Saturday, August 30, 2014

An August Morning

Lately, we've been having the most wonderfully cool mornings. It's the kind of cool where you find the back door open, fully welcoming in every flying insect this side of the mountain, all for the sake of feeling the breeze while you clean up breakfast. I can't imagine I'm the only one but it does wonders for the soul and the oatmeal crusted bowls I'm scrubbing, know what I'm sayin'? Just last week, the kids wandered out, full of breakfast and a sense of adventure. The light was splendid and I could do nothing more than dry my hands and pick up the camera and snap a few pictures of their exploring. It seems this summer has found us with an abundance of tiny sand colored grasshoppers and they are right bent on finding every single one. Their pursuits are admirable and I've been impressed at the tender care that is given to even littlest one that they find. Although, if we're being honest, sometimes even careful brings an amputated leg or a cup left in the sun. Such is the things of boyhood, though. And girlhood, too. Because don't think for a second that baby sis is left behind. These babies of mine are growing and changing so fast. Sometimes when they're together and quiet, it terrifies me to think that we're past the noise and bustle of babies and toddlers and moving on to the "bigger kids" stage of life. But then the noise picks right back up again and all is right again in the world. At least for this summer, anyway. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Recently, these brothers have been enjoying afternoons off the front of the house. There is no grass and hardly any shade but the crushed rock makes for a fine gravel yard for their trucks. Often they don't say a word, each keeping to himself with the exception of a small "beep" or air break "hiss" here and there. I don't sit out there much with them. Usually, I am eager to use the quiet minute to accomplish a task or clean something or another but today was different. Careful not to disturb them, I snapped a few pictures in hopes of remembering when the sun shone hot and Camo watch bands and shorts were all the rage. Because it really is just a million little moments just like this that make up our one single life, isn't it? What's beeping and hissing in your neck of the woods today?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sweet Summertime

On Jer's side of the family there are eight kiddos under the age of 7. With the exception of the age of 5, we have one at every stair step. So needless to say, our time together is not often photographed. The odds are just plain against us. However, a few weeks ago, I brought our blow up pool over to Mimi and Pops and the kids had an absolute blast playing in the water and soaking everyone {and everything} with the hose. It was a lovely afternoon that ended with naps for the littles and a popcorn and fruit picnic for the bigs in the shadiest part of the yard. Sweet summertime.