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May I always strive to be grateful – all of this is a gift. all of it. every eensy ounce of this wonderful life.

Thanks for all of the kind peeps who visit this little corner of mine, my little blog space – and, thanks for the facebook love, the sweet emails, the texts, the phone calls, the christmas cards, well, thanks for everything. You make my life brighter.

thanks to dsharp for the inspiration

i love maps…
and look at all the amazing things made with them…

 i love, love, love all kinds map goodness
i like to read them, navigate by them. i always have. just ask brian. he even calls me, megellan.
i have always dreamt of a giant map in our house. although, i admit we don’t have one. i don’t keep many things but i have a stash of maps from national parks, denver, the atlanta olympics, st. simons, disney world, france, paris…just a big stash of maps. all that i have displayed, though, is a globe that we gave brian for father’s day one year and that is it. i hope to have a map put up by the end of the year. i love maps.
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note….they have a great etsy store, too.
 
What are your thoughts on maps? Do you use them in your decorating? Do like more up-to-date, practical maps, or more decorative maps?
 
Here is one last picture of a map:
 

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this photo via design mom and here
 

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We made it! Our second annual Enmark Savannah Bridge Run. I think it is one of my favorite family traditions! I am so thankful for a husband that is willing to push my TWO babies up the hill. WOW! He isn’t even a fitness enthusiast, or a runner. He said he wasn’t even sore the next morning. He always amazes me! :)

Just finished  Gardening Eden. Nice read. It was “right on” in my book. Liked it.
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I just finished reading Graced Based Parenting, Set Your Family Free by Dr. Tim Kimmel; and, it is so fresh on my seller’s bookshelf that the dust hasn’t had time to settle. Browse the shelf and buy the book, here.
 

I love blogging. It delights me to share my thoughts with you, and I am honored that you would spend a small part of your day with me. I enjoy what I do – even though, I don’t get to do it as much as I like, nor am I able to be as transparent as I wish, or as talented as I desire. I appreciate the emails, the comments and you just stopping by. 

Thanks. This picture is from me to you.

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did you realize that halloween is less than one weeks away?
how did that happen?

note to self….
must get a pumpkin….immediately.

managed to get costumes for everyone. little orphan annie theme. went to halloween parties. have aquired small pumpkins from the pumpkin patch. but, we haven’t gotten a full size pumpkin and carved it.  i will get on that.

like this quirky vintage fabric spider
(and everything else) made by ann wood

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honey card

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i love this, honey’s!  i am hoping it is a calling card because i want it. something about it reminds me of the old southern pet sitter logo. and something about it reminds me of those honey bees in our house last year. love it.

even better, 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the march of dimes. the story of this little shop touches my heart.

I never tire of seeing images of her….



i love this fresh, fall-y flower bouquet from small stump

I recently bought a pint of coconut oil in hopes of using it. I know absolutely nothing about using coconut oil. Hellooo girls?? Does anyone use this? I have googled it, looked it up in recipe books and asked everyone I know. Despite my efforts, the fresh canister sits atop the counter unopened. It intimidates me, I guess.

There a million uses for this product. From shampoos, to skin moisturizer, to smoothies, and much more, this item is allegedly versatile. I hear it is a miracle food. I would love to use in my kitchen.

Tonight I have found an easy recipe. I AM going to use this. I promise myself. I am. I am.

With the moderate list of ingredients (three!), I have everything I need. So, with a little luck maybe I can dip the first tablespoon into the container tomorrow and we can all clink our spoons in a toast to healthier eating around here.

Here is the recipe:

QUICK AND TASTY COCONUT SPUDS (POTATOES)

Ingredients:

1 LARGE BAKING POTATO PER PERSON (preferably organic)

1 CLOVE GARLIC PER PERSON (preferably organic)

1 DESSERT SPOON OF ORGANIC VIRGIN COCONUT OIL PER PERSON

Preheat oven to 200oC. Melt the coconut oil in the oven in a large baking dish. Peel and thickly slice the potatoes and the garlic and place them in the dish, making sure they are well covered with the melted coconut oil. Sprinkle to taste with organic sea salt. Check them after 20 minutes and turn. Cook for a further 20 minutes, or until crunchy (and very yummy!)

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Peter. Dear Peter, I must confess. I am the Pumpkin Eater! This beautiful pumpkin cake is impressive on its own, but it actually holds a sweet surprise inside. It reminds me so much of Beatrice’s birthday cake

Think you know what is inside of this one?  Have a guess in mind? Okay, click through and see if you’re right.

Viola!

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It is a  ”glowing” Jack-o-lantern! Amanda is the baking-anista behind this sweet treat. She put together a full photo tutorial for anyone who wants to try.

Find out how to bake/make this this amazingly festive, super creative pumpkin cake at I Am Baker!

*Personal note to my favorite local cake baker — Dear Happy Cakes. I think you need to make these in Statesboro!!

29 Tips and Tricks for Traveling the World with Kids

Great tips found on this site. I hope to do it again with my kids soon!

I’m loving this backdoor wedding. I am totally feeling it. I love the super simple decor of wood poles, strips of fabric and haybales. The outdoorsy-ness reminds me of my wedding day.  I love outdoor nuptials! This is perfect. Go to Green Wedding Shoes to see more.


Photos by Love Me Do Photography via my favorite: Oh Happy Day

Loving this print from Volume Twenty Five, on Etsy via A Room Somewhere.

 
It’s true, sometimes I can hardly sleep thinking about all the beautiful things I see.  Beautiful people. Beautiful blogs. Beautiful relationships. Beautiful conversations.
I feel like my blog has lost it’s luster. Yes, yes. I know it isn’t up to scratch. As I admit this, let me explain: I have been out experiencing absolutely beautiful things – my husband’s beautiful small business, the beautiful  life and wonder of children, the texts and relationships of my beautiful friends, and the happiness of small, simple beautiful life.
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was out running 8.61 miles using Endomondo.

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My new favorite thing: Endomondo. Endomondo is a free way to track your workouts including cycling, running, walking, rowing among a ton of other exercises. So cool.




Hey Lilly!

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Hi, Lilly! Good luck at the Doctor today. We love you. XOXO, Beatrice and Whitaker
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Play Day!!

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Wishing you a happy week…alllll summer long!

Listen to the youtube clip below while you look at this picture.  It’s like medicine in a bottle, sunshine-y bright. The cure-all for any blues. I love it!  

I love our little old house with all of it’s quirky-ness, like the extra-small closets and the hallway-transformed-into-bathroom, but one issue that Brian and I discuss is expansion. Brian dreams of a room for each child along with a larger Master Bedroom, Master bath, and additional bathroom for the children. When I stress about space I should remember to put it in perspective. After all, some children live in closets…rather cute closets, rather appropriate and much fun closets. And, they lived in closets as a baby.  This is not a new arrangement for these children.

It is all about perspective. Maybe I should think outside the box as we near the time when Whitaker ascends his parents room.

Beatrice waits patiently to dye her first eggs as Papa looks on

Mommy tells Beatrice exactly how it is done

Emily finds an egg. Score!

Whitaker shoveling  his food

Kelly reaching for another cup of dye

Happy Belated Easter! I have been terrible about posting pictures and generally blogging all together. It seems with two children, a husband, a dog, a backyard, good weather, and a busy house I don’t have as much time to chronicle our goings-on. I guess, you can blog it or live it. Right now, I am living it!

Exicted by my find, I found these pictures of our afternoon in Denmark on Megan’s blog.  Thank you, Megan!

I am pretty fascinated by this article : the largest beaver dam in Northern Alberta – so large that it can be seen from space. Approx. 2,800 feet, it’s estimated that its construction began in the 70’s. I had no idea.

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To do [022/365] by ::matthias.

Today I love: Laurel’s To Do List before she is thirty. Although beyond thirty, I can easily adapt her list to my “want-to-dos”.

Thanks, Laurel. I love the list and as always, your blog!

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The Air Pogo Swing is highly recommended by Beatrice. She doesn’t have one. Her friends do. And, she talks about it regularly. She loves it!

Whitaker is standing straight up from a sit. I love it. It first began as he would stand to throw balls – any balls, tiny balls, soccor balls, mini basketballs. He loves balls! Today in Kindermusik he took a side step. It was the first time I have seen him do this. My heart melted with excitement when I caught him starting to walk.

I like this Storybook Puzzle Block idea. Blocks and books are popular around our house so maybe one day I will do this.

Isn’t it a blessing to have people in your life that can make you go from this

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to this?

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 Einstein the horse was born a few weeks ago – 6 pounds and only 14 inches tall. So cute. Would a squirrel ride English or Western saddle, or ride bareback? Video here.

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Happy Weekend.


Girlfriends

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This picture of Anabelle, Sweeden and Beatrice from a recent Mill Creek Play Date reminds me of a poster that used to hang in my sister’s room:

All I Need to Know in Life I learned from My Girlfriends
  • Good times are even better when they’re shared.
  • A long talk can cure almost anything.
  • Everyone needs someone with whom to share their secrets.
  • Listening is just as important as talking.
  • An understanding friend is better than a therapist and cheaper too!
  • Laughter makes the world a happier place.
  • Friends are like wine; they get better with age.
  • Sometimes you just need a shoulder to cry on.
  • Great minds think alike, especially when they are female!
  • When it comes to “bonding”, females do it better.
  • You are never too old for a slumber party!
  • Girls just want to have fun.
  • It’s important to make time to do “girl things”.
  • Calories don’t count when you are having lunch (or any other food) with your girlfriends.
  • Gems may be precious, but friendship is priceless!

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Sara from Live Wildly, Walk Slowly is celebrating the blog’s fourth birthday (Whew. Hew!) with a giveaway of a book called “Not So Fast: Slow Down Solutions for Frenzied Families” that talks about “over scheduling”of our families and our children. Ann Kroeker explores this topic while offering practical wisdom on how to slow down your life so that you have more time for family.

This book sounds great. I would really like to win!

I admit that  Jennifer’s room in the sorority house always looked artistic, funky, cool, and cute. WAAAAY better than mine. Little did I know she would one day make the cover of a national magazine. It looks like I should have been taking pointers from this Augusta girl during pledge meetings or during those late night conversations in the house!

I checked out her website. So mature. So elegent. The headline on the cover says it all.  

I love it! Jen, I am so proud of you!!

This  video is beautiful. I love it.  If I could post vimeo on wordpress then I would; however, I can not get the screen to come up so you will have to click the link to Danille’s Blog.

Danielle, if this is your first attempt at video, I am eager to see what experience does. This little untitled number captures love, family, and emotion so well that it brought tears to my eyes. It is beautiful.

Hugs and Kudos to you!

I hope you fill every session in Northern Virginia, Savannah, Charleston and Columbia.

P.S. I still can’t thank you enough for visiting us last Mother’s Day.

My Baby Blue by Dave Matthews Band

Lyrics, here.

Shorpy shot (via aroomsomewhere)

Oh I love the South. If you’ve never been here, you need to come. We have old, romantic trees like no one else.

August 1940. “Natchez, Mississippi.” Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott.

I found the article:  How I am Preparing To Get Alzheimer’s Disease emotional and realisitic. In fact, the father she describes reminds me of my own. More, her situation reminds me of my own.

Brian and I have been trying to go to the Kentucky Derby since before we got married. But, it simply has not worked out. We are determined to make it…one of these years. Until then, we will have to try Cousin Daniel’s Mint Julip recipe . The fact that Daniel is in such a contest makes me proud. I love my family. Congratulations, Daniel.

Brian and I are happy to taste test until you score the winning formula.

A soft surrender via beachbungalow8
off to slumber tonight to celebrate my husband’s return from his man-vaca; and, to get ready for my week.
I hope you all have big plans or no plans at all, but that those plans involved laughing, smiling, joking, fun and a few relaxing moments of sweet silence.
Happy Week.

I don’t think I have ever decided if I believe in Astrology. But, this. is. my. child. The description of the Aries child fits Whitaker to a tee. I love my little competitive, head injury prone Aries Baby so much.

Brad Tygart with Defining Motion finished the “fun” video for my favorite Statesboro Electrician. I love it. I laugh and smile every single time that I see it…especially Rod’s part. I helped, barely, but I helped behind the scenes. Well, I was there. I was there with Whitaker and Beatrice. Ahhh, not very much assistance, really. Anyway, it was amaza-heart-warming to see all these people support Brian. It made my heart sing that day…and, every time that I see it.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you everybody – especially Brad, the people who came by, texted, emailed, facebooked, called, sent written testimonials. Thank you every-single-body!!!

Good job, Brad. Good job, Brian. You guys are a duo!

Let me know what you think about it.

The growth of Walmart – it’s like a virus. This animated map is fascinating. {you can zoom in too.} I would be interested to see it’s growth in Canada and Mexico. Check it here at Flowing Data. Animated map of Target’s growth up to 2008 here.

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Love this new print from TypeTypeType. Makes me want to go conquer something.

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Recycled T-Shirt Rug in Avocado Green
We have TShirt Rugs like this one from Talking Squid in our kitchen. I got them when we moved in, which is about three years ago. I love those things. They are probably the ugliest things in the world. I don’t think Brian likes them too much. But, they make me smile. They are so fun and fThey look terrible now. I need new ones. I found this one on ETSY; but, I am nervous about buying it and it being the wrong color. I wish I could find one that I can go see. Any ideas? Are these really out of style?

You know, we don’t take any of this material stuff with us when we go. I think about this from time to time; and, remind myself of it regularly. This is how I try to live my life – modestly, simply, honestly. Yet, rich with love, life, and relationships. I try not to get vested, interested, and in love with clothes, cars, and pricey things. Even though, I think I often do find too much joy in it.  I try to focus on my friends, family, and maker. Matthew reminds me that where your treasure is, your heart is also. In the end, we are not defined by the stuff in our houses, the car in our driveway, nor by what we have in our wallets and on our bank accounts. We are defined by our hearts. I don’t want my heart to reveal anything tangible. Conversely, I want it to be full of love for others, for my family, my friends, my pets, my fellow earth animal and human habitants. When I go home. That is how I want to go. I have to remind myself of this at times. But, this is how I want my bags packed when I head to the next stop in this journey.

happy easter…


wishing you a lovely weekend

fun bunny brooch found via bluemoss

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I think this picture goes nicely with the post about Stand By Me by Ben E. King

Literally and figuritively it illustrates the song (to me). Hmm…maybe I will add it to the bottem of the post or at least link it.

The Colorful Sign by you.
We went to Athens to the Gamma Phi Beta 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt this weekend. It was SO much fun to be back at the house…so many fun times there in that old house.
The energy is still there. It was amazing to share it with my family!
 
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There were games
Lots of Easter Eggs.
Again, lots of smiling and lots of Easter Eggs.
 
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The Easter Bunny!
“He id so niiice,” Beatrice kept telling us.
There were a whole lot of alumni.
Lots of clapping from my new clapping-man.
Lots of smiles from Mommy.
And, a  peek-a-boo-oopsy’s from sweet little, competitive determined to get every egg ever,  B.
 
And finally, there were sleeping babies!

I heard Ben E. King’s Stand By Me today on the radio. I could see Dad singing this song. He loved it. He would get really into it by closing his eyes. This song is sooo Daddy. Ahhhh, brings tears and smiles all at the same time.

I was singing along actually beginning to get teary when, ironically, I passed by one of the establishments that my sister and I toured in consideration of his move from therapy to a nursing home.

It was an atrocious place that did not pass our standards for relocation. Pitiful place.  

The sight of it made me smile, happily.  I was beholden with peace. Relief. Gratitude.  Ben E. King kept singing.   I am so happy that Dad skipped that place on his trip to heaven. And, so thankful that I heard this song today.

Here are the lyrics to Stand By Me by Ben E. King:

When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we’ll see
No I won’t be afraid, no I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

And darlin’, darlin’, stand by me, oh now now stand by me
Stand by me, stand by me

If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
And the mountains should crumble to the sea
I won’t cry, I won’t cry, no I won’t shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

And darlin’, darlin’, stand by me, oh stand by me
Stand by me, stand by me, stand by me-e, yeah

Whenever you’re in trouble won’t you stand by me, oh now now stand by me
Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me

Darlin’, darlin’, stand by me-e, stand by me
Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me




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Ducks in a Row left a message about Beatrice’s Rainbow Cake (Of course, I referred her to Stephanie); but, I visited her photos and I saw this. I love it. So cute.

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Plastic Forever in its eleventh year, is an ongoing project by Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang. Calling attention to the health of the oceans around the world,  plastic debris collected from a spot in the Point Reyes National Seashore is cleaned, sorted and photographed – tragic beauty. Prints here. Found via.

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Whitaker learned how to wave last week. His first wave was to his Tana (Mom) as she was leaving our house last week. Since then, he waves all the time. And, he is so proud. And, so am I. And, so is Brian. And, and, and…it is so exciting!

Guess What? Be Different…Act Normal featured Beatrice’s Over the Rainbow Party on her blog. Yes. My heart is smiling. It is grinning from ear to ear, in fact.  I love the Off To See The Wizard post  she created. She included one of Lauren’s pictures of the Green Melting Witch Punch and a picture of Amanda’s Yellow Brick Rice Krispy Treats. I love it. Thanks!

I stumbled upon this pizza at Be Different…Act Normal made from Rice Krispies, jam, frosting, fruit rollups (and even seen some with green sprinkles to look like herbs). It reminds me of my sweet baby sister.

She made these Yellow Brick Road Rice Krispy Treats for Beatrice’s Wizard of Oz Birthday Party

 

I think these special treats are so creative.  I didn’t know Rice Krispy Treats are so versatile. Who knew?

Boo *aka my sister*, I think you should consider becoming a Rice Krispy Treatanista. I can see you in one of those cute ETSY aprons and the Athropologie measuring spoons you like. You would make the cutest Rice Krispy Treatanista ever.

 Snap. Crackle. Pop. BOO!

 You can get the recipe for the Rice Krispy Pizza HERE.

love love love this. thanks, leslie, for posting it.  

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Today I Love this portrait  from DanaGils.  It is of a great dog I know: Bella. Stephanie, you must hang this over your mantel? I bet Bella loves it as much as I do!

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