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Seconds of Summer (part one)

Just yesterday I said to Livy: “I wonder how the changes of the seasons will be here, in our new home, in the South. Will it be like California? Or still there, only more subtle than New York?” I awoke this morning to the answer with the sounds of gentle breezes and a crisp chill in the air. It’s clear that summer is on it’s way out and autumn on it’s way in.

The change has got me thinking about all of the great adventures we’ve had this past season and thought it’d be fun to do a bit of a “Summer Highlights” post.  The last two weeks, alone, has been so chocked full of new experiences  and fun surprises!

I reignited my love for decorative painting . . .11881567_911414922269000_1000493954_n 11880756_10207455277244282_75221417_n 11375219_1479265982373572_1305473854_n

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And began a relationship with both home improvement and custom furniture building . . .

 

For the whole behind the scenes story, click here

My most special of projects: Tyler’s surfboard  . . .

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Can read the entire story behind it’s creation here.

Livy, too has been spending a bit of time connecting with her artistic “sketchy-painty” self-

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After this first painting of You Tube sensation, Amanda Steele went kinda viral,

aka MakeupbyMandy
aka MakeupbyMandy

she received a message from actor/director/Vine star, Tina Woods, to do a commisioned watercolor painting.  I think it’s wonderful!

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In other Livy news:  she finally got her braces put on!

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Trystan celebrated his 18th birthday.

First with us . . .

 


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Then with his friends in New Hampshire . . .

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We reunited with our first friends we ever made when we made the big move from California to upstate New York fifteen years ago.  Trystan was four years old and Alivia, just a year at the time.  We remained close friends and spent much time together in those early years until they moved away.  And now eight years later we have moved and find ourselves in the same state yet again.

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“A friend is one of nicest things you can have and one of the best things you can be.” -Douglas Pagels

Not sure who can be credited with the adage that “a good friend is like an old sweater” but today I find it’s meaning clear. We spent a long day in the comfort of our messy home with familiar friends. It was one of those days that even when you know they’ll be others just like it, you still don’t want it to end.

Friends like that are forever and Forever Frenz are the bestest!

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