Friday, June 25, 2010

The Homestead

Dallen and I have decided to start taking photos together. Just a way for us to connect. As they grow we seem to spend more and more time on independent activities. Although that is wonderful and I love seeing them mature and see what paths they take, I also enjoy spending time with my boys. For now photography is one connection for my son and myself. We are both new to photography, and I don't know where this will take us, but I will be posing photos from both of us on my blog. Here is a start. These photos were taken here on our property, just a couple of random shots as we walked the pasture and the creek.

Dallen's photo, photo shop edited just a little bit:

And my photo, no photo shopping here as I am not the photo shop wiz my son is, so this one is straight out of the camera:

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Hiking Joy

What a beautiful day it was yesterday, perfect day for a hike. It has been so hot down here in the foothills, in the 90s, muggy heat. And I like the heat but it was so nice to get away from it for a while. And it was so much cooler in the Mountains.

Took the boys for a hike around a lake, with lots of friends. The hike was amazing, saw a nice beaver dam, they were hard at work. And the hike was probably 90% in the shade, 2.3 miles (or so the signs kept telling me). When we got back to the parking lot and looked out again at the lake, it was a great view, and I just kept telling myself "we walk around THAT lake".

Then all of us went just a mile up the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Julian Price Park for a picnic. Just a gorgeous spot by the creek in the shade, there was a nice breeze blowing and we played in the creek, had a picnic, chatted with friends and just spent a joy-filled day all around. It was nice, we are so blessed to be here, now in this place with these people.
So nice to be in a community where each person is accepted for exactly who they are.

Sunday, June 20, 2010


Mornings have become one of my favorite times of the day. This was not always the case as I am, at heart, a night owl. But the dogs have other ideas and they are truly morning creatures. So for the past year I have become a morning person, rising somewhere around 6:00, yes that is 6:00 am. Who would have thought that 6:00 comes around twice a day, but it does. ;-)

So after the dogs, one of my first tasks of the day is to let the chickens out of the hen pen, many mornings there is fog lifting from the creek and rising with the sun through the trees. Just an amazing sight and I thoroughly enjoy sitting out at the barn and watching the pasture come alive, hearing the birds in the trees. So these are my Straight Out of the Camera photos for this week. Pics from our barn, of the fog and the sun. A scene I enjoy most mornings.

Friday, June 18, 2010


OK my birthday isn't today, my birthday was June 2. And it just so happens that this year, Mom's Night Out fell on my birthday. So I celebrated with so many of my favorite people. I picked the restaurant this month, Carrabbas. And I had some delicious minestrone soup. Took a few pics to commemorate the occasion. We just have so much fun at MNO, a time to get together as women, and chat, eat and laugh, laugh a lot. We usually close a restaurant down and then look for a coffee shop to finish out the evening. And this night was no exception, by the time we left the restaurant they were closing down and it was around 10:00. By the time we left the parking lot it was 11:00, too late for coffee as the only one that stays open is Barnes and Noble cafe, and even that shuts down at 11:00.

So after this MNO I drove home and celebrated the rest of my birthday with my wonderful husband and boys. Ahhhh, just a great birthday.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Love to Learn

Yes, Love to Learn, that's the title of the conference I help coordinate, The Love to Learn Homeschool Conference. It has been on my mind a lot today as I have been working on the schedule. Lots of interesting speakers. I have been putting this task off as it is hard to decide who goes when, who speaks at the same time, who has a long drive, who gets up early, etc. But I think I am just about finished and ready to post it.

The conference will be HUGE! The conference will be AWESOME, as usual. The only truly inclusive homeschool conference in North Carolina. It is amazing when I think about it. You know I totally believe in being upfront with the consumers. The more information about the product the better. So why try to sell an obviously religious conference as inclusive. We all know it isn't true, we know that when someone says inclusive and then presents only one side of things, it isn't inclusive. Is it really to deceive people? Or do those in charge really believe that inclusive means "you are allowed to attend"?

I can assure you that the Love to Learn Conference is focused on homeschooling, focused on the things we have in common. So visit the web site, schedule to be uploaded soon :-)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

New Mug

I have an affinity for mugs. I so prefer to drink my morning cuppa hot chai from a special mug, rather than the generic mug that came with the dish set. I have posted before about the two I am currently using, one from my husband and one from a dear friend. Well, for my birthday this year I received another great mug, from another dear friend. This one is so beautiful, with a "tree" on the front. So now this mug is added to my collection. Not a collection to be looked at, but a collection to be used and loved. I just so enjoy starting my day thinking about someone special in my life, someone that means something to me and my family. It just adds so much to my morning, my chai and sets me off on the right note, so grateful for the wonderful people who are a part of me and my life. Does it get any better than that?!

This is a picture of my beautiful new mug along with some rice pudding I made, YUMMY combo!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Art Day~Zentangles

I organize a monthly Art Day locally for our local homeschool group, I may have mentioned it before, it is a more free flowing Art Day, not an Art Class. We decide on a medium or technique and everyone brings the supplies they have, books, videos, etc, and we spread out and work at our own pace, with no deadline or end result at hand. Those that want to participate do, those that do not are free to play outside or inside or work on something else. Fun for everyone.

This month we created zentangles, and it was so much fun. One project we did was a zentangle round robin. Everyone that wanted to participate started their own zentangle of the size they wanted, then we passed the zentangles to the left and the next person would add their own contribution to the zentangle, keep passing to the left until you get your own zentangle back. It was really neat, working on all the zentangles, and we had probably 8 or 10 participants of all ages. The zentangles came out so wonderfully, and everyone was so thrilled with their results. Of course we then had time to work on our own zentangles, and even complete some for an ATC trade I was participating in with the Imagination Tribe yahoo group.

Pictured are just a few of the round robin cards.