Friday, June 21, 2013

A Girl's Best Friend

There really is nothing like a girl and her dog. he plays at the park with her, runs around, even willingly goes down the slide with her!

 We have an insane amount of rain right now (flooding in tons of places) Hopefully the sun decides to hang around here for a while to dry things up. We sure could use some more outside time! You start to run out of ideas for indoor entertainment after the first week.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Summer To-Do's

 Man I am slacking in the blog department, well, actually not really. I've just been putting time I usually blog to things like more family time, house projects, and sleep. I'm feeling really good, but if i'm honest, a little bad that I haven't been keeping updated here. I know that's silly, but hey, I love this space.

 I decided to move some things around and that ended up turning into a week project. I ripped things apart and organized everything, rehung, moved, removed, and made a nice sized ikea shopping list. I'm still not quite done hanging the last few decorations and placing plants and flowers, but we are close. And I'm thrilled with how much more this place feels like home.

 I have a really busy summer, but I plan to figure out a way to fit a regular blogging schedule in. Things like my workouts and yoga practice over rule the blog and I'm even a bit behind with that.

I will be back with some sort of consistency. I really want to keep my family and friends up to date. In the meantime though, here is a little taste of my summer to do list (and you better believe it will grow.)

* Start planning home school preschool for the fall (so I can confidently go into it with a plan and a schedule.)

*Paint furniture

*Bring yoga practice back to at least 30 mins to 1 hour every day, but preferably a longer practice in the morning, and a short one before bed.

*Bring work out schedule back to 5-6 days per week. (zumba and specific toning area exercises)

*Start our evening family walks again

*Rise and rest with the sun

*Do more hands on activities every day with Mackynzie. (going to different places, nature walks, more swimming, more crafts etc.)

*(personal one) Continue to practice acting with love, kindness, and understanding as my first reactions to all things I face in my day.

*Spend more time growing and strengthening friendships, and making new ones

I have tons of little things too, but these are the big ones taking up my time. Throw in outings and events and what not and you get the idea. Always growing!

Have a beautiful day!

And Happy Fathers Day to this awesome guy and our crew!

Monday, June 10, 2013

House Shuffling

 I am known for spontaneously moving things around in the house. It even drives Cody a little bit crazy.

 Last night was one of those nights. I moved one thing, which led to another and then now I have a messy house and more I want to do still. Only It was not the best time to be moving things around since we have a play date group over on Mondays. 

 I have a somewhat valid reason though. Cody and I were originally planning to move early this fall. No houses were grabbing our attention though, or making us excited, so we reevaluated things and decided that we wanted to stay here until next spring. We get a lot more out of the situation this way, as we will get to save for lots of things that will end up being way better for our family. Like a new vehicle. 

 Naturally, I have gotten ahead of myself and my mind is spinning with things I can do to make our space more functional for a year, rather than 3 months. I'm impatient, so now my house is a little bit upside down. It's okay though, I think most of our friends are busy today, and if anyone does come, they will ignore the mess.

Also, I had to get a new phone this weekend (and then I'll be getting another new one in two weeks -yeesh.) so my photos are all stuck on Cody's computer. I'll get him to put them on mine when he is home tonight, so hopefully i'll be able to play some blog catch up.

Thursday, June 6, 2013


"A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2013"

"You are the poem I dreamed of writing,
The masterpiece I longed 
to paint.
You are the
Shining star
I reached for in my
ever hopeful quest for
life fulfilled. You are 
My child
Now with all things
I am blessed"


"A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2013"

"It's such a cute little snake!" -Mackynzie


"A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2013"

I honestly didn't know it was possible to fall madly in love Then I married my best friend and had this stunning little soul. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Friends, Haters, Lovers

 "Friends, haters, lovers, everyone has a right to their own opinion; what's important here is not what people are writing or saying, but how you react to what you see. Someone says something negative? I could care less! I have no problems with random negative comments; these people don't know me, they are merely reacting to something that has been triggered within them. It has nothing to do with me. If something I do angers you, that's okay. Know that what you see in me is a reflection of yourself -I can never upset you. You upset you. There is a lack of love in that reaction, and I can only invite you to look deeper within to find what it is about this situation that you need to work with. Observing our reactions and emotions is the most healing, and can lead to a lot of self discovery.
 We have so much love inside. Find it. Use it. No one is ever mean to another, unless they are suffering their own personal hell. If you have love to give, give it. The people it's the hardest to give it to need it the absolute most. -Haters- thank you for reminding us to love more! I hope you have a beautiful day and a blessed life. Love and light to all."

 This is so dead on for what I strive to do. Rachel Brathen took the words out of my mouth, hence why I am sharing them with you. I think we have all been on the hater side at some point. And you know, we always will have moments where we have to gather ourselves and search our own feelings when something gets triggered. This applies to everything.

 Choose love. Even when you don't want to, choose love.

If you don't know who Rachel Brathen is, go check her out. She is an amazing yoga goddess who just so happens to also be an incredibly beautiful person. She is a yoga teacher in Aruba. She's on instagram too.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Throw It On The Ground

  I'm collecting inspiration and collaborating my shopping list for when we move. The style we are going for is very beachy/minimalistic/airy/lightly romantic.

 I lucked out in many ways when it comes to Cody, and in this case, he is totally on board with letting me create a home we both love.  Who wouldn't want their house to feel a little like a vacation?

 I've been looking at several options for the bedroom. Like wood headboards or sheer curtains. But there is something that's intriguing me. A floor bed. Bed on the floor. I don't know what it is, it just looks super cozy and effortlessly stylish.

Here is my inspiration:

 Via (unknown)


Via photo by Rikki Snyder

Via (unknown)

Via If you know the original source, please let me know

Via If you know original source, let me know

What do you guys think? Do you like the floor bed? Do you think it would go with the feel I am trying to achieve? 

*Disclaimer: I always do my best to track the source of any images I use on this blog, but sometimes I am unable to find its original source. If you see an image that is yous, or that you know, please inform me. I will also happily remove any content that you own if you are uncomfortable with it being shared here. Or simply credit you for your image. Thank you!

Sweet Spot

 I feel such a variety of emotions. At times, I can feel such deep meaningful connections to people and ideas. Ones that I swear will change my life. and then there are periods that I feel so relaxed and completely happy with letting life take me where it does. I'm happy to soak up the moments as they come.  This is probably the best explanation for what I strive fore. A middle ground between the two extremes. Happy and relaxed to live as each day comes, yet connected and driven by the feelings and people around me. Throw motherhood in there too and there is this sweet spot. The best thing about it -that spot- is that it stretches. It reaches and glides  Ebbs and flows. It follows me with each day; allowing me to learn and grow with the moments and experiences.

 I'm thankful to be learning that. A sweet spot is not stationary. It's always there, it just adjusts to exactly what you need it to be in that moment. In that day. Each day we are given a choice. We choose to see our sweet spot, or we don't. The days that we choose to look away, those are the hard days. The ones that leave us a frustrated whirl wind of emotions. The ones that make us throw our hands up and say "What am I doing? What is this?". We often cry on those days. Sometimes hard; like those choked-throat sobs or fiery blasts that pour down your cheeks. Sometimes it's the kind that make your heart physically ache, while you tell yourself all the things there are to cry about. Then, there are the times we choose to see our sweet spot. We run up and hug it; just like you would a dear friend who you haven't seen in too long. We dance with it, soaking up the laughter-filled stories it has for us. those are the good days. The really good ones.

 When we choose to see it on the hard days, even just give it a glance. It changes those hard times. It's always there; just waiting for us to move toward it. On the days where we look for it, we reach. We stretch our frantic fingers begging for it to grab us and pull us in. It does. Every time, because it looks for us more often than we look for it. It's ready, and the moment it sees you it pulls you in. With strong arms it wraps you in it's warmth and dries you.

 The days are no less hard, just changed. We see them differently. Approaching them with a gentle outstretched hand. Instead of fighting them with everything we have, we embrace them. We begin to learn that the hardest days, the biggest and scariest feelings, just need our love. They need our sweet spot.

 It's not easy. This world would be very different if it was. It's possible though, and like any new habit or challenge, it takes time to build. We are learning to work with muscles that we don't typically engage. We feel their new soreness, but it's that good kind of sore. The kind that tells you you are working hard and making a change. And we can't do it all on our own. We need each other to lift one another up. To cheer and listen and wipe tears. To extend the hand of whatever we need in that moment.

We are lifted and we lift.

 We have this amazing opportunity each day, to make things so much more than average. To live life with purpose and with tender hearts. We will never be perfect. Perfection is not what this is about, and being imperfect is the point. To be okay with the imperfections; of life and of self.

If we get to know our sweet spot, to know that it moves with us and is there to help teach and grow us, the hard days begin to dissolve. Instead, days are replaced with lessons. Some that teach us the things that root us deep into the earth, and others that allow us to soar higher with each breath.

Via (unknown, if you know or this is yours, please let me know)

Become very best friends with your sweet spot. Choose love.