hello England!

adventures, hello monday, Leonards take England By July 30, 2018 1 Comment

Hello friends! We are in England and having SO MUCH FUN! This is our fifth or sixth trip to England and I think we’ve figured out a few things to make the trips easier. It’s still crazy and exhausting but we’ve hit a stride and I feel myself relaxing and leaning into vacation mode. Maybe I’ll do a big blog post about how I organize things for our trips and how we meet David’s needs while we travel. It’s a lot of work but it’s worth it. We get to see new places and new things! So much beauty. How about some hellos for a new week?

Hello English cousins! We are thrilled to get to adventure around York with our dear cousins. The kids are having a blast and the adults might be having even more fun!

Hello food. Oh my gosh we have had so much delicious food–like this burger from House of Trembling Madness in York. It is one of the best burgers I’ve ever had!

Hello St. Mary’s Abbey ruins. So beautiful. I love ruins–something about the beauty left behind, creating a backdrop for everyday life. It moves me.

Hello silliness and taking our time. Our mornings have been slow with lots of coffee and relaxing. Then we venture out to see the sites and get food. Evenings are for relaxing as well. It feels like we’ve struck a good balance. Lindsey is along helping with David and she makes everything more fun. I’m thankful for her.

Hello flower baskets BURSTING with color. That’s the York Minster in the background.

Hello gelato and river views.

Yay! Hello cousins. It makes my heart so happy that these kids are growing up together even though they live on opposite sides of the world.

Hello Whip Ma Whop Ma Gate. Just an awesome, random street name!

Hello comfortable walking shoes. So important!

Hello sleeping like a rock at night!

Hello blue skies and rain and sunshine and wind and experiencing all kind of weather in a single day.

Hello taking pictures and having so much fun being creative.

Hello Instagram. I’ve been posting lots of pics and stories on my feed. Make sure to follow our adventures every day on Instagram.

Hello reading this book. She led a fascinating life! Definitely a tell-all book and a bit edgy but so fun.

Hello continuing to work on the finishing touches of THE BOOK. {It’s all written but we’re beginning to talk about layout and marketing}. So exciting and crazy and I am overflowing with gratitude for this opportunity! Have you pre-ordered a copy yet?

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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Tea at Bettys in York, England

adventures, family, Leonards take England By July 20, 2018 5 Comments

I did a lot of ‘research’ on Pinterest before our trip to York, England. One thing that kept coming up again and again was tea and scones at Betty’s in the center of the city. There is often a line that goes outside the door and wraps around the building. To avoid the line, I made a reservation for an afternoon tea. The kids weren’t super into it but I had so much fun! I think it’s great for them to experience all kinds of things–not just kid stuff.  David was very mellow and cuddly which worked out fine. The staff was so kind and really tried to find some things he could eat. In the end they brought him some soft cakes and apple juice. So fun! Champagne for the adults. ❤

Matthias brought his drawing supplies and stayed busy during the tea. He tried many of the sandwiches and cakes. I think he would have preferred a burger or chicken nuggets but hopefully someday he’ll thank us for the experience.

Have I told you how much I LOVE scones with clotted cream and jam?!

Lindsey is with us to help out with David and it’s been wonderful having her along.

Very serious faces for a very serious afternoon tea.

More Earl Gray please! With a little milk and one sugar. Have you ever done a proper tea? {To clarify, the tea was proper but we definitely didn’t have all our etiquette down. Oh well, we had fun!}

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Hello Traveling

hello monday, Leonards take England By July 24, 2017 2 Comments


Hello eye opening

Hello sun shining

Hello arms stretching

Hello coffee brewing


Hello together being

Hello day planning

Hello directions mapping

Hello London exploring

Hello legs tiring


Hello jet lagging

Hello beauty seeing

Hello picture taking

Hello museum viewing

Hello crowds navigating

Hello scones and jam eating


Hello mind opening

Hello heart believing

Today is beautiful.

What are you saying hello to this week?

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They’ll look back on these pics in a few years and thank me! {winslow, england}

hello monday, Leonards take England By January 11, 2016 No Comments

Hello friends! During our holiday, we went to a fox hunt in Winslow England. They don’t actually hunt foxes any more, but it was all very traditional and charming–complete with red coats, hounds and mince pies. It was something straight out of Downton Abbey. So fun!

I’ve been so jet lagged coming home. Fighting a cold along with not sleeping during the correct hours has me exhausted. I’ve been going to bed by 8pm and waking up way to early. Crazy!

It’s Monday and I have lots of pics to share from our day in Winslow. And of course, hellos for a brand new week! It’s Monday–let’s do this!
winslow england -07Hello beautiful horses and traditional red coats.

winslow england -04Hello cousins.

winslow england -13Hello bright red berries.

winslow england -06Hello hounds! They were adorable–but definitely working dogs.

winslow england -10Hello English cousins. I’m so thankful for these people.

winslow england -11Hello picture taking. Isn’t he cute?!

winslow england -12Hello Matthias. You have become such a great traveler!

winslow england -14Hello brothers. Hello heart-melting.

winslow england -09Hello beautiful trees and old estates. England just can’t help how charming it is!

winslow england -05Hello to my three favorite boys.

winslow england -16Hello smiles and exploring.

winslow england -17Hello making memories together.

winslow england -19Hello mince pies. I ate a lot of mince pies. Yum!

winslow england -23Hello stopping to take another pic. They’ll look back on these pics in a few years and thank me!

winslow england -26Hello old church where our cousins got married years ago!

winslow england -30Hello Phoebe getting a lift from daddy. Life is good!

Hello still unpacking from our trip.

Hello taking the tree down. It’s down. And the house feels more quiet.

Hello tail end of a cold. The sniffles seem to last forever.

Hello rain and rain and more rain. Love it.

Hello celebrating Matthias this week. He is turning 12 years old. My baby!!

Hello laundry. I swear it multiplies while we sleep. How can we still have a mountain when I did 10 loads last week?!

Hello to YOU. It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. Join me?

What are you saying hello to this week?

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hello Salcey Forest, hello heading home

hello monday, Leonards take England By January 4, 2016 3 Comments

Hello friends! We are headed home from England today. It was a wonderful trip overall filled with family time, relaxation, beautiful sites and delicious food. We had a very scary night with David in Cambridge. We didn’t realize how serious it was until we got to the hospital–but he had pneumonia and on top of that had an ‘asthma-like’ episode. We received excellent care at Attenbrooke Hospital in Cambridge and he is much better now. I think I’m still trying to recover from how serious it was and alternative outcomes. Thankfully, he is on the mend!

It’s a brand new week and a brand new year. There is much to be grateful for. How about some hellos and pics from our walk through Salcey Forest?!
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Hello cousins. They had lots of time together. I love that they are making memories.

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Hello helping your little sister.

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Hello trees with stories to tell.

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Hello healing. I’m so so so grateful this kiddo is such a trooper and we got him to the hospital when we did!

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Hello hunting for the perfect stick.

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Hello mud. Lots of mud. Hello getting muddy and not minding it at all.

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Hello brothers. Matthias was very worried about David. I love how they love each other.

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Hello red head. Love it.

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Hello smiles. Hello chilly air. Hello breathing deeply.

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Hello to a new year and a new journey. I have high hopes for 2016.

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Hello muddy shoes. We had quite the mess to clean up after the walk.

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Hello meeting a pug along the path. Hello missing Louis and Beasley. We can’t wait to see them!

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Hello looking up and seeing a beautiful site.
Hello jetlag and unpacking and laundry.
Hello jumping back into real life. I’m not sure if I’m ready!
Hello emails to catch up on.
Hello snuggles with our sweet pups and being gentle with ourselves while get back into the daily routine.

Hello to YOU! What are you saying hello to on this brand new Monday?

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Hello Christmas in England

adventures, Leonards take England By December 28, 2015 1 Comment

Hello friends! We are in England with family celebrating Christmas and New Year’s. It’s been relaxing, exhausting and mostly wonderful. We’ve been splitting our time between relaxing and exploring. David had a hard time kicking the jet lag and was waking up at 4am every morning. That makes for a very long day!

It’s Monday. How about some hellos for a brand new week?
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Hello mild weather. It’s hardly cold at all and we’ve been able to spend lots of time outside. Usually England is freezing this time of year–so we’re very thankful!

Hello cousins! They are all growing up so much. I love that they get to make memories together.

Hello girls day. Sara and I are going to foot massages and some shopping–just us two. Hooray!

Hello eating all of the english chocolate, scones with clotted cream and hot tea we can handle.

Hello taking a break from ‘real life’. It’s good for us.

Hello Cambridge tomorrow. I’ve never been and I can’t wait to take it in.

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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