Sometimes trying to organize pictures just leads to wasting time browsing them for hours.
But then finding gems like these can make it seem like no biggie.
I don't know exactly why we have so many pictures of our chalkboard creations.
Maybe we thought they were funny. Or sweet. Or just had to snap one before we could erase it and start over.
Whatever the reason I'm glad we've got so many of 'em.
Here are a few of my favs that made me smile while perusing pics tonight.

a wee poem. most likely written with a bowl of rice pudding in my hand. i'm assuming.

exactly how many times ryan thought of me while i was away in canada without him.
yep, he kept count.

this is a note from that one time ryan turned 28.

a chalky depiction of the little brick house i lived in while we were dating.
we would sit and talk in that porch swing for hours.
incidentally we also lived there together right after we were married.

 and a sweet note from ryans parents on our day of graduation.
they came all the way out here to celebrate with us.


  1. that's fun. i now wish i had been taking pictures of our chalk board- though ours never has such elaborate drawings on it.
    i remember that house!

  2. haha! Those are soooo cute! Love the counting one when you were in Canada, that was just precious! What fun memories! Cute, cute idea.

  3. Hey! I just came across your comment on our blog again, and I feel bad that I haven't responded! In answer to your question, no we don't walk the turtle. :) We took him outside this summer and it seemed to be much more stressful for him than fun. So that was that!

    I have to admit that I have blog stalked you in the past! I think you are cousins with Randy Russel? Or related to her in some way? I was friends with her in high school and stumbled across your blog and i have to say I quite enjoy it! Very fun to read...hope I'm not too creepy!!

    Anyways, just wanted to say thanks for your comment!

  4. oh, and i have to add that i think you are beautiful as well...even if it is weird to say to a stranger! And i find you blog so inspiring with all your cute project and your beautiful house!

  5. Leah,
    I can't find your email! ha ha mine is stephaniehyde@live.com I'll see you on Tuesday.
    love, Steph
    p.s. I love your blog and you


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