Sunday, August 12, 2012

Life Through Instagram, Summer

 Collage 1:
At the lake with my family-(that's my 87 year old grandma)

Collage 2:
 Around home; making food and eating it together.

 Collage 3:
Meeting my new brother; a child my dad fathered before he married my mom.
 We found out 3 years ago, he's 46.
Flowers of the season from my walks.

 Collage 4:
Walker Art Center 

 Collage 5:
Hot coffee on the deck finally cool enough to do so, 
homemade caramel iced coffee,
Nells on my new Coverlet,
flowers in a vintage thermos, why not?

 Collage 6:
 My new pillow I got for $1,
my new random inspiration wall in the spare room,
Nells in a pretty green vintage scarf,
my new centerpiece for the dining room table.

Collage 7:
Impromptu day trip with Madelynn in Amish country.

Collage 8: 
Amish country and sunset.

 Collage 9:
Girls weekend; Barn Fest
Welch, Mn
Redwing, Mn

 Collage 10:
Barn Fest,
folk music.

Collage 11:
More Barn Fest and girls weekend.

 Collage 12:
Nells falling asleep,
Nells in the middle of everything as usual,
breakfast next morning from girls weekend.

 Collage 13:
awesome coffee shop,
spinning, sort of, in my apron,
and a cute plaque I found at a thrift store.

 Collage 14:
Nells and sheep,
snack time while organizing bills and calendar,
madelynn learning to long board. ya, i'm still breathing.

 Collage 15:
Nells waiting for Madelynn after she leaves for work on these summer days,
me at the Walker,
embroidery floss and patterns,
and what I've been working on.

 Collage 16:
cute step I stepped on,
coffee and blanket time, 
and devotion.

 Collage 17:
Cute cafe I stopped at on the way to 
Madelynnn's Senior pics,
me on the Stone Arch Bridge, 
on location of Madelynn's Senior picutres! What?!!?

 Collage 18: 
Madelynn's Senior pictures in action. How'd this happen? No, I'm serious?!

 Collage 19:
More Senior pictures

 Collage 20:
Shopping with Madelynn and my niece,
me reflecting as usual, 
flowers from my walk,
and inspiration.

I know there are a couple of double in there, sorry bout that--it just gets really confusing trying to put so many pictures together, forgive me!

I also went to the Zoo a couple weeks ago and I want to share those pictures and the all the final pictures of our baby Robins, but I'll save that for another time. 

Whew, it's sort of been a busy summer, I have gotten chronic fatigue quite a few times, and have it as I type this up, but I just wanted to get a post up, it had been to long! My pelvic belt has also gotten the best of me in this heat. I get a big rash, and I just can't bare to wear it. But I keep it up as best as possible. Now that is is cooling off I am wearing it non-stop again.

This week I plan on rest up quite a bit, and then I have maybe one thing planned for next weekend. And then the weekend after that we are heading on a road trip to Kansas City to see my husbands family. That will take a lot out of me, but I will rest up for it and have the week after we get back to rest. It gets so frustrating that I have to plan out my days the way I do, in order to do some of the things I want. I feel so selfish that I still wish I could do so much more. For instance for days after Madelynn's Senior picture shoot, I was down for 2 days. That can be so maddening. But I look at it like I had those 6 hours; 2 years ago I wouldn't have been able to go on the shoot at all. So I'm so thankful for that. 

Tell me what you have been up to the last couple of weeks?


Sarah Cherney said...

What a fun looking summer! You have done sooo much more than I have. It all looks like there was a ton of love, happiness, and laughing. Love it!


Courtney B said...

LOVE your instagrams! It looks like you've had a busy, happy and FUN summer :) Enjoy resting up this week. You deserve it!

Emily said...

What a great way to capture memories! And your haircut is so cute, Gina!

Jean said...

these are great.
i am loving all these photos!
i love folk music and barns.

BARBIE said...

Lovely Instagrams!

ruthy ann said...

Isn't amish country amazing? I became a christian out there in Lancaster Pennsylvania...feels like God's country!

vintage grey said...

What a lovely summer! Your cat eye sunglasses are so sweet! I have a black pair, that are my everyday glasses that I just love!! Wishing you a restful and wonderful week! Happy stitching! xo Heather

Jenna Grace said...

I had a girls weekend too! So much fun! Those senior pics look like they'll be gorgeous! You've been busy!

Mandy Crandell said...

Madelynn looked so adorable for her photos!!!

Emily Rose said...

So lovely!

Stephanie said...

I hope you get your energy back soon. It's no fun being out of commission for days at a time. Praying that you'll have an energy filled trip to Kansas City so you can enjoy your time with your family!

P.S. I love all your photos, especially the glimpses inside your house. I think we might be decorating soul mates. : ) I love how you put things together!

Mademoiselle S. said...

Lovely pictures! If you get a second, I'd love to hear your thoughts about my latest outfit :)

Liv Lundelius said...

your pictures truly capture the mood of summer. i love the pretty ballerina ones.

Natalie said...

I love Amish country. So much more laid-back and peaceful =)

Michelle said...

Love your pictures!! I love all you vintage things, and how it seems like everywhere you go is set back in time. It's perfect! Especially Amish country...that's my favorite part of Ohio :)

Pretty lady said...

OH WOW! A new brother? Congrats!
And I love how you share the bits and pieces that make up your life. seriously, you see the beauty in everything.

Laura Nelson said...

Love all these i grams! :) And I LOVE that pillow you got for a $1 :) super cute!

ladaisi said...

I adore this post!

I love instagram. These photos are particularly awesome - they give off this incredible feeling of warmth and happiness and home.

Thanks so much for sharing!

Elisha(: said...

You have such gorgeous pictures. (: Those senior pictures look so good!!


Tamera Beardsley said...

What a gorgeous post and busy summer! i loved the concept you used to present your summer.

Wow, a new brother! My husband just found out he has a new cousin.

Amish country is someplace i always have wanted to visit...thanks for sharing.

Madelyn's senior pictures are true artistry...she is again so lucky to have such a talented mother!

Rest up my beautiful friend! Your blog looks amazing! Sending you love!

Glampire Victoria McEwan said...

It looks like you had a great summer. That lil dog is so cute!

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Stela said...

Loving all your instagram photos!!
I cannot get over how adorable nells is!

carissa at lowercase letters said...

i love your plates. i love your sandals. you are super duper rad. girl, i know someone with chronic fatigue. that is so hard; may He give you grace. xo.

LeeLee said...

What a lovely way to spend your Summer.

Kelly said...

summers are for fun and it seriously looks like you had F.U.N.


his little lady said...

it looks like you've had a busy and fun summer. i can't believe you found out about a brother you had just three years ago. what an incredible opportunity getting to know him better in this stage of your life. just beautiful!
xo TJ

Julie Marie said...

i always love all your instagrams. they always seem so classic =) Madelynns senior pics are beautiful.

chestnutmocha said...

so wonderful, Gina! lovely outfits, puppy and horray for meeting your brother!

Anastasia said...

Loved all of the photos and your collages are super cool :)

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Lydia Criss Mays said...

So beautiful! I love all the glimpses into seeing beautiful. How incredible to meet your brother and start a new relationship. The girls weekend looks fabulous and healing and Nells just looks straight heavenly. :) I'm so happy to read that putting your faith and peace in God's hands transfers to more strength to you from Him. That's spectacular too.

Happy seeing beautiful!

jennifer blair said...

What a cute pillow! What a steal!!! I've always wanted to visit Amish country too! :) You girlies are gorgeous!

Chrissy said...

Wonderful photos! I have seen some of them on Instagram already and you know I adore all those gorgeous photos of your beautiful daughter!

Shelley said...

I wish that I could sit with you when you are down due to health reasons. I used to take care of patients and I have such a heart for it. Another lovely post. I love the picture of you in your apron and the one with your big bangs!