grabbing life by the horn{worm}s

Does it seem to you that time is flying by at epic speeds? Or is it just me?

I’ve been meaning to write about our trip to Florida. How the massive crowds at the theme parks made me want to stab people, but then the last few days at our favorite beach town soothed my soul {and feet}.

I was planning on writing about how awesome the kids did in school this year. They are some smart little cookies, you know.

I had intentions of writing about foster care. We are officially a licensed foster family now, since April. We waited and waited for our phone to ring, and wouldn’t you know it, as we were in Florida going through the security line for Disney World, we got a call for two little girls. It didn’t work out and they weren’t placed with us, but a few weeks ago, we finally had our first placement. She is the most adorable baby and we are enjoying loving on her!

Did I mention that I survived another year of the three-kids’-birthdays-in-five-days week? Just barely. We pulled it off, though, and I now have TWO teenagers. Lord, help me.

Our oldest is taking his driver’s road test next week. Lord, help me.

Oh, and today I discovered these beasts {tomato hornworms} mooching off my tomato plants. Okay, more like devouring them. What the hell. Don’t mess with my tomaters.



So, like I said. I’ve been meaning to share all these things with you; but, I’m kind of tired. This having five kids thing is kind of exhausting. And awesome.

something i did {you capture}

We have had some big, exciting weeks around here lately. I love summertime!


We have been playing with my chickens {I love them!}. They are amazing to watch. Really.


We bought 47 acres.


Oh, and we went to Florida. Rollercoasters and theme parks, followed by many days relaxing in the sand and chasing lizards.



Linking up to You Capture!


loves me…

How sweet is this?

Baby Tesher

When my friend Amy asked me to take baby photos for her, I said yes immediately. Hello! BABY! I love babies! And then I thought, WAIT. I’ve never photographed a baby before. Crap. The day came, I cranked my heat to 80 and created backdrops by turning my furniture at weird angles in my living room in front of our big picture window. I envisioned a sleepy baby that would handle posing and fiddling and never wake up. Bahahaha! First off, let me say that Tesher is one of the cutest babies ever. He is totally squeezable and ohmygoodness that hair! Secondly, I clearly had no clue. The baby slept all of maybe ten minutes during our few hours together? Please note, that he fell asleep after the shoot and slept the entire time while we went out to eat. Nevertheless, he was perfect and beautiful and I was able to get some awesome shots! I hope you love them, Amy! Thanks for letting me play with your sweet little bebe!






the other kids.

send help.

please. i haven’t seen my kids in DAYS.


It’s official!

It's official!

lemon rosemary all-natural home freshener

Are you looking to make your home smell fresh and springy, but without the harsh chemicals?


Your home will smell fan-freakin-tastic. I promise.

What you need:

  • a pot
  • water
  • a lemon
  • a few sprigs of rosemary
  • 1-2 tsp of pure vanilla extract

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What to do:

  • Fill the pot 2/3 full with water.
  • Slice the lemon, drop in water.
  • Throw in your rosemary sprigs.
  • Pour in a teaspoon or two of vanilla.
  • Simmer on the stove-top all day!
  • If the water starts looking low, add more.


You’re welcome.

I got this idea from here.

instaFriday {march 9}

This week has been filled with sick.

It felt like a big school bus plowed me over and drug me a few hundred feet.

But, as any sick momma knows, life must go on.

Until the kids go to school, then you can crawl back in bed with and rest with your favorite furry pets.

Or email with one of your best friends and come up with a hilarious new website.

I had a photo shoot last weekend for a new clothing store opening soon… it was a blast! More “official” photos will be posted soon!

My order of beautiful fabric arrived… now I just need to figure out {and find the time} to create with it.

That’s all I’ve got for you this week! What’s new with you?

Linking up with Life Rearranged. life rearranged


I’m sorry…

I can’t work out today.

The dog ate my shoelaces.

Good thing he’s cute.