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from the weekend: brunch dates & girls nights

02.23.14 weekendThis weekend I celebrated a friend’s birthday with a girls night in (bunny ears included), lingered over coffee with Rupe at brunch, and avoided our construction dust covered, half finished house at all costs. :)

Happy Monday!

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from the weekend: Wyoming & family time

11.04.13-weekendThis morning I’m recovering from our evening flight and travel day yesterday coming back from Wyoming. We really had the best time with my sister and her husband (and two adorable kids). Watching a 3 year old trick-or-treat has to be one of the cutest things to witness. We carved pumpkins, hiked to waterfalls, drove through the mountains, and spent some downtime just catching up.

When we were leaving it really hit me how hard it is living so far apart. I finally got to meet my now 6th month old nephew, while my niece, Lila, (the 3 year old) and I bonded big time over this trip. I loved being the doting Auntie. One of the trade-offs of living in beautiful California is definitely being so far from family. My sister is such a natural and amazing mom and I’m in total awe of her. When thinking of having kids of my own I always wonder if I could hack it without that built in support system of having family around.

For those of you with kiddos, how do you do it with or without family nearby? Do you live in your dream location and make it work, or move to be close to kin, or are you lucky enough to have it all?

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from the weekend: cathedral cove

20130226-222431.jpg We’re having the best time in New Zealand and thoroughly losing track of our days. Here’s a shot of one of our favorite stops so far … cathedral cove. See more of our trip by following along on Instagram. I’m @sarahshermansamuel