celebrate summer

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

and to think this was only the first weekend of summer....


catch up

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Hey there, its been a wild one, week/weekend that is.  I feel like I am just coming up for air.  Trying to make time in the day for everything seems to be something I'm struggling with lately.  My running legs are getting in shape but my writing mind seems to have hit the pause button.  Thank you for being patient with me, I sure hope you hang around.

Brainstorming about new/exciting changes for this little space.  I firmly believe creativity comes from inspired ideas, and I am hoping to make this blog a little more creative, a little more inspired, a little more me.  It will all happen, eventually.

To play catch up, here are a few things that we have found time for....
Buying a boat. Say what!?! yes, we bought a boat.  A very surreal thought, but then again seeing it parked into our tiny driveway makes it pretty darn real... Watching a summertime sunset on the boat, has a nice ring to it don't you think?
Saturday afternoon beer festival's are a must, but spending them with great friends just makes them that much better.
Growin veggies.  Hoping my little garden does as well this year as she did last.  Had to chase a squirrel away the other morning, but I'm taking that as a good sign.  Tomatoes, cucumbers, jalapeno & cayenne peppers, we like it spicy around these parts.
 work.  le sigh.  Would you hate me if I said these were my office essentials? iced coffee, pink toe nails and sandals by the pool, just to name a few.  Can you believe I get to play in the pool with fun kids all summer?! yeah, me either.
Love & concerts.  This guy, some days he makes me laugh, some days he makes me smile, and some days I want to ring his neck.  But I think that's all part of it.  Evening lawn concerts are the best when spent with friends and wine.  We saw a local indie/folk band that I am kinda digging right now, check em out.

Life, I'm realizing is all a balancing act; and I'm learning what is important to me here and now, in this moment, and loving every single second of it.  A wonderful summer season is upon us and I can't wait to celebrate.



mother's day weekend

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Gosh, I feel like I haven't been here in a while.  I've missed you that's for sure.  We took a quick little trip to the island this past weekend to visit our mama's for their special day.  It was a good visit, but it is always nice to be home.  Home, is now Virginia Beach for us, still such a surreal thought, but one that I love.

As you may know when I visit my parents in North Carolina my brother; who is 18, graduating highschool soon & going away to college in the Fall! (gaaahhh, I'm getting old) always takes the opportunity to practice his photography skills with my camera.  This visit was no different.

A few from our weekend at the beach.
Ha, I love the last picture. Me, my mom & dad; please feel free to add in your own thought bubbles because I really couldn't tell you whats going on here.  But it looks like us, our funny little family, pure confused love.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend celebrating your mama's.  Hoping to be back in this space more as the summer season approaches but no promises, I've traded lots of blogging time for running.  Its safe to say I'm addicted.  I guess there are worst things to be addicted too.

until next time,

last week

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Last week I tried a few new recipes.   One was a dessert and the other a detox water.  Don't even get me started with how ironic that is, it was a weird week this past one.   A chobani chocolate Greek yogurt topped with walnuts and sliced strawberries helped to soothe my sweet tooth without laying on the guilt.   And the detox water was crisp and refreshing, not that I really noticed a different in my weight or skin, but it made my water extra cucumbery which is always a welcomed change.

The Azaleas popped out last week making me smile.  As well as a hosta I had left for dead, that has decided once again, to prove me wrong and looks perfectly comfortable alongside our brick house.  So resilient plants are, learning lessons even from them.

The overflowing amount of fresh mint from our herb garden makes for nice arrangements of green in the kitchen.   A fruit basket full of lemons and limes, new blue hand towels and a bright yellow tea kettle all help to freshen up our kitchen.

And when all else fails and you just can't shake that grumpy mood, put on your favorite pink lace shirt and some fancy perfume.  Preferably, Chanel No.5, it just seems to give that extra bit of "togetherness" when you aren't really feeling all that "put together".

And as for this week,  they've called for rain every single day, although the sun has been shinning for the past 2 now, so I'm taking that as a good sign.  Fresh flowers on the table,  lemon in my water, and a good book on my nightstand are all positive signs that this week is going to be a good one.