In one of the many articles floating around these days about introverts (holla!), I read that we tend to over-think. That we leave a party and agonize for a week the whole next day about something stupid we might have said (or didn’t say, but should have said, or might have said…). That’s me. x10. […]

  • LeAnne - Hi Lisa!

    I just sent my one and only off to college! It was a tough couple of weeks (and understatement) but she has grown tremendously in those 2 weeks and now, now I just miss her. (BTW, I am allowed to text and snapchat).

    I decided when she was a junior to have as much fun as we could for her last 2 years of high school. We went to NYC, Cozumel, Paris, London, San Francisco and drove across the county gerring her car. I relaxed and enjoyed her as a person.

    The other day she told a friend – my mom and I used to butt heads, but now we are best buds. Be still my heart!

    My philosophy was that my job was to prepare her to be a responsible adult – and I think I (we) have done that.

    The kiddo came home for Labor Day – we enjoyed every minute of it – and this time when she left is was not with the heavy gut wrenching pain, but looking forward to seeing how much she has grown when we see her again.

    Chin up – and enjoy these last few years as much as you can!

    • Lisa - Oh my gosh, that’s so helpful LeAnne!! I am so jealous of your travels – Vic and I want to do so much with them these next 3 years. Passports are on the to-do list, and I think you just bumped it up in my head a bit! Love what she said – that’s amazing! And it’s such a relief to know the pain does subside a bit…ReplyCancel

  • Becky - As one whose daughter just left for college and have always secretly worried about every weird horrible thing that could happen to her it’s nice to know I’m not the only one. I too have spent much of the last couple years trying to enjoy time with her traveling, doing things just us, etc.

    What I’m trying to say is I understand your fear and emotions and the key is to enjoy the time. Mine’s been gone 3 weeks and I won’t see her for a couple more weeks :( but thanks to facetime, texting etc we keep in contact which does helpReplyCancel

    • Lisa - Becky, thank you for that. I’m really trying to focus on enjoying the time, rather than counting it down. Hard to do!ReplyCancel

  • Cari Skuse - Lisa, I totally understand where you are coming from! I have the same introverted tendencies as you — I over think everything and worry. I have tried to become better at stopping the conversations in my head and for the most part I am doing better, but some days are just bad!
    I am currently reading two very interesting books that you might like. The first is “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain. I just started it, but I found it very interesting and reassuring to find that there are other people like me with all the same personality traits, and that those traits can be an asset instead of a hinderance.
    The other book is “Parenting Teens with Love and Logic: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood.” I’m not saying that you have issues with Aidan, but it talks about letting go and letting your teen learn to make their own decisions so that they can be the responsible adult that you want him to be. I have a hard time letting go of power, so this is a real hard process for me from switching from the parent of a child to the parent of a teen!ReplyCancel

    • Lisa - Cari, my friend Margie always recommends the Love and Logic books and site; I’m going to take a look at that! I’ve been re-reading my favorite John Rosemond book about teens, sounds like it’s similar: changing from parent to mentor.ReplyCancel

  • Leonie- Australia - I have a quote for you Lisa. ” worry is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but doesn’t get you anywhere”. Having said that yes it is painful when they leave home, but yes like all things in life over time you adjust, & you make the most of the times you do spend with them.ReplyCancel

The Story: Every summer, we head up to Lake Placid for the annual Can-Am Rugby Tournament. Vic’s played for 20+ years and – fun fact – I went into pre-term labor at the 1999 tournament. Boy, did that give the 10 guys in the condo with us a fun evening! This year we had to […]

  • Leonie- Australia - Wow this is beautiful Lisa, I wish you would do a course on your editing process as they always look lovely, till then though I am enjoying ” The details ” thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

When we visit Upstate New York in late summer, I can’t get enough of the amazing gardens. While the area spends much of the year covered in snow, everyone’s yards BURST with flowers all summer. I photographed this lovely garden of yellow flowers against an old grey barn at Lakeside Farm, one of our favorite […]

As a) the mom of an elementary-school kiddo and b) someone who *loves* organization, imagine my joy to find a big display of these in my local Kroger. I’m no Jamie Schultz, but I DO try to be environmentally-conscious and healthy with Ava’s lunch, which is packed every day except for the occasional Friday. Last […]

  • Elizabeth - Ha! We switched away from the Lunch Blox to the Sistema ones last year… I kept some of the Lunch Blox smaller containers but the girls were always complaining of mildly soggy pretzels (or whatever was supposed to be crisp) if there were apple slices in there, etc. We were using the taller kind with an insert, though. I still use the ice part, but everyone is happier with the Sistema containers (and I only put sliced strawberries in thermos containers now because NOTHING can keep them from getting leaky). : )ReplyCancel

  • Heather - We are using our set of Lunch Blox for the second year in a row. Ours is different though – it has a sandwich size container and then the ice click on top of that and then two small square containers and a longer container click on top of that. With this one all of the items (ie apple slices and pretzels) are kept totally separate so no sogginess!ReplyCancel

It all started with my Ivory Soap crate, which became an instant (and oft-requested) favorite amongst my portrait clients. See it (and some adorable little ones) in action here, here, and here. Ok, and I just realized that some of my babies will start Kindergarten this year. Are you kidding me?!?! Aaah! My photograph of […]

You might have missed it (unless you clicked on one of the Shop links up top), but my personal fine art shop is now open! I’m still on Etsy and will remain there, but this is my own shop where I have complete and utter control bwah haha a bit more control over how my […]

About a month before I got sick, I made the mistake of saying to Vic “Dang, my hair is awesome. Finally.” After years of fighting with it I finally gave in to the curls, let it grow, and I was happy. I have a huge honker of a nose, you see – big hair did […]

  • Addie - Hi Lisa! I think it looks great! I’ve go in next week and have been wanting to go a lot shorter. But I have a round face, and always wanted that short sassy look too! So we’ll see! And I’ve always believed it is just hair and it will grow back! Have a great weekend!ReplyCancel

    • Lisa - Thanks, Addie – it will, just not as quickly as I would like!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia - Maybe it is just a particularly flattering selfie, but I actually think it looks really cute! I’ve always wished I could pull off Cathy hair too, but no way. :/ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - I think it’s looking pretty cute. Play with it a bit and I bet you’ll like it. ReplyCancel

    • Lisa - That’s part of my problem, Kelly – I’m too lazy to play with it! LOLReplyCancel

  • Barb - You look great! Don’t be so hard on yourself!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Henson - Well, it’s good that it’s not falling out anymore! :) And I think it’s adorable-very stylish! :) Big hugs! :)ReplyCancel

  • Sue - I had something very similar happen with my hair. Last week I had over 8 inches cut off because it was falling out/breaking off. I had finally gotten it all one length. When I picked up my kids from school they nearly cried! My son said, “I hate it, Mom!” I don’t know if that makes you feel any better – misery loves company, maybe?ReplyCancel

(blurry – and sneaky – iphone pic of Aidan & his friends walking in to get their schedules) My baby is about to enter 10th grade. Is it wrong that – to me – he’s still this kid? (March, 2004 – waah!) Warning: Melancholy mom post ahead! He turned 15 the other day. FIFTEEN. About […]

  • Kim Rangel - My heart sentiment exactly….even brought tears!ReplyCancel

  • Amber - Oh, the hand dimples. I tell myself that as long as they have the hand dimples, they are still little. I am feeling melancholy about the growing up these days, too, and my oldest is only four. Clearly, I will be a hot mess when she reaches 10th grade. I guess that is the rub of motherhood. Your job is to help them grow and become adults and someday not need you anymore. Well, I think we always need our mamas. Just in different ways as we grow older.ReplyCancel

    • Lisa - Amber, if you’re feeling it at 4, you’re definitely in trouble! But it also means you know from the get-go to enjoy every minute. :)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - : ( So beautifully put.ReplyCancel

  • Denise - Walking the same road with you. My two oldest just started 11th & 10th grade. So independent, so many “I got this mom”. My oldest just rode her bike 6miles to school for JROTC training at 0500. Worried and anxious until I got that text she’d made it safely. What on earth am I going to do when she actually drives a car?!? However it does my heart good that when I drop them off at school in the morning they still say “I love you mom! Have a good day!” reguardless of who’s listening.ReplyCancel