Last year our family took a trip to down to East Tennessee and filmed a commercial with a cameo from the one and only Miss Dolly Parton. Remember that? The experience was really special for all of us and something that we will never forget. Well, the state of Tennessee just released their 2015 Vacation Guide and it includes our story and some photos from our trip within it’s pages. It also has a plethora of information about the state, including things to do and places to see, along with some pretty cool historic information and the great musicians and music influence taking place here. You can download a free copy of the guide right here. And for those who missed our Tennessee Vacation commercial, I posted it again below incase you want to take a peek.




A weekly portrait of my children.

Sailor, age 2: Mid jump with crazy-cute curls.
Birdie, age 4: Sipping on her morning smoothie, full of good, healthy stuff.
Plum, age 12: Aced her tests this week and is pretty proud of herself—mom is proud of her too!
Julian, age 14: His english teacher said that he wrote a college level poem today. Bravo my boy!




It’s always exciting to wake up to a fresh dusting of snow. It happens only a few times each winter where we live, which we are very grateful for. Every time we wake up to the yell of “SNOOOOW!” from one of the kids, we all pop out of bed, throw on our warmest clothes and boots and run outside to enjoy the blanket of white that covers the yard and forest behind our house, before it melts away. I’m sure this sounds silly for those of you who get several inches (or several feet), but our little inch creates some pretty big smiles around here. By the time we come inside and start to warm up, the snow is already beginning to fade and by noon it’s usually gone completely. Snow mornings are the best mornings!




I traveled to NYC last week for work. It was a fun, brief trip. I was there for just a little over 48 hours, which is not a lot of time, but I had to get back home because my dad was arriving in Nashville the day after my return. Even though I was working, it really didn’t feel like it at all. I spent time with my friends, ate good food, shopped a little, and slept in! I didn’t take many photos because the last thing I wanted to do while walking the streets of the city was lug around my giant camera, but I did get a few. I did, however, succeed in a challenge my husband gave me. He asked if I could travel with just one small carry-on bag since I was only going to be there Monday through Wednesday. If you know me, you’re laughing, because I am the biggest over packer there is. I don’t like to plan out my outfits, because I never really know what mood I’ll be in or where I’ll be going each day, so I bring a lot of clothes and shoes to choose from, everywhere I travel. This time I packed 3 pairs of pants, which included the pair I wore on the plane, 3 shirts, a sweater, scarf, sneakers, moccasins, and pajamas—that’s it! No baggage claim, just off the plane and into a cab. It was pretty amazing. I’m not saying I’ll never check a suitcase again, but traveling light is definitely nice and something I need to practice more.

I love New York City and am excited that I’ll be traveling there for work more often. Next time I hope to stay a little bit longer.




A weekly portrait of my children.

Sailor, age 2: Twins.
Birdie, age 4: She is completely obsessed with Pikachu, so naturally we painted her face just like her.
Plum, age 12: She wants to start making herself Bento style lunches for school each day. First thing to master, making rice.
Julian, age 14: Saturday morning sunshine on his shoulder.

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