5 Things: May 8

5 Things_Intro ImageThis week was gloomy and cold and very not spring-like. So I did everything I could to bring sun, light, and laughter into the days. Lunch with best friends, a new hairstyle, and a beautiful singing voice were just a few of the highlights. Here are my 5 Things for the past week:...

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5 Things: May 1

All weeks are filled with positives and negatives, but the traditional news outlet often overlooks the positive angles. I noticed that same tendency in myself this week, so I forced myself to focus on the little things that made me smile. As always, my little man is where I started. After I jotted down a few things about him, I moved on to other topics. The more I wrote, the easier positive images and events came to me. At the end, I had far too many and editing the list down to 5 was hard....

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5 Things: April 24th

We used to sit down to dinner every night as a family and chat. This was before the time of smart phones and tablets (Blackberries were the cool tech of the moment). Every evening each of us would take turns saying what our favorite 5 Things of the day were. It could be anything from playing outside at recess to science class to an awesome team meeting at work. There were only three rules 1) all 5 things had to be positive, 2) you couldn’t copy what someone else said unless you elaborated and made it personal, and 3) no repeats from the previous night. It was really fun and usually resulted in some great conversation and ideas for things to do during the upcoming weekend. Somehow over the last ten years or so we let this tradition go and I miss it. So, in honor of this tradition and in hopes of bringing it back, every Friday I will share my 5 Things from the previous seven days. Please feel free to share yours with me – or just with those closest to you. Enjoy!
  1. I reconnected and had an awesome lunch (Cow's End) and conversation with an old friend / colleague who I haven’t seen or talked to in nearly 10 years. Bonus: I walked away from lunch with a whole bunch of awesome knowledge I didn’t know I didn’t know.
  2. Impromptu alfresco spaghetti and meatball dinner with friends. There is no better way to cap off hump day than with a delicious home cooked meal, a glass of wine, catching up with a good friend, and watching our little men get into all kinds of mischief.
  3. My little man’s first official soccer practice! There was way too much cuteness in one place – and my sister came to partake in the fun. If you live in LA and want to get in on the fun, check out Learn to Kick by Tiny Pros.
  4. Fresh, homemade rosemary olive French loaf. Seriously, the way my home smelled all day was fantastic. This will definitely be appearing on the blog soon!
  5. The long held belief that I was looked over when my parents were handing out the artistic gene has been confirmed. My attempt at an Elmo cupcake says it all (image at the end). But, the important part is that they taste like slices of heaven and the kids at his daycare all agreed. Now I just need to whip up a batch to take to his family b-day party tomorrow. Phew!
Rosemary Olive Bread_aerial

Seriously delicious rosemary olive french loaf.

Aiden Soccer_hurt eye

He collided with one of the other kids at soccer and ended up with a bit of a shiner. The red on the chin is lipstick from mommy's kiss that we couldn't get off.

Elmo

Man did this look way better in my head. I think I'll stick with abstract art.

Cupcakes_close up2

Obviously, I left the rest of these divine cupcakes in their beautiful and delicious state. Phew!

   

Downtown Austin with the Little Man

Great food, awesome company, tons of sun, and constant laughter and smiles, these are the ingredients for a perfect day. The little man and I treated ourselves to one of these days while in Austin. The sun was shining as we walked and played along Shoal Creek for the second day in a row. In search of a breakfast spot not overflowing with SWSXi attendees, we traversed Congress, 2nd, 6th, 5th, Lamar and various hotels. It was lunch by the time we ended up at Corner restaurant inside of the JW Marriott.
Running on Shoal Creek

Running and hanging by the river.

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Backyard in the ‘Burbs

My favorite things about my little man include his never ending energy and his love of the outdoors. He is always on the go with antics that simultaneously freeze my heart in fear and make me laugh out loud (talk about sending mixed messages!). He loves all balls, but is especially enchanted by any ball currently in use by people older than him. ...

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Running Around Shoal Creek

One of my favorite things about Austin (downtown or any part of this great city) is that you can be sipping on fantastic margaritas one minute, walking along the river the next, and hopping in a kayak or on a tour boat to watch the bats right after. Being outside and active isn’t something you think about in the morning and plan into your schedule; it is a way of life. It is almost more work to avoid this lifestyle than it is to achieve it – maybe that's why everyone is so happy and nice. ...

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Check-in | JW Marriott ATX

As far as I’m concerned, any hotel stay that welcomes us with a glass of sparkling wine for the hubby and I and cucumber water for the little man is fantastic and truly understands customer service, not to mention first impressions. As the bubbles sang and danced across my jet-lagged taste buds, I realized that the quality was a step or two above the two-buck-chuck I was expecting (did I mention first impressions?). Big props to the JW Marriott ATX for getting our trip home started on such a light note. As you can see, despite 6+ hours of travel and airports, even the little man was smiling (I think he just liked all the attention from people in the hotel). ...

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Pomegranate Margarita at Cantina Laredo

Sometimes all you need is a really good margarita. You know what I’m talking about – those days when you’ve spent a combined 6 hours in airports and on a plane with a toddler, and a husband. Now you are all jet lagged, hungry, thirsty, tired, and slightly irritable – not to mention wondering just how you’re going to get through the next 6 days without daycare when the last 6 hours left you feeling like this. ...

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Airplane Packing

I love organization. An organized, uncluttered, clean space is my ideal. I will spend extra time at night picking up, putting toys away, cleaning the kitchen, and folding laundry just so the space will be relaxing when I get out of bed the next morning. This slight obsession with organization has spilt over into my packing style and that is a very good thing given that both nature and nurture and have pushed me in the direction of being an over-packer. ...

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Austin | A Trip Home

When you’ve lived somewhere, moved away, moved back, moved away again, and still can’t wait to get back, you probably know where your heart lives. For me, this place is Austin, TX. I moved there after college and fell head over heels in love with this quirky, fun, relaxed, loving city. After moving around the country with stints on both coasts, the hubby and I finally made our way back only to have to move away less than a year later. Austin Art ...

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