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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