Friday Faves Edition 28



Edition 28.


Back to School.

If you read Wednesday’s post, then you know that my teens went back to school this week.

They started Wednesday so it’s a short week for them.

So a whole lotta faves this week for this mama.

Soccer Tournament.

Over the weekend, Miss Sunshine had a soccer tournament. It was blazin’ hot! It was a home tournament, so no traveling… yet! They were playing up an age division and knew that it would be hard.  They didn’t win but played with some good skill. He switched up the line-up some on the second day, so Miss Sunshine played an attacking mid in part of that game. She ended up with a couple of assists…and…a goal! Of course, I didn’t bring my camera, but I woohoo’d it from the sidelines.

As part of some of the changes I’m anticipating for this year, I decided that I was ready to change it up with my hair.

Hair Time.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to do until I sat down in the chair at the salon. I had a very strong urge to do a set of thick bangs since I have an ongoing internal “bangs or botox” debate.

I opted not to do bangs because apparently, I have a cowlick that might be a little too stubborn.

I spent a year being a brunette…which is my natural color, but I decided to go with some heavy highlights and add in some layers.

After a weekend of soccer, Miss Sunshine had Monday’s practice off.

Which was good, because…

Teen in Braces.

She got braces!

The pain is finally subsiding, but I’ve been packing her soft food lunches this week.

Photography Gift to Self.

Amongst the shipments for back to school stuff, I ordered something for myself.

A new tripod!

I couldn’t justify the expense for a carbon fiber tripod. Maybe if I ever get to the point of selling my photography, I’ll spring for the lighter weight. The reviews for this Vanguard Alta Pro were really good. I wanted the travel size with a ball head.

I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet.

Maybe this weekend!

First Day of School Pics.

Of course, my faves for back to school week wouldn’t be complete without pics of my babies

I made Miss Sunshine take some more photos for me when she got home from school.

Big Mr. and Mr. D were surprisingly cooperative with standing there while I snapped some first-day pics.

I still can’t believe that the boys are Juniors and Seniors in high school.

I blinked my eyes and up and up they grew.

Yoga & Pilates.

I also was able to make it Pilates and Yoga once they returned to school.

Coffee with Friends.

This morning I met a girlfriend for coffee at this great local coffee shop called Mill Mountain Coffee. The weather was cooler than it’s been and we were able to sit outside and catch up.

I left our coffee session, came home and smudged my entire house.

I just feel like this is gonna be a good year.


So my song choice this week is twofold: One reason is that I know lots of people who will be watching Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather fight this weekend.

But the overriding reason for my song choice is that I hope that whatever path my children choose to take in this world, they give it their all and that they are passionate about the path that their feet walk upon.

I hope that you have a light-filled weekend!

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. -Soren Kierkegaard

Let your light shine!


10 thoughts on “Friday Faves Edition 28

  1. Funny, I know you’re a brunette, but I still think of you as blonde. You just seem blonde. I dunno. Maybe because of your IG pic. Every time I see you not blonde, I remember with a shock. Love the new do!
    For the first two weeks I had braces, I lived on pudding and yogurt :/ My older kids were much the same. I don’t think we’re going to put braces on the younger two. I feel for Miss Sunshine, I do. But in the end… 🙂

    1. Thanks Joey! It feels a lot fresher with some color and shape. I’ve spent most of my adult life closer to blonde than brunette. My hairdresser says she prefers me as a blonde. My husband refuses to pick. Probably wise on his part. 😉 Miss Sunshine is finally adjusting to the braces. I did not have braces, so I can’t imagine, but after three in them, I can tell it must be a painful process, but yes…in the end… 🙂

  2. Great message to teach your children…giving their all, and being passionate about life’s journey. Bravo. Fun post!

  3. We have all this to come in a few weeks time. I’m wondering how the household will handle the sudden change in pace from lazy summer days, back to the railroad routine of mornings, packed lunches, and so on.

    1. They adjusted pretty well for not having turned back their schedules. I’m wondering how long it last before there is the rushing out the door wondering if they remembered everything!

  4. Your hair looks great and so do the kids!

    How exciting a new tripod! I wish now that I had kept the two less expensive ones I originally had. They would work for me now as light or umbrella stands.
    I was a little self consciousness at first about using my tripod in public, but shooting at night and really needing it cured me of that. I use my tripod all the time. One lady I shoot with said to me not long ago, ” You use your tripod more than anyone I know”. It really has become part of my essential camera gear through the years.

    1. Thanks so much Deborah!

      I’ve been wanting to do some more long exposure shots and would love to try some night shots so I’ve been looking at tripods for some time. We had an older one, but it just didn’t adjust the way that I wanted it to. We have some day trips with soccer coming up and I’m hoping to put it to good use! 🙂

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