Thursday, December 4, 2014

Midas Lee

We have a new addition to our family, and we couldn’t be happier.
It has been so fun to watch my little brother and his wife await
the arrival of their lil’ guy.

I have never seen two people more excited to become parents for the first time.
One weekend I was taking these photos ..




And it wasn’t even a full week later till I got the call,  that I was Auntie again.
These were taken at Two weeks old.

And I couldn't resist this one ..

And these are fresh from last week.


See that glisten in their eyes.
That's pure love and happiness.

And his smile, it will melt your heart over and over again.


Welcome to the world little Midas.
Life will be beautiful.
I thank you for all the smiles you’ve already given me,
and the many more million to come. xx

Friday, November 8, 2013

Spice Cabinet Makeover

Maybe I am have been spending a few too many late nights on Pinterest. Or maybe the truth is I am a little OCD and like things organized and to look nice. In any case, its probably a little combination of the both.

Its been  getting colder, Its been raining, and the days inside are becoming more the norm then being outside. So, it was the perfect time for me to tackle this project.

I searched for hours and hours online for the perfect spice jar. I thought I had found it at Crate & Barrel and I eagerly awaited my shipment. Once I ripped open that box, I quickly realized that the 4 ounce spice jars I ordered were not really the 4 ounces I had pictured. They were too small. So the search continued, and I just couldn't find the perfect jar.

It wasn't until a trip to California a few months back, that I gently dragged my husband into a Cost Plus World Market. It had been years since I had been in there and it was like heaven. I may or may not have spent two hours in there. As we browsed the aisles and the cart was getting fuller by the minute, there they were ...  The perfect 6 ounce Round Spice Jars.

I grabbed all they had. I was even happier when I saw the price, not even $1  a jar. It couldn't of been more perfect. I brought them home, and sent them for a little whirl through the dishwasher.

Next, I had to tackle the labeling. As I searched, I found that the self adhesive vinyl was the best option for me. You can make these labels yourself on a Cricut or I have seen them for purchase online.  And turquoise was the perfect color, for no better reason other then it looked pretty and made the lettering stand out.

Putting these on were a little tricky, and patient I am not. Some could of been a little straighter or a little better centered, but I'm not OCD enough to pull out the ruler while I was doing these. I think all in all, they came out pretty nice. And the handful that look a little crooked, got nudged to the back of the cabinet.


Lastly, I just had to fill them up. And I will kindly suggest to use a funnel of some sort because if you try to just shake those old spice jars into these ones, they may slightly spill all over your floor. Not that I would know, I'm just saying.

My Mom asked if I then put them away in alphabetical order. She's a little funny. I didn't quite go that far, but they are in rows of color. If I need parsley, I know to look for the green row.

I know cooking is a little more enjoyable when I open that spice cabinet and see all the pretty jars. It was nice to take the time to do a little something that will bring me a smile or two when I'm slaving over the hot stove!

Happy Friday.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Seasons & a lil' Football

Life is full of seasons, and I am not just talking Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Life brings us through our own seasons. We have seasons of life that we love, seasons of life that we barely trudge through, and seasons that fall somewhere in the middle. I'm trying to paint my perfect season for this season.

This is what I know, life is crazy busy and its easy to just let things go. I am guilty. If your anything like me, then your days start with the annoying alarm clock, and it begins by rushing to get ready for your day at the office, then in those last couple hours of each day you gotta find the time for the meals, laundry, bills, shopping, etc .. You get the drift. Where does life come in? I'm trying to get a better balance on all that this season. When I perfect it, I'll let you know.

In the meantime, I'm taking time tonight to come over to my very own place out on the world wide web. Its time to dust this place off, and make it all homey again. Its true I love taking the time to play with my camera and capture the little things, and share my stories through writing. Its certainly not perfect, but I love it. Really, that's all that matters. If you happened to find yourself back here, then welcome back.


Casey. His little heart is full of nothing but baseball.
He knows his way around that diamond better then the best of them.
He's a go getter. He's one of those, live-life-to the fullest kinda kids.
Not to mention, his smile will totally melt your heart.
He wanted to give football a shot this year.

He's one who wants to take life by the horns and get out there and give it his all.
That's exactly what he did.

Being one of the smallest kids on the team, didn't stop him one bit. 
No matter the size of the fight, he went and fought for what he wanted.
Welcome to life Mr. Happiness, its a life lesson, some of us may never learn.
Although Football didn't win his heart over, he showed up and delivered.
What's better, is he went after what he thought he wanted.
He would of never known, if he didn't try.
Another life lesson Casey.

You've got my attention Casey. I couldn't be prouder. xx

Happy Friday.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Just Beachy

Good Ole' Naples, Florida. It has won over my heart, not once, not twice but perhaps forever. It all started a couple of years ago, and we were blessed to go back again this year. .

There is something about the Ocean. Its calming, Its healing, Its just beautiful. There will never be enough words to fully describe all that it is. We arrived with no agenda, only a rental car reservation and a beach house ready to be occupied. We went day by day, only making plans as each day made its arrival. The only thing we knew, is we wanted to reunite with the sea.

And we did. Reunited we were. Some mornings we nestled into a spot for two on a public beach, and other days we drove and found hidden beaches tucked back into neighborhoods.

Naples is known as a retirement community, so it has a  calming and relaxing feel with a whopping 266 days of bright sunshine a year, and that will always sound better to me then the 196 days of sunshine here in Oregon. Like on this day, you can show up to a public beach and there will be no one in sight.

For me, there is just nothing better then sitting and watching the waves come and go. Its  healing in a sense. I believe the tides reflect our lives, bringing in the new and taking out the old.

These perfectly white colored birds would just prance along the water line, following the rush of the waves, and I would watch them for hours. What a life. Sign me up. I'm sold.

Each night we visited Barefoot Beach, for sunset and this sign got my attention each and every time. The sea turtles are abundant. I looked eagerly each time, not only under our car but I was the crazy one looking under everyone elses too. I was determined to find me a turtle, and I finally did ..

Isn't he cute?

The sunsets never disappoint. Each night, it told a different story. One night it would have a little attitude, or another it would want to sit in solitude and show its simple beauty. It would tell us goodnight, each and every night,  in a closing statement kinda way. Telling us to put that day to rest and start again fresh the next.

Attitude or Simple beauty, take your pick. I'll take any of them and be perfectly content.

A couple of days we did get a little adventurous. My husband, my sweet husband decided he wanted to do a Jet Pack adventure on the water. My husband is the adventurous one, and never seems to amaze me with what he wants to do next. I was not so much up for the challenge, however he had a blast!

Another day, we signed up for the Dolphin Explorer boat trip. This truly was one of the highlights of this trip. A must do for anyone, and I will be going again when I go back to Naples. A few hours on a boat with a handful of people, just watching the dolphins swim and play. We saw 17 dolphins that trip along with the most gorgeous birds.

The crew were so knowledgeable and it was just a wonderful trip. I would of paid 4x the price for this trip, it was just that wonderful. The boat left out of Marco Island, and they showed us around some of the mangrove islands.
We stopped at one of these remote barrier islands, and the Captain instructed us to walk across it. He let us know it is only 8 miles long, and a short walk across it. I am not really into walking through the wilderness or perhaps this remote barrier island with mangrove trees doubling my height,  so I was already a little leery, then the Captain continues to say once they saw a panther on this island, but the panther didn't really bother anyone. My husband and I kinda looked at each other, and we were not sure what to do. We stayed back on the boat, as the other passengers walked off and starting walking on this dirt path, and we followed. We certainly were not going to be the first ones, but we followed along. I was looking up above me, along each side of me, walking very close to my husband, and this quick walk lead to me to the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in my life.
The path ..
This is Keewaydin Island. This picture does not do it justice at all. The clearest, warmest beach with the whitest sand. The perfect mix of blue and green in color. Its a remote island so you can only get there by boat. For once, I'm glad I was a follower. I took a leap of faith, and all that followed was beauty. So from now on, when I'm asked where my favorite place is, it is this, Keewaydin Island.
This trip was everything I needed. The clarity, the beauty, the therapy. From the Red Robin, to searching for Sea Turtles, to watching the waves push out the old and bring the new, to the quiet beaches, to just being and living. The little things work for me, sun and water,and one day I will call this place home, but until then it will be my  home away from home.
A few more pictures ..

The best beach house rentals in southwest Florida. They even come with your own private pool.

Hope Summer is treating you all well -
xxx Shauna

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