Project 365: Day 236 – Day 242 {weekly recap}

Day 236: Monday. First day of school. A 1st grader, a 7th grader and not pictured, a 9th grader. He’s too cool for school and doesn’t like his picture taken.


Day 237: Tuesday. The lake was like glass. So still and quiet. Perfect for capturing this mirror image. I love the way the clouds are reflected on the water surface.


Day 238: Wednesday. The other side of the lake. A little different perspective.


Day 239: Thursday. Leaving school, Conner spotted a bunny by the bushes. They are all over campus and it’s so cool when we see one, or two or three…


Day 240: Friday. Ashley is trying out different looks for Halloween. This is her voodoo doll inspired look.


Day 241: Saturday. This evening, Ashley went for a skeleton look. Good thing it’s water based face/body paint. But even still, it took a while for her to get it all off.


Day 242: Sunday. Our little munchkin, Ally, woke up with an upset tummy and has slept on and off on the couch all day. She hasn’t been able to keep any food down at all except for a few bites at dinner (finally). Hopefully, she’ll have a restful night. She gets to stay home from school tomorrow but I hope by Tuesday she’ll be back to her normal self.

How has your week been? Kiddos back in school yet? Hope everyone is well.

xoxo, Susi



Project 365: Day 222 – Day 235 {biweekly recap}

Day 222 {Monday}:

A pretty sunset always makes our evening walks even more pleasant. I loved the soft colors that evening.

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Day 223 {Tuesday}:

The sky often looks like the world is coming to an end during the summer months. It looked pretty ominous from where we were sitting. But we made it home before the sky opened up.

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Day 224 {Wednesday}:

Pool time is fun time. We haven’t had nearly enough of that this summer. By the time we got home from camp it was usually time for the afternoon thunderstorms, not a good time to go swimming.


Day 225 {Thursday}:

I love seeing my girls enjoy nature. Here they looked at caterpillars and explored the butterfly garden while we were out and about showing my cousin and her boyfriend around.


Day 226 {Friday}:

Still not exactly the shot I’ve been trying to get but it’s better than not catching a butterfly at all.


Day 227 {Saturday}:

Every once in a while I enjoy a nice, cold glass of beer. This one was pretty delicious and refreshing.


Day 228 {Sunday}:

To celebrate the end of summer, and my cousin’s visit from Germany, hubby put on a seafood boil. It was delicious and loved by all who came and enjoyed the afternoon with us.


Day 229 {Monday}:

I finally managed to visit this place, Blowing Rocks Preserve, on my own time and with family in tow. My cousin and her boyfriend loved it and Ally had so much fun exploring… until she fell on some rocks and sliced her toe open a bit. Luckily, the damage was minimal and we could get back to admiring the view and checking out the creatures living in the tide pools. So much fun!!! And an awesome way to spend my last day of “summer” before heading back to work for a new school year.


Day 230 {Tuesday}:

Walking our pooch and taking two extra friends along. All while enjoying this view. Really, you may be getting tired of seeing these types of pictures in all my feeds but I am not and will continue to take them. Just keep scrolling if it’s too much for you! :)


Day 231 {Wednesday}:

Leading lines. I’m not too fond of these power lines running through our neighborhood but they sure make for interesting focal points in photography.


Day 232 {Thursday}:

Still not tired of this.


Day 233 {Friday}:

Friday night lights. It’s that time of year again where you’ll see me sitting in the bleachers for our home football games. I still don’t understand the game all too well but I love the atmosphere and seeing the kids play and hang with their friends. Starting with the next home game, Ashley will be performing during half-time with the dance team. I can’t wait to see her and burst with pride :)


Day 234 {Saturday}: Ash and I dropped of her brother at a birthday party on Saturday and decided that instead of driving back and forth, we would stay and go grocery shopping at the near-by Publix. But we had some time to kill and popped into a nail salon and each got a manicure, followed by a quick lunch of sushi. It was great to have that time to ourselves.


Day 235 {Sunday}:

Sunday was for last minute errands and prepping for the first day of school for my gang. Ash and I had to stop at the pet store for some rat food. I couldn’t stop looking at this cute bearded dragon. I’m going to get him within the next week or two to add to my ever growing menagerie at the lab. His name will be Spike. :)


So there you have it. My last two weeks in pictures. It’s been crazy busy and promises to continue to be. Starting next week I’m going to run a after school FIRST Lego League club in addition to my duties as a science lab coordinator and robotics lab/program assistant. I still shake my head in wonder at how  my life has changed the past few years and I couldn’t be happier.

I hope you are all doing good!

xoxo, Susi

Project 365: Day 215 – Day 221 {weekly recap}

I still haven’t managed to post my weekly recaps on Sundays, like I intended. I hope to, eventually…

Here’s is last week’s recap.

Monday – Day 215:

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This little cutie pie was super excited to show off her new boots. She saw them at Tarjay on a previous trip and really, really, really wanted them. I decided to surprise her. Boy, oh boy, was it the best one ever. She actually started crying because she was sooooo happy that I got them for her. Goes to show you, that sometimes, the little things do matter. She wore the boots to camp every day that week. I don’t know how she did it with the soaring temperatures we’ve been dealing with but there was no dissuading her. I still smile thinking about it. It made me happy to see her so beyond thrilled. :)


Tuesday – Day 216:

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Sometimes, you need to follow your heart, or your stomach in this case, and cook up some comfort food, even if the temps are soaring near the 100° Fahrenheit mark. A little baked chicken, with some homemade challah stuffing sure was wha the doctor ordered! Yum!!!

Wednesday – Day 217:

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Little girl. Little dog. Perfect walking companions. Need I say more?

Thursday – Day 218:

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Oh, that view. This was on our last camp field trip for the summer. The water was choppy, with the waves lapping on shore, along with a rather pleasant breeze. The combination made for some beautiful action on the rocks. I could have sat there for hours and just watched but, alas, I had a few campers to keep my eyes on and a stretch of beach to clean up. Amazing how much trash you find on a small stretch of beach.

Friday – Day 219:

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A little macro action to capture this lady bug. There were many more where this one came from – the mint leaves growing in our school’s aquaponics system. I had noticed the day before that something was wrong with it. I thought, I had it fixed but when I went to check on it again on Friday, I realized that it was still not working the way it should. I called my colleague and friend to see what I should do, she told me she was coming to school to take a look and we both ended up fixing it… By pulling out the overgrown mint. The root system had gotten so big and tight that it interrupted the water flow of the aquaponics system and that’s why it wasn’t working. It was hot, messy work but I loved seeing all the lady bugs.

Saturday – Day 220:

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This made me stop the car, much to the boy’s dismay. But how could I not? The sun was that perfect ball in the middle of the sky, and clouds were hovering, ready to release some rain. I can’t resist that view… And I can assure you there will be more car stopping in the future. 😉




Sunday – Day 221:day 221

Sunday, the three of us went for haircuts – middle for a little trim, little one opted for more shock value and had almost 10 inches cut off which we donated to Children with Hair Loss and I had a little trim too. You may have noticed that I’ve been letting my hair grow out a little. I’ve been feeling like a little change… so far so good.

Today is Wednesday, and I’ve spent the last three days cleaning, scrubbing, dusting etc. For one, in preparation of my cousin and her boyfriend coming tomorrow to stay with us for a few days before they fly back to Germany and for two, because it had to be done. So much gets left undone or is done less thorough when I work and this was my only chance to get some things accomplished… if only it would stay this way. But we all know that’s wishful thinking. I’m at the point where I’m seriously considering getting some help and having a cleaning lady come in every other week or so. Anyhoo, I hope you are enjoying the last days of summer if you are still on break. If not, good luck to you and the kiddos for another successful school year! And for those of you, who don’t live by the school calendar, keep on carrying on!!! :)

xoxo, Susi

Project 365: Day 208 to Day 214 {weekly recap}

Monday, Day 208:

These days, a few minutes admiring a beautiful sunset, helps me relax and reflect. Never get tired of nature’s beauty.  

Tuesday, Day 209:

Usually, one or both girls join me on my daily evening walks. This time, even Remy and Ruby came out to enjoy it with me. They are surprisingly good and stay put on Middle’s shoulders.

Wednesday, Day 210:

The Cheer-off at camp. Long awaited. It was the first time for both girls to participate. Middle usually spends the week of the cheer-off at my mom’s house and little hasn’t been old enough until this summer. They were both super excited. And I was excited and happy to be able to share their excitement and accomplishments with them.


Thursday, Day 211:

The Olympic Awards Ceremony. Another big event at the end of camp. And Little even won a medal for track and field, specifically, the long-jump. She couldn’t believe it and the joy on her face was a thing of beauty.


Friday, Day 212:

Another fabulous Friday. More fun dressing up. This time in pajamas. How cute are they?



Saturday, Day 213:

Time to celebrate. Grandma turned 89 years young this past Saturday. How lucky are our kids to know their great-grandma?

Sunday, Day 214:

This is what it looked like pretty much all day. I didn’t mind much. A little rain makes for a cozy day sometimes. And I welcomed it since it’s ben way too dry in these parts and that’s never a good thing.

Tomorrow is Friday. Yay! The last day of camp. Double yay!! As much as I enjoy camp and taking the kids (campers) on all of these amazing field trips each summer, I need a break. A few days without a schedule, without taking care of other people’s kids and just enjoying mine. Next week will be for taking care of pre-school appointments, school supply and uniform shopping, prepping for the year ahead (with a freshman in high school, a 7th grader and a 1st grader), taking care of some chores around the house and a visit from my cousin and her boyfriend before they head back to Germany. A week for us!

Stay tuned for this week’s round-up of project 365 Instagram posts!

xoxo, Susi