Thursday, April 24, 2014

A silly daydream...



 I recently went to the reading 
and book signing for Frances Mayes.
She is the author of the book 
Under the Tuscan Sun.

I have to admit that I had
only seen the movie but
my mom and I decided
 to go check it out anyway.

I'm so glad that we went.
 While I was sitting in the audience
listening to her read from her latest book
I found myself daydreaming.

I want this.
I want to stand in front of a 
room full of my readers 
and crack open my novel.
I want to smell the newness of the printed pages,
take in a nervous breath,
feel my heart beating in my ears
as I read aloud the words I've written.

I want to wear a red dress 
with fishnet pantyhose
and inappropriately tall platform heels.

I want to have people ask me questions
during a Q & A
like "What's your creative process?"
and I can tell everyone about how
I wrote my novel 
while my boys wrestled on the floor behind me.
That I wrote it sentence by sentence
between fetching snacks 
and running the water
for bath time.

I want all of this.


I want to sit at a table with my favorite pen
and sign my name and offer hugs
to everyone who will give me one.
I want to stop and take photos
with every single person 
who might be excited to stand next me.

I want to tell some young girl
with stars in her eyes to keep writing
because that's what I did and look at me
I'm sitting here signing my books with my favorite pen.

I want this.
I want this so bad I can almost taste it.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Happiness Project :: Easter Hats


I just love having dapper little boys.
We somehow talked the kiddos 
into wearing these hats on Easter.

I'm not sure how much longer Griffin
will be willing to go along with me on this kind of stuff.

I treasure every moment
that he humours me.




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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Happiness Project :: Koen Turns 5


I can't believe my big boy is 5!
Happy Birthday, Koen!




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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Happiness Project :: A weekend getaway


We escaped to a cabin in the Blue Ridge mountains
with a group of old friends over the weekend.
All children were dropped off with grandparents
and it was a grown ups only weekend.
 

We made awesome meals...


and enjoyed relaxing by the fire out on the deck-so dreamy.


We played games in the downstairs game room.


It was a much needed mini-vacation.
The view wasn't bad, either.




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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Beauty all Around Me

The other evening I walked into my bedroom 
to put away clean laundry 
 and the light was so beautiful on my curtains 
that I had to stop everything and capture it with my camera. 

I haven't taken photos for fun
in a while cause life has been so busy.

It felt good to use my creative eye.
So I started looking around my home
for more beauty to capture.

I found it hiding all around me.






Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Happiness Project :: Chaperoning Camp

I chaperoned Griffin's class 
on a 3 day camping trip last week.
It was beautiful and just so
fun to watch them explore nature.

Here are some pics 
from the trip!
 



It makes me so happy to be able
to enjoy these moments with Griffin
and his school buddies.




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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Happiness Project :: Celebrating Love


I went to the most wonderful wedding
over the weekend for a dear friend.
It was so much fun to help her get ready
and celebrate her big day.


 Congratulations Dr. and Mrs. Rowan!
I couldn't be happier for you two love birds!





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