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?



a final few favorites from hillary’s visit

In light of Hillary’s post on The Daily May today, I thought I’d share some last few photos from her visit. Lucille covered her in enough hugs and kisses to (hopefully) last her until they meet again. :) Thanks for making the cross-country trip, Hil! We love you!

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…