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    Sunday Spark: Spring Break





    As our Spring Break comes to a close today, I'm looking back with fondness on a week that we didn't really go anywhere, butwe had a grand time all the same - relaxing, witnessing the many Spring flowers in bloom, planting and finding geocaches, and just enjoying tons of family time. Okay, yes, and enduring the stomach bug too (fortunately, that passed quickly). And with today's weather in the 80's, the kids put up a lemonade stand (They made $3.75!!). I hope your Spring break was as agreeable as ours (less the intestinal flu). Happy Spring! 

    Lemonade stand and chalk drawing in April!

     

    Clematis in our front garden, in nearly full bloom!

     

    Swinging...

     

    Iris in our front yard. So quickly they come & go...

     

    One of many geocaches we found this week!

     

    Ah, tulips - the sure sign of Spring!

     

    Serious egg-dying at Grandma's house.

     

    Eggs on the lawn after the fifth or six hide & seek game.

     

    Fetching a ball from the pond. 

     

    The stunning beauty of nature & why I love New Jersey - the pines.

    Posted: Apr 15 2012, 19:36 by kelly | Comments (0) RSS comment feed |
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    Wordless Wednesday: Look Up at the Sky





    I never get tired of the blue sky.
    ~Vincent van Gogh


     In the midst of your hectic day... kids, work, school, activities, meetings, errands, meals, exercise, to-do-lists, [fill-in-the-blank here]... take a moment to pause & look. Up. At the sky, in all its splendor: always present, always changing.  It grounds me and fills me with energy. This past month, I've observed the sky more than usual. Perhaps it's been the unusually warm weather we've been having that has drawn my eyes (and camera) upwards. Regardless of the reason, I'm glad of the moments of peace our sky has given me, and I hope these images give you a bit of peace, too.

    Take a moment wherever you are, and look up! Peace to you.

    Abundance and Gratitude





    Every day is a day to be thankful. Life’s abundance has no limit, and gratitude is what keeps that abundance flowing. In every circumstance, there is something for which to be thankful. Even when there seems to be nothing else, there is hope.

    ~Ralph Marston

     

    I cannot believe it is already November… that my favorite holiday is about one month away (Santa or no, there’s nothing quite like Christmas!)! Tomorrow, we’ll eat pumpkin pie, put up our Christmas decorations, and our business kicks into serious gear. (Wow, that was a completely unintentional pun! Seriously. Ha!). For today though, I’m thankful for the so very many recent blessings in my life:   

     

    Watching my children roll joyfully down a leaf-strewn hill.
     

     

    Basking in the gloriously temperate Fall weather we've been having which has allowed the flora to last much longer than usual!


    Running – and finishing – a 6.2 mile race (my first ever!).

     
     

    Standing in awe of the stunning beauty of nature.

     

    Celebrating another Halloween with my favorite jester husband (our 18th one together!).

     

    Baking delicious Fall food (mmmmm… apple crisp!).
     
     

     

    Watching this daisy outlast everything else in my garden!

     

     Happy Thanksgiving everyone. May the blessings in YOUR life be abundant!

    Posted: Nov 24 2011, 16:31 by kelly | Comments (2) RSS comment feed |
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    Wordless Wednesday: Don't Mess With Texas





    We travelled to Texas over Spring break. The wildflowers were abundant; my iPhone camera was so happy! Family time was also in abundance; and for that, I am grateful. For Wordless Wednesday, here's our trip, in pictures. Enjoy!


    Texas Bluebonnet


    Cactus


    Hiking


    Blanketflower like I can never get to grow in my garden

    Peace


    Sitting on rocks. Not the best photo, but necessary for the dramatic next photograh...


    This fellow crawled out right next to where we were sitting, above.


    Obviously, we didn't see this sign before sitting there.


    Creek bed


    Primrose


    An awesome mural


    Geocaching (we did A LOT of cahching while in TX!)


    Sunset


    Walking with her hand on his back. My heart.


    Wildflowers


    More wildflowers. And bugs.


    Tiger at the In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Sanctuary. Each big cat here was rescued (some really heartbreaking stories of abuse & neglect) & are cared for by this amazing place, run completely on donations. If you're ever near Wylie, Texas, you must visit. (just a note, I'm not affiliated with In-Sync, we just happened upon it on our trip & I was really moved by the place).


    Big tiger sleeping like a little housecat


    Beautiful


    Hot & dry y'all


    Walking along the reservoir in the sunset


    Waiting to head home

    Posted: May 03 2011, 23:49 by kelly | Comments (6) RSS comment feed |
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    Wordless Wednesday: InstagraMania





    A few days ago I discovered Instagram. I know I'm late to the party, but where has this party been all my life? It's an instant gratification salve to my no-longer-in-art-school-and-don't-have-enough-time-to-make-art-anymore blues. I can turn any so-so snapshot into something closer to remarkable - instantly. So, for this Wordless Wednesday, the fruits of my recent infatuation:


    Me, in the sun.


    Happy sprouts on our windowsill.


    My son's curls.


    Beautiful spring blossoms.


    My daughter, peeking.


    Spring rain on daffodils.


    Adam, contemplative.

    Have you discovered Instagram? Is there another iPhone photo app that's even cooler? Please let me know!

    Posted: Apr 06 2011, 18:16 by kelly | Comments (3) RSS comment feed |
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