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hello cambria, hello 2015

January 5th | adventures, hello monday

Well, friends, here we are in the year 2015. So futuristic sounding.

Last week we had my twin sister, her husband and my nieces in town. It was such a good time. The cousins played plenty of video games, played at the park, we ate out, had epic boggle competitions and just enjoyed each other.

We spent Friday in Cambria. It’s about 45 minutes up the coast from San Luis Obispo and it’s gorgeous. The mountains meet the sea and it’s breathtaking. We ate lunch at Moonstone Bar and Grill and then walked the path alone the ocean. After a little park play, we headed home for pizza and a movie.

It’s a brand new week and it’s a brand new year. How about some hellos?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

Hello color. I love coral and yellow together.

Hello cousins. It’s awesome to play, lounge, fight, create and be silly.

Hello sweet moment with daddy.

Hello walking in the sunshine. Good for the soul.

Hello houses on cliff. I’m not sure I’d like to live that close to the ocean–but wow, their views must be gorgeous.

Hello seeing, capturing, creating.

Hello blur. Love the hazy memory created by this pic.

Hello loves. My twin sis and her husband have twin daughters. {My older brother has twin daughters too.}

Hello sweetheart. We are taking time to talk and dream and listen. We want to love each other better in 2015. We want to grow.

Hello swings and slides.

Hello epic synchronized swing jumping. Awesome.

Hello twin. We are identical–which means we were once the same egg that split into two. I literally feel like she is part of me. She understands my heart like no one else.

Hello back in the car and on our way home. Pizza and lounging with blankets and popcorn while watching a movie made for the perfect end to the day!

Hello back to school today. Kids are moderately excited. I am THRILLED. I kinda love our regular routine. Breaks are super fun and then I love to get back into the schedule.

Hello thinking about goals and dreams for 2015. I have some share tomorrow.

Hello groceries, emails and laundry. Always more to do.

Hello cleaning the house, tucking the Christmas decor away for another year and breathing in the simplicity.

Hello listening to David tapping out sweet tunes on the keyboard.

Hello to YOU! It’s a brand new week and a fresh start. What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link up your own hello monday post there.

Montana de Oro

November 20th | adventures, san luis obispo

Last week, Steve was in the DR and friends came to stay and keep me company. We went to Montana de Oro and played in the sand and caves a bit. It’s so beautiful there. So peaceful–and good for my soul. And oh my goodness,

pics of my boys from years ago at Montana de Oro. So much love.

As you can see I spent most of my time hunting for heart shaped rocks–and it paid off big time!

Where are you finding beauty today?

A big announcement!!

October 11th | adventures, jewelry

You may have noticed that I’ve been traveling to the Dominican Republic lately. Well there’s a good reason for that–it’s not just to soak up the gorgeous beaches. I have some exciting news to share!

I truly love the Dominican Republic. That beaches are breathtaking and the colonial zone is full of amazing architecture–but it’s so much more than that. The language, the people, the texture and light has captured my heart.

Steve and I visited in June, then I went back in September. Actually, I’m heading back next week too! There is so much to do!

Ready to find out what’s going on? Click the video below for more details!

Exciting, isn’t it?! I am thrilled to walk this journey with you!

sister birthday 2014

September 5th | adventures, celebrate the every day

A couple weekends ago I met up with my twin and our two younger sisters {also twins} to stay in an airstream in Buellton, CA. We had so. much. fun. Coming back to real life was painful–that’s how much fun we had. No responsibilities, no stress, no timeline–just talking, laughing, eating, playing cards and being together. Being real. Being loved. It was amazing. Can we go back this weekend??

Lisa, Susan, Ellen, Chrissie {my twin}

We visited the ostrich farm which was hilarious. They are aggressive and funny. And huge!

The airstream was so fun and cozy!

These are the weekends that feed my soul. So good. So very very good.

Have you gotten away lately?

oh these boys! {love!}

August 29th | adventures, family

We made it through our first full week of school! Matthias is in 5th grade and David moved over to the middle school. They aren’t on the same campus anymore and it makes me a little sad. Change is hard. Change is good.

We had our lunches packed, new school supplies, emergency forms filled out and we were READY! But things didn’t go as I’d planned. They didn’t go horribly wrong–they just went differently than I expected. I was worried about David and all his needs as he transitioned to middle school, but I thought Matthias would do just fine. Matthias has been tired and sad–he’s grieving the end of summer. He says he’s not ready for all the stress that school brings. David has had an easy adjustment–no issues, no stress, just smooth.

The boys are growing so fast, but still little too. There is so much to process and discuss. I am honored to journey alongside them and watch them change and grow. And it’s crazy and heart wrenching and stressful!

Mostly the way they love each other is completely humbling. It happens outside of me. It can’t be forced. And as they grow I see how much they care for each other. How much Matthias looks out for David and how David wants to be near Matthias.

My heart is full. Crazy and stressed, but so full.

bath, england {beauty!}

August 21st | adventures, family

While we were in England, we spent a day exploring Bath. I’m a huge Jane Austen fan–and she refers to Bath often in her books. I also knew she lived there for a while. We had a fabulous day with gorgeous weather! Highlights included lunch at The Real Italian Pizza Co., seeing the Roman Baths, and taking in the Royal Crescent {featured in many period films}. We visited the Jane Austen Center but honestly, it’s not worth the time. The street vendors, musicians and energy in Bath inspired me!

So much history in these ancient baths.

Matthias got an handmade leather journal from this amazing street vendor.

Lunch at The Real Italian Pizza Co was absolutely delicious! I highly recommend. And they have an italian ice cream shop next door that’s yummy, too!

Period costumes made the Jane Austen center fun. It was actually fairly dry and uninteresting. But we made our own entertainment!

The Royal Crescent, or The Circus was so cool. I loved seeing it in person! Do you recognize it from period films?

Hanging out with cousins is the BEST!

Have you visited Bath? Is it on your wish list? Next time we’re in England I want to visit Jane Austen town where she was born!

visiting stonehenge

August 7th | adventures

Last week, as we pulled into Stonehenge I felt an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. I started out our England trip nervous, tired and yet still hopeful. We love traveling and we love getting time with our English cousins–but David had been having such a hard time. He was having lots of pain, sleepless nights and we were overwhelmed. He traveled well and slept great. And as we parked in the Stonehenge lot and got our tickets, I felt elated. We did it! We were together as a family at Stonehenge. It was a big deal–it’s still a big deal! I’m thankful we got to experience this together.

Stonehenge is ancient and was built before 2000 BC. When the sun sets and rises at summer and winter solstice, the light through the stones creates a straight line. We don’t know exactly how the stones were moved and built. It’s truly something to behold!

Have you been to Stonehenge or studied it? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

domincan republic, part two.

June 26th | adventures

Steve and I spent a few days in the Dominican Republic last week. We had a some business meetings, visited an orphanage and toured the colonial district. It was an amazing time and I fell in love with the warm people, the texture of the city and of course the crystal clear ocean water. If you missed part one of our trip to the Dominican Republic, you can see it here.

We visited an orphanage that was beautiful and filled with amazing kids and staff. They even had a house for kids with special needs. It warmed my heart.

That’s the talented Maeve. She’s the designer behind Maevona–and she’s smart, kind and insightful. Oh and she’s scottish! So fun.

For being there such a short time, I feel like we saw a lot. And I can’t wait to go back!

hello santo domingo {dominican republic}

June 23rd | adventures, hello monday

We are back from the Dominican Republic. It was a wonderful and very short! We had some business meetings, a visit to an orphanage and some time for fun. We were there for three nights and we soaked it up! Today I’m sharing pics from the colonial district. There is so much history and beauty there! How about some hellos?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

Hello lighthouse. It wasn’t very impressive until we got closer. It’s huge!

Hello monastery ruins. There is something about ruins that tells a story of time past and change. I think it’s beautiful.

Hello texture, wires and life. There was a buzz of excitement and activity.

Hello home of Diego Colon {Columbus’ son}. Beautiful.

Hello humid air, sunlight and learning new things.

Hello silliness.

Hello mamajuana. I don’t even know what to say.

Hello capturing memories.

Hello birds perched in funny places. I had to laugh.

Hello best.ice.cream.ever. It was so hot and we were so tired. Delicious.

Hello school children. Hello falling in love with the people in the Dominican Republic.

Hello getting jumping back into life.

Hello doing a ‘perfect picnic’ segment on KCAL9 news at 2pm today. If you’re in LA, tune in!

Hello catching up on email, laundry and life.

Hello getting ready for camping this weekend. Yay!

Hello cuddles and pancakes. Love.

Hello Monday. We’re getting back into the swing of things. It’s gonna be a good week! Ready, set, GO!

What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments section or link up your own hello monday post below!

summer kick off at the zoo {yay!}

June 20th | adventures, hello monday

Last week we met up with my sister Chrissie and her girls in Santa Barbara. We ate lunch at Roadhouse {on State Street} and then walked around the SB zoo. It was such a fun, relaxing day. And the perfect way to kick off the summer!

I LOVE these pics {above!} The three kids were trying to get David to smile and it was the sweetest thing!

Flamingos are basically awesome.

Can you tell from their faces how much FUN they were having?

Right after I snapped this pic of the heron {above} he swooped down, grabbed a corn dog and flew away. Crazy!

Summer days are the sweetest, don’t you think?