30 July 2014


Well, lately I have been pretty unplugged from everyone - online and in person, alike.  I've been working hard at getting our company taxes done so that we could go on our family vacation.  And here we FINALLY are!  Book work done and handed off to the accountant, house cleaned (after a messy couple of weeks), tent trailer packed...I'm officially ready to be "checked out" from everything for the next couple of weeks.

Hope you all are finding fresh ways to enjoy the summer (in the northern hemisphere; winter in the southern hemisphere!) and I'll be back soon rejuvenated and ready to be plugged in again.

bisous xo

pic pix: highway driving from Alberta to Idaho, 30.Jul.2014, on the road

19 July 2014

colorboard / no.31

color: chartreuse/blush/navy
word of inspiration: BLissss [perfect happiness; great joy]
source of word: If I were to have a favorite color combo right now, this would be it.  Each color compliments the other, they are all every season colors, there's something quirky yet feminine about each of them and the fusing of them all together.  They are just BLissss together.

/1. now if I could only find this for the wedding we are going to next weekend...  /2. rose gold lamp  /3. Hunter would love holding onto this one & it would go with everything I own /4. love these hampers  /5. you can never have too many of these  /6. I'm still debating between a black or blue pair /7. a tunic for my girl, if I ever did have one  /8. mmmhhmmmmm  /9. me and my thing with couches  /10. never really drawn to any other pink except this blush tone, LOVE  /11. if there is one water bottle I am happy to have invested in, it's these  /12. well, I need a motorcycle helmet if the hubby's got a bike, right?  /13. this company. their stationary. j'adore.  /14. you could use this pillow in any room

18 July 2014

summer loving.

Though this is where I would like to be any time of the year, I must say, summers here are pretty nice.  It's not too too hot, no humidity (a good and bad thing), days last until 11pm with the sunlight, and well ... it seems you couldn't ask for it to be better unless we had summer here all year!

I know it's already the middle of July, but I decided that I needed to write a list (Allison, you'll love this!) of all my summer lofty goals/things that I love about summer.  I'm curious to see how it'll all play out with the little amount of time we have left, but it'll be fun to work on.  It's probably better my chalkboard was only so big...!

How about you?  What's on the agenda for the next month?!

Oh ... and this is a cute list to fill in with summer plans.

pic pix: chalkboard wall in the kitchen, Jul.2014, at home

16 July 2014


Judah West: I never need to ask you to pose, you just naturally have a coolness about you.
Hunter Elias: I never need to wonder how you feel, as your face shares it all (and I love it when you smile).

14 July 2014

river hangs.

It has been so gorgeous here lately and ok, lets admit it - so very warm!  I've been making trips down to the river (as well as the lake and splash parks) and not only have I loved it, but these boys have been too.  Judah just plunks down on his rear and lets the water move around him as he plays in the river rock.  Whereas, Hunter just barely likes his toes dipped in but is content to finally feel cool.

Saturday night we went down and had a bbq at "our spot" with some friends.  Throwing rocks was a hit (though no one got hit ... ha!), baseball, kite flying, football tossing, and good chats filled our time.  And the cooled down feet were a bonus!  It was a great time and I'm just all the more convinced that river hangs are the best.

pic pix: Saturday night's fun, 12.Jul.2014, Stanley Park, Calgary

11 July 2014


Officially in the second half of the year ... wow.  Time really doesn't seem to hand out slow down packages!  Here's a glimpse of the boys from last week.judah west: chewing on grass like the little cowboy you are.
hunter elias: my darling, second, wild west boy ... I am in love with you and those eyes.

God created good.


One of my favorite seasons.  Have I mentioned I have four favorites?!  There is a beauty to every season that if you don't choose to enjoy, you'll miss it.  In the summer division of the year, one thing I need to take in is these peonies.  Many find the ants annoying (and usually, crawling ants drive me up the wall too) but I'm able to see past them when I get to clip some for my dining room table and get a whiff of these beauties!

I wish for every kind of season - not just the "term in the year" type of season - I could know what fragrant flower I needed to be ready for.  So I could gear up to enjoy it's spell.  But life doesn't work like that.  Predictability isn't a reality when it comes to relationships or circumstances.  Or, simple day to day life.  

What does exist though, in both of these cases, is the anticipation.  The wonder and excitement for what could/can potentially happen.  The expectation that God really does give us wonderful gifts, in every life season.

"...everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected 
if it is received with thanksgiving." 1 timothy 4:4

I have so much to be grateful for ... so, so much.  But in the moments my gratitude starts to fade, that is when I begin to see/focus on the "blemishes" of my life.  That which is so minuscule in the grand scheme of things, ends up eating away my time/energy/thoughts.  When...EVERYTHING that God created - every single season - is good.

And though I may not be experiencing it or have no idea what is getting ready to bloom and when, I can rest in the thought the God created good for me and I can anticipate how awesome those fragrances will be.

Will/do you?

pic pix: ma beloved peonies, at home, Jul.2014


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