I’m the type of person that constantly has a long list of projects on my ‘to do’ list, not just for work, but for my personal life as well. An overachiever, I suppose, because I always feel like I’m behind, and that there is not enough hours in a day to accomplish all that I want to. Luckily, Bridgette likes to remind me from time to time that I need to drop everything and ‘smell the flowers’ with her (not in those exact words, but I get her point). Yes, life is a journey, and not a destination. I need to enjoy this journey day by day, minute by minute, and not make it one big dash to the finish line.

Currently, my summer is filled with daily activities and projects that I’ve planned for Brianne and Bridgette. Each day feels totally fun and fulfilling, with an abundance of quality time with my sister, daughter, and niece. Life is really good. Even though each day is filled to the max from morning till night, I can’t help starting a new project list for the Fall already, and on it includes a makeover for Bridgette’s bedroom/playroom, organizational projects for our garage, and Halloween costumes.

Alan can’t keep up with me and all my ‘great ideas’, nor does he want to. He prefers in ‘chillaxing’ (that’s chilling + relaxing) in front of the television and watching TED talks. But for the most part, he supports all my ‘great ideas’…mainly by not vetoing them. 🙂

My blog roll keeps increasing with so many inspiring and beautiful things. My latest favorites include the photos from this family who sailed from Maine to France in 21 days with a 2 year old toddler and a 9 month old baby. That, to me, demonstrates true courage! I also love this idea of using lockers for shoes and keys storage. As all my family and friends know, having a daughter never stopped me from traveling, and for those who are still skeptical about traveling with children, you should read this article on the top 10 misconceptions about family travel!

And so….our summer journey continues, filled with both laughter and tears on a daily basis. Tears from the girls, whose love and affection for one another sometimes turn into competition and fear. Girls, after all, are emotional and sensitive beings, and 4 year olds are no exception! As for my sister and I, we’re riding through it all with a peaceful heart, thankful for the time that we have with each other.

The girls enjoying the view from the Observation Tower at De Young Museum

Mesmerized by the aquarium at the California Academy of Science

The girls playing with Damon

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