Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Where Buses Go to Die

*My appointment at Vanderbilt is at 3:00 this afternoon. I appreciate your prayers.

On our way back from Burgess Falls, we stopped at this bus graveyard along the road. It would have been a really cool place for a photo shoot! As it was, my kids were very hot (and I wasn't really willing to wade through the weeds) so I snapped just a few and we moved on.








Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tuesday Tidbits

On our way to East Tennessee Rory informed us that her sugar pressure was very low.


I picked up these Born lime-green wedges on clearance last week. Pretty sure wearing lime-green shoes are a first for me.

We might have hit up both the La Casa Taqueria restaurant and food truck last week.

We did not, however, take even one selfie.

At my previous job, hose were a requirement. Total bane of my existence. That probably explains the uniform of yoga pants for the last 6.5 years. I'm still a little unsure as to how nice a wardrobe I need for this new job, but since all the men were in jeans, I'm thinking my dress code will be more casual than previous jobs. It would be like a dream come true to wear jeans to work. (Clearly I like to dream big.)

Lunch with friends after church Sunday. Brian says he can't get a word in when Lindsey and I are together.

Not only has Camden outgrown Gymboree, but he's now too old for the kid's menu at restaurants. Eleven is no joke, people.

 Took the kids to the $1 summer movie today, and I am fairly certain every other family in Clarksville had the same idea.

Hoping to take advantage of our ridiculously beautiful weather this afternoon when Brian gets home.

I am a weepy mess today.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Last Week of Summer

Camden and Rory arrived home safe and sound Saturday afternoon. Safe, sound, tired, and more than a tad sassy. I hear their week involved 4 nights of camping, hikes, lots of games around the campfire, some candle making and weaving with the park rangers and alot of eating junk food! I wish I had pictures of their week, but we'll have to just go with the good memories.

What I had pictured of that week without kids was quite different than the reality. The dream was of quiet days spent drinking iced coffee and getting caught up on my scrapping and photography. The reality was no scrapping and a very, very busy week. I will say, however, that my house actually stayed clean without kids to dirty it up. And this completely makes me laugh: we took out a grand total of 1 bag of trash and I did 1 load of laundry for the whole week. That changed immediately after the kids walked in the door, of course.

So part of the reason last week was so busy was that I spent a day in Nashville on a working interview, because . . . . . . drum roll please . . . . . . . . I'm going back to work.

I know. I am surprised myself! 

But when the Director of RHP calls and wants you to consider working for him, and then he throws in that it's part-time (but with perks) and then offers you a good salary, working from home on Wednesdays and and lets you leave in time to pick your kids up from school on time? It's kind of a no-brainer. And also flattering. This is obviously going to be a huge change for our family dynamic, and I am very excited about moving forward. I start a week from today.

Two other things kept me super busy last week. First, I finally did something about my lingering lower back/hip pain and went to see a chiropractor. I've assumed over the last 18 months or so that the discomfort was related to chemo side effects. Turns out I have a curve in my spine throwing off my lower back and right hip. Because it's a chronic issue, I'll be visiting the chiropractor regularly. After 4 adjustments, it is feeling significantly better. Second, I started doing some behind-the-scenes work for a wedding photographer (I know. How did I go from no jobs to two jobs in one week?) this past week, and that work made the week fly by.

We're planning to enjoy our last week of summer. And by enjoy I mean survive. It's just me and the kids since Brian is back to school already. We're kind of in detox mode after the kids were with grandparents for 8 days. In fact, Brian gave them quite the talking to last night and threatened them with full days of fun chores like cleaning out the grout with a toothbrush (his idea; not mine) if they can't manage the basics like obedience, common courtesy and respect. 

Wednesday is my 3-month check-up with Dr. C and while it's true that I've been busy enough to keep me from worrying about it, I do find myself a little on edge this morning.

Of course, that could just be a reaction to the kids. :)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wordless Wednesday (just a day late)




Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Smoky Mountains

We ran away to East Tennessee for a very busy weekend. It was both personal and business. We were able to visit with both sets of Brian's grandparents, as well as his brother, nieces, parents, aunt and uncle. We were there less than 72 hours but managed to fit in alot of catching up, 1 presentation of 180 Church, 2 sermons, a trip to Lake Holston, and 17 hours of driving.

Just a few pictures - it was so busy that I did not pull out the camera nearly often enough.

Kids piled on Uncle Jon to watch some late-night TV.

We spent about 6 hours Saturday at Lake Holston. It rained the first couple of hours, but then turned into a beautiful cool day.


East Tennessee is just breathtakingly beautiful (although I do miss some signs of civilization occasionally - like driving for several hours one way with no Starbucks or anything other than the occasional fast food restaurant).

Brian trying to grill hotdogs in the cold rain.

Kids played soccer for hours after the rain stopped.

They kept losing the ball down the mountain.



I loved this rusty old bridge.

And just a couple with my big girl camera.



There was alot of this happening: sitting, listening, talking.


On the ride home from church Sunday - she was worn. out.

We left the kids in Kingsport with Gram and Gramps for the week where they will be camping with cousins. Rory could not get us out the door fast enough yesterday, which cracks me up. She sure does like a little bit of independence! We managed to stretch a 5 hour trip into about 8.5 with some shopping and then an early dinner at The Pharmacy Burger. We've been wanting to eat there for several months now, but there never seems to be time. It was delicious!

Our week without the kids is incredibly full, so I imagine the time will fly by. Brian is back to school pretty much full-time this week. July 22 seems awfully early, right? Hoping to sneak in some dates while they're gone in between events, though!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Camden turned 11 years old today. Let's go ahead and get the required "how did he grow up so fast?" out of the way. 

This kid is starting to get legitimately funny. Not the funny where it's humorous because he's still learning or little and cute. No, he's got his own sense of humor and sarcasm these days.

He's one of those kids that succeeds at whatever he does (which is probably to his detriment at times since it makes him not have to try hard at anything). I can't wait to see what he settles on and gets really great at as he grows.

His 3 favorite pastimes are reading, playing Legos, and singing. In no particular order.

He's the kid that never seems like he's paying attention, but then can recite back word for word what was just said. Annoying, right? :) And don't even get me started on how he can recite movie lyrics or book paragraphs.

He comes through with a deep thought at the best times.

He still is a cuddler (a.k.a. super handsy with no sense of personal space whatsoever), and I worry all the time that I'm scarring him for life when I ask for a little breathing room.

He outgrew Gymboree this summer. Yes, this is devastating.

He is easily going to surpass me in height this year.

We are so lucky to call him ours.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Weekend Ramblings

Our weekend was full of all kinds of good things starting with shopping for a new kitchen table. I'm happy to report that we found exactly what we were looking for at our very first stop, and some nice Amish man somewhere in Kentucky is currently building us one as I type. Okay, I don't know if he's started yet, but we ordered one anyway. :)

Friday night the kids went to a school event (kind of like a parent's night out), and if their sweat level when we picked them up was any indication of how much fun they had, then it was a good time.

Meanwhile, Brian and I decided last minute to throw a movie into out date night. The only thing we remotely wanted to see was Edge of Tomorrow, and I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised at how good it was. Definitely sci-fi, but not cheesy and an entertaining way to pass 2 hours. We did a little browsing at Anthropologie, ran into a fellow blogger (who happens to see the same oncologist as I do), then supper at The Cookery.


Brian and the kids left Saturday morning for a canoe trip. I offered to take one for the team and go along, but (thank goodness) they are 3-person canoes and there was no room for this nature-hating (according to the kids) mama.


I met my friend Tina at Phat Bites, and the food was as good as I remembered from back in January. The nearly 3-hour chat was a great way to spend the afternoon (as opposed to sweating in a canoe). :)


Sunday was church and all the busyness that comes with 4 hours worth of serving people. Brian and Camden spent several hours packing for Camden's annual birthday camping trip, while Rory and I kept Addison company.

They gave pretend pedicures.

Rory is just a tad ticklish.


Played a little music.





We read lots and lots of Fancy Nancy books. I am not having to work very hard to turn Addison into a girly girl. This video cracks me up.

It is possible that I introduced Rory to double-stuff oreos and milk this morning. Yes, for breakfast. We can't let the boys have ALL the fun.




So the boys are off adventuring again (it seems like this has happened alot this summer, but it's only twice) while the girls are keeping the home fires burning. Rory is currently watching hair videos (this is her new favorite pasttime; I just don't let her do it often) while I blog and hopefully get some scrapping done. The thunderstorms this morning made it seem like the perfect day to do absolutely nothing.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Around Here

around here . . . 
more cucumbers than I know what to do with. My vote is to only keep the perfect ones, but Brian has a very hard time throwing away veggies (even the not-so-good ones) from his precious garden.

around here . . . 
late nights leading to sleeping in. For the kids anyway. I am having the hardest time sleeping this summer. Almost to the point where I want to call my doctor and ask if we can change out my sleeping meds.

around here . . . 
overflowing library basket.

around here . . . 
lots of piano playing. From me and not Camden, surprisingly enough. While he hasn't been nearly as thrilled (or consistent with his practice as I thought he would be), I've been playing for nearly an hour every day for the last 3 weeks.

around here . . . 
fruit faces.

around here . . . 
Rory quoting Ruth 1:16 to Camden, "where you go, I will go." He finds it a little creepy.

around here . . . 
reading this book out loud to the kids. I am a tad embarrassed to admit this is the 4th book we've started so far this summer . . . and we haven't finished a single one. I think we're going to make it through this one.

around here . . . 
we're on the hunt for a farm table/trestle table. We sold our table and 8 chairs just this morning, so we better get serious about looking. Rory said, "no offense, but I sure hope these people don't like it." It's going to be living room eating for us until we find something!

around here . . . 
date night tonight for the adults! Why, yes, we are celebrating our anniversary almost 2 months late. Better late than never, right?

Happy Friday!