Saturday, May 30, 2015

My Project 52 {Week 21-22} -


{Week 21} Wednesday, May 19, 2015 ~ Macarons from Winter Park! The flavors are amazingly delicious! 
From Top Left: Lavender, Lemon, Belgian Chocolate, Rose, Coconut and another Belgian Chocolate. 

{Week 22} May 29, 2015 ~ The Brevard Zoo with Becca! We had so much fun together. 

With love always,
~ Jean Marie ~ 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

My Project 52 {Week 19-20} -

I know I try to do just camera photos for My Project 52, but I really don't feel like editing tonight, and I love some recent pictures I took with my iPod Touch while on vacation in Ohio last week, so I'm using those instead!! It's more about seeing the photo and taking the shot anyways!! :)

 Mama & I visited our Uncle & Aunt's Farmhouse in Ohio. All 5 siblings got together and we spent Mother's Day together and visited Grandma's grave. We were there for 4.5 days and had a wonderful time!

{Week 19} May 9, 2015 ~ West Unity, Ohio ~ The Farmhouse was built Pre-Civil War, 
and it was so magical to be there in the Springtime. I loved every second spent outside. 

When we left on Monday, we had over an hour at the tiny airport and it was pouring rain outside. I couldn't bear to sit still in preparation for sitting still for another 2 hours, haha, and the rain was making me all artistic-moody, you know? So I put on some music on my iPod and walked around the airport looking for patterns, shadows and lines. I've been studying that in my classes at NYIP, and it's been so cool how my eyes have been opened to how much detail there is in architecture if you look for it. I started a "Bored in the Airport Photo Project" series on Instagram, and had a wonderful time for an hour. ;)

{Week 20} May 11, 2015 ~ Toledo Airport, Ohio
Here's my favorite shot from the 4-part series! 

With love always,
~ Jean Marie ~ 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Spring Frolic 2015 {Day 2} -

Here's Day 2 of the Barberville Spring Frolic! Sunday, April 26th, 2015. 

So many more of my friends were able to make it the second day, which was so great.
The day started off as sunny & beautiful, turned into a deluge & water park, and then beautiful despite wet at the end. :)

Abi: "This is my bass...." HAHAHA.  

Loner's Junction practicing. (Gosh, I love those huge oaks & Spanish moss)  

I love their music!! 

My Becs & Shan. So glad Becs was able to drive up with me on Sunday,
 even though she was scraped and sore from her 5k MudRun she'd done on Saturday! Love these two friends. 

Hymns under the tent before the heavens opened up. haha. 

I could feel the pressure dropping and shifting, and I thought "Oh boy. Here we go.", but I didn't want to leave the hymns session, so I stayed. And then it poured and poured and poured. The musicians and I kept inching in more and more to keep from getting sprayed by the rain, and eventually we gave up and stood in a circle and continued singing/playing. It was so lovely, and hilarious too. :)


"O they tell me of a King in His beauty there, and they tell me that mine eyes shall behold,
Where He sits on the throne that is whiter than snow, in the City that is made of gold." 

After surviving the gully-washer, frog-strangler of a monsoon we had, I had just enough time to find Emily Acevedo and put Leila to sleep on my shoulder for her morning nap, and to see Zebulah's Trail, which is "Leah's band": Abi, Gabi, Leah & Nathan. I've missed Leah's singing so much and I love the mix of music they bring. They are super amazing songwriters.

I had my arms full, so Shannon took these with my camera! {It's super great having twin cameras, haha} 

It was pretty hilarious because Leah & Nathan were laughing at everything and joking around, and Gabi was like "okaaay, moving on with the schedule...." and Abi was giggling on the other end. hahaha. 

Wifey & Husband. They are the cutest. Oh wait. I mean, everyone is. But still. Young love.  

Ben & G. 

I know this is blurry because we're in motion, but this sums up our relationship perfectly, ahahaha. Emily is clearly saying something hilarious and I'm dying laughing. 

I love her so much, and her adorable bobbed haircut and her babies and herself {ok, and Ben}. 
Thanks for this, Shan! P.S. Leila was OUT. hahaha. 

Here you find a hobbit enjoying Gabe's blue birch beer. Or something. It was old-fashioned soda. 
But it was sweet enough to kill a horse. Or a camel. It was like an instant sugar rush. and it was BLUE.

BLUE. I told you. hahaha. 

Sweet Leila up from her nap. We totally matched with our patterned sleeveless blouses, btw.

Shannon and sweet Nixie.  

Oh my heart. Precious. 

Contra' Dancing with the friends!!! 

Xander's yoga pants never fail to crack me up. He's in his own category of man. haha. 

You can always tell who has danced the longest by the crazy/silly faces they make during moves. haha.  

So many laughs in this room. So many injuries...so many near-flying-episodes. 

Contra' dancing keeps you humble, because usually the 8 or 9 or even 6 year old is better at it than you. True story. 

I love the Smith girls hair, so beautiful.

Circle to the left! Circle to the right! Into the middle with a great big shout!  

Shan always looks adorable and beautiful while dancing. I don't get how she does it. 

So much fun!! {Don't worry, I danced a lot too} 

Sunday was less chaos and more of our gang dancing: more like old times = love. 

I had to get a photo of Emily pregnant and playing bass! Just like she did with Leila! 
She's amazing, and I really loved getting to hang out with her all weekend and talk with her. I love her. 

Loner's Junction finishing off Barberville with "Orange Blossom Special", because it's tradition, that's why. 
And also because we live in, and love the state of Florida. Yes, yes we do. 

Instagram pics! 

I told you it rained. 

Selfie with Leila!! She's such a happy and sweet baby.  
I got her to sleep in my arms for a nap two days in a row, so basically I achieved Magic in the honorary auntie realm. 

And we got shaved ices from the Shave Ice Truck that was there!
 My loves and I: G, Emily, Me with Phoenix, and Becs. Life is so so great.  

And there you go!! Such happy memories of yet another year. 

Tomorrow I'm flying to Ohio with my Mama for a small family reunion, and I get to meet my redheaded cousin whom I've never met! She's a student at Wheaton, and I'm so excited I can't stand it. Just picture lots of hugs and me trying not to scream when they arrive (going to fail that). It's going to be great. I love time with Mama, just the two of us, and being around her family. 

With love always,
~ Jean Marie ~ 

Spring Frolic 2015 {Day 1} -

Here are the pictures from Day 1 of the Spring Frolic at Barberville Pioneer Settlement on April 25th!! 

It was so fun seeing friends that we don't get to see because we all live 2-3 hours away from each other, and all have different work schedules! 
These are special friendship times. Lots of jokes and laughter. ;) 

Leila is growing up so quickly! (Obi & Emily Acevedo's first daughter, 2nd one is due soon!) 
(You can actually see me in her eyes reflection, so cool!) 

 And Eliana! (Isaac & Lydiana's little girl) 

 Sweet girl. She looks like such a mix of Lydi & Isaac to me!

 Matt & Jeff looking at the schedule in front of the chapel. 

 Checkers, anyone? ;) 

 I love the light sea foam wood paneling in this little house. 

Sometimes I make my friends stand still so I can take pictures of their shoes. Thanks Batman. 

 I love the Settlement so much. You can always hear something abnormal: the blacksmith shop, or 4 banjos taking off in a riff or the whistling and crack of a bullwhip in the pasture or 10 voices in perfect harmony on an old Gospel tune.

 Zander was here, I just know it......

 Bubble glass window reflections are at the top of my favorites list. Love the signed upright bass too. 

 Mmmmm. yes. Spring in FL. 

Intricate. 

Bees enjoying the sweet blossoms. 

 Jam Tents

 Old men discussing how everything works in a Print Shop, and a girl's reflection in the window. 

 Dragonfly resting in the sun. 

 The chance to get to see wheel maker craftsmen firing up a wheel. 

 Measuring and preparing the wheel....

 While the fire roars and crackles.

 Charts on the wheel maker's shed. (I actually used this picture for a recent NYIP assignment) 

 One of the woodworkers with a lathe & wheel. 

 The broom maker's spools of thread. 

 I love this picture so very much. Soaking straw. 

 The elderly and kind broom maker. 

 Fitting the now extremely hot wheel rim onto the wooden wheel! 

 Pouring water on the super hot wheel made some absolutely wonderful pictures. ;) 



 It was so amazing to watch them!! 

The Sparlings & little baby John! 

It was such a joy to feel baby Alice moving around in Emily A's belly - she sure is a mover! 

Joel & Jeff singing.
 "Beulah land, I'm longing for you. And some day on thee I'll stand, 
and there my home shall be eternal. Beulah Land, sweet Beulah Land." 

The peacocks. ;) You can hear their strident calls all across the Settlement. 

More jamming....

There's Kricket in the middle! :) I've known Kricket since I was 6. 

"TORI!!" I actually helped them out in the kitchen for awhile, Kath and I got super good at tossing water bottles from the cooler to the register. Next stop - playing baseball in the major leagues. Hahaha. "Two waters!" *waters come soaring through the air* 

Well at least these guys do. They rocked. 

Nathan & I found a mystery insect that I still haven't figured out what it was. Any guesses? 

In the chapel....

I stood right over one of the vents blasting 70 degree air into the chapel.
 It felt AMAZING, because it so super hot outside. 

The pottery cottage and its lovely teal windows. 


I loved these pottery herb markers! 

Pottery on the windowsill. 

My ice cream. Everything is more fun with a wooden slat spoon, haha. 

He's always getting roped into sitting still for photos. 

He never seems to mind.....much. ;) Hahahaha. He's one of the most hilarious people I know. 

We walked over to see the cutest little red car EVER. 

Like, stop it. It was adorable. 

It was SO.SMALL. I towered over it. Haha. (You can see Nathan and I and the landscape in the reflection on the hood!)

Old cars are so fantastic. New cars? Kind of boring. 

Cody & Obi (who were both on duty, and were put to a lot of work that day) checking it out:
"Look, of all the dials and switches they could have put in there, they put in a clock. Look, there it is! Haha." 

The cutest. I love how huge the windows are too. 



Contra dancing in the schoolhouse! I didn't dance until later that night, because it was unreal how 
stifling hot and packed it was in there. Nope nope nope. The ones who knew better waited until 7 or 8 that night and danced 'till 9. Sooo much better, haha. Contra dancing truly is great for all ages!

Sweetest Nixie girl and her Wubbanub. 

Hahaha, Leila was crazy about the dirt and the leaves, and playing with Nathan. Nathan is the baby whisperer and all the toddlers favorite person. He just speaks their language. ;)

"Baby?" ~  Phoenix & Leila. 

Georgia, Phoenix & Leila. 

There's her smile. :) 

And a wonderful way to end this post. Oh! Except these from Instagram.

"I failed Astro-Physics today at the Settlement School." {Nathan was my classmate}
"Oh, Barberville. I find joy here year after year."

"Barefoot in the Chapel at Barberville. 
Enjoying standing on the vent of chilly air (God bless the AC inventor: Dr. John Gorrie) 
and thinking about all who have stood before me on those wood planks, thinking about God on Sunday mornings. 

And that was Day 1!! :) Hope you enjoyed looking through these photos and reliving happy memories with me.

With love always,
~ Jean Marie ~