Taking It Easy With Old School Blogging.

This post had a runner up title – it was to be called, “Summer Breeze, Makes Me Feel Fine.”

And somehow, this Eagles song came into my head. And you know? I don’t like The Eagles at all. I do like Don Henley. I saw him live with Stevie Nicks and they slow-danced while singing, “Leather and Lace.” I think they used to date, and I found it to be wildly romantic in a sad and wistful way. So for that and many other reasons, I do love Don Henley. And this one Eagles song:

We may lose and we may win though
we will never be here again
so open up, I’m climbin’ in,
so take it easy…

It’s Old School Blogging out there today. It’s Wordless Wednesday out there today. Also, you all know I don’t really ever take it easy, even when I say I’m taking it easy, but having these wonderful summer questions to answer IS taking it easy in my world.

What was your favorite thing you did alone this summer?

Did I do anything alone this summer?? Why, yes! I did! I went to a blogging conference. Ok, it was technically still during the school year, actually. Ok my favorite thing I did alone was to photograph a wedding. Now hear me out because it was work, and HARD work. I did it alone because they didn’t need me to have an assistant. I did it without my kids and husband. It was one thing that scared me so very much, and it was one thing that was mine alone. I’m still riding the high from accomplishing this.

What was your favorite thing you did as a family this summer?

Without a doubt, it was going to Cape Cod to be with family. I still have to share those many photos, and that will surely be done in two posts soon. It was a wonderful time. I might have actually taken it easy in the real sense. Even though vacation with kids is not very vacation-y, I had zero allergies out on the Cape, and minimal anxiety, if any. We truly needed a family trip, and every summer I mourn the loss of chances to look for moose and I mourn the loss of chances to visit Cassidy’s family’s beach house.

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What books did you read this summer?

I read “The One And Only” by Emily Giffin and it made me breathless. I read “Tempting Fate” by Jane Green and it was.. interesting. I read “All Fall Down” by Jennifer Weiner and I think I cried through every chapter. Now I’m reading “This Is Where I Leave You” by Jonathan Tropper. I have no idea where I got the recommendation for this one. Probably from many places!

What do you WISH you had done this summer?

I though it would be different, you know? Don’t we often think that? I thought it would be the Summer of Scarlet, before kindergarten. I thought I’d be booking inns and chasing moose and eating ice cream every day. Ok, that last part? Nearly. I just thought I’d be more carefree and light. I didn’t think I’d be so weighted and anxious and cloudy. Ultimately, it’s ok. It was the summer of Cape Cod and corn on the cob and new kittens and total, utter fun. For the kids. And that’s what matters. That I didn’t harsh their mellow. I wish I had done more traveling, of course. The summer is not over, though. Anything can happen.

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What movies did you see this summer (if any)?

None in the theater, but I did watch Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier last week and it totally held my attention.

Where did you travel this summer?

New Jersey, Cape Cod, and then an assortment of fun day trips.

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What was your favorite treat (as in dessert) this summer?

On my birthday, Cassidy got me my very favorite cookie dough ice cream from a favorite ice cream parlor. (Mt. Tom’s) And he special-ordered my favorite cookies from my favorite cookie store. It’s when they put two of their famous chocolate chip cookies together as a sandwich. Six of them had chocolate buttercream in the middle and were dipped in a chocolate glaze. The other six had vanilla buttercream in the middle and were dipped in white chocolate glaze. There were rainbow sprinkles too.

What did you celebrate this summer?

A LOT! Father’s Day, Scarlet’s birthday, my birthday, my dad’s birthday, my ten year anniversary of meeting Cassidy..

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Did you grow anything this summer?

Cassidy grew a truckload of tomatoes, some berries, tons of flowers, some peppers, eggplant, kale, swiss chard, butter lettuce, hot peppers, and many other things that I can’t remember yet. It was an odd garden year.

What is a favorite post (if you blog) that you wrote this Summer?

Honestly, it might be my one from Monday. Link HERE. I don’t generally reread my posts.. makes me cringe.

What is a favorite photograph that you took this summer?

Sadly, I think any favorites I have aren’t even up yet because I’m so behind in my personal photos. And the wedding ones from the weekend aren’t ready yet. So I’ll go digging right now and find a favorite photo, if not THE favorite photo:

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Or maybe..

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What do you want to do next summer?

Moose. Ice cream. More adventure without feeling weighed down and anxious. Less sadness. More time in Cape Cod. Maybe some time in Maine or New Hampshire. More time with friends. More time alone. Maybe some shooting stars. Go on day trips. See you?


And now for the Wordless Wednesday portion of the post, we have: “Bubbles” and “Elsa”.

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About Tamara

Tamara is a professional photographer, a mama of two, a Lifestyle Blogger/Social Media Influencer/Brand Ambassador, and a nearly professional cookie taster. She has been known to be all four of those things at all hours of the day and night. She is a very proud contributor to the book, The Mother Of All Meltdowns, the Stigma Fighters Anthology (volume 1), and The HerStories Project: So Glad They Told Me. She is also a proud Community Lead and a regular contributor to the SoFab Food blog, and the Target Made Me Do It blog. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter, son, dog, cat, and 11 chickens in glorious western Massachusetts.


Taking It Easy With Old School Blogging. — 114 Comments

  1. So true, the summer is definitely not truly over yet and hope to have at least one more good adventure in us yet. And I totally read and believe I shared on my blog about the book, “This Is Where I Leave You”. Totally can’t wait to hear what you think of it and admit I couldn’t stop laughing and now can’t wait for the movie πŸ˜‰

    • I definitely remember you writing about the book. And probably Another Clean Slate and Kiss My List maybe. I honestly think a lot of my favorite bloggers wrote about it and that was what intrigued me. I’m definitely into it now!
      We still have two more weeks of summer here. Every day I think about doing something fabulous!

  2. So – Canada is excellent for seeing moose, I just saw one last Saturday (just sayin’ for next summer…)
    That picture of the fox? I really thought that was Athena for a second πŸ™‚
    I hope that we can meet up at a blogging conference one of these days and I’m very much looking forward to seeing some pictures if the wedding you shot!

    • I would like that very much! Maybe a Canadian blogging conference with some moose tracking too! Let’s do it.
      Tell me about the moose you saw! I live for the stories. Young or old? Male or female? Big bull? Mother with baby?

  3. I love the bubbles and Elsa photos. She looks like she’s floating. OMG your birthday treat sounds amazing and the sunset photo is stunning. Summer is a funny season, isn’t it? I think that we always have these super high expectations for it to be Fun! Amazing! etc. But all I really want is some sunshine, ice cream, not to be hurried all the time.

    • I want that too. I think I work even more in the summer because it takes a lot of writing and photography to process all the celebrations and milestones that happen every summer. About the treat that he got me for my birthday. Today I called the cookie store and special ordered them. I didn’t get as many this time but it’s been a month and I just thought I deserved a little treat for myself for shooting the wedding!

  4. The photos with the kids, your honey and Athena will always rock so please know that for me. So, I pick out other ones and ironically your fox post WAS one of my favs over the summer! Good call. Agreed on your post from Monday. It was epic, emotional and awesome. I literally did that record scratch noise/rewind to read twice – chocolate chip cookies with chocolate buttercream in the middle?? Pulllleeezzze send me some!! Please? Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier rocked! Comes out next month on dvd/Blu-ray! Go check out Guardians of the Galaxy with the kids. It’s amazing! They will love Rocket the raccoon! He was my favorite πŸ™‚

    • Cassidy saw Guardians of the Galaxy and loved it! I love your description of the record scratch noise. In all honesty I’m still doing photos from April, so even though I’ve done some skipping back-and-forth I fear that a lot of my summer photos have never been seen by anyone. In due time!

  5. I have never seen a real live moose, but want to. I did once meet a buffalo in Yellowstone, they are BIG and stinky! Are moose that same way?

    • I don’t know because I’ve never gotten close enough! I have gotten close to bison many times, although not in Yellowstone. They scared me there! With the moose, it’s best to have a zoom lens because as much as they can seem tame, they can turn in an instant!

  6. I always do less than what I have planned in my mind during the summer. This summer has gone by really fast and I didn’t get to do all the fun stuff that I wanted to do with my kids. So I’m trying to plan more adventures/field trips for the fall. I’m really hoping we get a chance to take a ride on a restored steam engine train this fall.
    I can’t wait to see some of the pictures from the wedding you shot. I love wedding photos.

    • The steam engine trip sounds amazing. They are building a Thomas themepark in Massachusetts, actually, but it won’t be ready until the middle of 2015 I think. I think it’s really cool to look to fall for adventures, because in a lot of ways, the weather is even better in fall for outdoor activities. Less of the humidity and heat and the bugs. I think that fall, weatherwise, is nearly ideal. I do love spring a little more but it can be so rainy and buggy.

  7. The bubbles photos are making me happy!! And where do you get Scarlet’s dresses? Lol. Because I see so many cute princess dresses of hers here. You have a very busy summer! And you did so many fun activities. Enjoy the rest of your summer! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! And as I was saying earlier on this comment thread to someone, fall is even better for outdoor activities here. It’s not hot and it doesn’t have the dangers of overheating and getting dehydrated as much.
      As for the dresses, most of them are hand-me-downs and they’re not very good quality. She does have one or two that were purchased from nicer places and they do last longer and you can put them in the wash!

  8. Loved those photos of Elsa and the bubbles πŸ™‚ I am so jealous of your Cape Cod vacation, I can’t wait for you to upload those photos so I can live vicariously through them! You had a very awesome and full summer, full of transitions and celebrations. I’m the same way too about the rereading of blog posts, most of them make me cringe and I never read them again once I hit publish.

    • It is so funny because I never reread my posts! I get too embarrassed. I am so excited to finally do the Cape Cod photos. I don’t know what has been taking me so long because I keep having it on my blogging calendar and I keep having to push it back because other stuff happens.

  9. As much as your summer was anxiety-filled, I’m glad that you did do a lot, took all these beautiful pictures, hung out with friends and family, and ate some awesome food.

    • It’s true. I will never forget this summer because even though it felt heavy, it just meant I was working harder to do the things I would be doing anyway. So I was still doing a lot. It just felt heavy. Which seems more accomplished to me.

  10. Oh how I wish I could start in June again and be in Spain and Portugal. I could cry just thinking of it now. I want to do more with this summer too and, with the boys starting school in a week I feel like it’s most certainly over and I’m definitely in mourning. Maybe we should just throw all the kids in your van and head to Maine to hunt for moose???…and get ice cream of course!

  11. Summer never seems to be what I expect it to be. I had all these ideas about what spending a summer as a mom would be like, and it just hasn’t been like that at all. Packing and moving and unpacking in the middle of summer kind of puts a damper on things like trips to the beach and pool outings. But I also realize that going to the pool and beach with a baby is a lot of work, and we still have a family trip out to the Cape yet ahead!

    • Oh that is so lovely! You still have a vacation to have! And I think the moving really does throw a wrench in things. I think I told you that the last time we moved I was six weeks pregnant. And it sort of ruined my experience of being pregnant. I don’t even know if I really had morning sickness, or if it was just moving-related nausea. I hate transitions so much.

  12. I always feel I have such great expectations of summer, and then it is gone. Where did it go? Wasn’t I supposed to do so much more? So I have to refocus on the best part of summer that year and not worry about what I think I’ve missed…. Next year…. Love the description on those cookies!!!! Sound so awesome!!

    • Although your summer at least from my perspective look absolutely amazing. Full of adventure, travel and family!
      I’ll let you in on a little secret. I just special ordered those cookies today to celebrate the end of summer and the fact that I photographed a wedding. I haven’t had them in a month and I will keep some special but I am so excited to go pick them up!

  13. Sometimes, a summer assessment is more about missed opportunities … but yours? You had some adventures. I know things don’t always turn out as we thought they would. But then, there are probably some great things in there that we could have never predicted, right? I try to make every day feel like the first day of summer because I feel like fulfilling all I hope to fulfill doesn’t happen often, no matter what season.

    • What!? You’re not number 100 again? I think it’s interesting because I still accomplished so much of what I wanted to accomplish and I still had a full and adventurous summer, in unexpected ways, but it just took longer to get there. Someone very wise once told me that you can knit a sweater on a bumpy train or you can knit a sweater in your own rocking chair. In both cases, you will produce a beautiful sweater. In one case, it was a lot harder to get there.

        • It’s very helpful and one of the best reminders I’ve ever been told. It was when I was going through a very bad time a few years ago and it was November, which is my least favorite month. And so my editor said that going through a rough time in November, as opposed to May, is like knitting a sweater on a bumpy train rather than in your own living room.

  14. The prettiest Elsa! Look at those cheeks! So sorry to hear you didn’t get the chance the see a moose. But I’m sure the perfect time for you guys to see one is still in the works. Nature can be playful you know. πŸ™‚ Love the photos, as always! πŸ™‚

    • Her cheeks! Today I asked her if I could still squeeze them when she’s an adult and she said that of course I could because she’d still be living with me and sleeping in my bed when she’s an adult. Good to know, right?
      Nature is playful like that. I could travel six hours to get to Central Maine to see one moose, or a family of moose could walk on my very driveway. It has happened, although it was to the previous owners who lived here.

  15. Your summer was filled with great adventures and I am sure you made some wonderful memories. I know a lot has happened to you this summer, and ours was pretty boring in comparison but there is something truly great and magical about summer.
    Love the Elsa & the bubbles photo!

    • I honestly wouldn’t mind a boring summer one of these days! I don’t know if we are equipped for one, with all of our birthdays and trips. I could see them being calmer, though.

  16. Such beautiful moments and the pictures… breathtaking. I love the family photo on the beach… you have a gorgeous little family.

    I love book recommendations… I’ve taken some notes here.

    Moose? Well my friend… come to Canada, pass through Alberta and you’ll encounter many moose and maybe even catch a glimpse of little old me. Just a recommendation (no selfishness involved… *wink*).

    Wishing you a lovely day.

    • That sounds just about perfect! And you were not the first to mention it on this comment thread. Are there any amazing Canadian blogging conferences?

      If so, count me there.


  17. I love this post – so fun. And the pictures are amazing. This is my first visit – I saw you on Blogger 911! I grew up on the Cape, it’s one of my favorite places on earth. We spent Father’s Day weekend there this summer and it was wonderful. Enjoy the rest of your summer. It’s “fall” now in Georgia. The kids have been back in school for two weeks

    • Well thank you for stopping by! And what a wonderful place to grow up. My father-in-law built a beach house in Truro decades ago, so my husband and his family did grow up going there as a second home. And now we take my kids and I couldn’t love it more.

  18. That birthday treat sounds SO Good, I think I was about to start drooling while I was reading your description. NO lie. Katie and Scarlet could play “Elsa” together, since K has a similar dress! They would have so much fun!

    I really want to read “This is Where I Leave You” before the movie comes out. Guess I need to finish the other 2 books I’m reading and get started, huh? πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for linking up! xo

    • Okay I totally went to the cookie store today and had them special ordered. It had been almost a month since my last time and as much as I want them to be special, I felt like today called for them!
      Thanks for a wonderful link up, as always! I liked the mix of the questions and how they ranged from light and easy to making you think.

  19. Love, love, love that photo of Athena – I am getting a cat this Christmas, mainly for my son who is begging for a pet, and I’m super excited. πŸ™‚ It is Wednesday and that makes me extremely happy, it means Friday is on the horizon and I’ve never wanted it so, lol. Sounds like you guys had a great summer and your veggie garden sounds epic – I’m jelly, send me some tomatoes!! πŸ™‚ I love them!! Happy Hump Day lovely! -Iva

    • I will definitely send you tomatoes and I would never throw them at you.
      What’s funny is that I always said I would have a different kind of career and I would never live that kind of life that I dread, which is where you just live for the weekends and you wait for them. I feel like that’s no way to live. And you know what? Even with my strange careers, I still live that way because weekends mean my husband is home to help! Pathetic.

    • I’m laughing! Well there’s a time and place for those books too. And you seem to have been having a lot of fun and sunny adventures in your beautiful part of the world.

  20. This has been my strangest summer in a long time. It felt so fleeting like I was chasing all these things I wanted to do but they kept slipping past me. I haven’t even been to the beach and I have no desire to go. It was almost too mellow yet I have had something going on every weekend. Just weird.

    • Weird is a good word for it. Although I found the weather to be exquisite. Warm enough for sundresses during the day and feeling like fall and spring at night. Not a lot of humidity too. You are probably closer to the beach than I am, although we always make it to the Cape.

    • That is really parenting at its finest. Or maybe at its worst. But you still want to build their lives to be as strong and fabulous as possible. And I think that they get there anyway no matter how I’m feeling. It just might be harder for me, but worth it.

  21. One and Only is next up on my Kindle reading list…glad to hear it left your breathless, I was a little concerned about the mixed reviews I was reading on Amazon! Hard to believe summer is almost over…!

    • I only heard about the mixed reviews after I read it. I read all of her books so this was no exception. I honestly loved it! Let me know how you like it.

    • Thank you! I don’t think they were as dreamy as yours were in yesterday’s post, though. So what I’m thinking is that if I took my best lens to Switzerland, good things would happen, right?

    • That is good to know because I put two of them on hold at the library this morning and I had no way of knowing if they were good or not. I trust your judgment.

  22. Loved all the questions on summer and you remembering this great summer! Those choc. chip cookies + ice cream sound delightful! You know how to party, and party you did this summer too, whew! Just think, ever summer is like this :). So much joy and happiness!!! Love the family photo and all the bubbles!

    • I love the bubbles! Don’t tell anyone this but they were all taken in the spring in April. That is how far behind I am with photos. I like to jump around here and there when I want to write a post about something more recent, but the bulk of my photos are back in April. I need a time machine.
      Also, I don’t have that ice cream in the house but I did buy those cookies again. I guess I’m celebrating a month passing since my birthday. Nearly.

  23. So now that I hijacked your conversation with Janine, here’s my own comment. My summer’s are never exactly what I planned, but that’s okay. Time alone, time with family, and ice cream – perfect.

  24. Sounds like an incredible summer. I feel like I cheated the boys (and myself) this summer because I still worked and we didn’t take a trip or do much of anything – oh, well – it happens!!!

  25. Now this sounds like a pretty great summer to me. You guys really did have a great garden year! I am terrible at planting…I also have a ton of concrete, but thats no excuse! I love all of the magic in those bubbles surrounding that beautiful little girl of yours–just perfect!

  26. Ah..old school blogging, how I miss thee. Back in the day, you could really get to know a person with old school blogging. As always my forever-nostalgia for things! Cape Code sounds amazing! I remember thinking that back when you posted on it. And hats off to Cassidy for being able to growth such a fruitful garden! I’m not good with plants at all, so I really respect people that can grow stuff, lol!

  27. Oh my leather & lace…. that song has some memories. Tamara why do your posts always evoke such crazy memories in MY life? Seriously. πŸ™‚ I love Old School blogging! That 1st photo of Scarlet is so darling and I love the bubble fun! xoxox

    sorry I have been a bit MIA, lately. No really good excuses (well actually plenty of excuses)- just needed some mental “me” time. I had my pity party and will try to be a better reader/friend!

    BTW when the heck do you have time to read SO much! You must sleep like 2 hours a night…. hmmmm. … you freak of nature superwoman πŸ˜‰ <—said with love)

    • I have read the bulk of my books in the last month or so. It used to take me only two days to get through a book! Now it’s two weeks or so.
      No need to apologize for being MIA. So many bloggers have been that way this month! I just chalk it up to August things. So glad you’re here now.
      And I’m totally in love with that song too!

  28. I’ve been having a really hard time battling the sad and anxious this summer. I can’t believe that my son will be going to kindergarten this year and am terrified that kids will be mean to him. Because of all of that, I’ve been blogging less, and trying to do awesome fun stuff with him. But then I come here, and wonder how you do both. Because beautiful photos and thoughts and YOU. I love love the one of your whole family at the beginning. Well, and, of course, all of them.

    • You are not the only one! I feel like most people have been blogging less. It’s just August things. Emotional and travel and whatnot.
      I’ve been all up in arms about it. Now it’s at the last two weeks and I’m still functioning. That’s a start, right?

  29. I always miss the Summer when it’s gone. The kiddos have been back to school for a little over a week (Addy just started Pre K 3 a few days ago) and it’s so HOT here in Louisiana that it’s hard to imagine it’s not still Summer. PS. Love Don Henley. My all time favorite song of his – Boys Of Summer. He actually doesn’t live too far from me.

  30. Awww little Elsa and the bubbles are too cute! I actually grew up listening to the Eagles, my dad was a huge fan, the song Desperado…. well, that’s its own blog post.
    I’ve enjoyed the glimpse into your summer. I’d love to visit Cape Cod. I have to admit I’m still a bit envious of your garden.

    • Will we see that Desperado blog post? Sounds awesome.
      The garden is awesome, but I honestly don’t do much for it. I get really bored easily. And hot. And there are bugs and frogs and snakes! Not my thing.

  31. Ok – random questions for you! Where did you get that Frozen dress? And I totally need to get that Giffen book…I have the latest Jennifer Weiner loaded in my nook, totally starting it up soon! Thanks for the inspiration…and glad that you had a great summer. Savor the moments!

    • The dress was from JCPenney last Christmas! It’s gorgeous, right? I’ve also seen good quality ones at Disney store and jane.com has them almost daily.
      Let me know how you like the books when they’re done!!

  32. So many things I want to say! Like that Elsa dress and the bubbles. I can absolutely not let my girl see those or I will never hear the end of it until we have matching photos. And the photo where Des is harshing her mellow is one of my all time favs. I was also cloudier and angstier than I wanted to me this summer. Next summer, for sure, it’s moose and ice cream all the way.

  33. Your summer was very eventful and full of pivotal moments. I feel like you were able to check mate your anxiety and triump time and again- your summer has been one for the books, that’s for sure. Those cookies sound amazing!!! That picture if des in cape cod….my favorite!

    • There are more where that photo came from!
      I do feel like summer was a success at still doing what I needed to do, no matter that it felt harder and like more of a battle. It still came to the same ending and we made it and we made it fun. Thank you!

  34. your kids are mini-versions of you guys! congrats on the solo wedding gig… and what a fun summer! i dream of beaches, we didnt get enough beach days this summer.

  35. Ugh! This is the second time my computer timed out on me and I had to re-post my comment! I love the photos of the kids playing with the bubbles. So cute. I know what you mean about summer not being completely what you expected. I feel like that always happens now. Things never turn out how I expect and they still amaze me, too…always! I didn’t know you loved cookie dough ice cream, too!

    • Cookie dough is one of my favorites! I could use some right now. There have been many issues with commenting today. I don’t know if WordPress is down or it’s my host but something is off here.

  36. When we were kids, my older sisters used to stand on chairs in the kitchen and belt out Take It Easy, so I know the song well and now I have it stuck in my head but it’s an ear worm I don’t mind much…
    Looking forward to the Cape next summer and maybe we’ll be there at the same time!!

  37. Awesome Q & A, made me want to copy all the questions and do it on my end, except I don’t have many photos from this summer. I read the book by Jennifer Weiner as well and it was so beautifully written I am still under its spell. The two of your favorite pictures are really well captured the child and the sea and the fox, captivating. Love bubbles who could ever blow bubbles and be in a bad mood, right? πŸ™‚

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