65 In Life


Hello rovers.


Today is November the 16th. With temperatures hovering around 80, I have no choice but to wear shorts… at least they are corduroy.  Despite the warm and stormy weather outside, I’ve been sneaking in a little Christmas music. I do this at home when Justin’s at work because he’s the “no Christmas music ’til after Thanksgiving” type. Bah humbug!  I will remind you that “Patty Loveless holiday” station on Pandora rarely disappoints!


Morgan had a wonderful surprise birthday party the weekend after her birthday at the “brown house”. It was a post-church lunch celebration and the only way I could pull it off was to host it in the newly renovated {so-close-to-being-done} garoffice! I had to tell her that “I had it all clean and didn’t want any kids out there getting it dirty” in order to keep her out! It paid off. She was thrilled with the surprise and loved seeing her old friends, and it was such a treat for Justin and me too! I made a somewhat hasty decisions to make all the food from scratch… you know, sweet potato casserole with Baldwin  County sweet potatoes and Baldwin County pecans. Thankfully all the sides were accompanied by fried chicken that I didn’t fry and a beautiful birthday cake that I didn’t bake!

Our sweet friends knew exactly what would bring the birthday girl a GREAT big smile… post-party they invited her out to ride their beautiful horses. Thank you, Abby for the picture!


She absolutely loved it, and her daddy did, too. They had a great afternoon riding together with friends!


We ended up staying in town on Monday, in order to get a few loose ends tied up. This ‘trying to live in two places’ deal can be somewhat challenging. Every time we go home to the brown house we all find such comfort there. I think it’s the familiarity of our belongings that makes our trips home feel so nostalgic, and the wonderful friends we have there help, too. That’s my ‘coffee pot corner’ in my kitchen pictured above, taken apparently at 6:46 am as the coffee was just starting to fill the pot. I love that little corner of my kitchen and when I go home I appreciate it. I bought that tiny 4-cup coffee pot last year when Justin was gone, it was all I really needed since there was no one to join me for my morning coffee drinking. I’m thankful now that we have to brew two pots in it when we’re home because he’s there with me.

The week we got back from the brown house JM had a field trip to the fire station, and just like Paige’s trip he had a turn behind the water hose {wearing Mommy’s sunglasses}!


I really have to work hard to get candid photographs of him because this is his new “smile”. Sweet, but not exactly authentic! I don’t even have to say smile for him to make this face, I can just point my camera or my phone at him and he does it.


This past weekend, Justin invited 3 of his friends down to the “grey house” for a guys weekend, and the kids and I vacated to the east to spend the weekend with my family. The kids were in absolute heaven! They love their cousin Sloane and their MommaSis’, Uncle Chance, Mom & DaddyBoy, so I knew the weekend would not disappoint… and to top it off our beloved dog Eufaby was there too! My parents have very kindly welcomed her into their home while we are living at the beach, and it’s been months and months since we’ve seen her.


Erika has a “den” of sorts at the landing at top of her stairs… a cozy room with dark walls, and pops of color everywhere! The girls slept soundly on the daybed together, until 1:30 am Thursday when I knocked a piece of plywood down the stairwell that was serving as a gate. Have you ever heard a sheet of plywood go down a wood staircase? It’s all Erika’s fault, she woke me up and said something about one of my children coughing… or something. Needless to say, we didn’t use the “gate” the rest of the time we were there.

We did play in the back yard with Daddy Boy.




We squeezed in a trip to the park…


Paige & I accompanied Momma Sis’, Chance & Marla on a photoshoot at Grayton Beach.






We also got to ride around in DaddyBoy’s new ride. Mom and DaddyBoy have recently purchased a house just a couple doors down from Erika and Chance, so there were many trips back and forth {2 doors down on a gravel road in a neighborhood}. And all trips by car were easily justifiable because who doesn’t love a Grand Wagoneer, especially one with a green license plate! I may have my eye on a grey one, but dad assures me I wouldn’t want to leave home without a mechanic in the backseat, so I’ve enrolled JM in a vocational school.



There’s no doubt it’s a sweet ride and just getting inside brings back so many memories {my parents both drove them when we were growing up}. One thing that’s different is that this one is now 20+ years old and may need to have the exhaust checked because if you sit still too long the fumes will get to you! Just ask Rover.




DaddyBoy drove her {officially named Goldie} down to Rosemary Beach on Sunday and we took the little ones to the Flutterby Festival.



Paige spent Saturday night with Mom so if it appears as though she has on lipstick, she does. Mom swore it was her lightest shade… you know grandmothers have a hard time telling their grandchildren no!







Mom made a valiant effort to get Rover to hold his paint brush properly.







After that we loaded up and headed back to the “grey house”! The kids had an absolute blast and it’s always hard to leave!!



And a few matters of business before I go…

The sweet little Tee Pee tees have been deeply discounted and can still  arrive in time for your Thanksgiving festivities!

If you’re looking for an enriching and wonderful book to read to your children about Thanksgiving we are thoroughly enjoying The Courage of Sarah Noble, check your library!

And last but not least… I must congratulate the Chi O ladies at Auburn for representing at Homecoming… 3 out of top 5 is pretty awesome! War Eagle!

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  • E @ Oh! Apostrophe
    November 16, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    That littlest rover of yours is looking so grown-up and handsome! Love that he wore his firetruck tshirt when he went to see them 🙂

  • mommasis
    November 16, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    i love you and miss you mucho. wish you could kick plywood down the stairs every night. 😉 i never should have said “what if someone sleep walks and falls down the stairs!”

  • angela
    November 16, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Good grief I love your posts…and miss them when you take little breaks! Have I mentioned how much I love that your dad is Daddyboy and your twin is mommasis? Fabulous!

  • Brittaney
    November 16, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Love the beach pics! 2 questions: 1) Where are those cute orange cord shorts from? And 2) Where did Erika get the chevron curtains from? Love them!

  • meg @ oursomethingnew
    November 16, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Erica’s ‘den’ is lovely!! These pictures were especially fun! Enjoy your nomadic trips!

  • Lindsey A.
    November 16, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Looks like fun! Your family is lovely. I always get eager to be a mom after seeing the pictures of your kids and Erika’s daughter. They are just precious. Oh, and my mom used to have a gold Wagoneer when we were growing up, so I too love those cars! Brings back memories just seeing the photos of your dad’s. Thanks for sharing as always!

  • Katie
    November 16, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    every time you post pictures of JM and your dad, I can’t get over how much they look alike!! Do you get that a lot??

  • JWK
    November 16, 2011 at 7:19 pm


  • paige
    November 16, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    so much awesomeness all in one post.
    the orange cord shorts are way too cute.
    the funky den of sorts in erika’s house? why oh why have we not seen that incredible space before? oh my!
    sweetness everywhere

  • Lori H
    November 16, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Chi O! I am a Chi O from William and Mary in Virginia. Didn’t know you were. Fun!

  • Kara
    November 16, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I think Paige looks like a blonde, mini you! 🙂 your whole family is beautiful!

  • McCall Aldridge
    November 16, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    hey Darby! I’VE MISSED YOU! Where oh where did you find those ADORABLE boots Morgan is wearing in most of this post? My Libby needs some! 🙂

  • Mandy
    November 16, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Love being one of your faithfuls out her in So. Cal. A wonderful Christmas CD I think you would LOVE…


  • Adriana L
    November 16, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    That den is so beautiful! i love the dog photos and colors of the bed. great design.

  • Anna @ The Paper Road Blog
    November 16, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Thanks for the Pandora tip – am LOVING Patty Loveless Holiday.

  • abbie
    November 16, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I’ll have to give that Pandora station a try.

  • Jennifer
    November 16, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    As usual I just love reading your updates! They make me laigh and smile and I love the way you keep it real for all of us!! Such cute babes you have!

  • Alisa
    November 16, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    The Courage of Sarah Noble is the first novel my third graders read every year. It never fails to make me cry….so tender and sweet.

  • donna
    November 16, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    What a fun trip! You made me miss the south. We just moved to Oregon a year ago from Alabama and our family summer trips were always to Rosemary beach. AH, good times.

  • Kelley
    November 16, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Chi Omega represent!

    When I was a kid, we carpooled with my neighbor who drove a Wagoneer and my brother and I called it The Icebox because it was always
    fa-reeeeeezing. I love Wagoneers-much more stylish than the giant tan van my dad used to drive. Safe to say we won’t be restoring one of those.

    Makes my day when you post. Thanks!

  • Katherine @ Grass Stains
    November 17, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Darby, I always, always get so happy when I see a new post from you pop up in my Reader! It’s always great to hear what you guys have been up to … accompanied — as always — by your beautiful photos. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • bevy
    November 17, 2011 at 12:35 am

    such cute kiddos. they could all be little Gap models.

  • Jessica
    November 17, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Always love when I see a new post from you!!!

    So jealous of your great weather. Rainy & cold here. Blah!

    And your sister’s den! Amazing! So rich looking & I love that pop of color on the bed.

    I hope you & your family have a blessed Thanksgiving.

  • Ashleigh
    November 17, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Hey there,
    Love your post! I have to ask- what type of lens are you using to shoot these recent photos? I’m in the market and love your quality of photos!

  • Nicole
    November 17, 2011 at 9:14 am

    LOVE reading about your nomadic life! After living 1200 miles from my family, my husband and I are about to do the same thing! We live on family land so we don’t want to sell our house and totally move, but we are going to start dividing our time between Georgia and Minnesota. I am SO excited and starting to get rid of all the excess we have around us to make the transition easier.

    Keep posting! Love your light and spirit. You always encourage me.

  • Amanda
    November 17, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Can’t wait to see pictures of the new garoffice! hint hint 🙂

  • kristy
    November 17, 2011 at 9:23 am

    so thankful for your fun posts! love all the photos! so colorful! hope you all have a wonderful thanksgiving!

  • Samma
    November 17, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Oh! I want to be down on the Gulf right now. My parents have hightailed it down to our family’s house in Watercolor until after Thanksgiving, but I am on travel restriction due to pregnancy and can’t join them. Lovely pictures as always- can’t believe how big your adorable babies are getting!

  • Kaite @ NoodleandBoof
    November 17, 2011 at 10:29 am

    The photos of Rover on exhaust are hilarious. How lucky to have all your family close by! Love the Wagoneer. Classic. The den at Erika’s is gorgeous. Love the dog portrait wall. Have a great day!

  • Molly @thewaffler
    November 17, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I love looking at your photographs — you capture the light so well!

  • caw
    November 17, 2011 at 11:02 am

    your family is so awesome. i love when daddyboy makes the posts
    i am currently up for adoption…. just sayin… 🙂
    you have be the coolest of cool families!!

  • desiree
    November 17, 2011 at 11:10 am

    your family is the coolest! love the vintage cars. and thanks for the recommendation on the patty loveless christmas pandora. loving it!

  • klh
    November 17, 2011 at 11:38 am

    all the kiddos are soo cute! love the den and the “vintage” jeep 🙂

    Katie 🙂

  • Katharina
    November 17, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Hello Darby – thank you for the beautiful family pictures and the funny post! So jealous of your temperatures! Are these the REAL COLORS at the beach?! I think I will have to take a trip to this area soon and ask you for nice vacation tips 🙂 No clue of cars – but really like the look of this one! And sorry for another probably stupid question but what are these nice looking “huts” or “sheds”?

  • Melanie
    November 17, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    So great to see an update. Those shots of the beach are breathtaking! Love that turquoise water!!!

  • Paige
    November 17, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    I love your photos and all your updates! What a precious family you have.

  • julie P
    November 17, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I think I want to morph into you. Or at least hire you to take photos of my life and make it look this fabulous. 😉

  • Stephanie
    November 17, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    i have to tell you that when you post i feel like all is right in the world. strange, but true. it’s refreshing for me to peak into your life and see your chaos, your celebrations, your sense of family. thank you for sharing with us. it really does mean a lot to read about your life — wishing you well!!

  • Mary Louis Quinn
    November 17, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Gosh, you and your sister seriously have THE cutest kids!!! I think JM and Sloane look just like y’all’s dad!

  • Rochelle Heinz
    November 17, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    You have the cutest family and I always enjoy your posts! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jennifer
    November 17, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    What a fun post – I laughed out loud a few times! You are such a gifted writer. Thank you for sharing!

  • Steph
    November 17, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Such beautiful pictures, such a beautiful family! Erika’s den is gorgeous! I spy Erika with the Ugg slippers? Did she cave and get them? Where they worth every penny? I am thinking about asking for them as a Christmas gift if they are well worth it??

  • Shannon
    November 18, 2011 at 8:49 am

    So glad you’re back visiting these parts! I love Paige’s grey flower sweater and Morgan’s sweater dress is so cute. Where did you get their adorable outfits? My daughter is only 5 months old, but I always want to stock up on cute things for the future.

  • Leslie
    November 18, 2011 at 10:03 am

    You seriously have the most beautiful children I’ve ever seen!! I am jealous of all of your tan skin!! And that little nook is amazing!!!

  • Tricia
    November 18, 2011 at 10:45 am

    What a wonderful fun post! I loved every inch of it.

  • Love this Life
    November 18, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I love that Wagoneer and that Jeep. Your children are so precious and I Love reading about your adventures. I wish we had a pretty beach like that nearby to enjoy…..Texas beaches don’t quite have the same allure.

  • Tara
    November 18, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Fantastic pics, of your kids, the Wagoneer, those little bunks houses. That Den! love the dogs. and have you seen the Airstream trailer ornament from Eddie Bauer? Santa should bring you one this year.

  • andi
    November 18, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Hey!!!!!! Miss you!!!! Your coffee pot corner looks so enticing! 🙂 Hope you all have a great weekend! LOVE the pictures of the festival!

  • beth
    November 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    love all your pics and just you blog in general…I wanted to know if you would mind sharing where you got your little man’s pants in the pic before yall left, they look kinda orange and are wide legs! I love love love them!

  • joy
    November 19, 2011 at 3:29 am

    I’m really tempted to play Christmas music — but I’m holding off! 🙂 Except that I did just buy Michael Buble’s Christmas CD. I’m itching to tear off its plastic and listen to it!
    Beautiful pics as always!! 🙂

  • pure grace
    November 20, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Darby, your children are just beautiful and I so love watching them grow! I do have to say that Lil’ Rover is turning into one handsome stud! His faces from the car fumes absolutely made me laugh out loud. Thanks for sharing! – A. Bass

  • pure grace
    November 20, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Darby, your children are just beautiful and I so love watching them grow! I do have to say that Lil’ Rover is turning into one handsome stud! His faces from the car fumes absolutely made me laugh out loud. Thanks for sharing! – A. Bass

  • Lauren
    November 21, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    I have been looking for a day bed just like the one in this post….where can I find one?

  • Rachel D.
    November 23, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Hi Darby!! Loved seeing all your pictures! The Flutterby Festival looked very fun, may have to check that out next year!! Happy Thanksgiving! Daniel makes similar funny smiles as JM.

  • Misha
    November 25, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    How sweet 🙂 the Festival looked like a wonderful time

  • Abby
    December 3, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Loved reading the article about y’all in mobile bay monthly! Great cover photo too!!!

  • kathleen
    December 4, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    I am impressed. Blogger gets cover story in a glossy monthly magazine. However I am unable to find the previously mentioned -in the above comment– story. I have searched Mobile Bay monthly archives their web site and no luck in finding a link to the deck the shores article. Boo hoo. Cover stories schedule have you celebrating six months ago no?? Now I guess you are a semi-blogger– that”s okay- you have a family that certainly comes first. the cover was shot during the lazy hazy crazy days of summer that’s okay maybe DaddyBoy could post for you– he seems to have a knack for PR. heehee.

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    December 4, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I love your photos. I love the way you write. Thanks for sharing in the beautiful way that you do.

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    December 6, 2011 at 1:37 am

    hi Darby!
    would love to know where those corduroy shorts are from?

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    I love courd shorts! There is simply nothing better.

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