Saturday, July 7, 2018

Saturday night swim

When the girls were little we loved the pool on Saturday nights.  We would bring dinner.  We often found neighbors to visit with...and always played until close.  The girls would shower before we left. When we returned home they were ready for bed.  It was the perfect way to end a summer night.  Now that they are older (and busier) we rarely have an evening when we are all together...and even more rarely spend it at the pool.  Tonight stars aligned and we were all there.  Ellie drove herself there after work.  Kate and Sophie were there a bit earlier swimming with friends.  Danny and I brought dinner to grill- salmon, asparagus and red potatoes.  We were lucky enough to spend time with neighbors and stay until the sun went down.  It felt like old times, and I loved every minute of it.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

3rd pair

her last pair broke in a "jumping on the trampoline with glasses" incident

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

3 days left

There are only three days left of school-
Kate will do about anything to avoid writing her last English essay of the 8th grade.

Sunday, March 4, 2018


(left to right: Sophie, Rivers, Ellie, Quincy, Lauren & Kate)

She is 16 and ready to conquer the world.  She is already making plans for early graduation...(my mama heart says why rush?) living on land, somewhere warm (!!!!) ...growing...loving dogs and children...and working hard through college.   I can't wait to watch her reach her dreams!

I am so thankful for these beautiful girls (my daughters and nieces) and what they mean to each other and to me.  They all amaze me.  I adore them...and they were the perfect addition to a weekend of celebrating.

Saturday Ellie, Kate and Sophie skied with Danny.  At 4 these three cousins arrived to celebrate!  We took pictures on Main Street and then ate at Royal India.  While Lauren and Ellie organized and added personal touches to Ellie's new to her car (!!!!) the rest of us went to Target to finalize a few things for the celebration.  That night they had a sleepover with treats and movies.

Sunday our plans for church were foiled by a big snow storm.  Snowed in we all worked to move Ellie's room to another in the house- how sweet are these cousins of hers?  And we worked hard to have dinner ready for all of our UT family members that were in town.  We enjoyed tomato and potato soup with a grilled cheese bar.  Brownies and ice cream for dessert.  It was the perfect weekend to celebrate our amazing Ellie Bellie! 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

expecting a new niece in May

Micah is getting married!  We love Rachel!  We can't wait for the big day-May 12th 2018!

Thursday, February 8, 2018


ISO 100 50mm  f2.2. 1/1600

the worst Christmas present I ever gave...
what were we thinking?
she can never hear me-
but she does LOVE to get lost in a world of music.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018


ISO 320 135MM f8  1/1600
(why was my ISO @320 when my shutter was 1/1600!?)

“...the older I get, the less impressed I become with originality.  These days, I’m far more moved by authenticity.  Attempts at originality can often feel forced...but authenticticity has quiet resonance that never fails to stir me” -Elizabeth Gilbert in BIG MAGIC

These words seemed to jump off the page as I read them in the bleachers at Sophie’s swim practice yesterday. My mother-in-law has to be one of the most authentic people I know. She lives true to herself and will take my girls to the park with all four of them in the middle of the day...just to make them happy...which makes her happy. ❤️ 

(This photo was taken in Hawaii just after she jumped into the water off a cliff)