Friday, September 27, 2013

Falling Into A Groove, What I Know For Sure & #iPPP

It's Fall. Time for pumpkin lattes, sweatshirts and shorts, mums and more.  I love this time of year.  We are over all the end-of-summer sadness and the start-of-the-school-year anxiety.  We have routines and schedules and we are in the groove. 

We're picking out our clothes the night before school.
The painting and the quote "To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything" were on Lucy's closet wall when we moved into this house.  In fact, it's one of the reasons I chose this place and had a good feeling about it.  
We are finding sweet rides to school.

We are enforcing early bedtimes.
I walk in expecting to find Tim reading a bedtime story and I find them playing football which then turned into a pyramid of course.  Because of course.
We are having family dinners as often as sports and work schedules allow.
They were moving around telling so many stories at dinner it was hard to not get a blurry picture with my phone.
I love dinnertime storytelling so very much.  I wholeheartedly believe it is an art form that so few people know.
Lucy had the floor, er porch, on this particular evening.
We're making new friends.

This is a sweet time of year when we are busy, but not too busy.  
Every day when Peyton gets off the bus Wade rides his scooter as fast as he can screaming "Buuuuuddddyyyyy" and gives him a giant hug.

After-school snacks on the porch.  I am going to use this front porch as long as the weather will allow.

Nature + Wade
We are figuring some things out and appreciating it all.  The holidays f*ck up all this sweetness for me and make me question everything.  But we are still a couple months away from that stress, so it's mostly sweetness and appreciation.  

There's no punchline, no joke, just gratitude.  And it's not perfect.  I cried a lot this week because of my own depression/anxiety demons and "crazybrain" issues, Tim had to work a lot, we went off our budget and that just isn't good at all, there were homework battles, JT got gluten somewhere and had to be picked up from school early, I had trouble sleeping and then was exhausted during the day, I still haven't called my mother and it's been on my to-do list for months and I have guilt, I felt stress from not replying to emails fast enough or ever, yeah all that was there.  All that doesn't matter as much when we are in a groove and the good things are falling into place and the world is full of mostly happy, cute kids and pumpkin lattes.  Right now, we are in a groove and I am grateful, that I know for sure this week.

Here's what else I know for sure (this week):

  • I found some music that is seriously dreamy and better than an Old Navy sweater commercial.  Listen and swoon.

Found this via Girl's Gone Child (one of my favorite writer people ever).

Found this via Pandora--That's What She Say by Wild Child.

  • I am loving biking more places and believe more people should bike.  It's my new thing and I love it.

  • I vlogged about Kate Gosselin's hair and my obsession with it and what it means.  Mmm-hmmm, yup, I did.  Check it out and subscribe to my YouTube channel for more insightful, educational videos like the one below.

  • Tina Fey is hosting SNL so I will be watching, duh.

  • I want to get a tattoo. I was drawing designs on my arm in church with a Sharpee marker.  I think it's going to happen soon (that sounds so "dear diary").

  • I may regret getting a tattoo, but I will never regret getting a piano.  Nothing makes me happier than to hear the kids playing the piano and singing along.  

What do you know for sure (this week)? C'mon, we're friends, share what you know. Leave a comment here or on the Facebook page.

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All the pictures in this post were taken with my phone.

I'm linking up today with my friends Greta from and Sarah from for the #iPPP link up.  They host a link up where they encourage people to share "your funny, your yummy, your heartfelt, your favorite photos of the week" from our phones. 

Check them out.


  1. This makes me happy. Your porch makes me smile, and I hear peace and joy in your words (even with the chaos.) Something I know for sure right now? There is always light if you take a moment to find it. The house is stressing me out, and I was lamenting many things this morning. Then I turned the corner, and sunlight was peeking through a window, and my heart exploded with understanding that I just need to keep looking for the light.

  2. Great post and thanks for including the real, harder parts too.
    What I know for sure this week (maybe for sure??) is that I think it really is darkest before the dawn.
    And that time heals all things.

  3. I love fall so much. I have been crazy busy lately and my husband is gone, but at least the weather has been beautiful and the windows are open. Right? I'm sorry about the crappy stuff but I'm glad there's good stuff in there, too.