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Dear Sweet October

Breathtaking heartbreaking October, how I love/hate you so. You come in so nonchalantly. I rose to my own yearly challenge of daily posting 31 days in a row and threw in a creative bootcamp on top. creative bootcamp product from Shalavee.com

anniversary flowers on Shalavee.com

Then the family fun began.

in the cornfield on Shalaveecom

mums on Shalavee.com

pretend tractor at Fifer Farms on Shalavee.com

Blades Orchard visit on Shalavee.com

Fiona meets a zebra on Shalavee.com

Fiona's first pony ride on Shalavee.com

We had Family Fall Fun with play places and festivals, a trip to the hospital, a trip to the pumpkin patch, and then Halloween to end it all with a bang. Halloween 2015 on Shalavee.com

Soaking up the air and the sun and the explosion of color and beautiful light before we are herded indoors to huddle around fireplaces and creatively bide our long dark days of Winter. Left only with our photos of our happy light filled days as we consider what else we’ll include next year.

The new living room that we dine in on Shalavee.com

Fiona at breakfast on SHalavee.com

October Dusk on Shalavee.com

In the winter window on Shalavee.com

Napping in my chair on Shalavee.com

Wanna see the whole month of posts? Start here.

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And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

 

Silent Sunday

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playing with blocks on Shalavee.com

Fiona in her bedroom on Shalavee.com

Making breakfast on Shalavee.com

At the playground on Shalavee.com

 

pushing the babydoll in the swing on Shalavee.com

Shalagh and Fiona on Shalavee.com

Caitlin and Fiona on Shalavee.com

Rob and Fiona nextdoor on Shalavee.com

Silent Sunday.

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter orPinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

Summertime Doing

Certain elements feel like Summer. Are almost necessary for Summer to achieve Summer-ness.

Fiona and that face in the hello kitty pool on Shalavee.comon

There’s bubbles, fireflies, sparklers, s’mores, and “swimming”, which just means being in “woger” to Fiona.

ripening tomatoes on Shalavee.com

On the Shore here, Summertime means local food. Crabs, corn, tomatoes, and cantaloupe.

Maryland Blue Crabs on Shalavee.com

And all activities related to obtaining these yummy ingredients.

crabbing on the Eastern Shore on Shalavee.com

We went dip net crabbing once and had a blast.

A day at the blustery beach on Shalavee.com

Visiting the beach can be a challenge with the onslaught of traffic but well worth the effort for a Wednesday outing.

Adam's Market on Shalavee.com

Stopping back by the Adams market on the Delaware line for produce.

shucked corn on Shalavee.com

crabcake and corn salad on Shalavee.com

And then fondling, shucking, and cooking your treasures. Crab cakes, corn salad, and pita chips.

obligatory sunburn on shalavee.comAnd as always, there’s the obligatory sunburn at soccer camp.

Yup, chaos and boredom aside, I think we’re hitting some sweet Summer notes, grabbing great pictures, and actually having fun.

One month left. I think I may need a vacation from this vacation however.

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter or Pinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you tremendously for your visit.

May Making

Officially, I have documented my daily making for six months. You may not remember that I committed to a year of making in the beginning of this year, 2015. And now I’m kinda liking it because it keeps tabs on creative me and acknowledges my efforts and our family life too.

may making collage from Shalavee.com

May making was happening when I joined a few photo and art challenges in May. And then we finally got to hang out with

our new neighbors Steve and Rob and see them open their B & B, Turnbridge Point.

may making collage on Shalavee.com

We spent time together as a family, snuggled and giggled, had friends visit and help me in my garden,

and Eamon celebrated his 10th birthday with a sleepover.

may making on shalavee.comMay found me arting another chair like the one I did last year for the Talbot Humane Society. I had more girl fun with a thrifting lunching trip to Rehoboth with a dear friend, a visit to the Walter’s Art Gallery in Baltimore to meet a new friend , and a Mother’s Day breakfast/playground/thrifting trip to Bridgeville, Delaware.

may making on Shalavee.com

And let’s not forget the cooking and eating! There were roasted beets to ponder and photograph and eat. There was Aunt Emma’s chocolate cake to make for Eamon’s birthday. Smoked salmon and cream cheese with tomatoes, red onions, and capers as a treat instead of the same old waffles and pancakes my kids don’t appreciate. And Eamon made his own peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch a time or two.

Sometimes I’m not the waitress.

We really enjoyed the last weekend of May with a visit from family and friends on Memorial Day and then a family party the following weekend with three special toddler girls all with the last name of Peach. May was thoroughly enjoyed and we set our sights on a June full of making and fun.

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter or Pinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

My Year of Making in February

In the first week of January, following the lead of the incredibly hard-working and inspirational Kim Werker, I declared this my Year Of Making. And I have taken pictures and documented my every day process this year.

The idea was that I prioritize my creativity daily. I felt I’d not been doing this well in the past. And I quickly noticed that I do create daily even if it’s not what you think of as traditional creativity. Like mothering and feeding and writing.

Kim encouraged us to just go ahead and take any lousy picture we had the opportunity to take so we can document our progress. But if you know me, I’m incapable of taking a completely bad picture. Here’s the pictorial proof of my year of making thus far.

2015-02-22

From the top left corner across, cards for faraway friends continue, Coffee date at Rise Up Coffee in Easton, Maryland and the pink curtain rods for Fiona’s room makeover ( reveal soon). Second row from left, My new goals board, sleeping Fiona, and another card for a faraway friend. And the bottom row from the left, one more paper feather card for a faraway friend, the remains of a waffle breakfast, and my Brazilian ham, sweet potato, and black bean soup. If you follow me on Instagram , a few of these pictures will be familiar to you.

There are many benefits to choosing to create a daily practice for yourself. The habit keeps you present and the cumulative effects plus actually seeing yourself show up are all so very worth it. I feel we’re so mindless so much of the time and like I mind so many other people so often. If I’m going to choose to mind, why not also have it be about myself. (Or I could concede to just losing my mind but that doesn’t sound like nearly enough fun.)

Expect more random Year of Making collages.

If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter or Pinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

 

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