Thursday, March 19


This little lady is three today.
Three! Three feels especially big. Happy birthday sweet girl.

Tuesday, March 17


Hello there little bits of green! Spring looks to be making an appearance and it is so exciting.

Thursday, March 12

best sugar cookies ever

A couple weeks ago we made the best sugar cookies. Yes, the best. I was just thinking about them, so I wanted to share the recipe! I really love sugar cookies but when you have to make the dough, chill the dough, cut them out, bake, make the icing... You get the idea. I poop out and end up eating lots of dough instead of finishing them. You don't have to chill this dough, and you don't have to roll them with a rolling pin or cut them out. Oh happy day.
This girl loves to make bake, so she was more than happy to help me with this cookie project. (As well as run the mixer.)
I just realized that I don't have a photo of the finished cookies. Whoops. We probably ate them too fast. (There's no probably about it. We did eat them too fast.) The most curious thing about this recipe is that it suggests that you should make your cookies, then store them in the refrigerator. Instead of icing them all at once the recipe says to just ice them as you want to eat them. That's what we did, and I will say that there was something really good about having these cookies cold!

Hope you try them…enjoy!

Tuesday, March 10


A couple rare things in this photo: 1. A clean toy room. Seriously, it never happens. It is a beautiful sight to behold. (Side note: before I had kids I remember looking in the Pottery Barn catalog of beautiful toy rooms where the toys were all cute and wooden and the kids sat quietly at a little table and painted (painted!) in adorable outfits. Ha! Someone needs to introduce Pottery Barn to Nerf toys and all the random things that inhabit a real toy room. 2. The second rare thing in this picture is this face from my boy:
Something about this made me remember back to his baby days. His eyes, maybe? Whatever it is I love it.

Thursday, March 5

5 minutes

One of the hardest things about a 365 project for me, is picking out a single picture for some days. Yes, there are lots of days when I snap my single photo for the day and call it good, but there are other days where there are more. More story than will fit in a single shot. I feel like if someone were looking through my daily pictures I would have to look over their shoulder and explain why I picked that particular picture, then tell the rest of the story.

So, imagine how fun it was to discover there are other photographers that felt the restraints of a photo-a-day project and have designed another project to house the little stories that need more room. Say hello to the 5 Minute Project. The premise of this project is to take 5 minutes, and shoot what you see. I love it. I know, I know. Another project? Not really. I so want to complete a 365 day project, so that is still the goal. It is just so fun to try this too from time to time. I feel like I naturally do this a lot, so it is not really a stretch. For example, here was my one photo from Monday:
Yep, it can stand alone, but there was more:
Now you see the rest: crazy hair and pajamas messy office art project. There are so many things that would be great to shoot for 5 minutes. Be sure and check out the website for lots of inspiration!

Tuesday, March 3

light + dark

Last Saturday I took a little time to sort out all my daily pictures. I missed a couple days. Giving myself grace on that. My camera is having focus issues. I am giving my camera grace on that. The main thing is that for most days I got out my camera and caught something! As I was sorting through all the somethings, I had several photos jump out at me because they were either very light, or very dark in value. I think a balance of both light and dark in the same photo (or any artwork for that matter) makes an image full and rich. Light lights with dark darks and everything in between. While that is true, there is a little something different and special about a picture that sits a little to one side of the light/dark spectrum:

Fun, no? I think so. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, February 27

the books of february

Hello and happy Friday! I decided on a whim to post the books I read in February. Gosh I love books. I'm always reading and always looking out for the next good read. I love talking about books and finding out what other people are currently enjoying. I look for book recommendations everywhere: conversations, Pinterest, Instagram, blogs. If I come across a book that looks good I add it to my never ending Amazon wish list. So many books.

Because I think it is so fun to see what other people are reading, I thought I would share my short list for this month. I tend to mix up what I'm reading: typically some current fiction mixed in with some inspirational/Christian books and such. Here's the three I read this month:
Unfinished by Richard Sterns of World Vision. We somewhat recently moved to a new church. Love our church. Shorty before we moved there they went through a series from Richard Stern's other book: The Hole in our Gospel. Everyone raved about that book, saying how it shifted their world view dramatically concerning world poverty. I have not read that book, but feel like I need to. Our church just wrapped up a series on Unfinished, the follow up to The Hole in our Gospel. I thought it was good. Challenging and convicting. A really good read but not one that you can go through very quickly--lots of stuff in there!

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I like to read books about home, and how to get your home in its best shape. If there is one thing that I am always griping about around here it the clutter. Ugh. Is anyone else with me? Well, I noticed this book lots of places and it really intrigued me. Obviously my American style of decluttering is not effective, so why not try out a Japanese way? If I could describe this book in one word it would be "quirky". I really liked it even though parts were a tad bizarre. What makes this book different than other decluttering and organizing books is the method: instead of trying to clean out your house by going through it drawer by drawer, room by room, this author suggests that you need to do it category by category. (Take books, for example: gather ALL the books in your house. Pile them in one area, then go through them all at once.) Also, you are supposed to focus on what you want to keep, rather than what you want to get rid of. Very interesting!

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. This book had been on my list for a while. Like years. A couple different people recommended it. Last year I bought it for my brother for his birthday, making him promise that I could borrow it when he was finished. (Is that rude? Hope not, I did the same thing this year!) Anyway, I finally got to it. So different in that the narrator of the story is a dog. Instantly that makes everything so much more sad! This book had its fair share of sad stuff, most that I was not expecting at all. I don't know really what I expected from this book, but it was very different than what I thought it would be. It was a very enjoyable fast read. Now I feel the need to hug every dog I see.

There you have it! The books of February. Let me know if you have any books that you think I need to add to my list…like I said I am always on the lookout!