Around Here

For the most part, I completely unplugged this past week and just enjoyed being a momma.  It was pretty awesome and I will definitely be making some changes to my "online" presence over the next few weeks.  Don't get me wrong....I love social media and consider myself an "instagram-aholic".  I love the online friends I have met and the little glimpses of their lives I get through Instagram and their blogs.  But I kind like just hanging out better.  Being with family.  Being with friends.  Just being.  Life is busy enough as it is and to add in more stressors with social media just makes everything one big cluster.  And I'm sure I'm in the minority here, but I do love blogging.  I love this blog.  I love that it's all mine and I especially love that I don't have a running list of people who "liked" my post.  Comments are pretty few here, as it seems they are on most small blogs, and I'm okay with that.  I love the readers who do take the time to leave me a small note, and I'm making it a goal to leave more notes here and there on the inter-web.

I'll continue to post my design team projects and other fun crafty adventures here on this blog, but I plan on adding in more "real life" stuff.  I want to add more of "me" and my personality.  I want to break out of my shell and share more of our life, my feelings and our everyday adventures.  Photography has always been a passion and picking up my camera has never felt so good.  So, with that...here's what we have been up to this week!

Thank you so much to those who take the time to read my little blog.  Lots of hugs and kisses to you!!  Happy weekend!  I hope it's full of hugs and happiness!!


Little Talks

YOU: You started preschool last week and are slowly adjusting.  You cling to my leg every single time I drop you off, but never cry.  You love being at home and always want to play for "just a few more minutes".  You are obsessed with the words poop, bottom and butt and have frequently found yourself in a time out for saying them repeatedly.  You love fiercely and give the best kisses.   You tell us all you love us at least a zillion times each day.  You love dinosaurs, eggos and legos.  You are awesome and I love you so very much....and yes...I even love your butt. 

ME: I'm struggling to find my "purpose" while you kiddos are in school.  I'm filling my days with exercise, books, lunch duty and Pinterest perusing.  But I miss you all more than you know.  I struggle with wanting to be "the best" mom to you both, whatever that means... and hope that I'm doing an okay job. I'm dreaming of school track out, fall, changing leaves, cooler weather and yummy pumpkin spice lattes. 

Little Talks is a new series I am introducing here on my blog.  I have a strong desire to tell more stories and to write more letters to my children.  I document our happenings and memories, but often find that I leave out "the heartfelt" stories in the rush.  Little Talks will share the "here and now" of my children, as well as myself. 


The Right Now

A little glimpse of our life right now.  We are busy....and in the thick of it all.  Life is crazy, but awesome.  I'm loving the time I get to spend with Drew when Anna is in school, and I'm so looking forward to Anna's school track out (which is for an awesome three weeks)!  I've missed her way more than I thought possible and I can't wait for some good girl time, shopping and manicures.  They keep me busy...that's for sure.  It's a good busy and being their momma is still the best job ever created.

Photographing our everyday will always be one of my very favorite things to do, and honestly...I haven't been the best about capturing the ins and outs this year.  I'm so thankful for my 12 on the Twelfth series, even though it often feels like a lot of work and concentration.  I love having random little bits of our day captured.  I love photographing the small stuff, the toys, the messes, the hugs and the tears.  It's "us" and it's our story.  It's what matters most.  These photographs are moments frozen in time....they are frozen in a time where everything seems to move and change so quickly.  While I can't seem to make time stop, I can do my best to enjoy every single minute.  

And just so you know...I'm planning on taking a little bloggie (and Instagram) break over the next few weeks, but will pop in with some DT assignments here and there.  I really want to focus on my sweet babies, cooking, reading, a beach vacation and the lovely Fall weather.  Sometimes it's hard to squeeze it all in (as I'm sure most of you know)!!  I'll be around, though, and will be back soon!

Happy Monday!


12 on the Twelfth: September Pictures

Oh where is this year going?  I can't believe it's already the middle of September.  This month has been jam-packed, but I was actually really looking forward to documenting our day this month.  So much has changed just since August, so it was nice to get a look at our "right now".  I spent a while looking back through our photos from this project (all the way back to January) and I am just so grateful for this project.  I love the moments that were captured and I love looking at how our days have changed.

Here is a look at our September day:

If you played along, I'd love for you to link up your day in the comments below!!
Happy Saturday!


Glitz Design: Sparkle

Hey there!  Happy Friday!!  How is this week already over???
I'm up on the Glitz blog today with a layout that sparkles and shines!!  Click on over to read more about how my page came together!!