happy NEW year

1 01 2012


What do we wear?

24 10 2011

This is random, i know.

One thing I’m often asked is to help pick out wardrobes for family photo shoots.  I love getting the chance to do that because it’s just one of those things that makes me tick.  I’ve been meaning to write a post on the subject for the past few years, in order to offer DIY tips and just never got around to it, but I stumbled upon this while visiting a favorite blog last night. She titled her post “What do we wear?” as well so now I don’t have to write one…just read hers. She makes the same point I stress…coordinate, don’t match.  And be open to inspiration. We used the colors from the maps we made our airplanes from to inform our wardrobe decisions for this shoot.  We may or may not have included too many colors…but if you know me, that’s a great expression of freedom.

I thought summer was over…

7 10 2011

…I’ve pulled out the fall pillows, put away my shorts and taken faded swimsuits to goodwill.

But these two are scheming to extend the season.

They decided to get all their stuffed animals ready for one last hurrah at the pool.

They found the pool bin and got them decked out with goggles, towels, and yes…sunblock too.  Count them…one, two, three, four, five, six containers…completely emptied.

It was too cute to get mad. What a mess to clean up but the playroom smells really good now.

Our summer at slow down boot camp

20 09 2011

I was never that kid who raced home to start on my homework or sat down to do a project just for fun.  Busy was the name of the game for me for as long as I can remember. There were just so many “have to’s” in life.  No more.  I mean having three little ones keeps me on the go but it’s so different from before.  The past 6 months I have been in slow down boot camp. I didn’t go willingly either.  It wasn’t what I wanted, but it was what I needed and somebody who loves me more than I could ever imagine sent me there.

All that to say, part of slowing down has meant not blogging but I really miss it and so many blog worthy things have happened that I really WANT to pick it back up…no have to anymore.

So, sort of sorry to make my comeback with a documentary post but this is for me and I just don’t want to forget what happened between now and then.


A trip to the Columbia Zoo.  In my opinion, better for little ones than Asheville.

Then a short trip to the beach with our friends the Whites and Tuttles.

This summer we watched LOTS and LOTS of television.

My Dad turned 60 on June 11th.

The next day we went on a family beach trip with my parents, my grandfather, my brother & sister and their families.

Bradley celebrated his 6th birthday the usual way, at Camp Lurecrest.

We went to the pool almost everyday (we used sunblock most of the time).

And we ate most “meals” there. Did you know kids survive just fine on snacks? But it makes them look like this…

Did I mention we watched lots of television?

Joe & I took a short trip to Mexico. It was our first real trip away since we’ve had kids.

When can we go back?

We helped my parents move into a new condo.

We discovered the charlotte greenways and made great use of them all summer.

Most every morning the boys ran out to the stop sign to wave goodbye to Joe.  It’s those little rituals that I fear forgetting.

Then school started and we sent Bradley to kindergarten. (2 weeks & 6 years)

He said he wanted to ride the bus, so now we go to the stop sign to say goodbye to him every morning. Some days I cry.

Most recently we caught and cared for a little turtle until it was clear it needed to be returned to the pond.

And then Sunday Bennett fractured both bones in his forearm near the wrist. Fortunately they are buckle fractures so they’ll heal easily.

But really, we have slowed down more than this post would make it appear.

Blog not abandoned…

29 08 2011

…I’ll be back soon with an update from our summer and some thoughts about stepping into a new season.


The Red Balloons.

3 05 2011

Dexter turned two on April 17th and we had a little celebration.

Now I do love to throw a party–it’s the ultimate creative opportunity–but this year my heart was in a different place and I was hyper aware of my thoughts, feelings and motivations.  This party needed to be small and rather low-key. It was a busy day and there were just a few guests but it felt impossible for me to really make it as simple as I had hoped I would.  The party was to celebrate Dexter but honestly the details were more about me and my idols.

If he remembers anything about the party at all it will be the cake and the red balloons…the two things I had nothing to do with…oh and maybe the red lollipop.

But this is what I’ll remember…

Likely this will be the last cute party I throw. When they turn three they have opinions about what they like and want, and they don’t usually provide good inspiration for whimsical party themes. But…I’m sure I’ll still have plenty of opportunities to sort out the difference between an idol and a creative outlet.

Keep going.

26 04 2011

We can count on God to patiently remove all the obstacles to our enjoyment of Him. He is committed to our joy, and we can depend on Him to give us enough of a taste of that joy and enough hope that the best is still ahead to keep us going in spite of how much pain continues to plague our hearts. – Larry Crabb