A week away

We closed out the summer with a week tucked away at the National Harbor. We watched and listened to the sounds of the river and buried our feet in the sand.

Elspeth had her first ride on a carousel and fell in love. Lions and elephants, please. Sean took Everyn on the ferris wheel to see the fireworks and us girls kept her feet firmly on the ground.

Walks through town, giant cupcakes, long pool-swims...

Until next time, Summer. You were lovely.

Afternoon affair

Sharing eclairs and sipping caramel lattes made with coconut milk seemed like a good way to spend our Sunday. I love this little coffee shop with a scratch bakery and chocolate bars–from the bean to the bar and wrapped right there. I need to eat all of it.

After, we went to visit the horses, barn cats, and walk along the creek. Sometimes, a little trip without an errand is a nice way to spend an afternoon.

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Sand in our shoes for days

It always amazes me how much little ones often love sand. They just plop themselves down in it and dig away for hours. A found shell is a treasure forever and a bucket, shovel, and picnic lunch make up the entire world for the day.

And, an almost empty lakefront is quite a dream...

Greetings, new month

Hello there, August. I welcome you with a little bitter and a little sweet. The last month of the summer and, before your end, my little fella will be back in school and lots of things will end or start. I wish to see the change as refreshing. Something finished // something new.

While Everyn is off playing laser tag with his friend, Elspeth and I are joining August and its refresher by cleaning the house a bit. This girl loves to vacuum and mop (she may take after me a bit! I can't complain)

Happy August to all my friends. Make this last bit a good one! 

Kind gestures

I had a nice early morning out and about. It is good for mamas (for anyone) to get out for a bit. It's a simple hour that I spend downtown and I thrift my heart out. It's a bit rushed, but it feels perfect to me. The day has yet to become hot, so I walk down the sidewalk with a chilly breeze meeting me. 

I live by the idea of planting seeds. I find that the smallest gestures of kindness can change an entire element. It works a bit like a domino effect and only stops when someone ceases to pass it on (you will never know when this happens, but that is not for you to worry about). And, it makes me feel good, quite honestly. 

I smile at everyone who passes: the Spanish-speaking woman with her children, the woman who is always talking to herself, the man who was so shocked by my kindness to the point where he just starred at me in disbelief. 

I say, "good morning," and often don't get a reply. I think this is because so many people don't expect it anymore. We are busy. We are awkward. We are shut in. 

Remember to smile–to say, "hello," to compliment the checkout clerk. Your kindness may reach a thousand miles away.

Happy day, friends. Friday, it is.