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Friday’s Letters 7.0

Dear blog– Please forgive me for neglecting you all week.  I can’t believe I haven’t done a single post.  It’s not that I didn’t WANT to.  You’ll just have to trust me on that one.  I’m hoping you and I get to spend more time together next week.
Dear fellow bloggers– Has this ever happened to you?  I have been so busy this week that not only have I had a limited amount of free time, but in that free time, I haven’t been able to come up with anything interesting to write about.  I’d call it “writer’s block,” or better yet “blogger’s block,” but it is so much more than that.  “Thinker’s block,” possibly.  How do you combat this if and when it has ever affected you?  I don’t want to fall of the face of the blogosphere every time I have a stressful week.  Any and all suggestions would be welcome and appreciated.
Dear Hub– OMG.  All I wanted to do was curl up next to you this morning and not move.  You are so comfy.  I’m sorry I fell back asleep when you went down to make our coffee.  And thank you for sending me a text (“Get up.”) to wake me back up.  It worked. 
Dear Liam– First soccer lesson this weekend!!!  Aren’t you so very excited?  If not, I’m excited enough for the both of us!  I promise you’ll have fun Bubs.  I can’t wait to see how well you do!
Dear Collin– I see dat wittle toooof poppin’ through doze wittle gumz!  I’m rootin’ for ya, Monkey!
Dear 80 degree weather that is on its way– Everything is better when you’re here.  Everything.  Never leave me.
Dear Mom– It was so nice spending time with you and AK last weekend.  Thank you for everything: the pictures, the lunch, the dress, the company.  I had such a good time!  You’re the best!  I love you!
Dear Bri and Alex– Can’t wait for a little girl time with you tonight!!!  Such a treat!  Let’s pretend like there’s no one else in the bar but us! 
Dear Friends– Have a wonderful weekend!  Make it just what you need.  Whatever that may be!

Linking up with Ashley from Adventures of Newlyweds!!  Every Friday, yo.  Every single Friday.  😉  If you haven’t yet, check her out!!!


P.S.- Here are some pictures from the week:


[in photos]: Journey Forward

I joined the Journey Forward series for the first time last week.
It is a perfect pairing with the vibe of Smile at a Stranger.

The goal of participating in Journey Forward is personal enrichment, self awareness, and moving toward your potential.  It is based on a central word, or theme, on which you focus your energy and attention, and blog about it weekly.

My “word” was an easy choice for me because it is an attitude I wish to impart on life in general: Kindness.
This week’s Journey Forward post is about images, or graphics (i.e.- videos) that embody your chosen word; to share some of your pins from Pinterest that exemplify the significance of your word. 
This is what kindness looks (and sounds) like to me:

1- Sarah Kay– Spoken word artist.  “Hands” Listen- It’s just beautiful.
2- Kindness is an animal instinct.  And an animal NEED.
3- Kindness is priceless, ya know.
4- Video- Amy Krause Rosenthal’s “Thought Bubble”- asks “How Do YOU Want to be Remembered”  “What Have You Filled the World With?”
5- Because making others feel good makes ME feel good.
6- Simplicity.  Kindness is not complicated.
7- Anis Logjani– Spoken word artist.  “Shake the Dust” Another amazing person trying to lift people up with his wonderful gift with words.
8- This is what I see everyday at home with my two boys, and besides a mother’s love for her children, sibling love is one of the purest forms of love (and kindness) there is.
9- Do RIGHT.  Because it’s wayyyy cooler than doing wrong.
10- Parents.  And especially my mom.  From whom I learned what kindness was.
11- What Teachers Make- Taylor Mali.  Powerful stuff, y’all.  
Linking up with a fellow NoVA girl, Chelsea, for Journey Forward!  
Can’t wait until next week!

Simple Pleasures

~Holding a sip of red wine in my mouth for at least 20 seconds before I swallow it.~
~The way hub makes my coffee every morning, and makes it better than I ever could or would.~
~This picture:~
Babies in glasses.  Can it get more precious?
~Last minute invites to lunch with a friend/
Last minute invites to lunch with hub/
Two days in a row of last minute lunches.  
Heck to the YES!~
~Alone time in my car.  I have a routine I follow, and it is just so very perfect.~
~Watching Liam eat strawberry ice-cream.~
Pure determination
~A new spring/summer purse.  Although I guess this could count as a BIG thing.~
~A mid-day text from hub telling me he’s thinking about me.~
~Exact change.~
~Finding an old memory card FULL of adorable pictures!!~
December 2009 (going on 3 years ago!!)
Mr. Cool
Valentines 2010
Hims was just a wittle wittle baby!!!  Liam- 1-yr.-old
 What are some of the little things that make you happy?



[in Photos]: Weekandweekend Bliss

Things that made me Oh.So.Hap.Hap.Happy This Week/Weekend!

Sunset LOVE!
Momma’s Boy!

Look at that FACE!!!
Just doing our part
My Nerd Master!
I know, I know.
The yummiest
Another “To Someone, From Someone
Yep… that’s a random heart-shaped balloon floating through the sky on my drive home from work.  Thanks for the LOVE!
Typical Collin
Typical Liam
Sir, I LOVE your truck.  Can I have it?
Green Tea Bath Salt for my Spa Foot-Treatment
hmmmmmm?  they DID cut us off in the mall parking lot….. 😉
Love this hunk of a man
Sunday Dinner- Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup with Fresh Spinach.  Compliments of Chef Brenny.
He has my wonky eyebrow!
I hope your weekend was a beautiful as mine!  Here’s to a brand new WEEK!

Date Night Spectac-you-lar

As previously mentioned, this weekend was destined for magnificence.  I had lunch with Miss Melissa (one-of-a-kind lady), and watched the Raven’s play, face off against, lose to the Steelers (grummmmmmbleeee!!!).  After watching the massacre, I put on my big girl boots and Brenny and I went out for a much needed romantic night together. 

Obviously, this was the highlight of our weekend.  We sat at the bar for a few drinks before getting a private table, and spent the rest of the evening laughing, eating, kissing and… well, enjoying each others attention. 

Without further ado, these are a combination of outfit pictures and photos that capture [or at least come close to capturing] the friendship and infatuation that Bren and I continue to maintain.

Dress, shoes, tights… Target

Belt… re-outfitted

SEX.  The end….


sweeping me off my feet. oh the romance

Treats  🙂

decor a la Benihana

Grrreat… now I’m thirsty

Kirin Ichiban

we love love

Obligitory soup

It has always and always will be like this…

self explanatory  😉

okay so we were a little drunk… blame the goose


infectious love

The Onion Express… never gets old

Action shot

Hypocracy: Captured

He’s seeeeeeeeeeerious

Hubby’s view

Cute AND comfy = Sexy

It’s not what it looks like  😉

End of the night

Woke up at 8:00……  stayed in bed til 10:00.  Went to get brunch and coffee.  And then Bren went skeet shooting while Liam napped over Mimi and Happy’s house.  (Mimi and Happy are Bren’s parents, and yes, Liam came up with those names and has NOT let go of them).  So, while the boys are away, the wife will play.  Had the afternoon in its entirety to me, myself and I!!!

Someone’s Coming

Little girl- huddled-
Hugging herself tight.
Waiting for someone to tell her
Everything’s alright.
Keeping her eyes open,
Staring at the light
Under the doorway.
All alone, in silence
She fears the worst;
She has been forgotten.
She did not come first.
She wipes her own tears now.
She believes she is a curse
In an ugly world.
So she stays in her bedroom, crying quietly.
She spins ‘round and ‘round.
Looking for solace in old pictures-
But there is nothing to be found.
A pile of wrecked memories
Scattered about the ground.
So quiet,            she gasps
At the sound
Of footsteps.

Someone’s coming…

** This poem was recently published in George Mason University’s literary magazine, Volition (2011)

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What Matters

Time– spent with my husband and my son; spent with my family and friends; spent in solitude and silence.

Space– for Liam to grow and play and dance and create; for Brendon and I to connect and count our blessings; for the newness we have yet to uncover.

Blankets– to cuddle in; to keep warm; to build forts and castles; to dream.

Pictures– to take; to reflect; to commemorate; to remember; to pass on.

Water– to stay healthy and hydrated; to take bubble baths; to rejuvenate; to splash and swim… and float.

To stay involved and engaged with those whom I love, admire and appreciate.

To read; to learn; to generate; to keep moving; to teach.

To pay it forward; to listen and advise; to smile and frown; to laugh and cry.

To keep my heart and ears open and my shoulder available, free of charge.

To ask for help when I need it; to teach Liam to do the same.

To lead by example and follow graciously.

To put love and kindness in the fore-front of my daily motives.

To love my husband, and allow him to treat me well.

To hug my father.

To honor my mom and my dad by being the best version of myself that I can possibly be.

To accept myself; to lower my expectations.

To be gentle.

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