9.06.2014

One Year.

In honor of our first anniversary, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite pictures from our wedding day. This year has passed so quickly, but our hearts are still full with memories of bunting, spirit sprinkles, flash mobs, friends & family. It was absolutely the best day ever.









8.21.2014

hello!

you guys. i'm the worst. my apologies for the few who have been waiting eagerly to hear from me.

here's the thing. it's summer in vermont. and that, my friends, is a limited time offer. i've been busy making the most of it: biking, hiking, swimming, camping. gardening, eating, visiting, and spending my spare time outdoors rather than at a computer.

we've been to the cape (a couple times), to colorado, and kept ourselves around vermont the rest of the time.

and it's been awesome. in short, i'm killin' it this summer. can't wait to tell you all about it. xo

7.11.2014

Another year gone by.

The second week of July is full of cheer for the Leepers. 

July 10th is the anniversary of when we started dating. I'm not sure exactly how one manages their 'dating anniversary' once they have a wedding anniversary, but I feel like the first 7 pre-marriage years shouldn't fly out the window just because we went and got hitched. It's hard to believe it's been 8 years since our summer at VVR, but I'm so grateful of the adventures we've shared since then. These pics are all of our visit to Colorado this past week, which was a fun trip down memory lane. 


July 9th is Lupita's birthday. This is Lu has a bitty puppy (less than three months), and this week she turned three years old. We love her for her companionship on adventures on the trails and in the woods, endless frisbee catching, sweet snuggles, and little kisses. At age 3, Lu loves treats of all kinds, her toys Clifford & Piglet, high fiving, and playing with her best friends OD and Danny. She's a good house guest at my parents' house, listens well, and finally doesn't require 2 hours of hard exercise a day. I'd say she's growing up!

6.23.2014

Weekend Fun.

It was a most delightful weekend- full of family, friends, community, and beautiful weather. We gardened, walked, ate outside. I had a great bike ride on Saturday, and motivated myself out for a quick ride this morning before work. Is there a better way to greet the day?

Saturday night J & I went out for a bite to eat and then met my mom to see the movie Chef. I highly, highly recommend this one!  So good.

This is how we start summer mornings (especially Monday mornings).

Sunday lounging. 

Home.

Best dog tip I ever got. Hate cleaning out your empty pb jar? Let the dog help you. Then rinse & recycle.

Happy Girl on a Saturday ride.

6.15.2014

happy father's day.


Grateful for the wisdom that this man provides every day, the newspaper clippings & emailed articles, the excellent taste in music that he has passed on to me, the community engagement he demonstrates, the quality of life he embodies, and the adventures and passions that we share. Your pride humbles me, Dad. xoxo

6.13.2014

smitten kitchen.

smitten kitchen is my go-to blog for recipes. want to make muffins? let's see what deb's recipe looks like. thinking of a cake? let's see what she has in store.

this week i made deb's peanut noodles. delicious. i've made many a recipe, and i'm always eager to try a new one for some standard peanut noodles with veggies.

i also left work an hour early one day to squeeze in a bike ride, and pulled into the driveway with a sheet of rain. what's a girl to do instead of ride? make pies, of course.

i'm going to have strawberry rhubarb pie remains for breakfast today. do you know how much i love pie for breakfast? so. much.

i'm smitten.

6.07.2014

happiness, lately.

there's plenty of things for me to be stressed about these days, so i'm trying to balance that out with a lot of intentional small pleasures.

such as more deeply exploring bands i think i might like, including the oh hellos (coming this summer):



engrossing myself in books- currently enjoying "the last letter from your lover" by jojo moyes.

getting pumped for season two of orange is the new black (arrived on netflix last night) by listening to the audio book on my commute.

planting our vegetable garden. it's our third time 'round and i think we're doing great. cannot wait to enjoy those beets and kale and carrots and more later this summer.

walking in the park with b & lu. it is so green, so quiet in the morning.

going for mid-day office escape walks.

trying to enjoy bathtime with my favorite little man and his mama at least once per week. he's growing like mad, and i want to soak up (no pun intended...) all of the time i can with him.

and getting his mama out and about. pedicure date = best.

eating ice cream. a lot. maple creemees, creemee stand trips, ice cream in the freezer. why not?

floating in boats with friends.

making summer plans. we're officially going to colorado in july for a friend's wedding and i'm psyched. it's been 2.5 years since our last trip out there, and four years now since my last summer living in the 'boat. we've already got two cape weekends planned.

showing my love to those i adore. little texts, notes and calls.

6.03.2014

Happiness.

Tonight, happiness is crawling into bed early with a good book, good music, and the sound of falling rain. 

5.27.2014

"some people grumble that roses have thorns; i am grateful that thorns have roses."
-alphonse karr

5.18.2014

Here's to 32!

Happy birthday, B! Celebrating the best with the best.

5.13.2014

Spring by Linda Pastan.

Just as we lose hope
she ambles in,
a late guest
dragging her hem
of wildflowers,
her torn
veil of mist,
of light rain,
blowing
her dandelion 
breath
in our ears;
and we forgive her,
turning from
chilly winter
ways,
we throw off
our faithful
sweaters
and open
our arms.

5.09.2014

To the Cape, we go.

I'm headed to the Cape this weekend. It will be my second visit to the house without Gran there (the last being for her service). I'm eager to be in a place so full of love & memories, and of course, there's also a bittersweet sentiment that hold strong.

And so, we will remember her well. We will walk on the beach in the morning. We'll channel and quote Mary Oliver as the sun rises over the marsh. We'll eat peanut butter toast and save the last bite of crust for her dog. We'll read in the chair on the porch, no matter the weather. The family will gather at the end of the day to have cocktails and dinner together. We'll likely even have coffee ice cream for dessert.

In my mind, she is forever reading in the chair on the porch. Even in February, she would bundle up and head outside to read so long as the sun was shining and the wind was light. We pretended she was on board a ship. Her strength and appreciation for her environment was always evident. When I look around the room for her, I'll just imagine that she's sitting outside reading & napping in the sun, just out of my view.

I've got my book packed, Gran. xoxo

5.07.2014

say yes.

storypeople is always one of my great sources of inspiration. every once in a while they put out a new story, and i just want to squeeze it and tattoo it on myself.

this new one is definitely a new favorite:

"say yes. whatever it is, say yes with your whole heart & simple as it sounds, that's all the excuse life needs to grab you by the hands & start to dance."

5.03.2014

Today by Mary Oliver

Today I'm flying low and I'm
not saying a word.
I'm letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep.

The world goes on as it must,
the bees in the garden rumbling a little,
the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten.
And so forth.

But I'm taking the day off.
Quiet as a feather.
I hardly move though really I'm traveling
a terrific distance.

Stillness. One of the doors
into the temple.

5.02.2014


4.30.2014

Wednesday.

today is another rainy and grey day in vermont (we seem to have had a series of these since our return last weekend). this evening has been spent perfectly-- with an after work visit to my favorite little fam, just in time for t's bathtime and splashtime. there's literally nothing like watching this sweet boy grow from week to week, or like catching up with his parents any time. from there, a quick hello with b & lu in the driveway, followed by a perfectly quiet evening at home solo. supporting and loving a friend in need, celebrating with another friend's pending success, baking the perfect buffalo blue cheese pizza, perusing the interwebs, and getting into bed early to read. what a treat.

4.17.2014

And....

We're off! Honeymoon time has arrived. xo

4.12.2014

happy.

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


4.10.2014

Atlanta.

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. 




4.06.2014

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!