In My Suitcase

Everything I’m Packing for my Surprise Vacation (Today!)

I turn 30 next week. In one way it feels a bit surreal and in other ways I feel like I’ve been 30 for years. To kick-off the occasion, O is sending me on a surprise vacation I had no idea about until a couple days ago. At the time I’m writing this I have no idea where I’m going but by the time you’re reading this i’ll be in the air and on my way! He gave me this as packing advice: pack for warm but not hot weather and pack for four days. That’s it! I’m a very strategic packer so this is almost painful for me but I’ve done my best and here is everything I’ve packed for this trip.

A Quick Weekend in New York City

We snuck away to New York this past weekend and it always leaves us feeling rested, recharged and so, so grateful for home. During our 7 years in Virginia we took full advantage of being a 2 hour train ride from the city. We’d drive to the train station in D.C, park our car and hop on the express as often as we could. Even though this weekend was one of our quickest NYC trips yet, here’s everything we squeezed into our stay.

How to Simplify the Transition Back to Real Life After Vacation

You’ve planned the trip. You prepped for weeks, packed, cleared out the fridge, ran the dishwasher and headed out the door for your vacation. Now you’re home and you’re tired and real life begins now. How do you help the transition from vacation to real life go as smoothly and simply as possible? I’m glad you asked. Here are the things I do before, during and after a trip to make things easier for myself when it’s all said and done. 

Summer at the Lakehouse 2019

As you read this, I’ll be 30,000 feet in the sky headed back home after three weeks at the lake house. It was the recharge we had no idea we needed and I’m hoarding each memory made this month. We have thirteen nieces and nephews on O’s side and getting all the kids together always feels like magic. We’re the only ones that don’t live in the area and while we FaceTime and check in often, there’s just nothing quite like a sleepover, roasting s’mores by the campfire of running around the backyard for hours. Keogena and Oshiolema must have set a world record for how many times they can say the word “cousin” in a day because they’re just so thrilled to have time with them. I often look around the room and have one of those music montage scenes in a movie where  the lighting is dreamy and everything moves in slow motion. When I met O, there were five grandchildren and here, ten years and eight more grandchildren later I feel the weight of how special these summer vacations are more each time. Here’s a peek into three weeks at the lake house.

Our Entire L.A. Vacation with The Littles

We took quite an impromptu trip to Los Angeles mid July and it was everything our family needed and didn’t know it. We enjoyed a little bit of sun, a whole lot of sand, some time with friends who planted a church there and had the sweetest time as just us four. O and I had just been to L.A in May so we wanted to make this trip really centered around fun activities and exploring for the kids. Turns out, they love what we love. Who knew?

The July Recap (Welcome Back!)

Hi, friends! What a wonderful summer it’s been thus far! As much as I enjoyed every minute of the blog break, I must say it truly solidified just how much I enjoy creating content. Sharing through words, mood boards and photos is a passion gifted to me and I’m grateful for this community and the ability to do what I love. Hopefully you were able to keep up over on social media but if not, don’t worry. Grab whatever sounds most delicious right now (lemonade? iced coffee? a stack of pancakes?) and settle in for a nice long update on what I ate, wore, read, listened to and watched in July.