Spring Break

Spring BreakWe were able to spend a few days bonding in Palm Springs for Luke’s Spring Break this week. Since it was my new year’s resolution to spend more time with my family, these little getaways are so important to me in fulfilling that commitment. We almost didn’t get to getaway. Jeff and I have so many things going on right now with it being the week before Easter, but it was this commitment I made that kept us focused on how important it would be for our family to take at least a couple of days together. It was well worth it.

Pool time

Peaceful

{a peaceful walk by the golf course}

Spring Break

{Water fights}

Spring Break

Duck Family

{a little duck family that walked with us on our way to our room}

Trees

{Tree climbing}

Baseball

{Playing catch}

Baseball

Catch

Spring Break

Fashion Inspiration- Coachella

Dark Denim shorts, Marc Jacobs, Kate Moss Novelty Tank, Eleven Paris, Black Moto Boots, White Mountain

Dark Denim shorts, Marc Jacobs, Kate Moss Novelty Tank, Eleven Paris, Black Moto Boots, White Mountain, Ray Ban Sunglasses

Coachella is a music festival that happens in Palm Springs every Spring. It has been going on since 1999 and has gained such popularity that they’ve broken it up into back to back weekend experiences in recent years to fulfill the demand. We took a last minute trip to Palm Springs this week that coincided with Coachella and while we didn’t attend the festival, I was inspired by the free spirited rock-n-roll fashion that goes along with it. Luke’s response to my outfit was “wow, Mom you look like Wild Style”.  Nice Lego Movie reference, Luke.

Coachella

Coachella Fashion

Coachella Fashion

Coachella Fashion

Coachella Fashion

Coachella Fashion

{I spy a photo bomber}

Observations

Luke and MomLuke has been struggling with behavioral issues in school for the past few weeks. I have noticed that he typically seems to act up in school whenever I travel for work and I had been traveling a lot in the month of March. That said, I took Friday off to sit in his classroom and observe him in his school environment to see if it was really as bad as it seemed. I expected to find Luke wandering the playground alone at lunchtime as an outcast based on the reports I was getting from his teacher of how he was being unkind to other students. I expected to find him jumping around in the classroom and yelling out while the teacher was trying to give instructions.  Quite the opposite was the case. There were multiple times throughout the day when the teacher took too long to move on from one lesson to the next because she was waiting for all of the students to finish.  These long pauses were enough to challenge an adult’s attention span, nevertheless a 7 year old boy’s.  That said, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the 16 boys in his class were all just as prone to disruptions and trouble as Luke. At one time, Luke took a book out from his desk to read while he was waiting for the teacher to move the class on. He was the only child who did this.  In addition, both at recess and lunchtime, Luke was surrounded by groups of children who wanted to play a game he invented and were happy to comply with his rules as they followed him around the playground. My observations reiterated what I already knew about my son, that he is a normal 7-year-old-boy who is a strong willed leader.

Observation day

Observation dayObservation day

Get Your Greens

GreensPressed juice bars are all the rage in NY and LA right now, but minus the pretty packaging and clever marketing, many of them boil down to creative concoctions that carry a boatload of sugar and zero fiber.  That said, I don’t “juice” but I do like to start my mornings off with a smoothie of some sort.  It’s the quickest way to get your greens and I can drink it on my commute to the office.  Here is a green smoothie that is as good as it is good for you.  The ginger gives it a spicy kick.  Recipe follows this post.

Green appleChoppedNutribullet

Green SmoothieGreen Smoothie Recipe:

Blend the following ingredients in a Nutribullet or Vitamix blender.

Bunch of Purple Kale (stems removed)

2 Slices of Ginger

3 leaves of basil chopped

1 green apple sliced

2 Slices of lemon

1 tablespoon of flaxseed

1/4 cup of water

Sermon Sunday- God’s Mission

Fishers of Men

Jeff’s sermon this Sunday, the second part of his “On a Mission” series, focused on God’s mission. That mission is to rescue people and ultimately renew all of creation that they may enjoy His presence and live the way He intended from the beginning.  Jeff focused on three motivations people have to take part in God’s mission.  Those being, the blessing of God’s provision, the honor of God’s assignment and the power of God’s Spirit. Overall the message was a powerful reminder of why we do what we do as the Church.  When Jesus called his disciples he said “come follow me and I will make you fishers of men”, He did not say “come follow me and I will make you a Christian” or come follow me and I will make you perfect”.  He said I will make you fishers of men because those particular disciples were fisherman by vocation and they understood the analogy perfectly.  The analogy still holds true today to each of us in our respective vocations around the world. God has carved out a space for you.  A space in time, a space in a particular neighborhood, a space in a particular work environment for the purpose of sharing the evidence of Him in your life with those around you.  I felt this was not unlike my little space here on the web, where I can share my story with all who will listen.  May each of us be faithful in sharing our stories this week with those who are yearning to hear them.

Adtech SF Highlights 2014

One by AOLLately I feel like my life has been a bit of a blur. Things are finally settled down a bit this week and I had a chance to upload a few highlight photos from my time at AdTech SF where AOL announced our new ONE initiative complete with a party for our clients.  I am forever grateful that I get to work in advertising and that I get to work with so many great people.

AOL Birdcages

{I wanted to take these birdcages home from the party with me. Such a cute idea}

The Drake Lounge

{We hosted the party at the Drake Lounge, which has these lovely chandeliers}

Retro Walls

{And retro walls}

Photo Booth

{Fun times in the photo booth}

Sir Frances Drake Stairs SF

{Beautiful ceilings at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel}

Maso

{Dinner at Maso}

Sermon Sunday- One Story

God's StoryJeff started a new sermon series this week titled “On a Mission”. It seeks to answer the question of why we do what we do as the church. This week he explained the overarching message of the Bible. That the Bible is not one book, it is 66 books. Written by forty-five different authors. On three different continents. In three different languages.
The extraordinary thing about the Bible is that all of those books by all of those different authors living in all those different places at all of those different times throughout history are telling one story. The story of God’s intention for all of humanity. From the first book of Genesis to the last book of Revelation, God states his intention over and over, in different generations, using shepherds to scholars. That resounding intention is for Him to be our God and for us to be His people.  God chose one person Abraham, through whom all the nations of the world would be blessed. It would be through Abraham God would ultimately send His only Son Jesus who would make all things new and who would draw all men unto Him.  As I read my Bible this week, Lord help me to see your intention for me and to remember that you have a plan for my life. May I fulfill it according to your will.

  • Genesis 17:7 (KJV) And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
  • Leviticus 26:12 (KJV) And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.

  • Jeremiah 31:33 (KJV) But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

  • Ezekiel 37:23 (KJV) Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.
  • 2 Corinthians 6:16 (KJV) And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

  • Revelation 21:3 (KJV) And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

Engagement Surprise

Engagement FlowersMy Stepdaughter Erin is engaged and she and her fiancé are planning to be married this November. Last weekend we attended their engagement party, which was a beautiful intimate gathering of family and a few friends. Everyone got an unexpected surprise when her fiancé dropped to one knee and proposed in front of all of us, then placed a beautiful diamond ring on her finger. He had previously given her a ring made of agate, a precious stone from his home country of Iran and did not tell any of us he was planning to propose again. It was such a beautiful gesture.  We were so happy to have experienced that moment with her.

Engagement Cake

Happy Couple

{The happy couple}

Girlfriends

{Girlfriends}

Proud Dad

{Proud Daddy}

RosesPersian New Year

{Persian New Year traditional table}

Cousins

{Cousins}

Cousins

Sisters

{Sisters}

Toast

Mother of the Bride

{Mother of the Bride}

Surprise

{Surprise ring}

Ring

Brother kiss

{Congratulatory kiss from her brother}

Champagne

Yerba Buena Gardens

Yerba Buena ParkIn between meetings in San Francisco last week, I took the opportunity to go for a walk in the park across the street from my hotel. While there I discovered it was a place called Yerba Buena Gardens, which has shops, a park and a memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was a lovely place to take a few phone calls and catch up with my family.

Fountain Yerba Buena Gardens

{Fountain that marks the Martin Luther King Memorial}

Martin Luther King Memorial

{This quote is next to the waterfall}

Waterfall

{On the backside of the waterfall is a wall of other famous quotes}

Church Yerba Buena Gardens

{This Church has bells that ring on the hour and I love the sound of church bells}

Shops

{Shops alongside the park including a Target}

SF Skyline

{View on my way back to the hotel}

St Regis San Francisco

St Regis San FranciscoI was in San Francisco last week and had a chance to stay at the St. Regis for the first time. It was such a wonderful hotel and is now in my personal top three. My favorite thing about it was all of the little details that made the hotel stand out.  When you’re traveling, little things can mean a lot.  I thought I’d give you a glimpse around.

Lobby Belt Wall

{I loved this belt wall in the lobby of the hotel}

Rose Petal Stairwell

{Rose petals lined the walls of the stairwell}

Sculpture

{Artwork was prevalent, including this sculpture in the lobby and the vase in my room}

VaseAutomatic blinds{Automatic double blinds in the room.  Hit a button and they lift one at a time, in case you’d like some shade but would still prefer the light to shine through}

Stationery

{I am one of the few who still uses the US Postal Service and the quality stationery was a special treat.  I took advantage of an opportunity to pen a few notes to my brother, my best friend and my boys}

TV Vanity

{I am not one of those who needs a TV everywhere but having one on the vanity meant I could do my makeup and catch the morning news at the same time}

Sunken Tub

{I love a sunken tub, this one had a little tray with amenities like a loofah. Little things..}

Window Seat

{A wonderful window seat overlooked Moscone Center & Yerba Buena Gardens}

The Melt{Added bonus, it is a block away from The Melt, my new favorite stop on a cloudy day}

The Melt

{Grilled Cheese, Tomato Soup & a Chocolate Chip cookie.  Perfect for a chilly day}