Friday, July 31, 2015


This past weekend my little family ran away to the beach. It was such a gift to me. A long moment of joy. I had no cares beyond what fun thing we were going to do in the next hour and which treat to buy for dessert. It was marvelous, and I feel like this pictures captured it so well!!

I wish you moments of pure joy and peace in this coming weekend!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Lazy Summer

I realize I haven't post anything in awhile. I'll try to do better but can't promise.

My girly and I have been busy doing a whole lot of nothing. And we're loving it!! Every once in awhile my mommy guilt kicks in and I start to feel guilty that i haven't done more with L this summer. (I've spent a few days on the couch this summer for sure.) But then I remind myself that we are still making some amazing memories just sitting at home whiling away our days doing "a whole lot of nothing". And if we were so busy rushing around to get to one activity or another then we'd be missing the little things. Like the breathtaking view we got one lazy afternoon as we made our way to pick up our csa box for the week. It's the little things that count the most sometimes.

I hope your summer is going great!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Berry Picking

My girly and I decided to go berry picking one day last week. We slathered the spf50 on, threw on my hat, and took off with our buckets to our local Farmers Market.

We ran into a great bit of luck and found some amazing berries in the fields! And somehow we ended up pick nineteen pounds! Yes. You read that right!!

My girly and I spent the afternoon slicing up strawberries. We set some aside to make a pie later this week. Some got sliced up and sugar was added (my girlys favorite way to eat strawberries), more had the tops cut off and were thrown in the freezer for smoothies, and the rest were sliced up and frozen to use with strawberry shortcake sometime in the future. I was pooped by the end of the day, but it was worth it!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Family Fun

 I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend!
 We spent the weekend, camping with family, with no phone service. Perfect!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Color Run

Last year I found out that the 5K Color Run was coming to Hershey. The run promotes health and making fitness fun by "releasing" (read pelting) color at you. By the end of the race you are a virtual rainbow. I wanted to take part so badly. 

Then the fears kicked in. Can I walk the whole thing? Would my asthma give me issues after breathing in the colored powder? If I got the powder in my eyes would it cause issues for my Sjogrens? The worries and what ifs circled in my head. And I let them defeat me. I gave in to my fears and gave up on my "dream".

The day of the race I sat in my defeat and watched all my friends Color Run pictures fly by on Facebook.

This year. This year, I wanted to take part so badly. Then the fears kicked it. 

Until my greatest fan came along to kick those fears in the butt. My husband reminded me about how strong I am. He told me about the woman I am, who is living life with Sjogrens. Who is LIVING and not letting Sjogrens run my life. I heard stories of the times I've set out to do things, thought I would fail, and conquered. My husband who has taught me so much about myself and what I can accomplish gave me the courage to try. 

So, I threw it into the wind and said, "I'll do my best and be happy that I didn't let my fear and Sjogrens win."! 

My mom, aunt, and cousin decided to join me too! I won't lie and tell you it was all a walk in the park. It was hot. And there were some really steep hills. I reached the finish line tired but exhilarated. I made it, gloriously covered in a rainbow of colors and sparkling like a unicorn! Ha! You think I'm joking!

Take that Sjogrens!!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Busy Baby Resting Mommy; Hopping Corn

I cannot remember if I shared this or not, but this is a great experiment to try with your kiddos. I would say the age should determine how in depth you get with the science of it. Even if you don't go too in depth with it, even little ones might enjoy watching the corn dance with "magic".

I found this on Pinterest. You can find the original posting here. does such a great job describing this experiment that I will just tell you to go read their directions.

And have fun with this! It's a great way to entertain your kiddo while resting and conserving your energy!!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Oops I Did it Again

I spent a good part of my Saturday outside this weekend. My Little had a soccer game that ran over and then we spent some time putting together a swing for our back deck. Thanks to that I've officially gotten my oh-yeah-my-medicine-makes-me-burn-like-nobody's-business-and-now-I've-learned-my-lesson-for-the-summer sunburn.

Ordinarily a sun burn can be really annoying to a person. Unfortunately, I get the sunburn with the additional issue of dealing with neuropathic pain that runs along the places that are sun burnt. It feels like I have volts of electricity running under my skin when I have been burnt. Similar to the unpleasant sensation you feel if you would stick your tongue to a nine volt battery.

Needless to say I will be using lotion til fall now.

In the mean time don't mind the smell people, that's just me slathered in aloe!