Monday, March 16, 2015

Pack Lighter...Go Further

Over the past few weeks my sister, Audrey, and I have been doing some major exploring around the coast. We love taking the time to see something new that most people never even take the time to see. We love the researching that goes in to finging these places too. Some of the places may not be accessible to the public but we always find a way in. Lets just say...fences rarely stop us. We truly believe that life isn't about collecting things, it is about collecting memories. Tonight on the way home, Audrey announced she wanted to be a teacher, a teacher that shows people how to climb mountains. Tonight, my day was made.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Happy Hearts

Last weekend for Valentine's Day I decided to catch sunset at the beach with some of my favorite people. My sister, husband, Audrey, and I drove out to the coast. I was thinking it should be a quick easy drive considering everyone was catching dinner with their Valentine's Day dates. There was one problem with my thinking… all the good restaurants are on the coast. This made for lots and lots of traffic. Thankfully, we made it just in time for sunset and Audrey got to play and explore a bit. I also got Audrey and my husband to sit and enjoy the view… sitting is not really their kind of thing. I am constantly encouraging them to slow down a bit and take time to enjoy things. After the beach we headed back for some tacos at our favorite taqueria spot. It was a simple evening spent with the people I love the most. No need for romantic, gushy evenings here :) 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Quiet Blog

Things have been quiet around here lately. I missed coming to this space to write down thoughts over the weeks and little moments that happened that I don't want to forget. Overall, things have been really good lately... work, home, and play. Work weeks are always busy and we always try to make our weekends consist of adventure and down time mixed with a little piano and ballet practice for Audrey. I'm learning that life won't always go according to plan but just to appreciate each day given and try to make each day count. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Two and a Half Ladies

Life has been super busy this month. A good but busy month. For the new year, I wanted plenty of adventure and creative projects in our lives. We work really hard during the week and I want to make our free time count. My forever goal will always be to balance work life, adventure life, creative life, and home life. Making each day count is what it is all about. We managed to make it down to L.A. this month on a quick three day weekend. It was nice to get away...even of it was just for the night. 

My sister and I packed a bag and we were off.  First stop was a bench over looking the city of L.A. and some down time in the park. We made it to Venice Beach just in time for sunset and dinner. Venice has such a good vibe and even though there is a ton of people, it still feels relaxed and there is plenty to see. We then made it back to our hotel room in Hollywood and relaxed (much needed) in bed. 

The next day we set out to explore some old ruins in the canyons of Brentwood. We made sure to have a big breakfast before the hike. Think lots and lots of vegan was good!! We explored the canyon for a few hours. It was one of our most challenging hikes...we literally slid down the canyon on our bottoms. We made some good memories on that hike and I love that those memories are with my sister and my daughter. We don't just count the days...we make the days count. 

Our last trip to L.A....

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

School Life (at home)

During this Winter Break we were able to get a little school work done. Mostly, working on sight words and counting. My favorite part of being home with her is planning little projects with her and little things we can do together. I found this cute little esty shop that creates little games for kids to do. These little games not only keep them busy, but keep them learning at the same time.  The rest of our days were spent reading before and after nap time. She loves reading to me and telling me what she sees in the pictures. She has more books memorized than I can count... but my favorite is when she makes up her own story. Hoping, I have a book worm for life  :)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Winter Break

These two weeks have been REALLY amazing. We got the chance to adventure, spend time with family and friends, organize, relax, and most of all be together. During our two weeks off we went on a road trip to see some snow. There was no real planning involved or any stress. We just picked a small town up North that had snow, booked a hotel room and we were off. We found a little spot where you could do a little sledding, snowball fights, and build a little snowman. My sister also joined us, she is always down for a road trip. was just nice being together. Tomorrow back to normal returns and busy work schedules will resume. Thankful for this time with my family... feeling extra lucky tonight.

First time in the snow...
Last winter...

Friday, January 2, 2015

A New Year...

A new year has started and so has everyone's resolutions. This year I didn't make resolutions. I just stuck to my same forever goals. These goals are to make each day count and take each day to learn and grow more. I am going to do my best to fill Audrey's days with adventurecreativity, and plenty of love. Although, things may not always go according to plan and knowing that there will be plenty of highs and lows throughout the year. I (we) know there will be plenty of love to get us through...Happy New Year.

Audrey's favorite little adventure bag found here...