Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Morning Coffee

Good morning everyone!

A little late posting today - but it's summer and it's all about being laid back, right?

Even though I'm still in summer school - my day starts later than during the school year.  I like that.  Almost with it were that way all school year - but then it would mean we get out later in the day & I'm not so sure I'd like that.  Getting out of school at 3 almost seems like a I have a full day ahead of me.

So how was your weekend?  Mine?  It was wonderful.  The temps started to warm up again on Saturday - we were caught in the "polar vortex" last week again - NO joke!  That's what the weather people said.  Believe me, temps in the upper 40s at night in JULY are not the norm.  Michigan has crazy weather & I know it can change in the blink of an eye, but that.is.crazy.change.people!  I like my summer days warm!

My weekend was filled with a little bit of this.....
Our new neighbor's that moved in back in February, but due to the mountains of snow between us, I didn't meet until probably March or so, had a new baby girl.  This makes baby #3 for them - so I made a dinner for them for Friday night.  It was my homemade mac-n-cheese, brownies, salad & garlic cheese bread.  Yes, there was beer in the mac-n-cheese, but it cooks off........and if it doesn't, it'll help the kiddo's sleep better, right?  

Just trying to be neighborly.  Don't judge me.

I did a little shopping as I'm sprucing up the "family room" for my special guest coming to visit this week.  SO excited to finally meet her IRL (in real life).  New bedspreads, sheets, and a little shjooshjing up makes me a happy girl!  

I found a couple bottles of my favorite brand of wine.  Being the Middle Sister - I am automatically drawn to it due to it's name, but it is a pretty tasty wine as well.  Again - I'm a happy girl.

Saturday Dream Boy headed up to Holland with his buddy for the Holland Hundred Ride.  They rode 102 miles in about 5 hours, averaging 17 miles per hour.  God bless him - he loves to ride.  I enjoy it too, but not to his level.  

With the day to myself, I started it off with a family photo shoot, which included 3 dogs!  I'll post more on that shoot later this week.  It was a beautiful morning and everyone was in good spirits.  

I then headed home and picked up a little fuzzy monkey butt along the way as her mama & daddy were up north for the weekend.  

Once home, the rest of my Saturday was filled with some of this......
 
Fuzzy Monkey Butt Midget loves to chase the chipmunks!  She can get that little nose of her's right down into their holes.  

I decided I needed a little shjooshjing up too, so I changed my looks.  I did some home highlighting!  Haven't done this in about 4 years, so decided it was time again.  Whoa baby.  SHOCKER!  Pulling off the cap & looking in the mirror made me go, "wha-the-what did I do?"  But I'm embracing the blonde and having fun with it again.  Dream Boy came home around 6 and we ordered from our favorite little mexican restaurant in our little village - Nina's.  He picked it up and brought it home so we could enjoy it with an ice cold golden beverage.  We ordered a side of chips, which were still warm - freshly made.  LOVE them.

Sunday took us to church and then to our favorite cafe for some food and fellowship with the other regulars.  We headed home and basically vegged the rest of the day away until S&D#1 came for dinner, where we feasted on grilled chicken. veggies & rice.  We topped off dinner with dessert - D#1's favorite part of any meal.  We had root beer floats - best way to end a perfect day.

So it's Monday & I am starting the 2nd week of session 2 summer school.  Only 2 more after this and then I have 3 weeks off.  I'm looking forward to this Thursday & Friday when I get to meet up with a couple of blogging buddies and spend the day(s) with them exploring with our cameras the shoreline of Lake Michigan.

Have a great week everyone!  As always, thank you for sharing your coffee time with me today!  

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fun Family Shoot

Remember that photo shoot I told you about during coffee on Monday?
This family was so much fun to play with, seriously.

Non-stop laughter and fun.  Everyone got into it.  There were 5 little one's that we were concerned were going to get bored and therefore, get a little cranky, but the adults kept them so entertained, there was NO chance of boredom!
It also helped that there was a bridge with a creek where they could hang out and enjoy the moment.  And also know that the snake was safely coiled up under the heater up by the pool, far away from us all.  

Thank you Lord!  Yes, the first thing I heard as I was walking up the driveway was, "there's a snake by the pool heater"………it was all I could do to not turn around and jump in my car and drive far, far away.  This girl canNOT handle snakes -- or spiders.  I had goosebumps for a very long time until I knew the snake was far away from our shooting area.  I have shivers NOW just remembering it!

We shot towards the end of the evening and this, I must say, is one of my absolute favorites.  Loved the way the light was streaming through and gave that hazy glow.

It was a beautiful summer night, a bit humid and warm - but compared to the "polar vortex" that we are once again gripped with in Michigan (it's currently 67 out - WELL below the norm for mid July), I would take it back in a heart beat.

I'm off to finish editing this session, I have another family shoot lined up for this Saturday morning and then a few days of play next Thursday and Friday with some blogging buddies!!!

Yep, I get to meet up IRL with Deanna from "Snippets from Springdale" and Sarah from "Paisley Rain Boots".  Deanna is coming to stay with me and then we are heading up to meet with Sarah the next morning and explore the shorelines of Lake Michigan with our camera's.  Oh, I can hardly wait ---- I LOVE meeting new friend's and learning from them.

I'll be back soon!



Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday Morning Coffee


"Golden Sunset"

Ah-mazing show on Friday night on the shores of Lake Michigan.  All the pinks, blues & golden hues were in full splendor.  At first it didn't seem as though we'd see the sun sizzle into the waters below, as a bank of clouds moved in just prior.  But then an opening appeared and the sun started to blaze through, leaving you in awe of the beauty.

Dream Boy & I drove up to Holland on Friday night to have dinner with friends who were camping at the state park.  It was a wonderful dinner with the best company.  They are so much like the 2 of us, just love spending time with them.  After dinner, they treated us to ice cream at the local shop and then on down to the beach to watch the sunset.  Check that off my bucket list for the summer.  

Saturday was a very, very, very humid day.  I spent the afternoon at a bridal shower for daughter-in-law's sister.  It was a wonderful event and so much food!  SO much food that Dream Boy & I went back over for dinner on Sunday night for leftovers.

Sunday, after storms pushed through Saturday night, the skies cleared and the humidity pushed out and it was a gorgeous day.  We went to church in the morning, then out to breakfast to our favorite digs and then relaxed at home for a while before heading over to the kid's for dinner. 

I had to book out of there right after eating for a photo shoot with a friend of mine.  Her oldest daughter & her family had come in from Texas - all 7 of them and my friend wanted family pics.  They were an absolute HOOT to play work with.
Does this give you an idea of what I had to work with?  Oh my goodness - we all laughed so much!  More to come on this family shoot later in the week.

Well - I have a full day of summer school today.  We had a glitch in the system last Thursday so the chilluns' got to go home early, but they have to put the time in this afternoon to finish their course work.

Have an awesome week - and thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your coffee time with me today!!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

I Have NO Idea.....

why.

I really don't know why I haven't blogged much as of late.  Dream Boy asked me the other day what is happening?  I can't put my finger on it, but I just haven't been.

Life is busy and all, seriously.  Can't you tell?  But I need to be better at regular blogging.

It has always been my dream to work this little corner of my world into something more.  Something that will take me into my retirement with ease, something that will ------ oh, I don't know ---- inspire others.

I love to journal.  Always have.  But come to think of it, that has been sporadic throughout my life as well.  I can journal on a daily basis for a year or so, but then it gets pushed aside, only to be picked up again at some future date. I have quite the collection of journals, a LOT of blank ones just waiting for thoughts and memories to be written down.  I like to use them for my blogging as well, because I generally carry one with me all the time.  To write my thoughts in as they come to me.

So, I will work harder at blogging more regularly.  I don't know how many people truly follow along, but you know what?  That's not the point - is it?  It's for my well being, my thought process and part of what makes me who I am.

Enjoy your Sunday & stop by soon, like for coffee tomorrow morning.