We're off! Honeymoon time has arrived. xo



this is my truth. a dear friend shared this with me this winter, and as i look out at the sweet sun shining and contemplate my weekend plans (which of course include air, mountains, trees and people), it is resonating oh so strongly. xo



Last week I was in Atlanta for a short conference. My only prior experience with Atlanta was the massive airport, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the city. It reminded me of a southern Denver. 

Despite spending my days indoors in a small conference room, I did my best to get out and explore a bit. I was surprised by how mild it was (75-80 degrees!) and enjoyed dinner outdoors each night. I enjoyed dinners at Shout (hello salmon dip!), the hotel lounge, and South City Kitchen (hello fried green tomatoes and beet & grapefruit salad!) I also discovered Piedmont Park several blocks from my hotel, which was a large park full of fields and walking trails. It was delightful. I so enjoyed the early taste of spring, flowers, and warmer weather. Fortunately things warmed up here in Vermont while I was gone, so I returned to early spring here as well. 


Up, up and away.

It's always refreshing to get outta town... Especially when winter seems like it might stay til July and it takes two hands to count the number of months since your last airplane travel!


time in the kitchen.

i finally spent a little time back in the kitchen today after a few weeks of scraping along.

i adapted this recipe (i used pecans and craisins instead of dates and walnuts) for baked oatmeal for breakfast. i was a little anxious about how the yogurt might affect it, but it came out great. topped with a little milk and maple syrup, of course.

for dinner tonight we had our favorite little family of four over for an early dinner. lu & od rarely get to play inside together, but they were on their best behavior. our little six-monther was recovering from his first cold, but regardless the adults all had a great time. i made this mexican casserole- added shredded chicken and used less pepper or onion than the recipe called for originally. delicious.

and for dessert, my great-grandmother's brownie recipe topped with vanilla ice cream. sorry, that recipe doesn't get posted! :)


6 months.

time sure flies when you're having fun. happy six month birthday to my favorite little dude. auntie e loves you madly!


vermont weekend.

after two weeks of travel and high emotions, it was quite a treat to spend a weekend at home in vermont. the sun was shining, the snow was so soft, and i was able to enjoy quality time with many favorite local people. not pictured: coffee date and live music.
happy lu: sun, snow, frisbee.

sunday funday at sugarbush with brett.

a little time with this little fam always makes me grin.

morse skiing with the parents.

smooth as butter!


gratitude, lately.

for family, memories and time together. for unexpected success at work, quick work trips, and a continued roller coaster. for friends near and far, and being lifted up with sweet words, bright flowers, and kind notes. for fluffy fresh snow, early morning ski laps, and evening sunset skis. for baby bathtime and bff chatting. for thai takeout & tv episodes on friday night. for a saturday back in town. for the sweetest ski of the season, classic vermont pancake breakfast, more skiing, downtown explorations, and  long overdue catch up coffee date with my favorite trail queen. for b & lu cheering me up when i'm down, and for annie's mac & cheese when there's nothing else.


Why I Wake Early by Mary Oliver

I read this poem at Gran's service this past weekend. We both adored Mary Oliver, and this poem says so much about how Gran greeted each day. Enjoy.

Hello, sun in my face.
Hello, you who make the morning
and spread it over the fields
and into the faces of the tulips
and the nodding morning glories,
and into the windows of, even, the
miserable and crotchety-

best preacher that ever was,
dear star, that just happens
to be where you are in the universe
to keep us from ever-darkness,
to ease us with warm touching,
to hold us in the great hands of light-
good morning, good morning, good morning.

Watch now, how I start the day
in happiness, in kindness.


What A Gal.

On the Cape we are toasting to Gran. She left us early yesterday morning after enjoying her spectacular life for 95 years and one month to the day. She was an exceptional woman, gracious hostess, world traveler, loving wife, artist extraordinare, dear friend, beloved mother, and cherished grandmother. She moved through life with delightful grace and appreciation. We love her and will miss her dearly.


morning song.

i sure love those avett brothers!


the kids need to know.

i love this so much. it's another awesome video from kid present. full of gems, and good reminders for all of us.

  • "singing, dancing, oh and laughing! laughing is the best!"
  • "there's plenty of reasons to dance, you just gotta look for them."
  • "being a person is hard sometime."
  • "you should give people high fives just for getting out of bed. oh, high fives! i forgot to explain that. how do i explain this? umm.. it's kind of like hitting someone who's your friend."
  • "just treat everybody like it's their birthday. even if they don't deserve it. because we all mess up sometimes. the biggest mess up, not forgiving each other's mess ups."
  • "try this, take a breath. isn't that amazing? it's called breathing. you're going to do it a lot. nobody knows exactly how much. so enjoy it."
  • "let your life be loud! shout to the world!"
  • "i don't think i told you this yet. we're really glad you're here. we don't say that enough to each other here, because well, life gets busy."
  • "for now, remember this: you're awake. you're awesome. live like it!"



"don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. it's quiet, but the roots down there are riotous." 



would you rather give a compliment or receive one? i enjoy them both- and i feel like lately i've been extra-intentional in telling people how much i appreciate them, or something that i admire about them. i tossed out some kind words the other day, and today i got some back. how great does that feel?

"vermont has been a brighter scene since you moved back here."




ways to boost a mood:

  • early morning skiing with lu in fresh snow.
  • black bean burgers & mini tater tots for dinner.
  • streaming womens alpine super-combined competition.
  • google hangouts with old friends. 
  • sleep, sleep, sleep.


happy birthday, gran.

today gran turns 95 years old. isn't she stunning?

we're heading to the cape this morning for a little birthday celebration that will include all three of her children,  a taste of lobster, and some chocolate mousse cake. i can't wait!


time before dawn.

"i've always liked the time before dawn because there's no one around to remind me who i'm supposed to be, so it's easier to remember who i am." -storypeople

up early to the sound of snowplows. enjoying hot coffee, melissa ferrick spotify, my dad on vpr, and some slowly falling snow as the sky brightens. b & lu are off to groom the trails. hope you can enjoy the snow, my dears.


loving, lately.

  • everlane's new sweatshirt. in grey, of course. i was feeling totally awesome in this & old skinny jeans until i realized that i was basically wearing a glamorized version of my 6th grade uniform: champion sweatshirts & colored tapered jeans. 
  • watching house of cards with brett. it's rare that we find a movie that we can agree upon, much less a full tv series. we're about halfway through season one and i love this piece of our routine.
  • haircuts. i chopped a good 10 inches a while back, and have since been back for two more rounds of snippity snipping. we've gone from bra-line to jaw-line (ha- see what i did there?!) and i am really enjoying the change.
  • starting downton abbey with mom. i know, we're way late to the party. 
  • best friends. 
  • granola. particularly backroads granola. so darn good.
  • daylight in the evening. what a relief to see the sun set on my drive out of work, instead of in pure darkness.


"30 is not the new 20, so claim your adulthood, get some identity capital, use your weak ties, pick your family. don't be defined by what you didn't know, or didn't do. you are deciding your life right now."


chase the light.

"chase the light, whatever and wherever it may be for you. chase it." 
-tyler knott gregson