Harry Potter, Beaches, Photo Bombs, Sisters & Learning

Well hello sweet friends!  I hope you have been well.

For the first time in four years, I took a real blog vacation for two weeks.  Wow, two weeks.  And it did this girl good!  I feel refreshed, thankful for the time with my family and full of new ideas.

Since I am just getting back into my groove and feel like I have so much to catch up with you all, I thought I would just have some fun and share some random thoughts.

Harry Potter

Are your kids into Harry Potter at all?   My Peanut got the full set of DVDs for her birthday and she is super excited.  But who knew that Harry Potter movies can be so crazy loud?  As I am trying to write in the office now all I hear are “zooms”, “zams” and explosions!



What is more soothing than a beach?  Okay, maybe a lake or mountains, but there is something about the sea air, sand in your toes and just relaxing.  I actually read three novels on vacation.  Actually, I lied, I am still half way through one of them.  None of them were especially good, but it was just so nice to just read with no goals or anything to learn.

And, yes, although my girls are grown, I still insist on the “feet” picture each year.  It’s my thing.

Photo Bombs

We decided to go back to the place where we originally had our family photos professionally taken, and then I retook them two years ago.  We were able to get some really nice shots, but one of my top favorites is when Hubby and Sunshine photo bombed.



But what really kills me is this…

The first one…

peanutandsunshineonpath thumb The Power of Photography

The second one…

sunshineandpeanutpath thumb The Power of Photography



High School

Hold me.  My baby is going to high school.  I am so incredibly aware of how many years are left with my girl.  I am so mixed and want to turn back time but so enjoy every bit of where she is now.  How is it possible?



Summers are my favorite.  I really hate when my kids go back to school.   By the end, yes, I am ready to return to the routine of it all, but I love time together.  And I really love watching them together and their relationship.  I am not saying it is perfect or they don’t argue, because they surely do, but I love to see the bond that they have.






I have been their momma from day one, and yet I am still amazed at how much I still need to learn about being a Mom and about each of them.  I realized a few things about Peanut this trip that I hope will help me in parenting her.  It is always a journey.

Peanut sand

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12 thoughts on “Harry Potter, Beaches, Photo Bombs, Sisters & Learning”


  1. My daughter has watched all the Harry Potter movies….she loves them but I love them more. I have read the books more times than I can count and even though I love the movies, the books are in my opinion better, but I always think the books are better! Glad that you have had some time off with your family….kids grow way TOO fast….people say that all tentime but it is true…you have a baby, blink, and then they are all grown up!

  2. What great pictures! It always brings tears to my eyes when I look back thru the pictures when our girls were small. They do grow so fast! Hang on because High School will be like a whirlwind! Enjoy this time!

  3. Laura You got some great pictures, Your good with the camera. Your girls are very pretty. Glad your family had a great vaca.

  4. Love your beach/feet pics too! Pretty girls! Enjoying childhood making wonderful memories! Love your posts!

  5. I am glad you had some time away. Gosh, the girls are getting so big. Kids grow up too fast. I am with you, I would love to turn the clock back. I live for summer and really don’t like the school year. My middle is going into her junior year of high school. I know from when my oldest was in school these last two years will go faster than warp speed. It makes me so sad.

  6. Laura,
    Time passes too quickly. It sounds like your vacation did all it was supposed to. I can see by your pictures your family is thriving.

  7. I am so glad you took a very well deserved break !!…I have truly enjoyed watching the girls grow up to be wonderful young ladies…I cannot believe it…High School????…wow..time does fly by and treasure each moment as I know you do!!..Loved seeing all of the great pics of the girls on the boardwalk…

  8. My beloved sister,
    First of all, Isn’t God good? He has blessed you with a beautiful family. A good life! I am so happy you all had a such a wonderful vacation, and another opportunity to build memories. As you are sharing your feelings and thoughts about the kids growing up, and going back to school, it’s all I can think about of late about my sweet Tessa. She is now 15 and just started the 10th grade. Where did time go? I ask myself this almost every day an every time I look at her. I suppose it’s all good, I am so blessed to be her mama!

  9. Laura…your girls are beautiful! These are wonderful pictures taken over time at the beach.

    This is about the age my girls were at when I started to see them grow and sort of detach themselves from me. I had such mixed feelings of pride and sadness. We all do. If I can give you any advice for this stage of the game, it would be to listen. Don’t talk, don’t advise…just be all ears and nod a lot. If they want your opinion they will ask. 🙂

    Jane xx

  10. Love your sweet pictures – your girls are gorgeous. Having three boys i always wonder what it would be like to parent a girl. With oldest starting his sophomore year of college I am constantly amazed at how fast this time just flies by.
    So glad you got a two week break!! xoxo