Sunday, August 5, 2018





i am sixty.

6 0

this auspicious event happened
on 5-5-18.

CINCO DE MAYO
y'all

 thanks to 
the magic of photo shop,
i was able to take about
10 years off the face that
I've earned by living
twenty one thousand,
nine hundred days.

the reason i feel compelled to
share these pictures with you all
is because the day of my
birthday our family
was at our cabin and there
were a few photos taken during the day
but i'm the one usually taking the
pictures and right before i was
going to go to bed i said to adria
"i am pretty sure there isn't a
single picture of me that i'm going to
like from today, will you take a couple?"

she said sure and then proceeded to take
about 246 all of which we both looked at
and said "NOPE...that was bad", tried again,
said "NOPE", tried again and this was what i was left with.

you guys, i get it! it's hard to have your
picture taken... but after a lot of hilarious
laughter and taking off hoodies, adding hats,
taking off hats, fluffing my hair, trying
new faces i'd never tried before, 
then more laughter about how
ridiculous it was all becoming,
here is what i left in the collection.

thanks for taking one for the team Ad
and manning my camera for what 
turned out to be a few shots
that after all that effort,
  i'm going to share with 
the whole darn world.


: )

*photo bomber in last pic is my grandson's daddy.
**cinco de mayo = sombreros








Sunday, July 15, 2018



early morning light speaks to me.

so much so that if you live near me you might have
seen me outside in my bathrobe, kneeling down to
take photos.

***just look away~ crazy neighbor doing her thing.

today i looked out the window and saw heavy, heavy dew
on everything and out i went.

*************************

i need to tell y'all that i've been having a lot of trouble
blogging lately. i take photos, edit them, upload them,
write copy...
hit post and

bam- the whole thing is gone.

seriously!

i'm going to try and outsmart the system 
by saying
"have a great week"!

i hope this works if i write copy at the top 
of my post.

: )






























































Saturday, May 12, 2018

when a child is born, so is a mother


tomorrow is mother's day and
it feels especially meaningful to me this year
because my daughter is a mama now too.

cj is 7 months old and i take a lot of photos of him but on the day
i took these, he was 6 months.
i was at her house and she was at work,
 and it was the perfect time to
surprise her with more intentional photos.

bubs is always in a good mood and he was typically funny and sweet that
afternoon. i didn't really have a plan other than to let him roll around and play
while i took pictures.

this baby has captured my heart in ways i didn't even
know was possible.

 i hope these pictures will help us remember this precious stage  ~








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"I realized when looking at your mother, you are looking at the purest form of love you'll ever know."
                                                                                                                                                                     mitch albom











































aren't baby hands the cutest?





































"you should never put babies to bed,
they always wake up a day older."

********************

it's hard to believe that in the blink of an eye, this little love is now 7 months old.

every time we get to see him he just just delights
us with all the nuances of his darling personality.
he is the most curious child lars and i have ever seen.
he is wide eyed with wonder at the world and growing
and changing so fast.

getting him to giggle is about the best thing ever.
(we will swing from the chandeliers and attempt cartwheels
to hear that sweet sound.)
he has his daddies beautiful brown eyes and dark lashes.
his chubby little arms and legs are so irresistible. (he has
achieved this healthy status entirely from his mama and just started
eating solid foods a few weeks ago).

i am humbled watching my daughter mother this sweet boy.
 we always knew she'd be a great mom. it started with her loving her
dollies... then she moved on to being an awesome
big sister and then a great teenage babysitter.

  she has a fierce love for this baby of hers and it is clear~
she was born to be a mother
*and man is she doing it well.

happy 1st mother's day to our girl
and to all of you who have also had the
honor and privilege
to raise a child.

raisin' up my 3 has been my greatest joy.








xox, grama beth




a mother is a person who,
seeing there are only 4 pieces of pie for 5 people,
promptly announces she never really cared for pie.










Saturday, April 14, 2018





hello!

well now it's april 14th.
my last blog post was an ode to winter, a goodbye 
because it was the first day of spring and it was
a really pretty day. the snow was almost gone
and the birds were chirping away.

that was march 20th.

today is has snowed more than a foot.
can i just repeat: it's april 14th.

mother nature appears to be having a temper tantrum and so are a lot of my neighbors.

*shout out to our neighbors that turned their Christmas
lights back on though... hehe  *love me a good sense of humor. 



how've you all been? are you as excited to sit on your decks as i am?
i was at a garden center yesterday and the greenhouse was starting to fill
up. there were pansys, ranunculus, and all kinds of herbs and it was about
the best sight ever. i am anxious (but a little nervous) to check my
prize dahlia bulbs. they have been in buckets in the basement 
all winter and i sure hope they haven't dried up or rotted.
spring garden season is just about here and i can't wait!


the morning light in our living room has been so pretty lately
and i love that there are more hours of daylight~



























 cousins mike and barb had a st. patrick's day party on 3-17 and we were invited.
here are some pictures from that fun evening. 






barb had fun decorating and was i so excited when i walked in to their dining room.









i had just gotten the results back from my ancestery dna kit and found out 
i had quite a bit of irish in me (that I didn't know about), so i was all about it.
: )) 
mike and barb love to cook. they served corned beef and cabbage and
i was pretty sure i wouldn't care for it, (i'm picky) but i did!
i actually loved it, it was really delicious!!!




barb made these yummy cupcakes laced with baileys irish cream.








do any of you watch the bachelor? this last season a girl that barb knows really well won
the show (but then got duped) and now she's going to be the next bachelorette.
barb is cat sitting for her while the show is being filmed and both she
and mike are so in love with this cute kitty that i think
it's going to be really hard for them to give her back.













it's always a real treat to get an invitation to their house. I can't remember when
I've laughed so hard...we played games and talked about some of our favorite memories
of growing up together, what a great evening~
thanks you guys!






now on to our little grandson... look how he's grown!!!
he's 6 months old and as much as I've loved every single month of
his precious babyhood, every time we see him he just gets more fun.
friends have told me this just continues, how great is that?


























when he was at our house this week he had a fun surprise for us...
his first two little teeth are through.
yeah CJ!
*his eyes are turning brown now too... something I was secretly hoping for. : )




we are so in love with this little boy



well, that's about it for today.
the next time i blog i will not talk about snow.
i promise.
i don't care if it's may and we still have a foot.
: )

 until then, take care and be well

xo, beth