screens.  Perfect!
Tom's birthday was last month,
so we celebrated with a day all to ourselves.
It looks like he also fit in some relaxation!

I hope you are having a fantastic summer!  Keep cool!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Insta Summer

 I haven't posted Instas in awhile ....
Our summer has been a perfect balance
of rest and activity.  We love spending time
outdoors, so any chance we get we play
sports and eat on the patio.  
And s'mores ... we have had many-a-night
with those treats!  

 Tyler is tending his veggie garden again.
This is an old photo, because his tomatoes
and peppers are growing tall and strong!
Mama will be making salsa soon ....

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Music Therapy

Tyler has always made the best out of
mornings by playing music.  The school commute
was a bit more tolerable with some fun jams
and boys singing in the back seat!
Tyler would say that he walked into
 the school happy, and that is all I needed
to hear to keep our morning radio routine!
The bonus is that Ty and I like a lot of the same music!
I wanted to see Ed Sheeran in concert, 
especially after he was talking about
taking a break from performing.
 We had suite seats and enjoyed two hours of Ed!
It was impressive that
the show was Ed and his guitar --
no band, no frills!

Sunday, June 21, 2015


Happy Father's Day 
to a wonderful dad!
We love you and we
are proud to be your hometeam!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Precious Plantings

If I need an excuse to go to a greenhouse 
and get my smell-on for spring ... I'm there!  
I ventured to Earl May to buy a few new houseplants.  
I scoured the area, looking for the ones that look full with undamaged leaves.  
I loaded a few onto my cart and then found the
 cutest grandma-ish cashier to ring my order.  
One peek at my plants and she was smiling and marveling, 
pulling up the leaves and rotating the tiny pot in her hand.  
"These are beautiful.  Look at this growth!  
I get so excited to see all of the new beginnings!" 
At first I pretended to see what she was seeing, 
and then I saw several buds and joined her 
smiling at the uncovered treasure.  
Even though it was fleeting seconds of a conversation, 
it really hit me that there is so much beauty left unseen.  
We spend so much of our lives skimming the surface 
and in a hurry to the next thing.  
We can be grateful for those who point it out to us.  
I scored new green for my home but I felt like 
I won when I could really feel myself 
take in the woman's genuine joy.  
Joy for the mundane ... how often does that happen!?
 I had other errands to do that day, 
and the stop for plants was merely a checkmark on a list.  
Pausing and slowing down creates presence.  
I was much more intentional throughout my day.  
Less in my mind and more in the life in front of me.  

"When you go half as fast, 
you experience twice as much."
           ~ Tara Brach

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sound Bytes {Drew}

"I wasn't born 10 years ago.  I wasn't alive, but I wasn't dead.   
I just lived in your heart."
 "That family has four girls.  
One large, two mediums and a small."
 "My body is getting weird because 
I want fruit all of the time instead of chocolate."

"This leaf tastes like caramel."
 "Jesus is the only boss of me.  
What does God look like - why can't I see God?  
What is heaven? 
What does it feel like when you die?"
 "When I snuggle with Tyler I feel like a fluffy bird."

"You're the meanest mom in the world.
You're the best mom in the world."

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Running Their Hearts Out

3-2-1 ... and they're off!
Drew was a little blue blur on the track,
racing his heart out!
There were high school kids on the 
sidelines yelling, "Number 9!  Number 9!"
He was wearing his baseball shirt : )
 Tyler impressed us again with his speed.
He and Drew are so competitive;
it doesn't surprise me that they look forward to Track & Field day.
They were running around the house and timing themselves
for the last couple of weeks.  Pre-training.
They both won first place for the 400 meter (one lap around the track)!

 5th grade is bringing us many "lasts" for elementary school.
Last Puppy Dog Relays.
Perfect ending!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day

Me and my babies.  Joy.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Insta Friday!

It's Friday! 
Time to moooooo-ve into the weekend!
This country friend met us on the way to school.
A few others joined in and created an
interesting barrier for our commute.  After our stare-down
I inched our vehicle a little more and they finally budged.
I've never seen a cow run, but one
thought it would show off and paced us for 
a few hundred feet!

The Oscars are so fleeting, so I have to do what I can to
incorporate them throughout the year.
Drew was wearing a striped shirt and all I could see 
was this movie poster.
Nailed it!

I am one of those moms who watch their
kids sleep, especially when the boys are snuggling.
Tyler will complain of Drew hogging the bed and
how he doesn't want to be touched,
so this is fine proof that Tyler enjoys a lil' 98.6  : )

This is an average Saturday night ...
me hip-to-hip with a freaky clown.
I sent this to my friend who is deathly
afraid of red noses and painted faces.
She said she is calling the police.

A beautiful morning prayer and blessing.
My insomnia projects continue ...

Friday, May 1, 2015

Sound Bytes {Drew}

Drew's had several quotable quotes lately.
Whether he is piecing together information
on something simple or mulling over a dark thought,
his brain is certainly an interesting machine : )

"I wish I was a cat so I could get snuggled on."

"Checkers uses one part of your brain; chess uses six parts."

 "I can't read fancy letters (cursive).  
I only read English."

"You need to take two chill pills.
I'll take an awesome pill.
No wait ... a weirdo pill."
 "I can't wait until you are 42.  
Then you'll be stronger and carry me better."

"If you and dad die, I will eat only chocolate 
and then I'll die because 
no one is making chicken."
 "If Richard (neighbor) isn't home, 
maybe that Grandma Girl is (his wife!)."

Drew:  Which option, mom?  
Baseball, soccer or racing down the driveway?

Me: How about bubbles or sidewalk chalk?

Drew:  Not an option, 
you have to pick something with running.
(Yes, that is why I picked something else!)
"Swoosh again.  It's the shoes."

"They are facial tissues, not Kleenex."