“take me home” moments to enjoy this journey with family!

Hello friends! Today I’m saying good-bye to a very good weekend and hello to a brand new week. We were home most of this weekend which was much, much needed. I got lots of cleaning and organizing done–and I feel like a new woman! I feel like I can breathe–and that’s a good thing.

On Saturday, we drove over to lunch in Morro Bay and although Matthias complained the whole way there, he ended up having a great time. We are such mean parents.

We had fish and chips and burgers at Rocca’s. It’s a new spot on the embarcadero and we loved it.

Rocca’s had lots of surf decor, great food and the best part is it’s super kid friendly. Or maybe the best part was the view of Morro Rock?

Although the weather was about 65*, Matthias wore a winter cap. The kid’s got style, who am I to judge?

Somehow after lunch I convinced everyone to take a family pic. We had one shot–and this is what we got. Immediately after this pic we realized David had a crazy blow-out diaper. I rushed him to the bathroom and took care of the situation–but not before I had that “this is just too much of a mess to clean up” feeling. Somehow we got through it and moved on. Phew!

I love how gray this shot is, except for that bright sail. I didn’t photoshop it–that’s exactly how it looked.

Silly, silly David. Oh my, that kiddo has been independent and rascally. He is running circles around us and by bedtime we are worn out! Well, to be honest by 5pm we are worn out. Back to school tomorrow–woohoo!

Super awesome photobomb by Matthias.

I kept asking him to “act normal” for this picture. This actually is pretty normal–super silly is normal around here.

Matthias took this pic above–not bad! Maybe the kid has a future in photography.

We got ice cream and shakes near the rock. it’s a stand called ‘Crills’ with saltwater taffy and lots of yummies. Steve grew up going there.

We’ve never seen the otters this close up! They were all on their back and just swimming along. Adorable.

I love these boys.

On the way home, Steve drove me by an enormous field of sweet peas. It was so beautiful–this picture doesn’t do it justice at all!

Hello brand new week!

Hello getting ready for SNAP! I can’t wait.

Hello morning segment in Salt Lake city on Thursday. Anyone watch Studio 5?

Hello clean bedroom. The piles of clothes have been put away and I just want to gaze at how pretty the room looks!

Hello art lessons on Tuesdays. Matthias has been learning so much and loving it!

Hello having help. We recently hired a college student {who’s also a close friend} to pick up the kids from school a couple days a week, help with laundry, dishes, etc. It’s been amazing. I am so thankful to have help!

Hello fun Mother’s Day interviews and an inspiring DIY to share this week!


  1. We were so happy to have stopped there on our way home from Big Sur last summer. Thanks for the pics that reminded me of a sweet day with my family!

  2. Love the pictures. Still have so much to learn. When you are “out and about” do you just leave your camera in “manual” mode? If so, do you have to adjust the other settings to get these shots? I would love some more of your photography posts (hint, hint!).

  3. I live near Salt Lake City and occasionally watch Studio 5…I’ll have to remember to watch on Thursday. Good luck with your segment!

  4. Love those otters! My favorite critter.

    Hello to a pretty quiet week, “THE” pile of papers and mail to be sifted through finally being dealt with, and hello to perhaps a getaway this weekend to Bellingham.

  5. thanks for hosting lisa 🙂

    your morro bay adventures look fantastic!
    i was on the central coast last weekend, and used some of your local SLO tips for things to do!
    we didn’t really make it to the beach or morro bay, which just means i have an excuse for another trip. 🙂
    i can almost taste the saltwater air in your pics.
    and i’ve only seen sea lions up close, must go see those cute little otters!

  6. I think you’ve discovered something I figured out when I had a preteen a camera…it’s a great distraction when hanging with parents. It looks like someone might have their mom’s gift for photography!

  7. hello, lisa!

    i always enjoy your “hello monday’s.” i like how you delight in the “little things” while being transparent.

    now i’m off to put away the piles of clothing in my room, too.

  8. I am saying hello to a new outlook on this Monday morning. Trying desperately to say goodbye to self-doubt, a constant companion. Could this be the week I kick it to the curb? God willing…..

  9. Beautiful photos! The sail boat one is my favourite. Weekends at home are SO neede sometimes, I just had a weekend (mostly) at home and I’m still behind- yikes! Wish my laundry piles were gone:s Glad you got someone to help out! Have a great week!

  10. Such beautiful pictures of your adventure. I love that you conscripted your son to take a picture of you & your hubby and it turned out so good! Also, super obsessed with otters & might have just squealed out loud at the sight of them! eep!

  11. awesome. it’s so wonderful to live near the sea. and the farmland. with some city inbetween. my 7.5yr old guy has been wearing a hat similar and calling it his ‘war helmet’. though, we’re 10+ degrees colder than that. 🙂

  12. Love the look of Morro Bay and the new lunch spot – so light and colourful. Great pic of the coloured sail against the grey and sweetpeas are my all time favourite flower – I am tending some seeds at the minute and hoping they’ll be as beautiful as that field. Gorgeous. Happy week. 🙂

  13. The photos in this post are so fun and lovely!

    I like otters. They are so cute and adorable and friendly looking.

    I love clean rooms too. Excited for you that you have someone coming in to help! Plus it being a good friend.

    Happy week!

  14. I dont remember ever seeing Matthias without glasses. Is this new? Or am I just unobservant? 🙂
    I agree with feeling so good after cleaning and organizing. The girls and i are on our last day of Spring Break and its been great getting everything into some sort of order.
    Have a great week and travel safely!

  15. Love your Morro Bay snaps – this transplanted CA girl felt like I got to take a quick trip home. A great way to start my writing time this Boston morning.

    I’m no jewelry designer, but I immediately thought of your designs when I saw the hook and line shot.

    And I want to go find that field of sweet peas asap – they have always been a favorite of mine and remind me of home.

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