A big surprise …

I got a special treat today when I received a text from a friend of mine who had moved away. “Do you want to go to lunch?” SAY WHAT?!?! I had no idea that they were even in town! YAY!

Well, I hope you all had a day where you got a big surprise!!!

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Tragedy and loyalty …

Sixteen years ago today the U.S. faced a very ugly day. But what happened after that was something I will never forget. We came together as a country. People hung their flags. We became neighbors and family. We were proud to be Americans. There was a patriotism that emerged that I had never seen before in my life time. And it was beautiful. We didn't scatter and become concerned only for ourselves. There was a huge sense of community. We actually loved each other!

Our country is pretty divided right now. But those memories really give me hope. We have weathered some pretty nasty times together. We pulled together before, and we can do it again now. I believe in us. And I won't ever stop.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you remain loyal!!!

No pajamas allowed …

Despite getting home at an ungodly hour yesterday Libs attended a sleepover at a friends' house. She really wanted to go, so I let her. My only hesitation was that she also had to be at tennis by 7:45 this morning. Her friend lives across town from us so we knew that this would challenging. Since both of us live by the mantra that SLEEP IS FOR SISSIES we decided to give it our best shot at getting her to tennis without incident. Which we did. Libs had a fun time at the sleepover and I got her to tennis EARLY. In planning this all out Libs had only one request of me … and it cracked me the heck up.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you WEAR REAL CLOTHES!!!

Feed your soul …

So far Alaska has been fun and relaxing. I have been spending time with some dear friends eating, shopping, talking and hanging out. I even took a nap in the grass! It’s exactly what I’ve needed.

Well, I hope you all have day that feeds your soul!!!

A new adventure awaits …

Today I’m headed to Alaska to spend time with some dear friends. We have all sorts of things planned, even running in a half marathon. This runner can’t think of a better way to see a new place! I am so excited! EEEEE!

Well, I hope you all have a day where adventure awaits!!!

Thankful …

I woke up unusually early this morning and I think there was a reason. I got to sit alone in quiet hotel room just thinking about what a wonderful birthday I had yesterday. I don’t take a whole lot of peaceful down time for myself. So it’s nice when God reminds me to take it. Anyway, my crew and I adventured up and around the central California coast yesterday. It was a very last minute decision to go but I’m glad we did. It was a lot of fun! And there were so many people who reached out to me yesterday. I am humbled by all their kind words. I am truly blessed to have such good people in my life. Adventuring and feeling loved. Days don’t get much better than that.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are thankful!!!

A perfect summer day …

We had a great 4th of July. We have had some super fun Independence Day celebrations in the past, but yesterday was one of the best I have ever known. Then … I got questioned about it.

Hmmmmm.

I’ll be honest, I am that person who can show up virtually anywhere, have fun and leave with at least one new friend. My closest friends and family can attest to this. It’s just how I roll.

Despite a change in our typical 4th of July plans, it all went without incident. We usually have a house party first then go to the park in the evening for fireworks. This year, after our neighborhood brunch, we packed up and headed to the park where we had secured a spot earlier in the morning. We stayed there for the rest of the day hanging out with family and friends, eating, relaxing and enjoying our day. It was so easy going. Things just went right. Life, and us in it, fit. I was surrounded by the people I love most, sitting in beautiful weather, celebrating our great country. Does it get much better than this? 

Perhaps I’m a simple woman. Life doesn’t need to be extravagant for me to be happy. Sure I love the details of party planning. It’s my thing. To me, it adds to my enjoyment, it doesn’t stress me out. Perhaps my attention to detail and amenability to change are too much for some folks to grasp. May “simple” doesn’t make everyone one happy. For me, a good life is directly related to the experiences I have. And I am thankful that I find it pretty easy to have a great time and connect with people. Maybe that’s not enough for some people. But it is … for me.

Well, I hope you all have a perfect summer day!!!