October 14, 2014


this neutral and serene bathroom at the hotel predi son jaumell  located in the mediterranean


this instax instant smartphone printer.  def on my wish list.  we have the instax mini camera + love it.


socks with birks.  i’m loving it because i used to do it…and well, it was only a matter of time until this started happening again.  would you?  could you?  did you?


erin’s line  with lunya.  coolest pajama pants ever + more.  also on my wish list.


this quote about autumn.  which i’m like 99% sure i posted last year, too.  but, it’s that right.


moody weather.   weather it be in scotland or my own backyard.

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October 13, 2014


a few weeks ago i ran a half marathon.  some of you knew i was training.  training and trying, is really more like it.  i was never a runner (except for that time in jr. high) or had a desire to be.  the idea of any kind of race never even raced through my mind.  never ever was i one of those people that thought it would be cool to run a a marathon or mark it off a list.  but, in may, i did some list making with friends and a half marathon made the list, just waiting to be marked off in a few short months.

the training was tough and so time consuming.  the movement in my body and my brain.  running was always on my mind.  but, when i was actually running, my mind was on the moment.  while i did a lot of huffing and puffing and worked on wishing my way out of some of those specific moments, when i finally found my groove and my breath (which for me was two short breaths in and one long breath out) the moments of the past day, week, and all the days ahead that occupied my mind at all times drifted right out and i came upon clarity.  this made me love running.  pounding the pavement was pondering.  and, pondering tends to lead me to purpose.

i made it to the milwaukee half marathon and was super nervous.

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October 9, 2014


sometimes on a thursday you dream about kitchens that could be or maybe just ooh and ahh over ones that already are.  when i, recently, saw beth kirby’s, (local milk), new kitchen on remodlista, i did some ooh and ahhing and followed up with some dreaming.  this kitchen is just so good.  beth’s kitchen was a basic builder version until the jersey ice cream co , a full service design and construction team stepped in.  the attention to detail is insanely good.


i can’t stop thinking in detail about how i’d like the the jersey ice cream company to come add their magical touch to my kitchen.

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October 7, 2014


vines growing up the wall, indoors, as seen on planet deco.  why don’t more people do this!



this quote about travel via anoukb.  travel is the best decor in my home.  we have a similar styled quote on our wall, but i adore the size (it’s actually pretty small) and the placement of this one, wrapped around a corner.


coats and combats.  i’m on the lookout for a new coat and well i guess i’ve got combat boots on the brain.


coconut ice cream sundaes.  thank you, the jewels of new york for this perfectly delicious idea.


amy merrick’s photos of scotland.  i’ve got to get there one day.  i mean, really.  my great grandma was from scotland and i only think it would be right to see some of my heritage.

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October 6, 2014


Nine is just fine, Lukie (as long as i try not to think about ten).  it’s that year where you can be a kid in all kid glory.  you’re big enough to have adventures and do things you couldn’t do just last year, but still so much kid that you don’t have to waste any thoughts on all that being older business.

you can run, jump, play, and play and play the day away.  yes, there is homework, but the real homework at this age, buddy, is to play.  you’ll learn more from playing and imagining then from that monstrous math book hidden in your desk (don’t tell your teacher, i said this).  read, draw, make and create.  these are the days that you will draw upon in your tomorrows.  you don’t know it now.  and, it probably doesn’t even make sense when you read this, but it will be all kinds of crystal clear when you are fresh out of sense.

i also want you to be able to look back and remember that you are a tender hearted toughie, you might forget this from time to time as you grow and when you are grown.  this is who you are.  it’s who you are at 9, and who you will be at 90.  you feel things deeply and love deeply.  it’s not by accident.  it’s by divine design.  this is how you were weaved together in my womb.  it has something and everything to do with who god created you to be and the beautiful unique plan and path that he has set out for you.  don’t ever forget you are a tender hearted toughie.


so for now, get to drawing more robots (you are the best robot artist i’ve ever seen), going on backyard adventures, reading more books about predator animals, sports and maybe just a good old story or two (just for me, please), and keep on dreaming about your one day sports car and your some day career as a sports super star.

play the day away, boy.

+ you have to be on the bunk bed ladder to give goodnight hugs
+ high tops are still the only shoes for your feet
+ it’s all about the trading cards right now.  football, especially.
+ you mastered a flip w/ a twist this summer on the trampoline
+ you like spicy food + sour candy
+ you ask us what kind of car we want because when you are a millionaire you are going to buy it
+ you are obsessed w/ cars.  taking pictures of ones in parking lots + yelling out their names as we drive down the road
+ you shot a rabbit when i was out of town (wahhh), but you also rescued two baby bunnies from a hawk (yahhh).
+ you go to work every saturday morning with your dad and then stop at sonic’s for nerd slushies + tater tots
+ you’ve watched all episodes of wizards of waverly place with your sister
+ your favorite team is the Atlanta Falcons
+ you still like to sneak snacks and stash the wrappers in the weirdest places
+ you like to patrol your siblings
+ your smile is infectious and your eyes pure light
+ you are so strong and athletic