Permission Granted: 5 Ways to Find Rest this Holiday

by Jessica 22 November 2013 Balancing work and home

This article landed in my inbox from the team that works for Renee Trudeau and her blog about nurturing the family soul.  I love it!  I hope you do too! ************************************************************* Permission Granted: 5 Ways to Find Rest this Holiday Does the thought of hanging Christmas lights and attending holiday work parties make you want [...]

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Five Tips to Encourage Family Volunteering

by Jessica 22 November 2013 Balancing work and home

In my last couple of posts, I’ve shared that I am thinking more about how to raise children that are good human beings who appreciate all that they have.  And in turn, I’ve admitted that I hope that my children not only grow up to appreciate their family, the presence of a roof over their [...]

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Weekend in Shenandoah Valley

by Jessica 18 November 2013 Annabelle

The first weekend of November we booked a cabin-ish room at the Big Meadows Lodge at Shenandoah National Park.  We loaded up the car Friday afternoon and made a two hour drive west.  The further we drove away from home, the better we could see the stars.  This was Phinneus’ first vacation with us, so [...]

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Halloween

by Jessica 5 November 2013 Annabelle

Last week we celebrated Halloween all the week long.  On Sunday our neighborhood hosted a big old sugared up moon bounce and cocktail block party.  The kids snacked on cotton candy and snow cones, ran around chasing each other, searched for pumpkins in a scavenger hunt, braved a haunted house in our neighbor Karla’s 2 [...]

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October

by Jessica 27 October 2013 Annabelle

It’s gorgeous outside.  The leaves are orange, red and gold.  The weather in Virginia is finally cooling off.  The air is crisp.  These are the days when what I really want to do is wake up and go out for a nice long run on a path through the woods.  With my dog. Of course, [...]

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Candle Making

by Jessica 17 October 2013 Annabelle

So this past week was a drenched one.  Last Thursday the rain started and didn’t let up until Monday morning.   To be honest, we all welcomed it at our house because it meant that our regular weekend plans were cancelled.  No football games, no practice, no portrait sessions.  No obligations.  Which meant that we [...]

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Rainy Fall Mornings and a Happy New Puppy

by Jessica 10 October 2013 Annabelle

  It’s Thursday morning and raining outside.  The kids are safely at school.  Toby is curled up in the corner chair of the family room snoozing away.  And I am sitting at my old farmhouse table drinking tea and typing away with our new dog Phinneas asleep on a quilt at my feet.  I love [...]

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Go Lions!! Our Daughter the Cheerleader

by Jessica 3 October 2013 Annabelle

For over a year now, Annabelle has wanted to be a cheerleader.  Last year, when she first found out about cheer, we missed the sign up deadline.  So of course, this year, I made sure to get her registered as soon as sign up started.  It also happened that our nanny Sydney is the coach [...]

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Bluemont Fair 2013

by Jessica 3 October 2013 Annabelle

When I last posted, I mentioned that our family was on a mission to spend more time outside, connecting with the seasons and mother nature.  To start off we went apple picking, then we attended a bat hike at dusk.  I have to admit that it wasn’t my first choice for things to do outside, [...]

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Guest Blogger Claire Beale: Reconnect with Nature – Connect with your Family

by Jessica 2 October 2013 Days of You and Me

Thank you to Claire Beale for sharing the following article that she composed about the benefits of spending time outdoors.  I enjoyed it so much I wanted to publish it here at Days of You and Me.  Enjoy!   Reconnect with Nature – Connect with your Family Jessica recently wrote a Days Of You And Me post about [...]

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