Catch Up

I am finally putting up my feet after my first week at work and celebrating with a watermelon party (Olivine can even say “watermelon party”).DSC01161I finished my first week of second gradeDSC01170finishing with an activity where we watercolor our self-portriats while listening to Caribbean tunes (Back to School Night is a week and half away).
DSC01175I also can’t tell you how much I love teaching college. The student population at Long Beach City College is super diverse.DSC01164I am teaching two sections. I even survived four hours this morning
while the rest of my family went to say good bye to friends who are moving to La Mirada.Joey1978 RulezThey lent a helping a hand.
Joey1978 RulezBut one little girl wanted to eat their tomatoes

Joey1978 Rulezand play in the waterJoey1978 Rulezso her papa took her new dress off before it got dirty.Joey1978 RulezWe hope you stay are staying cool this Labor Day weekend. Joey1978 Rulez

Manic Monday

I woke up at 5 amDSC01083and jogged 3.5 milesDSC01086while Joe packed my lunch with a love note.
DSC01085I met my class of 25 second graders and 2 first graders.DSC01096One student ran out of class twice and grabbed a piece of wood off the bungalow to aggressively swing around so I had to call security.
DSC01094When I got home, Joe headed out to night class.DSC01097We headed to the park for one hour.DSC01101Then we had dinner, bath, stories, and bedtime.
DSC01103The shift into back to school feels more abrupt than I am used to.

Summer Ending

There were outdoor mealsDSC01043involving creative seatingDSC01048chez Sullivans.

DSC01045Kitty hunting with successJoey1978 Rulezwhilst wearing flip flops.

Joey1978 RulezBowling

DSC01053with bumpersJoey1978 Rulezand rented shoes.Joey1978 RulezTina’s Birthday (26 years young)Joey1978 Rulezwith a backyard photo booth

IMG_9979and homemade props

IMG_9972lots of relaxingJoey1978 Ruleza fig and almond cake (thanks to fresh figs from our CSA box forcing me to try new recipes)DSC01069and a puppet show at the park.

Joey1978 RulezAll on the eve of my first day back at work, which is bittersweet.Joey1978 Rulez


Yesterday I sat across the table from Joe in the parklet at Lola’sDSC01055listening to the laughter and chatter of our children in the backgroundDSC01065who love to tell secrets these days.
DSC01063I recognize in myself the emotions of awe mixed with a twinge of disbelief in the blessings God has bestowed on me.
Joey1978 RulezSure there is plenty of miscommunication, frustration, and chaos in my life. But when I pause long enough to recognize the milestone of one more year of marriage (eleven is our total) and the sheer grace God has shown me, I shake my head to see if I’m dreaming, because at times it can feel very overwhelming and undeserving.Joey1978 RulezJust like my early dinner, in life, I am discovering how easy it is to pick up my fork and dig in because it is delicious.

Happy Anniversary, Mr. Sullivan.

{this moment}


A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. DSC01025


Summer Salon

for Paul’s music class.
DSC01020Before we left he was trying hard to relax and not be nervous.DSC_0110It was right down the street.
He was brave and did an awesome job.
vlcsnap-2013-08-18-20h52m45s119At some point baby girl lost her ability to sit still
CSC_0127so we went outside
DSC01011and she clearly wanted to have her own chance to play music.
DSC01012She is still learning the difference between a strum and a bang.

Barber Shop

because school is fast approaching.2013_08_18_before-afPaul took a trip this morning.


the once a year occasionDSC00965where we wake papa up early with yelling “Happy Birthday!”DSC00967and a balloon (Henry’s idea-again)DSC00988and presents.DSC00989I am a bit predictable with the always giving a book.DSC00991Grammy took the boys shoe shopping,
DSC00984but also brought some treats for the birthday boy (yes, it’s a giant tub of red vines).DSC01003His choice for dinner (anywhere) and wouldn’t you know he chose the patio at Super Mex.

DSC00987 His recovery is going well and I am hoping this beer helps him sleep a little better than he has been.DSC00986Of course we didn’t forget a cakeDSC00993and a little singing too.

DSC00995We are celebrating a birthday that marks the half way point of his thirtiesDSC00999so far it’s been incredible and I really would give this guy (who doesn’t need much) anything, because he’s worth it. Happy Birthday Mr. Sullivan!

{this moment}

A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. DSC00930

New Words

are a daily occurrence around her with a one year old. Her vocabulary is ever expandingDSC00943and I like to watch her call to her brothers by name.DSC00949She loves the words “money” for coins
DSC00946and “baby” for many toys she cuddles.DSC00952but she is also saying long words like “backpack,” “hummingbird,” and “ninja turtle.”