backyard guest backyard guest

i love when deer romp around right outside our back door. this picture was actually taken from inside with a wimpy point & shoot, that&#...

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easiest (& cheapest) place cards ever! easiest (& cheapest) place cards ever!

you asked for it! yep, due to popular demand here is the first of a couple quick & easy how-to's from our most recent celebration . ...

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i guess i'm spunctiony i guess i'm spunctiony

tonight ryan told me i had spunction. (don't feel bad for not knowing what that means - he made it up!) i think it was meant to be a sor...

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tomato sauce 101 tomato sauce 101

i turned these tomatoes into this tomato sauce, and then turned this tomato sauce into this baked ziti!! homemade tomato sauce is beyond bel...

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Sunday Fireworks Sunday Fireworks

ryan and i enjoy a good long sunday evening walk. tonight as we left, we also got to enjoy quite a firework show. i'm not sure who, or w...

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conference with my lady friends conference with my lady friends

Tonight I was lucky enough to join with the other 20,000 or so women (as well as some very sweet friends) in the conference center , where I...

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a little art for a friday a little art for a friday

kay, so like eons ago a had an afternoon with grandma. yes, this one. my cousin showed us a few water color basics and let us try our hand ...

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keen on peaches keen on peaches

at 7:00 tonight guess what i came home to. a husband in the kitchen prepping up some peaches. that's right, all those peaches I just hav...

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a dash of chaos to keep us on our toes. a dash of chaos to keep us on our toes.

Yes, there have been times when Ryan & I hold  FHE  at 11:00 at night. Times when we have not been to the grocery store in literally wee...

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autumn is in the air. autumn is in the air.

(our front yard as seen in autumn 2009) today showed the very first signs of autumn. the canopy of leaves shrouding the cemetery is laced w...

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and i too will survive. and i too will survive.

i have not met her. but i kind of feel like i have. because as i watch this video i feel a keen sense of... what's the word? kinship!? p...

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book stack book stack

i've always dreamed of having a really expansive library. with walls lined with bookshelves, and those bookshelves filled with books. be...

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a windfall indeed. a windfall indeed.

it's like christmas morning over here! a friend of my husbands just happens to work at his family orchard here . (if you live in the pro...

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a sorbet sky a sorbet sky

this was the soft dusky sunset that closed my 29th birthday. (isn't it so beautiful that you just want to cry?) it felt like an extraord...

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back to school. back to school.

i have returned to school. this time as a graduate student. and i'd like it documented that i love it. that i can't wait to go to cl...

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"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" - Mary Oliver i'm still working through my own plan...

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weekend highlights weekend highlights

it was the very best kind of weekend - equally productive & fun! we went school shopping (my fav) cleaned house, did homework, and even...

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my cousin is now a mrs. my cousin is now a mrs.

(sadly, i did not bring my dslr so all photos were pointed & shot!) my cousin got married! she looked so beautiful - just as brides shou...

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the gift of music the gift of music

(photo taken by my talented cousin brooklyn) five birthday songs is enough to make any girl feel special! i was lucky enough to be serenaded...

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the last of my 20's! the last of my 20's!

not so long ago i celebrated a birthday. it feels like an awfully big deal to mark the last year i will ever be twenty-something. my last ye...

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