Monday, November 7, 2011


I cannot begin to say how much I have missed blogging and reading all of my favorite blogs over the past several weeks. But sometimes priorities and sacrifices have to be made. While I've been incredibly busy with classes, I have felt that I need to spend the remainder of my time with my little ones and focus on sharing each day with them. I've realized as a parent how quickly time passes, and I want to hold onto each moment and be present (not just physically!) with my little ones. Additionally, since Damon has exited the dreamy newborn stage, having two little ones, two and under has made it increasingly difficult to do anything outside of giving one (or both) of them attention. So, I just had to take a break.

I am looking forward to returning to blogging regularly, and I must say, ever since I've started blogging, it is nearly impossible for me to not "think" in blog posts. I am pretty sure that is how I process my entire life at this point.

So what have I been up to the last month or so?

I love every season (ok, except winter), but I especially enjoy Fall. And we have been taking full advantage of some of our favorite fall activities...

 Picking pumpkins

 At the pumpkin patch

 And making a homemade pumpkin pie...or five (and it's just the beginning of November!)

 Smores...with homemade marshmallows & graham crackers. (And a bonfire of course!)

We visited a beautiful local homestead/farm. It was a lot of fun for Dmitri and it was inspirational for David & I as we explore what steps we want to take towards homesteading ourselves.
 Dmitri found an egg!


I love goats.

 I would have taken him home with me.

 Brushing the goats

Cluck. Cluck
 And it's the season for family photos...

It also means that I took graduation photos! But I'll save those for a little while. I do not want to jinx anything...

The cooler weather gave me an excuse for a DIY to hang by the door and catch our coats:
Total Cost: $16 (hooks from Anthropologie, wood and supplies from our scrap pile).
Other random thoughts & happenings:

-I am nearly finished with a big project that has been dragging on for nearly a year...and it may or may not start with an "S" and end with cuddling up to read a book under a quilt with my littles on a sofa!
-Graduation. Less than six weeks away. 
-Scheming about the holiday projects, that is. And trying to figure out how to see our ever-growing sprawled-out family, get some much needed rest, and work on some major DIYs all at the same time.
-We are thoughtfully considering growing our family. By adding some members of the fur and feather variety. More on that as it develops.

What's new with you? I have really missed reading some of my favorite blogs and look forward to catching up with everyone.


Stephanie said...

Welcome back! I'm happy you took the time for your family...that's so important! :) Love your family pictures! And, those homemade marshmallows look insanely good!


Beautiful pictures!

Mrs.Sanders said...

I was just thinking about how I missed reading your blog ;) sweet family pics! LOVE the one of Damon.

Sarah said...

I love your family photo! Christmas card photo I'm guessing? :)

michelle said...

I don't blame you one bit for wanting to spend time with your family, it goes too quickly. Your photos are gorgeous and I can't believe how big they have gotten. Enjoy this time.

Mama Gone Green said...

I have missed reading your blog! Looks like you have been having fun though!

hclairec said...

Welcome back - I haven't blogged recently either. Just wanted to say thanks - after reading your blog about cloth diapers - we are using them.

Cate said...

You have such a beautiful family! I so enjoyed reading about and seeing snapshots of your life lately. You are amazing with all you do!

Christy said...

Family is top priority! You go girl for making that first in your life.

Loving the fabulous pictures:) You are one gorgeous momma! I hope & pray I look as good as you after two kidlets.

Hooray for graduation! You can do it!

Samantha said...

Some great photos. Love the baby on daddy's shoulders.

the gardener's cottage said...

absolutely stunning photos of your family. the one of you with the goat and kids is just breathtaking!

Katie Olthoff said...

I've been out of the blogging groove, too. When I decided I wanted to stay at home, I decided to make being a mommy my full time job, and really devote my attention there. But, I think in blog posts, too! The boys do something and I start brainstorming post titles, I make lists of blog ideas, and I "draft" posts over and over in my mind at night!

Your family pictures are GORGEOUS!!!