In Real Life: Week 24

Happy Father’s Day to all you awesome dads out there!

Here’s a peek at our week 24:

My crazy plant lady adventures continue with these beautiful mini roses.

And these lovelies, whose name I’m not sure of. Black-eyed Susans? Coneflowers? Doesn’t matter… they’re pretty and they make me smile. 🙂

Someone enjoyed his pudding.

A decent gimmick.

I think I have my homemade mojito recipe down. The addition of lime-flavored sparkling water was just the finisher I needed.

More epic food adventures with Pato! Pineapple fried rice in a pineapple? Yes, please!

I could eat these summer rolls every day.

Crying tiger beef! with a side of Pato finger, because it wouldn’t be dinner with Pato without at least one photo this way.

I spent the last half of the week on stay-cation!

Jack and I kicked it off with a trip to the beach!

Because I understand that Capitola gets crazy crowded, even during the middle of the week, we got there mid-morning to snag a good spot.

Our little pop-up shade was super easy to set up!

It made for a great place to nap in the afternoon for the peanut.

He actually took a nice long nap, which made for some very nice mama time with my rose spritzer and my book.

We spent a lot of time digging in the sand and playing with our bucket full of water, which was apparently much less scary than the ocean for Mr. Jack.

We also chased our beach ball around quite a bit, and Jack kept trying to play catch with the bigger kids nearby.

We finished the day off with some ice cream, of course! Except that this little stinker stole my cone from me and then didn’t want to share! I don’t blame you, buddy… that peanut butter cup ice cream was pretty dang tasty.

This cat has no chill.

I am so grateful for all the good time I’ve had with my little guy this week. He melts my heart every day.

I mean, c’mon… how could you not love this face?

Big brother is spending most of the summer with his mom this year, but he’s back for the weekend! And he’s a little particular about his privacy these days, which I’m doing my best to respect.

Side note: look at those feet! He and I almost wear the same size shoe now, can you believe it?

Happy Pride to all those who celebrate!

It’s back to the grind for me tomorrow, which means back to productivity mode today.

Have a great Father’s Day! See you next week!

Let’s take a look into the past…

2017 Week 24

In Real Life: Week 23

Happy Sunday, friends! Welcome to another week!

Last Sunday Jack and I tried to go to the pool, but they were closed.

CLOSED. On a hot Sunday afternoon in June.

(Apparently summer hours don’t start until this weekend.)

WTF? I almost cried.

So we buried our sorrows in ice cream instead.

Ain’t nothing a Love It size of Chocolate Devotion can’t fix.

Pride Weekend also made for some epic opportunities for observation. (And made me feel less shy about walking around downtown in my swim bottoms and rash guard top.)

This little trio was killing it. Jack was mesmerized.

Then we came home to epic tuna melts by Robbie. He is the master.

Work wins the award for best use of this meme yet.

I feel ya, Moose.

Is it bad that my first thought was of Jurassic Park?

A pursuit I’d happily join.

Goodnight, California.

The June birthday board I put together makes me smile.

Best. Photobomb. Ever.


My loves.

Friday evening burger bar life.

I couldn’t help but sneak a photo of these two lovebirds with their milkshake. It felt very 1950’s to me.

Dessert time!

“What do you mean, ‘the cookies are all gone’?”


A “little” fry at Five Guys.

These kitties know what weekends are for.

We are officially on summer break, and we have a giant SIXTH GRADER in the house. He’s gonna be driving my car before we know it.

I’ve got a little stay-cation planned for this week, and I am very excited! What’s on your agenda?

Have a great week!

Let’s take a look into the past…

2017 Week 23

In Real Life: Week 22

Happy Sunday, all! Come in for a look at our week 22!

Robbie was away all last weekend, so Monday we snuck out for a little nap time day date, just the two of us.

Sometimes the simplest meals are the best.

We’ve spent lots of time outside this week. It’s just been so nice!

Memorial Day eats, step one.

Step two.

Step three (my favorite part).

In love with my new badge holder. Baby Groot!!!

What year is it?

My happy place.

I’ve been experimenting with making my own mojitos this week. I found that the addition of a bit of lime-flavored sparkling water is a big win.

Thank you, Chrystal, for giving us this awesome picture! It’s quite perfect for the boys’ bathroom.

James’ entire 5th grade class put on a play about the 13 colonies this week!

He was Lief Erickson… I’m not entirely sure how he fits into the story of the 13 colonies, to be honest, but he was so dang cute that I really didn’t care.

Fish taco Friday at the work cafeteria was a big win.

Man, I love going to Giants games.

I’m sorry, but my immature brain thinks this name just sounds wrong, lol.

Not a bad hotel room view.

Okay, now I totally understand the chicken and waffles hype. I’d eat this every day.

I took another photography class this week! Once again, I learned so much good information.

We learned about using reflectors to fill in shadows in bright sun…

…and about using a short depth of field and pre-focusing for macro shots…

…and even some fun tricks, like using a slow shutter speed and zooming the lens while you shoot.

All in all, it was a great week! I look forward to challenging myself with my DSLR more often this summer. So many things to learn!

Have a great week 23!

Take a look into the past…

2017 Week 22

In Real Life: Week 21

Hello, friends! I hope you’re having a fabulous Memorial Day weekend! Let’s take a look at week 21!

Sunday morning vibes.

“If I fits, I sits.”

It’s amazing how similar toddlers are to cats sometimes.

This place will always have a Pizza My Heart.

Can relate.

Like an 11-year old Johnny Cash.

Only YOU can prevent the spread of infection!

Bath night!

Threw this roasted veggie pasta primavera together somewhat by accident, just by cleaning out the fridge. Oh man, was it good.

Cheesy kid with his state project at open house night. (Don’t tell him, but I’m actually pretty damn proud of how hard he worked on this thing.)

Friday night feels.

Doodlin’ while we watched The Sandlot.

My little love.

Oh hi!

Dive on into summer with me.

My pretty little sun worshippers.

Have a great week ahead, everyone!

Take a look into the past…

2017 Week 21

In Real Life: Week 20

Hello, friends! We had a fantastic week 20… let’s take a look!

I’ve never felt so excited about socks before.

Llama face case!

I’ll take one of everything, please.


It’s a topographical map of the Bay Area bodies of water. Super cool!

The poppies have my heart right now.

They always make me think of Armistice Day, though.

Watch out for Joe Cool!

Left photo is from November… right photo is from this week. Talk about progress!


It took some serious willpower not to buy up all these adorable marine-themed plates. This whale would look so cute in the boys’ bathroom!

Work spoiled me with two screens, so now I also require an extra one at home. IT LOOKS SO GOOD and I can DO ALL OF THE THINGS.

Park day Friday!

I can’t get over how big and capable he is these days.

It made my Idaho heart very happy to see this car at our park. Idaho plates are enough to turn my head, but with a BSU sticker, too? Who are you, and can we be friends?

The Pro setting on my new Samsung phone is pretty damn great. This has almost no editing on it.

This little guy is actually a cutting that I took from West Cliff. I brought it home after a walk with my mom while she was visiting, let it scab over for a couple of days, and then planted it in my favorite succulent soil and hoped for the best. Well, a few weeks later and it’s ready to bloom! Score!

Playing around with my DSLR before my night photography class.

I learned so much from this class!

We went out right before sunset and spent a bit of time dialing in our settings. (I’ve done zero editing on the next several photos, btw.)

Check out that sun flare! (And the water droplets on my lens, whoops.)

Then we moved into the golden hour.

That reflection is so dreamy.

Then we started slowing down the shutter speed. (Which is why it’s brighter and softer than the previous photos.) And how lucky we were to have windsurfers to photograph!

Long exposure makes for gorgeous moving water shots.

Check out that waterfall effect on the rocks! Mmmhmm.

As it started to get really dark my stock camera lens started to struggle.

I had hoped to get some neat shots of the night sky, but I really need a better lens to get much better than this. Although I am quite happy with this shot as-is!

I learned a ton about how to take better photos in general, and now I definitely want to go back out and practice some more. Maybe I’ll even do some long exposure light painting!

Saturday I took the boys to the pool.

My heart! ❤

Bottoms up!

I hope I always remember him this small and sweet, with his chubby little legs barely sticking out from his too-big swim trunks.

Summer days are here to stay!

Have a great week 21, friends!

Let’s take a look into the past…

2017 Week 20