Monthly Archives: May 2011

Photo Tales Tuesday {6} – Beat the heat

Good morning and Happy Tuesday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend celebrating with friends and family, and hopefully remembering those people who are serving or have served our country for all of us! It was a gorgeous day up here in NH and I was so thankful for a nice, long weekend with Brian around. Yesterday there were threats of rain in the morning, but by lunch we had sunny skies and steamy temps.

Thanks for coming by for the 6th edition of Photo Tales Tuesday! My photo today was taken yesterday, on Memorial Day, as we waited for a local parade to go by. We just happened to plant ourselves right next to a parked ice cream truck and if you ask Collin I am sure he’d tell you in his own words that it was the perfect way to beat the heat.

What little boy wouldn’t love a blue, Batman-shaped, gumball eyed ice cream bar?! :-) If I had a good after picture you’d see that Collin thoroughly enjoyed his ice cream. Haha!

It is easy to join in! All you need to do is post a picture and tell about it, share this button or a link to this post, and link your post up down below! Entries close Friday and over the weekend I will pick an entry at random to be featured here on Monday! I look forward to reading your stories!

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Photo Tales Feature – Really…?

This week I am happy to introduce you to one of my male blogging buddies, Rob. He was this week’s chosen participant to be featured from Photo Tales Tuesday.

phototalesfeature5Rob blogs over at Really, I’m as Old as I Feel? and often shares stories about his daughter, Abby. She is the subject of his photo entry:

Please go visit Rob’s Photo Tales post to read all about what this precious little girl is up to! Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for the next chance to join in Photo Tales Tuesday!

Happy Memorial Day! Thank you, thank you to all who have served, past and present, and put your lives on the line for our country. A special thought and prayer for those individuals and families who we are honoring today, for their legacy to always live on.

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Vibrant Colors {LEM}

Well, its Friday! Hooray! I don’t know about you, but this week seemed to go on forever. I was incredibly busy, again, as was Brian, so we’ve barely seen each other, and the bright days led to Collin waking up very early. We’re all a little tired. Thankfully, the brighter days also mean it hasn’t been raining, so we have been able to enjoy some sun, which is very welcome.

Collin is obsessed with being outside – so obsessed that the pleading to go out starts at approximately 6:15a.m. and doesn’t stop until we get out the door. It is a long couple of hours while we wait for breakfast and it to be a decent time to go disturb the neighbors! While he’s outside playing, though, I have been able to take advantage and get some great photos of the flowers and plants blooming around our yard.

This week at Live Every Moment the prompt is “vibrant colors” and I think one of those rain-soaked plants is the perfect example of this. While we were cooped up inside for about a week because of all the rain, these bushes were welcoming it with open arms leaves! Combine all that rain with the current sun, of course, and you’ve got some gorgeous colors.

Enjoy your Friday, friends! And please, don’t forget that today is the last day to enter this week’s Photo Tales Tuesday!

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"Here, Home, Hope" by Kaira Rouda – Book Review

I recently had the privilege of reading the book Here, Home, Hope by Kaira Rouda. About a thirty-nine year old stay-at-home mother looking for something more, this book caught my attention immediately and held onto it for the long haul. I truly enjoyed going through life with Kelly, the main character, as she faced all sorts of bumps in the road on her way to becoming a happier, more fulfilled mother to two growing boys.

I read a lot. A lot. This book fit perfectly into my wide array of literature. With realistic situations, lots of little lessons learned, and a wonderful storyline about hope, healing, and finding what you love in life, I was very pleased throughout the whole book. As I find myself in a similar situation to Kelly – finding out exactly what I need to be doing in life, I caught myself laughing, nodding, and feeling proud for her accomplishments. I was also thoroughly inspired by the character’s initiative and drive to find her passion.

The only thing I could even possibly comment on is the ending. It goes too fast! I was left looking for just a little bit more about the characters, but can accept this as it is because the rest of it is simply a wonderful read.

If you’d like to get your own copy of Here, Home, Hope you can find it at any of these stores. To read more about the author, Kaira Rouda, you can visit her website or follow her on twitter.

For a quick glimpse into the book you can watch the following video trailer:

Enjoy! I know I did.

Disclosure: I was provided a copy of the book Here, Home, Hope by One2One network for review. I was not compensated in any other way, however for sharing my review I will be entered in a prize drawing. My review is my own opinion and is completely true and honest.

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My Little Love

Its been a long time since I’ve just talked about Collin. I haven’t shared about him and his constant talking and the fact that he never.stops.moving, and that he always wants to play outside lately.

Or the fact that he loves baseball, soccer and football so much he is constantly holding one of those.

I haven’t said much about the fact that he loves getting dirty, “helping” his dada clean up the yard and loves picking up and throwing sticks for Brady.

My little love got his first really big scratch on his knee yesterday. It was traumatic but it is amazing what a little medicine and a Cars band-will do for an injured 2 year old.

It is looking like it *might* be a halfway decent weekend around here. I am excited to celebrate Memorial Day with a parade, spend some time at the playground, and lots of time outside.

I haven’t shared that my adventurous little man continues to make my heart melt and I have discovered that nothing catches my breath and makes me pause for a second more than hearing him say, unprompted, “I love you mama.” <3

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