Monday, June 15, 2015

realizations + catching up

it's been almost 3 months since i've updated this little blog of mine
and i can't really say it was accidental this time
although i didn't exactly plan on it being such a long break
and i don't promise it's quite over yet

you see, right around the beginning of april
i realized something
i was overbooked, overwhelmed, and overtired


so i thought about what i could take off my plate
like maybe just pare down to only doing things i absolutely love doing
and i realized that all of the things i'd piled into my life 
were good things
and i was quite thankful for that
but then i had another realization
sometimes you have to cut out the good things to focus on the best things

so, i went on an instagram-vacation,
a blog-vacation,
and majorly cut back on facebook

in order to focus on my real life going on around me
to sit on the floor and read book after book with my kiddos
(who seem to be growing up at mega-speed!!!)
to pick away at some personal photography projects
to travel
to sit at my kitchen table late at night,
chatting about kids and life and Jesus
to more regularly spend time with Jesus
to go to bed at a reasonable hour
to wake up with the sun, like i've always loved doing
(i know, i'm crazy)

and it was good

i plan on eventually adding some of the things i cut out back into my life
but not quite yet
i still have a few projects to wrap up
but i do miss blogging and instagramming and connecting via social media
and let's be honest, the creative outlet is a bonus

but until then, i'll try to check in now and again
hopefully more regularly than once every three months!
it may just be to throw up a bunch of pictures without many words
but hey, it's better than nothing, right? 
that being said, let's get that trend started with some pictures from my birthday
(already over two weeks ago...whoops!)

i spent the day enjoying Daniel's family in NC
taking the kids tubing in the lake for the first time
fishing off the dock
and getting some sweet cards their "Glammie" (read: grandma) helped them make for me

Glammie also took the kiddos for us so that we could enjoy a date night out
(for the second time in two weeks - that's gotta be a record since the kids were born!)
i chose the Harvest Moon Grille for my birthday dinner; 
this cute little cafe style restaurant
that serves local, seasonal food (all from within 100 miles of their doors!)
and boy was it good
(for the record, we both ordered their pulled pork sandwich, 
and they accommodated my gluten intolerance without skipping a beat
by offering to sub out my bun for an in-house-made corn tortilla.
then, when they found out it was my birthday 
they brought me the most amazing smore for dessert,
complete with freshly made ginger cookies, dark chocolate and an in-house-made marshmallow)

seriously, if you're in the area make sure you visit this place
not only was the food outstanding, the service was wonderful
and as it turned out, the restaurant is located in the cutest little town
check. it. out.

after we got home and put the kiddies to bed, we slipped out onto the dock to snap a few photos
(since i was silly enough to leave my camera at home for our date), 
catch a couple more fish
watch a magical lightning bug show,
and call it a night


  1. Gorgeous evening pictures! Glad you are making some time for unwinding.

  2. Thanks, Trish - it certainly has been nice! :)


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