Archive for June, 2015

Jun
28

This month’s Twelve by Twelve blog circle theme is GROUNDED. Little did I know when I was asked to join this awesome group of women in January and be the judge for June’s theme, that I’d be knee deep in boxes, working from a makeshift cardboard box table and pleading with my hubby to put my computer on the moving truck last. But, that’s where we’re at right now and we’ll soon be off for another adventure. Life is filled with many surprises that way.

I can’t even say for sure why I chose the theme GROUNDED, it just came to me. But in the midst of all the craziness, I’ve giggled to myself thinking, “grounded, how can I be grounded at a time like this?” But, it’s my sweet boys that have been using our empty cabinets as the ultimate hiding spot in hide and seek that are keeping me grounded. My hubby, who keeps reassuring me that we’re doing the right thing moving back across the country, that is keeping me grounded. And my dear friends, who have been so incredibly supportive, that are keeping grounded. They all make me feel like I’ve hit the jackpot in life. Even though we’re currently living out of suitcases at different friends’ homes and our belongings about to trek across country, I’m feeling grounded today and it’s because the amazing people that I’m surrounded by. If I was into hashtags (and I’m not), this might call for a #blessed or a #happylifethankstothepeopleinit. Okay, that just made me laugh. moving-01 moving-02

Oh, and yes, these images were taken with my iPhone.

Be sure to visit the talented Reilly Maguire’s Photography Blog to continue the blog circle and if you’d like to share an image of your own, please visit the Twelve by Twelve Facebook Page.

Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

Jun
28

It was the summer of 2010, our first summer in Washington. My boys had just finished kindergarten and if I couldn’t slow down time as I had desperately been trying to do, I at least wanted to hold onto our memories. I’m a picture taker, but I wanted their words, their stories and their drawings down on paper. So, we bought two composition books and sat down with a pile of magazines, some scissors and tape to decorate the cover and starting page for their first summer of journaling. Sometimes they wrote in it only once or twice during the week and sometimes it was every other day. Their words and drawings were so sweet. Once school rolled around again, I tucked the books away in hopes of bringing them out again the next summer. And, that’s exactly what we did and have done every summer since.

I love our tradition of creating the starting page for the summer with magazine clippings. Just yesterday they made the “Summer of 2015” pages with the help of one of their best friends. I love looking back at what they’ve written. I love reliving our summer memories. It’s funny how these two little books have become so precious to me. summer_journal_01 summer_journal_03summer_journal_02summer_journal_12summer_journal_06  summer_journal_05  summer_journal_08summer_journal_07  summer_journal_09 summer_journal_11summer_journal_10

Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

Jun
21

hello-summer

Summer is AWESOME!

The sound of flip flops, popsicles and no school! But, summer isn’t awesome for everyone! NO school means NO lunch for some kiddos!

More than 22 million children currently receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, yet the majority of those children, 4 out of every 5, will lose access to those meals as public schools close for the summer months. Summer Feeding Programs are the first step to making sure kids have enough to eat during the summer months. It will take all of us to help make sure kids only worry about being kids.

That’s why I’m teaming up with the Camera Cuties Club (the cutest group of first, second and third graders you could ever meet) to help end child hunger and make summer MORE awesome! We’re planning the ultimate KICKBALL game at our local elementary school to benefit our local food bank, Food Lifeline! We’re charging $1 per person to participate, which will help provide FIVE MEALS to families struggling with hunger! We’re also raising donations through our lemonade stand, bake goods tent, pre-loved toy table and photo booth!

If you’d like to make summer MORE awesome by helping fight hunger, check out FEEDING AMERICA for ideas or to find your local food bank.

Together we can make a difference!

Until next time.

xo,
Kristie