Sunday, July 17, 2016

sunday boat ride....

white heron 
work boats
colorful crab pots on the rack
a different approach to getting here!
coming in for a landing...
I think he's crazy!
a safe landing!!
fish hawk nest on the beacon
what a gorgeous day on the water! :O)
what's left of the fish steamer 
sand bar....
pelicans & seagulls 
what's left of the old lighthouse in the distance

I tried to capture the beautiful rays of light through the clouds
fish hawk nest...with babies!!


Side note: my overnight guests arrived on these things today! I think this is a first for ways to get here! I'm not sure how far they had to travel, but you wouldn't catch me on one of these no matter the distance!! 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

{mornings with Kamry}

There are some things that money can't buy, they have no price tag, they are simply....priceless. That thing for me is my morning time with Kamry. It's that wonderful quiet time of the day, before things get all crazy and the daily routine starts. I am normally not a morning person, but when I get that time with my sweet girl, early mornings become my most favorite time. 

I could hardly wait to go back and spend a few days with Lindsey and Kamry this week, especially that quiet time with Kamry so that Mommy could get some rest. :O)

She is the best! The stares with those bright eyes, just looking me over and is so curious as she just scans the room taking it all in. The little noises she makes, her squeaks and grunts, they are truly the sweetest sounds. That little head, bobbing around as I burp her over my shoulder, that sweet little face staring right at me from just inches away. The snuggles, stealing kisses under that double chin, and her smells of Baby Magic.... makes me want to squish her. She won't remember our mornings together, but they are priceless, precious, moments that I will never forget. :O)

I am beyond blessed. I realize that and I thank God every day for his goodness and mercy to this sweet little girl who has been through so much in just a few short months. The quote "and though she be but little, she is fierce" perfectly describes this determined little girl. She has brought us so much love and happiness and has blessed our lives so much already. She is thriving and growing right before our eyes! We love, love our little Kamry so much! <3

I rarely take selfies, but I have 0 pics of me and Kamry (except for the hospital pics), soooo, the morning I was headed home, I took this one! :O)
Pretty much sums up our quiet mornings together! <3

{{{And then, when I got home, Lindsey sent me this one!!! 
I could spend hours in that chair!!!}}}

<3 <3 <3

Friday, July 15, 2016

[summer chalkboard]

#summer #summerchalkboard #summerfun #chalk
#sunnydays #summer2016 #hellosummer

Hello Fresh Review: Charred BBQ Chicken w/ Black Bean & Corn Potato Salad

Winner...winner....chicken dinner!! Yes, this one was definitely a WIN!! :O) I added 1 extra boneless chicken breast to the provided chicken thighs and this dish made enough for the 3 of us!! :O) 

Charred Barbecue Chicken with Black Bean & Corn Potato Salad

- 12 oz. chicken thighs (boneless)
- 12 oz. baby red potatoes
- 2 scallions
- 1 red bell pepper
- 2 oz. bbq sauce
- 1 box black beans
- 1 ear corn
- 1 lime
- 2 T. sour cream
- olive oil
- salt & pepper

In the past, I have not been a fan of black beans, but this combination of lime, sour cream, fresh corn, and bell pepper, along with the black beans, made the tastiest potato salad! It was delicious paired with the bbq chicken. It made ALOT, again, it fed the three of us! :O)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Hello Fresh Review: Seared Steak & Nectarine Salad

Steak Tagliata w/ Rosemary Sweet Potato Wedges & Arugula Salad

Another great meal!!! I really liked this combo of flavors with the steak. Arugula has become my favorite salad green! :O)

- 12 sirloin steak
- 4 oz. arugula
- 1 shallot
- 2 T. red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup feta cheese
- 1 oz. pecans
- 1 nectarine
- olive oil
- salt & pepper

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Hello Fresh Review: Pan-Seared Salmon w/Arugula-Mint Pesto

Pan-Seared Salmon 
w/Arugula-Mint Pesto, Quinoa Salad, and Char-Broiled Snap Peas

This one was delicious!! I have always wanted to make pesto and this blend of flavors was a nice addition to the salmon.

- 12 oz salmon
- 2 oz arugula
- 1/4 oz. fresh mint
- 1/2 cup white quinoa
- 2 tsp. whole-grain mustard
- 1 oz. sliced almonds
- 1 clove garlic
- 4 oz. snap peas
- olive oil
- salt & pepper

I was actually sent this shipment by mistake (oops!! I thought I had paused for awhile), but Peter and I enjoyed all three meals. I am planning on resuming again when things settle down a bit! :O)

Saturday, July 9, 2016

[july day book]

JULY 9, 2016

outside my is HOT!!!!!!!!

I am wearing.....{soft clothes} yoga pants + TVFD tee

a favorite quote this week.....also a favorite song! 
If you haven't heard it yet...go listen to it now on YouTube! (Tim McGraw)

in the kitchen....I made chicken pot pie (per Nathan's request!)

in my backyard....enjoying the patio!! flowers are blooming!! :O) 

from the board room (Pinterest)....

I made these yummy shrimp taco bites awhile back (had planned to serve them at the baby shower). 
They are soooo good! Recipe HERE (I used both Scoops and phyllo cups) ...a delicious appetizer!!

one of my favorite things....the beach!!! :O)



 7/04 Happy 4th of July!

4 days - 7/13 crew change (Peter home)

8 days - 7/17 - Lindsey's birthday

13 days - 7/22 Kamry 3 months old

18 days - 7/27 crew change (Peter back to work)


 - 8/11-13 Homecoming CANCELLED


56 days - 9/03 Logan's birthday

58 days - 9/05 Labor Day



84 days - 10/01 Last night B&B :O)

114 days - 10/31 HALLOWEEN


131 days - Thanksgiving

Friday, July 8, 2016

Kamry's Firsts.....

{First 4th of July}
pure cuteness!!!

{First Fireworks!!}
...which she slept through! :O)

and a few more of our little sparkler.....

{First birthday party}
celebrated cousin Zach's birthday 
(actually shares a 6/20 birthday with Nathan)

{First outing w/Mommy & Daddy}
...I'm sure she will want ice cream from Island Creamery next year!! :O)

those little pants....I could squish her!!! <3


7/01/16 - 10 weeks old = 7 lbs. 4 oz.