Category Archives: Life

Webby time of year

And just like that, webs appear EVERYWHERE.


Occasionally, you have the opportunity to see what they are used for.




My husband and I often go for walks in the woods, where you can hear us each exclaim every few feet “Ack. I walked into another web!“.

At least we know they work.

What are YOU seeing today?

Day off

Yesterday, I gave myself permission for something that I do not do often. I allowed myself a day off from blogging.


For a few years now, I have made it a goal to post every single day. And up until now I have been successful. But I had a realization yesterday. Our lives are changing and our girls are growing and everyday is filled with new challenges. Busy has taken on new meaning. And while normally I can take time out to write here in this space, yesterday I knew it would cost me my sanity, and I skipped it.


Falafel has had some minor health challenges lately, one being dehydration (STILL). She is now required to intake 96 oz of liquid a day, and if you saw our girl that is only 46 inches tall, you would be wondering, like we are, how on earth that is possible?? Nevertheless, we have made a chart and she is a few days into it and is doing it. She is so responsive to this method of tracking what she drinks! She checks off 12 glasses during the day, and when she is done she can put a special sticker on that row. It works like a charm. I am hoping she can finally get the hydration her body so desperately needs.


I also have been having issues. One in particular, actually. I have been carrying around this extreme pain in my shoulder for about a month now, and decided that this was the week to address it. I had a few dislocated ribs that were contributing to it, and they have been properly returned to their respective positions. OUCH.

To further add to the mayhem, we had parent night yesterday. I was upset because both parent nights for both kids were on the same night….

Or so I thought.

After picking children up, making food, and taking Falafel to the doctor, I ran home and Jim and I got all ready and rushed out the door to make The Bee’s High school Parent night. I printed out the schedule, had my questions ready, and even put on some lipstick. I was ready to go to High school.

We find parking and walk all the way to the building it was going to be held at.



We walk around for a few minutes thinking we got the place wrong, and then I called The Bee so she could check the website for me. She informed us that it is indeed NEXT WEEK, and politely asked if she could laugh at me now. My husband turned to me and said “Let’s never speak of this again”.

Sheesh. We quickly walk to the car and get back in time to make the OTHER parent night at Falafel’s school.


I have so many balls in the air right now that there are some that are bound to drop every once in a while. So I gave myself that little leniency to take some time to regroup yesterday.

I am glad to be back, although I cannot promise that I will be consistent, because after all, I am human. And I am finally at a place where I can admit that.

What is going on in your world?

And then we went to the Hoh

After our amazing experience at Ruby beach, we decided to show our girls the Hoh Rainforest.


It is full of beauty…and moss, and well, beautiful moss.


And incredible webs.



At one point, I asked the girls what they saw. Falafel looked around and said “Nothing special. It looks exactly like home”.


Well, I guess she has a point. It does look exactly like where we live. Only, we traveled 4 hours to get there. *sigh*


I still think it is lovely.



The Bee was less than thrilled on this trip. You can see the look of “I am humoring you” on her face.






There were moments of joy for our teen.


We walked through to the Hoh river, and it was certainly different from where we live, and incredible to be near.






Overall, it was a trip full of adventure, family-time, and beauty…whether they wanted it or not.

What beauty have you seen today?

Wordless Wednesday: Something for me

::Wordless{ish} Wednesday is when I share a wordless image (or at least I try to make it wordless) with you, and now you can link up your image too! Click on the link below to show off your photo this week::


I sewed up another LBD for myself. This time I used a new pattern (to me) Carrollton Avenue Dress

by Seamingly Smitten. It makes me feel like a movie star.

Now it is YOUR turn! What has inspired you this week?

Ruby Beach

If you read yesterday’s post, then you know that before school began, we traveled out to the Pacific Coast and camped (read here).


The next morning, we woke up at 6:30am, freezing, so we jumped up and packed all our gear in record time. Jim had read on the reader board the night before that there was going to be a Ranger-led hike down to Ruby beach to look at the tide pools. *warning: photo-heavy post!


We drove down the road a few minutes and actually made the talk at 7:30am.


The sun was rising as we walked onto the beach, through the trees.


It was breathtaking.


When we finally pulled our eyes away from that rising orb, we saw that we were standing on beautiful smooth round stones. The Ranger explained to us that they were once, actually, the top of Mount Olympus.


Apparently, the tide going out so far is a rare occurrence. Only about once a month. We were so lucky to get to see all that we did.


There were amazingly beautiful things everywhere we turned.


















Come back tomorrow for Wordless Wednesday….and then I will show you where our trip took us next, on Thursday.

Camping at the Coast

I have been waiting until we were back in the swing of things at school to share our only camping trip this year with you.

We all got in the car and drove about 4 hours to the Pacific coast. The girls have never seen the Pacific Ocean, and we wanted take them there before they are completely grown.

Nevertheless, The Bee (who will be 15 this year) was less than thrilled to be (and I quote) “stuck in the car for 4 hours only to go camping” with us.

And to make things more interesting, when we got to the campsite we were planning on, it was full.

The lovely Rangers directed us to another spot down the road a few miles, and we found a place to pitch our tent there.


It was not very private, and almost all full, but it was just a few steps away from the ocean! Consequently, we were all completely soaked from the constant spray all night (and so was our tent). It also dropped down to 40 degrees or so (we could see our breath) at night and early in the morning. This really shouldn’t surprise us after all the camping we have done out here, but every time it does. No one ever dresses warm enough, and we only have ONE sleeping bag that is ultra warm.


The fog was so thick it was like looking through milk.


This beach was just feet from our tent, though.







The one person who had the most fun, was our Falafel. She was super excited to just be there.

Come back tomorrow for what we did the next morning!

First Day of School

Well, we are back-to-school!

This year we have a


 AND she just lost her front tooth. Just in time for school!

And we have a


Wha?? Yup. High school.


Oh these two. I am impressed that they were this silly at 6 something in the morning.


The first day went well for both of them. Whew.


Oh my how time has flown.

To mark this year, I asked them a few questions:

What is your favorite book:

Falafel- The Hobbit

The Bee- Along for the Ride

What is your favorite movie:

Falafel- Pete’s Dragon

The Bee- Easter Parade

What is your favorite food:

Falafel- GF chicken nuggets

The Bee- classic hamburger and fries

What is your favorite color:

Falafel- purple

The Bee- rainbow falafelCollage

Kindergarten :: First grade ::  Second Grade


Sixth :: Seventh :: Eighth

Do you have any back-to-school traditions?

Wordless{ish} Wednesday: First day back

::Wordless{ish} Wednesday is when I share a wordless image (or at least I try to make it wordless) with you, and now you can link up your image too! Click on the link below to show off your photo this week::


First day of school.

Pencils sharpened. Lunches packed. Children dressed.

Wish us luck!

Now it is YOUR turn! I want to see what you have seen this week, too.

Summer Beauty

We are still cramming in the Summer Fun. The girls go back to school very very soon. Like a few days, soon.


Before the endless rain begins, we are outside in the sunshine at the park or the beach. Enjoying all the beautiful sounds and sights of this season.


I do love the Fall, as well, but I want to savor this time before the crazy schedules and school takes over our lives.


It always feels like it isn’t enough time to dig our toes into the sand and to watch the rippling water. Really I could do that every day without growing tired of it.


We are taking one day at a time, slowly, as we prepare for the next part of our year.

Have your kids stared back to school? What are you doing to enjoy these days?

Wordless{ish} Wednesday: Link Party

::Wordless{ish} Wednesday is when I share a wordless image (or at least I try to make it wordless) with you, and now you can link up your image too! Click on the link below to show off your photo this week::


If you haven’t checked out my FLIP, then head over here to see it!

Now it is YOUR turn!