Sep 17, 2012

Our Watermelon Days are Numbered

This berry-colored maxi dress will be getting packed away & stored this week with all of my other summer clothes! It definitely got it's time in the sun this summer.
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CHANGE. It's happening. School has started, the nights are getting too cold even for fresh air from the fan in my window, and the watermelons in my dad's garden are ripe and ready to be picked & savored before it's too cold to do so.

On top of that two of my siblings who currently live very near to me are moving away! While I'm super excited and happy for them, I'm a little sad on the inside because, well it's been so nice having family so close. I know I can count on them whenever I need to, and vice versa. Thankfully, my sis will only be about 20 minutes away, but my brother (and I'm literally holding back tears as I type this...) will be moving to the other side of the state - Lake Michigan, in fact. I know, I know, it's not *that* far, it's not like he's moving to the other side of the country or anything. I'm just very close to him and it will be so hard not to be able to see him as regularly as I do now.

Change is good though, right? I'm trying to stay positive about all of these changes. Trying HARD. It's always tough when people you love move away!

On the bright side, I'm excited about my son's school year. We've got soccer, orchestra, and chess club busy-ness for extra curriculars, but I've been actually PLANNING the Sunday before so things have been running smoothy. (YES!) Planning is way awesome (who knew?) :p

Additionally, my part time job as a writing tutor has been incredibly rewarding so far this term. I've met some AMAZING people and have made a few kind and wonderful women friends. Having this position has been such a good balance to working at home for me. It's seriously so inspiring to see how writing has positively affected people in their lives. Also, I love getting dressed up for work a couple of days out of the week. :) More about this later!

LAST BUT NOT LEAST, I'm thrilled about possibly expanding the shop this year with vintage books and jewelry. There's another little surprise in the works as well, but it's an idea that's just recently been born and I will tell you more about it after I know more.

Have a lovely week, babes!  


  1. I just love you and that dress is wonderful. I have a dress like that, that I wear constantly. Stay positive about the changes. Life is full of them and they are a good thing for one reason or another. Cannot wait to see what surprises you have up your sleeve! xoxo

  2. Sounds like there are many changes to get use to in the coming months! Not all changes are bad and while it can be sad to have those close to us move away there's always a positive side to it.

    Looking forward to seeing what changes you'll be making. :)

  3. Sounds like you have an exciting autumn ahead of you, J! I know you'll be sad not to have your brother nearby...but it sounds like he'll be living in a pretty place to visit (on the lake?). But yeah, still--there's a big difference between having someone 2 minutes away and 2 1/2 hours away.

    Congrats on the success in your tutoring!

  4. oh yes the end of summer...I always feel like I didn't quite spend enough time outside! congrats on your part time job sounds so great and is really important to get out of the house when we work from home...cabin fever! ;)
    p.s. excited to see all your upcoming adventures!

  5. I love the watermelon!! You are so adorable.

    Now show us how to transform this lovely summer dress into a cool autumn outfit.


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