2017 project life : january – june

Early in the year, I decided that I’d do a digital version of Project Life and have a photo book printed at the end. I downloaded a template from Nettio Designs..and that’s about where my planning ended. Today, thanks to a cold & Dr. Dan’s orders to take it easy…I set up Smart Albums in iPhoto, and put together the…

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when in doubt, give thanks.

Photo by Takahiro Sakamoto on Unsplash I have Thanksgiving on my mind. The Bigs are both up north, so they’re celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving today. Maybe that’s why I’ve had gratitude on my mind. Maybe it’s simply that I’ve been returning to tried-and-true practices to help to ease the stress of transition. Regardless of the reason, gratitude has a certain magic. A few things…

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dominican republic : january 2017

Hello Punta Cana! Yes, we spent almost 10 days in December enjoying the Caribbean. Yes, we went back last week…'cause, y'know, why not?? Actually, it just so happened that Dan's company incentive trip was scheduled for January. SO MUCH FUN! We went zip-lining! Totally out of our comfort zone, and I am so glad that we did it. We couldn't…

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celebrating forty-six.

I turned forty-six yesterday! It was a wonderful day, full of celebration, friendship, & laughter. In honor of both my birthday and my OLW, here are 10 (b/c 4 + 6) people, experiences, and things that I plan to celebrate this year… Dan. Sometimes I'm sad that I missed out on so many years with him…and then I remember that…

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st maarten & st thomas : december 2016

Our beach day on St Maarten was a tiny bit rainy, but mostly just relaxing! We took a gondola ride to get a fab view of St Thomas! This guy is my favorite adventurer. I am so grateful that I get to explore the world with him. 

martinique & dominica : december 2016

Finishing up posting our December vacation photos before we head out on our January vacation (see how we're avoiding winter??)… We docked in Martinique after a sea day…perfect timing since I spent most of the sea day recovering from a stomach virus (which many people succumbed to over the course of the week). We walked & explored a bit, but…

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2017 One Little Word® : celebrate

So…I wasn't sure that I was going to choose a word for 2017.  I pretty much abandoned my word in 2016. I realized the other day that I never even blogged about it! My word was and…meant to honor all the parts & pieces of my life, to encourage inclusion, and to replace "but" in decision making. Anyone who has…

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saying so long to 2016…

This year was a whirlwind…travel, moving, changes, more travel, Landmark, little kids, big kids, many (many) bottles of wine, laughter, a few medical pauses, friends, family, and so much love. There were parts of 2016 that were, well…not so lovely (ahem)…but all in all? It was a pretty awesome year.  January : hola Mexico! February : we got engaged! (that's Mackie's "oh,…

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st croix : december 2016

The first stop of our island adventures was St Croix… I think that I will always be in love with palm trees and beaches.  Fresh coconut water? Yes please!  Love.

2 years…

2 years ago, I met a guy with a fresh tattoo (who took his shirt off 30 seconds after intros…to show me said tattoo) at a dinner arranged by mutual friends. I could tell you, in exacting detail, about that dinner…Dan laughs that I remember so much. It's easier to sum it up with this… We met. And in an…

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so long, #summer2016…

It's the un-official last weekend of summer, and our house seems very quiet. We've had a steady stream of houseguests, travel, bigs, and littles over the past few months. It's all added up to be a season of love, light, and so much fun. I got to spend time with two of my very best friends in California in June.…

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you’re my favorite : july/august 2016

Revisiting the "you're my favorite" prompt (my last post was a full year ago!) today! A few things that are my favorite right now/this summer/subject to change… Travel. Still & always. Strangely, I don't have any flights booked this month, although I do have some local-ish travel planned. Starting to book fall travel, and very much looking forward to winter…

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hello july 2016

It's summertime…and I'm hoping that the living will start to be easy. While I wait, here's some hellos… hello travel. Always. This month, it's NYC (biz) and Vegas (biz, and Dan is joining me).  hello Iris. Dan's Mom arrives tomorrow, and I am so excited. I have several mother-in-laws, and I am fortunate that they all add something to my life.…

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celebrating the little things.

We have a large glass jar that sits on our dining room table. It's our "mirth & mitzvahs" jar (M&M for short). We jot down things that made us laugh, things that made us happy, things that we want to remember on slips of paper and toss them into the jar. Our plan is to read through the jar on New…

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squamish, bc : oct 2015

"Wonder takes our breath away, and makes room for new breath. That's why they call it breathtaking." – Anne Lamott | Help, Thanks, Wow. As I drove from Vancouver to Squamish, British Columbia, I found myself saying "Wow!" over & over again. I thought immediately of Anne Lamott's book: Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers. (edited to add: I…

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you’re my favorite : july 15

The last couple of weeks have been a blur of airports, changes, catching up with friends, laughing, a tiny bit of crying, some worry followed by relief, texts with my brother, big kids who make me proud, little kids who make me smile, making plans, lots of coffee, equal amounts of wine….all with a heavy undercurrent of gratitude. I often…

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you’re my favorite : june 15

How is it the 5th of July already? I'd like someone to slow down the universe a bit, please. We have a lot of #summer15 to live, and it's going by a little too quickly. A few favorites from the blur that was June… Wayfare & Wander : Remember those choose your own adventure books? My lovely friend Lauren is using…

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you’re my favorite : may 15

 A few things that were my favorite this month… Drinking Gibraltars in San Francisco.  Airplanes. Sure, there are little annoyances about travel – but having a job that requires it really is my favorite.  Discovering that Brene Brown has a new book coming out. Brene is my favorite. Authenticity, vulnerability, tears, hugs, the best friends ever, reconciliation, #lovewins, honesty, grace,…

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