{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}

{On The River}

Tuesday, November 11, 2014















Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
* * *
A few days ago Mol's and I took Allie and Kate fishing at Otter Creek.
I can't tell you how amazing it is to have women in my life who love being on the river.
It fills every crevice of my soul!
What's one thing you love doing with your girls?
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