hello monday {avila valley barn}

One of our summer list items was to picnic on a patchwork quilt. And we did it–last week at Avila Valley Barn. Our friend Mary came with us. She is such a huge help with David. It was mello {we just picked up subway sandwiches} and fun. Then later that day David ended up in the hospital. He must have been feeling so crummy, but he’s a trooper. He’s feeling much better now, thank goodness! Last week was a pretty rough week to be honest. I’m ready to put it behind us and start fresh.

How about some hellos?

Hello friends visiting this week. It’s great to catch up!

Hello getting ready for a craft weekend with this girl. And Chrissie is coming too. Whoohoo! I’m giddy!

Hello tired. I cried a lot last week. It kinda sucked. I’m ready to be happier and less stressed.

Hello end of July. School starts in only a few weeks. Time to shop for backpacks!!

Hello fresh flowers. I think it’s time to raid my garden again.

Hello laundry. I say that every week. I keep thinking maybe if I say it, I’ll do some of it. I’m perpetually behind on laundry.

Hello tacos for dinner. Later this week we’ll have baked sweet potatoes with the fixings. And we are planning to eat by the beach one night. Yum!

Hello cutting back on TV. Summer is about playing outside, right?!

Hello cutting back on candy. Hello snacking on vegetables. I’m surprisingly excited about it!

Hello clean sheets and towels. Don’t you love getting into a bed with fresh sheets?!

Hello coffee. I’m off to get another cup {or two!}

Hello Monday! It’s a brand new week–and that’s a good thing.


  1. So excited that you and your sister will be with Meg, for the weekend…oh my…to be there with you ladies…Thank you for sharing…keeping it real…blessings on you this week…

  2. Hello to a long day today…followed by a week off…I can’t wait. Hope this week keeps you smiling………….

  3. I love your pic of the taffy!

    Hello to book club tonight and some time with my BFF tomorrow! Hello, summer camp and picnics at the parks. Hello, trip to see “The Sound of Music” performed in the Cascade Mountains with girlfriends from college (one of whom is a nun in the production!). It’s going to be a blast and a surprise trip for my 7 year old daughter who is obsessed with the songs from that film!

  4. Loved this entry!
    I would totally come do all of your laundry to get you caught up; laundry is one of the worst things to fall behind on because it just turns into a perpetual beast (like you said.)
    I just wanted to let you know that i’ve been reading your blog for a while and i think that your family is beautiful. Y’alls patience, kindness, gentleness, and incredible tenacity is inspiring. Thank you for posting and allowing us to be a part of y’alls journey in life.

  5. Your strawberry photo inspired me to add them to the scones I made this morning, YUMMY BLUEBERRY AND STRAWBERRY SCONES! Observing and appreciating the small things helps me on tough weeks. You are a pro at highlighting the inspiring small things in this crazy world, so I have faith in a better day for all of us. Thanks for bringing a smile to my morning 🙂

  6. Hello to an easier week for the Leonard family–I’m sorry last week was rough!

    Hello, in my house, to planning my younger daughter’s birthday party for Saturday. I haven’t done anything yet!

  7. I love your blog because you are real…the good and the bad. Our daughter has a rare genetic syndrome so I completely get it. Sorry last week was rough. Thank goodness there are always new weeks and new promises of good days.


  8. I am with you on the clean bedsheets. I love, love, love clean sheets!

    So sad your little man was sick. Glad he is doing better.

    The strawberries look lucious!

  9. Lisa, today’s Gratitude Journal is for you! Before even reading your post today, I wrote mine and wished everyone to smile, and the mind and body follow! Leave the crying in last week and make smiling a habit this week! LOVD tidings, Lilly

  10. You’re going to Craft Weekend?! Yay for you and Chrissie!

    Hello to healthier eating after two birthdays (cakes) back to back.
    Hello swimming pool.
    Hello final three weeks of summer.
    Hello sewing room floor (after I vacuum and organize).
    Hello green, green grass and trees after all the rain.
    Hello fresh tomatoes.

    Have a great week!

  11. I am sorry to hear that things have been a bit rough and sad. This week is a new one…a brand-spanking new one. I hope that it is one filled with lots of happiness and smiles for you.

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