Around Here 6.8.15

Around Here 6.8.15 | Paper Doll TalesAround Here 6.8.15 | Paper Doll Tales

smoothies and kombucha date at Salud | a girl’s birthday party dream (horseback rides!!!) | showing off James’s carpentry skills | hanging out in prehistoric footprints at The Carnegie Museum of Natural History | sharing a bite at Cure | cheers to 12 years! | charcroute plate at Cure | weekend inspiration, compliments of @Darling Magazine

How much do I love dining al fresco–breakfast, lunch, dinner, and every in-between snack?  That’s what filled our weekend as the weather bloomed summer beauty here in Pittsburgh, and we lounged the meals away on our deck.

The girls and I spent Friday at one of our favorite museums, The Carnegie Museum of Natural History, learning about turtles, skunks, black widow spiders, star fish, and reindeer.

I escaped our neighborhood for a few hours on Saturday so that Little Friend could enjoy her friend’s classic birthday party–cupcake-fueled horseback rides, pin the tail on the donkey, sack races, and gift opening–and I could enjoy some time with a good friend, shopping our way through Shadyside and relaxing over Salud Juicery‘s smoothies and hibiscus kombucha.

I’ve also loved stealing away to my work-in-progress writing nook (office?  workspace?  not sure what to call it.)  Mostly I treasure the clean headspace I find at my new desk: built, sanded, and stained with love by James.

Twelve years ago, I said the two most important syllables of my life: “I do.”  We have been blessed to learn the meaning of that promise over 12 years of ups and downs, joys and stresses, and still find ourselves willing to wake each morning and pick up the “I do” for the day ahead.  I love doing life with my irreplaceable best friend by my side. We celebrated our journey over a long, belly-satisfying meal at Cure.

My weekend inspiration is this great quote from Eleanor Roosevelt: “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

It’s Monday.  Another chance to live life.  Let’s taste and reach out eagerly for what’s ahead!


  1. Nancy Taylor said:

    Happy Anniversary. You guys offer hope to the world through your relationships and kindnesses.

    June 8, 2015
  2. Jo said:

    Happy Anniversary! You both have blessed our family so much. “Best friend”–so important.

    June 11, 2015

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