Every year my friend and I celebrate christmas in july, we make cookies, watch hallmark christmas movies, and listen to christmas music. last year we stupidly wore sweaters and just about melted in the heat, this year we were a little bit smarter and settled for festive socks. i really thrive the closer it get’s to christmas, sometimes i wish i lived in a world that was just september through december. leaves changing, pumpkin patches, halloween, chilly evenings, bonfires, sweaters, snow, christmas music, i could go on forever. everyone around me doesn’t want summer to end, but i wanted it over before it started. okay that’s a little dramatic, i love the sunshine and going to the river more than i love candy, but there’s something about the last half of the year that i can’t seem to shake. and i may or may not have been listening to michael buble’s christmas album on my way to work. so, just in case you were wondering, there is only 152 days until christmas! please try to contain your excitement.
i teach preschool, and at our school, the kids still come during the summer. these are a few of my favorite books that we’ve read so far, and my students seemed to really love them too. there was an old lady who swallowed a shell was a hit, my class thought it was hilarious but we made sure to discuss how we should not swallow shells or animals 😉
this book was a little longer, but a cute story that also made them laugh. you can’t go wrong with goofy. after we were done, we all pretended to go camping in our classroom.
the night before summer vacation was so cute! it’s written like the night before christmas and after a few pages my class made that connection which made them love it even more. this author has a bunch of other books as well, another good one is, the night before preschool!
the illustrations in this book are beautiful and will make you look at the beach in a whole new way. the kids loved looking at all the pictures and would act out what each beach-goer was doing in the story. super cute book.
sometimes life can be draining and un-motivating, so i love coming across things that inspire me. joanna gaines inspires me like nobody else, her faith, her style, her outlook on life. all of it. she seems to just always have a great way of motivating me. one thing that she said has stuck with me recently, “if you can’t find happiness in the ugliness, you’re not going to find it in beauty either.” there are moments in life where the situation might not be ideal, but it’s so important that we find happiness in those times. because not being able to find happiness in beautiful things would be pretty awful. so i encourage you today to find something happy in every day, create your own beauty in your life.
on this bike ride i saw two people fall down while skateboarding, twenty-seven dogs (three of which were french bull dogs), four surfboards, six frisbees, two drones, a million bonfires, and a partridge in a pear tree. summers are pretty crazy down here by the beach, crowds of adults, teenagers, and children in all directions. lately most of my bike rides have consist of dodging children and slow walkers, but hey, it makes for some great people watching. and nothing beats catching the sun set behind the ocean, in that moment all the people and the chaos seem to disappear. it’s like the world slows down for a second. it reminds me how lucky i am to live in this place.
i got this ring at a flea market and i literally squealed when i saw it. it is so me, and so perfect. i grew up going out to “the desert” multiple times a year and i can’t even begin to explain how much this place made me who i am. the simpleness, the memories, the talks around the campfire, the off roading adventures, all of it. it’s all so irreplaceable and something i hold so near and dear to my heart. i don’t think i could thank my parents enough for making this place a part of my life, i am so happy i’ve gotten to share this space with my closest friends and family. wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
easton: “ms hawkey when you sit criss cross applesauce you look like you’re my age”
jacob: “when she stands up she looks our age too”
natalia: “when i grow up i’m gonna be a doctor but i’m also gonna be moana”
charlie: “dear jesus, thank you for this food and please keep mike trout safe, amen”
sophia: “he’s wearing his shirt backwards.. does that mean he’s canadian?”
nate: “when i sleep i dream of monkeys”
cayden: “this is a silly thing.. one time i ate a grape and it squirt juice in my brother’s eye”
evie: “what would happen if you ate a turtle for dinner?”
where have i been? i don’t really know. i’ve been busy doing lots of things, but also haven’t really been busy at all. just going with the flow of life, and trying to let myself relax. i tend to drift away from this space a lot lately, i don’t know why because i always always always end up missing it. this place is my creative outlet and something i care deeply for, and i always push it to the bottom of my to-do list because i feel like there’s always something more important i should be doing. i really want to change that mind set and create more time to spend on here, for a few reasons but most importantly because it makes me happy. here’s just a few photos of what i’ve been up to while i’ve been away..june gloom here at the beach has been REAL.. i don’t see the sun until about noon each day. but i can’t say i’m really complaining.TOWER OF TERROR WAS REPLACED AND IS GONE FOREVER AND I AM STILL UPSET ABOUT IT i became the cheif beer fisherman of the colorado river. the most proud title i hold to this day my roommate and i left the house wearing the exact same shoes and i also realized that i take an unhealthy amount of photos of my feet.. i took this super cute picture of my dogs and i couldn’t help but share it BOTH my little brothers are now in their twenties and it makes me feel so old i taught a little girl in my class how to draw a cabin and pine trees and it was one proud moment let me tell ya i also drove to the river twice in the span of seven days and it was well worth all the money i spent in gas
i’ve been trying to read more lately. sometimes life just gets in the way and it’s hard to make time. it’s so important to make time though, reading really helps me escape the busyness and rest for a moment. these are just a couple of the books i’ve read/am currently reading.
The Magnolia Story: if you like the show fixer upper, run to the nearest book store and get your hands on this book. it is so good. SO. GOOD. their life is so encouraging and inspiring. it makes me want to move to texas and pray that i have a marriage like theirs one day.
Talking As Fast As I Can: gilmore girls is my all time favorite show. sometimes i like to think i’m lorelei, i mean i drink enough coffee to be her so it’s fine. this book was so fun to read, i loved hearing all about lauren graham’s life.
Uninvited: i’m still in the middle of this one. it is really good so far, and is a great reminder of how much you are loved by God. “Living loved is sourced in your quiet daily surrender to the One who made you.”
We Stood Upon Stars: this is another one i’m currently reading. it is right up my alley, all about adventure, traveling, and jesus. the illustrations inside are AMAZING.
lately i’ve been making a point to sit down and spend time reading my bible, and i can honestly say i notice a difference in my life. just goes to show how important it really is to spend time with Jesus. in doing this, i added so many verses into my collection of favorites, and i decided i didn’t want to just keep them to myself.
“as a deer longs for streams of water, so my soul longs for you o’ God” psalm 42:1
“faith can move mountains” matthew 17:20
“the voice of the lord shakes the wilderness” psalm 29:8
“i urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love” ephesians 4:1-2
“she holds onto hope for God is forever faithful” 1 corinthians 1:9
“seek the kingdom of God above all else” matthew 6:33
“i love those who love me; and those who diligently seek me will find me” proverbs 8:17
“be still” psalm 46:10
“do not be anxious about anything” philippians 4:6
“when you go through deep waters, i will be with you” isaiah 43:2