Lisa Leonard Designs

the ocean in autumn.

November 8th | adventures, david, finding beauty



wow, we did some seeerious relaxing this weekend.

david had a fever sunday morning

and i spent pretty much the whole day snuggled up with him on the couch.

and it was wonderful. {the snuggling part!}




these pics are from friday.

i spoke at a MOPS group in santa barbara.

it was so fun.

thank you ladies for having me!!



on the way home i stopped at el capitan beach

to catch my breath and snap a few pics.

wow, it was a gorgeous {and quiet} day.



it seems like fall has finally come to the central coast.

and we welcome it with open arms!!

while we plan for thanksgiving,

i am secretly getting super excited for christmas.

white lights and tree and pretty packages.




but back to fall at the beach.

mmmm, so nice!

just me and the birdies hanging out for a few minutes.

while i breathe the ocean air and avoid getting hit by a wave.




someone drew a heart on this tree {above}

and while i don’t recommend drawing on trees, i thought it was sweet.




little webbed footprints in the sand.

love it.




happy monday, sweet friends!

we are keeping a close eye on david to make sure his fever doesn’t get worse.

and the holiday busyness has already started over at the shop.

so fun! so crazy!

* * *

i just started my christmas shopping over the weekend (online!)

and i’m seriously ready to pull out the stockings and white lights.

{i’ll try to wait a week or two!}

have you started thinking about the holidays yet?

38 Responses

  1. Cait says:

    It’s not too early to start pulling out the Christmas decorations, mine are already up!

  2. We are already well on our way and making a dent in our shopping list.

  3. lauren says:

    beautiful photos! <3

  4. kristyn says:

    I’ve been preparing for Christmas all year long through my ADVENTure project. I have lots of handmade items tucked away and waiting to be wrapped! I’m so excited.
    So wonderful to have that time on the beach!!

  5. Gussy says:

    oh yes!

    it started because of Gussy stuff, but since getting out Christmas decorations for a photo shoot i wish i could keep everything out ~ it’s such a fun/memorable season. i’m excited to decorate our new house, too.


  6. becca says:

    Almost done with all my shopping! I think one more order to Amazon and we will be done!

  7. Sandi says:

    Good Morning,
    I’m guilty…….I pulled out my Christmas decorations this weekend…….Usually I wait until the day of Thanksgiving, but something inside me was ready to bring out the white lights…….We had a tough weekend in our little valley…..A friend of my daughter’s was tragically killed saving his two cousins…..He was only 12! It’s times like these that you really how lucky you are to be alive and that life is too short…..Hug your kids and always tell them how much you love them….

    Thinking of your family today and praying for your son…..


  8. Paige says:

    Thank you for the beach pictures!

  9. Southern Gal says:

    Love the footprints in the sand.

    I have surgery scheduled the first of December, so I’m trying to get everything done in the 3 1/2 weeks before then. I mean EVERYTHING for the holidays, etc. Deep breath.

  10. wanda says:

    Beautiful photos.
    I’m ready for Thanksgiving……the food, family and free time make me SO HAPPY!

  11. sarah says:

    we just put up the outside xmas lights yesterday! couldn’t resist any longer… i just need to be patient for when i can turn them on for the world to see and enjoy on thanksgiving night!!! so much fun when you have little kids to get excited with!

  12. Sara says:

    Are those photos REAL? Seriously, they are gorgeous–it makes me want to cross the country and hit up that beach! You are so very talented.

  13. Ang says:

    I am done shopping for the four boys. I have homemade gifts left for the grandparents. My husband and I do not exchange gifts. We will purchase something we need together when the time comes. I always start early and am usually done before October comes. We are military so depending on what is going on with his job we go from there when we start and are finished.

  14. Theresa says:

    I hope you don’t mind….I stole the top picture and am using it as my wallpaper on my computer. Oh how I miss Autumn on the Central Coast. :)

  15. Mary Mohler says:

    i’m sorry to hear that david has a fever. unfortunately, i’m right there with him. i spent all yesterday at home trying to get better, but my fever worsened throughout the day :( so i’m home again today. hopefully david (and myself) get better soon!

  16. Sarah says:

    Oh absolutely! The hubby and I started our Christmas shopping this weekend. It’s crazy to see Christmas decorations up at the malls already, but I’m excited…especially since this will be our Little One’s first Christmas!

  17. Marnie says:

    I haven’t started shopping but I am thinking about what I want to purchase…does that count?? I asked my husband if he would bring the decorations down from the attic and he said absolutely NOT…ugh

  18. Lisa McGriff says:

    I will say a prayer for sweet David..
    Sandi from above I will also be praying for the situation you mentioned..
    I to am ready for Christmas and my hubby will be working a lot this weekend so I’m seriously thinking of putting up the Christmas Tree!!!!!!! Oh what fun!

  19. I am ready for Christmas too! I have already started a few Christmas crafts.

  20. Claudine says:

    I have started thinking about Christmas….because I want to make it as much of a homemade Christmas as I possibly can…so I need to get a head start!

    The pictures of the beach are beautiful — I could almost smell the ocean air!


  21. Philippa says:

    Hi Lisa honey, sending strong thoughts for David to beat this fever! Big hugs to you all for that too. I just love all of these photographs, particularly the one with the webbed footprints in the sand. I adore birds!

    Re Christmas, I’ve hand-made all of my christmas cards and just have to glimmer-mist them with irridescent gold (looks simply heavenly!) now. I have started thinking about christmas presents. I usually try to make lots of mine but there has been so much stress flying around re my hubby’s job over the past few months that I have to admit, I just don’t have it within me this year. I will look for cute little presents instead. Smiles..

  22. katrina says:

    I’ve made a little hefty dent in our list as of this weekend. The retailers are really pulling out all of the stops this season and getting the deals going early! Works fine for me! I know it’s a ploy to get consumers to spend more, but I’m hoping I have the will power to refrain from temptation! :)

    I’m ready to bust out the Christmas tree and such, but I think the hubby would disapprove. I’m thinking I’ll be safe the weekend after next! 😉

    Happy Holidays!

  23. shannon stinson says:

    i can relate! ready for Christmas here! we put our tree up on halloween! yes, you heard me right! we didn’t celebrate halloween with the kiddos this year….we put up our tree instead! and my Christmas shopping is almost done! now to relax and enjoy what is on its way!
    hope david’s fever goes down and stays there! that would be great…..though i am so happy for you that he has been doing so well! the surgery is behind you, praise the Lord!
    thanks for keeping us updated! may rest and routine find you soon!

  24. nancy says:

    oh my goodness- I haven’t even started thinking about Christmas yet! You super ladies are starting to get me worried now. I guess I better start thinking about Christmas now. NAncy

  25. Beautiful pictures! Oh how I miss the beach.
    Yes I’ve started shopping and am definately putting up the tree the weekend before
    thxgiving. I cannot wait.

  26. Beautiful photos! We just got back to Florida and I’m enjoying the warm sunshine! I am keeping David in my prayers! Hugs! ♥

  27. Paige says:

    Love your photos! I made room for my tree this weekend and am also fighting the urge to get things out to decorate!

  28. Jennifer says:

    We started our shopping this weekend. It felt good to get some of it done :)

  29. Julie says:

    I’ve already started decorating, too! We had snow (SNOW) here in Northeastern TN this weekend and that just put me over the top. I have 2 trees up and a few more to go, plus lots of other pretties! I love it!

  30. Lea Culp says:

    Love the photos! I’m not quite as anxious to get Christmas decor out as you, but only because of the “getting out” part. If someone else would get it all out, I’d be much more excited. :o)

    I do hope little David’s fever is gone and that he has had a good day.

    Blessings to you for a wonderful week!

  31. Megan says:

    Beautiful pictures…makes me long for the central coast. The hubs and I are hoping to take a trip out there in the spring and relive our Cal Poly days! The only Holiday thoughts I’ve had so far are along the “Holy Cow, I have a lot to do to get ready for Holiday Boutiques” line. I’m selling at three boutiques in the next few weeks and then I can’t wait to relax and enjoy.

  32. melissa says:

    oh yes!
    i am finishing our list and started shopping a little bit over the weekend. first, i need to get thanksgiving out of the way, since i will be hosting over 20 people, but then i am ready!

    beautiful pictures by the way!

  33. Hi Lisa, love your photos. What a day you must have had. I loved being in MOPS waaaaay back in the day. How special that you were able to encourage other moms with your words. Still sending prayers your way for your little David.

  34. Beautiful pictures!! An escape to a warm sunny place would be fabulous right now….not that the weather has been awful here, but mentally I need blue sky and warm air….
    can’t wait to check out the holiday goodies!!

  35. Linda says:

    Ben and I have been in hospital since Tuesday, we hope to go home by Thursday if we r lucky tomorrow. Ben has cystic fibrosis and this is his first tune up. So not much time to think about the holidays yet.

  36. IndiviJewels says:

    That first picture of the ocean is beautiful I have so many just like it. Love to sit by the sea.

  37. I’d be much more excited. :o)

    I do hope little David’s fever is gone and that he has had a good day.

  38. Chrystal says:

    Thanks for coming to our MOPS group, Lisa. We loved getting to hear more of your story and learning about the things you’re passion about. You really inspired some great conversation!

    Have a blessed & restful Thanksgiving,


Leave a Reply