Friday, June 19, 2015

Malibu Dreaming


My sister, Audrey, and I recently got back from a quick impromptu road trip to Malibu. Whenever we head down South, we never really plan too much except for our hotel. We always seem to do as we please and never have any real plans but to explore. I love these carefree adventures...they are truly my favorite and something I will always remember. I swear half the fun is making our way down and singing at the top of our lungs in the car. 

We spent the day in Malibu exploring and stopped at our favorite restaurant. We were able to watch surfers this time and Audrey was in heaven. We also explored an abandoned mall because... that is just what we do. Explored some more beaches and mainly hung out at the beach. Taking time to enjoy the little moments because I know in the end these are the really big moments. 

Friday, June 12, 2015

School is Out


So Summer break is here and we could not be more excited. I have waited for this moment for awhile now. Slow mornings at home, random road trips, lots of sunshine, and just being able to slow down and enjoy quiet moments with my family. It really doesn't get any better than this for me. Feeling incredibly lucky this week and can't wait to see where this Summer will take us.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Keep Creating


One of our goals for our home is to create spaces for Audrey to use her imagination. We have several places in our home for her to sit and create whatever she desires. A few weeks ago, she made these little paintings and asked if we could hang them up outside... so we did just that. Lately, she has been in a creating phase and loves to color. During the work week on our commute home she is usually coloring and actually taking her time to stay in lines. Last night, she was coloring quietly in her room for over thirty minutes. It is pretty cool to see her little pictures and all the color she puts in them. Doing our best to keep her creating and using that big imagination of hers...

"Give her a museum and she will fill it"

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Birthday Bed


For Audrey's fourth birthday we decided to upgrade her bed to a twin size. We thought she was ready for a bigger size even though she is still so tiny. So, we decided to surprise her with the new bed when she came home from spending the night at her Grandma's house. Audrey was in shock after seeing it and declared that she was a big girl now with her new big bed. 

Audrey's room has had some small changes through out the four years. She is growing up so fast and I love creating a space that is just her own. We also included a little vintage desk so she can get her "work" done. We keep her room clutter free and everything has its own special place. She knows to put things back and to make sure she has all the parts for her toys. Doing our best to make sure she learns to take care and appreciate the things she has. 

We will miss you boat bed...

Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring Break Life


This last week we had off for Easter which happened to be the same week that Audrey turned four. We had a really good time off and slowed down our busy lives for a bit. There was Easter egg hunts, long naps, planting plants, art, reading, and birthday pancakes. On her birthday we decided to take her to the zoo because all she asked for was a "real camel"...we figured the zoo would do the trick. All in all we tried to keep the week quiet and relaxed but of course...we headed out on a few adventures :)

The biggest news of the week is Audrey learned how to ride her new two wheel bike without needing to put on any training wheels. Awhile back our friend Drea, got her a balance bike. This helped her learn balance first and I think helped her learn quicker. Plus, it probably helps my kid has no fear :) 

Now it is back to busy as usual. I was quickly reminded tonight when they shut down the freeway. Audrey and I weren't able to make it home till around eight o' clock :)

Friday, April 10, 2015

California Nights


This Spring Break has been so perfect. I really couldn't have asked for a better week. It started with Easter, Audrey's Birthday, lots of resting, and plenty of adventure. Last night, my sister, Brian, and I headed to the coast to find this hidden skate park. This DIY skate park over looks the beautiful Pacific Ocean. It is a secret skate park, so it took some research to find it. I am so glad we found it though, we made it just in time for sunset. Audrey's scooter is a two wheel scooter, not the three wheel that you usually see kids with. It turns out though, Audrey is a scooter champ and took the ramps like they were nothing. She is seriously fearless...and the bravest person I know. It was perfect night spent with the people I love... followed by some delicious Mexican food after. Do More...See More.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Quiet Days


Our days have been filled with full work schedules, exploring, and slow weekends when we can. Our spring break will be here next week and Audrey will be turning four too. I always look forward to spring break because it gives us some much needed time off from our full work schedules. I am excited to spend some slow and quiet days at home with Audrey. We started our little garden in the backyard and would like to finish up next week. We also changed Audrey's room around a bit and she upgraded to her official big girl bed. So even though things have been quiet on this little internet space, we have been keeping busy. Looking forward to a few quiet days next week though...

I have been reading this book too and it is really good. It talks about simplifying things and keeping out the clutter in our children's lives.  Keeping things simple in life and especially in our home has always been our goal. Here, Kim Payne outlines a few things for your home...

Imagine your home...
- as a place where time moves a little slower.
- becoming less cluttered and more visually relaxing.
- with space, and time, for childhood-and with time for one another every day.
- as a place where play and exploration are allowed, and honored.
- having more ease as you begin to limit distractions and to say no to the stress of too much, too fast,  
  too soon.
- as a sense of calm and security take hold.
- becoming a place where those we love know it, by virtue of our attention, protection, and 
  appreciation. 

These things listed really speak to me and this is how I envision our home and a home I want my daughter to grow in. Although, it won't always be perfect... these will be the things we strive for and if all else fails there will always be plenty of love.