the best

Every so often I find myself experiencing the best "____" yet.
- The best weather.
- The best photo ^^^
- The greatest Christmas.
- The best beach experience.
- The sweetest time spent with friends.

Each happening beats the last.
Everything just gets better.

Or, is life just getting better?

I credit it to carrying with me a deeper appreciation for life in general.
Choosing experiences over things.
Living in the moment.

I always felt that it takes more energy to be mad or feel down
than it does to smile and be happy-- to let things go.

This way of thinking is one I hope to instill and nourish in my daughter--
my free spirited, earth loving, artistic, and kind babe.
She inspires me.

In our family, we strive for simplicity.
We appreciate life as a gift.
We find extraordinary in the ordinary.
We choose nature first.
We want less.

And in turn, we feel happier because of it.
And that for certain is the best.


summer | | s t i l l s . . .

1. Admiring our newest treasures.

2. Simple. Beautiful. Daisy.

3. The littlest patriotic gal I know.

4. The first pepper of the season.

5. The pre-hutch photo that we gave new life to for Logan's room.

6. Glitter nails. Rock in hand. Typical Lo.

7. We've been swimming through summer. Wish time would slow down just a bit. I can't believe it the middle of July. Gah.

8. Logi Yogi. This girl has such an earthly heart. I adore her.



"A portrait of my child once a week, every week, in 2014."

Logan: My sweet treat garden girl.

Loving this, this , and this from last week.
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"A portrait of my child once a week, every week, in 2014."

Logan: Helping set up for Pop's retirement party. Eagerly awaiting the guests.


t o d a y

Dirty feet,  freshly fed ((full)) tummies,  and  lots of exploring.
We are doing summer right.
So right.

Photos from my instagram.

blueberry picking

I'm especially fond of impromptu Sunday morning outings--  this one takes the cake! Since we missed out on strawberry picking this spring, we took to the blueberry bushes at our go-to pick-your-own farm. I had never been blueberry picking, so this was a fist for all of us. Despite the hot heat that morning, it was so much fun. And the blueberries were delicious! 

We ended our visit with cold drinks, ice cream, and some play time at their playground. Judging by Logan's rosy cheeks before and after, it's safe to say that that mint chocolate chip ice-cream hit the spot.

We hope to go back to get more of those delicious berries. We'll see... For now, we are going to savor the memories from these photos.

How cute is this little set-up with the old door and the rustic "Enter" sign?

the fourth.

We spent the fourth in flower crowns, on the lawn, with our favorite baby girl.

It was magical.


s t i l l s . . .

1. Seeing a lot of potential in this bin of scrap wood from the tiki bar my dad is building. Currently it's grouped with the bonfire wood. Thinking of doing something like this with the scraps.

2. Freshly picked berries. More of that in another post.

3. She loves chasing me in the pool. I don't know if the actual chase or the ridiculous sounds I make when she almost gets me.

4. Our first harvest. TONS of cucumbers!

5. Exploring the backyard-- one of our favorite things to do.

6. Tan toes, blue polish, perfect pool date.

7. The BEST salad-- Fresh mozzarella, walnuts, and craisins are it's claim to fame.

8. Thinking about our next sesame place trip and crossing more things off our summer 14' bucket list

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 "A portrait of my child once a week, every week, in 2014."

Logan: lover of nature, grass dweller, backyard explorer.

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Favorites from last week: Sweet and sandy toes Olivia // little M in her backyard garden // lovely topknot maddie // and this little by the big, big sea.


beach time birthday

Our Jordy boy turned 12. And we couldn't wait to spoil him. We generally choose experiences over "things" so when it came time to decided how we were going to spoil our favorite boy, the option was clear. In the summer months (and even some fall/ winter) we are all about the beach. We could seriously go everyday if given the time and the budget. There is something so freeing about an unplanned beach day. We let the birthday boy make the decisions for the day. He loved having the power (within reason of course.) He's 12 now and feeling like such a man-- he got a henna tatoo as proof. Haha.. He rode rides that a sissy 11 year old wouldn't dare. Between the waves and the rides, he got knocked down,  tossed around, flipped upside-down and backwards. Manly for sure! We played in the sand, collected shells, ate boardwalk fries, drank lemonade, and got ice-cream cones. That same day there were volleyball tournaments and kids sand soccer matches going on down the beach. So there was plenty of entertainment. Logan went on a few rides herself, and was too feeling older than she is. I love seeing her on the same rides that my cousins and I went on in summers past. The first week of August we are going back to this same beach for a week. This trip was just enough to leave us wanting a little bit more. Come on, August. And Happy Birthday Jordan! (: