TGIF – Carmel

Today I got to have a mini-vacation.

Suzi and I drove to Carmel to visit our BFF, Michele. She moved away this summer and we miss her so much.  Luckily she still lives within driving distance so we can still see each other, even though we can’t go on our weekly hikes and BMWs.

Carmel is about an 1 1/2 hour drive from Silicon Valley and is a dream destination. After we dropped the kids off at school, we began the reverse commute to see our friend.

Suzi and I enjoyed the beautiful drive and chat along the way, while anticipating our arrival. We were so happy to see our friend again.

We made the best of our time by going on a 6 mile hike in a new place, just like we used to do.

I loved every minute of it.


I was so bummed when we had to leave.

We enjoyed walking through the hills, taking in the sites and nature and animals, and enjoyed a small lunch together out in M’s backyard before heading back over the hill again.  We didn’t want to leave!!

We miss her so much!

Life is good.  So glad that we took the time to play and to enjoy the moment. Laundry can wait. Go outside and play, my BeLovers!! xoxo


Happy Summer Solstice!


It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Summer is officially here.

Hurray for long days.

Thankful that the kids have more time to just play.

Happy Anniversary to my wonderful life partner! Thank you for sharing your life and time and love and kids and humor and money with me!! You’re my favorite, still!


And happy anniversary to Kris and Pat, my mom and dad, and Michele and Jason, who are all celebrating anniversaries this week as well!! If you’re also sharing a June anniversary, happy anniversary to you too!

Live it up. Love it out. xoxo

Sit Happens

How often do you sit still?

I have to admit that this is hard for me, but today I sat and truly enjoyed the moments. I slowed down and I have to tell you, a strange thing happens when you slow down. The day feels like it lasts forever! It no longer feels like time is rushing by. What a beautiful thing.

I sat outside in the cold fresh air and enjoyed the first cup of coffee of the day with Michele. We made breakfast for everyone and then we sat at the table and watched the fog come and go and the sunshine sneak in. We sat and chatted and enjoyed our kids and her dog and each others’ company. We just sat there and relaxed, with no rush and no hurry. We had ideas of what we wanted to do today, but we let the day unfold and enjoyed the moments.

Sit happened. Life happened. And it was good today.

How was your day? Did you find time to sit and just be? I hope so!




What brings you joy? You know that feeling where you can’t stop smiling just because you are?

Here I Am.

It’s what this blog is all about. Finding joy in the moments of living and enjoying all that is. I choose to share my (positive) moments to remember and to hopefully inspire you to live in your moment too and to focus on all that is good.

I so appreciate the beauty and love and friendship that is shared with me and surrounds me – the best that life has to offer. I wish the same for you.




Photos are from Carmel Beach tonight, just before sunset.

Life is good.

Tennis Lessons

Today the kids took tennis lessons in Carmel with their friends. I’m hoping at least one of them finds and shares my passion for playing tennis and will play with me.



They all seemed to find some pleasure in their lessons, which is a good thing. I try not to push too hard and to find a balance between their fears and desires. I love when I push them just outside their comfort zone and they come back happy and not wanting to stop. Those are some of my favorite mom moments. I never want to be the overly demanding parent that they eventually don’t like anymore, but I also don’t want to allow them to say no for the sake of laziness and fear of not knowing how to do something. Today was good.

Did you face any challenges today?



One of the things I loved most about being an expat was my sense of adventure and curiosity for learning and exploring. I was never bored. I want to keep that spirit with me in my now “normal” life and continue to explore the beauty that surrounds me.

California is one of the best places on earth! Today brought us to Carmel with Michele and her kids. To watch our kids just play together and enjoy one another is such a joy in itself, not to mention the beautiful surroundings and just being with one of my best friends. Thank you Michele for inviting me to join you this week!!

Life is good!





Beautiful flowers and plants in Carmel.

Sun setting over the ocean.

Evening sky.

Goodnight my friends. What did you explore today?

Day 47: Work Hard, Play Hard

Today I had to work hard and fast to get everything done so I could play again! You know, work hard, play hard. That’s my motto!

J was so sweet and she handmade invitations for C’s birthday. We hand delivered to all we could.

We planned our going away celebration and sent out an Evite. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to say goodbye to as many friends as possible before we move.

April and I did a Costco run together – gathering food for the week and a play date- gotta love that! We left all the kids together to play. It’s so nice having big kids!

Jeff confirmed the moving company and we scheduled our packing/move date. It’s official… We’re really moving!!

After cleaning up the house and packing my bags (I’m getting really good at this!), I filled up the car with gas and picked up Susanne to head to beautiful, Carmel!

Michele planned a weekend away for us at her new house and how could we let her down? Susanne and I had to come and celebrate with her and make sure the patio wasn’t too windy and that the new couches were comfy. So far, so good! No complaints!! And we’re good friends like that.

We enjoyed a perfectly, snack-y, appetizer dinner with wine and port and watched the sunset. Life is good!!


I would normally not pack so much fun into one month, but when you’re moving and want to do it all before you’re gone, you have to do it all when the timing and opportunity are aligned. I’m grateful that I have such a supportive husband and family. Thanks, guys!!

What are you doing just for you this month?