Life Lately

Life lately has been all about hanging on to spring just as long as we can!

We had a lovely Mother's Day, with phenomenal weather.

Dress | Bowtie 

Parker gave me the best present (sleeping in!) and then led me over to the flowers he picked out for me. He said over and over to take a photo of them - I think he sees me take way too many pictures on the daily, ha!

Parker's card to me is a crack up - he loves writing numbers, and when Max was helping him with the card, apparently he kept wanting to write :#9. Max told him that writing "#1" would be more appropriate, ha!

Sunnies | Sunnies

My boys took me to brunch at Bridge Street - always the prettiest place to be! And then we rounded out the day with a walk downtown for popsicles and tacos - for me, it just can't get any better than that!

These two have my heart. 

Last week, I had a special delivery from my Junior League mentor - Gerber Daisies on the front porch!

They are so happy, and one of my favorites! However, I'm partial to flowers you can eat, haha! I haven't made it out to these squash blossoms while they've been open (best for harvesting them), but fried stuffed squash blossoms from the garden are on my list of must-makes for summer. Yum.

Also on my must list? Another trip to Yoshi Sushi Fusion. We made it out to this new restaurant for the first time last week, and I was blown away.

Sushi is, of course, Parker's choice cuisine. Unfortunately, it's not so wallet-friendly.

But, holy cow it was worth it. If you're local, make it a point to head there. (Below clockwise from left, Seabream, Tuna, Salmon Belly, OMG roll. We also loved the Yellowtail and double ordered the fatty tuna, ah-maze.)

The end of spring in the south means the blooming of hydrangeas - we are super lucky to have white ones in the backyard, and blue, purple and pink in the front! So far, just the white ones are starting.

It's been perfect dining-on-the-deck weather :)

Life lately has included lots of iced teas and coffees for me, and cake pops and milks for Sweet P! 

We had a milk/coffee break at the Botanical Garden before heading on to see their latest exhibit - dinosaurs!

The triceratops were our favorite (and super realistic - Parker literally wouldn't pose by this loud, moving one without me!).

Over the weekend, we had an intense, sudden and quick storm roll in early evening. We lost power and had a candlelight dinner of cold leftovers before heading to bed early. Our Amazon Echo woke us up at 1:30am when the power turned back on. Note to self: in the event of another power outage, unplug the Echo unless wanting to be alarmingly woken up with loud, harsh robot voice, inducing understandable freakout. The next morning I headed out early to pick up almond and chocolate croissants from Whole Foods (freshly baked and warm, they are my weakness) and I was stunned to see our street looked like this:

I'd later find out that much of the neighborhood looked like this. In fact, there were places that were without power well into the following day. We were super lucky that we only had small and medium sized branches fall, and no real damage.

I'm still getting used to this crazy weather here in the south! I'm also expecting a scorching summer, after our winter was so very mild.

Summer will officially start for us next week. Parker has his last piano lesson and also his last day of preschool this week. Summer is going to be filled with tee-ball and walks to the community pool, but I also wanted to talk about the other special summery things we have to look forward to - so Parker and I started our Summer Bucket List! Some of these are special one-time things, and some are perfect for the random summer day when we need a little prompting to select something to do. 

1. Music in the Park
2. Make ice cream
3. Catch fireflies
4. California Beach Day
5. Blow bubbles
6. Movie & Popcorn
7. Popsicles at Frios
8. Make cereal necklaces
9. Tour the fire department
10. Scottsdale aquarium 
11. Dinner at the pool
12. Make play-doh
13. Watch fireworks
14. Pick blueberries
15. Sock puppets
16. Pick flowers
17. Bake a pie
18. Jumping at Shakalaka
19. Dessert at Pizelles
20. Farmer's Market
21. Bookstore
22. Bowling
23. Backyard Camping

What's on your bucket list for summer?



  1. We need to make a summer bucket list! Great idea!! Glad you had a fabulous Mother's Day - love that Parker loves sushi, boy after my own heart!!

  2. Okay so your dress in that top picture is gorgeous!!!!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away


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