Category Archives: fall

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road trippin': charlottesville, va

one last look back to 2012-
to our fall road trip to charlottesville…

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i’ve been meaning and meaning to blog it forever
(that seems to happen a lot)
but couldn’t find the words
so i’m just going to let the pictures do the talking
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wine tasting . horse swooning
barn living . lounging . hugging
cooking . baking . cake making
exploring . treasure collecting
birthday celebrating
foggy morning goodbyes

a trip so needed
my heart still aches with gratitude

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happy list

a collection
of the little things that have made my week

football
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drive-in style. down comforters, wool hats, outdoor fire, red wine.

yardwork

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it’s become a thanksgiving weekend tradition.
family dynamics at their best. (note the inappropriate brother-in-law)

the final weekend

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this season, after 14(!), co-workers felt much more like family.
and much harder to say goodbye to for the winter…

puppy visits

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three weeks old.
and a name: NOLA

5k records

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at long last.
i broke 30mins.
a personal victory… and then i was found dry-heaving in the woods.

thanksgiving.
it was wonderful.
and hard.
more, coming…

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happy list

a collection
of the little things that have made my week
1. this map
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 because it led the way on our impromptu road trip. old-school style. to see the best of friends.
2. birthday cake
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celebrating 13 years…
time. flies.
3. linen sheets
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ah. maz. ing.
 best for: sleeping late, girl talk and a good book… 
4. hand-stitching
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pocahontas. for a special little lady.
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the little things

a collection
of the little things that have made my week
1. silky knits
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busy fingers, inspiration found…
2. running shoes
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 laced up before dawn. bring on the endorphins.
3. care packages
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hunting, gathering, baking for some favorite littles (or not-so-littles!)
4. stripped walls
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 new beginnings
5. blackberry scones
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the day has to be a good one when it starts like that, no? thank you to the ladies at three sisters!
5. this view
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a quick trip to the big city found me waking up to this
it’s been a good one.
catching up with old friends
lunching outside (!) with new.
lots to be grateful for… 
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the little things

this summer
after a day especially filled with pre-teen angst
i laid next to theresa 
 and we talked about how it was so important, especially on days that felt endlessly dark
to take the time to acknowledge the things that we were grateful for
the things that were good
the two of us vowed to start writing three such things down, before bed each night
(i think oprah once talked about doing this…)
i’ve thought a lot about that conversation over the last month
and as i go through my day
(even the darkest ones)
i try and make a mental note of the things that make me smile
the things that are good
even admist the hard
because
sometimes
 it really is the little things
that makes life living.
lately, these are mine:
1. these flowers
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because sometimes, giving is better than receiving
2. organic raspberries
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on sale, and eaten by the pint
3. leaves changing
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life, keeping on…
4. breaking out the beanies
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+ chambray and wet hair on saturday mornings = early fall perfection
5. new necklace
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sent by a dear friend, arrived on the perfect day and is worn 24/7
6. this chalk board
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reminding us that life is good. even if it’s also really, really sad.
so this might be my weekly feature-
a little thing or two 
that makes me smile
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weekend wave report

sunday morning
we were up with the sun
to waves 
that cape surfers dream about:
clean and head-high
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my husband was a happy man
and life felt pretty good
i stayed on shore
(and wrangled the dogs)
because honestly
with my luck lately
dressing up like a seal
to splash around in waters shared with great whites
just doesn’t seem like such a great idea!
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not much beats the outer cape in the fall!
   
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change

change is here

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the slight chill in the evening air
a crispness in the sound of the breeze through the leaves
shorter days

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life…
moving forward
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so
very 
differently
than we imagined
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we’ve begun our re-entry into the daily-life routine
that has always felt so comfortable
and now
so lonely
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reid starts back at school today
and i’ve got a dog to walk
and laundry to wash
and emails to send
calls to return
busy busy busy for sure
but all a little empty too
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this self-take, shot yesterday
on a birthday beach walk with our 3!! year old blondie-girl
who makes us smile 
everyday