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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?

hello mother’s day 2014

May 12th | adventures, celebrate the every day, hello monday

Wow! What a weekend! It was one of our best in a long time! We were all home, we took it easy and had lots of fun. I felt spoiled by my boys. I’ve got lots of pics to share. It’s Hello Monday! 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 cute boys in jeans and black tees walking down the street.

Hello favorite burger joint in San Luis Obispo. Yum!

Hello new-to-me camera that I’m learning how to use. It’s stretching me and I’m loving it!

Hello warm, windy weekend. Hello crowds coming out to enjoy the weather.

Hello smiles and easy spirits. We were all in good moods this weekend which was nice treat.

Hello pendant lamps. So pretty.

Hello mother in law. She joined us for the weekend and babysat the boys on Saturday night so we could get out for a date.

Hello edison bulbs. I love the way these look!

Hello heart melted. These boys are my everything.

Hello hugs from Nana. You’re never too old to hug you Nana. Or your mom, right?!

Hello bookstore. Hello browsing.

Hello David gazing out the window. I pretty much chased him around the store for half an hour.

Hello finding a quiet spot to read.

Hello busy David. He has had to much to tell us lately by taking our hand and leading us to what he wants and pointing. His communication is growing and we are thrilled.

Hello sweetheart. He took me out for tapas, sangria and to see The Grand Budapest Hotel. We had a blast.

Hello being together. I love him. I need him. So imperfect but so good.

Hello family. These guys made my mother’s day extra sweet.

Hello dinner with friends tonight.

Hello fun, new things to share with YOU this week!

Hello enchiladas and mojitos with our bible study group this week. Yum!

Hello preparing for Elevate Conference this weekend. Yay!

Hello brand new, beautiful week. There is beauty waiting to be found. Will you join me?!

Leave some hellos in the comments section or link up your own hello monday post there!

free ADVENTURE tote! {today!}

April 22nd | adventures, jewelry

Oh friends! I LOVE this tote. Isn’t it adorable? Perfect for bringing your lunch to work or grabbing groceries. And today it’s FREE!

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new york city, day two

April 1st | adventures, family

Reflecting back to our time in New York, I have sweet memories and also–it was hard! David was so cold and if we were outside he was pretty much miserable. We did a lot and we bonded, but it wasn’t easy and I wouldn’t call it a vacation. New York is fascinating–so much history and so much to see. I’m so glad we did it. And I’m glad to be home, too!

Matthias sketched the skyline from our hotel window. Do you see the Chrysler Building?

From the top of the Empire State Building! For sure–one of the highlights of our trip!

I caught our reflection in a mirrored window {100 floors up!}

And of course, a kiss at the top of the Empire State Building seemed like the natural thing to do!

It seemed like everywhere we turned there were television studios and special sights to take in.

Central Park was magical. I love that there is a huge wooded area right in the middle of the bustling city. So important to get fresh air and run around!

I spy spring!

We are huge Beatles fans–so a visit to Strawberry Fields was a must!

Bow bridge was my favorite spot in Central Park. And it’s been featured in so many movies–like Enchanted {when they dance across the bridge}. So fun.

We stayed in the middle of Times Square which was NUTS and so fun. At one point Robin Thicke made an appearance at one of the stores and people were going crazy trying to meet him. We were trying to get away from there!

Have you been to New York? What are you favorite sites to see?