It's September? What?!

When did September creep up on me? I thought I had a blog post or two left before the school year started, but August decided to disappear before I was ready.

Seeing as summer ended without me, I've got a quick round-up of what we were up to during the month of August, both personally and design-wise.

August was supposed to be our calm, stay-at-home month to catch up on things after a crazy beginning of summer. That didn't happen. We ended up not having a single weekend free all month! Between helping my oldest friend move, visiting family and having my mom visit, that was just the beginning!

We spent a weekend visiting my amazing cousin in Napa. A few years ago, on another trip up there, I found the best book for the girls, "Maggie and Maddy: Adventures in Napa Valley." Ever since, we try to do a few of the things the girls do in the story on each of our trips. So of course, we had to go to Butter Cream Bakery for their crazy good pink donuts, some music in Downtown by the river, lunch at Oxbow Market and a trip wouldn't be complete without a quick stop to Domaine Chandon and a walk through Yountville. Trips are decidedly different now that they're kid-centered, so we had to play at the park instead of jumping on the Wine Train. 

The following weekend I had my first trip away from the girls (don't say it, I know it's taken way too long for me to do this). My best friend from college got married in Andrews, North Carolina, at Hawkesdene. It was a beautiful, love-filled weekend, and ridiculously relaxing. It was the perfect way to disconnect and enjoy being with friends that I hadn't seen in way too long. A country wedding doesn't get any better than this.

That left the last weekend before school and I decided I needed to paint three of the walls in the girls' room. I think I'm turning into my mom, I just can't sit still anymore! So the Frozen In Time color from my Stripes, Stripes, Stripes (Part 2) post now covers the bottom third of each of the other three walls. I love it! Now the white crib and bed pop. Simple, but makes the room feel more cozy. And getting a 3 year old's stamp of approval is all I need!

Wish me luck getting my blog-act together for the month of September!

Ahh, Summer

My girls, husband, and I spent the last week visiting family in the North East. And I have to admit, there is nothing like an East Coast summer with its lush greenery, the summery "glow" that only a bit of humidity can bring, and fireworks displays to die for. 

It's amazing how alive the landscape is there, as compared to our arid California landscape this summer. Oh how the drought has taught us to value every drop of water! It was a sad day when we decided to stop watering the front lawn in an effort to conserve. With the crazy measures we've taken to save water, I never thought a blue bucket would become a dear friend ;-)

Above are a few pictures my mother-in-law took of her yard, where we spent our vacation, so lush and green, ahhhh. The girls were in heaven!

I took a short video of the wind blowing through a hydrangea bush, birds chirping, it was amazingly peaceful! As it's my first video for the blog, I hope it does my mother-in-law's slice of heaven justice. If not, I'll do better next time! 

With the inspiration of lush greenery in my head, I thought I'd share some landscapes that I'm wishing were in my own backyard.

Enjoy your summer!