Friday Reflections – June 30

I know most of you have been on summer break for weeks now, but we just started ours and it has been so nice! I’m always a bit nervous before summer starts but we are having a great time so far.  Fingers crossed it continues.

I hope you all enjoy the long weekend with family and friends and of course some tasty food to go along with it.


Pretty blue sky for the last day of school.
Summer’s sandwich
Nevada is a great place to dry off from Field Day.
I just never get tired of roses. Ever.
Car Show was a hit, especially the police cars and fire trucks.
Bring out the crafts – its summer!

Friday Reflections – June 16

I hope the week treated you all well! I am finishing out this week with some thoughts on the huge role that my husband fills in our family. I am so darn thankful and I hope that Father’s Day isn’t the only day he knows it.

Besides having the job, Mike keeps our family moving forward in the right direction. He takes care of each of us in different ways and makes sure that we stay close throughout all the soccer practices and school projects. He makes us laugh and gets out the chips when we are all getting too serious. He plans the vacations, manages the finances and keeps the lawn mowed. It really is incredible. He handles the bedtime routine (thank goodness!) and takes time every evening with each child. Have I mentioned that he gets up and makes the coffee every morning? Angelic.

But I fear I don’t say it enough, how much I appreciate his tenderness and strength, his presence in all the big and small things that go into building a family.

My husband and I each grew up in a home with a loving, engaged father and I am so glad that our children are getting the same.

Below are a few pictures from the last couple weeks. Cheers!

My favorite three boys at the Natural History Museum of LA back in February.
Bake sale goodies!
This local theater lets you bring beer into the auditorium and sells gigantic cookies.
I’ve been in a pizza rut but this new rolling pin helps.
Scored one with the 7 year old soccer team.


Friday Reflections – June 2

I wanted to post some of my favorite pictures from the last couple of weeks. May is here and gone and boy what a wonderful month it was. Cheers to June (and Friday!)


The Cookbook in all its glory.
The minimalist dishwasher
Celebrating dad’s birthday with sprinkles galore.
This one finally likes swimming lessons!
Why yes I’ll help you finish those nachos. Go Sounders!
The closest thing we get to a family picture. Also, that toothless grin kills me every time I see it.
A well loved recipe for mom’s sugar cookies.
A glorious morning spent painting flowers, drinking mimosas and celebrating a friend.
Hoping this little guy grows and grows and grows.

Friday Reflections – May 12

I’m so thankful for Friday this week! My parents fly in today and I am so excited to see them. It’s been a busy week (aren’t they all?) and I’m looking forward to spending some time catching up with them over some tea and banana bread.  I am so thankful for my mother-in-law (your card is on the way!) as well as all the women who have joined me on my motherhood journey. It’s a wild ride and takes a village more than I ever imagined. I hope you all get to spend some time with your mom and all the other mom figures in your life.


I’m not much for crafting but I do love putting together birthday parties. These simple goody bags were a nice counter point to the energy that 10 year old boys bring to a party. They left sweaty, happy and with more frosting on their faces than when they came.


Kai learned to ride a bike and is so very excited about it. They spent a week in gym class riding, learning hand signals and getting familiar with the rules of the road. He came home so excited and decided to make his bike sound like a motorcycle. He taped a card to the base of his bike so that the front wheel makes the card flap back and forth. Lets stick with bikes though ok? My mother’s heart isn’t ready for motorcycles yet.


We had the good fortune to get out of school early on one of the most beautiful days of the year. Evidence of this adventure endures by the amount of sand (nature’s glitter!) I am still stepping in but the shear joy of chasing waves with friends makes it worth it.

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday Reflections – May 5

I wanted to pop in and show you what I’ve been up to the last couple weeks.

Baking, baking and baking!


JP looked at his cake last weekend and said “oh wow it’s perfect” and then proceeded to dump sprinkles all over it. Ha! Yes, I would say that now it definitely is perfect.


The cheesecake for my husband’s birthday was a little battered by the time this picture was taken, but boy was it good. When making it, I totally forgot to set the timer when cooling it in the water bath so it sat longer than it should’ve but it still turned out nice, dense and creamy. I added a sour cream topping this year and will do it again next time.


It never fails that rice krispy treats are requested for the class treat on their birthdays. I always say yes because that means I get to eat all the little scraps left on the spoon.


This last dessert is a new one we’ve added to the repertoire.  JP requested pavlova for his dessert on the day of his birthday (see how we overdo it!) and I was excited to make it again. It is a surprisingly easy treat that melts in your mouth like cotton candy (but without the blue lips). I made individual ones this time instead of one large one and liked it better that way. I like mine topped with whipped cream and strawberries but JP gobbled his up unadorned.

That’s it! Happy Friday and I hope your week has been filled with a little something sweet, just like mine.