summer break

#mamaandlilianfollybeachtrip2020

it’s saturday morning and i’m writing this post in bed while sipping coffee

it’s quiet

Lilian is at William’s for the week

this will be our second time sharing her this way since she and i moved into our casa azul

our life is different these days

the same in many ways but different

it’s been a while since i have come here to share anything other than project fifty two posts

and i am not sure if this morning is the time to share the emotions of going through a separation and having to start over again on my own

this morning i mostly just want to share pictures from our week at folly beach during the first week of back to school

summer was certainly different this year

for everyone i guess

i’m thankful that we were able to get some beach time

it had been since february since i/we had seen the ocean

the beach is still where i feel my best and where i feel we are our happiest

until next time. hopefully sooner than later

around here

haven’t come here in a while to share what we have been up to lately

there have been creeks, swimming holes, pools, neighborhood quarantine hangs but most importantly, mine and Lily’s move into our new west asheville home

the end of a chapter and the beginning of a new one is always bitter sweet and i am just trying to not get overwhelmed and just take everything one day at a time

Lily is being super helpful during this move/transition and although she seems on the upside of things, i know it has to be hard for her

both William and i have reached out to recommended child therapist in order to provide her with a neutral space to share her feelings and thoughts but have had no luck booking one because none of them are taking new patients at this covid time

in the meanwhile all we can do is move forward and keep an eye on her and talk about all that we are feeling/thinking

it feels like the most non-summer summer ever but, one day at a time right?

happy friday and happy weekend friends

portugal childhood beach memories

santa fe memories from last year

monument valley memories from last year

a day at a time… with coffee

all the pretty flowers

i now have three of these

post dinner family walks

helping with dinner prepping

she has painted some pretty awesome things

found out this week that school for her this year will start with 100% remote learning from home

midnight hole

homni creek with her bestie

homni creek with the neighborhood girls

i still prefer and miss the ocean but i am just trying to hang in there you guys…

four weeks of ballet intensive went by way too fast

move in day

#mamaandlilyashevillecasaazul

around here

i’ve been trying to not think about all the canceled summer travels we had planned for this summer as well as trying to not be too nostalgic about previous summer travels

instead, i’ve been trying to be present in the silver linings of the situation we are all in

this will be our longest asheville summer yet and we are trying to find our way through it

some days are easier

some days are harder…

happy friday friends

i started going on morning walks again and i can honestly say that flowers are my biggest motivation and inspiration to keep doing so

neighborhood hangs

what lunch looks like sometimes

what dinner looks like sometimes

i have re-potted all of my orchids

as well as re-corded and beaded some of my hanging planters

summer reading buddies

miami memories from ten years ago

miami memories from five years ago

portugal memories from four years ago

california memories from three years ago

west virginia memories from last year

inverness memories from three weeks ago

an afternoon spent downtown asheville

an afternoon spent at the arboretum to check out the lego exhibit

an afternoon swimming with friends. this will be most of what our summer will look like since we bought a swimming membership at a local pool

#mamaandlilycrystalrivervacay

spring break in miami was canceled

two weeks in portugal with my family in early june was also canceled

so before summer is over and school starts again, Lily and i drove down to inverness florida where we quarantined at a house with a pool with our K

why crystal river area?

well, i have been curious about that area and wanting to visit three sisters springs for quite some time

i also didn’t want a drive longer than 9-10 hours

our airbnb in inverness was exactly what we had hoped it would be

maybe even better

a great house in a super quiet neighborhood with a screened in pool and big lanai

we spent most of our time at home in the pool however, we did get to venture out to three sisters (beautiful), went out to eat a few times and checked out a local produce market

it was the perfect quiet and relaxing getaway

happy friday friends

ps- i love this post so much because it’s filled with all the miami pool blue and it’s been a long time since it has had any of that color/feeling and it’s still the best and the one i love the most

waking up in inverness was the total opposite of waking up in asheville. it was quiet

three sisters springs

bandelier national monument

i am writing this post from a couch in panama city beach overlooking the ocean

Lily and i have been here for almost a week (sadly today is our last full day here)

being on the beach has been the best soul filling way to end this summer break

we miss William and wish he was here but understand that he doesn’t care for the beach the way we do

that said, we are thankful for the opportunity to be here

it’s after 9am and Lily is still sleeping

it has been that kind of summer but it will soon (too soon) be over when she starts 4th grade next monday

we have had a wonderful summer

two weeks at home, one week in the mountains of west virginia, two weeks in the desert of new mexico, arizona, utah and nevada, two weeks at home and one week at the beach

a little bit of everything

beach was a last minute add on but a must

for me it is not summer without beach time (it’s just the way i was raised. beach=summer)

while in santa fe, we drove out to see bandelier national monument

the 33,677 acre monument preserves the homes and territory of the ancestral puebloans of a later era in the southwest

most of the pueblo structures date to two eras, dating between 1150 and 1600ad

being there was a surreal experience to say the least and a once in a lifetime experience we will forever remember

if you would like to read more about it, please do so here

Santa Fe, New Mexico

this year for our family summer vacation instead of heading towards europe or the ocean, we headed west towards the desert

a little out of character for this ocean girl but for some reason, those desert vibes were calling me

and i am so glad they did

santa fe is filled with so much beauty!

i loved the architecture, all the details around it, the art, the colors, the food, the weather…. eighty five during the day, no humidity and cool nights

so many things to do in town and so much to do out of town too

hot springs, hikes in beautiful national parks, all under a gigantic blue sky!

and the best part?

our miami friends got to come meet us and we got to spend some much needed time together and as a family got to experience something new

it was a week filled with santa fe memories i will forever cherish

happy friday friends!

ps- i took a lot of pictures with my phone. this is a short instagram summary of our trip. we also went to the georgia o’keeffe museum and to Taos. we tried going to the georgia o’keeffe house/studio however tickets were sold out for the whole week we were there. next time!

our airbnb was pretty awesome

after dropping our bags off we quickly went out and stocked up the house with all sorts of fresh goodies

coffee mornings in santa fe

shopping on canyon rd

there are beautiful details everywhere you look in santa fe and i fell in love with every blue door i saw

fell in love with all the windows too

and all the details….

there were many matching outfits

celebratory times for being all together again

many delicious meals

a trip to the rio grange gorge

many outings around town

a trip to bandelier national monument

jemez hot springs

laundry down time at home

a night of amazing flamenco at el farol

and meow wolf

my santa fe souvenirs home in asheville. so many fun things to see and buy there!

west virginia

hello, hello, hello!!!

you may have noticed that it has been very quiet around here

we just returned from a two week trip out west and i didn’t take my laptop with me (or either one of my cameras. shocker!)

anyway, we are slowly adjusting to our regular home life and the eastern time zone

i have tons of phone pictures to share and i hope that i actually get to because i’ve been pretty bad at that (i never finished sharing our trip to spain last summer….)

prior to heading out west, we had the most wonderful week with family in west virginia

it was the perfect getaway to start us on our summer vacation mode

hope you are having a great week and a great summer so far!

2.5 mile morning walks with my walking partner

morning raspberry picking

more morning walks

and afternoon pond dips

i painted some new pieces

reunited with her favorite sister cousin

pond fishing sessions

sister cousin photo shoots

rainy afternoons on the porch swing

good skin, good hair, no makeup

we had a great fourth

family picture july 2019