Clear Lake,Ca

Like I wrote a couple days ago, life for us has been   h e c t i c   lately.

because of this, i couldn’t wait until june 10th came. this was when we’d go on our much needed retreat.

the week before our retreat, our lives had been consumed planning a huge event and an intense work week. wheww! we were exhausted. and so, we drove north.

we drove past our beautiful redwoods, past the gorgeous napa valley vineyards, and finally into the woods of Clear Lake. I usually fall asleep on long drives, but, I couldn’t fall asleep as we drove through Clear Lake. too beautiful!

here are some shots from our retreat.

after we set up camp, we ran to the beautiful lake. Clear Lake that weekend was HOT. so, getting refreshed at the lake was key.

don’t mind my ‘grandma’ look. after hanging out the lake for a while, we came back to camp and cooked dinner. one of the nights we made bean burritos with sauteed bell peppers and other fixings!

Another night we had pasta. pasta is my ultimate weekeness. give. me. those.carbs. some of my most memorable times during our trip: long conversations over candlelight dinner. my hubs and i had lots of catching up to do!

after our dinners, we usually indulged in sweet treats and yummy drinks. we went to bed early every night. we were sooo tired from our wild week months. fortunately,we had a few days of no agenda or plans. so we slept ALOT that weekend.

more lake time. sunset time was the best for playing/hanging out by the water.

tea and reading also consumed our weekend. 🙂

so grateful for being able to spend some much needed time away with C. between, books, drinks, theology discussions, cooking, sleeping, countless afternoon naps, and lake time, C and I came back home feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

oh and the bee sting and the rattle snake encounter, only made the trip more memorable. 😉

Outdoor Getaway.

My school year ended mid May. this past school year was unusually stressful for multiple reasons. but, i survived. i survived licensing visits. i survived our friggin’ federal review. i survived having 14 energetic three year old boys. i survived behavioral challenges, IEP’s, tons of case management, intense cases, revamping my old, old center, families, and so much more.

needless to say, when friends of ours invited us to an outdoor getaway, i was excited! being outdoors, the lake, camping, cute babies, and sweet friends. a great way to begin my summer vacation.

curtis and i had a wonderful time with beautiful people! here are some shots:


breakfast shots. i am not a morning person AT ALL. but, waking up in the woods is one of the sweetest feelings. the morning air, coffee, and campfire. Mmm.

becka made homemade butter. nbd.

lotsssss of bacon for the carnivores! 

coffee and morning campfire goodness.

sun, lounging, convos, and cute kiddos!

i mean look at this face! ❤

lake time.

and my favorite. popcorn making and late night convos. 

Such a great way to kick off summer.


i’ve been MIA from this since March. eesh!

life since then has been ridiculously busy. between ending the school year with staff shortage, planning a huge event at church, and helping/organizing community projects galore, i have had zero time for myself.

and now. things i’m grateful for:

not working (practically) 2 full time jobs.

summer is here. and it’s finally restful.

i get to sleep in.

i have time to craft and cook. those weekend meal posts? blah! no time for that. cooking, yes. documenting. yea right!

i finally have to time to read. YESSS.

date nights.

coffee dates.

working out. walking. being active.

one on one times with precious friends.

camping. being outdoors, period.

hanging out with precious bebes.

organizing mah life!

i’m so grateful for the beautiful season of my summer life. rest. flexibility. so needed. 

“A map such a…

“A map such as that one is worth many hundreds, and as luck will have it, thousands of dollars. But more than this, it is a remembrance of that time before our planet was so small. When this map was made, I thought, you could live without knowing where you were not living.”