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This and That

It has been a busy week!

Ive had a bit of writers block.
Not sure why… but my mind has been consumed for some reason and any time I sit to write – theres nothing.

So thought id just post a bunch of randomness here today…

First up, check out my cuties doing some Tae Kwon Do recently. They are die hards and do such ah good job. The place we found is so affordable and the Master is very involved with the kids. He also teaches some great life lessons and practical self defense.

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Once you get a good collection of oils going you can begin to make your own blends! I'm making up a batch of immune strength essentially :) - may share some with a friend. It's fun to make... And change it up a bit depending on your needs and personal pre New #essentialoils came today!! New coupon on the blog btw :) link in profile.

I ordered up a few more oils this month. I wanted to add some new ones to my collection for the winter months. With weather changing I know the bugs are going to begin to creep out… I have heard so many people on facebook mention stomach flus… sinus infections… and between them and the EBOLA paranoia, I am all for stocking up on some ways to fight the bugs off. (Not saying EO will cure ebola btw, in case anyone assumes that is what I meant.) I added Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark, Ginger, Red Mandarin. Cedarwood, Eucalyptus citriodora, Love (this is a new fav of mine), Bergamot and Palmarosa. I still want to add a few more to my collection… but bit by bit im gathering quiet a stock up of amazing oils. Cannot speak highly enough on Rocky Mountain Oils! Do check them out if you have not yet… and if you haven’t shopped there yet, use the coupon code “15loveoils” at checkout to save 15% off your ENTIRE order! — ALSO to those curious: My above order was for their 5ml bottles. A lot of people don’t realize you can order a small amt. So if you are like me and on a limited budget. Buy smaller bottles to try more oils and trust me, a little goes a long way! Once you dilute your oils with a carrier oil, these oils will still last you a very long time, even with the 5ml bottle size.

I had a shoot this weekend. With a very loyal client of mine and friend.

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I had to photograph for our church today. Two of my boys tagged along for that adventure. Was actually a lot of fun having them with me. They got spoiled by the workers… who gave them donuts, chocolate and water bottles. One lady even made them cute little angels out of a blanket. Was so sweet.


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This weekend family will be in town… to help baby sit and visit. Travis and I have an art Gala tomorrow for my friend Lindsey’s art show…. and then Saturday I have to shoot at wedding in the Mtns of Georgia! Cannot wait for that, I love shooting weddings.

So between all of that, I will prob be away til next week some time. We also hope to officially celebrate Reed turning 2 with my parents…

Hope you all have a great weekend :)

Biking & Baking

Busy week… so the depth of my post are some more photos biking … I try to walk daily if possible. It is about all I can give right now in the area of physical fitness. As much as id love to get ripped right now and be in super shape, now is not the season. I am just trying to get a few moments of physical activity in each day, even if its just walking. With walking, it is a win win, keeps the kids happy and gives me some sanity too, inbetween worrying about my kids running into cars parked on the road (this happened recently) and them falling. Other than that, its kinda relaxing. I think. Haha….We have a great neighborhood to walk in. Lots of shade. Lots of hills. So it gives you a good workout ;-) – esp pushing a 25+ lb baby in a stroller.

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Reed if you can’t tell, loves walks too.

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The kid’s gloves and attire for this particular bike ride make me smile :)

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Another thing we love to do these days, is to bake. Fall stirs up my love for baking every time!

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Biking with the dudes

Just a few photos from a trip I took with the boys last week biking. This place is beautiful… although a tad bumpy for a new bike rider. Poor Owen fell A LOT haha… and Taite at one point got bit by an unknown bug that we couldnt find, but he had like 3 bites on his shoulder. Still not sure what bit him.

Was nice to get out and let the kids explore…. Below are a few photos from the adventure :)

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Owen way off in the distance.

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Reed’s Wheels.

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We made a pit stop on a bridge.

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Boys had to check out the creek and throw a few rocks.

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& ending note.

Reed gagging on a piece of apple. Taite itching and ripping his shirt off. And lots of dirty feet and tires.

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Life with boys is far from easy or clean haha… thankful for safety and the time I get to spend with them daily. Also can I just tell you, I cannot stand cheap bikes. They do not make bikes well these days. We have so many malfunctions with chains, seats and handle bars, that its pretty ridiculous. We hate to invest a lot into bikes at our boys ages, since they grow so fast… but part of me wants to spend more, so we can avoid the headache of cheap bikes! The Bike Caleb is riding was my brothers. It is over 20 years old and that thing works better than any of the bikes we have purchased for our boys in the last few years. It is a 1980 something Huffy haha… still kickin!

Not Oct Weather :)

IMG_9509Yesterday the boys and I made our way to a local pumpkin farm place. My friend Candra txted me the day before saying they had free admission from 10am-1pm at this place. I dont know about you but we love free things :) – and when you have a family of 6, free is always a blessing. So I decided we’d take the day off from schooling the boys (that is the beauty of home school)… and head on over to this farm.

The farm wasn’t to crowded when we first arrived… however it did quickly fill up and became a bit to crowded for my liking :) – but who can complain when its free, right?

The slide and zip line were a hit as well as the water table duck thing they had set up.

The corn maze tho.

ugh….

DO NOT GO THROUGH A CORN MAZE WITH A 2 year old, in 90 degree heat. Bad bad bad idea haha… unless you have a really nice jogging stroller and can push your baby through the maze. It was def. not something I will ever repeat ;-) – unless its much cooler out….

The boys had fun though for the most part… and we ended our trip with ice cream pops on the way home. Here are a few photos from the adventure…

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Reed and baby Heaven walking together. They are 1 day apart ;-)

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“Mom we’re lost”

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8 years in the making…

We had our family photos taken recently… by my sweet friend Laurie who lives in NC. She was traveling through GA and made a pit stop nearby our home, just for me! I felt so blessed. The pictures came out so so so SO good… I hope to share more of those next week some time. For today though. A little flash back. I had told her I wanted to do this one particular pose… that was honestly a bit OLD SCHOOL… and a bit “not my style” … but it was a photo we had taken when we had first moved to NC back in 2007… I have always loved the photo and wanted to recreate it. So! we did.

Here is the old photo. Taken Nov 2007 – so like 8 years ago? if I am doing my math right.


Its been 5 years?

and… taken last week…

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In 8 years we sure have grown :)

When I look at the above photo of our sweet family of 6… I first off begin to look at my flaws. Not sure I am loving the bangs… Wondering if I look a lot older… and you know, just finding things you find wrong with yourself.

I hate that my flesh goes straight to the flaws I see with my eyes… instead of naturally going to what does matter.

Look at how faithful God has been!

We are all healthy.

We are all safe…. growing and each passing year, blessed beyond measure.

Christ has seen us through 8 moves over the course of our marriage. Within those moves the Lord has blessed us with babies. All of them born in different cities and 3 different states.

God has radically done a work in our marriage.

He has seen us through so much… and in those moments when I begin to doubt His love for us, He lavishes us and blesses us, again and again.

We may not have a bank account with a nest egg… or savings.

We may not have the best clothing or shoes :) – in fact our entire wardrobe above was stuff we already had and made do with… I did go to a thrift store to buy Caleb a shirt and Reed some pants. Spent $4.00.

We don’t drive the most fancy cars… and the cars we do have may very well have over 100,000 miles right now :) – but they work and get us where we need, with AC, no complaints.

So despite my hair not being perfection (oh the woes of bang issues haha). Or my shoe falling off… or whatever small thing I may see that the flesh in me wants to fix. The above photo, is perfection to me, in that we are together… and I am so very thankful for this memory.