I love the fact that our little town is only an hour away from one of my favorite cities, San Francisco. Last Monday, we took a little family adventure to San Francisco via trains, buses and boats. The girls were smitten. We could have literally looped around and around the BART and they would have been just as happy. However, my favorite part of the day was our ferry ride from Pier 39 to Sausalito, a quaint waterfront town with a Mediterranean feel.
Sausalito definitely reminded me of the time my husband and I spent in Nice, France last year. Nice was the first stop during our cruise last May. We spent the day exploring this gem of a city on the cote d’azur (French Riviera). We began our day by climbing the steps of the “Colline du Chateau” (Castle Hill), which offers breathtaking views of the city and the sea.
The later part of the day was spent in Cannes, France, home of the Cannes Film Festival. The city is also famous for its luxury shops, hotels, restaurants and marina. Although Cannes is also beautiful, I would have much preferred to spend more time in Nice exploring.
The day ended with a beautiful sunset viewed from our balcony in the ship as we sailed to our next destination: Civitavecchia, Italy.
A slideshow of our time spent in Nice and Cannes can be found below. Happy friday and happy first day of June!
As I sit here sick with a terrible cold, I find myself daydreaming of transporting myself to my favorite city in the world, Barcelona. Last May, my husband and I visited Barcelona for the first time. We spent a day in the city prior to boarding our cruise ship and another day after cruising the Mediterranean Sea. What a perfect place to begin and end our stay in Europe. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the trip.
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over.
I am sitting here today mothering a sick child but am thankful to be here for her, to rub her head, give her hugs and just be with her while my other two share their day with my Mother.
Wishing you all a lovely Mother’s Day.
Children are love made visible. – American Proverb
Sending some love to these little sweethearts and their sweet, beautiful Mama this Mother’s Day weekend. xoxo. Happy Saturday!
“You are as welcome as the flowers in May.”
– Charles Macklin
May this month bring you and yours lots of smiles. Chunky baby legs make me smile and so does the sweet little lady they belong to. Happy May!!! xoxo
The world is as many times new as there are children in our lives. ~Robert Brault
our youngest cupcake turned 3 this weekend.
we sang happy birthday 3 times because when you have older sisters, blowing out your own candles without them being blown out for you is a challenge.
she spent the day basking in the sun, splashing in her kiddie pool with her big sisters.
her favorite present was her cupcake piggy bank which she has spent countless hours putting her pennies into and taking them out.
we are so grateful she makes our world new each and every day.
happy tuesday to you and all the little cupcakes in your world!!!
“If you see a friend without a smile; give him one of yours.” ~ Proverb
Happy Thursday! xoxo
“How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” ~ Dr. Seuss
Three months into our move to California, things are still hectic to say the least. To put it mildly, moving across the country with 3 young children and trying to plant roots in a new place has been tough. It’s been an adventure that has taught me a lot, caused me many new gray hairs all while watching my kids bask in the California childhood I dreamed for them. I never knew it could be such a shock to move back to the place I knew as home for 24 years. I experienced the shock when I initially left California to move to the East Coast 11 years ago but didn’t quite realize how much I really, truly grew to love the Washington DC Metro Area. Back East, I was torn between a place I loved and a larger family support system so far away. Now, I have the support system, I have the sunshine but I am still torn between both coasts as I miss my friends, my old routine and the familiar comforts of the past decade. I take it one day at a time, one new friend at a time and one smile from one of my little ladies at a time.
We are days away from packing up and moving across town. It will be good. I will call it home and know that this adventure is only beginning and to give it time. The camera will be in my hands more than I’ve allowed it to be the past 3 months and it will begin to capture. It will begin to tell my new story. It will begin to tell new precious stories from sweet new souls I will meet and it will be good. It will be great. I have no idea how it became so late so soon but I am here and I am on my way back. Thanks for your patience. Have a sweet, sweet day!
Smiles from my middle little lady. . .
Live in the sunshine,
swim the sea,
drink the wild air . . .
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
After spending 11.5 years on this beautiful coast, I am moving “home” to the west coast to live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air. . .
Please bear with me as I wrap things up in Northern Virginia and get settled in Northern California. Happy Thursday!
“Very early, I knew that the only object in life was to grow.”
~ Margaret Fuller
3 sweet girls. . .
2 lovely coasts. . .
1 birthday. . .
Happy one month birthday to these sweethearts. We’re all so happy you’re here.
This last little princess is my very own niece. So so happy to be an aunt for the very first time. Happy Thursday!