april miscellany

Thursday, April 30, 2015


a grown-ass man Easter basket || first IC of the year || Easter tradition || I grew up here || hair twin || the otter's were my favorite too || spring break project || if you blink you miss them || sunrise+coffee || Spring is the most beautiful season || if you need me, I'll be here || first day at the beach read also as -- first sunburn of the year || His grandma's and now mine || Pottery Barn, you win || He's HOME! || azalea season || cool hiding spots || a guy & his big new truck ||

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last week

Monday, April 27, 2015


things that made my week: lady banks roses & azaleas in full bloom and how they look in my backyard and in mason jars around the house, the bluest spring sky, early morning runs that motivate & inspire, new sheets-bedspread-pillows, fresh strawberries, morning coffee & lunches under the umbrella, being big spoon once again, getting over the flu quickly-- for both of us, sleeping in to the sound of rain, his kiss on my forehead, an afternoon date that lasted into the night, our neighborhood this spring, & a sunday well spent as a family of three(me+husband+dog) on the couch with pizza, movies, and no where else to be.

and happily onto the next

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weekend.

Monday, April 20, 2015

the last few days of just us girls{me & Lucy} -- Saturday brought the first beach trip of the year, complete with a carrot smoothie and a wicked sunburn -- the weather was too perfect not to stay.  Also, its finally here, umbrella weather --the best time of the year in my backyard.  Mornings under it with coffee and chatty phone calls with mom, book reading and iced tea drinking,  grass mowing and beer drinking-- everything is better under that blue umbrella.

And Sunday brought my husband home -- wine, shrimp and steaks on the grill, and dancing to "brown eyed girl" in the kitchen; celebrating his return the best way we know how.  I am so glad to have him home, life is just sweeter with him by my side.  

April couldn't be turning out any lovelier.  

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chin up, sweet girl

Saturday, April 18, 2015

It has just been one of those weeks.  The kind where you over sleep and then can't sleep -- the kind where you would rather lay in bed to simply pass the day away.  The kind where small mishaps and unkind responses sting more than usual.  When all you are wanting is a little nurture and grace but gravity and everyone else is pulling from all limbs.  When the personal pep talks and small joys last but mer moments -- just not doing their job this time around.  The kind of week where I raised my white flag early on -- feeling defeated, simply letting the ebb and flow carry me through.

We all have weeks, days like this.  It feels good to know I am not alone.

Life is not always easy and it is not always hard.  I have it good too; sitting in my cozy and quiet house with coffee and groceries and a car to drive is proof alone.  But when dealing with everyday things and big things life throws each of us -- some days, these things accumulating into one, leave us feeling sad and small.

Even with all this, I still am hopeful.  I will still clean my house and go to yoga.  And keep on swimming because in the end, these days will become just a memory.  A lesson, "a chin up girl --you can make it" mantra. See, you've done it before.


Going on week three without my best friend, my husband, my partner in crime -- the longest time we've spent apart in our six years of marriage. I'm thankful for that alone, but still, its not easy.  I'm thankful for him, the purpose he gives me, and the life we have created together.  Come home to me soon, I love you.  Champagnes in the fridge.  xx

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Mid-Spring

Thursday, April 16, 2015


afternoon rain showers that bring out the most chirppiest of birds, evening walks with more daylight hours, pollen & all her loveliness, herb gardens growing, boyfriend shorts and yet still slightly sweater weather, iced tea with a fancy straw and grass between my toes, umbrella sitting, yard work season and all her joys[sans poison ivy], and the promise that each spring day looks slightly different.

a hug and kiss for you, spring

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