Monthly Archives: March 2013

happy {4th} birthday hazel mae!

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winter is over … see ya sucka!

good riddance winter – – you have been here quite long enough.

in bidding adeiu to the bone-chilling temps {hopefully soon} i happily close out my first winter in new york with some lovely photographs of sophie + hazel taken by jennifer crook {at the beginning of the season}! happy spring y’all!!

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s . s. s. silence

silence

after saying sayonara to juggling a full-time mom + career driven life, i have found myself fighting an internal battle and am wondering if others struggle with the same game of tug-of-war.  i, on one hand am 100% content with where i am in my life – i am head over heels in love with my husband + little gals and pinch myself often to be reminded how lucky i am to be able to dedicate the majority of my days {+ nights} to managing our home. this new position has kept me rather busy and does quite well at draining me by the end of the day. yet, there are points in my day that silence screams at the top of her lady lungs telling me that if she is around then maybe i am not doing enough.

i’ll be honest, i have never quite loved – shall i dare say it – silence. i find myself drawn to background sounds {although sometimes subtle}, as they inspire me. if silence is approached incorrectly, she can become a real joy killer full of self doubts and questioned motivations.

today a wise friend joined me for coffee and offered great insight into my crazy, internal world full of juxtapositions. she acknowledged that silence can indeed be a culprit for allowing space to overanalyze, yet can also allow for time to count the small victories in a day. she laughed as she recalled telling her husband about one of her “small” daily victories and realized that although he may not fully grasp her over-excitedness for what she had completed, she was confident that it helped to form a positive overall experience for her family that day.

as she spoke i was challenged to record my daily victories in order to view a bigger picture of how my commitments to matt, sophie, hazel and our community can indeed impact lives.

i am now empowered to face my days {and the silence it brings} understanding that how i deal with each “small” circumstance is not in vain.

i challenge you … put down your preconceived notions of living life {or worse yet … appearing to live life} in the grandiose way that the world tells you to and begin celebrating all of those small victories!

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home

HOME

HOME. by definition home  is a “permanent structure” where people dwell.

i couldn’t wait to get my hands on our new humble abode in brooklyn, new york 9 months ago to creatively design our space challenged home with touches of familiarity. i love our home – – not only for the design details but for the lessons this humble space has taught me.

ironically – shortly after moving to new york, matt’s travel schedule sped up and he found himself splitting his time between los angeles and myrtle beach for his current show, welcome to myrtle manor. our new york experience – although chock full of challenges – has been the best thing for this  “bi-coastal family” and has allowed us to redefine the word home.

before moving to new york i was disillusioned to think that a strong woman could handle life on her own while “seeming” to have it all under control. our short time of brooklyn dwelling has completely shattered my prideful thinking and i have realized that in order to live a fuller more enriching life i have to accept that i cannot “do life” on my own. our friends {both in brooklyn and elsewhere} have offered us a community full of laughter, encouragement, support and have opened my eyes to the meaning of family – – giving insight to how we are called to live intentionally with each other.

the time that matt has been away has not been in vain. i am thankful that the distance has offered a different perspective of both of our contributions to our family, reminding us that our family does not work without the other.

although i love entering the doors of our humble abode – – this place is not my home – – rather matt, sophie + hazel are all the home i will ever need!

HOME

“Hold on, to me as we go
As we roll down this unfamiliar road

And although this wave is stringing us along
Just know you’re not alone
Cause I’m going to make this place your home

Settle down, it’ll all be clear
Don’t pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found

Just know you’re not alone
Cause I’m going to make this place your home

Settle down, it’ll all be clear
Don’t pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found

Just know you’re not alone
Cause I’m going to make this place your home”

. . .

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