creative projects in 2017

At the start of every year, I start thinking about which creative projects I'm going to commit to. And in the past few years, that's been about the extent of it…I commit, but don't actually complete. Will this year be different? Time will tell! Here's what's on my creative mind… Scrapbooking – I am a lapsed scrapbooker, and I am…

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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.

old san juan : december 2016

Our December adventure started with a couple of days in Old San Juan… We loved the colorful buildings & interesting architecture – and learned that the colors are assigned by applying for a painting permit. How fun is that?? We took a walking tour of Old San Juan – our tour guide, David, was terrific…and funny. "Come here. Look at…

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this Christmas…

Wishing you all the merry this Christmas. Dan & I are spending Christmas Eve in San Juan, and will travel back to VT in the morning to join the Bigs for Christmas Day. The Littles will join us early in the week, and we'll celebrate Hanukkah & Christmas with them. The entire month has been a bit untraditional for us…unexpected…

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British Columbia : part two (the unexpected story)

This is a story that I didn't expect to tell, about a trip that I didn't expect to take, about something happening that I didn't expect to happen… Dan & I had spent American Thanksgiving weekend in British Columbia, visiting with Austin. We stayed at a beautiful AirBnB and spent some time in Vancouver & Whistler Village. We headed to…

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hard things & lessons.

It has been a FULL week…and I mean full as in so many things, not full as in seven simple days. I feel like I have finally caught my breath. And then I read this article and was finally able to exhale. Last week, Dan & I showed up & stood for ourselves, our relationship, and our family. It wasn't…

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on doing the work.

"Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power…

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#startandendhappy : mindful happiness

Some of you may have seen Elizabeth Gilbert's Facebook post last week, pointing to Sarah Trimmer's Ted Talk. I'm a fan of any/all exercises that encourage hitting the pause button on life & remembering the good. Over the years, I've relied on gratitude/happiness texts & emails with my friends when times are tough. It occurred to me while listening to…

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currently 10.27.16

drinking more & more coffee. It's my winter transition…my consumption creeps up, and then I start to balance out with hot tea.  wearing this Garnet Hill skirt often. It's so comfy. I'm perplexed about a winter capsule wardrobe. Needing winter clothes at home, and warm-weather clothes for a lot of our winter travel.  getting excited about visiting Barb & Austin next month.…

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fall reads : october 2016

I've been reading & listening quite a bit this month. I've still got titles from my Summer reading list waiting for attention…but I chose to simply go where my attention led me.  French Kids Eat Everything – I picked up the Kindle edition on sale after a few conversations about our frustrations with the Littles' eating habits. Too much snacking,…

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hello october 2016

Oh hey y'all! I'm kicking off October in Texas & Oklahoma…combining a visit with my family and some work appts. Facing down the last quarter of the year seems impossible! Let's start with a few hellos… hello vacation planning. Fall & winter trips on the calendar…need flights, hotels, and details sorted.  hello paleo eating (sort of. sometimes.). I do well…

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i survived Whole 30® (& lived to tell about it)

I finished up Whole 30® last week, and gave myself a few days to recover before writing about it. Mostly b/c an earlier post might have included all the swear words, and my Mom gets cranky with me over that. Thoughts from the other side… I have little tolerance/patience for people who don't do the work. I wandered about the online…

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