a marvelous mother's day weekend


FRIDAY - Yes, we pretty much celebrated an entire weekend around here...and it was marvelous. We kicked it off with a May Day Celebration at McCartney's preschool on Friday. It was spectacularly sunny, and the smiles on the kids' faces made the event even brighter. 


SATURDAY - I enjoyed coffee on the deck. Our view of the lake is definitely at a distance...but it close enough to be a reminder that the ice is gone! 


Dan worked for a bit, and I went to a fascinating Yoga & Tarot class - super inspiring, and a great explanation of the Journey of the Fool. When I finished up class, Dan & I stopped in at Firebird Cafe for lunch - one of those little local gems that we've passed a million times but never stopped at. Delicious! We ended the day with a neighborhood (belated) Cinco de Mayo party - so.much.fun.

MdaygiftSUNDAY - Dan & Austin collaborated on an awesome gift - a beautiful teapot set, wrapped in the most amazing Wonder Woman handmade giftwrap. Look at that title detail! And can you even stand the precise signatures from McCartney??

Mdaygifts(ps. We don't draw a distinction between Mother's Day & step-Mother's Day. We talk a lot about different types of Moms in our house...birth Moms, Moms, step/bonus-Moms. ALL Moms are celebrated!)

ScoutdanAfter a pretty decadent Sunday brunch at The Spot (with Austin & Dan), Dan & I did a little shopping...and then indulged in smoked maple lattes at Scout & Company. I managed to get an episode of Grey's Anatomy & a quick nap (I'm a terrible napper), and chatted with my birthday girl. We ended our evening in Burlington at a performance of the Spielpalast Cabaret.

This marked my 24th Mother's Day, and I can honestly say that it was one of the best yet. You've set the bar pretty high, Mr. Holtz....

(yes, I realize that I neglected to get photos with any of the kids - will have to remedy that!!)

2016 project life : february & march

That's right...I'm skipping January for now. It was a big month with my birthday & our Mexico trip, so I want to take a little more time sorting out what to do with it. "Catching up" on February & March was relatively simple. I ensured that photos were downloaded from my camera & my phone, I scrolled through Facebook as a reminder of what we were doing, and then quickly put the pages together. I'll add in a summary of each month in 6x6 inserts. 


February was highlighted by Mackie's 5th birthday, a day trip to the Eric Carle museum, and our surprise engagement! I may add in the kids' Valentines, and will definitely add in the card that Dan gave me the night we got engaged. 


Highlights from March included our move, a trip to California, an extended visit from Hope, and the Landmark Advanced Course. Oh, and the Easter Bunny, of course! 

I'm keeping it very fluid this year - I may do some months as a highlights-only spread, while others may be more in-depth. One thing that I'm not doing is including Week Numbers. That will allow me to focus less on exactly when something happened, and more on what happened. 

the jagged path

Jagged path

"Believe in the integrity and value of the jagged path. We don't always do the right thing on our way to rightness."

Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough

April had it's fair share of jagged paths. There were times that tensions ran high & patience wore thin. And then, as if to add insult to (literal) injury...I'm ending the month with a strained muscle in my back. Those who have known me for any length of time know how hard-fought my journey to be pain free has been. Landing squarely back in the thick of it is disappointing & discouraging. Needless to say...I'm not sad to see April go. I'm planning on a weekend of laughter with friends, relaxing with my favorite guy, a few creative projects (I promise, Louise!), and a few...uhm...medicinal beverages. What are you up to?


hello april 2016


And just like that...another month has gone by. I often think that I should just throw in the blogging towel...and then I think "nah, not just yet." Here's what I'm saying hello to this month...

hello to the final night of The Advanced Course - Dan & I weren't able to attend the final night in Los Angeles, so we're headed to Montreal tonight to join Landmark friends for an awesome night of possibilities. (next up? the Communication Course: Access to Power)

hello to winter hanging on by a bitter thread. Not loving this weather.

hello to gratitude for family & friends who stood for us while we stood for what is best for our family.

hello to the first of many #partyatthepalace events! One of the many things that we love about our house is how entertaining-friendly it is. We hosted our first cocktail party on Friday night - so much fun!

hello to saying goodbye to the 5.5lbs that kept me warm through winter. 

hello to a short break from biz travel, and lots of plans for spring & summer trips.

hello to THREE for a certain little man in my life. 

hello to new books - The More of Less and Born for This.

hello to all the tulips & daffodils. Thank you, Trader Joes!

What are you saying hello to this month? 


hello march 2016


The fact that I'm a week late in posting a hello march entry should be indicative of the pace of our lives right now...

hello move. It's over. It's done. It wasn't exactly pretty. And...we are loving our new home. It has beautiful energy & amazing light. 

hello Hope. My eldest is home for a few weeks! So fun to have her with us. 

hello mid-season. I know that most consider this time of year something between winter & mud season, but I consider it to be mid-season. Temps fluctuate wildly. I'm sick of winter clothes, and unprepared for spring. I want to be able to go for walks & bike rides...but can't just yet

hello completion - Dan & I finished our Landmark Forum in Action seminar series last night. Next up is the Advanced Course in LA. So looking forward to it. 

hello best friendsI've said it before, and I'll certainly say it again...I have the best friends. It simply doesn't matter if we talk daily or twice a year. It doesn't matter how often we see each other. I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that my tribe loves me. 

hello engagement - on the off chance that you're not on Instagram or Facebook, and didn't receive an excited text from me...Dan proposed, and I said yes! I then proceeded to have a mini-breakdown about marriage & failure. Then I got off of it.  There is no reason for us to get married...and THAT is the best reason of all. I choose to marry Dan because I choose to marry Dan.

hello essential oilstrying out a few blends with the Littles, to noticeable success. What are your favorites? 

What are you saying hello to this month?


current 2.23.16


drinking bulletproof coffee & waiting for it's magic to kick in.

seeing stacks of boxes ready to be moved. so excited

reflecting on last night's seminar distinction about inauthentic fear. been there, done that. 

wishing that I was still in bed. i simply can't cut corners on sleep like I used to.

pondering Stitch Fix. have you? 

reading about duane syndrome. lately, i've felt like my head turn has become more severe. 

preparing for another flurry of travel activity. looking forward to CA the most. (cue a dozen text messages..."when will you be here? for how long?")

needing a refresh on my capsule wardrobe (hence the Stitch Fix pondering).

feeling gratitude for loving friends & family, amazing kids, and my love. life is good.



celebrating the little things.


We have a large glass jar that sits on our dining room table. It's our "mirth & mitzvahs" jar (M&M for short). We jot down things that made us laugh, things that made us happy, things that we want to remember on slips of paper and toss them into the jar. Our plan is to read through the jar on New Year's Eve to celebrate all the little moments that brought us joy this year. 

Today, we're celebrating our 18 month anniversary. Who celebrates 18 months? Well, we do. Relationships are complicated. Add in big kids, little kids, exes, family, jobs, a dog, and everything else involved in adulting...and you'll understand why we think thriving through all of that deserves celebration. So, here's to 18 months of all of the mirth & mitzvahs that have made our life together an awesome adventure...

2016 project life : cover page


Project Life and I were on a break last year. I'm super happy that we've found our way back to each other. I put this cover page together pretty quickly (except some frustrating printer mishaps) on Sunday...reminding myself to keep it simple


This quote pretty much sums up life right now. I think it's fair to say that 45 is officially middle aged, right? Living life on the court, managing work & travel, blending littles & bigs, creating an amazing relationship...all of it is messy in the most magical way (side note: funny how my 2015 OLW decided to hang on a little longer, eh?). Our life is full of experiences & moments that I want to remember. So grateful for that.

My plan, so far (and I reserve the right to change my mind)...

  1. Basic 12x12 Design A format - with various sized inserts mixed in.  
  2. Sometimes weekly, sometimes monthly - totally playing that by ear. 
  3. No guilt over being "behind." Our life moves quickly. 
  4. Simple, simple, simple. Using pretty paper to fill a pocket is totally allowed.

Oh, and a little "state of the union" to set the stage for this year's album...Dan & I are ridiculously excited to be moving to a beautiful new-to-us house in a few weeks (more details on that soon). The big "kids" come home now & then (not often enough), and the littles keep us busy (& sleep-deprived) a few days a week. We work hard, we play hard, and most importantly, we love with our whole hearts.