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What Happens When You’re Busy…

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WordPress notified me that I just celebrated five years! Wow, it’s been that long already?! I noticed it’s been quite awhile since I have posted. I kept meaning to write and then I’d get distracted. I apologize for not touching base in a few months. I hope all is well in WordPress land!

I mentioned awhile back that I started my photography business, been doing a lot to get that going. Today, I even created a WordPress business site: https://carissagrayphotography.blog/ Please check it out! That has been keeping me pretty busy, that and being with my family. My daughter turned one in April and my son graduated eighth grade in June. They’re growing so fast! My son passed me in height recently, leaving me both happy for him and a little sad. He starts high school this fall. When did he get to this point? It’s hard to believe some days just how grown up he is getting. My little girl is growing ever more comfortable on her legs, walking all over the place and learning to climb onto things. She talks a lot, can’t understand much of it, but some words are clear as day, like stop, even says it when she’s done eating.

Summer is already halfway over and yet it feels like it just begun. We have made it to a couple Brewer games and had a couple cookouts. I hope to do more before the summer is done, but we shall see how things pan out. What have you all been up to this summer? Have you done anything fun? Have you taken any trips? Share with me your adventures!!!! I want to live vicariously through my readers. 😉

I hope to hear from you all soon!!! Please show me you read this by commenting, let us chat! I miss our chats, lovelies! Until then, much love!!

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My Little Shadow

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My shadow follows me everywhere that I go
Playing with me beneath the sun
We sit by the lake, watching the water flow
Sharing summer secrets, oh what fun

In a language all our own
We talk all the day long
I love seeing how you’ve grown
While we play, nap, learn, and sing songs

***Dedicated to my little shadow***

On a Beautiful Summer’s Day…

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Summer is over halfway over, but it is not yet done. There is still plenty of time for camping, bonfires, ball games, hiking, picnics, swimming, sitting out on the porch and enjoying the fresh air, and so on.

What do you enjoy most about Summer? How do you spend free time during the Summer months? Do you prefer to be indoors or outdoors? Is this your favorite season? If not, what is?

I don’t like the humidity, so when it’s really bad, I do prefer to be inside. So, late Spring and early Fall are my favorite seasons. But on really nice Summer days, I like to be outside enjoying the fresh air, the gentle breeze, and the beauty all around me. I like to go for walks, especially in parks. There’s a lot about Summer that is wonderful. My hubby and I will put our baby girl in her stroller and take her for a walk to get exercise and enjoy the day together on the weekends. Grilling out and sitting outside to eat and talk is nice too. I like camping as well, but we’re not comfortable taking our daughter to do such things yet. We are still finding ways to enjoy the summer and expose her to the world around her though. And that’s what we want her to grow up doing, being exposed to the beauty that surrounds her and enjoying the goodness that is there, if she but looks for it.

Cedarburg’s Strawberry Festival – In Review

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Cedarburg is known for many things, one of which being the Strawberry Festival, which is now celebrating its 31st year. People come from miles around each year to partake in everything strawberry, from wine and beer to chicken, brats, and even salsa. You can, of course, find fresh strawberries to buy and take home home with you. But, there’s more than just food and drink along Washington Avenue. There are hundreds of vendors selling things such as clothing, jewelry, books, toys, and plenty of other homemade crafts.

It’s more than food, drink, and shopping at the Strawberry Festival. Prepare to enjoy live music and games as well. I even saw people getting their hair done! It was quite the sight to see. There’s so much going on, you’ll never experience it all in one day. But that’s okay, they make a weekend out of it. It’s definitely something you’ll want to make sure you get to experience!

If you’re looking to spend the day there, I would suggest, however, to make sure you have a decent amount of money with you. Some things are reasonably priced, but others aren’t. If you’re on a budget though, you can make it work to go and have a good time.

It was our first time going and I wasn’t sure what to think. A number of people I know go every year, but I was told it gets very crowded and it can be a bit intimidating. It was indeed crowded, but it was a lot of fun. We enjoyed seeing the many different booths, trying various strawberry delights, and listening to the music we heard along our walk.

I would recommend going, just be sure to bring sunscreen and drink plenty of water, especially if it’s a day like today. My personal favorites from today were the steak sandwich and strawberry shortcake. I did also buy some fresh strawberries, will be trying those tomorrow; they look delicious!

If you enjoy events such as the Cedarburg Strawberry Festival, I’d also highly recommend Maxwell Street Days. They have four dates throughout the year, the next one being July, 17th. Cedarburg is a tourist friendly city, with so much to offer. Stop on out and check out the many events going on, you won’t be disappointed!

Ode To the Four Seasons

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Sometimes I complain about the weather

For a little while, it’s too hot

Though in reality, it’s not the heat

It’s the humidity that has me beat

 

For what seems like forever at the time

It’s a winter wonderland

But outside is not where I want to go

Because that usually means I have to shovel snow

 

But despite all my whining

And my body’s protesting

I actually feel quite grateful to live here

I get to see four seasons every year

 

God cloaks the world in many colors

Leaves of forest and emerald green grace our trees for awhile

Then they change their gowns

Turning into beautiful shades of purple, red, orange, yellow, brown

 

Squirrels, marmots, and the like scamper to and fro during the warmer months

And then take a nice long nap while the frost and snow takes its toll

Growing, evolving, & changing is a part of nature and all life

Throughout, we’ll know joy, pain, anger, hunger, excitement, and strife

 

What a wonder this world is to watch and enjoy

I’m in awe with every change God makes in it and in us

Winter, Spring, Summer, & Fall

I am glad to be here to enjoy them all

Pork chops, State Fair, weddings, & Mr. Bean

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Summer break is nearing its end and many children, including my own, are dreading that day when they have to go back to school. Many parents are dreading the end of summer simply because the warm weather (when you live in a place like I do anyway) will be ending and it’s been nice to take the kids camping, on vacations, and so on. Though, many are also excited for it to end because then the kiddos are in school again…making things easier because they don’t have to deal with daycare, sitters, and so on when they’re at work and/or it’s easier to get things done like running errands.

However, Summer is NOT yet over and until then, many people like myself are still trying to make the most of the time they have left of the warm nights, bonfires, water parks, vacations, and so on.

In fact, last night Doug, my son, and myself went to our State Fair’s opening night. There were rides to ride, good food to be eaten, and so much fun to be had. We’re hoping to get there one more time yet, but finances will determine our eligibility of doing so. 😉

Besides that, we have been trying to keep busy this summer by taking walks, going to parks, playing games, going swimming, having cookouts, and so on. It’s been a fairly decent break for my kiddo, minus summer school. Doug and I have enjoyed our time as well and plan to continue to do so…well all year long, no matter the weather. Some days/nights call for action and others call for a relaxing evening at home without any company. 

This weekend will NOT be one of those relaxing weekends. We have a wedding to go to, Doug’s cousin’s. It should be a fun time and I am looking forward to it. Doug has an amazing family and what better way to spend with them than celebrating love?

We also have to get together with my son’s dad and step-mom beforehand to discuss some issues our beloved kiddo is having, hoping to nip some issues in the butt before school starts. Sometimes things that need to be done aren’t fun, but ya just have to buckle down and do it. 

We also are going to church, continuing our hunt for the right church for us to continue our walk with God, one that allows us both to grow with Him and with one another. I look forward to that. He’s more of a traditional guy and I am more of a contemporary gal, but we know we can find a way to meet in the middle that will allow us to be on the right path.

We love to laugh and we try to find ways to keep laughter and joy alive in our household and in our hearts. One thing we like to do is watch shows like Mr. Bean, silly slapstick comedy that is appropriate for all ages. This is good to do when it’s been too hot and humid to do anything outdoors and will undoubtedly be great when it’s too frigidly cold out. Comedy is good in any weather, laughter is so vital in our lives. It helps us stress less and stay happy!

I hope you’ve all been finding ways to stay busy, active, and happy this summer. It’s not over yet, keep enjoying it before it’s over and it’s time to re-adapt to Autumn’s colors, cooler temperatures, school, its own holidays, and so on. But then, when it hits, we’ll just make the best of that season, as we should with them all. Much love to every one of you. God Bless! 

Welcome, take a step into my mind…..

I have been thinking about doing this for quite awhile, blogging that is. And then my good friend Courtney read my most recent blog on facebook and made the suggestion that I start a blog for all to be able to read. I have quite the story to tell, hope you’ll enjoy reading what I have to say. Some things are cheery, some really dark. But I hope to inspire at least one person with my tale. In this blog, I will include the blog I had just written on facebook yesterday. Happy reading!!!

My heart has been torn in so many directions lately. I have been unsure of what to do, which direction to go. I have had so many people pulling at me and it’s only left me confused. But, finally….after a lot of soul searching, I have begun to figure things out.

I have finally begun to speak my mind, finally getting rid of the fear and pushing back my hatred of confrontation. I spoke my mind to a few family members because I am tired of how things have been. I hope things turn around and get better now that they know how I feel. But as I said in a prior status, all I can control is my own actions and reactions. Maybe they will continue to ignore me, maybe not. But no matter the outcome, at least I said what I had to say. There will be a lot more of that to come, a lot needs to be dealt with. I am tired of living with the hurt and the anger. I am beginning to feel more peaceful already, so I am anxious to see how I will feel with each letter/e-mail I write.

I cut out some people in my life that I didn’t stop caring about, but I realized things are either different now and no amount of trying to bring the past back will change how things are now….that we’ve grown apart or all they’re doing is hurting me and bringing me down, so I needed to cut ties. It’s been a painful process, but it needs to be done. I want to surround myself with those who are there for me, who lift me up, who believe in me. I can’t handle being blown off, lied to, constantly let down, etc….not anymore. I will always care about those I let go and will remember the good times we have had, but it’s just time to move on. I miss how close Travis and I used to be. I miss the good times with Marty. I have shared many good times with Jesse. And so on and so forth….but yes, it’s just time.

I have a number of admirers lately and that’s been confusing too. But, it hit me really recently where my heart is trying to take me, where it has been for awhile….but there was just too much in the way and I just wasn’t ready to let Jesse go, but now that I am….I am ready to take steps towards someone else, someone I have had deep feelings for for quite a long time now, someone who has been a great friend….who has proven himself, who has been there for me when I need him. Something may pan out and it may not, but I am finally ready to find out if there is a chance for happiness with him. If after everything, we find we’re not going to be anything more than friends….I can live with that. But like I said, I am ready to find out and to be honest, I am extremely excited to see where this path will lead. I am falling for him, big time. I haven’t been so happy/giddy over a guy in a long time. I am scared, no lying….but I can’t let fear hold me back and it won’t, it won’t stop me…..

I am applying to jobs left and right. Thanks by the way to those who have given me leads! I appreciate all the help people have given me in this search. Being here at Joe and Laura’s the last few days has shown me I like this life and I will find a way to have it for myself. I know I can have it, just got to work for it. Having underground parking, central air, a pool/workout room/hot tub on site, etc is awesome…why should I not have that life? I will find a way to earn it. Perhaps the job I land will enable me to finally do this and then I will really be able to give Zach things I never had. 🙂 I feel badly that I haven’t been able to provide for him in ways that Jason can. I know it’s not all about money and things, in fact it’s about a lot more than that. I do love my son with all of my heart and I show him that, that counts for a lot. And, one way or another, I have always found a way to provide for my son….but I am so sick of struggling to do so. I will make things better for us. I dream big and I aim to make those dreams a reality. 🙂

Summer is here and now is the time to listen to music loud with the windows down, hang out on the deck or by the pool….grilling out, hanging out with loved ones. I aim to make the rest of the summer amazing for me, my son, and the rest of the people I love when they’re with me. I want us to make wonderful memories. Life is short, let’s live it to the fullest each day we’re given to do so.

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