today we unschooled.

today we unschooled.

I spy with my little eye, a precious 2 year old is his element.  stone never cares if it's cold or raining outside, he just wants to go "ouch-side." i try to do independent play daily, and when the weather is nice, it makes things much easier. but on a rainy day, I'm more reluctant. [...]

my 33rd birthday

my 33rd birthday

the birthday recap on the blog is always so fun, because it's sharing when we do all the fun things on purpose. with an excuse. with happy moods and calm spirits. with flexible schedules and lowered expectation. with surprise texts and calls. well, surprises in general. with spontaneous songs and giggles. it's the best. yesterday [...]

a perfect day for a birthday!

a perfect day for a birthday!

oh my goodness, the sound of this rain right now is so peaceful and calming. the kids are both asleep for their afternoon naps and Grant is working hard on his homemade kombucha in the kitchen. I just finished editing the pictures from yesterday and wanted to hurry up and blog before a FaceTime date [...]

hiking on the holidays

hiking on the holidays

it's a tradition in our family to go hiking on the holidays. it wasn't until after i went off to college and left my town and then came back that i started to appreciate allllll the hiking and nature opportunities literally in my backyard. we have it good here in southern maryland! grant gets Columbus [...]

lately

lately

lately, i've been in the winter funk and ain't nobody gonna change that. i've been trying though - really trying to be grateful through this season. it happens every year, so i really shouldn't surprised. my husband? well, he's learning. i keep telling him: "you married me. all of me. even this season of me." [...]

how to hike

first, make sure your husband is extremely sick. second, make sure it's a ridiculously famous holiday where most people DONT do things like hike. third, bring your new camera and pretend like you're really good at film making. fourth, get your shoes SOAKED and walk back to the car, making sure it's at least 2 [...]

exhale.

"it's okay to not be okay." - exhale by plumb i first heard this song as it blasted through my headphones on one of my "forced" long runs. yes, forced. there was time i would run every day, whenever i had the time. that season has come & possibly gone. with the addition of a [...]