My husband redesigned my photography website and I’ve decided to add this blog to it instead of having a completely separate blog, so now I’ll be sharing all of my sessions with you here. I’m starting today with my own kids fall session. I took these at Lauritzen Gardens and am so happy with how they turned out. Although I will say that Hudson was so into posing for me this time because that meant he had to stop playing his real life Super Mario game with daddy. Harper however was totally into it.
Loving homeschooling. I’m so happy we chose this path.
Disliking the early darkness, but who doesn’t?
Enjoying all of the time we’ve been spending outside this season.
Feeling grateful for our health and a fairly smooth surgery for Harper last week.
Listening to James Bay.
Watching Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel. I know, but I can’t help myself.
Reading The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton and Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman to the kids for school.
Wearing Friday Flannel Jamberry nail wraps. They are super cute.
Starting my Christmas shopping. I like to pick things up here and there so I’m not buying everything all at once.
Sewing the kids super soft blankets for Christmas. Nothing complicated. Just simple, cozy blankets.
Planning out some holiday crafts that I’d like to have ready before December.
Baking lots of pumpkin goodies. So far donuts, bars, and bread.
Starting to look at houses again. We have totally outgrown ours and I really want a fireplace.
Needing to start meal planning again. I’ve been having a hard time coming up with meals everyday.
Hoping to take the kids to the new Peanuts movie sometime this week.
Taking the kids on an outdoor field trip this afternoon so we can enjoy this mild weather as much as possible before it’s gone.
I finally finished my eleventh book. (I’m so not going to meet my goal of 15…) I read Peace Like A River which has been on my must-read list for a while. I started it months ago, put it down to read a couple other books and just recently picked it back up again.
The book follows the story of an 11-year-old boy named Reuben “Rube” Land as he recounts a period of his childhood during 1962 when his older brother, Davy, flees after being charged with murder. It’s a story of miracles and ordinary everyday magic.
I truly enjoyed this book. The story was engaging and the characters were likable because they were so realistic. They were flawed, but lovable. It was easy to relate to each one of them. I would recommend that everyone read this book. In fact, I already gave it to my mom.
Our weather has been amazing the past two months and we’ve been enjoying as much time outside as possible. We’ve done all the traditional autumn activities that make fall so perfect; apple picking, baking bread, visiting gardens, buying pumpkins and gourds at the farmer’s market, eating (too many) pumpkin donuts, going to the park, visiting the pumpkin patch, playing in the leaves and chasing sunsets.
Figuring out this whole homeschooling thing.
Finding a routine that works that includes lots of outside adventures and play time.
Listening to Apple Music. Lots of Fleetwood Mac, Ray LaMontagne and a little Taylor Swift lately.
Reading tons of information on homeschooling. And I also went back to reading Peace Like A River. I’m going to finish it this time.
Watching the Today Show every morning and lots of Supernatural at night. I’m so ready for The Walking Dead to start on Sunday.
Continuing to pick zinnias from the garden, but everything else is done for the year and ready to be cleaned up.
Eating all the pumpkin donuts. Right now I just want pumpkin everything. But especially the pumpkin donuts from Dunkin Donuts.
Drinking pumpkin spice coffee every morning and the occasional iced pumpkin machiatto from Dunkin Donuts.
Loving all the pumpkins everywhere and the changing, falling leaves. It’s so beautiful.
Feeling excited that my favorite season has arrived and all that is to come in the next two months.
Thinking about attempting a quilt for my mom for Christmas. It would be my biggest sewing project so far.
Going to all the local handmade markets and vintage shops. In search of all the good stuff.
Finishing up my revamped photography website. I love the new look.
Trying new things including Jamberry Nail Wraps, which I am loving. I like them so much I’m seriously considering selling them.
Working on our eat-in kitchen area. It is waiting to be painted and then to have board and batten added. It will look awesome when it’s finished. I’ll definitely post photos.
Planning a fun weekend with family.
Hoping you enjoy your weekend to the fullest.
I’m sorry for the radio silence over here. I have been away from blogging for awhile trying to adjust to our new homeschooling schedule. I honestly thought it would be easier to blog while homeschooling. I was so wrong. I spend so much time working with the kids, coming up with crafts, going on adventures and really just connecting with them more that I run out of time every day. But it’s awesome. I love the freedom that comes with homeschooling. We have spent so much more time outside this fall. And being in nature is a huge part of our lives. It’s something we’ve wanted to incorporate into our children’s lives since the day they were born. We’re all much happier and more content when we can get outdoors.
We are still figuring out some of our curriculum. So we’ve been adding a little at a time and easing into the whole new lifestyle. It’s going really well so far. I can’t complain. Hudson has responded well to the change. He seems much more relaxed. We all are. So far it has exceeded my expectations. I know they’re be a lot of bumps along the way, but I’m certain that we made the right choice.
Full disclosure, I bought this book at the Goodwill based on the cover. That’s right. I totally judged the book by it’s cover. I thought it looked like a light, fun read.
I was right. Looking For Me by Beth Hoffman was my tenth book for the year. After finishing the last two books I was looking for more of a quick, chick lit book. This book was perfect. It’s a story that follows the life of Teddi Overman, an antique restorer and shop owner, after she moves away from her family home in Kentucky for a new start in Charleston, South Carolina. But when her brother goes missing and is never found, she struggles with not having closure. It was a charming story, both funny and a bit of a tearjerker. I really enjoyed it and am taking it to my mom this weekend because I know she’ll enjoy it too. I would recommend it for sure.
Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses by Claire Dederer
It took me way too long to finish this one. I had a hard time getting into it and I have very mixed feelings about this book. It’s a biography about one woman’s experience with Yoga but also her life experiences at the time. In the book she talks about her present life (at the time she started practicing Yoga) and her past life as a child and adolescent.
At first I read everything, but by the time I had reached the half way point in the book I was bored with her childhood stories and didn’t think they were very relevant to the story. Truth be told, I skipped over most of it. I’m not sure I really connected with her as a person outside of the Yoga studio either. We don’t have a lot in common and I thought the stories about her friends were super annoying.
I did enjoy the parts that took place in the studio though. I am very interested in Yoga and practicing on a regular basis someday and it was interesting to read her story starting from the very beginning of her practices. Mainly because everyone can relate to starting something at the very beginning and how intimidating it can be.
I would only recommend this book to someone who is interested in starting Yoga but has no experience with it. It would not be a great recommendation otherwise.