Under Water Adventure

Went to the Roanoke Aquarium with the fam. Lots of fun rescuing turtles and digging for sharks teeth.


Ready to dig

Digging with Daddy



Whoa baby! Maddie and Mas

Dr. Mason helping an injured sea turtle. He had an upset stomach. But we fixed him up and Mason set him free.

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Shoulders Down Love

In the most stressful of times I hold it all on my shoulders. Imagine me with them up by my ears! Today they are relaxing thanks to determination to follow a dream, lots of great advice from friends and family and a super chill boat ride exploring uninhabited Beaufort islands. So thankful for these times and looking forward to many more! I'm ready to live the life I want and live happily ever after!!

I got the coolest email today from a long time friend that I thought I'd share!

As always, thanks for reading and much love.

Here goes it:

Your own moods can be extremely deceptive. They can, and probably do, trick you into believing your life is far worse than it really is. When you’re in a good mood, life looks great. You have perspective, common sense, and wisdom. In good moods, things don’t feel so hard, problems seem less formidable and easier to solve. When you’re in a good mood, relationships seem to flow and communication is easy. If you are criticized, you take it in stride.

On the contrary, when you’re in a bad mood, life looks unbearably serious and difficult. You have very little perspective. You take things personally and often misinterpret those around you, as you impute malignant motives into their actions.

Here’s the catch: People don’t realize their moods are always on the run. They think instead that their lives have suddenly become worse in the past day, or even the last hour. So, one who is in a good mood in the morning might love this wife, his job, and his car. He is probably optimistic about his future, and feels grateful about his past. But by late afternoon, if his mood is bad, he claims he hates his job, thinks of his wife as a nuisance, thinks his car is a junker, and believes he’s going nowhere in his career. If you ask him about his childhood while he’s in a low mood, he’ll probably tell you it was extremely difficult. He will probably blame his parents for his current plight.

Such quick and drastic contrasts may seem absurd, even funny – but we’re all like that. In low moods we lose our perspective and everything seems urgent. We completely forget that when we are in a good mood, everything seems so much better. We experience the identical circumstances – who we are married to, where we work, the car we drive, our potential, our childhood – entirely differently, depending on our mood! When we are low, rather than blaming our mood as would be appropriate, we instead tend to feel that our whole life is wrong. It’s almost as if we actually believe that our lives have fallen apart in the past hour or two.

The truth is, life is almost never as bad as it seems when you’re in a low mood. Rather than staying stuck in a bad temper, convinced you are seeing life realistically, you can learn to question your judgment. Remind yourself, “Of course I’m feeling defensive (or angry, frustrated, stressed, depressed); I’m in a bad mood. I always feel negative when I’m low.” When you’re in an ill mood, learn to pass it off as simply that: an unavoidable human condition that will pass with time, if you leave it alone. A low mood is NOT the time to analyze your life. To do so is emotional suicide. If you have a legitimate problem, it will still be there when your state of mind improves. The trick is to be grateful for our good moods and graceful in our low moods – not taking them too seriously.

The next time you feel low, for whatever reason, remind yourself, “This too shall pass.” It will.

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Garden Update

I haven't talked much about the garden lately so I thought it was time for an update. Definitely in a transition period right now. A few plants (basil, tomato, peppers) hanging in there after Irene. The zinnias got pretty disheveled as did my lavender bushes which will hopefully regain their vertical momentum after resting this winter. Here are a few pics from our place. In a few weeks I plan to put in some lettuce varieties along with carrots and potatoes for a nice fall crop. I'll probably confer with my neighbor to see what does best for him too since he's been at it for a lot longer than me. He does all above ground growing in five gallon buckets and starts with plants whereas I start from seed in the ground. Also thinking of irrigation ideas foe next year. Mike and I have talked about digging a shallow trench and laying PVC pipe and threading the hose through it so we don't have to drag the huge hose over and trample the plants in the front flower beds. Speaking of which...I have put off weeding the beds all summer long in hopes of most of the weeds dying in winter so I can do it then. We just haven't had a spare moment to get to projects like that and with 100 degree temps who would?!? We've been enjoying ourselves on the beach or lately in the boat!

Hope you have a great weekend!!

Garden in it's current state. Hurricane Irene helped clear out most everything!

Succulent garden

Treats for the birds!

Lots of action on our butterfly bush the last couple weeks! Big pretty butterflies.

Herbs & Zinnias

Little bug man


Wow! Look at the size of that thing! Golden orb spider.

So serious.

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Story Time

"I sometimes wake in the early morning & listen to the soft breathing of my child & I think to myself, this is one thing I will never regret & I carry that quiet with me all day long."    - Brian Andreas

Although I'm completely excited about Mason and his new bed situation it means change is about to happen.  If you know me, you know I'm a bit resistant to change.  I battle with it until I realize it's all gonna be okay...Sigh...that's another post for another day!  Ha!

Anyway- I realized that it will be much better to read Mason a story while he's in bed...no more rocking and reading stories before nap and bed time...Ugh, makes my heart ache...how can this little guy be growing up so fast??? 

Well I haven't actually started reading him stories in bed yet...I think I will...soon...but rocking is just fine for right now. 

He loves the bed concept all day, he likes playing on the bed and getting in and out.  He has started talking a lot about "Bubbie's House"...Don't know what that is...

During the night and during nap time he wakes up and puts himself back to sleep after a little whining/crying.  The first night he woke up three times and cried so Mike and I took turns helping him get back to sleep...on the floor!  Last night he woke once and cried himself back to sleep in minutes and woke again so Mike went in to comfort him.  

I really need to buy him a night light and I also want to get him a glow worm!  I loved mine to death.  I hope he will get back to waking comfortably and playing in his room or on the bed until we come and get him.  I don't like that he's stressed about waking up all alone but I guess like all things with little ones, it gets better...

So for now we'll keep rocking and cuddling...Not ready to give that up!

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Fun Beach Day After All

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New Day, New Bed

We've been getting cues from Mason that he is ready to try a bed so we took the front off of his crib this afternoon and he is now OBSESSED! It's really cute to watch. Sigh. Another milestone of big boy-dom has passed. Enjoying every minute!

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