valparaiso

Finley, the bruiser^^

 

Luce and I spent some time in Valparaiso with the Von Tobel fam back in July and minus a few minor health mishaps, it was perfect. I wish we could have stayed longer, and as we boarded the plane back to LAX (a direct flight, thank the Lord) I was already working out a plan to visit again. Is it too much to ask to live next door to both my sisters?

 

on adventures with little sister

…we had brunch at The Market and talked leisurely with Al (not pictured). ^^

We drank coffee in cool coffee shops ^^

…where Nate contemplated his basketball win (and injury). ^^

We took a photo in front of a fan (as most normal sisters do). ^^

Then Lucille got cheeky… ^^

while rocking a sweet hand-me-down bomber jacket (thanks, Aunt Lisa!). ^^

And lastly, we did a little exploring. ^^

We’ve reached the point with Lucille where she loves exploring so much- forget about trying to get her back in the stroller or heaven forbid, go inside. It turns into a full on soul-crushing, world-ending experience in which recovery needs a full 5 minutes. Her face looks something like this for that 5 minutes though and it is a little heart breaking. :)

I love visits with Hillary. They’re easy and fun, and as it is with my sisters, I can never say goodbye without knowing the exact date of when our paths will cross again.

my sister, the maker of beautiful things

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In reflecting on the week with Hillary, I suppose I should start with a post about flowers. :)  After a trip to the flower district downtown, she filled our apartment with the most beautiful arrangements (like 7 of them), and they continue to brighten our space 4 days after her departure. She really is a natural and I look forward to seeing the beautiful things she will create in the future. :)

some exciting happenings

Six years ago I met with a therapist/life coach to help create some movement in my life. I was (a lot) stuck with where to go, what to do, who I wanted to become,.. and this seemed like a great way forward through the mayhem that was my mid-twenties (I float, I change my mind, I get inspired, I get insecure, and the cycle repeats).

So I was sitting with this therapist and in the process of sifting through my entire life story and analyzing aspects of my temperament for gaining clarity, I defensively confessed to being an introvert. At that point I hadn’t yet accepted it about myself and/or said it aloud much, and I was super embarrassed by the shortlist that was the giant poster in front of me titled: Friendships.

She looked at that poster, at the poster with my family diagram, then back to me and commented on the very rare and much-coveted reality I was living and wasn’t appreciating: I had a sisterhood. I hadn’t listed Heather and Hillary as friendship resources, and yet my two sisters were and are two of my closest friends. They make my shortlist feel a mile long.

We have just enough in common to keep things fun and just enough different to keep things interesting. There’s an honesty and loyalty and a whole lot of love between us May sisters.

We started talking and dreaming last summer about a way to keep connected across our respective states and life seasons, and for combining the similarities/differences of our interests and perspectives with intentionality. It only made sense to start a blog together. ;)

The Daily May blog. Coming April 1.

beach & brunch with family & friends

Lucille was much more comfortable with the ocean this time around. :) Especially since she got to hang out with two of her new favorite people while she was there.

I feel so blessed to have spent time with both my sisters this summer- they are just the best around. Nothing beats connecting face-to-face, and being able to share parts of my Pasadena life with them. Love and miss you girls everyday…