a new year is always a burst of inspiration for me — picking back up with seven on sunday and sharing more personal work + thoughts. lots more to come. :) thanks for coming by, friends!
// winter trips are a must for our family. every winter you can count on the fact that i’ll be searching zillow for homes near beaches that also have funky artsy little towns nearby. it’s a problem…. maybe. then in the spring, i reclaim my love for virginia. and then when the wasps start taking over my life, i am looking up places that don’t have wasps. so if you know of a place with an ocean and no bugs — holler! but anyway, how cute is vaughn being the captain of the pontoon boat. he was amazing at steering and looking out for “cwab traps!!!!” cutest little man. // so, dolphins are my spirit animal. possibly my favorite thing ever is taking a kayak (jesse doing most/all of the paddling) to this little spot where the bay meets the ocean and dolphins are jumping all around our kayak. it is seriously magical. this little group of four dolphins gave us an amazing show right in the middle of the ocean for a few minutes. it was so fun. // if zoe can get a bluetooth speaker and a phone, you can bet money she’ll put kidz bop on. sometimes it drives me insane bc…. well, let me count the ways BUT in this case, watching her dance and laugh to her jams on the boat made my soul sing. is there anything better than an unencumbered girl just embracing all the joy and love and perfection that she is?! i’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the way women talk about themselves, their bodies, their quirks… i’ve always tried really hard to be kind to myself (eternal work in progress), and i’m even more aware of it around my kids’ ears. i feel like the way we talk to/about ourselves will be the way they talk to themselves, you know? i want my kids to see themselves for all the light that shines from the inside. zoe is at this tender in-between age where she’s hovering between little girl and pre-teen and it is so bittersweet. knowing that it’s the end of an era in many ways can be hard (especially because i don’t have any more little girls), but it’s also a really special time. self-discipline, self-love, and the freedom of self expression are huge right now and nothing makes me happier than to see her completely at ease in her own skin, uninhibited by the things she has been told she “should” be… by society or friends or whoever else — just true to herself and so very loved for it. // sweetest nurturing big sister and independent and fast walking baby brother, pre mullet chop. // new years day hangs. the sandbar started close to shore and seemed to go out forever that day. and maddox napped on jesse’s chest. the best. // the sunset from the boat. nothing more peaceful to me than watching the sun melt into the gulf. // to walking more of the unknown paths, trusting in the spirit of adventure, and cultivating more stillness this year.
happy 2017, friends!