Monday, June 30, 2014


My MIL was out shopping with Sloane this past weekend and while they were perusing, Sloane apparently held up a grey v-neck shirt and said, 'Mommy?' as in, 'This is obviously Mommy's shirt because this soo looks like something she would wear.' My MIL bought the shirt for Sloane and here we are, rocking our grey v-necks. 

Happy JULY, everyone ! This is my favorite month of the year because one, it is my birthday month, and two, this month represents the epitome of summer to me. I like being on the other side of the coldest month of the year and reveling in the long summer days. Plus, Fourth of July is coming up and I think we are going to (finally) to find some fireworks this year!  Here's to hoping this month goes nice and slow..


First things first. On Friday morning while I was cooking up some breakfast I turned around and saw this scene happening: Ken and Sloane watching Beyoncé videos, in order to - according to Ken - 'get inspired'.  We had a wedding that night  and apparently Beyoncé was going to make sure we were properly motivated for the dance floor. 

And what a night it was! I lost count of the number of times Ken and I said, 'what a weekend!' to each other, and this was on Saturday night, even before the weekend was over. For our viewing pleasure, I'm just going to relay some of weekend, according to my handy iPhone. The iPhone was front and center in capturing things like: a beautiful wedding at Main Street train station, reunion with old friends, lamplighter coffee, Blanchard's Dark and Dark coffee ice cream (my favorite right now), Catan with the boys, a sweet Sunday morning at church, bowls and bowls of watermelon after pool and volleyball, and lots of play time and nap time with my baby girl.  

Not pictured: Hours of non-stop dancing. Also, the MVP of the weekend, Ken's mom, with whom Sloane had the best time while her parents were doing said dancing.     

Hey and while we are at it, let me throw in some photos from last week too: paleo bread, Hardywood's Bourbon Cru, Black Sheep with Soonie and her fiancé, and pool and volleyball every Sunday.  

Wednesday, June 25, 2014



When I was in the 7th grade, I moved from the town of Tenafly, NJ, where I was having a good ole' quintessential childhood of playing outside until dark and having crushes on the appropriate boys, to moving across the globe to Seoul, South Korea, where my parents are from. There is tons to say about what that experience was like but for brevity's sake let's just say it shook my world - in hindsight, for the better - and it became a big part of who I am. In the moment though, it was a big culture shock and for a 12 year old it was a sort of tragedy. In order to acclimate us to the Korean schools we would be attending, my parents put us in this summer program where they taught kids like us who had lived abroad and were now trying to acclimate to the motherland, how to survive it all. We learned the language and culture and I remember this all being mostly awkward and only vaguely helpful, but this is where I met Soonie, Mary and Janie. Soonie was from Utah, Mary from California and Janie was from Australia. We were all in that similar situation of becoming teenagers and having identity crisises and trying to learn how to live in this completely new world; it's not surprising that they became my lifelines during the time that I was there. 

Fast forward 18 years later, we have all kept in touch here and there and I still get to see Soonie occasionally because she lives in DC. This past weekend she came down to Richmond with her fiancé, who I had never met before, and we caught up, ate, sweated, played with the baby and ate some more. 

Saturday afternoon we went to visit the butterfly exhibit at the Lewis Botanical Gardens. It was a sweaty experience (the place where they keep the butterflies is extra warm) and it was also thrilling to see all those different kinds of butterflies fluttering around. I'm pretty sure Sloane's mind was blown. First of all, she got a butterfly stamp on her hand before we went in and she is still talking about it.  She also got to see butterflies eating pineapples and then there was a frog outside in the pond- a real life frog! You should see me and Ken when we are doing these things with her; it's hard to tell if the parents or the child is more excited. It is just so fun showing her things, you know?

Afterwards we were all so hot, we pilgramaged to the splash pad area of the gardens where water spouts were aplenty and Sloane and I got soaking wet in our regular clothes. It felt great to be dried off by the sun on our walk back to the car. 

At one point that afternoon I looked back and saw my middle school friend from Korea and her fiancé holding hands with my daughter and walking through the gardens in a city that I never imagined I would be living in, and I did some quiet marveling about how life moves forward with such vigor.  I'd like to float on these moments of marvel and keep up with being present through it all; it is thrilling.

Monday, June 23, 2014


I noticed that I've been pinning a lot of photos with pink and green hues recently and thought I should do a round up to share.  You know what else is pink and green....watermelons! Probably for that reason, it's one of my favorite color combinations for summer. 

kilim carpet from Baba Souk

pink ruffle shorts from polpettine via petite backstage & floral fabric by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics 

Thursday, June 19, 2014


Here are some photos that I took of the Robinson family back in April.  I loved being a part of this sweet family's morning routine for these photos; sleepy baby faces, good morning hugs, hair brushings, gathering in the kitchen and telling stories.