Spring

around here/homeschooling

this week was our third week of homeschooling and today is the fifteenth day and the last for a week due to spring break

homeschooling has been a pleasant experience for us so far

Lily wakes naturally, has breakfast, makes her bed, gets ready and then sits herself down at the dining room table where she opens up her chrome book and begins her school day

her teacher has been wonderful and very present during the whole process

there are plenty of emails from her, assignments on IXL and live video conferences with all the kids

she has truly stepped it up and is a true boss!

while homeschooling during the day, we break things up with snacks, walks, scooter rides, trampoline time and crafts

being at home doing things is not unnatural for Lily and i

it’s what we have always done

ever since she was born and we lived in the apartment in southbeach

there have been times in the past where Lily was curious and asked to be homeschooled and now she is having an opportunity to do so (silver lining)

and i must say that she is pretty good at it

she is disciplined, focused, gets all her work done…

not any different from how she is when at school really

the hardest part is not having the freedom to see or get together with her friends

but facetiming with her besties makes that a little easier too

when school work will be done today, we will officially begin our spring break

in a healthier and freer world, we would be on a plane to st. pete where we would hang out with auntie K for the weekend and then monday rent a car and drive to miami where we would stay at an airbnb in the same building where we have stayed the past two years until next friday

that was the plan anyway

obviously we had to cancel everything and are staying home

i’m trying to be grateful for all the things we have but in all honesty i am having a hard time being here

may better freer times come back sooner than later

happy friday friends

week two, day six

outside trampoline break

week two, day seven


crafting break

week two, day eight

outside scooter break

week two, day nine

week two, day ten

week three, day eleven

outside walking break

week three, day twelve

outside scooter break

around here/physical distancing

yesterday i thought about how the term “social distancing” should be replaced with “physical distancing”

i find that in a way, people are more social than ever before because they finally have the time to be

when i checked in on my girlfriend Connie who lives in los angeles, she told me that online dating is on its peak out there

i see through instagram and facebook that people are more present on there than ever before

and i think in a way, that is a little silver lining to all of this

like so many who are fortunate enough to have food, a comfortable home, good health, the right finances…. we are counting our blessings and trying to find our own silver lining in all of this

for me, it has been waking up naturally with the sunrise again

to create more art

to enjoy having Lilian home all day

to go on nature walks and be thankful for all the open space we have around us

to cook simpler meals

to enjoy and be thankful for our home. all of it

hope you are all well friends

despite everything, i am happy it’s spring

have done some foraging and keep bringing spring inside

slower and later mornings

i keep creating art

i also keep saging the house. not only is sage a great spiritual cleanser, it is also great for purifying your home by getting rid of germs and bacteria

watering day

open window weather

we’ve been having such beautiful spring weather that we have been able to have a handful of meals out here already

and although i know it is way too early, i want to fill this space with all the green babies!

an afternoon dog walk and a puddle reflection

trying to support local businesses

music! it is always playing in our home. now more than ever. the alex cameron pandora station has been a favorite of mine for months now

around here/social distancing

spring!

it is finally spring

despite everything that is going on in the world right now, yesterday was the first day of spring and it was a glorious one

i have been waiting for spring for so long….

i am happy she is finally here

this was Lily’s first week of homeschooling and we were mostly home with the exception of some walks in the neighborhood

she has math/reading packets to work on as well as planned lessons by her teacher online along with daily independent reading and journaling

once school work is done we occupy ourselves with artsy/crafty projects, cleaning, organizing, short dog walks….

so far we are ok

the social distancing comes somewhat naturally and is not the scary part

but let’s just stay indoors and take it one day at a time shall we?

with the windows open

because it’s finally spring!

hope you are all well friends

a dress day

she finally had her audition but because everything has been canceled we are not sure of the outcome

still a favorite family game

there have been a lot of dog walks

homeschooling day one

homeschooling day two

homeschooling day three

homeschooling day four

there have been lots of artsy projects

around here

one of my oldest girlfriends arrived yesterday and today we will get in the car and drive to nashville where we will be seeing Perry Farrell perform live tonight

going to see a favorite with a favorite

what more can a girl ask for?

happy friday and happy weekend friends!

spring. still winning

what father’s day looked like

cool slow mornings

hung up more art. you should too. it’s important

a sleepover with a good classmate

portugal memories from three years ago

pre father’s day parents night out

a visit to see a favorite friend/local jeweler

i bought new earrings and i am obsessed with them

a hair trim waiting to happen

Lily went to baking camp this week and not only did she love every minute of it but she also brought home the most delicious baked goods every day

day two of baking camp

day three of baking camp

the last time i saw Perry Farrell was in 2011 in miami during art basel with a then 1 year old Lily. see you soon Perry! can’t wait

around here

last saturday at our friend’s end of the year party, there was an altercation between Lily and a classmate where personal boundaries were pushed and disrespected

parents had to get involved and a he said/she said situation is never easy

phone calls and texts were exchanged throughout the week, feelings and emotions were high but eventually on wednesday Lily and her classmate met up (with parental supervision) and Lily got to share her truth, her feelings and got her power back

it’s important more than ever to talk to our children about respect and consent

so proud of our girl for being strong, standing her ground, facing someone who scared and disrespected her and for speaking her truth

happy friday friends

us

a favorite breakfast

spring is still my favorite season here

third grade girlfriends now rising fourth graders

quiet screened in porch moments

and quiet kitchen moments too

we have created a rummikub monster. she wins more than she loses

rainy days inside. it rained for at least four days straight

but eventually the rain stopped and the sun came out

a sushi lunch date by myself

Lily is in full summer break mode waking after 9am every morning

a day spent downtown

mexico memories from this week one year ago in playa del carmen

slow summer break mornings

2.5 mile long morning dog walks

wild blackberries found on our walk

last night’s delicious tuna poke bowl

right now

around here. so long third grade

well friends, here we are

today is the last day of third grade

although i am so ready for summer break, i kind of wish third grade could go on forever

it’s been the most wonderful school year so far

Lily had the most amazing teacher/class and my heart is breaking already for when she will have to say goodbye later today

there will be many tears for sure (there always are)

Lily has grown so much this school year

not just in height (4″) but emotionally, artistically, academically… all with such confidence

she has risen all year!

we are so very proud of her

now if only time could just take it a bit easier on me

happy friday and happy weekend friends!

spring is still winning

Lily season on our front yard

when little cousins come to visit

miami memories

spain memories

kitchen poetry sessions

last monday of third grade

last tuesday of third grade

last car pick up selfie of third grade

last thursday of third grade

homemade end of the school year teacher gifts

stronger every day

these three have been riding to school every morning since we moved here during Lily’s kindergarten year. Next year there will be less one because she will be in middle school. we now have a rising sixth grader, a rising fourth grader and a rising third grader. love these vibrant girls

around here

i feel like it’s been quite some time since i have done one of these “around here” posts

life has been good

it’s spring

spring makes everything better (anything but winter, really)

after tomorrow Lily will have only one week left of school

it’s been a great school year for her

she has had the most wonderful teacher and i am expecting many tears from Lily on that last day (she LOVES her teacher)

summer plans were hard to agree upon and hard to come together but for the most part they are figured out and i am excited for them

that said, i need to figure out more beach and ocean time

this weekend we are expecting family and we are so looking forward to it

hope you are all having a great week so far

i am off on my walk with foxy and then coming back to do some youtube exercise video (been trying to be good and do that every day)

have a happy one friends!

spring is by far my favorite season here in asheville. hate winter, fall is ok, summer is too damn hot with no access to the ocean, but spring…. spring is glorious!

peonies from our garden. i loved peony season this year

our two hibiscus trees are like small daily miami offerings in asheville

what school mornings look like

what weekend mornings look like

a rainbow filled corner

Lily is still consistently creating amazing art

what mother’s day looked like this year

what memorial day looked like this year

a car selfie. William and Lily call me Elton with these glasses on but i don’t mind

what weekends sometimes look like

what after school looks like when there are no after school activities

this year’s ballet four will be next year’s ballet five

despite everything i still miss miami and the ocean every day