In honor of taking a THREE-HOUR NAP today (thank you, my Ry 😍) after getting a little drained this week, here’s a shot of what I didn’t do — our #1 hike here in SD — the Ho Chi Minh Trail in La Jolla. It is a BOMB hike (see my Stories!), and a first pick on my list of SD recs. The trail is so Indiana Jones, taking you across planks, down canyons (👆we were sliiiiiding here), and along lush, succulent-covered hills and right to the beach. The girls woke up Sunday morning and asked if we could “go back and hike the cool trail?!” 🙌 Long live San Diego. We love this place SO MUCH! PS - a parting thought on rest - I’ve learned that unless you want to get reaaaallllllly sick, you have to have the guts to put life down and rest. Tell your spouse to take over, get a sitter, whatever. But put down the to-do’s, hide your phone, and rest. Read, pray, sleep. Then get up and get back to work. But TAKE THOSE BREAKS. I give you permission to rest 😌 (it’s funny how we sometimes need someone to tell us that we can take care of ourselves)! Your body will pay for it, if you don’t. Your soul will thank you for it, if you do. The end. ☀️💛
MI FAMILIA (insert every love-y, explosive emoji there ever was). I finally blogged the family photos we took of ourselves back in January (‘member when I shared a sneak peak in my stories??) Of course I thought I’d have them locked down in the books a couple days later, but nah, how ‘bout a couple months? 🙌😆 Better late than never. Also “Being needed is being loved, and being loved fills every need” — a thought from the post. These people make that magic happen for me. I am so, SO grateful to be his wife + their mother. More than ever! All is well. 💕💕
YO. — 👶 Today motherhood looked like three poopy diapers before 8:30 AM (thanks to that cherub 👶). A dance party to “SING.” Pulling off the road at the sight of a paved, pretty path and rolling (literally - bikes, stroller, blades) as a squad. Staying sweet (them). Staying strong (me). I fought off the thought that what I’m doing as a full-time mom isn’t as laudable as the next girl that’s nailing cases, running corps, etc. Because it is. “If you want to change the world, GO HOME AND LOVE YOUR FAMILY “ (— Mother Theresa, not me 😌). Society at large may never look at me with my children and say, “Wow. You do THAT? You’re amazing!” but there’s a God in heaven who does, a sweet husband that agrees, and three little beauties that know that they have all of me — steady, safe, leg-shakin’ Mom. I’m grateful for my job as their guide. This season will be my past before I can blink. They’ll fly from my nest and that will be that. Best to hush the haters + hold these babies close. “Because I feel that, in the Heavens above The angels, whispering to one another, Can find, among their burning terms of love None so devotional as that of ‘Mother’” — Edgar Allen Poe. Not me. 💛
She is 1 in 2 weeks. 🤭 EMMY. HOW! ❤️❤️ ION (read 👇 this AM and loved it): “Perhaps you don’t consider yourself all that useful; perhaps you don’t consider yourself a blessing in somebody’s life. Often, when we look at ourselves, we see only our limitations and deficiencies. We might think we have to be ‘more’ of something...more intelligent, more wealthy, more charismatic, more talented, more spiritual. Blessings will come not so much because of your abilities but because of your choices. And the God of the universe will work within and through you, magnifying your humble efforts for His purposes.” // Dieter F. Uchtdorf Just FYI. ❤️❤️ Carry on, carry on, carry on!
The Q is, do you crop out the whale or the women? Sorry whale-y! ✂️😃 ION: been asked by five different people about SD must-see’s + do’s in the last WEEK, so I’ve made the Highlight reel in my profile the place for catching a glimpse of this city’s goods. So far we’ve got the Tide Pools, Seal Beach, the Glider Port, and the Birch 👆. There’ll be food joints, bomb hikes, and lots more straight-up beauty that’ll come as we go here, there, and everywhere in this blessed land. ☀️☀️☀️San Diego has my heart, folks. No really. We’re never leaving. “America’s Finest City” hands down!! 🙌 (or up. HA!)
THAT guy...is NOT loved. 😆😜 I do declare that he is, actually, the most loved man on planet earth + the best thing that’s ever happened to this girl squad. If you ask the girls why he’s perfect, they’ll say “Because he wrestles me, chases me, cuddles me, and kisses me. AND he never freaks out.” Amen. Ryan = 🧘🏽♂️ He’s perfect in MY eyes, most of all. I’m in it so, soo deep. 💙 HBD, REA. 💥
HAPPY V-DAY! 💃💃💃This was us jammin’ it out to This Is Me (of course) while we waited for the man of the Awer (okay, HOUR 😌) to get home for our fancy schmance V-Day Eve dinner thanks to @confetticrateandco. As expected, the party was rad. 💥 Life is so much fun. Hope you felt love from someone(s) today. If not, here — 💋❤️💋❤️💋❤️💋 — from us!! XOXOX
If you judge my life based off of what you can see, I am never ahead. While the laundry gets folded, the box of cheerios is dumped. While I vacuum up the cheerios, the laundry piles are demolished. In an effort to carve out time make dinner, they paint. After dinner is made, I scrub. Dishes and faces and floors. Between us girls being here all together, all the time, I live in a relentless mess. Per norms, it doesn't look like I ever win. /// But win we do. ☀️ “Living in A Mess: Progress in Perpetual Motion” — newest blog post (link in profile). Hope it helps another traveler out there. 💛 Happy Friday, friends!
“Remember when what you now have is all that you once wanted?” — a quote a friend posted at least a month ago that has popped into my head every day since. Because yep! I do. Once upon a time all of this 👆 was everything I could only dream of, which I did... I was a fresh college girl that so badly wanted Ryan Awerkamp for forever, it hurt. I was a fresh college grad (now married to Ryan Awerkamp!!) whose heart heard the beats her babies were sending from heaven + wanted to jump into mothering her tribe, head-first and full-time. I was a freezing mother hen, chicks in tow, enduring another East Coast February, longing to live outside under the steady heat of the sun. I was sick and stuck in bed, wanting nothing more than to be up and out, healthy and whole. Funny how quickly you can forget — that right now you have so much of what your heart has longed for! Funny how quickly you can circle back and remember. 💛☀️