What a good day. I stayed in my pajamas ALL day. The kiddos went to a Vandy game with Shshr and Nana, and then hung out at Nana’s for a bit and helped her make some cookies for Thanksgiving.

Jake worked a bit, then went over to the farm to scout for deer with a friend. When he came back he worked on our new kitchen table. I edited some photo shoots and then did some crafting. 🙂

Tonight we had a movie night and then Jake started glueing our table-he’s getting so close to getting it done!

It is going to be wonderful!

Zoo….almost fail

Guys, I never want anybody to think I am perfect, or have a perfect life. I don’t try to post only “Instagram worthy” pictures or anything like that…but we can all have the tendency to want to only post the positive and the best things in life. 🙂

So, maybe this story will make some of you feel better about yourselves, LOL.

We got out of school early yesterday, so my friend Lindsey and I made a plan to take the kiddos to Chick-Fil-A and then to the zoo. The kids were super excited. Well, we left school later than I had planned, because I had some unexpected teacher stuff happen yesterday. But we finally were ready to leave about 12:15. We pulled up a Chick-Fil-A on maps that was on the way to the zoo, and we were off! Traffic was HORRIBLE, and there were several wrecks/delays/etc. Well….we get to where maps is telling us to go…and realize the restaurant is IN an office building. So we pull up another one, and fight traffic to get to it…and realize it is the new “take out only” Chick-Fil-A that just opened in Nashville ??‍♀️. SO we look on maps AGAIN, and realize the only other Chick-Fil-A that makes sense to go to is PAST the zoo. We FINALLY made it to a normal Chick-Fil-A and ate lunch.

After we ate lunch, the plan was to run by the Starbucks and then head to the zoo. We get to Starbucks, and of course it doesn’t have a drive thru (#firstworldproblems). While we are standing in line, we decided we better just check to see if the zoo was open JUST IN CASE, since the rest of our plan had been kind of crazy. Luckily it was…BUT it closed at FOUR instead of FIVE like we thought! That meant we were only going to have about an hour ??‍♀️. I felt SO bad. I kept apologizing to the kids on the way over to the zoo. Jack was the sweetest thing, though. He kept saying, “You don’t have to apologize Mommy; this is ok!”

And actually, Jack was right. It WAS okay. It ended up being just fine, as much as I fretted. We saw all the animals the kids wanted to see AND they got to play on the playground for almost a half hour. There was hardly anyone there, so it seemed like we had the place to ourselves. The animals were SUPER active, more so than we’ve ever seen them! And, by the end of our hour, we were all getting cold anyways. 🙂

The kids and I had a LONG drive home…it took us an hour just to get to Goodlettsville! But, I listened to a podcast, Josie read her book, and Jack got a nap :).

What seemed stressful and crazy while we were in it was actually not so bad! We ended up having a great time, and the best part was being with awesome friends. 🙂

Friend Visit

We had an unexpected visit yesterday from our friends that moved to Missouri! They texted us yesterday morning to say they were coming through town and wanted to know if we wanted to meet up. Of course we said yes!!

We met up with them at a new Mexican restaurant in Pleasant View…and then of course we had to go to Golly G’s before coming back to our house to hang out.

It was SO good to get to see them and catch up, and our kiddos had a blast playing together. They have missed their buddies, and were so sad when they moved away.

The mark of good friends is that you can pick up right where you left off, no matter how long it’s been. 🙂

What I’ve been reading…

I’m still working on my “52 books in a year” challenge. So far 39 down, 13 to go. Not sure I will make it by January, but I’m sure going to try! And, if I don’t finish in the “time” goal, I am going to finish the list anyways. I’ve loved how much it has stretched me to read other genres that I normally wouldn’t gravitate towards. Here’s what I’ve been reading in the past month or so….

“A Book with a number in the title”

Land of a Hundred Wonders by Lesley Kagan

This was one my mom had on her shelf. I had never heard of the author before, but it looked interesting. It wasn’t the best written book of all time, but it kept me interested. 


“A book by someone from another country”

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling)

SO disappointed with this one. The “Harry Potter” series is one of my favorites of all time, hands down. No one has quite ever “sucked me in” quite like it. I had read J.K. Rowlings first “adult” novel several years ago and had been totally disappointed. I had high hopes for this one….but to no avail. I would not recommend this book. I kept waiting for it to get better…but it never did. 🙁


“A funny book”

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

My headmaster recommended this one. I loved it! It is about a guy and his “overweight” friend who set out to walk the entire AT in a summer. I really enjoyed it, and it definitely made me laugh out loud more than once!


“A book with a color in the title”

The Color Purple

Once I started reading this one, I remembered I’d read it before, but years before. It was a good re-read though. Lots of layers to this book.


“A graphic novel”

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald, adapted by

This was a quick read, but I enjoyed it! The pictures were wonderfully done in this. 


So, I don’t even know myself anymore. I have NEVER liked coffee. I’ve tried it many times, because I have always loved the idea of coffee. I love a hot drink to hold in my hands when I’m cold. Well, my friends Josh and Lindsey love coffee, and they have been on a quest to find a coffee drink they could get me to like. And they’ve done it! I apparently like lots of milk, vanilla, and cinnamon in my coffee…..but YUM. I actually ENJOY it! And I finally feel like an adult, lol. Something about drinking coffee just makes you feel grown up, right?

Candle Making

Monday we had the day off of school, so I promised Josie I would help her do something she has been eagerly anticipating for awhile now-make candles! She had bought all the supplies with her birthday money about a month ago, and couldn’t wait to try them out, but we just hadn’t had a good day. So Monday was the day!

She loved every minute of it, and next time she should be able to do it all on her own, without help. Her candles turned out so pretty, and they smell so good!!

Catching up…

I have been behind on my blogging. Again. But that’s okay. My photo business is booming without me even trying, so that has been getting priority over the blog here lately. We have today off from school, so I’m taking a few minutes to catch up. 🙂 Get ready for a whole lot of randomness from October and November!


We had a fall picnic at school. The kiddos had a blast playing with some of their best buds. This was one of the first COLD evenings we had….


Jack has learned a new chore:



One day we had a fun day at the farm, cleaning out the barn. Afterwards we picked up Mee Maw and went to the Greek place in Springfield for dinner-yum!


My cross country team gifted me with a VITAMIX! My old blender was on its last leg, and I had a new one on my Christmas list….but this one is so much better than the one I wanted! We have been enjoying lots of smoothies. 🙂


This is our favorite smoothie to make. We add a few mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, and sometimes some ground flax seed.


We’ve been enjoying some yummy dinners. Once upon a time, Jake and I had written out all the dinners we enjoyed together, kept the list on the fridge, and tried to go through all the meals at least once before we started the list over, just to keep some variety going. We’d gotten away from that in the past couple of years, and Jake decided we needed to start it up again, and I agreed. So we wrote down all the meals that we enjoy having as a family, and Jake made a 9 week rotation for us to work through. It lists some things just once, and repeats some of our favorites.  This is SO helpful for me, because when I go to the grocery, I can just look to see what is up next, and get the ingredients for those things. Plus, I’m not forgetting about meals that we really love, and cooking the same 4 things over and over again. AND, it forces me to cook some really yummy meals that I might otherwise avoid, just because they are a little more time consuming. Jake is our resident fried chicken cooker, and I have finally mastered fried okra (which is good, because our freezer is FULL of okra right now!)



One night this past week we had tornado warnings, so we brought the kiddos downstairs to our “safe” place (we don’t have a basement, and our bathroom is not in the center of the house…this is the best we can do. Jack NEVER woke up, bringing him downstairs, laying him down, and taking him back to his bed, lol.



Saturday Ta took Kinley and Josie to TPAC to see “The Little Mermaid.” This was her birthday gift to both of them…and they both LOVED it. Josie hasn’t quit telling me about it since!


Maybe now I can keep current….but I’m not making any promises! 🙂

Family Pics

One time a year, normally in the fall, I set up a tripod and take some pictures of our family. 🙂 This year I wanted to do them at our farm, and today was the perfect day-the leaves were pretty, the lighting was just right…and we were all already clean with hair fixed since it was a church day-LOL. I’m not going to share the ones of us all together (except for a few outtakes), because I want to save those for Christmas card shots…..but here are a few of my favorites from the other ones we took…