To Each, Their Own

A few scenes from a typical summer afternoon in the backyard. One, content, for days, in his shed. Ever wonder how a mower works?  This kid can tell you. Meanwhile, down in his Treehouse... This one is lost in a little magic of his own. Twins, these two.  But each their own man. … [Read more...]

Let’s Go Fly A Kite

We've had this kite hanging in our garage for awhile now.   But we finally found a day to give the thing a proper taste of freedom.  After a morning dedicated to coloring it just like the real Spidey, Dad and the boys (and mom and her camera) took it down to the park and some wide open space to fly it high in the sky.  What a perfect way to say goodbye to summer... You can find one of our kite flyin' pictures over on the Daddy Doin' Work instagram feed today.  Daddy Doin' Work is … [Read more...]

Boys of Summer

"You did not hear them coming.  You hardly heard them go. The grass bent down, sprang up again.  They passed like cloud shadows downhill... The boys of summer, running." - Ray Bradbury I'm reading savoring a bit of Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine this summer for the first time in a long time.  I'm not quite sure when I first happened upon the book.  I loved Bradbury's Sci-Fi stuff in high school.  He was one of the few authors I would read for pleasure in those days.  I probably picked … [Read more...]

Weekend Adventure

I think we've discovered the key to vacationing with 4-year-olds. It involves a fort. Some post-hike lounging. And a baseball. Oh, and of course a campfire. Simple enough. But simple enough to wear them plum out. Also, calling it a wrap after 24 hours to come home for a good 3 hour nap.  ;) And so now we're home and already ready (already) for another mini getaway...and soon!   … [Read more...]

Front Yard Storytime

We took advantage of some fresh, spring air this afternoon with a little storytime in the front yard. With an occasional assist from the lady behind the lens, Thing Two led us through a classic tale of Lightnin' McQueen and Friends. And because I don't have the heart to explain that finger to a four-year-old, for now it is suitable pointer.  ;) Lawn stories are the best stories. Especially in the company of your best bro and the green, green grass. … [Read more...]

When Working from Home…

There are definitely many pros to working from home.  I can set my own schedule.  My commute is great.  And, don't tell, but I sometimes (okay or most of the time) can get away with working in my yoga pants.  Bonus. However, there are also some challenges with a home office.  For one, interruptions - even the welcome kind - are frequent.  For example, say you are working on a styled product shoot for the upcoming Mother's Day Holiday, thinking you can get it done "real quick" while the … [Read more...]

Let ’em Soar

After a weekend visit to the Air Zoo in Michigan with Nana and a favorite Auntie, it was time to try their little hands at flight. Ready, Mom? If you look closely you can see the sunset in his eyes there...and mom.  I'm there too.  We have lift off! Brother's turn. Ready, set? Let 'er fly, boys.  Let 'er fly. Thankful for their memories of this weekend with Nana, and for mine. … [Read more...]

Two Years through My Lens

A lot can change in two years. From the budding of communication with its grunts and points and attempts and words, to the full blossoming of conversation. From the unsteady toddling of little feet, to the sure-footed exploring of little boys. From "Mama" to "Mommy" to "Mom." From "Up?  Up?" to "I did it, Mom, look!" But, thankfully, in two years, some things stay the same. July 2012   And...July 2014. The July 2012 image of … [Read more...]

Millennial Dad – Honoring Dad with the CaringBridge #theother364 Campaign

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for CaringBridge. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Not too long ago, I shared a little bit about how while my husband is great on the other 364 days of the year, Mother's Day has not always been his forte.  Well, I have since learned that the secret to a lovely Mother's Day is first, changing one's perspective and second, writing about how you don't really expect breakfast in bed. … [Read more...]

To Mother

{Mother, Verb – To Mother – To watch over, to nourish, to protect maternally.} To mother is to worry, to correct, to encourage.  To mother is to rise with the sun or the first coo or cry of the morning.  To mother is to fumble along with tired eyes going through the motions of toasting the waffles and pouring the milk and measuring the coffee. To mother is to grow accustomed to a luke-warm cup. To mother is to hustle little feet along so as to get them to the church on time.  To mother … [Read more...]