10.28.2014

The Bee & the Fox

My friend Ashley has a new etsy shop called The Bee & The Fox where she's selling her adorable kids t shirts. Shane and Marianne were part of a photo shoot she did and the photos are too sweet not to share. Here are a few of my favorites.
You can check out her shop here!
All photos by Ashley Jennet

♥ anne

10.24.2014

walkin'

Yesterday we went on a short walk at Crystal Cove State Park. We decided to head out early before Marianne's nap time in hopes of catching her in a more enthusiastic mood. It didn't work. After about 50 steps her "feet hurt and she was tired".
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As you know, I have 5 kids. I don't expect that much from a three year old when it comes to walking or hiking but for heaven's sake! Marianne should get some kind of reward for whining! All my usual tactics are useless with her.
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I ended up carrying her on my back so we could get a bit further.
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As you can see, by my outfit, I know we aren't going to get far. I don't even bother with tennis shoes.
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Hahaha! Man I love that picture! Too bad for her, that bad attitude isn't going to stop us from taking more walks!
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After we stopped at The Shake Shack for a milkshake she kept saying what a wonderful day it was. At least it's good to know she easily forgets the torture of the trail.

♥ anne

p.s. Thank you so much for the awesome questions for Max and Alex! they are working on them and I'll hopefully have it all ready to post next week.

10.10.2014

Questions Questions

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I never talk too much about my children here, especially my older children. The main reason is because I'm not sure how I feel about it. I know that sounds pretty silly considering I have a blog but it's very easy to just show pictures and write about other things. I've read comments all over the internet asking why parents with older kids don't write or photograph them much and I thought I'd share why I don't. First off, they aren't overly interested in having their picture taken. Occasionally (like the picture above), they will be themselves in front of the camera but usually they aren't open to it. Another reason is, I know at 13 and 15 I would not have wanted my mom talking about me on the internet so I've always assumed they feel the same way.

The other night I asked Max and Alex if they'd be open to doing an interview on my blog and they said yes. Max thought I should ask my readers if they had any questions. Not necessarily questions about them in particular (those are fine too though) but questions about teens in general. So, if you've ever wondered about them or the youth of today and have a question, please ask!

I look forward to hearing from you all!

♥ anne

10.09.2014

Last night Ruben and I got a rare few hours together alone. We decided to head to the beach for the sunset and what an epic sunset it was! It was so nice to just sit on the deserted beach and enjoy the evening together.
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One of the biggest challenges of having a large family is making time for each other. Thankfully, it doesn't take much to feel connected again. A couple hours and some nature (and maybe a beer or two) and we're happy.
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What are your favorite things to do on a date night?

♥ anne

10.02.2014

Fall Foods

Now that the weather has cooled a bit, I've been using the stove more. I've been making some yummy things that I thought I'd share. Below is cornbread from The Art of Simple Food and Butternut Squash Soup (recipe here).
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Next up are two fantastic recipes from My New Roots- Life Changing Crackers and Quick Pickled Radishes. The crackers are amazing! Trust me and just make them. Below is a tasty little combination of the cracker, fresh marinated goat cheese (recipe here), the radishes, salt and pepper and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
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Do you own The Moosewood Cookbook? If not, it's worth owning for this recipe alone! Stuffed Squash! This picture isn't the best but don't fooled, it's delicious. I've adapted the recipe a bit and always crave this dish in fall.
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Lastly, I give you a simple and incredibly scrumptious Arugala Apple Salad from Aquarian Soul.
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What foods say Fall to you? Do you have any mouthwatering recipes you'd like to share?

♥ anne

10.01.2014

Little Flower

“Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.”
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Today is St. Therese's feast day and more than ever do I need to take to heart her infinite wisdom. Above is my relic and my icon which was blessed by Pope Saint John Paul II. I believe I've shared a similar picture before but I love her, so I don't feel bad for the repetitiveness.

St. Therese pray for us!

♥ anne

9.30.2014

Aloneness

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Solitude. Lately I have been alone a lot. Ok, well not alone alone, I always have my children nearby, but alone for me. Left to my thoughts most days. At times in my life I will desire a multitude of friends and activities but more often than not, I'm perfectly content alone or with my family. I've come to realize that I like the idea of an active social life much more than the reality of it. I often reflect on my sister's life of solitude and in many ways we live similar lives. I have never seen any likeness in our vocations until recently. I have always found it interesting that she ended up in a convent because she is the social one of the two of us. Everyone loved my sister. If you compared us strictly on personality I would say she should have stayed in the world and I enter the convent. Haha! That's a funny thought! Of course, God knows the best route for purifying us and I know he put us where we both belong.
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I'm currently reading "Women Who Run With Wolves" and I came across this paragraph about solitude which I feel is perfectly put:

In order to converse with the wild feminine, a woman must temporarily leave the world and inhabit a state of aloneness in the oldest sense of the word. Long ago the word alone was treated as two words, all one. To be all one meant to be wholly one, to be in oneness, either essentially or temporarily. That is precisely the goal of solitude, to be all one. It is the cure for the frazzled state so common to modern women, the one that makes her, as the old saying goes, "leap onto her horse and ride in all directions."
Solitude is not an absence of energy or action, as some believe, but is rather a boon of wild provisions transmitted to us from the soul.
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Sometimes it's easy to get aloneness and loneliness confused. I don't know about you but I have felt lonely in the midst of people on  many occasions. Maybe those are the times that aloneness is needed. A time to reevaluate priorities and such. How do you feel about being alone? I imagine an introvert, like myself, experiences it differently than an extrovert. Is it something you seek out or run away from?

Please share your thoughts!

♥ anne