Aug 25, 2014

let your light shine

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." -Marianne Williamson

Aug 13, 2014

behind the scenes on Jim's photoshoot

In May, Jim shot the cast of Showtime's Homeland at Pier 59 in NYC. It was a big-deal, celebrity-driven shoot, and the photos are just now being released. Luca and I visited the set and met a few of the actors (who were all super sweet to Luca). It's always fun watching Jim work - on set, he's in his element more than anywhere else. If being a mama is my thing, being a photographer is Jim's. He is so good at what he does.

A film crew was on set shooting footage, and on Sunday night we found out why. Showtime is teasing season four of Homeland with the video below. Apparently it aired on the network and now can be viewed anytime on YouTube. Isn't it great!

siesta key, fl

In late July, Luca and I joined my parents and sister on a little trip to Siesta Key, FL. This beach, with its white sands, clean water, and endless shells, is on the Gulf near Sarasota. Growing up, my mama vacationed not only on this beach, but in the very same condo! It was fun to watch Luca play on the beach while thinking about my mama as a little girl doing the same. 

We flew down in my daddy's six-seater Aerostar plane. He's a private pilot and we always traveled on his plane to the beach growing up. I remember feeling sorry for my cousins because they had to drive. ha! It makes us feel all fancy ;) plus the view from the air never gets old. Flying through the clouds somehow has a way of putting my "problems" in perspective. 

Luca was just a few weeks old the first time she flew with Papa, and she's been up with him a lot since. So luckily she's used to the loud engine noise. I'm pretty sure she prefers Papa Pilot to major airplanes because she not only gets special treatment from the crew ;) but gets to run around while we're in the air. It's not pressurized like big planes but I always nurse on take-off and descent, and so far (fingers crossed!) we've not had a problem with her ears.

The last time Luca visited the east coast, it was at Folly Beach and she wasn't even three months old. It was wild to see how much difference a year makes- last year, we were dipping her toes in the water and wondering if she liked it. This year...whoa! She obviously loved it, running straight into the ocean, dipping her little head underwater, and playing with her shovel & bucket like she's been doing it all her life. I can't wait to take her back with Jim and Ellis, too.

Fun little fact: this is the FOURTH ocean that Luca has visited! Atlantic, Pacific, Caribbean, and the Gulf. I hope she grows up to love traveling (okay, and then returning home to mama, AHEM!). 

Until next time, beach! xo

Aug 5, 2014

a weekend on lake keowee

Summer is nearing its end and I'm feeling the pull to make the most of it and spend more time experiencing different places. I've mentioned it before, but I really hermited down in the first year of Luca's life because with a newborn, home is comfortable, easy, predictable. It was a gift to do so but lately it's been really good to go.

I've put myself out there enough now to have a routine when traveling so that Luca and I both settle in easier. To ease the transition we take certain items on every trip- travel crib, sheet, bunny bear, pjs, blanket, noise machine, monitors, a few toys. Then, we find the darkest and quietest spot for her bed and say a little prayer. She's magically slept well on these past few trips.

When Lee asked if he could use our house for a party, we agreed and asked my brother-in-law if we could stay in his family's house on Lake Keowee for the weekend. 

The lake is my happy spot. We grilled burgers and ate pasta with homemade pesto. Drank wine, read books, and spent time with my family. It was good times and now all I can think about is how to create a spot for my family to use many, many more times over the years.