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An ordinary weekday night


We used to take lots of trips down the street to the river


These days I feel we are so consumed with getting our house back together


I tried to explain to someone the other day about how once you get done with your house there is still a weird time when you are numb and you just don’t want to unpack or think about your house.


That’s kinda where I am right now. I am waiting for it to pass


I know it will. Just giving myself time.


I look at the boxes that I have packed and unpacked 5 times over the last three years and I just can’t do it right now. I will wear the same thing over and over.


And now we round out the end of yet another school year I have been thinking a lot about the days to come.


This Spring was crazy town with my 3 boys and their sports. Especially the older two. It wasn’t all that enjoyable.


I am craving a slower paced life. I hated the non-stop every night we had this Spring.


I can tell you first hand that the years with my kiddos have flown


If I could let my olders graduate from their comfort school I would totally pick up my youngers that love traveling and meeting new people and settle on some east coast beach island.


I think of slower days, that are not consumed by non-stop academics and sports. Especially sports. Because heres the thing- how many people that you know went on to be pro athletes? Yeah not many.


So as I shuffle down the line of 4 kids and realize how much time we spent doing things that really didn’t matter much in the long run… well I am rethinking things for the last two.

Can we all just revisit for a minute what is important?


Because this is time you don’t get back


So I am hear to tell you that it is ok if your kid isn’t playing every sport. Sports are great for teaching them how to be a team player, and of course to exercise their body. But after almost 18 years of being in the throw of it I am ready to back off a bit. It’s ok to have kids with more interests than sports. And at the end of the day it makes for a better paced life.


Bald Head Island

We are headed back there soon and I cannot wait.

It’s so weird to think of it as a place where bootleggers and pirates like Blackbeard used to hang out. My older kids love reading about all that kind of stuff. North Carolina has a history that is pretty cool.

It has been such a crazy spring. I don’t think we have ever been so busy every single night. I have been dreaming about a slower paced life. Wish I could spend the whole summer on the island.

If you have never been there you really need to check it out!

Hannah - And now I want to go on vacation.

Make a wish


Playing around with my macro, even weeds can be pretty!


Shooting with the 100mm takes some getting used to but I love it


My poor Coley man is home with pink eye and missing a field trip to see the Columbus Clippers. He’s pretty bummed. Hudson just ate two loaves of banana bread off the counter. I hope the day turns around pretty quick!


I love the little rain drops


Have a great Tuesday!

Missy - I LOVE these pics!! What great close ups & the detail, great job!

Elizabeths - LOL Hudson!!!!! That is funny. And yes I love these pics too!

Hannah - I hope he is feeling better!

I want to try macro SO badly. You are not helping it with these beautiful pictures!

Prom 2015

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The grandparents were up from Texas for the weekend and got to see Austin off to Prom.


He had a track meet in Hilliard and his race was last. He ran at 4:45 and had to be back Wo-town showered and dressed for pictures by 5:30.

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It was crazy and I was all wet from watching his meet in the pouring rain so I am not in any pictures!

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He made it on time and looked great

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Because it was raining we had to do pictures indoors which was kind of a bummer

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I tried to get a shot of these boys but of course they had to be silly

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Everyone looked so good.

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It’s so hard to wrap my brain around how fast time goes by.


A week and half left of school. Eva only has three more days. Ready to get this summer started!


Hannah - Is it weird that at 43 I am still in love with prom dresses? You could put sparkles on poop and I’d think it was cool. Mama has some glitter issues :)

Boys kill me. Can you imagine running in the rain and then being dressed to kill in a matter of minutes? They just have no idea how good they have it. He looked so handsome.

It was clean

for a few minutes


Saturday we hosted the JV and Varsity lacrosse teams and their parents


And I thought I would grab some pics to remember what it looks like clean:)


This table now has laundry on it….again


6 people go through a lot of clothes!


We hung up some of the pictures we had taken in California by Tara Whitney


I have had those wire string things forever and never put them up- they are from Ikea


Most of the party was outside on the porch and by the firepit


The kitchen island was lined with crockpots- we made a big taco bar, so easy and yummy!


The porch is supposed to get screens soon- can’t wait for that


We are counting down the days until summer around here. Can’t wait!


Adrienne - Share- what is the grey color??

elisa - Oh man I will try to remember. It’s two colors of gray and they are both by Sherwin Williams. I find out and post about it soon.

Hannah - I looks awesome! I love screened in porches. I wish we had added on here. I am SO SO SO ready for school to be over. Sophia gets done a week from tomorrow!!!! Can you tell I am happy about that? Even only being responsible for homeschool 3 days a week is just a lot. The other two days I have to stay in town so I never get time to just clean or grocery shop. I don’t know when Dmitry gets done. He started later and has lost a couple of weeks because I let him work for a friend who has a landscaping business…only he has been working around the clock so no school. He was ahead in most of his classes, but I have to check his attendance and see how many days he has left :( I made him tell his boss that he has to finish school. He supposed to quit soon. That was a long random rant….typical huh?