hello you. hello unique.

hello monday By June 20, 2016 No Comments

BE YOU.

My sister has this amazing wall collage in her home. It’s eye catching and artful. The sign BE YOU stands out and screams encouragement–you are you and you are amazing.  Each of us wants to be loved, just as we are–don’t you think? In our humanity we are so similar. We feel the same emotions. We love our children passionately. Our hearts break over the same things. We breathe the same air and use the same kinds of food to nourish our bodies.

And yet each of us is unique. In all our similarities, each of us is still an individual creation. Our similarities unite us, our uniqueness is what makes life fascinating. We are connected by our commonalities. We learn from our differences.

Hello to you. Beautiful you. No one else is quite like you. You make the world more interesting and more beautiful. You don’t have to be like her or like him. Just be you.

How about some hellos for a brand new week?

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Hello adventures. We’ve planned some fun adventures for the boys this summer. We love to try new things as a family–well I should say Steve and I like to try new things. The boys are sometimes resistant to new things. But we try to encourage them to be flexible–try new foods, go new places. We want to expand their worlds.

Hello espresso. I’ve never been an espresso fan but lately I’ve been enjoying it. I still have to add cream–I can’t drink it black.

Hello silliness. David had a cold last week but he’s back to his silly self. I love the spring in his step and the smile on his face.

Hello sparkling water. I’m trying to cut back on soda so I’ve replaced it with sparkling water. Yum.

Hello napping. I’m not a big napper but a short nap in the middle of the day is a glorious thing. Sometimes it’s hard to get up though–my body wants to sleep all night. Do you nap?

Hello summer schedule. Which basically means no schedule–although I still have things to do. Where do the days go? We can hardly get out of the house before noon!

Hello Pokeman. Matthias is super into it and has begun creating/drawing his own characters. It’s such an interesting world and oh my goodness there are so many characters. How can one keep them straight?

Hello Indian food. I’m craving some curry.

Hello to you! Beautiful, unique you. What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments.

 

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hello summer! {yay!}

hello monday By June 13, 2016 2 Comments

Hello Summer! I don’t know when Summer officially begins, but school got out on Thursday last week and that’s official enough for us! Hooray!

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

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Hello sleeping in.

Hello watching Dan TDM on youtube. Do your kids watch him? Matthias is a fan.

Hello walking the dogs. We have a Costco right down the street—sometimes we walk the pups to Costco and get a hot dog while we’re there. Yum.

Hello Zootopia. It just came out on Blue Ray and we’ve watched it twice.

Hello David taking my hand and showing me what he wants. Usually it’s to cuddle or to eat, but lately he’s been wanting to walk outside. I love it!

Hello date night. Steve and I want to try someplace new.

Hello strawberries and sunscreen.

Hello swimming and BBQs.

Hello to YOU! It’s a brand new week. What are you saying hello to this week?

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hello silliness

hello monday By June 6, 2016 3 Comments

Hello friends. We had a much needed mellow weekend at home with lots of cuddling, coffee, laziness, cleaning and running a few errands. Steve was away on a business trip, so we kept things very simple.

The three of us were trying to get a photo of us with the pups–all laying on the floor–but Louis and Beasley refused to cooperate. I guess they weren’t in the mood for a selfie. It was so funny we were all cracking up. This wasn’t the picture we intended to take but I love that we captured this silly moment.

It’s Monday, how about some hellos for a new week?

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Hello last week of school! We are ready for summer.

Hello teacher gifts. We have the most amazing teachers and aides this year. How can we possible express our gratitude? We’ll just have to do the best we can.

Hello planning our family gathering. Most of my siblings, their kiddos, the grandparents and some aunts and uncles are coming to our neck of the woods this summer. We’re planning meals and fun activities to make fun memories.

Hello sleepy. I’m not sure why but lately I feel like I’m lacking energy. I probably need to cut back on sugar and/or get more sleep.

Hello reading this new book. I love all things Austen.

Hello IEP for David. We are having a difficult time reaching a decision for David’s placement next year. I hope our meeting this week goes well. I’m sure all you special needs moms and dad can relate to how stressful this can be.

Hello sunshine, strawberries, late sunsets and sleeping in. We love summer. Bring it on!

Hello to you! It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?

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hello painted built in {hello monday!}

decorating, hello monday By May 23, 2016 9 Comments

We’ve been working on refreshing the family room–beginning with painting this built in shelving unit. It brightens the room and unifies the space. You can see before pics here {from three years ago}. Wow, looking at those pics, I can’t believe how much it’s changed. The before is cozy but the after feels fresh and open.

It’s Monday, how about some hellos?

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Hello lots of meetings this week. This week is basically devoted to meetings {with some relaxing and fun mixed in!}

Hello craving coffee. It’s nothing new but lately I just can’t get enough!

Hello feeling thankful for our amazing sitter who helps with the boys. She’s an angel!

Hello looking for a new Netflix series to watch, Any suggestions?

Hello planning summer dinners outside. I’m working on sprucing up our patio. Pics soon!

Hello getting all the ingredients for homemade chocolate chip cookies. Dangerous.

Hello fighting off sniffles–both of the boys have a cold. Bummer.

Hello to you! It’s a brand new week with beauty to waiting to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?

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hello windy and cold

hello monday, san luis obispo By May 16, 2016 3 Comments

Phew! We went to Morro Bay to walk and let the pups get some exercise and it was freezing! The wind was blowing like crazy. After a few steps near the shore, I went back to the car to try and find extra clothing for the boys. We put another layer on each of them and managed to stay for a half hour or so. Then we got back into the cozy car. It was fun but way too cold!

How about some hellos for a Monday?

hello windy and cold-01 Hello pups running! They loved the sand.

hello windy and cold-02 Hello backpack for David. I found a puffy vest for him and got much warmer after that.

hello windy and cold-03 Hello cute husband. Love him.

hello windy and cold-04 Hello wearing bowties to the beach. Louis and Beasley were worried they might be overdressed.

hello windy and cold-05 Hello family pic. I set the timer. It’s a little blurry but oh well!

hello windy and cold-09 Hello feet off the ground. Matthias is flying in this pic. So cool!
Hello counting down to summer. We only have 3 1/2 weeks of school left.
Hello not cooking. I can’t seem to get into a rhythm with making meals lately.
Hello sleeping great. David has been sleeping well in his new bedroom. I’m grateful!
Hello introducing The Matrix to Matthias. I love that movie!
Hello shopping for a desk for Matthias’ bedroom.
Hello cleaning house and cleaning out extra stuff.
Hello to YOU! It’s a brand new week. What are you saying hello to this week?

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hello feeling very loved.

hello monday By May 9, 2016 1 Comment

I had such a restful, fun weekend. I feel spoiled and loved by my boys! It’s a brand new week–how about some hellos?

IMG_1594 Hello pet pig on a leash. So cute, kind of random and very fun!

IMG_1611 Hello kisses and hugs and lots of cuddles this weekend. Pretty much perfect.

IMG_1618Hello colorful basket I found at an adorable antique store.

Hello lots of meetings this week. Some creative, some administrative.

Hello trying to tidy the house. We are mid project splitting the boys into two rooms and everything is a disaster!

Hello Captain America Civil War. We’re kind of obsessed over here.

Hello laundry and dishes. Always.

Hello coffee. I may need an extra cup today!

Hello brand new week with beauty to be found. It’s Monday, what are you saying hello to this week?

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hello half marathon

hello monday By May 2, 2016 2 Comments

Steve ran his first half marathon yesterday–and he rocked it! We met him at the finish line with big smiles and proud hearts. He finished the race in 1 hour 42 min. Awesome! It’s Monday–how about some hellos for a new week?

Hello family! We’ve been traveling a lot lately–mostly tag teaming. it’s so good to be together.

IMG_1523Hello sweaty kiss. He earned it!

Hello happy. David loved Steve’s medal that is also a cowbell. So fun.

Hello running buddy. We’re thankful for dear friends.

Hello getting back into my routine this week after traveling last week.

Hello clean laundry waiting to be folded.

Hello boys who need haircuts, dogs who need baths, mama who needs a nap.

Hello sniffly David. He’s got energy but he has been needing his inhalers a couple times a day.

Hello slowly working on getting the boys into their own rooms. It’s such a big project!

Hello Captain America Civil War. Matthias can’t wait to see it!

Hello to you! It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?

 

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hello sand dollar beach

hello monday, san luis obispo By April 25, 2016 3 Comments

I took a walk at Morro Strand also called Sand Dollar Beach. I probably could have collected 1,000 sand dollars–I’m not exaggerating! The weather was rainy and I was the only one on the beach. The tide was low and there were sand dollars everywhere. So magical.

It’s a new week. How about some hellos?hello sand dollar beach lisa leonard-01 Hello sand dollar nestled in the sand, waiting for the next wave to come along.

hello sand dollar beach lisa leonard-02 Hello sandpiper strolling along.

hello sand dollar beach lisa leonard-03 Hello low tide and rocks to climb.

hello sand dollar beach lisa leonard-04 Hello shiny and vibrant shells on a gray, cloudy day.

hello sand dollar beach lisa leonard-05Hello Morro Rock in the distance and treasures waiting to be found.

Hello travel this week. It’s hard to be away from the boys.

Hotel living. It’s nice having someone else make the bed.

Hello walking and hiking. I’ve been doing both of these almost every day lately. It feels so good.

Hello busy busy in the shop filling Mother’s Day orders. {Thank you, I’m grateful!}

Hello reading this book. Life-changing. Have you read it?

Hello new pair of flare jeans. I don’t even know who I am anymore!

Hello to you! It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?

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hello kitchen redo

hello monday By April 18, 2016 3 Comments

For the last few weeks we’ve been under construction–painting cabinets, getting new countertops and some appliances. We’re still waiting on our oven and a hood–but it’s coming together and I’m thrilled with how fresh and bright it looks. We’ve been wanting to freshen the cabinets since we moved into this house 7 years ago–and it’s finally happening. Hooray!
You can see a peek of our old cabinets in this post.

How about some hellos for a brand new Monday?

hello kitchen redo lisa leonard-03 Hello bright and sunny. I can’t get over how much light is reflected off the cabinets now that they’re lighter. I think light is good for the soul.

hello kitchen redo lisa leonard-04 Hello massive sink. I’m actually enjoying doing dishes these days. I love Mrs. Meyer’s–especially the lavender scent. So good.

hello kitchen redo lisa leonard-05 Hello fruit–real and porcelain. We’re trying to snack on fruit, nuts and string cheese when possible.

hello kitchen redo lisa leonard-06 Hello unkillable plant. I love snake plant–they hardly need any water and don’t need a lot of light either.
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Hello fun chairs we found at a local wholesale furniture place we love. They are so comfortable.

Hello making pancakes on our new stove. So much easier than the hot plate we’ve been using the last month or so.

Hello journaling, reading and taking time to nurture my soul.

Hello longer days. The sun is staying up longer and we’ve been getting some evening walks in. I love it!

Hello splitting the boys into two rooms. They’ve shared all their lives. I’m busy organizing and planning. I think it’s going to be great for them–and maybe a little bit of a transition too. pics of the boys room before the split here.

Hello slowing down. I’m trying to rush less and breathe deeper. It feels important.

Hello to you! It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?

 

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hello wildflowers

hello monday By April 11, 2016 1 Comment

Hello friends. I’m taking some time to rest and reflect for a few days. It’s been good to look at my soul, look at what I need and nurture my heart. I took a long walk the other day and snapped pics of the wildflowers and cacti. How about some hellos for a new week?

wildflowers lisa leonard-01Hello new growth sprouting from what looked dry and dead.

wildflowers lisa leonard-02 Hello thorny thistle bursting with color.

wildflowers lisa leonard-04Hello heart-shaped crack in the dirt. Can you see it?

wildflowers lisa leonard-05 Hello yellow flower standing tall and brave.

wildflowers lisa leonard-07Hello journaling and putting thoughts down on paper.

Hello alone time–my soul needs this.

Hello long walks and deep breaths.

Hello reading this book and this book. So good.

Hello finding beauty in the journey. It’s imperfect but it’s worth it.

Hello to you! It’s Monday–and brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?

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