The Most Adorable Subjects

I just adore these two. They certainly make excellent subjects for photography practice!



And our squash. It did a good job playing my depth of field subject. Well done, squash. Well done.


We’re soaking in every ounce of warm sunshine we have left before the frost comes. It’s really just a matter of days. So Sunday afternoon, while it was shining beautifully on the deck, Ella and I took our paints out to the table.




Painting is a fairly still activity, so of course it had to be balanced out with some leaps off the deck furniture.


I’m having a ball with my photography class. Just a few more days of it and then I’m on my own! I’m thrilled with the new lens I have that allowed me to capture each of these. And I’m beginning to use my Canon more than my iPhone! Perhaps someday I’ll be considered a sort of photographer. How dreamy.




{inspired} 25 Truly Enticing Pumpkin Recipes

I absolutely adore pumpkin in the fall! Once Starbucks starts making Pumpkin Spice Lattes in September, I consider it open season. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin soup, and especially my mom’s amazing pumpkin bars. Seriously, so good. I was amazed with all the recipes available when I searched recently on Pinterest. I compiled a list of 25 recipes to share with you, but there are even more on my autumn Pinterest board!

25 Enticing Pumpkin Recipes

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Five on Friday

Today I’m joining The Good Life Blog, Carolina Charm, A. Liz Adventures and  Hello! Happiness again for Five on Friday!  Here are five really fantastic moments from the last week!

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a date with Ella for lunch and a hair cut!

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Autumn Love

We sure do love autumn in our house! It’s always been one of my very favorite times of the year, and now it seems even more magical with the littles. We’ve been out & about while the weather is still a bit warm, breathing in fresh air and running through piles of fallen leaves. I still can’t believe it’s nearly the end of October! This weekend we’ll be celebrating the season with harvest parties at church and at Ella’s school. Dressed up, of course! The kids’ costumes are ready and Ella is probably more excited for her costume than any other she’s had. The kids are going to be adorable!

This month I’m taking an online photography class, so I’m finally learning how to use my lovely Canon DSLR! Most of the photos below have been early practice. Since taking them, I’ve learned how to change all kinds of settings, so {hopefully} the photos on the blog will be getting better and better!

Last week we celebrated our lovely friend Audrey’s 2nd birthday in her grandma’s adorably decorated back yard. Audrey’s mama and grandma create beautiful, creative parties! The afternoon sun was perfect for playing outside between the trees.

Sam In The Kitchen

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