Every Sunday is our "family day". It's the one day we all have off together and so we make a point of spending it together. Fortunately the area that we live in is loaded with family friendly activities so we are never at a loss for something fun to do. This past week we went to the park. Being on the tail end of spring, it was not too hot to enjoy the abundance of wild life.
We are surrounded by lakes and creeks here. It's fabulous. Even more fabulous is the lack of gators in said lakes...
Having lived in Florida for so long, I forgot how much I love ducks. The Mallard is my favorite, they remind me of feeding ducks as a kid. I'm loving the white ducks though. Anyone know what they are called?
Baby ducks! They flee when approached so it was incredibly hard to get a good shot. Aren't they cute as heck??
The geese, however, did not flee...
They walked right up to you and asked for food...
"Demanded" might be a better word for it...
My favorite shot of the day. The storms here have been knocking down quite a few trees. They had a blast climbing all over this one.
Every 13 years this Middle Tennessee Cicada comes up out of the ground in droves. We've been having a ton of fun observing these little creatures.
This little dude talked to us. The kids thought it was hilarious.
A couple weeks ago I did the bride's hair and make-up at a local Nashville wedding. I'm happy with the way it turned out. Of course, it's easy when you have such a beautiful bride to work with!
These photos are by Sam Butler, whom I had the pleasure of meeting that weekend. He's a rather good photog from England, you can check out his work here! http://www.sambutlerphotography.co.uk/
Ever feel like your living your very own movie? An unglamorous, messy, poorly edited movie? Like you could stop in the middle of the screaming children, dirty dishes, laundry and unpaid bills; put some headphones on and just watch as the plot thickens and disaster unfolds? Only this movie doesn't end in two hours, it just goes on and on, sometimes feeling rather pointless or dramatic and other times feeling more moving and heartfelt than all Nicholas Sparks' work combined. It's an adventure, this motherhood stuff.
One year ago today I went to Nashville to perform with friends, fell in love with the city all over again and never looked back. Shortly after deciding to stay I opened my eyes to someone I'd been trying to not notice and I'm so incredibly glad I did. Had I never opened my eyes I never would have completely overlooked one of the best things that has happened to me AND my kids so far. Had I not opened my eyes I never would have crossed that bridge from being one of the unlucky to one of the most incredibly lucky. And I am so incredibly lucky.
So here I am. Somewhere in the limbo land of divorce and what comes next. A new city, a new state, a new career, a new man, new adventures.
I'm at a point in my life where I'd like to be able to say I made it through the rain, played Cinderella like the best of them and finally found my knight in shinning armor. Oh yes, how great would that happily ever after be? But who am I kidding? This is life after all, and even if my past it riddled with things I don't deserve and maybe some stuff that I did... and even if I finally found a great guy, made it out of that small town and things look good... well this IS life after all! Life is rough, it's bumpy. We yell and scream, and laugh and cry. We make it through the worst and move on to the best, rinse and repeat.
I have no idea what's in store for me next. I know where I've been, I know what it means to be broken and bruised and I know what it means to pick myself up by my bootstraps and start over again.
So here I am, starting over. Turning the page to a new chapter. Hell, maybe even a new book. Who says you can't throw out the old and start new, right?