Falling in Love

I love this life. I love this season with every ounce of my being. But sometimes I forget to enjoy the other things I love. Nature being one. Photography being another. Blogging being yet another. I feel so fortunate to live in a time where I can combine all the things I love so seamlessly. So here I am…just rambling and taking photos…

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Yes there is a 3rd one. She was on my back. Don’t worry…she will be photobombing this site very soon! Next time I’ll be sure to blog on yet another love…leggings and coffee. Oh and fuzzy slippers and cool weather and red and orange and yellow.

Namaste.

Those standstill moments

10 minutes after the birth of my 3rd daughter, the assistant said something along the lines of, “Wow, she’s 10 minutes old already! Time flies!” She has 6 kids and gets it. As soon as motherhood hits, the clock speeds up. And now here we are already…1 week young today. 1 week of absolute heaven on earth! Things are good. Things are really good!

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Many blessings to you and yours,

Jesse

3rd time’s a charm…but not really…

There’s a point in pregnancy in which you’re kind of done. You can’t really move much, there’s strange aches and pains, sleep is becoming a thing of the past, and you develop this wonderful waddle whenever you walk. I’m pretty much to that point. I know I’ve complained about the heat ever since my coconut oil turned to liquid, but that certainly hasn’t helped. What has helped tremendously? Magnesium and Vitamin B! These are my happy supplements! They’ve seriously done wonders!

How am I feeling, you ask?…

One thing I’ve managed to do with my 2 previous pregnancies is take some fun pictures. For this first one, I hiked up a mountain to get this shot…

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For this next picture, my mother and I woke up at the crack of dawn to go to a natural spring before people started arriving to go swimming. Did I mention that the water temperature of that spring in the month of March is like 50 degrees?

dsc_0310So in an act of trying to not leave my precious 3rd child out of maternity pictures, I loaded up the tripod and went a whopping 20 feet from my front porch…it was a obligatory maternity shoot. We took these this past weekend, when the temperature was actually reasonable. None-the-less, we still have a story to take away from the experience, as my 2nd-born sat down in a seed tick bomb and ended up with no less than like 50 tick bites all over her. Gotta love the Virginia woods! Ah…memories…

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Hope your enjoying this PSL/Back-to-School season! Have a wonderful day!!

News on the Homefront!!!

It’s official! Actually quite a few things are now official!

First…I’m 30! I’ve been half-dreading half-looking-forward to this birthday all year. The 20s were fabulous! I graduated college, moved and moved and moved and moved again, started 3 (maybe 4) careers, birthed 2 babies, and celebrated 10 years of marriage! There was a lot of soul-searching, a lot of searching in general. A whole decade of good times….that’s going to be hard to beat! But from what everyone tells me, the 30s are wonderful! So I am looking forward to them, though I still cannot believe they’re here!

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Even Maggie gets to celebrate!

So the second bit of information is…Reliable Roots is growing roots! Right here in VA! We’ve traded in the RV lifestyle for a 1200 square foot mansion! (after RVing for 3 years, this place really is a mansion!). We’ll be here for a few years by all indications, so we decided to settle in. And then we found this house and fell in love! Built in 1938 right next to loads of woods and civil war sites, this place is loaded in history and character! And if there’s two things I love, it’s history and character!!

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We parked our RV out front and have spent this past weekend unloading and moving in. It never fails to amaze me at just how much junk RVs can hold! There is storage space everywhere! And apparently we actually have enough stuff shoved in there to fill up a 1200 square foot house!

Unfortunately I’m still in the midst of cleaning and organizing (this hurricane hasn’t really helped the process) so I don’t have any better pictures of the interior, and with the constant rain of the past week, no pictures of the exterior, but I did score this lovely picture of our attic!

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Yes, that would be Mr. Bat, just in time for Halloween! Now I consider myself somewhat of a feminist, and I’m totally about equal rights, until I find some sort of disease-infected rodent of unusual size that wants to suck my blood….that’s a man’s work through and through. Yup. I just don’t do that. Stay tuned today for what will likely be a twitter/instagram-fest of how the brave and fearless husband plans on riding our life of this vermin without blowing a hole in the roof. I’m sure it will probably look something like this…

Of course I wouldn’t be me without mentioning how much fun it is to clean my new house with all my new Norwex products! This house has been vacant since at least January, so there was a LOT of dust. And apparently they had a cat or small dog or something that I’m terribly allergic to. Maybe a gerbil, I’m not sure. Norwex to the rescue!!

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I’ll be giving away some of my goodies this month….let me know if you’d like an opportunity to win some!

Oh, and thank you previous owner for leaving all your hazardous chemicals absolutely everywhere for my toddler to find for me! I narrowly avoided having to call poison control…you know, for the second time this week (the first time was because all-natural toothpaste that tastes like strawberry just isn’t as natural as I had hoped….but all is well….and Dorothy at poison control is a super-nice lady!). This is why I Norwex. It’s worth it. Now if they only had some sort of product for getting rid of bats….

The car mitt...it's so cuddly! I cannot wait for the rain to clear out so I can use it!
The car mitt…it’s so cuddly! I cannot wait for the rain to clear out so I can use it!
And look! Even Psych uses it! Man I love this show! They need to bring it back!
And look! Even Psych uses it! Man I love this show! They need to bring it back!

Now I’ll leave you with the last pictures of a wonderful summer, and of our last RV adventure, for now….

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Around the Pond

Today some friends flew in from Canada.

DSC_1276 DSC_1277They flew down for just an hour or two to say hi, and then left. They come by almost daily, but never stay very long. Their friends are almost constantly hanging around the pond.

DSC_1293 DSC_1287Our pond is overgrown and not aerated. It’s growth of lilies and algae is pretty extreme. But with it comes the beauty that only untamed nature can provide.

DSC_1299 DSC_1301 DSC_1300 DSC_1302There are small eternities in every day. When time stands still and beauty overtakes the moment. When happiness is found in honeysuckle and dandelions. When wonder is found in geese and lilies.

When you truly just sit back and enjoy the journey.