New Year's Eve Goddess Bath Soak

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Kindred and I created this 'Goddess Bath Soak' to use tonight in a calming New Year's Eve bath.
We will put on kirtan (yoga chanting music) with Krishna Das, light the room with candles, and soak away all our 2019 troubles to greet 2020 peaceful and hopeful.

To create the soak I used: 
a jar filled with magnesium flakes
dried organic rose petals
organic lavender flowers
drops of lavender and ylang ylang essential oils

I filled a jar almost full with magnesium flakes, then I dumped it out into a bowl, added the rose petals and lavender flowers until they were mixed throughout, and put about 5 drops each of lavender & ylang ylang essential oils. I mixed it well and added it back to the jar. I will sprinkle about a cup into the bath and be sure to use a strainer over the drain to prevent the petals from making a clog.

Happy New Year to all of you!

Rainbow Heart

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Christmas Day 2019

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Blessings upon blessings, Merry Christmas all!!

Christmas Eve 2019

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Ain't We Got Fun?

Monday, December 23, 2019

Blue skies, warm breezes, and smiles for days!!
It's the perfect day for a sleepover!

If I could have a thousand years of this whole day, it would still be over too soon. 
Love these precious girls so much!!

Happy Girl

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Oh watch me go
I'm a happy girl
Everybody knows
That the sweetest thing that you'll ever see
In the whole wide world
Is a happy girl

lyrics to Happy Girl by Martina McBride

Update From Disney

Friday, December 20, 2019
...this is everything

Naiya's Make-A-Wish Reveal/Send Off

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Naiya's Make-A-Wish is finally coming true, so Anna & Elsa came to the SOKY Ice Rink to tell her that, first thing in the morning, she is off to Disney World for Christmas!!

The girls were so excited to meet Anna & Elsa even though it was absolutely FREEZING outside!!

Naiya getting her Mouse Ears from Elsa,
and there was not a dry eye in the crowd. 

Silly pics with the princesses!

And then, the craziest thing happened! WBKO just happened to be there shooting a segment on the ice rink and when they heard about Naiya's Make-A-Wish, they put her on the evening news!! I got home just in time to see her on tv! Kindred was super impressed!

I hope my sister and Naiya have the best time at Disney. They have lived some dark nights, shut off from the world, high up in a hospital tower. This is their chance to go have some fun in the sun and make happy memories!! Love you both!! Safe travels!!

Rain, Rain, Go AWAY

Monday, December 16, 2019

We are just hanging out in our car until the rain stops, which should be...March.

UPDATE: It is now March and it is still raining.

Oh, Christmas Tree

Saturday, December 14, 2019

I think this is the fullest, prettiest Christmas tree we have ever had!! 
I'm so glad we decided to start over with a woodland theme last year.

Most of our retro-y, red & blue decorations look great in Kindred's room.
Although, we cannot seem to keep Skully out of the tree!! 
Ahh, the joys of having a kitten...

Christmas Program

Friday, December 13, 2019

Kindred was so precious singing 'Rudolph' with her classmates. 
Her little Nutcracker dress was adorable too!

I'm so thankful for the kindhearted adults who put in their time 
& love for all these tiny humans!!


Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Grateful for dollhouses and mini-rocking chairs and holiday pajamas and this girl...

Wedding Date

Saturday, November 09, 2019

My adorable little wedding date at the Shaker Tavern today.


Friday, November 08, 2019

Kindred has absorption issues due to inflammation from gluten in her small intestine. Despite a good diet, and great supplements, she always runs a little low in iron and has digestive pain too. Her pediatrician said we can safely say it's at least IBS-C for now, and if we want more invasive testing for Celiac (the soft enamel on her top four teeth were another clue she potentially has it) when she gets older, we can pursue that. (We don't.) We monitor her diet carefully, which probably seems obsessive to other people but we are the ones who have seen her in terrible pain after she's eaten things she reacts to. The worst thing about it is her lowered immunity when she isn't completely gluten-free. And it takes weeks for it to work out of her system. She gets the dark eye circles, tiny eczema bumps on her face, horribly constipated, and she will catch everything she's exposed to.

Which is what has happened since school started... We've gone through Strep, colds, a respiratory virus with a bad cough, and more colds. I am not exaggerating when I say, she has pretty much stayed sick with something since about two weeks after she started school. And, so have her little buddies. We've seen them have strep, colds, respiratory viruses, and stomach viruses. It's not just her school either. Apparently, it's the just the way it is everywhere now. It certainly wasn't that way when I was a child, it wasn't even this bad when Dylan was a child!

One supplement that is effective in boosting immune function against viruses is Beta Glucan. I've seen its benefits personally, so I went in search of a beta glucan supplement for Kindred. I am hoping we can avoid some of these viruses. I got this at the Nutrition Center for around $10. It has the added benefit of Vitamin A and Zinc along with the beta glucan. Here's to less sneezy days ahead! ;)

Crazy Hair/Hat Day

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Sweet hat, Kindred!!

Happy Halloween 2019

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Meet our little unicorn!!

Her classroom party was such fun! There was another little purple witch in the room!

As always, Halloween was so much fun! 
It is my favorite holiday because there is imagination and play and magic!! 
Can you spy a little Rainbow Naiya behind our unicorn?
It was so cold but the Littles still enjoyed themselves 
and the costumes were adorable!

Skully Girl

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Skully The Halloween Kitty

Saturday, October 26, 2019

...was on Kindred's list for Santa. But, Ash called me yesterday and said that two kittens and their mama were living at a small car lot on the corner of a busy intersection here in the city. She knew we planned to get a black kitty for Kindred and one of the kittens was black. The whole drive over I told myself to stay strong, especially if it were a male. If it were a female, I'd take it as fate and we'd bring her home. Of course, she was a female. So, I improvised a quick letter from Santa to Kindred about how he knew she wanted a kitty and this one needed a home right away. I gave the letter to Kindred as soon as she came out of school and we rushed home to meet Skully.

They were all three used to humans, as the car lot owner had been feeding mama for quite awhile, so they aren't completely feral, but she is still not sure what to make of us, or Barking Bella (trademark pending) But, she loves feeding time and snuggling up to Kindred at night. We don't plan to allow that to be a thing every night, but for now it is okay.

Welcome to the family, Skully! We love you already!

50s Day

Friday, October 25, 2019

...not pictured: pink poodles on her socks

Pajama Day

Monday, October 14, 2019

Cherokee, NC

Friday, October 11, 2019

Our last day in the Smokies led us to Cherokee, NC.
The view on the way. 

Our family used to camp here in Cherokee when I was little. 
Boy, has it changed.
We visited the Museum of the Cherokee and found it very informative.

We spied some elk on the way out of town. 

Exploring The Smokies Part 2

Thursday, October 10, 2019

We decided to try out the Roaring Fork Motor Trail and it did not disappoint!!
I researched the best driving trail to do and found many folks sharing that
Cades Cove and Newfound Gap were usually jammed packed during the fall.
Roaring Fork was not as crowded and was one-way, so I really liked that.
There was a little country store in a cabin we stopped at that was too cute too!

Did Berg brag that he was as sure-footed as a goat and 
then almost immediately slip down into the water?
Oh, yes he did.

Tell me this isn't a "Standing Here With a Wet Foot" face.

Relax Day

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Dollywood wore us out yesterday! Kindred said she had so much fun but that her legs just ran out of gas at the end of the night. Mine ran out around late-afternoon but a good mama just keeps on keepin' on. Haha! So, today is a day to recuperate and enjoy our view. I took one step out on the balcony and confirmed that I am indeed still afraid of heights so I had my morning coffee in the doorway :)

Her morning bun!!
Our sweet daddy woke up early and hit the buffet to get his girls breakfast in bed. 

What a pretty little view we have!!

It was a little too chilly for the outdoor pool (and the indoor pool wasn't much warmer!) so Kindred and Daddy did a little hot-tubbin' to really "buh-lax" (how Kindred says relax). As I was sitting there watching them, Alabama started playing and it made me miss my Uncle Richard so much that tears fell down my cheeks. When I was little, our family came to these mountains to camp out and I have so many memories of our times here. There was always Uncle Richard with the best hugs and there was always Alabama on a radio. We never know how precious a moment truly is until it becomes a treasured memory.