Hiking, playing in the snow, some (easy) baking, picture taking, spending time with my favorite has been a great day.

Definitely feeling thankful.

Blues skies and the sun shining down made for two happy ladies.

Here is a picture of the house "before" our projected snowfall that's to come here in the next couple of will be interesting to get an "after" picture if we get as much as they say we will!

When grocery shopping Zoey spied these special "Frozen" cookies...I gave in and got them. Sometimes it's worth it! Today was that day. It was so nice to spend our energy and time outside and not have to go crazy in the kitchen later making a special treat for her.

Cocoa with whip cream and cinnamon was a must though...

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Thankful on a Thursday


Today I am thankful. Thankful for a co-worker who offered out of the blue to work my night shift for me. Did they sense that our family has been a little over-worked, over-scheduled, over-stressed? I'm not sure...but they worked my shift this evening. And that meant I had the entire day to myself and the entire evening to spend with my family.

Ethan had to get some footage at Winter Park for a school project so Zoey and I tagged was a beautiful day, perfect to do some exploring. The kind of day where when you are hiking you are warm but yet the tips of your ears are chilled and cold.

It was really neat to be in this space without the snow...the only time I've really ever been out to Winter Park is to play in the snow. It was interesting to see it this time of year sans the snow.

We ended up spending two hours out there. When we were done hiking Zoey and I waited by the car for Ethan to finish up what he needed to get done. A perfect time to take some shots of Zoey being...Zoey.

What an amazing, wonderful, unexpected gift of a day.

And we stayed to see the sun go down.

And afterwards, we drove back into town and went out to dinner. 

Told you it was a perfect day. 

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A BIGGER leaf pile!


This past weekend Zoey and I raked even more leaves! This leaf pile is bigger than the previous piles that we had raked...and we had thought that those were the biggest ever!

Not the case...not the case at all.

Here is the pile of leaves after Zoey and I were done with our "initial" raking. I say initial because after proper jumping in said pile of leaves there needs to be some more raking to preserve the pile so to speak.

Very important.

 I had some fun trying to get some action shots of her when she was leaping...

These were the perfect leaves for jumping in too, dry and not too crunchy...and of course having lots and lots was a bonus!


Happiness is spending time outside with my girl on a beautiful fall day in the northwoods. I am so blessed to be her mom.

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