Tuesday, January 31, 2017

SUNSHINE IN JANUARY

After church on Sunday, we loaded up and went to the Wilson Farm to shoot skeet. It was kind of an extension of celebrating Papa's birthday. I've never shot skeet before and rarely shoot guns at all, but being outside in the beautiful sunshine was just perfect.
These two have birthdays coming soon--and will be turning 4 and 10. It kills me to think of Anne in double digits for some reason. Time is one of those things that just gets to me--it's like we've blinked and 10 years have passed. I've always been sensitive to time, but having children magnifies it tremendously. It's like this ache in my chest that never really goes away.
It's also one of those things that reminds you to live in the moment and soak up every look and smile. To take the time to look at every single thing they want to show you and listen to the silly stories.
Because the truth is...they really are only little for a moment, and before I know it they won't need me anymore like they need me now.
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

AN AFTERNOON WELL SPENT



One thing I love is a well organized space. Now, I'm not saying that my home and life are always tidy and perfectly put together...but it's always a wonderful feeling when I do get to clean/organize a space. Even if I get to enjoy it for a short amount of time!

This past weekend Anne and I spent a few hours cleaning her closet and going through clothes. When you have a 9 year old that is a pack rat, bedrooms are seriously a nightmare. Any mama's out there with me on that??? I could blame this all on her, but honestly she did not have adequate space for the amount of clothing she had. We went through everything...making stacks to donate, throw away, and what may not fit until next year.

We are very thankful for clothes that are passed down to Anne from friends, but I think you have to have a system in place for managing that. We keep a tub in the top of her closet for clothes that are a little too big or not in the right season.

3 Things that can help your closet feel better

1. I love the shoe organizers that fit behind the closet door. Otherwise, this is a totally wasted space. They are great for shoes, but also for scarves, hair accessories, or any other small items that need a home.

2. Having some type of low shelving is great for a kid's closet too. It helps give extra toys a home that otherwise constantly clutter the floor. It also looks really nice with little attention. I have a thing for baskets...I have a ton and like to use them to store things ...for Anne's closet we needed a little more space for clothes, so we used baskets for dance clothes and underwear and socks.

3. I don't often get to do this with the crazy MS weather, but it really does help if you can change out clothing with the seasons. Even moving coats and jackets to a tub in the off season can help tremendously! As I type this, my closet is not at all seasonal...but it IS on the to do list :)

I also think that to manage a kid's closet, the trick is to stay on top of it. I mean, they grow like weeds so what fits today isn't necessarily going to fit next week! I like to keep a bag or box in the laundry room for clothes that no longer fit as they come out of the dryer...this way they never make it back into the bedroom!

If you have any great closet organizing tricks, I'd love to hear them. Next up is Liam's closet!
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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Smith Mountain Lake, VA

We were really fortunate to have the opportunity to go to Virginia over the holidays. It was probably the most relaxing vacation we have ever taken. Our friends Jim and Mackenzie hooked us up with a beautiful lake house and we basically didn't get out of our comfy clothes for about 4 days...it was a dream!
We have always loved the mountains, but never really been to Virginia. We have mostly spent time in North Carolina and Tennessee, so it was nice to see a new place and add another pin to the map of travels.






 We watched movies, read books, walked down to the lake, canoed, ate soup and sandwiches, and just spent time together. Thankful for the time to rest and recharge! 
And thankful for this girl. She has been a blessing to me and my family since we met her last May! She also has started her own blog here if you're interested!
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Saturday, January 7, 2017

HELLO AGAIN!

Hello folks!

It's been a minute since I've visited this little corner of the internet (a year to be exact.) Life has been a bit crazy and hectic over the past year and unfortunately posting here took the back seat to everything else. I have been saying for the past 2 months that I was going to relaunch this space, and I'm finally getting around to it. Thankful for ice/snow days!

I'll try to catch you up on us briefly.

Michael finally graduated with his Ph. D last month!!! ...After seven very long years of school we have all the heart eyes for that statement! He just started a new job working with NASA and we're so proud of him! It's a bit of a commute, but we are not making any plans to move. We love Laurel and our community here and can't imagine leaving it.

I also started a new job recently as the executive director at our local YWCO. Our Y is in a historic building downtown and I'm looking forward to being there. This is in addition to having my bookstore at Southern Antiques and working with Laurel Main Street--but it's all about the same thing...bringing good things to Laurel!

Anne and Liam are both growing like crazy. I often look at Anne and get a glimpse of what teenage years may look like, but honestly I'm super proud of her and how she always steps in to help when I need her. Liam is always looking for fun. He is all boy and loves cars, transformers, superheroes, and his mama.

I'm really excited to be back blogging. This space always brings me a lot of joy and pushes me to learn new things and be creative. I'm already picking up my camera more and hoping to learn to use Lightroom. We'll see how it goes!

Talk more soon!
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Friday, January 8, 2016

RUN 365

My long time friend Stephanie has always been a huge inspiration to me.  She is one of those people that always appears to have it all together while handling everything with grace and compassion.  She loves the Lord and others so big that it's contagious.  Well, Steph is also a runner.  And in 2015 she ran every.single.day.  I watched through her instagram feed with amazement...and sometimes jealousy.  Well, a few days ago--as her year came to a close--she opened up a facebook group with the invitation to anyone that wanted to join her in 2016.  I immediately felt like it was a personal invitation and struggled with the decision to make this commitment.  I mean, I have never been that dedicated to anything.  The scariest part was the thought of failing.  A few days later I got a text from my friend Hope, "Hey, you want to do the run 365 with Stephanie?"  NO, YES, NO, ....okay I'll do it. I finally just had to commit--and really without over analyzing it too much.
I just finished my 13th run, which is HUGE for me!  
I have never ran this many days in a row. IN MY LIFE!
I'm excited about this challenge, and hope these legs hold up to make it happen!

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