8.29.2014

This Moment . . .

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
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Many blessings for a beautiful Friday and a wonderful weekend ahead ~ Wendy




8.28.2014

Oh Dear . . .

My mother lives in a little cottage in the woods.  She has seen snakes, coyotes, your regular run of the mill bunnies and chipmunks, among other things.  But, by far, her favorite visitors are the deer that she feeds every day.  There is a little farm up the street from her and she buys bags of apples that they have kept from the season before.  One deer, in particular, has really grown to trust my mother and walks right up to her porch.  In fact, she's actually tried to jump the small fence that blocks the dogs from getting off her porch.  LOL!! 

Mama deer.
Late in the spring, my mother was concerned because she hadn't seen her favorite deer for a while and thought something might have happened to her.  We both remembered it was the time of year that babies were being born and maybe, just maybe, that was what was keeping her away.

Well . . . . . . .


. . .  look who came to visit!!!  At first "Peaches", as my mother has named her (or him.  We're not quite sure yet), kept her distance and watched Mama Deer as she walked over to my mother.  Now, she comes right up to the porch and is a very brave baby.  She doesn't like apples yet but I'm sure that will change soon.  What an honor it is for this deer to trust my mother enough to introduce her to her baby!! 

"Peaches!!"
It is said that animals and children are the best judges of character.  I truly believe this.  : )



Many blessings for a beautiful Thursday ~ Wendy


8.22.2014

Moments of Looking Back and Moving Ahead . . .

 As I type this, my back door is open and there's cool, crisp morning air coming in.  It's the middle of August here in New York but feels more like the beginning of October.  We had a cool August last year as well.  Makes me think we're in for another whopper of a winter!!  : )

Brendan and his neighborhood friends headed out to go sleigh riding last winter.
In the mean time, we're holding onto these last couple of weeks of summer break before all of the new schedules and activities resume.  Connor goes back to Plattsburgh tomorrow to the start of his second year there.  He's been gone a lot this summer ~ either working, trips to the beach (his girlfriend's family has a beach house in Wildwood Crest, NJ) or hanging at our family's cabin in the Catskill Mountains for a guys' weekend.  Other then me doing his laundry, he's independent and responsible and I don't worry much about him other then the typical stuff a mother worries about.  I say a prayer that he's safe and I let him spread his wings and fly.  He's almost 22 so I guess I have no choice but to do that.  I know I will cry when he kisses me goodbye tomorrow.  I'm tearing up just typing this.  Damn PMS.  : )

My oldest son, Connor.
Trevor had one day off this whole summer (July 4th) from his job as a swim instructor for little kids at a local day camp.  He wasn't able to go away with us at all this year.  A little disappointing but I'm proud of him for making it to work every day.  Although, I was the one driving him 99.9% of the time.  : )  Trevor is a very different kid from Connor.  A full load of college classes would be a little too much for him so he's going to take a couple of classes at a time and continue to work.  He's leaning towards teaching and I think he'd be a wonderful teacher.  He loves kids and really has a good way with them.  I think having a little sister, and a little brother for that matter, has helped with this. 

An emotional me with Trevor on his Graduation Day.


Brendan starts 7th grade this year.  Not to mention the fact that he's going to be a TEENAGER in December.  My baby boy a teenager.  I still have a few months to wrap my mind around that one, thankfully!!

Oh, those eyelashes!!!  : )
Brendan and Jakhai rock climbing at Bear  Mountain State Park.
Jakhai spent another July with us this year.  This is the fourth summer he's spent with us since the Fresh Air Fund introduced our families to each other.  The boys call each other "brothers from another color" and Jakhai's beautiful Mama, Hope, calls me her "sister from another mister."  Need I say more?!!?  LOL!!  The Universe certainly can work its magic!!!

Herself rocking a 'kini!!!
Miss Megan starts pre-kindergarten in a couple of weeks and she can't wait.  She's grown up an matured so much this summer.  Since turning four, she's like a totally different girl.  Three was a tough year and I have to admit there were quite a few times Jim and I were at the end of our rope with whining, crying, tantrums and tears.  When she turned four in May, it was like someone flipped a switch. Unless she's tired or hungry she's very happy and very funny.  Oh, and I can't forget SASSY!!!  You really don't know what to expect her to say!!!!  She has a Daddy and three brothers that dote over her.  Definitely the Princess of the house.  Sometimes I have to remind her that I'm the Queen of the house.  Yea.  Right.  : )

Megan and Daddy on a paddle boat at Bear Mountain State Park.
A "selfie."
Hiking at Bear Mountain.
One more year and she'll be going to kindergarten.  She'll be ready but I'm not so sure about her Daddy.  : )


Many blessings for a beautiful Thursday ~ Wendy


8.15.2014

This Moment . . .

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
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Trevor's 18th birthday.

Many blessings for a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend ~ Wendy


 

8.10.2014

Some Favorite Summer Moments and a Sunday Saying . . .

We've been spending the last couple of weeks with family and friends on mini vacations and day trips.  Once again, July has flown by and we're already rapidly approaching the middle days of August.  In the blink of an eye, the summer of 2014 will be another distant memory. 


A day trip to Point Pleasant, NJ.
Lake George, NY with Jakhai and my friend Saskia's son, Malcolm. 
A picnic in the park with Jakhai's family.
Building sand castles in Lake George, NY.
A beach selfie with my honey.
A selfie with Daddy at Bear Mountain State Park.
These two bff's spent another July together.  Makes my  heart sing!!!!!  : )
The boys of summer on the Hudson River.
A tubbie for two with Megan and Cybele.

I have lots of other photos that I've taken this summer that I look forward to sharing.  This blog is such a special place that I've truly come to love.  Thanks so much to all of you that choose to visit me.  I can't tell you how much I appreciate you and all of your wonderful blogs as well.  As often as I can, I love to sit and catch a glimpse of your lives.  I have made friends with people all over the world because of "blog land."  I share in your happy times and your sad times, as well.  You've all inspired me to take better photos, be a better parent and try new things.  As I watch all of the horrible things that are going on in this world right now, your blogs are all a breath of fresh air to me and I feel the need to say this.  Thank you and Namaste.  xo


Many blessings for a beautiful Sunday and a wonderful week ahead ~ Wendy


8.01.2014

This Moment . . .

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
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Our first day in Lake George, NY.


Many blessings for a beautiful Friday and a happy weekend ~ Wendy