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New Adventures

It has been many moons since I posted anything in my blog. Life has been uber busy. We moved 2 hours away to the foothills of Virginia. I finished my 1st year as an art teacher.


Above my desk. 

I had my 3rd child, sweet little Scarlett, on April 22.


                                    IMG_3966                                                                                                                                                                              Just Born!                                                                                         Cutie!

My husband and I started a candle company; Dixie Candles: Southern Inspired Scents.

Which can be purchased in our Etsy Shop or through our website.

You can also follow us on Facebook or Instagram!

And finally I started a new Etsy Shop: Piedmont Peddler to sell goodies that filter through my life. Where I have strange things like a Haggadah from 1965 and a rare ink bottle I dug up in our yard.

Looking forward to my new endeavors and starting my 2nd year of teaching!


These two shots were taken at the same time. Man, I needed a hair cut and some conditioner. I’m not very found of either one of these photos. They both pretty much blow toes. Both were taken while on a walk with my kiddos. My daughter got hurt or was crying about something and that is how 305 came to be. I love that quote. The quote that goes with 306 is kind of funny considering how terrible my hair looks. Must have been a bad hair day.


“[A] mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.” ~Emily Dickinson


“Those curious locks so aptly twin’d,
Whose every hair a soul doth bind.”
~Thomas Carew

Both of these photos have the commonality of children. I love 295! My daughter was home sick and we were snuggled up on the couch. I love her little arms and hands laying on the blanket and my hand gently touching her wrist. She is three now and even though she can drive me absolutely bonkers at times, I love her so. 296 was taken at my son’s birthday party at the skating rink that I spent just about every Friday and Saturday night in, between the ages of 12 and 14. Memories can take you back to childhood so easily. That photo sucks, but it is more about the experience than anything. (A side note, my kid is the blonde one in the tie-dye shirt, cut off on the right hand side.)


“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.” ~Rajneesh


“Did you know that childhood is the only time in our lives when insanity is not only permitted to us, but expected?” ~Louis de Bernières

This photo is horrible, but it documents life with a 2 year old. This morning I was at work when I got a call from my husband. My daughter had some how managed to slice open the back of her head on the entertainment center. This was the second time she would be needing a trip to the ER for such a wound. I rushed to the hospital, about a 45 minute drive from work, and got there just as they were getting ready to put staples in the back of her head. It was a terrifying moment, but she is a trooper and didn’t cry or anything. Afterwards we went out to the car. The hospital sits on a cliff overlooking a river, so we walked around back and looked at the water for a bit. This photo was snapped while we were doing that.


“Having a two-year-old is like having a blender that you don’t have the top for.” ~Jerry Seinfeld

Two hundred and twenty five

I love this photo! It was one of the first cool days of late summer in Virginia. My daughter and I were sitting on the bench swing at my parent’s house. There is something magical about a cool summer day. It makes you realize Fall is coming soon. The changes of the seasons are always special, no matter what transition it is. Simple shot of our feet and legs, no real editing, with my friend’s Nikon D40. It makes my heart swoon. Special moments are usually the simplest.


“Children make you want to start life over.” ~Muhammad Ali

One hundred and forty-eight

 My son and I went to the BLORA Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt on Belton Lake in Belton, Texas. We had walked around and did some of the activities and as we were waiting for the sun to go down, so the egg hunt could start, we walked over to the lake. My son loves nothing more than throwing rocks in the water and it was a lovely evening other than the bugs. Here I am standing with the lake to my back, the sunset to my front and if you look closely you can see my son in the background looking for rocks. I like this photo, the sunset gave a lovely light on my face. I love being near the water, it is soothing and somehow always make me at peace.

  “Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war.” ~Loren Eiseley

One hundred and forty-four

 When your daughter is as smart, sweet, silly and cute as mine it’s hard not to take photos of her and with her. She’s usually my photographic subject. I love my kids with all my heart. Wow that was super cheesy. Not the greatest photo, but it’s a special moment in time. They don’t stay little for long. I believe this is her fourth appearance in my 365 project and probably won’t be her last.

 “While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about.” ~Angela Schwindt

Eighty-eight & eighty-nine

This was a very warm, sunny day, especially for winter. My children and I went out to play and enjoy the nice weather. My daughter and I were in the front yard. I had my camera, of course. These two shots are from that day. In the first photo I like the sunburst, but not completely happy with the overall image. The second one I love. I love it because I was laughing at my daughter. I had the camera in the grass in front of me, set the self-timer and was trying to take a shot. She kept trying to do what I was doing, which meant messing with the camera. Also she was super cute that day, cause she had pigtails for the first time.

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.” ~Rachel Carson

“Pleasure is spread through the earth In stray gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find.” ~William Wordsworth

My cutie that day with her pigtails. 🙂

Story of the Cornucopia

A few years ago my son, Aidan made a paper cornucopia and I always hang it up for Thanksgiving. It has been sitting on the counter waiting to be put away. This morning Aidan was looking at it. I said it was a cornucopia and he laughed and said I was making it up. He said it was a “cave of fruit”; which made me laugh. We looked it up on wikipedia. The origin is from the Greek story of Zeus; to be saved from his father he was placed in a CAVE where he was nursed by a goat and keep alive by deities! Aidan was right! It was a cave of fruit… and goat milk. 🙂


Over the last year or so I’ve started changing the way that I cook. Instead of always doing what is easy and pre-made, when I have time, I really take my time and add ingredients that I never used before, experimenting like a mad chemist. Since my husband’s return from Iraq in June he too has joined the band wagon. Maybe it’s from watching too many food shows, who knows. Also I feel that I spend almost half of my day in the kitchen, preparing breakfasts, lunches and dinners day in and day out. Not to mention all the cleaning that goes into all that cooking. Day twenty I decided to take a series of shots documenting my afternoon/evening kitchen time. Balancing the cleaning, the children and the cooking, and some how managing to make a decent meal. A mother’s work is never done. I wasn’t sure where I was going with the actual lay out of these photos. I had something totally different in mind. This is what looked best with what I had.

“I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.” ~Julia Child