And Here We Are.


Im starting from today. Today our new adventure begins… Yes, we moved to Sasebo, Japan 6 weeks ago, but the transition was a rough one, at least for husband and I. It has taken us, literally, months to be settled… We feel a bit battered, a bit exhausted, yet part of me I know is stronger, yet again. Each Navy move has its challenges, and moving overseas with a large family, well that one takes the cake! Heres a brief recap of the last 6 weeks… Continue reading

Birdy in the WildFlowers


This little girl of mine…

We always joke in our home that she is enough child for anyone to handle…

But here’s the truth. She is incredible. She is bold and stubborn, creative and brilliant… She sees all of the colors in this world, the beauty, the pain. She marches to the rock of her own rhythm… She is kind when treated with kindness, and fights hellfire with hellfire… Continue reading

Nana//Pumpkin Spice Bread


Yesterday morning was an Autumn tease…. I left the house to get the children all off to school under cloudy skies and cool air…. The neighbors have already started pulling out Harvest and Halloween decor, pumpkins are filling huge bins in the grocery store, and my instagram feed is full of people enjoying the beauty of the world changing… If you know me at all then you know Im utterly obsessed with Fall! Is that cliche?? Maybe, but I dont care! And since I cant decorate for the Christmas Holiday Season (our house belongings will be on their way to our new home in Sasebo, Japan) then our house will be full of orange and gold, pumpkins and breads and pies until then! My jeans are gunna hate me :P

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Road Trippin… Natural Bridge, VA


This Summer I think we re-discovered something… Our kids LOVE to Travel. We had forgotten how much it runs through their veins, how much living overseas had changed them… We have been on a few mini-road trips over the past few years, since being home from Japan, but nothing like the travel we did this past season… And I couldnt be any more grateful for it!

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Road Trip to Maine…

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Our first cross country road trip…

It was completely spontaneous, yet 100% overdue. I have not been back to Maine to see my Dad and extended family in 10 years… They are so far North, up in Narnia as I always say, which is no excuse, but life gets in the way and the journey seemed a stretch… But when we received our new PCS orders (that’ll be another post!) it was just the kick in the pants I needed to say “Hubby, its now or never!” So within 24 hrs we had our trip planned, and a couple days later we hit the road in our rental van…

26 hours of driving, 15 states, and 4 very excited kids later we crossed into the land I couldnt wait to show them… Moosehead Lake, Maine. A part of my childhood, another of my scattered homes.

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Vegan Pot Pie….

This weekend we got rain… Lots of rain. For my family it couldnt have been more perfect weather! We had such a long last week of school, graduations and concerts and field days and meetings… I know most of you can relate! The home stretch can be taxing. So the coolness from the storms that rolled in had us watching movies and making tons of food and soaking up some much needed R&R…. The grey skies are always welcome to us here on the Emerald coast… A relief from the almost relentless heat and humidity…

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On Sunday morning we had a cloudy beach picnic. The surf was larger then normal and wind was kicking, so again, perfection for us! We ate fresh fruit and sandwiches, made turtles and spiders in the sand, and twirled in the shallows leaving our footprints on the wet white shore. We beat the tourists by leaving the house by 7:30 AM (its the only way!) and headed home before the Florida sun broke through the clouds, blanketing us in her rays of death!! (Its REALLY hot here…:))

Later that afternoon, dear husband and I headed out to the grocery… Maybe my favorite kind of shopping! I had a craving for something hearty, savory… An Autumn meal, since the grey skies and leaves blowing off the magnolia and oak trees gave me a deja’vu feeling of October. I landed on Vegan Pot Pie.

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Mother’s Day trip to the Nursery…


Mother’s Day is one of my favorite days of the year… I always feel appreciated, my kids are trying to be on their best behavior, and husband spoils me completely… This year, I cant lie, I was beat. I decided to choose this particular weekend of all weekends to wean Astoria into her own room. She has been co-sleeping with us for the last 14 months, and although it has been wonderful up to this point, we are no longer getting any sleep…. Its hot, our bed is to small, my boobs are killing me, and she is restless. So Mother’s Sunday I was beyond tired… I had been up for almost 48 hrs, aside from some cat naps here and there… What was I thinking, right?? Continue reading