Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sunday - August 22, 2010

Wings Over Wine Country Air Show 2010

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Thursday - August 5, 2010

Thanks to my awesome husband, I got some free time to take a drive and snap some pictures this evening. This was on the side of the highway out to Guernville.

Wednesday - August 4, 2010

A peek inside our uber producing lemon tree in the backyard! You bet I incorporate lemon into everything I cook....well, most things anyways!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Tuesday - August 3, 2010

Wine barrels stacked at the Sonoma County Fair.

On an unrelated note: Congratulations to my good friend Krysti and her husband Ryan. They welcomed their third baby boy into the world this morning at 9:08am. Healthy baby William Ryan.

I think that deserves a toast! ;)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Sunday - August 1, 2010

My brother in law's newest addition. A shiny new Ducati. Thank God it's my brother in law's hobby and not my husband's. 100+ mph in second gear? Holy nerve-wracking, Batman!

a giant (acceptable) FAIL

So I tried.

The original concept for this blog was to capture a moment in my life every day and post it. But motherhood stood in my way. Yes, you heard me right. I am blaming motherhood. Since having my son, I have frequently used this excuse for many things. i.e. : "I'm sorry I can't attend your tupperware party Saturday afternoon, my son will be napping", or "You want me to do what?! Well, Kevin has a doctors appointment for this weird flaky skin thing he has." (No, my son does not have a weird flaky skin thing)

However, this time around, it's not an excuse but a full blown, acceptable (in my eyes) reason for failing to meet my own standards. And that's okay. It has occurred to me that there will be many things in my life that will fail, or fall by the way side, or simply slip past me because I am a mom. But unlike other opportunities in the past that I have let vanish due to my limited line of sight, this time there is a bigger reward for my idleness.

The reward, I have found, is in the big brown eyes that look up at me from a book and encourage me to read just one more at bedtime, or from the smile I get when I suggest a cup of milk and animal crackers after a hard day at the park. And as a mom, that's all you need.

There will be things in this life that I will challenge myself to do. Some of which I will succeed at, and some that I will ultimately fail miserably to accomplish. But at the end of the day, my boys will say "goodnight, Mom". And with that, comes the biggest triumph I will ever want to see in this lifetime.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Day 29 - June 3, 2010

This is a photo of my step-daughter Alyssa, taken well over a year ago. She's quite the little girl! Though you may not see it in this picture, the resemblance between her and our Kevin is uncanny. I hope we can see her again soon!

Day 28 - June 2, 2010

The docks down by Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Day 27 - June 1, 2010

Time well spent with Grandpa

Monday, May 31, 2010

Day 26 - May 31, 1010

Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.
~Daniel Webster

Day 25 - May 30, 2010

Day 24 - May 29, 2010

Our Mowgs. Our family just wouldn't be complete without him. We're so thankful that we adopted him....even if he is super smelly sometimes!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Day 23 - May 28, 2010

Blue skies
...nothing but blue skies.

A nice change from the weather we've been having lately! It IS May after all!

Be safe this Memorial Day Weekend!

Day 22 - May 27, 2010

Sometimes Kevin's just too cute for words.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Day 21 - May 26, 2010

The old water fountain in our backyard. Not bad to look at everyday!

Day 20 - May 25, 2010

My "little Brother" Chris, left for Navy boot camp today. We wish him luck and anxiously await on his return home! We love you, Chris!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Day 19 - May 24, 2010

A different view of the Golden Gate than you're used to!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Day 15 - May 20, 2010

Day 14 - May 19, 2010

You don't raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they'll turn out to be heroes, even if it's just in your own eyes. ~Walter M. Schirra, Sr.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Day 7 - May 12, 2010

Maybe not the best picture ever, but a moment too cute to pass up!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Day 4 - May 9, 2010

Nothing quite like making a fort with dad when it's rainy outside!

To all the Moms who live for little moments like this, Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Day 3 - May 8, 2010

Okay, so this picture wasn't taken today.

But in honor of my husband, who has been day dreaming of laying on a beach for some time now, this one is for you.

"I've got my toes in the water, ass in the sand, not a worry in the world; a cold beer in my hand, life is good today."

Whether you have a beach at your disposal, or just the loud hustle of a busy street, cherish whatever view you have in front of you. You're lucky to have it.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Day 2 - May 7, 2010

Because the dog's bowl isn't always just for the dog.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Day 1 - May 6, 2010

Three Hundred and Sixty Five days


Let me let you soak that up.......

that's one whole year. And I'm about to embark on a challenge and commitment of proportions in which I am not used to. For the next 365 days, I will post a new picture each day that captures the madness and contrasting beauty that I find everyday in my life. I am a lucky woman. And I may be a lot of things, but a fool I am not. I am acutely aware of how fortunate I am.

With that said, I think it's time for me to capture it and share it with you. I hope you enjoy taking a peek at the madness, or following my every post for the next year, or perhaps simply just stumbling upon this in the weird way that everyone seems to do sometimes on the internet. Either way, my hope is that you take away some sort of perspective from this. That life is short, love is amazing, and every moment of your crazy life is worth capturing and living to it's fullest.

Nicole C.W.