The Daily Dime, August 2017

One of my favorite ways to document our day-to-day life has been by linking up for ‘The Daily Dime’ once a month. The idea is simple: pick a day, take 10 photos, share them in a post. Easy enough right?

Well, I would partially say yes and partially say no. Taking 10 photos throughout the day can be a bit of a challenge. Which honestly is just another reason I love these posts. They encourage me to capture more of life’s everyday moments and share more of the “boring” stuff that doesn’t always make it to the blog.

This months photos were taken on Sunday August 13th, 2017.

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Little Letters, August 2017

Another month, another mail day!

Week one of school is officially in the books. Even if it was a week of half days, it was still school. Honestly, I’m super thankful we didn’t have to start back up with a full load. A week of easing back into things was exactly what we needed. Come next Friday I may not be so chipper about being back to school already 🙄 . 

Today is mail day which pretty much is a combination of random thoughts, questions, and confessions. All of which should be taken with an extremely light-heart. The least thing I want to do is let the random thoughts I have offend someone. With that in mind, here we go!

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TBB Asks, August 2017

Hello Monday, Hello Back to school!

It’s here, our first day of the 2017-2018 school year. I can’t believe it is finally here. I’m excited, nervous, and a bit anxious over how this first week will go. I feel like it sets the tone for our entire year, even though I know that isn’t true. So think a happy thought and say a little prayer today if you think of us. 

I had so much fun linking up for The Blended Blog Asks last month that I knew I had to join again when Andrea invited me. These question are so simple and fun. It’s the perfect way to get to know a little more about the blogger behind the blog and a super easy read for a Monday morning. Because Mondays are hard enough, especially on the first day of school, keeping things simple is always best.

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Monthly Goals, August 2017

Let’s take a look at what I completed…Let’s take a look at what I completed…

* Complete the 14 Days of Summer photo challenge.
* Organize a blog hop for August.
* Consider ways to scale back in August.
* Post a shouse update.
* Work on our summer bucket list.
* Average 4 workouts a week or 16 for the month.
* Complete weekly long runs (2, 5 mile & 2, 6 mile runs).
* Snack on fruit more often.
* Continue working on my Bible study. 
* Enjoy our summer off.
* Work on reading.
* Accomplish something else on the new build (septic, electric, gravel, anything).
* Take the girls for milk shakes.
* Buy Russ’ anniversary present.
* Read 4 books.
* Work more on our house floor plans.

And what I didn’t …

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My Month In Numbers, August 2016

Happy Friday Eve!

Today’s post is nice, simple, and kind of late to the party. I am sharing what our August looked like according to the numbers. Yes, I do realize that it is now halfway through September but I didn’t want to skip another month. I love reflecting and recapping how all of the big and little things added up.

August Numbers

17 // Trips to the gym
24 // Blog posts wrote
16 // School days completed
8 // Chemistry experiments completed
3 // Dr. Appointments
156 // The number of miles we drove both ways to Children’s Mercy
500’ish // How many times I thought about vacation
26 // Lessons planned for a co-op class
4 // Pairs of glasses ordered 2 for Russ, 2 for Emily
1 // Eye appointment for Emily
3 // Hours spent in Lego Land
1562 // Photos in my August file
2 // New shades of lipstick purchased
24 // Miles ran
2 // Chalkboards doodled
110 // Pound reps on the pec fly
1 // Phone that fell in the toilet
10 // Boxes of crayons purchased for my school supply stash
13 // Jars of Jalapeno Jelly canned
76 // Number of selfies taken just since getting my new phone
48 // Books checked out from the library
100+ // Burnouts watched

August, you were a total whirlwind full of unexpected and fun surprises.
I can’t wait to see what September has in store.

Linking up with Deena @ Shoes To Shiraz

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What does life look like according to #numbers? Taking a look at our #August today Click To Tweet

Picture Perfect Project V9: August 2016

For almost two years now, I’ve been taking one photo a week of my girls!

Okay, so the exact count is 1 year and 8 months, but still. Having that many photos of my girls together is just awesome. They aren’t always the best quality photos and I can really see how some weeks I don’t do the best job playing photographer. I didn’t edit the entire first year of photos (something I REALLY regret). Sometimes the girls are in bad moods, some times they are mad that the grass is wet and they are wearing flip-flops, plus getting Emily to look and smile at the camera can STILL be a challenge. But 20 months later and we are still going strong.


Because the photos may not always be framers but the memories are forever. I love seeing Marissa with her goggle tan lines last summer and having shots of favorite outfits, missing teeth and new haircuts. The out takes don’t get deleted either. Sometimes those turn into my real favorites. 

As a mama of two girls that are growing painfully quickly I want to capture every moment possible through the lens of my camera.

Here is a look at weeks 32-35

August 2016

Week 32

I feel fairly certain by the wet hair that we were running pretty late to church this week. Although I kind of love that you can see Marissa’s hair isn’t board straight. She definitely has some waves in there. 

1E 1W

Week 33

It seems like pink and black was the unplanned color scheme for this week. Emily is wearing one of her favorite Minnie Mouse dresses that Marissa and I picked out for her on her 4th birthday. I am glad we bought it a little big and she can still wear it. 

3E 3w

Week 34

Marissa looks like a bit of a hippy with her braids and floor length maxi skirt. Goodness I love that skirt. Emily’s hair was seriously on point this week too. I think I plopped it. Have you ever heard of plopping? When a straight-haired mom has a curly-haired kid you just learn SO much about how to take care of curly hair. I never had a clue it was so complicated. She does have the best curls ever though. I tell her that all the time knowing that some day, she’ll hate it.

2ee 2w

Week 35

You would never know it by looking at this photo but it was actually pouring rain while the sun was shining. On our drive to church we saw a huge rainbow too. It was the perfect start to our Sunday. 

4h 4e
35 weeks done, 17 left to go!

Just for fun let’s take a look back to one of my favorite photos ever that was taken in August of 2015.

So much changes in just one short year. 

Today I am sharing 4 more photos for my 2016 #PicturePerfectProject #blogger #linkup Click To Tweet

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Now it’s your turn to link up what you have been taking photos of.


Beth // Our Pretty Little Girls
Courtney // Sweet Turtle Soup
Desiree // Macke Monologues
Elizabeth // Chasin Mason
Stephanie // Wife Mommy Me
Whitney // Work It Mommy

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