Lisa Leonard Designs

back home and a little crazy

February 8th | family, photography

backhomeiphone pics {with shakeitphoto app} taken today


i’m finally back home. and it’s sooo good to be here.

last week, steve and the boys left me in LA and headed back to San Luis Obispo (four hours north).

so yesterday, i flew into LA but didn’t have a ride home.

luckily, my friend Jim flies a private plane back and forth between San Luis and LA once in a while,

so i hopped on board.  how fun is that??

now i’m finally home and all my boys are sick.

david is on amoxicillin to try and get him healthy (he has a bad cold)

he is scheduled for an echocardiogram on thursday and surgery to remove the nose bump next monday.

i’m 95% sure matthias has strep throat again.

so i’ll be taking him to the doctor tomorrow.

steve has strep or tonsillitis or something.

and in the meantime,

i’ve got some email to catch up on and some super fun new things to share!

and of course, a blissdom recap!  {it was wonderful!}


and i love your comments on managing stress.

it’s something i’m really working on. i tend to distract myself with busyness

and then end up in a pile of tears.

life is stressful, it’s a real unavoidable part of life,

but i’m learning to manage the stress and find joy.

26 Responses

  1. Serah Garrett says:

    Hi Lisa, I’m a huge fan of your blog and jewelry ( I own several pieces). I just wanted to say thank you for allowing God to use your talents and creativity to bless other women and mothers. Praying for your family, some of my favs are Isaiah 58:8, Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard and Malachi 4:2, But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.
    Take comfort knowing our God can never fail.

  2. Mandie Segura says:

    Ooh- Bath&Body Works has a great sale on their candles right now. I picked up a few of their aromatherapy ones, lit them, grabbed a book, and took anice hot bath.ot did wondersfor my stress! Praying for you and your boys!

  3. Liz says:

    oooh, these are amazing photos lisa. can’t believe they’re from your iphone. think i need to upgrade my phone, he he.

    oh, how im praying for your boys to all get well soon. it’s that crazy weather we are all experiencing right now.

    oh sweetie, my heart aches for you and hope that all your troubles dissipate sooner than later.

    {{{warm hugs}}}

  4. Becky says:

    hang in there my dear.. I’m glad to hear Jimmy could be useful:-) thinking and praying for you and david!! b

  5. Hello Lisa , … having sick babes is the worse feeling … trust all your wee ones soon turn the corner. And your big boy too :) You keep well – up the Vit C … and the C is not chocolate … best le

  6. Kathy says:

    Hope all the boys feel better soon!

  7. Cary says:

    Oh no! Hope everyone is feeling better soon!!!

  8. kerry says:

    I am really loving your iphone pics! Wow, what a way to come home… private plane. You’ve gotta love fun stuff like that. So sorry you had to come home to sick boys. I hope they are all feeling better soon.

  9. Susan says:

    Welcome home. I know there is no better place to be. Recharge, relax, keep the faith.

  10. shana says:

    Get well everyone!

  11. Corinne says:

    What crazy times… thinking of you guys, praying for health and some rest :)

  12. Gina Cannary says:

    LOVE the colors on these photos! Rest up and take care of each other!

  13. I can’t believe you took those photos with your iPhone. Mine won’t do that. LOL

    When I’m stressed, I turn off the computer, focus on my son when he’s awake, and then take a warm bubble bath with a glass of wine when he goes to bed. There’s usually a crying call to my DH during the day and he brings home chocolate, which always helps, too. 😉

    Hang in there! This too shall pass.

  14. Erin M. says:

    i love these pictures! we had a ton of snow last week (indiana) and we currently have snow falling– up to 10 inches! i actually love snow and think it’s beautiful (especially the snow covered corn field behind our house- it looks blue in the evenings!), but your pictures are making me long for a beach!

  15. Kylee says:

    Hope everyone feels better soon!

    I recently viewed this video, and thought you might enjoy it.

  16. Gina says:

    Saw your ad in the In Style magazine ! Congrat’s girl !!!
    Hoping you are all feeling good soon – I have a sickie at home too right now !!

  17. Hi. I’m in the process of ordering something from you as a gift for a friend. I’m a new follower to your blog. It is gorgeous here. I will be back often!

  18. shannon stinson says:

    glad that you had a great time at blissdom! you sound pretty busy these days…most days! that’s the life of a mother…a wife…a WOMAN!
    anyways…i don’t know what all your stressful areas consist of or how deep they are, but i am finding for myself….i can’t do it ALONE! none of us can.
    for the longest time, i want to start counseling, but was afraid by doing that i was neglecting the Lord’s place in my life and His healing. i didn’t want that. i know that He can fix ALL things. after time and conversation with some really great people in my life and finding out for myself and praying, i realized that God has a purpose in all of us and it was VERY possible that He could use a “counselor” in my life, as a vessel, to help me. and so, i made the appointment, went to my first appointment….and i am so glad that i did. i really believe that this is something the Lord is going to use in my life to bring me some healing. healing of anxiety issues, past pain, guilt….and so much more. it’s healthy for me to do this. and i have realized i am not alone. and it’s okay. it does not mean i am a CRAZY person out of control (okay, maybe a little LOL), but that i want to be better. for me, for my kids. my husband and our marriage. i want to be at a better and healthier place.
    all that to say….you are not alone. and again, i don’t know the depths of all your stress or situation, but i have found “therapy on a couch with a counselor” to be fabulous and profound.
    thinking of you as you continue to walk through your every day as a mother and wife. i think it is important to pray for other women, especially with the role of motherhood and wife…because the truth is, it is hard. we need to pray for eachother and lift eachother up, even for those we don’t “know”.
    so there you go….a lot of blah, blah,blah, blah, blah! : ) just wanted to share!

  19. Kim says:

    Hi Lisa,
    There is a great product called Sinupret that is sold at walmart and I think walgreens, too (not sure about target as alas, we do not have the beloved store in our town). Anyway, it is a natural remedy that is clinically proven to be effective in children to help keep sinuses clear. I use it on my children and it helps keep the noses running versus stuffed up, and they can sleep at night. doesn’t make the cold go away, but it sure makes it more bearable!
    Hope all recover soon.

  20. Debbie says:

    Glad you’re home and ready for the next challenge. Recharge!
    I, too, tend to bury myself in busyness to distract myself from a bit of the reality.
    But then when I do slow down, I realize that all is well. We’re chugging along, doing just fine. And sometimes that’s all you need to know!

  21. odelsa says:

    it’s no fun to be sick! Hope that everyone is better soon. Stress? yeah, some here too. If I think positive and send out positive vibes than the stress is minimal.

    Have a lovely week Lisa

  22. Heidi @ ggip says:

    I hope your kids get healthy soon! I know this year we have had more illness than any other. Luckily, our little guy hasn’t been seriously ill since October when he had pneumonia.

    How cool is that to ride on a private plane!!

  23. Destiny D says:

    Praying for you as you reach for, and achieve, balance today.

  24. Life is so short and our babes stay little for such a short time that you have to focus on the living part of life. I tend to put it on the shelf and focus on the tasks at hand. The laundry can wait, but taking a walk outside with your 8 year old can’t. It’s so hard to find the stress-less balance in all this. We are so busy in today’s world. My husband and I talk all the time about living 100 years ago and how peaceful it “seemed”. (We’re sure they had issues they dealt with just like we do!)

    I also wanted to say thank you and let you know how much I appreciated your tweets during blissdom. They were my fav!

  25. Rebecca M. says:

    hugs! hugs! hugs! hope the kiddos are feeling better soon! xoxo

  26. Robbin says:

    If you ever get stuck here again and Jim isn’t available, call us. We’ll get you and I’ll even drive you home. Anything to go to SLO. Glad you had some good trips. It was fun following all you blissdom people. Thanks for all the tweeting.

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