joys of july.

a quick, simple list of things that have brought me joy this month.

acai bowls with fresh fruit for breakfast.
taking the kids to the park in the morning to beat the heat.
daydreaming + talking about the future with my husband.
phone calls with my best friend back in california in the middle of the week.
sunflowers from trader joe’s.
watching G’s excitement at his first county fair.
seeing foals + calves with their mamas in pastures when we go driving.
hearing isla make new sounds + learn new things.
when the entire house is clean at the same time, even if it only lasts 10 minutes.
learning exciting news from several different loved ones.
my husband cooking dinner for the family.
spending time at the stables.
snuggling my baby girl, who is the cuddliest baby ever.
hearing my children play + laugh together.
falling asleep in my husband’s arms before one of the baby monitors go off.
bringing baby girl into bed with us as soon as said monitor goes off.
when all of the laundry is folded + put away.

it’s the little things, really.

a state of personal exploration.

It just dawned on me that as of the end of June, we have been in Oregon for four months now! Time truly feels like it’s passing quicker than ever before during this busy season of life for our little family. In some ways, it feels like we’ve always been here, and in other ways, it still totally blows our minds that we aren’t in California anymore. It’s always in the little details that makes me think about it, like when ordering something online and I have to select “OR” instead of “CA” when entering our address. It seems silly, and it is, but moments like that are such a happy little reminder of the fact that we are finally here— and we really couldn’t be happier about it!

My husband and I are both in a huge transitional period of growth both in our lives together and individually, and getting away from negative, toxic people and situations has been a major focus of ours these past few months! If someone isn’t adding to the quality of our lives in some way by who they are as a person and our interactions with them, we truly have no place for them in our lives! This mindset, which I have developed over the course of the last few years and my husband much more recently, has been completely liberating. Our move has both supported and beautifully aligned with the importance of this ideal in so many ways in the last four months, and it’s been truly amazing to see everything come together in the way that it has. Life is kind of funny like that, you guys!

On the topic of transitional periods of growth— it’s something I really want to dive into deeply on this blog! The energy changes I have been experiencing in 2017, and really since around mid-2016, have been completely life changing. Of course I am still the “same” person, but in some ways, I almost feel like I can’t even say that. I have experienced so much personal exploration, discovery and growth in this season of life, and what a journey it has been (and continues to be)! I have sunk to some of my lowest of lows, including a long and drawn out deep, dark period of intense postpartum depression, and on the flip side, I have become more in touch with the most authentic parts of myself. I am continuing to explore these raw pieces of myself and learning how to express them, integrate them into my daily routines, and really just put myself out there into the world in a way I have never felt comfortable doing. I am hyper-focused on raising my energetic frequencies and have already felt so many shifts within, which has lead to shifts in the world around me— at least as far as my perspective is concerned, and we all know that perspective is everything! It is truly amazing and I am so excited to continue learning, growing, and really coming into myself as a person.

As far as all of this personal exploration is concerned, I would really like to connect with others and discuss such things! From what I’ve seen around me, I’ve come to two possible conclusions: that A) this growth coincides with my age— that many people go through similar experiences solely because of this general age-group. I am 25, and quarter-life crisis is a thing for a reason! So I really question whether this is just a super normal thing that most people go through around this time of their life. My second possible conclusion is B) that it’s a planetary thing— that many people, regardless of age, are experiencing similar periods of growth, self-exploration, and a shifting within. I feel like I’ve heard so many people talking about such things, and I can’t help but wonder if it has more to do with planetary positions than anything else. Honestly, it probably has to do with both, or I’m just totally off here and it doesn’t have to do with any of that- but that would surprise me! If you’re reading this and feel called to do so, please reach out so we can connect and chat about this— I would truly LOVE to discuss our experiences together!

Anyway, this season of growth has so many different aspects to it and I am really hoping to find the mental energy and physical time to discuss it more on this platform because it is such a prevalent theme in my life at the moment. If I’m being honest, creating this blog has been largely fueled by so many of my realizations as a direct result of this personal growth I’ve been reveling in! Each day is different and I have been loving the process— at least for now I am, due to the joyful fact that the dark days are finally seeming to dwindle— with exceptions here and there, of course.

I hope everyone is having a great week. Love & light to each of you, as always!

p.s. — these photos are from our mellow but fun 4th of July, and our first one in Oregon at that! More memories made with our little family ♡︎

our father’s day trip to the coast.

It’s kind of become a tradition to plan a surprise getaway for my husband for Father’s Day each year. This year was no different, and also a little extra special because not only was it our first year celebrating in Oregon instead of California, but it was my husband’s first year celebrating as a father of two!

 

When I started thinking about the trip the month before, I knew right away that I wanted to take him to the Oregon coast. Ever since we moved in February, my husband has been talking about missing the ocean and wanting to visit the beautiful coast of the PNW. I had a couple different cities in mind, but ultimately made plans to stay in Bandon, Oregon– a small, old little fishing town about thirty minutes south of the more well-known Coos Bay. As a family of four traveling with two young kids, the accommodations available were really what it boiled down to. I ended up finding the cutest little 130+ year old house on AirBNB, called “The Norwegian House.”

This quaint little house boasted vintage charm and was so well kept. It was decorated so cute, and I really loved that it was situated on some acreage and tucked far enough outside of town that we could enjoy the privateness, while still only being about 10-15 minutes from the main parts of town we wanted to visit.

We arrived on Saturday, the day before Father’s Day, and made our way straight to the beach before even checking into the house. The Oregon coast is so much different than the beaches we had grown up at down in Southern California. There was a steady layer of fog most of the time, chilly wind, and the entire coastline is covered in these big, beautiful rock formations where the ocean meets the land. I’ll just be honest and say that SoCal beaches set the bar pretty high, but the beaches up here in the PNW are really something else!

We spent the weekend exploring the touristy old town part of Bandon, which never really got very crowded despite it being Summer! It is definitely a small town, but that made exploring it that much more fun and a lot easier, especially with kids! We made our way to the beach on Sunday, which Gunner of course loved. It was so fun seeing Isla play with the sand too, as this was her first beach trip! We loved watching the boys build sand castles and walking the beautiful coastline as the ocean (which was freezing, for the record!) touched our toes. Other than our beach trip, we visited all the little shops in Old Town, tried out several of the little food spots (Philip + G loved the fish & chips that were caught that very morning!), and hit all three of the local sweets & treats shops to stock up on chocolate goodies for the drive home!

Our three day family getaway to Bandon was so fun and special, and I was so happy to see Philip have so much fun with the kids while getting to enjoy the coast like he had been wanting to do! He is such an amazing dad and husband and it means the world to me and more to have been able to plan just a little something to show him how much he means to us. He works so hard and loves on us so well, no one is more deserving than him! We love you so much, babe! I hope you had a special Father’s Day!