Category Archives: LIFE

Rookery Bird Swamp…

DSC_6051 DSC_6006 DSC_6009 DSC_6022 DSC_6023 DSC_5999 DSC_6076 DSC_6027 DSC_6033-2 DSC_6062 DSC_6064 DSC_6075 DSC_6077 DSC_6078 Well…that was a long break! I haven’t posted since Valentine’s Day. I hadn’t intended on staying away for so long, but the longer I was away, the more I wanted to extend my blogging vacation. I’m feeling renewed, so I will be catching up on some posts. If you are subscribed to my blog, you might be getting more updates than wanted.  I always seem to get people wanting to unsubscribe whenever I make a post. It doesn’t bother me. I get it. I unsubscribe to blogs all the time. However, people usually email me direct to unsubscribe and I’m happy to do it, but I get a ton of spam, so I’m unlikely to see your request if sent by email. You can however unsubscribe by simply hitting the unsubscribe button. Anyway….

If you are ever in South Florida, the Bird Rookery Swamp is a must. Oh my gosh. Words just can’t describe the beauty of the swamp. This one in particular is amazing! It is a long hike, about 12 miles I think. We didn’t walk the entire trail, maybe about 4 miles. If you go, I suggest bringing bikes. We plan to do so on our next trip down.

There is so much to see. Birds galore, gators up close and personal, wild flowers, insects, snakes, turtles, bears, panthers and more.  With so much land development in my area, I love finding these hidden gems where I can be immersed in nature. I never wanted to leave and can’t wait to return!

A Hike in the Woods…

dsc_4885-2 dsc_4894-2 dsc_4900 Yesterday, before Savannah’s riding lesson, we stopped for an impromptu hike in the woods. It was absolutely refreshing. We didn’t have much time, but it was enough to recharge us all, especially me. I used to complain A LOT about the lack of nature where we live in south Florida. My biggest complaint were the lack of trees. It can be depressing seeing land developed all the time. But these little patches of untouched nature are there, you just have to seek them out. 

This last year, we kind of got into a rut. Things got harder with a growing toddler and it was just easier to stay close, unless my husband was with us. I started to lock myself into being stuck at home, because Wyatt needed to nap. Mind you, I never did this with any of my other kids. They adapted to our lifestyle and napped wherever they could. But, we hit a rough patch with Wyatt sleeping through the night. By rough patch, I mean he doesn’t sleep through the night, STILL. He never has. Oh my gosh, will he ever? He’ll be 2 in June and he wakes anywhere from 2-4 times night. Because of this, mornings would drag on slowly. I am the type of person that does not like to slept in. I can’t stand to see daylight wasted. I also like to have early, quiet mornings all to myself. But with all his sleep issues, I just couldn’t make it out of bed at my normal time. Mornings would drag on slowly and we weren’t really starting our day until about noon. That just didn’t sit well with me and really affected my mood. It was clear he was not going to sleep through the night just yet, so I just had to adapt. And I did. For now, my body has learned to survive on about 6 hours of interrupted sleep. 

With the new year approaching, I feel the need for some changes. These past few months, I’ve been working to clear our home and life of clutter. This is easier said than done, because my husband is not a fan of my purging lifestyle. Neither are my kids. But, I’m a happier person when I’m organized and can see the big picture. And trust me, for a person who is living on very little sleep, you want to keep her as happy as possible. Also, I’m implementing big changes into our homeschool. That’s another part of our life I wasn’t happy with, but I’ll save that for another post!


DSC_1806 DSC_1785 DSC_1798 DSC_1797 DSC_1751 DSC_1799 DSC_1781 DSC_1776-2 DSC_1794 DSC_1778 DSC_1805-2 I bought some art canvas boards a while back and they’ve been painting like crazy, ever since. I love the boards so much more than the wrapped canvas. They don’t take up as much space and you have the option of framing them. As with all their art supplies, I keep them within their reach. They are free to set up studio and create until their hearts are content. And they do. I have amassed a huge collection of canvases. I told them that we have to start giving some away, because I just can’t keep them all. Besides, what fun is art if you are not sharing it? Savannah is working on a gift for a friend and Annie decided to paint giraffes. Their techniques are so different, but their subjects are almost always an animal. Depending on how they are feeling, sometimes their paintings are finished in a day, others come together over several days. Being a design-minded person myself, I just love that they love art. I hope they always do.