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August 3rd | family, hello monday

Hello friends! We just got back from celebrating my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary in Lake Arrowhead. It was busy and crazy and fun. Now we’re welcoming cousins and preparing for zoo camp this week! I’ve got pics to share of our trip and 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!***

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Hello cousins and aunties and uncles and grandma and grandpa. All of us together!

Hello party prep and celebrating 50 years.

Hello splashing in the lake and waterslides.

Hello pine trees and starry skies.

Hello editing pics and smiling at memories made.

Hello stand-up paddle boarding for the first time. Once I got over being terrified of falling, I love it!

Hello big breakfasts and lots of coffee.

Hello making up spare beds for cousins.

Hello packing lunches and loading up on sunscreen for zoo camp.

Hello to you! It’s a brand new week with beauty and busyness waiting. Are you ready?

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

hello friends hello incourage

July 20th | blog friends, hello monday

Hello friends! I am fresh back from the {in}courage retreat. I got home last night and I haven’t even unpacked yet! It was a sweet time to connect with old friends and get to know some of the ladies better. I had time to rest, have some great conversations, eat yummy food and even get a massage. Heaven! If you’re not familiar with {in}courage, it’s an online community with daily blog posts to encourage your soul. I’m part of the group of writers–and I’m honored to be in this group! 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!***

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Hello confetti fun!

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Hello loving the ‘friendship on purpose’ collection from {in}courage. Such sweet prints and more.

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Hello sweet friends.

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Hello familiar faces. Do you see faces you recognize?

Hello Nester’s barn. Such an inspiring space. Wow!

Hello time to talk and share my heart and heart others’ hearts. So good.

Hello hotel living for a few days. I love it when someone else makes the beds and coffee!

Hello warm North Carolina nights {and days!}

Hello thunderstorms like a monsoon!

Hello exercising while I was away. I don’t even know who I am anymore! It’s like I crave exercise.

Hello coming home to a clean house. What?!

Hello missing my boys and feeling so incredibly thankful to be home with them.

Hello brand new, beautiful week. Ready or not, here we go!

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

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!

hello knapps castle {santa barbara}

July 6th | adventures, hello monday

Hello friends! We returned from a weekend in Santa Barbara where we spent time as a family and celebrated David’s birthday. One of the highlights of our weekend was a hike to Knapp’s Castle. It’s an old estate that burned down 70 years ago. I first heard about these ruins in Santa Barbara Magazine–they did a beautiful photoshoot there–and I was so inspired! {Click here to see the shoot} And, I’ve wanted to see it ever since! So we made the drive {about 15 miles from Santa Barbara} and it was so beautiful! The hike is super easy–not even really a hike. For more info on finding the unmarked trail that leads to the castle, click here. I took lots of pics for 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!***

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Hello driving uphill. Even before the hike started the views were insanely beautiful.

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Hello open to the public. There has been a lot of talk about whether or not the owner will continue to allow people on the land. But for now, it’s accessible. {And you don’t have to climb through the gate, Matthias did that just for fun!}

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Hello archways. I wonder what these looked like 70 years ago?

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Hello amazing views! We could see lakes and mountains for miles.

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Hello high up. Hello touching the sky!

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Hello amplitheater or staircase? Not sure what this was or how it fit into the house?!

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Hello hot sun and no shade. We made sure to drink plenty of water. It was a lot warmer up there than in Santa Barbara.

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Hello family trip. Overall the weekend was exhausting and imperfect. We couldn’t seem to find our rhthym. But we had some sweet moments and some good conversations.

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Hello steps leading to the edge of the mountain.

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Hello holding hands and a cuddle. Love these moments.

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Hello to a pic with the two of us! Yay! Matthias is pretty good with the camera.

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Hello getting back in the swing of things–including grocery shopping, laundry and getting the house back in order.

Hello haircuts for the boys. Feels like we just got haircuts last week?!

Hello new jeans and shoes. These boys are outgrowing everything!

Hello keeping busy on these summer days. Matthias wants to stay home all day and draw or play video games and David wants to be outside playing. It’s balance keeping them both happy.

Hello tickets to Peter Pan for Friday night. I love that play and I can’t wait to share it with the boys.

Hello working out and working hard and playing too!

Hello brand new week with beauty waiting to be found. Join me?

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

hello cousins in carpinteria

June 29th | adventures, hello monday, san luis obispo

Hello Monday! We are in the thick of summer fun and business craziness. The two seem to go hand in hand–and we’re doing our best to roll with it. Last week the boys and I met up with my twin sis and her twin daughters to kick off summer with some swimming, good food and hotel silliness. We had so much fun! 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!

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Hello sunscreen! Sometimes putting on sunscreen feels like a part time job!

Hello swimming and sunshine. David loved the pool–it was nice and warm. And of course the other kids swam for hours.

Hello email and meetings between trips to the beach and the ice cream shop. Sometimes it flows and sometimes I feel pulled and frustrated.

Hello camping. Which means hello dirt and sand and roasting marshmallows.

Hello time with friends. That’s the best part of summer, I think!

Hello s’mores and cinnamon rolls and eating waaay too much sugar.

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

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

hello yucca ridge trail

June 22nd | adventures, hello monday

Hello friends! We had a weekend packed with fun and productivity. We saw Inside Out {which we loved!}, ate at our favorite restaurant, celebrated Father’s Day and hiked Yucca Creek Ridge. It was a very warm day and the hike is steep with little shade. But we pushed out at had a great time. 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!***

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Hello yucca plants. They are actually quite sharp and we all got a few scratches during the hike.

Hello sun on my shoulders. I loaded up on screen and still managed to get a little sunburn.

Hello happy David on the hike, happy David during the movie and miserable David during dinner. Thankfully we had a server who was super speedy and we were in and out of the restaurant in 30 minutes.

Hello Matthias getting so good at hiking! I love being outdoors with him.

Hello hearing a rattlesnake on the trail and picking up the pace to get away. We never saw it, but it sure sounded like a rattle!

Hello working on sprucing up the master bedroom this week. Fun!

Hello exciting things to share with you this week. Stay tuned!

Hello to YOU! It’s a brand new week with beauty waiting to be found. Will you join me?

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

hello kitchen sink

June 8th | an everyday moment, hello monday

Hello friends! It’s our last week of school and I’m trying to figure out how to make summer as relaxing and productive as possible. We have fun things planned but also lots to do–work, house stuff and just life. I always image summer as this super relaxed season but I always end up rushing from one thing to the next instead of slowing down.

Today I’ve got a few pics of our kitchen sink to share. This is the spot where countless dishes have been washed. I love the light from the kitchen window and a few pretty things that make it a special space. It’s Monday, 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 silly vintage sign from Ruby Rose.

Hello big window and sunlight.

Hello pretty orchid.

Hello yummy smelling soaps in glass jars.

Hello tiny stained glass window.

Hello working a lot this week because then it’s SUMMER {I’ll still work but not as much}.

Hello busy busy in the workshop. It’s just been nuts lately. Exciting and crazy.

Hello hanging out with the boys this summer.

Hello slow mornings–my favorite!

Hello saying good-bye to teachers we ADORE.

Hello planning summer projects–art, camping, lego camp and swimming with friends.

Hello having dinner with friends this week.

Hello brand new, beautiful week. It’s gonna be a good one!

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

hello silly feet

June 1st | hello monday

Hello friends! It’s Monday and we’re jumping back in after being at a trade show all weekend. It was great to get time with our team, but hard to be away from the boys. I’m always trying to figure out how to make this work and it’s never perfect. Thankfully, they were with one of the most aweseomest babysitters ever and they are flexible. 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 coming home to a clean house. Did I mention we have the best babysitter/nanny ever?

Hello tired. Trade shows are not my favorite thing but we learned a ton and had some great time with our team.

Hello catching up on cuddles and snuggles.

Hello pancakes for breakfast.

Hello June. Yay!

Hello counting down the last days of school. Only 9 left. What?!

Hello summer–I love slow mornings and long days with sunshine.

Hello projects to work on and designs to create.

Hello making lists of the lists I need to make.

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

hello snapshots of a weekend

May 25th | blog friends, hello monday

Hello friends! Technically it’s still the weekend since the boys are out of school today. Hooray for long weekends, right? We had some friends stay with us this weekend and you might recognize their cute faces. I’ve got some fun pics to share and some hellos for a brand new week. Ready, set 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!***

Hello music. Steve played guitar and Ma joined in. So cute!

Hello Hands Gallery. Love these art pieces made with license plates.

Hello sweet Whitely family. We miss you already!

Hello happy Matthias. This was his silly face when our table was finally ready at almost 8pm. Hungry and thankful!

Hello cute bike.

Hello awesome band–Ragbone Saints. Their music was good.

Hello taking time to sit and just be. Much needed.

Hello sweet boy–you stole my heart.

Hello downtown–shops and food and lights and things to see.

Hello happy baby. Natalie is maybe the sweetest baby ever.

Hello pretty spaces downtown.

Hello yellow daisies and sandals.

Hello opening my heart to a new week.

Hello Las Vegas trade show.

Hello squeezing in a family hike today.

Hello counting down the days to summer–only 18 days of school left!!

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

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May 18th | hello monday

Hello to you!

It’s a new week, ready or not.  It’s a chance to find beauty in the midst of the crazy. Let’s do this.

***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 family. These three boys are my world.

Hello trying to keep our heads above water. Honestly, it’s just crazy right now in the workshop. We are working hard to keep up.

Hello take out food and pizza. I haven’t been cooking much and I’m anxious to get back into our routine.

Hello taking moments to breathe deeply and soak up some fresh air. So important.

Hello grace. I am reminding myself a lot these days that my value isn’t based on my failures or successes.

Hello silly David. He has been throwing his arms around my neck lately and then nuzzles in for some snuggles. Nothing better.

Hello pancakes for breakfast. With chocolate chips, of course!

Hello listening to this album. I’m not ashamed.

Hello to you! What are you saying hello to this week? Let’s greet today with an open heart. Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there!