Category Archives: Simple Pleasures

Fall Potpourri

Another very fall tomato

Halloween Chickens!

And the behind-the-scenes of the chicken photo shoot:

Radish eyeballs

Fibers show at my school’s art gallery

This was my favorite piece

In school news, I recently gained approval from my university’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) for my doctoral research project. It was a very rigorous process that involved fun steps such as writing a 45 page paper, completing a 37 page IRB application and making multiple revisions over several months; all of that while keeping up with regular coursework, clinical hours and my regular day job. Like I said, fun! My project is going to be very simple; seeing if the addition of exercise (walking 20 minutes, 5 times a week) helps to improve symptoms of depression. I will begin collecting data soon, just as soon as I get final approval from my hospital (where I work). The actual approval should be no problem, it just involves scheduling/assembling like every member of the senior management team and several physicians in one place at one time; which as it turns out, is also a very fun process. I usually don’t share tedious details of my life like this, but am asking for a few prayers for me in the final stages of this process; they would be much appreciated!

Back to the potpourri of pics from the past month or so!

Halloween!

Someone with a giant camera took these 2 photos

Sports photography isn’t my strong suit but I did get this one amazing shot (of another kid on the team; not the Spy):

Practicing our selfies in the stands #footballfans

Cheerleading fan may be more accurate for ‘Zilla!

She got a big haircut!

We got our first frost

And not too much longer until we will really have to stop calling Babyzilla “baby!”

Due February 2nd :)

Thanks for visiting and have a happy thanksgiving!!

Feeling Like Fall

Cotton

The garden is chock-full of weeds but there are always still many wonderful things to find even in an extremely neglected garden.

What can we find in here?

Favorite!!!

Monarchs are so special; their delicate butterfly-ness coupled with a crazy long distance migration, their turquoise and gold-spottedย chrysalises, etc., etc. So when we saw a bunch (I think 8 total) we decided to try and raise a few to watch them closely.

Plenty of milkweed for eating!

And…

GAHHhhh!!! One already turned into a cocoon!

This picture is not the best but not to worry: when the other two turn intoย chrysalises, I plan on gently removing this top piece and taking approximately 735 photos of them with varied lightings and backgrounds. Babyzilla also wanted in on the action but chose a:

Tomato Hornworm

And named it “Wilbert”.

These turn into Sphinx moths

Wilbert hasn’t been cared for quite as carefully as the monarchs. (e.g. I stepped on him when he was crawling across the living room floor). Fortunately I have high arches and he was not crushed. That was a few days ago and he is still munching away at tomatoes/tomato leaves in a glass container. Outside.

Stay tuned for updates!

In other news, the Spy’s football team played their biggest rival (last year they lost to them twice, though it was very close) and they won 12-6!!

Football boy

Going,

Going,

Gone!

80 yard run after an interception! He also scored the second touchdown!

So happy!

And the 6th grade team has their own 6th grade cheerleaders; so cute

Winners of “The Battle of 109”!

‘Zilla has been working on her equestrian skills.

Learning to hold the reins

Our friend’s new horse, Peter

Horsie hug

Watch and learn, Peter! (He hasn’t been broken yet but seems quite eager)

Nice form!

Learning to steer

Yay!

We’ve also been crafting a little and channelled the 90s with some puffy paint:

And some homemade Gak. I was not involved with this one. haha

Close?

Little bouquet

Bunny tootsies

Stick bug

Moon…

Flower

Cotton Ball (I assume the cotton will pop out of this)

Tomato “Copia”

Lambs quarter turning pink

And note the fall light; its like the perfect photography studio!

Thank you for visiting and hope you all are enjoying the first bit of fall!

I Spy: Big Muddy Boone’s Crossing

And we’re off!

This area offers a short trail; which would be great for very little kids as it is flat terrain and the trail is less than a mile long.

A paper wasp nest

Reminds me of tie-dye

A PSA I can definitely get behind!

Trail

From the map we could tell this part of the trail ran parallel to the river so naturally we blazed our own trail to find it!

We remarked that these woods were like a fairy forest

Checking out a large tree

Our little tree huggers

Magical Woods!

Coming to the river’s edge

Missouri River

Big Muddy

A tree floating down the river

Dexie in her element

Bluffs

Tracks

And back through the fairy forest