Monday, July 25, 2016

Podcast #6


Please have a listen to Podcast #6: Post Adoption Nitty Gritty~
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/southern-joy/id1111782011?mt=2

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Simple Sunday Lake Style~

Living on the lake sure has its perks~
 We chose to take this cute crew for a lake day and I can't believe I let Calla swim!

The favorite thing was stopping at a couple of islands for exploring~
 Calla even wanted to be dropped into the water because the other kids were jumping off the front~
 First mate was fun and eating lots of snacks~
 We made it all the way down to the dam for some more island time~
There were so many cool rocks and the water was very clear.
I think they could have stayed for hours.
Already planning our next lake adventure!!!
Lake living is the perfect life for our family!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Two Months w/ Calla~

If you are an adoptive mom then you know what two months being loved means~

It's truly amazing to see the change in their face (especially the eyes)~

A light has been switched on~

and her soul has been released to freedom~

The first photos of each two was taken in China and I matched beside one took today~

There are still times she gazes off in deep thought~

We know she is figuring out her new world~

SO sick in China and SO well here at home~

SO many things in China she didn't like and hardly anything at home she won't try~

She gave us a little of her personality and now we are blessed by even more~

She knew what she wanted then and she will tell you what she wants now~

We are SO thankful to have had this sweet one in our arms for two months~
And know her forever is only getting sweeter and sweeter!!!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Cleaning Team~

Today Scott took PC to annual spina bifida clinic appt with WP in tow
so me and the girls took the day to clean this dusty, neglected house~
Teamwork makes the dream work!!! I need all the help I can get!!!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Calla's Eye Appointment~

Calla had an eye appointment today because she failed the eye exam at pediatrician.
She was all smiles until they sat us in the Exam Chair~
The good news: There is nothing to correct now so she will have a follow up in six months!
Her big smile came back when we walked out of the office.
YAY Calla! check that off our big fat list!!!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Let's Fiesta~ {A&L's 1st Shower}

Josh and Savannah hosted a Fiesta Couples Shower @ their house for Amelia and Logan~
It was their first shower and was so fun to share it with high school and college friends~
{The Boys}
 {The Girls}

It was also fun to all be together as family too~
{I can think of about 25 other photos we should have taken!!!}


BC and Calla sure loved helping Amelia open gifts and playing with all the wrapping~
Happy Shower A&L~ less than 95 days until the wedding!!!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Chalk Painting Furniture~

Rosie and I worked most of the day Saturday painting tables and chairs for her house at college~
They turned out beautiful and are all moved in ready for college life!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Date Night~

Scott and I were able to get away for a short date and we took little bit with us again~
She kept looking at how beautiful she was once she was ready.
She loved riding in her daddy's new truck and experienced her first grocery store run.
Precious little one being loved on big!!!

Blogging Workflow Basics ALL From my IPhone

I have a couple of confessions. 

1. I shoot the majority of my photos with my iPhone and if I shoot with my Sony a6000, my photos can be synced to my camera roll via wifi created by my camera. (It's the main reason I chose it other than great photo quality)

2. I blog most often right from my phone. It's easy to do on the go with the big commotion going on around me. 😉

I've had a few people to ask me how I'm able to blog so frequently and turn out the blog books. Follow along to see my workflow. (PS I'm blogging right now from my phone)


Most of my blog posts revolve around photos~
I take lots and lots of photos and use many for posts. Instead of loading them all one at a time, I like making collages with ~
 

Once I have that saved, I like to edit just a smidge using VSCO~
 

Basically I bump my exposure +2 and contrast +1 then sharpen +2 then save. Sometimes I pop with a filter using A Color Story~
 

If words are necessary, Word Swag is the best~ 
 

FINALLY it is time to blog with this Blogger App~
 
I'm sure there is a YouTube video to tutor you through BlogTouch but pretty sure you're smart enough to figure it out. 

There you go|~
 
A published post right from the ease of my IPhone!!!

Oh and yes blogging from my computer is an option but sitting with computer on hand all that much these days. 

And this gets easier and easier the more you blog. 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

School Blog Book~

Our 2015-16 School Blog book came today and they were SO excited ~
THIS is why I am SO diligent to blog our family and school memories because I promise these books are chosen every single day.
Calla has even found herself in this one and that makes all the difference in the world!!!
Worth every penny!!!