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

Primrose & Adalaide

A new burst of creativity has recently hit me! The timing seems almost crazy since I havent had a moment alone to just breath lately… Its the end of school so we have field trips and field days, one kid graduating from Kindergarten, and another from 5th grade… Karate and Band and teething, OH MY! And even tho I see our Summer as being filled to the brim as well, Iv been really trying to dedicate time to myself…

This past 2 weeks I finished up 2 dolls! Thats good for me! haha Im so proud of them, and keeping Teagan from stealing them has been a challenge (her Birthday is in a few weeks so she will be getting another one <3)

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Just Another Beach Day…

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The Paper Kites always plays in my head when Im photographing my kids exploring and running free in nature…. Hence the song at the top <3

This past Friday afternoon our whole family piled in the car and took a trip to the beach… We knew storms were rolling in for the weekend and there is nothing better to me in Florida then a cloud filled sky. Continue reading

Finding Me Once Again….

Its time.

When Astoria was born I told myself I would devote to her a whole year. I would soak up my last baby with every ounce of my being… Feel my heart stretch and spill over.. Allow adjustment to a life with 4 children, and be completely present in all moments. I know it seems weird that I would put a time-limit on this, but for me it was necessary… I didnt want to feel pressure to jump back into my old routine, to keep up with my shop, to photograph strangers. Continue reading