Thoughts on Thursday | 05.18.2017

I’m currently backing up all of the videos on my iPhone to the computer so I can free up some space.  Instagram stories definitely makes this job A LOT more difficult because I am constantly recording little snippets of our everyday.

We had a play date at a friend’s house Wednesday morning.  It’s the sweetest thing having friends with kids the same age as Peyton and knowing they’ll get to grow up together!

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December & Me | 2016


Well I’m not sure where I was the whole month of December.  I guess the simple answer is traveling and Christmas-ing.  I’ll make sure to catch up on all of our December happenings ASAP.


loving. talking baby names with Forest.

needing. Peyton to sleep through the night again…

wanting. the end of January to come sooner so we’ll know the gender of baby #2!

writing. This blog post and not much else!

reading. Golden Sun by Pierce Brown (book 2 in the Red Rising trilogy)

watching. Cops.  Recent guilty pleasure…

listening. Kids radio on Pandora

wishing. my mama a happy birthday next week!

feeling. normal.  ha!  The 1st trimester fatigue and nausea have subsided and I’m feeling mostly normal!

craving. Cheeseburger.

cooking. We made pizza quesadillas last night.  And lasagna is on the menu tonight!

eating. trail mix!

drinking. H2O

smelling. rain.

working on. staying on top of editing our personal pictures.  and also catching up on the ones I didn’t get to last year…

wearing. leggings, baggy tee, zip up hoodie.


Forest graduated this month and we traveled to Atlanta to see him walk in the ceremony!  Post coming soon!

Peyton is 18 months and the sweetest girl.  I’m so proud of all she’s learning!

Christmas!  We had a wonderful weekend celebrating Christmas at home!  Post coming soon!

A quick trip to Indiana to visit my parents who couldn’t make it out for Christmas like they planned.


  1. Stay up to date on editing personal pictures.
  2. Get birthday cards in the mail so they arrive on time (we have 3 in January)!
  3. Keep kitchen island clear of clutter.
  4. Sleep train Peyton again.

Until next time — Cindy

*All images are original to A View from the Shore


O Christmas Tree | 2016

We put our tree up on Sunday after Thanksgiving.  It’s always one of my favorite days, putting up the tree!  We had already decorated the den a little bit (because we did Johnson family pictures in front of the fireplace) but we worked on the tree and the outside lights on Sunday.

Peyton had a lot of fun bringing the ornaments that Forest gave her over to me at the tree and we would try to put them on together.  I’ve been a broken record since Sunday saying “no no.  We look but don’t touch.  Put that back on the tree please.”  The only thing low enough for her to grab is plastic candy canes but she gets them anytime I turn my back!

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

^Peyton was using a plastic toy Santa as a camera remote. :)

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

Until next time — Cindy

Thoughts on Thursday – 11.10.2016

Unless you live under a rock you’ll know that Trump won the presidency.  A lot of people don’t know what to say, others are happy and, while I’m not going to share my personal political views, I will encourage everyone to pray for our country and for the president-elect and the people that  will be surrounding him.  I’ve seen a lot of people encourage kindness, regardless of the outcome and I would like to encourage the same – kindness will keep us united, not hateful words.

Another Starbucks cup controversy?

Peyton is battling either a cold or she’s teething or both but she’s been a trooper as I follow her around with a kleenex at all times.

Forest ordered his regalia (cap & gown) for graduation next month!  I’m so excited and proud of/for him!

Forest and I are celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary on Saturday.  We don’t have any huge plans for the day but I love that guy to pieces and there are never enough words to express just how much.

I’ve mentioned it before but are you guys watching the new show, This Is Us because if I haven’t you definitely should be.

I waiting for the right sale to hit the ORDER button for our Christmas cards.  We’ve always ordered ours from Shutterfly.

Peyton isn’t in school and won’t be for awhile but but for those of you with kids in school – school lunch ideas.

Until next time — Cindy

Forest Says – Vol. 15

Last week was a long week and I totally skipped out on posting a thoughts on thursday but here were are with another volume of Forest Says for your Monday morning!  I hope your weekend was marvelous.  I know hurricane Matthew was wreaking havoc on part of the country to so we’ve been praying that things are ok, as much as they can be.



During a Jillian Michaels’ workout

JM: you want to wear those strapless dresses, don’t you?!

Forest: yeah!!


F:  Man…. I have a knot in my shoulder.

C:  Why?

F:  Because I’m just so strong.  That’s what happens when you’re as strong as me.  Muscles just do whatever they want.


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water bug

“Dance and swim.  Those are going to be her activities.”

Forest got a wireless bluetooth speaker for a 5 years of service gift from work that we got up and running Saturday morning after breakfast.  One of Peyton’s favorite activities is dancing (her daily reports from daycare says how much she loves bopping to the music they play).  Needless to say, Peyton spent her morning dancing around the house with us.  She would randomly bust out in a little head bob and bounce if a song caught her attention.

After lunch, we decided to open up the inflatable pool Peyton got as a birthday gift.  It was hot and muggy outside and it took some work to get the pool inflated and filled for her but I slipped her into a bathing suit (that matched mine, of course!) and we sloooooooowly eased ourselves into the cold water.  She did NOT like the cold water (smart girl) but once she got used to it she was splashing and turning in circles chasing the toys that were floating around.

first time in the pool

first time in the pool

first time in the pool

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I want to remember

It’s occurred to me lately that maybe the smallest life moments are the ones I want to preserve the most.  Because down the road, I’ll probably remember the big life moments! it’ll be easier to recall the larger, more spectacular things.  And I’ve already captured those moments with the camera and shared those times on the blog.  Of course I will have my camera with me for capturing all of the big, fun, spectacular things!  But it’s so easy to forget the everyday things, because they seem so normal and routine…

but it all changes so quickly!

We’ve had a rough week, our little family, and sleep has been hard to come by.  Last week I was down for the 24-hour count.   Thankfully it was only 24 hours.  And Forest (what a guy, that one) he’s seriously the best!  He was able to stay home to take care of me + Peyton (he didn’t want to drive her all the way to daycare so everyone stayed home with sick mommy!)  And while I felt terrible, I got to enjoy baby cuddles while we napped – the best way to spend any day!

I had 2 vacation days that followed my sick-day and they were the best!  Getting to spend all of my time with my baby girl!  I was able to have dinner on the table and clean the house and have a play date (Peyton got to enjoy the swings for the first time!) and it was the most perfect two days followed by an equally perfect weekend of a Lowe’s trip and baby nap-cuddles and church and the beach!

And then Monday morning hit and we were back at the grind.  But then Monday afternoon hit and daycare called to say that Peyton had a fever and my heart sank.  She has an ear infection and hasn’t slept well the past couple days.  She wants to be held and her fever has been so high and I’ve spent countless hours praying that her fever would break and her infection would be healed.  We did a 2 am bath in the middle of the night to help cool her down.  Peyton ended up sleeping in bed with me and Forest slept on the couch (with Indie).  Very little sleep, very heavy heart, so much guilt for being at work (hello year-end!!) when I’d much rather be cuddling her until she’s feeling better.  But Forest (again, that guy is something else) was able to work from one day and he told me all was well.

And trying to juggle taking care of Peyton and ourselves with working has not been easy.  Not at all.  I’m not complaining because we figured it out.  We (thankfully!) have bosses that understand having a baby and we can both work from home if we need to but I will forever and always give props to all the working parents out there.  It’s tough and exhausting and thank goodness we get the weekends to sleep in and recuperate!

This last week has been tough, yes (and Peyton still isn’t 100% herself. She doesn’t have her normal appetite back and she’s not sleeping through the night yet. I hope those things will return to normal soon, I just hate seeing my baby hurting!) BUT I am so thankful that we have them.  That we have Peyton!  That we have each other to lean on encourage and cuddle!  And!  Despite the sickness and not feeling well, Peyton still manages to laugh for no reason, plays her new favorite game of “Where’s Indie?!” as she peers over the back of the couch, races around the kitchen in the walker (pulling open drawers and chasing Indie as she goes), and gives us all the kisses!

Sour, sweet, sour, sweet.  That’s been our week but hopefully the really sour stuff is behind us for awhile because this little family is ready to stay healthy for maaaaaaany weeks!

Until next time — Cindy