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PINSo long, one of my favorite months.  October, you were splendid this year … showing off with your beautiful colors and wonderful weather.  Not a month goes by that I don’t learn something, and here are few of the ways I ‘gained’ this month.

1. It’s something I’ve read for years but just started to actually implement it this months.  Coconut oil in my coffee – read the benefits (hoping they are legit) – the newest thing.  Along with the coconut oil + coffee, I’ve learnt another coffee lovers trick, the dirty chai lattes *eyes roll back* so so good.

2. Got my glasses this month.  Totally realizing how little of details I have been taking in from afar.  Hello, world, in it’s clarified glory!

3. We could eat around 6 apples a day if they were here to eat.  That adds up to an approximate 42 apples a week.  Have you ever picked 42 apples at the grocery store?!  If you’re an apple eater, how many apples do you get for your household per person?

4. Something I never knew … mushrooms grow all throughout the year but are most plentiful in fall.  I’m  not at all comfortable picking and eating them wild, my knowledge is just not there, but we have had fun looking for them wherever we’ve ventured out this month.

5. I need to make my massages happen on a monthly basis.  Have to.  It had been too long since I had a massage.  Like a whole year too long.

6. Hosting/partially preparing (Canadian) Thanksgiving Dinner for a guest list of 60 looks more and more interesting as the years go by/the children are getting older.  Instead of a 2 day affair, like 10 years ago, it now takes the whole week to prep.

7. Should be a given, but I can’t always think the icing on a cake will look exactly like the pinterest picture.  Oh, and you should make it prior to having your guests over so you don’t run into having to make cups upon cups of icing for it to be thick enough.  Aka 1/2 way pinterest fail.  Pinterest | Mine (with my sister’s help!)

8. Magical Misty Mornings are up there in my top favorite things.  This month brought so much fog and it was a.m.a.z.i.n.g.

9. I quite look forward to the tid-bits of current news my husband shares with me each day.  I’ve never thought of myself as a ‘facts’ person, but those small quips spark conversation and thinking – good to keep me alert!

10. I’m seeing it more and more, that time truly is a thief.  It’s just starting to settle in … my baby is actually 1 year old.


pic pix: on a foggy drive, Oct.2016, 22x

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PINI’m looking forward to this week as 1. we have no wild plans and 2. (because of reason number one)  we can just go with the wind!  I LOVE hosting and having set events, but there’s something so exciting when you can look at a week and there is promise of impromptu friend visits, surprise play times, and slower days because you have no where to be.  In the midst of our “no plan” week, I still have some things that would be nice to get to.  Like … View full post »

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PINPINPINPINPINPINPINIsrael Rhodes … how did we get here so fast?  With your brothers, I felt like the first year flew by.  And now with you, it seems that time never stopped its momentum.  From the moment you were placed into my arms, I just knew you were going to be a comfort to our family.  Our clearing in the woods.  This past year revealed new things to all of us and the biggest part was how you were so perfectly made to be part of our little tribe.

The way you can go from serious, stoic face to giggling til I’m sure you are peeing your pants makes me laugh – all day, everyday!  You bring joy, the coziest snuggles, one of the keenest senses of adventure (and climbing!), strength and courage for such a young age, and a sensitivity to others that, I feel, is way beyond your years.  The way you have uniquely grown relationships with your brothers highlights such creativity in your love toward them – I cannot wait to hear you express your thoughts with more than hugs and open mouth kisses!  Every day, I thank God for blessing us with you, our sweet boy.  You are wonderfully and beautifully made and I absolutely love being your mama.  I love you very much, my little buffalo bean. xo


pic pix: Isra’s little birthday bash, 12.Oct.2016, at home

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PINIt’s here, it’s here.  It’s finally here … Autumn!

I, for one, love the crisper wake-ups, hot and sunny days and cooler, cozier evenings.  Everything with apples and spice, the more wool the better, fires – all times of the day, so really … just everything about fall makes me quite happy.  With that in mind, for me, summer is a close second (if not at the same level of love).  I actually love all the seasons in their own way, but still, the autumn and summer seasons are my absolute favourites.

Tonight we are expected to get our first deep frost and while I was about to do a post about taking out the plaid + flannels, I got side-tracked looking at some pictures from summer.  If you follow along here, you know that we moved to our acreage and there was a lot of excitement and buzz as we entered summer (literally the first day of summer) in our new home.  Nearing our fourth month of living here with boxes still untouched(!), I can’t believe all the memories we have already made here.  Fruit picking, sprinkler days + nights, ice cream hangs on the porch, getting our new cat, visiting with friends, kite-flying, fires + laughs, family times … our summer was so full of so many good things.

So, before I can plunge into the crispy leafy photos and comforts of the falling season, I needed to give summer it’s last hurrah.  One more little ode, persay. View full post »

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  • October 11, 2016 - 2:19 pm

    Calista - Oh, my gosh…your summer looks amazing! Love all your photos, as always. That one of you and your husband is the cutest thing! <3ReplyCancel

PINIf there is one thing about me that has never really changed, it would be that I am not a morning person.  Sure, I can function (for the most part) and operate just fine (in my opinion), but come 10:00am, ask anyone who has lived or worked with me, I am really awake!  Even as a young child, I would prefer staying up later to waking early hours.  I remember my brothers going through a phase around the age of 6-9yrs old where they woke up SO early … I never understood it and it clearly bothered me, as I remember it so vividly now – ha!  I’ve wondered if my boys will one day go through a spell like that … !!

It just seems there are two camps of people – early birds + night owls.  And even though I’ve never considered myself an early riser View full post »

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