Tuesday, August 31, 2010

ending August

tuesday morning
Shawn had an early meeting today and I was bummed to miss out on my Tuesday morning walk with Kim (my so-cool neighbor that I might just have to tell you about some time if she'll let me), but then the big kids didn't wake up...and didn't wake up...and didn't wake up...could it be? Could my kids be sleeping in for once in their short lives?!  So Kate and I made the Oat Scones I've been hoping to try (thanks, Jen! oh and I added blueberries) and then I read almost the entire paper before Kate started frantically beating me with her "book?! book?! book?!" as if she could not live another moment if I did not read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom five-times-in-a-row-right-now. Oh but I love her so.
Once the big kids had roused and eaten and dressed and stood on the deck hollering their good-mornings at neighbors and dogs, we did some math and Tristan read us a book and then we headed to the pool (because we have one more week of pool time and we plan on making the most of it!)  It has been a long and full summer for the Campbell house and while it seems our Fall has begun in some ways (school, a mum planted in the flower bed, new shoes that cover the toesies...) I think we have a lot of these sunny-with-a-high-of-95 days ahead still.  September is upon us, but Summer clearly isn't going anywhere just yet.
Tonight we will pack around sixty people into our house for a Bible study that started with a handful of families wondering if anyone would be interested...
I can't think of a better way to close out this month called August.

Monday, August 30, 2010

thoughts today...

christy's garden
She and her three little ones watched from the beach this weekend as a boat set sail for Pakistan.  Their "live action figure hero" was on that boat.  I love that she calls him that.  I hate that she had to say goodbye to him again (and on short notice with no pre-deployment leave -salt in the wounds).
Praying, dear friend, that His peace which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds...

Friday, August 27, 2010

august break | three for the weekend

There's a new coach in town...
This kid is pretty excited about it...
it's soccer time
The girls, however, are having a bit of trouble staying on the outside of that bright orange line...
watching practice

Thursday, August 26, 2010

it's dinner time here

dinner time
Gruyere chicken & broccoli is in the oven...but I'm kinda craving those blueberry muffins & that red wine.  I think I know what's for breakfast tomorrow (right -minus the wine of course.)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

bubble gum snow cone

bubble gum snow cone
She got a haircut this week.  Those locks battling the hair clip (and winning) have been transformed into tidy little side-swept bangs.  She kind of looks like a big girl now -except she's not.  She's my teeny-tiny, sparkly, pinky-purpley, bubble-gum, giggly, cutie Kenna.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

jazz at the museum

Marine Corps Jazz
A concert on a somewhat-cooler-lately August evening was a lot of fun.  I enjoy jazz music so much more when it's live.  Seeing the individual musicians work magic with brass and strings, and the movements of a high-energy conductor makes all the difference.  I just wish I had taken better pictures.

Monday, August 23, 2010


bokeh in the park
I've been trying to pay more attention to my camera settings (instead of my usual lazy use of program mode).  When I pay attention to my camera settings, I get better pictures (imagine that).  It just takes a few extra seconds of thinking for a photo full of sparkly, beautiful bokeh (and those blue, blue eyes I love).

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


a sewing start
The yellow buses are making afternoon rounds and I hear them but don't feel the tug I thought I might.  Our days at home are colorful and fun and also messy and sometimes frustratingly knotted.  As we work out the tangles, we glimpse a masterpiece in the making.  I wouldn't miss this beautiful mess for anything.

Monday, August 16, 2010


my basil is determined to flower
I've never had much luck with indoor plants but I am determined to start some healthy herbs this week.  I can give up summer till next year but not my fresh herbs.
Side note -herbs is a funny word.

Thursday, August 12, 2010


I am noticing hints of Autumn, like the reds in this photo's background and the many dry leaves already littering the sidewalks.  I love the quote Robin posted about them and I hope she doesn't mind my repeating it here-
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~Albert Camus

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

into the woods

his first trail ride!
We found trails in the neighborhood!
Tristan is learning to like them.
I think he's a bit jealous of the girls...
the princesses in their carriage

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


peaches on paper
The peaches became a 'rustic peach tart' to share with friends.  The photo became an experiment in textures like, 'old paper'. I thought both were lovely.

Monday, August 9, 2010


Just days ago I watched my children falling in love with a beautiful old tree and took those pictures of their beaming faces as they played under its branches...
a boy in the forest
Friday morning, after a storm, we walked out our front door and saw this...
the fall
I wanted to weep.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

my garden

the amaranths
It's only a few pots now.  Mint, peppers, basil and the amaranths, of course.  When I start to miss my old garden, I step out the front door and and say hello to these (while trying to ignore the pampas grass on the other side of the door that the neighborhood landscapers keep chopping up with the hedge trimmers...)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

little girl

fairy wings
We built a tiny fairy house at the base of the climbing tree (leaves for beds, acorn cups...you know).  Then she ran all the way home to get her wings because she wanted to be the fairy living in the fairy house at the base of the climbing tree.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

lemonlight and baby Grace

lisa plus one times four
Angie at lemonlight recently shared a completely fun action.  It is addicting, let me tell you.  In honor of my newest niece's arrival yesterday, I played with a photo I took of Lisa and her belly back in May.  The possibilities are endless.  I can't stop.
A a proud auntie, I must also share this normal, single-faced photo of sweet baby Grace Diane (via Lisa's camera phone...what did we do before camera phones and text messaging?  O rght, we bght flm n rote fll sntncs on papr w/ pns -lol!)
Lisa, I can't stand that you are so stinkin' far away...please oh please bring this sweet babe out to see us soon!  Congratulations and our biggest hugs to you, Brian and Josiah!

Monday, August 2, 2010


reading in the sunshine
I stumbled upon the August break as I was considering the need for a bit of quiet.
Vacation is winding down, routines are changing, new things are starting...even the weather is turning.  Life is in transition.
I'm still here but I'm just going to sit peacefully beside you with a book or perhaps my long-neglected sewing machine or I might even disappear into the woods with my kiddos for a bit, but I'll certainly be stopping every so often to quietly share my pictures with you.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

the climbing tree

the climbing tree
The heatwave has subsided into a perfectly breezy summer warm.
While the cool and mysterious box fort still stands, there is a world of earth and sky and dappled sunlight welcoming us home as we emerge from July.
Oh it is good to be back outside.

I came across this at Susannah Conway's blog and it seemed just the thing.
And so begins...
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