happy weekend + spring break!

…our kids have the next nine days to play! wooo*hoooo! we have nine days of beautiful plans. first, the boston marathon is monday and it goes right past our house! so, we will be cheering all day long – especially for a few of our friends. one being shannon herbert child who will be staying with us {+husband} for a few days. i love playing tourist with friends in town. now that we’re so local and all. ::wink::

we have red sox tickets + i have one on one dates with my kids planned + late movie nights + bike rides + more!

before i leave you… i wanted to share a little something. one of our yoga instructors ends her classes with excerpts from her journal. she’s a beautiful writer, and while talking to us this week she asked our class —

not only, what inspires you, but why do those things/people/situations/art/whatever it is – why does it inspire you?

please share with me your thoughts.

on an entirely different note, the blogging community has had a few articles lately focusing on reading blogs/facebook/whatever social network you can fit in here/etc and comparing ourselves to individuals who seem “perfect” or have the “perfect life” or are “perfect mothers.” these articles seem to appear regularly throughout the blogging community. and, on occasion i will hear people also make comments in regards to the same topics.

why? why do people compare themselves to others?

a little something to think about over the weekend. i’ll be back monday to discuss this a bit more…  see you then.  xoxo.

{image by me.}


happy weekend!

this weekend is packed with goodness. first, sela will be dancing in her first competition with the lil dance team she is on. we are all excited to cheer for her! she has already asked that we don’t forget her flowers. {the details little sis has absorbed after years of watching big sis perform!} kiana, one of her ballet friends, and i have tickets to this. girls night out! kiana is thinking about attending this dance studio next year so we are attending their 2011 show to scope-out the dance scene. myla is going to her first birthday party since we’ve moved to boston. we’ll be celebrating st. patrick’s day here. i’m making my first corned beef & cabbage dinner with advice from our local whole foods butcher. lets hope i don’t mess up! and, more of this. i’m obsessed!

what are your plans??? if you are in boston, boston mamas does a great run down of weekend events here!

{all photos by me, with these photo props.}


happy father’s day weekend!

i hope you enjoy lots of sunshine with the men in your life!
we will be givin’ extra loves to our big papi!





happy weekend!

it’s getting closer, so i created an entire display on our chalkboard wall to start the countdown!

miss thirteen and i will be going to nyc at the end of the month,
then about a week later… husband + our other three kiddo’s + their auntie will be driving our stuff across the country to boston.
thank goodness for an auntie who loves to drive!

miss thirteen and i will take a train after her dance nationals are finished in nyc and meet the rest of our family in b-town.

so. did you read that correctly? my husband is going to be driving our kids across the country + a large truck + a trailer + our two vehicles… {with his sister} WITHOUT ME!

brave papi, right? i am a bit torn – i’m happy that i’ll be comfy in nyc watching my oldest dance,
and i’m bummed to be missing the experience of driving across the country!
we might not do that again.

their goal is to drive 600 miles per day, for four days.

any advice?

our kids are good travellers – but. you know… that is a LOT of driving!!!

what are your plans this weekend?

i will be… packing, and organizing. and sorting items for our yard sale. and pricing items for the yard sale.
and going to kj’s baseball games + a couple little “school’s out!” parties + a few other kid activities + we’ll be having our first official visit to grandma’s new apartment.

she moved last week & is all settled in her new place. it’s really strange not having her around –
she always got the mail each afternoon –
so, our mail tends to sit in the mailbox for a day or two at a time now… till we realize WE NEED TO GET IT!

she always took the garbage cans out to the curb when it was garbage day,
so… we have missed garbage day twice now and have a lovely pile of stuffed garbage bags just sitting in our garage now!

sela asks everyday to visit grandma, so this visit has much-anticipation.


and again, i am shocked with your responses to my “going, going, gone.” post.

i have to say, i can’t find the comment now – but, the woman who is in the military and reads my blog everyday to keep in touch with “home” – you managed to put me entirely over the edge emotionally. which, i’m always on that edge, but you were still entirely successful. every comment {well, minus that one} has been so sweet, and genuine. it seems so silly to me that i inspire people! i most definitely seek the blogging world for inspiration, and find a common love of goodness here. but, really folks – when i thought i’d get a few comments like, “hey. good luck packing, and travel safely to boston!” or “i really like that quote, -you are not a tree- hahaha!” i had no idea i would get soul-bearing comments from so many people!

oh dear, my heart is overwhelmed. i truly want to invite you all to read, when husband returns home we will discuss this further… {he’s totally on your side, and he has my back too 100% of the time… if you noticed that in the comments – ha!} i just have to weigh out the safety of some issues we are going through, and in the end, we’ll have a solid answer.

till then – please, have a happy weekend!



this is how my brain works…


When your environment is cluttered,
the chaos restricts your ability to focus.
The clutter also limits your brain’s ability to process information.
Clutter makes you distracted and unable to process information
as well as you do in an uncluttered, organized, and serene environment.

does clutter distract you? yes? no?

read more here.
{via here}

happy weekend!

what are your plans?!?

i will be de-cluttering.

happy weekend!

it’s officially spring break for my kids at 4pm. today.

husband is traveling, so the kiddos and i are making big plans for the next ten days. i’m thinking about putting them in the car & road-trippin’ somewhwere, but i can’t pick a good, 3-4 day destination! any ideas?!? not vegas. not l.a., washington is a bit too far to drive in that time… we’re going to zions in may. !!! where should we go???

this morning, i am starting spring break early by heading over to the bijou market with girlfriends! we gotta get there while the pickin’s good!

it’s today, and tomorrow. you don’t want to miss it!

remember pink peach cakes? she will be there, with samples! {she also featured kiana’s teen-y party here.}

in other news, i am ecstatic to announce that i, my 3 girls, and my mom were chosen for justin hackworth’s 30 strangers project. there were over 400 applicants this year… and we were chosen!!!

i have been in awe of this project for the past few years, and this past week we had our photo shoot! justin is incredible to work with. so kind, and personable. this next week i get to see all the pictures from our shoot, and will hopefully have more to share. until then, here is one pic he posted on facebook…

and, this past month in march, i had 10 hours+ of one on one illustrator training with alma, from ollibird. she is an illustrator genius. i have so much to share, but my brain is still chewing up its food right now. the world of graphic design is amazing…AMAZING!

an entirely new blog design is on the horizon for me, and i can not wait to share it with all of you… soon. hopefully within the next month!

for this weekend, i am walking away from the www., i want to spend time with my kiddos, watch movies, and do some cooking, maybe some gardening. we love digging our hands in some fresh dirt! i’m starting to plan my little mister’s 8th birthday party for the end of this month! fun plans are to be enjoyed, starting now!

what are you doing this weekend???


happy weekend!

my husband has been at the big dance all week. this is one of the largest conventions all year for his company. and, the poor guy – right after he arrived in texas, he had to take himself to a hospital because he was so sick. we thought maybe he had strep throat, but come to find out, he had an ear infection in each ear & his left ear drum had burst! {not good to be flying in such a condition!}

i don’t know about other husbands, but mine does not fair well in pain. {wink, wink} and i’ve been very worried about him all week.

good news: lately, i have listened and watched husband following his beloved red sox. i hear the sounds of pre-season baseball, i smile knowing it’s coming…that season shift.

where we sit at ball parks, and the sun warms our skin.

…this weekend {drum roll, please!} i am meeting up with him in dallas to kick off the mlb season with two red sox games! woooo-hoooooo! {did i mention the weather forecast in dallas is high 80’s/low 90’s???}

i have a pretty good feeling, his ears will be feeling better by then!

my husbands love of all-teams-boston {red sox. celtics. patriots.} was passed on to me with my wedding ring… and, we have great memories from attending and/or watching games the past fifteen years.

what will you be doing this weekend???

watching or attending any mlb games?



don’t miss it, this weekend!

if you are in the provo area today,
you won’t want to miss the bijou market!


happy weekend!

this weekend, we are on our way to northern california, to attend a family wedding. we are traveling from orem, utah to bridgeport, california. near yosemite. we are taking the kids to see yosemite.
ten hours of driving, each way. does anyone have suggestions for
“road-trip must sees, must eat, must experience” along this route?

{quote from naomi, the rockstars.}


happy weekend.

studio mela, again.

maybe i love etsy.


don’t miss these two events!!!


weekend. weekend. weekend.

we have lots of fun plans, and very disappointingly won’t be able to make it to the chalk art festival at the gateway but we went last year and loved it!

if you are in the salt lake city area, you don’t want to miss it on friday or saturday! i like going on saturday to see all the finished chalk art!


friday evening, you will find us at:

Center Stage Performing Arts Studio
Dance Company Showcase
Last time to see the numbers being competed at nationals!
Location: Ragan Theater
Time: 6:30PM Friday, June 19th


then we’re off to a family wedding!


right this minute: i love this -

LOVE STORY (Taylor Swift) meets VIVA LA VIDA (Coldplay) – Piano Cello – by Jon Schmidt

and read the story here from ksl.


ooh-la-la, next weekend!!!

Bijou Market is a Utah marketplace featuring about 30 local vendors and their handmade goods. Utahns, mark your calendars! Their big show is coming up soon – June 27th.


good times, good friends…

are in the plans.

but right this minute: sleep is inconvenient. i always stay up waaaayyy too late, it’s the only way to Get Stuff Done. i’m considering starting a movement…the Secret Sleepless Society. and sara, she can be a founding member with myself.

i’m currently taking a mind break. between last week and this week i am about to take my second art history test, tomorrow. waaaayyy too much information to be memorized in such close periods of time.

the bright side? as soon as i finish the two-and-a-half-hour-essay-exam, i will be on my way to a lovely weekend with my husband. we are leaving the little people home. {uh-huh.} and, we will be amongst incredible friends, celebrating a dear dear friends FORTIETH birthday.
{lots of pictures to share next week, i’m sure.}

this is just the beginning, the next decade is going to whisk in lots of FORTIETH celebrations! luckily, not mine for some time ;)

thinking of time…

it’s time to put my mind back to work – 13 more days till my summer classes are finished.

truly, i am loving every second of school, sleep deprived.

have a lovely weekend!After all, we’re only the sum of our thoughts, right? Love this cheery little print by Studio Mela.

© 2014 jane rhodes.