Every once in a while, I borrow my friend Lauren’s five things format to catch up with you and myself.

#Payitforward15 from Shalavee.com

When I find I’m in a lonely woeful rut, I prescribe myself more creativity and community. Making and chatting makes everything a little more shiny and hopeful. And that’s exactly what I needed a good dose of after my rough start for Summer.

I happened on a Pay It Forward 2015 Project on Instagram and was folded into their generosity receiving a gift at the beginning of this week. So I am then turning around and sending five back out. Cause that is spreading the love to the world in a small, creative, and generous way. Love it.

I gathered my brains back up off the ground from the Summer’s Stutter Start and made a few adjustments to my thoughts and attitudes and did a round-up at the therapy appointment. Takeaways include my need to be my friend more than my parent. And I questioned how can I punish myself for not doing those things I have yet to even define?

Sunset on the dock at The Bridges Restaurant on Shalavee.com


Me and Pegeen at the Bridges Restaurant on Shalavee.com
Sunset on the dock on Shalavee.com
  • I got to spend a dockside sunset watching evening last Friday with an old friend who moved a half hour away. And had lunch with another dear gal friend today. Be a friend and you’ll have one.
Daddy and Fiona at Jimmys on Shalavee.com
Fiona at the Bridgeville playground on Shalavee.com
  • We play-grounded and spent family time in our backyard enjoying the beautiful weather this weekend and week beginning. And, being a good friend to me, I finally went back and watched the final episode of the 3rd season of the Walking Dead and the first episode of the 4th season. Ah I have missed everyone. But mostly myself.
Eamon and Fiona at Jimmys on Shalavee.com
Mark and Eamon playing guitar on Shalavee.com
  • My precocious children are well and thriving this week. Eamon wanted to mess around on the guitar and is now practicing the Star Wars theme on the piano after we watched the 229th Maryland National Guard Army Band play this and many other marvelous theme songs on the Courthouse Green. Sue and fiona on the Green on Shalavee.com

Fiona worked the laps in the crowd. This is the same two-year old who’s moving into ten word sentences and beginning to say the “I DO IT” phrase. Sigh. I’m thinking big girl bed and potty training are sooner than later.

Today we’re off to the beach for the first time this year so expect cute Fiona beach pictures!

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  1. Have fun at the beach. We’re going to the lake on Friday! Yay. It’s about time. You look great, Shalagh, and everyone looks so happy! I hope you have a great summer.

    1. We did have fun Amy. Check my FB page for picture of fun being had. And yes, now we’ve decided it’s not that big of a deal if it’s a Wednesday at this specific beach. Did I include a picture of me? Oh the selfie with my friend. Thanks. I am excited to actually be wearing my own clothing this Summer. Maybe next Summer I’ll need a whole new wardrobe and bathing suit. I hope you have one too Amy.

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