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July 27th | adventures, family, inspiration

Later this week we’ll be up in the mountains celebrating my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. It’s sure be fun with a lot of crazy mixed in. How about some hellos for a new week?

***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!***
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Hello cousins and aunties and uncles and grandparents. Hello big family!

Hello mountains, cabin sleeping, and starry nights.

Hello driving winding roads and trying not to get carsick.

Hello swimming and hiking and board games.

Hello making memories.

Hello breathing deep and letting life be imperfect.

Hello celebrating 50 years of marriage. I think you have to be a little bit crazy to be able to stay married that long, don’t you?

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

hello whale watching in avila beach

July 13th | family, hello monday, san luis obispo

We’ve had humpback whales off Avila Beach for weeks. We took a couple evening to walk along the ocean and look for them–and we say lots of backs and tales and spouts, but no jumping. So many of our friends had seen them jumping up out of the water to feed. We went back for lunch at Avila Beach and spent some time watching for them in the early afternoon and we finally saw a few pop their heads out of the water. It was amazing! So fun to whale watch from the shore.

It’s Monday and we’re greeting a new week. We’ve been busy with summer fun and work craziness. I’m not sure we’re ready to jump into another week but ready or not, here we go!

***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!***

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Hello palm trees, ocean breezes and blue skies. It’s so beautiful where we live. We try to take time to enjoy it as much as we can!

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Hello pelicans above us and diving into the ocean to feed. So cool!

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Hello to feeling afraid. Matthias was worried about the stability of the pier. There were so many people out there whale watching. A couple days later, they closed the pier to make sure it was structurally sound. So maybe his fears were well founded!

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Hello to hugs and cuddles from a dear friend. Love is a beautiful thing.

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Hello cameras with long lenses. People have been getting some amazing photos! Check the shots this local photographer got. Awesome!

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Hello old friends. These guys went to high school together. So thankful they’re still friends!

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Hello watching and waiting and resting.

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Hello growing up together. These boys are getting so big!!

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Hello big smile, summer hair and evening light.

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Hello to one of my favorite smiles in the whole world.

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Hello resting on daddy’s shoulder. Life is good.

Hello preparing to meet up with the incourage writers on the east coast this weekend. I can’t wait!

Hello BBQing and loving the long days.

Hello emails and laundry and dishes. Always.

Hello to YOU. It’s a brand new week with beauty waiting to be found. Join me? Leave some hellos in the comments section or link your own hello monday post there!

camping, sunset beach, 2015

July 2nd | adventures, family

We went camping with friends earlier this week. We’ve done this every year for the last six years. We borrow a tent trailer from our very generous friends and this year we camped at Sunset Beach in Watsonville {near Santa Cruz, CA}. These are the guys Steve graduated from high school with {and their families}. Miraculously, the kids get along great and the wives are some of my closest friends. It’s pretty awesome.

Camping is a mixed bag for us. David is super tricky because he has a hard time sleeping away from home and he wants to wander and explore. Mixing those things in with a campground {lots of people trying to sleep, hot stoves, campfires, and wide open spaces} it means that we have to watch him every second. So camping isn’t relaxing for us, but it’s tons of fun. And even more, David slept like a CHAMP this year. Getting a good night’s sleep makes the days so much easier.

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The kids are getting so big! I love watching these kids grow up together and collecting memories they’ll treasure forever. This is the stuff of childhood summers!

Do you like camping? What are your favorite spots? Do you tent camp or use a trailer?

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May 27th | adventures, family, san luis obispo

We’ve been hiking a lot lately and it’s been so fun! One of the easier hikes we’ve done is off the beaten path and absolutely breath-taking. It’s land owned by PG&E so you have to enter by walking past a gate and sign into the ranger station. The views are staggering and the landscape is easy to navigate. Check out these pics.

Maybe we should have a gathering in San Luis Obispo and I’ll take you to my favorite restaurants, show you some beautiful hikes and of course we could do a little thrifting too. Wouldn’t that be fun?

hello olympian

May 4th | david, hello monday

Last week David participated in the Special Olympics here in San Luis Obispo. He rocked the 25m assisted walk and was pretty exhausted by the time the Softball Throw came around. We had such a fun day and I have lots of pics to share with you! How about some hellos for a brand new week?

***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 torch bearer! David was a torch bearer in the opening ceremonies. And he was adorable!

Hello exploring before his events. So much to see!

 Hello going from Impossible to I’m possible. Awesome.

Hello to one of the sweetest teachers on the planet!

Hello getting a fire helmet and chatting with the firemen.

And hello sitting on the fire truck!

Hello pep talk from Dad before the event.

Hello ready, set, GO!

Hello silver medal winner!

Hello working in the Dominican Republic this week.

Hello lots to do and plan and design.

Hello hard-working Dominican team. They rock!

Hello jet lag and catching up on email.

Hello sipping some of the best coffee in the world.

Hello missing my boys.

Hello sunshine, ocean waves and mango.

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

Hello Easter 2015

April 13th | family, hello monday

Hello friends! It’s a new week and a new beginning. We are waking up today in Los Angeles and heading for a few appointments for David at UCLA–just standard check-ups. I’m sharing some pics from our Easter celebration last week and feeling thankful for time with family!
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 fresh fruit and visiting with old friends.

Hello father/son silliness.

Hello River–sweet baby girl! {and her amazing parents!}

Hello showing up to brunch wearing the same tees. Awesome and nerdy!

Hello Sarah, one of my dearest friends. {and we were college roommates–how crazy it that?!}

Hello backseat silliness with auntie Susan.

Hello yellow flowers. I really want to get this printed to hang on the wall!

Hello Steve, playing guitar. He sounds so good.

Hello twin sis and her sweet family. I love these people! {And yes, my twin sis has twins!}

Hello nerd glasses. Hello cutie nephew.

Hello hunting for eggs.

Hello finding eggs. With lots of fun stuff inside!

Hello Easter with cousins. So fun!

Hello loves. I love these three boys!

Hello driving in LA traffic.

Hello listening to Ira Glass and This American Life. {it makes the traffic so much better!}

Hello grabbing a Starbucks before we hit the waiting rooms at UCLA.

Hello catching up with my sisters.

Hello busy week with a long to-do list.

Hello counting my blessings and feeling thankful!

Hello brand new week with beauty waiting to be found! Join me? Leave some hellos in the comments section or link your own hello monday post there!

 

gorgeous day in morro bay

March 12th | an everyday moment, family

Last weekend we spent the afternoon in Morro Bay. The weather was insanely pretty. My mom left yesterday, but we had her with us for a week. And it was wonderful!

Steve road his bike to Morro Bay and we met him at Taco Temple. Yum.

We walked the path to the rock and saw otters playing.

I love my boys.

The squirrels {chipmunks?} were extra friendly.

Steve went into a music shop and when David saw this piano painting, he really wanted it to make noise!

I hopped next door to the bead shop, looking for inspiration.

Then we got Thrifty ice cream and came home.

That night we had leftovers and played scrabble. Pretty much a perfect day!

Come back soon, grandma! We love you!

And now the weekend is here again. Thank goodness! What do you have planned?

a sweet valentine’s breakfast

February 6th | celebrate the every day, family

I planned a fun Valentine’s breakfast for my sweethearts. We had to celebrate a little early because I’ll be in the Dominican Republic on Valentine’s day. I took lots of pics for you–plus our favorite {heart-shaped} pancake recipe is below. Yum!

I kept the table super simple but fun. I used things we already had around the house–but it feels special.

Real dishes, placemats and fresh flowers is fancy for us! We should do this more often, though. It’s so fun and hardly any extra work!

I taped construction paper hearts to twine and hung them from the ceiling.

I keep paper straws on hand and they always add whimsy to the table.

Homemade, high protein pancakes are a staple for us. We probably have them at least three times a week. Here’s the recipe:

For each person, you’ll need…
2 eggs, 1/2C whole oats, 1/4C cottage cheese, dash of cinnamon, 1/2t vanilla
Put all ingredients in blender and blend at high speed until smooth. Add a little milk to thin, if necessary.

For heart-shaped pancakes, Take about 1/3 of the batter, thin with milk and put into a squeeze bottle. I found this one in the cake decorating section at Michaels.

Squeeze and outline of a heart onto hot pan.

Fill in with batter. Add chocolate chips, if necessary. And it’s always necessary.

And you end up with a heart-shaped pancake. I’ve gotten better at these as I’ve practiced a bit. So fun!

A cake topper from our shop is so cute on a stack of pancakes!

And of course, exchanging hand-written valentine’s makes it that much sweeter!

Do you have anything special planned for Valentine’s Day this year?

investing in love

January 31st | david, finding love

The fall mornings are always chilly even though after a couple hours the sun comes out to warm everything. Before we leave the house, I pull a warm vest around David and strap him snuggly into his car seat. As we arrive at school, I slide open the van door, give him a kiss on the cheek and lift him from the car.

David has special needs. He was born with a rare genetic disorder called Cornelia de Lange. Because of his syndrome, he doesn’t use words to communicate, he has only two fingers on his left hand and he depends on us to feed and diaper him. David is very relational and loves to cuddle and hug—but he is cautious with new people. At times he voids eye contact and prefers to play alone.

At the beginning of the school year, he took hesitant steps toward the classroom, pulling on my hand and trying to slow my pace. It was a new school with new faces to get to know. Every morning, his teacher would bend down and with a big smile on her face, and welcome David to school. For weeks it went like this, hesitant steps culminating in a warm welcome and a fairly disinterested David.

But she persisted. She showed love and kindness to David. She invested in him…

I’m sharing at {in}courage today. Hop over to read the rest of the post. 

hello family time in santa barbara

December 29th | family, hello monday

Hello friends! We are saying good-bye to family and welcoming more family. After our Christmas rush last week, the four of us got away to Santa Barbara for a couple nights to be together and decompress. We stayed in a hotel near the beach, ate good food, saw The Hobbit and had lots of downtime. We also had some grumpiness because it’s hard to go from crazy stress to total relaxation. It’s a process, right?

I’ve got some pics to share with you and some hellos for a new week.

***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 last week of 2014. Crazy!

Hello taking down Christmas decorations. The house always feels empty without them.

Hello tidying up and organizing. That always makes me feel great!

Hello taking some blurry pics. Tara Whitney takes this kind of shot sometimes and I think they are so magical and fun.

Hello trying to get back to low carb/paleo eating. Less sugar.

Hello thinking about goals for 2015. I love a new beginning.

Hello feeling broken and tired and thankful and super imperfect.

Hello new week with beauty to be found.

Hello to YOU!

What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there.