Hawaii Mornings

Do you have a special place that instantly relaxes you? Hawaii is that place for us. From the minute we land, there is a calmness that sweeps over us. We enjoy long morning walks, relaxing outside, and taking it all in.

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Easter Brunch

This year Easter falls on my birthday weekend. Besides the usual birthday celebrations, my family will all be celebrating too on Sunday. With an ice cream bunny cake. Yes, I’m still a 5 year old in cake tastes. In preparation for the holiday, I thought it was time to bring out some more Springtime colors. April is always a busy month, but I so enjoy it!

One of my favorite childhood memories is dying Easter eggs at my Grandma’s house (outside, of course). The eggs I grabbed aren’t homemade, but they were almost as cheap as a DIY! And they didn’t require boiling eggs. #win

Do you have any special Easter traditions?

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Investing in Art

Investing in art is something I don’t think I ever thought I would be excited about as a post-grad. I mean, Hobby Lobby, Home Goods, and Target had lots of options and sometimes you can even get them on sale! What more could I want when decorating my place? While I still do find decor from those places, I find myself going back to meaningful art when I want to add something to our walls.

Last Fall, we commissioned a special ocean painting by Brynn W. Casey for our Christmas presents to each other after our most recent visit to Hawaii. We typically don’t exchange gifts, but I admire the tranquility of the ocean she captures so beautifully. No joke, I had found her on Instagram over the summer and was subtly enjoying her posts in my feed. One morning on a walk near A-Bay on the Big Island, I was looking out over the ocean and thought of her work! I emailed her right away to see if she was available for a commission. It was such a treat to work with her and if anything it has started the snowball of getting more pieces! Here is my picture from that infamous walk:

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I skill look back through my pictures from our last trip!

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Betty

In 2002, I lost three grandparents all unexpectedly. It was a rough year for this middle schooler. Yesterday, my aunt visited the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Houston to visit my Grandma Betty, who was the first of the three that year, and sent our family a picture. It caught me off guard. I had this overwhelming feeling of sadness at the office on a Tuesday.

Grandma Betty was known for her baking and sewing. I had countless sleepovers that started with Mass on Saturday (I always loved to sing the alleluia extra loud – eek) then “sneaking out” after communion so we could get to Ryan’s Steakhouse for an early dinner. We would come home and sew or bake and then go to bed when the 10 o’clock news started if she wasn’t already asleep. It was consistent, not extremely exciting for a youngster, but completely comforting. I look back with such fond memories now. I wish I could give her a huge hug and say thank you for teaching me to sew and to not be afraid to use my nice dishes. And for her incredible style, she recovered my favorite chairs with my Grandpa I wrote about here.

My Grandpa had passed away three years before her and she so wanted to join him with the Lord from the day he left his earthly family. She was his best friend and companion and they were the rock in our family. As I grew and matured, I find I compare my marriage to theirs. They had such an idyllic marriage from my view. While I did not get a ton of years with these two, I cannot imagine my childhood without adventures at Grandma and Grandpa’s.

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In case you can’t tell – I’m the one of the right with the suspicious smile!

XO, A