Thursday, December 01, 2016

Thanksgiving Weekend

We were very busy over the weekend. John's family was with us on Thanksgiving day. 

On Black Friday, I shopped with my sisters and the girls shopped with their cousin. After shopping, we met for lunch and then we all gathered at my sister's house for dinner later. We took that opportunity to get a few photos of the cousins with their grandpa and some miscellaneous pictures with Fynley!

It was a fun time. We also began decorating for Christmas and we went to John's sister's house for dinner with a ton of people on Saturday night. We finished off the weekend at the neighbor's for a fun chili cook off party. The weekend was busy and filled with food and lots of fun!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


It was a fun and food-filled Thanksgiving. This year was spent at our home with John's family.  So many things to be thankful for---family, health, happiness, and Fynley.

Photos by Shelly.

Britt, Sofia, and Erik


Dining Room table

John watching football

Kaden hanging out

Living room table set up

A view of both tables

The turkey

iPhone photos of the girls and the little turkey on Thanksgiving day---

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


This piece of art makes me so happy. My sister-in-law put together a photograph of the old WRV (located on Norfolk Avenue) and a salvaged window frame to create this amazing piece of artwork. I can't get over how much I love it. 

It reminds me of my teenage years when I would go with my mom on Sundays to WRV to shop. At that time, blue laws were in effect and that meant that stores were closed on Sundays. But, we lived in a resort city, so the tourist and surf shops were allowed to stay open. And, that's exactly where we would go. I have so many fond memories of those Sundays with my mom and this photo, happily, reminds me of them.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Dog Walk

Fynley loves a good walk and in the evening it is fun to go together and take her for a little stroll through our neighborhood and over to Shelly's school.

Recently, the light was so pretty on one particular walk and I had to snap a few photos.

Friday, November 18, 2016


Last week was voting day. It was a controversial voting season. The Republican and Democratic candidates were Trump and Clinton and they had such polarizing effects on the country. I spent some time mulling over the choices and after further research, I stumbled upon Johnson, a Libertarian, who shared many of the same beliefs that I did. So, I got out there and placed my vote for him. As I walked away from the polls, I felt good about making a choice that aligned with my true feelings for our country.

Our new light box message board encouraging everyone to vote.

Proudly displaying my "I Voted" sticker

In the end, Trump won the election. And, now, we prepare for him to take office and lead us in a positive direction. I will support him and pray that his decisions will be good for our nation.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Around the House

Here are a few items from around the house that I wanted to share.

Oh, she's around the house! Cute little Fynley!

This fan on our porch helped to make the hot summer days a little more bearable.

I found this pillow cover at Hobby Lobby and I can't believe how much it looks like Fynley (if she was wearing a pair of glasses).

I searched high and low for just the right chalkboard to go in this spot. For months, I looked at TJ Maxx, Marshall's, Target, and every place in between to find a chalkboard I loved. After telling my sister, the expert shopper, she found this perfect chalkboard for me at Ross. And, the added bonus, it was only $20!!!!
While searching for the chalkboard, I came across two of these lanterns for the porch. They were only $9.99 and that made me very happy. They also included a flameless candle that has a built in timer!

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Halloween Fun

Shelly decided she wanted to be an ice cream cone for Halloween. So, I got to work putting together a costume for her. 

It included a tan skirt from Forever 21, a white t-shirt cut to represent dripping ice cream with felt sprinkles added, and a headband with a red styrofoam ball and a red pipe cleaner for the cherry on top. It was an easy and cute costume for a middle schooler. 

An ice cream cone

Lily's face = she should have dressed up as a character from Hamilton! 

She had fun trick or treating in a new neighborhood with new friends. Lily went with us while John stayed home and gave out candy. 

Friends trick or treating

Lily accompanied us

We also dressed Fynley in a fun set of black wings. Her coloring made her the perfect little bat. 


It was a successful Halloween.