How was your week? I hope you enjoyed a leisurely Labor Day weekend. It’s hard to believe how quickly summer has flown by. We spent the holiday weekend luxuriating in the golden moments of summer with family. Isn’t this a gorgeous photo of my niece Rylee poolside? I’m reflecting on the highs and lows of life this week.
My sister, Dorie, my niece, Rylee, and Michael drove up from Newport Beach. We made the most of our time together, as you can see. That’s the thing about a long weekend, it forces us to slow the pace of life down a bit. I love the pool shots of my beautiful sister and the guys. Even Jack, the cat, got in to the action. Dorie and Michael are clearly enjoying the sunset as Scott finishes up the grilling.
Outdoor dining on the terrace poolside is by far my favorite way to entertain.
I always enjoy prepping our home for house guests. Fresh flowers are a must, for every bedside. I learned from my mother, Jeri (the newlywed), who’s always had an eye for making things beautiful.
With fresh fruit from the Chico farmer’s market we had plenty of culinary inspiration.
We enjoyed simple, fresh meals like the tomato, goat cheese and basil baguette, inspired by our recent trip to Spain. A white wine sangria was also on the menu, and it was refreshing alternative poolside. I simply used a citrusy style sauvignon blanc, peaches, nectarines, apples, lime slices and a touch of club soda.
Dorie created this fun little pic of our ‘pool party’ on her Blackberry. It’s a pencil drawing app. We thought the detail was pretty cool.
Mother and daughter fun! I adore these two.
If I borrowed her, as my daughter, I don’t think anyone would question me…..;)
It is always such a treat to get together, with all branches of my family. As you may remember, this branch is unique since I was adopted at birth, and met my biological sister, Dorie, and my entire birth family back in 1996. Rylee was only a year old at that time so she doesn’t remember a time when I wasn’t her auntie. I love being an auntie to all my amazing nephews (Jordan W., Jordan D., Jared, Hudson, Holden & Beck) and my niece, Rylee. That’s the beauty of adoption….it’s not about the genes, it’s about the love. I feel that love whether it’s through adoption or biology. Family is family.
If all the poolside shots, pretty blooms and happy family photos look a little too, well,…”What a life!”, I want to balance that, as we all do, with what the other side of life looked like this week. Within a 24 hour period I dealt with a near tragedy in one of my programs, and providing grief counseling at a school where a young teacher, father of 2 babies, died suddenly of a heart attack. It’s been a stressful and heart wrenching couple of days for me, as a school psychologist and first responder in crisis. I was feeling very low, following this intense 24 hours, but received such amazing support from friends and family, that I was lifted up. You may never know how much a kind, encouraging word can do for those in need and these lovely ones did that for me. When in need reach out, I did, and for the support I am grateful.
Here’s to mostly highs this weekend!
New arrivals from Spain and Portugal in my here!