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errands and christmas fun

December 19th | an everyday moment, family

There’s so much to do this season! There’s the stuff I need to do {emails, wrap gifts, prep for Christmas parties, send cards} and the stuff I want to do {grab a cozy blanket and read or nap!!}. So during the crazy, we’re running errands and making time for fun. It’s a stressful time of year. So we’re remembering to breathe and enjoy the small moments. To let things be imperfect. Here are some pics from the last week.


There were some very sweet moments–and I’m so glad I captured them! How do you find calm in the midst of the crazy?

hello impromptu guitar lesson

December 15th | an everyday moment, family, hello monday

Over Thanksgiving we had some sweet family time. One afternoon, Steve was playing his guitar and the smallest cousins took an interest. Before long, he had them strumming and playing. They were so excited. And these pics were too sweet not to share.

It’s 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 Lexi–isn’t she adorable? She so kind and insightful. And she’s getting so big!

Hello getting the fingers just right and holding tightly.

Hello black and white photo and such a sweet profile. Love that girl!

Hello Brandon. He’s the littlest and he won’t be left behind.

Hello strumming away and feeling really good about himself.

Hello sweet moments with Uncle Steve. I think they’ll love these pics in a few years.

Hello home stretch. The workshop has been very busy. Our deadline for Christmas delivery is December 17th. You still have time to get a personalized piece of jewelry or an ornament!

Hello planning our Christmas menu and some fun activities while Nana is in town.

Hello sending out Christmas cards. I’m determined to get them out to family and a few friends. I haven’t sent them the last few years.

Hello lots of rain. Hooray. We are so happy!

Hello cozy blankets and cinnamon candles.

Hello seeing a live Mythbusters show this week. Matthias and Steve can’t wait! {I’ll be home with David}.

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

bolsa chica wetlands

December 1st | celebrate the every day, family, hello monday

Hello friends! We are home from a fun, family-filled Thanksgiving and jumping into a new week with both feet! Are you ready? 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 Southern California and Bolsa Chica. Such a pretty day, such a mellow walk.

Hello soaking up family and eating lots of delicious food!

Hello cuddles from Grandma. What could be better?

Hello running and playing with cousins.

Hello no sisters, but lots of girl cousins. Kind of awesome.

Hello sunlight through the brush. Beautiful.

Hello rules. That’s okay, we’re planning to fish or jump.

Hello three year old with a good stick. Happiness!

Hello awesome moves.

Hello pretending and being completely un-self-concious.

Hello holding hands and long shadows. Two things that fill my heart.

Hello talking about important things and figuring life out. {We don’t have it figured out yet–not even close!}

Hello taking pictures and capturing a moment.

Hello twin sister who knows my heart so well.

Hello being big even when you’re the littlest.

Hello coming home to laundry, email, grocery shopping and lots of real life stuff.

Hello new keyboard for David that he is playing non-stop. Love!

Hello school and homework and learning.

Hello CYBER MONDAY! We are having a FABULOUS sale in the shop. Take 30% off shop wide with code ‘cyberlove’. Shop here!

Hello December! It’s here!

Hello Christmas season! Lights are up and Christmas music is playing. So HAPPY!

Hello to YOU! Are you ready for a new week?

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

hello silliness, hello pismo beach

November 24th | family, hello monday

This weekend we worked on cleaning the house, spent a little time in the workshop and had lunch and play time at Pismo Beach. I am planning to do some Christmas decorating before we celebrate Thanksgiving, so once the turkey is eaten, we’re ready to kick off Christmas!

It’s 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 cooler days, low clouds and wearing sweaters.

Hello climbing, exploring and having fun.

Hello lunch at Cool Cat. Someone paid our bill. Steve and I were so completely humbled, touched and grateful. That unexpected kindness was such a boost to our spirits.

Hello Matthias. You are sweet, insightful and such a LOVE.

Hello torturing dad. You know, just for fun.

Hello setting the timer on my camera and getting a rad pic. It’s nothing fancy–but it’s the four of us and I love it.

Hello not sharing food with the birds.

Hello being silly just because it’s fun.

Hello brothers.

Hello unending beach and sky that stretches on forever.

Hello heart wrapped up in these three boys.

Hello L A R G E bird.

Hello soaking it all up.

Hello arm around daddy’s neck for a good snuggle.

Hello time with family and being thankful.

Hello eating turkey, cranberries and sweet potatoes. Yum!

Hello slow mornings and coffee. My favorite things in the whole world.

Hello making memories.

Hello brand new, beautiful week!
What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link up your own hello monday post there!

turning 70 {fun!}

November 11th | celebrate the every day, family

My sisters planned a gathering to celebrate my mom’s 70th birthday. We live four hours north, but we were able to come down and hop in on the fun.

My mom is one of the most generous, creative people I know. Growing up she was always creating–that’s definitely where I get my creativity. And she gives and gives. If you compliment her on a vase she’ll hand it to you and tell you to take it home with you. She has such a generous heart!

It was so fun to see her friends–many who’ve known me since I was born. It was a laid back gathering with delicious mexican food, yummy sodas and a sweet cake. Pretty much perfect!

That’s my mom on the right, in blue and her sister in the black and white checked top.

Happy 70th, mom! You are a blessing to our family and we love you so!

creating traditions {with nativity}

October 23rd | family, inspiration

Ah! I am THRILLED over the response to our new nativity. It’s so exciting!

I know this will be a keepsake year after year.

I created the nativity for my nieces and nephews. I wanted them to have something to cherish in their childhoods and carry memories into adulthoods. I hope they use these nativities with their own children!

When I was growing up, the nativity was a big part of our Christmas season. Every year, after we went to bed on Christmas eve, my mom would place baby Jesus in the manger. And when we woke up on Christmas morning he would be there–reminding us of the true meaning of Christmas.

Each piece is hand-molded and beautiful in it’s sweet simplicity. I spent hours trying to capture the story through these little pewter figures.

When I was molding baby Jesus, I felt so humbled trying to capture something with such HUGE significance and wrap it into a pewter figure. Jesus has brought JOY to the world and his birth changed my story.

The demand for the nativity has been great. We are doing our best to keep up, but please if you want one, don’t wait! They are only $199 and I don’t want you to miss out!

Find the new nativity here. 

steve turns forty one

October 2nd | family

My sweetheart turned forty-one last Sunday. We ended up being in Southern California and I gathered some of our oldest friends for fish tacos and cupcakes to celebrate this amazing guy. It was casual and FUN and such a sweet time of reconnecting with people we don’t get to see very often. The kids ran and played and had a blast.

We got Steve a bass guitar for his birthday and it was a hit. He was so excited.

Eva spent a lot of time looking longingly at the cupcakes. Isn’t she adorable? {above}

Now that Steve is forty-one he feels free to give out advice. Apparently he had wisdom to impart to Chad {above}.

Gah! This pic of David cuddling with auntie and smiling at Daddy completely melts my heart!

These people were our friends before we had kids, now the kids are getting crazy big. Time goes so fast!

I’m pretty sure we got photobombed {above}.

Happy Birthday, Steve! You are so very loved.

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!

hello coming and going

July 28th | an everyday moment, family, hello monday

Hello there! It’s a brand new week and there is MUCH to be thankful for! 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 little brother {who looks so much bigger!} helping and noticing. Matthias has been taking care of David in a new way. I can’t tell you how this fills my heart and makes me all kinds of grateful and weepy!

Hello growing up and changing. Both of the boys are growing physically and emotionally. It’s stretching me and I love it!

Hello getting to know them in a new way. What used to be is no longer. I have to grow and change too.

Hello David with new opinions, ideas and things to share with us.

Hello brothers who know each other, love each other and understand each other in a way no one else can. Matthias translates for David sometimes and it’s so sweet. He’ll tell me, mom, he wants some cuddles, or mom, try some back pats. I love it.

Hello holding hands, holding hearts, holding steady. It’s a crazy ride and I’m glad to be on it!

Hello feeling thankful that I captured these pics. I think I’ll treasure them forever!

Hello brand new, beautiful, imperfect week! Are you ready? What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments section or link up your own hello monday post there!