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It's still technically the weekend even though it's quickly coming to an end. :( Weekends need to be just one day longer. I don't think that's too much to ask. This photo above was taken during one of the best days of our Costa Rican vacation last month. That clear blue cold cold water, that waterfall, those rocks behind me where you can just make out my brother in law above Greta's head who is climbing up them to jump off the ledge. This whole scene just made it absolutely incredible and one none of us will forget. 

On to a few links I would love to share with you all...

I just ordered these this weekend and promise to report back on what I think. 

Nordstrom sale started this week for card members, have you guys checked it out yet? I picked up these because my blender was kaput. It's so good to get a fresh new one every few months. 

Greta got one of these mini backpacks for graduation in a burnt orange color, and has used it daily ever since. It's adorable and I am eyeing a full size one for myself. 

I was due to freshen up our beach supplies and a few months ago I purchased new turkish towels, and they're on sale now better than I bought them for! They're long, which is great for the beach, and they dry super quick because they're so thin. I also love them because they are great for draping on legs to avoid sun. 

I have this reading list bookmarked. But I did read two books super quickly on our trip that I highly recommend. This one and this, both by same author. I know there was a mini series on the second book, which I didn't watch and didn't even know the premise of, so it felt good to be surprised by the whole mystery of the book. Both easy reading, great vacation books. 

And if you're like my husband, you'll love this useless trivia. He can't wait to bust out this info at the next dinner party. He used this one on me today, "If you walked directly south in Detroit, you would hit Canada." It's true. I even consulted a map because I didn't believe him. :)

Happy weekend my friends. Hope yours if full of adventure and recharging, relaxation and yummy food and sunshine. xo

Thoughts on Aging...

I wrote this title in a blog post draft and then saved it thinking I would come back when I had more time and I would remember exactly what I wanted to say. I guess that's the irony, I'm too old to have a memory that good haha. I guess that could be be counted as thought #1. 

I turned 37 last month and I have been thinking a lot about getting older because...well, I'm old now, so I think about it a lot. Simple enough right? In all seriousness I do have some things that I have come to realize about aging. 

  • effort: this one is a biggie. I have come to realize just how much effort it takes to maintain things, and when I say things I mean health, body, all the stuff around and inside me. I never had to think much about my body being healthy until the last few years. But I can tell you for certain it takes so much effort now. I have no qualms about my body being a little softer now compared to when I was younger, and I make no effort to have a rocking hard body(who has the time or money?!). But just to fit into the clothes I own and have worn for many years means I am exercising 4-5 days a week. Working up a sweat is no longer something that I do just to feel good or get a better nights sleep, no, I have to sweat almost daily because I know it means my life will be extended and my health will benefit from it, and the bonus is my clothes will fit ;)
  • perspective: this is a also a huge one. I have noticed that the older I get the less I understand younger generations. I thought it was the older you got, the more you understand. But apparently I am not working like normal people. I stare at younger people, and I don't mean kids, I mean 20 somethings, and I am just not feeling it like maybe I should. The time that they have at their fingertips! The energy! And it's spent on such worthless things. I feel maybe my 20s weren't average because I was a mom at 21, so I may have just skipped that whole footloose and fancy-free thing. Is that why I have nothing in common with people in their 20s? I went from 19 to 39?! Hah!
  • goals: I feel like as I age not only do the goals change (duh), but they become a lot less specific. Well, at least for me this is the case. Instead of wanting to read a book once a month, I may set a goal of trying to more grateful, or complain less, or laugh more. Honestly, wanting to raise my kids to be kind and hard working individuals is right up there at the moment. Everything else can wait. 
  • travel: I'm pretty sure my intense desire to travel has more to do with the ease of traveling with older kids, maybe less to do with my age. But I feel like time is slipping through my fingers, and I want to see so much of the world with my kids. 
  • shopping: this one is a funny realization. The older I get, the less I shop, the less I enjoy shopping, and the more I want to just click a button on my computer and smile as I open a box on my doorstep the next day. There is one exception however. I am enjoying wearing makeup and shopping for makeup as I age. Is it because I need to wear makeup more? Probably. Cie la vie. 

There you have my thoughts on getting older. 37 was definitely much less painful than 35 and 36. And yes, I know that 40 is knocking, and maybe by then I'll be A-Ok with it. My grays are starting to sprout and my crows feet you can see up in that photo above, well I don't know that it's all that terrible. I feel like I may have earned every one of those fine lines and overcame challenges along the way. This is 37.

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Our Family Joshua Tree Desert Photo Shoot

Woohoo! Finally getting to blog some of our favorites from our family photo shoot we did in the desert. I was going for a an airy, bohemian vibe that was reflective of the our location in Joshua Tree. This was planned out a little last second for me, I usually take a few months to decide on family photos, gathering outfits and location, deciding a date. So a few weeks to put this all together meant I couldn't overthink anything too much, which was actually ideal. 

We were taking a family road trip to Joshua Tree National Park and it fit smack dab between Gunnar's work days, during everyone's spring break. We desperately needed some time to regroup as a family, and you know how we love National Parks! 

I had asked one of my favorite photographers, Josh Elliott, if he had a free Thursday afternoon to work with us and low and behold everything fell into place! We loved our time in Joshua Tree and I promise you it felt like we had the entire park to ourselves this afternoon. Josh gave us some walkie talkies and we set off to find some ideal photo taking spots and I'm pretty sure we found the gold. Liquid sunset gold if you will. These are precious to me, and made for the most perfect 17 year anniversary a girl could ask for. We haven't taken family photos in about 4 years and wow how these kids have grown and changed. 

Greta's dress is from my girlfriend's shop, MinnieMi and both of us absolutely loved her in it. It fits her style to a tee, and was the most perfect option for family photos. Sooo well made, go check out other items in the shop, they're adorable!

My dress is from Nordstrom, and since I was in a pinch and zero time for shopping I ordered a dozen dresses all at once. I figured one had to fit right!? It took a little jerryrigging to make perfect, and a quick Amazon prime slip to go underneath it. I did forget my little tube top at home, but nothing a fast trip to the thrift store to cut up a lace top couldn't fix with some safety pins minutes before the shoot. Gunnar's outfit all came from Macy's, Sawyer's outfit we owned already, along with Aaron's. I've always been against the matching two tone color scheme, but I definitely wanted our colors to blend with the landscape. And I think we accomplished this.

I cannot say enough wonderful things about our photographer and how comfortable we all feel with him. Also, family photos get so much easier as kids get older! They do what you say! Lol. Just a few more...

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Would you believe me if I told you this is just a teeny fraction of all the images we have? I sift through and stare at them pretty much every day. If you're on the fence about family photos, don't be! They're treasures that I promise you will never regret having! These are worth more to me than anything else. xo