carolina beach, nc

one week ago today we packed up the car and drove six hours to carolina beach after we picked Lilian up from school

due to parent/teacher conferences and a teacher working day, she had a four day weekend so i planned a beach getaway for us all (foxy included)

i got a pet friendly airbnb right on the beach where we comfortably stayed for four nights

being right on the ocean was a must

for four days the first thing i saw was the ocean and the last thing i heard was the ocean

nothing better as far as i’m concerned

if i could go back to living in miami, before making the decision to move to asheville sight unseen, i would hold that decision and explore more places

like wilmington

a place close to the ocean that right away felt more like home than asheville ever could even four years after living here

but such is life

and in life mistakes are made

and lessons are hopefully learned

i now know that this is the farthest i will ever live from the ocean

but i also know that one day i will live close to the ocean again

because it’s what feels right and natural to me

and i may not always be certain of everything

but i am certain of that

it was night time when we arrived but, woke up to this. and regardless of how cold and rainy it was that day, i stood out on the balcony and took it all in

it was really cold and rainy that first full day there. but it didn’t stop us from going to the beach

because it was so cold and rainy, we took shelter for a few hours at the north carolina aquarium in fort fisher

favorite books and new author found at the aquarium’s gift shop

friday started out cold as well but i went on a morning beach walk regardless

while William worked at the apartment, Lilian and i drove to wilmington where we explored downtown and saw snippets of spring

afternoon beach walk and the beginning of a sunset

i woke up early enough to catch the sunrise both saturday and sunday morning. right off our balcony. no way better to start the day

my early morning beach walk buddy

beach treasures

a photo shoot in wrightsville beach after exploring wilmington all together

sunday. one last morning beach walk before we left

ARTsy wednesday

after i finished painting this portrait, i wasn’t sure if i was fully happy with how she turned out

or if i wanted to stitch her

so i put her aside and let her sit for a while

and then one morning she called out to me so i sat down and began stitching her

i am glad i did because with the stitching, she became who she was meant to be

around here

maybe it’s because mercury retrograde is around the corner

or maybe it’s because it rained almost all week long

whatever the reason (life lessons most likely), life kicked our asses a little harder this week

may we rise above it all

happy friday friends

a highlight. the broom challenge. did you try it? who knew?

a snow day

i do not know and do not want to know a world without art

sunday’s chefs

things i eat on my own

early bed times for the win

rainy dog walks

early morning school hustle

Lilian is all about marvel and black widow these days. here she is in the middle with her two besties

winter skies

i hadn’t showered or left the house in two days (winter) but, got invited to an oscars party so i pulled it together

and although i spend most of my days in loungewear (pajamas), i pulled it together this week (sorry closet full of clothes)

miami memories. still some of the best memories

around here

it’s been a strange week

filled with sunshine and warm days

as well as two days filled with non stop rain

funnily enough my moods have been the same way

sometimes making me feel like they are controlled by the weather…

happy friday friends

color always brings happiness

st pete memories

superbowl ready

rainy day procrastination

yesterday

sunday

a saturday downtown

a sunrise

slowly making progress on this one

goofing around while cleaning out her drawers

miami days have been heavy on my mind and heart, especially since Lily cried over it on sunday

around here

who else has started planning their spring and summer break?

it’s that time of year for me

not just because summer camp schedules are out and fill up fast but also because by the end of january, i need to start looking forward to warmth and sunshine

there are a few destinations being tossed around for both breaks

we might actually go on spring break as a family of three instead of just Lily and i but there is also a possibility of it just being Lily and i in miami like we have done for the past four years

and summer is a bit trickier this year with Lily wanting to do a month long summer intensive program at her ballet school in order to make it to a pre professional level (she really wants to get into those pointe shoes)

we will see how it all goes

plans are in the works so that is the important part

happy friday friends!

still learning how to play the guitar on her own

i’ve been trying to make art every day

sunday’s rainbows

there are have been a lot of gloomy days. but at least they start off with some sunshine

we have a big house. but this is where i spend most of my time/days. i could probably just live in this room

meal planning for the week on a sunday morning

speaking of sunday… she slept until 10:45

she also grew almost four inches again this year. third year in a row

st pete birthday memories