{West Coast Road Trip} Ashland, OR

Thursday, November 27, 2014

One might think it would be weird to walk into a strangers house in the middle of the night,
but when you've waited 4 long years to hug a person I assure you this is completely normal behavior.
Let me explain ...
About a month after I started blogging I received an email from Andrea in Oregon.
I knew right away she was a good egg --
a comfortable easy chair that I had truly hoped to one day meet in person.
This summer that dream came true when we stopped in Ashland on our drive up the coast.
It was truly magical.
Andrea made us homemade oatcakes for breakfast while we had hours of effortless conversation and enjoyed our fill of backyard peaches and grapes before heading up north to Maupin.
Looking back, I will always remember this visit by the welcome sign that greeted us on the front door at 3am, and leaving with the continued desire to somehow bridge the 2,297 miles between our families.
One thing I've learned and often say is, "friends are the family you get to choose."
I'm thankful to call the Brett, Andrea, Scout & Piper friends who've become family.
Happy Thanksgiving, brave ones.
Here's to spending it with those you love!

{Give the Gift of Coil}

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Calling all coffee drinkers and those wanting to buy something F-R-A-G-I-L-E for Christmas this year!
Our friend Tyler just launched his latest project on Kickstarter.
It's a cold brewing system called Coil that makes incredible cold brewed coffee.
Watch his video and consider backing him.
This dude has already made some of our favorite gifts you might recognize here and here.
We're more excited about this project than a little orphan Annie secret decoder ring!
Happy Thanksgiving Eve, y'all!

{Brother by the Mighty Oaks}

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I couldn't help but think of Row and Bravey when I saw this video,
especially since they spend so much time traveling together.
Thankful to have had a built in bestie in sweet Twinner!
Who was your best pal and sidekick growing up?

{West Coast Road Trip} Santa Cruz

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I remember falling in love with Santa Cruz the first time Twinner took me there 7 years ago.
I was so thankful we made it one of our stops along our journey up the coast!
We drank coffee at Verve, ate Penny's ice cream for lunch, toured the lighthouse at Seabright Beach, and watched the boys catch waves on borrowed surf boards at 36th and East Cliff.
It was a memorable day to say the least!

{West Coast Road Trip} Ventura & Big Sur

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"Something good will come out of all things yet - and it will be golden and eternal just like that."
- Jack Kerouac {Big Sur}

One of our first stops in Ventura was the original Patagonia store and tin shed where
Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia, first started forging climbing pitons.
It was amazing to see!
Next we headed up the coast towards Big Sur.
We saw elephant seals the size of VW busses, stopped at McWay Falls, ate lunch at Nepenthe Cafe,
and were enamored by the views at Bixby Bridge.
This was by far the most beautiful 8 hour drive I've ever been on!
Our only regret was not taking 2 days to make this drive.
Next time we hope to stay overnight in a yurt at Treebones Resort.
Happy Wednesday, brave ones.
What's your favorite thing about Big Sur?

{West Coast Road Trip} Malibu

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I can't believe it's taken me this long to post photos from our West Coast road trip this summer!
After landing at LAX we drove straight to the coast and saw the most beautiful sunset.
Here are some of my favorite photos from El Matador Beach in Malibu.
It was the perfect start to our 10 day road trip!
Stay tuned for more pics.
Happy Tuesday, brave ones!

{Gratitude Lately}

Monday, November 17, 2014

Lately I've been thankful for sweet gifts from friends.

For snackthirty cupcakes.

For a sweet pup who chases crickets in our cellar.

For the last days of fall.

For new places to eat breakfast.

For late nights painting windows and baseboards with these girls.

And for pumpkin cinny's with extra icing.
Here's to gratitude and how it turns everything into enough.
Happy Monday, brave ones.
What have you been thankful for lately?

{Tsampa Soup} by Patagonia

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Somebody put this in my stocking already.
What's one thing you want for Christmas this year?

{Today's Letters}

Friday, November 14, 2014

Dear Timothy James, this morning I woke up to two paws on the baby monitor changing Bravey's diaper. Thank you for getting her dressed {after a night shift no less!} so I could stay in bed an extra 15 minutes. Dear Teeth, I've flossed you for the last 27 days. Tomorrow I go to the dentist. Somehow I think this will make my cavities disappear. Dear Auntie C, thanks to you Brave will know the difference between a Poplar and Rhododendron tree, grow up knowing the goodness of an oat cake, and spend her summers hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains. So thankful for the way you love my offspring. Dear Mr. Loerke, t-minus 2 weeks until we feast on your famous fried turkey and I walk around rocking elastic sweat pants for 3 days. Gobble Gobble.

Happy weekend, littles. What are you most looking forward to?

{In Hiding} by Foreign Fields

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Can't. Stop. Listening.
{Inspiration found at 1:02}
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