celebrating my 40th in maui 

the view from our balcony at the makena beach resort and the flowers we enjoyed while drinking our morning coffeemy birthday sunsetwatching the locals at big beachself-timer fail and making the best of a broken tripod situationawkward funadam loooooooves to have his picture takenon top of the cinder cone between big beach and little beachlittle beach "free beach" (edited for sensitive viewers)beautiful big beachsunset on the beach in front of our resortsmittenif only we could grow these in the high desertthe grand luau at the grand wailea resortsoaking up our last sunset on big beachno other view will do ;) 
road to hanarespectgot itoh yes and yummmmbamboo forestwaianapanapa black sand beachwe hiked around the beach a bitstacking rocks
seven sacred poolssomewhere along the unpaved road past hanaenjoying the flowers along route 36my favorite colorst. joseph's churchlast bits of daylightjust past the 33 mile marker and our last sunset in paradise.

words cannot describe how incredibly blessed i feel to have such an amazing husband, who swept me away to help make turning the big 4-0 straight-up fantastic! and how awesome it was not to worry one day about the care of our children, all thanks to my parents. i'm excited for this new year. i feel the winds of change. 



crafty friday, advent calendar

i'm so excited to share with you our new advent calendar this year. in past years, we've had much fun and many laughs with our elf on the shelf. this year he's taking a mischievous break and watching over the kids from afar. 

i combined the following ideas from some of our own traditions, crafting magazines, and pinterest. 

  • for the calendar i searched high and low for a good birch branch, but without trespassing, my mission failed. so off to michael's i went where it killed me to pay $16 for one. while i was there i picked up a few packages of muslin bags, number stencils, and paint. 
  • i used christmas gift tags to write down all of the fun activities we will do each day. 
  • in the event we do not have snow or we're not able to do an activity as planned, i wrapped several christmas books we checked out at the library with corresponding activity cards and craft projects. 
  • and lastly, you cannot have an avent calendar without a tiny smidge of sweetness to be discovered and enjoyed each day. ;) 

blessings & loves. 





i promised myself that i'd wrap-up all summer photo editing and posts before the first snow falls, and i'm definitely cutting it close. fall is in full motion here in central oregon, which makes us miss our new england friends and family all the more. {flashback post}


i'm super happy to share the following beach pictures of a short trip we took back in june with my favorite cousin+family, who were visiting us from indiana. we rented a fabulous beach house with private access to the beach, which we had practically all to ourselves. what a wonderful visit we all had together, and yes, it's surely our turn to visit them next. 

(brenner not pictured due to required all-star baseball practices)