man oh man, you're my best friend...

home is whenever i'm with you.

we are finally home from traveling.
i'll update this thing sometime soon.


walk on the pier

it was such a beautiful day!


this past weekend has been of the most sleepless i've experienced in some time. i am now so organized, we are all moved in and have found all my missing jewelry! we moved a mile down the street and love our new house. it has a really great feeling to it.


ep love

a month or so ago, i worked on a project with EPLove. it was so much fun... really quick and in a place i've never been. to see more of this project and more of their creative and talented work, click here.


so it's friday.

{image by anna khari}

i promise i will post something worth substance when things get a little slower... i have so much to update about but have been giving these quickies.  life is super good. this weekend will be packed but hopefully sunday we can just sit.


** this news made my year. i want to live in pasadena now for this reason.  now i don't have to crave my arizona treat anymore.
** my cute brides. check these head pieces out.  they may be a bit pricey but i thought they could spark some interest, ya know?
**next time you are grocery shopping at trader joes and want only gluten free foods, check this before you go.
**LA times article i found interesting about kelp. probably boring to many. okay probably all of yous.
**how fun would it be to have a cabin like this?
**i may be a few seasons early for this, but i thought these weren't real! you can actually watch movies in the cemeteries in los angeles. creepy/amazing. $10. i'm in comes halloween.
**how fun would this dress be to wear? for reals.
**this vintage bathing suit is kind of unique.
**scotch nail polish is kind of really great.


the big orange balloon

this weekend brady and i went to the great park in orange county to watch a movie in the park. every saturday night they feature a free movie in the park so people can bring blankets and snuggle up on the grass.
this particular night, the park was celebrating memorial day early so they had a few things going on for the veterans there. they played "south pacific." such a fun date night!


j-baby update

a few things as of late...

+++fortunately he still sits on aunt's laps and is all cute about it.
+++ he still thinks there is far too much sand at the beach.
+++ jack currently is growing his hair long like his cousin micah. he wants long curls like micah... jack has stick straight hair.

+++ we were delayed and waiting for hours on monday. this is only five minutes of what we did to keep us busy...

+++ snores every night.

+++ the jury is still out if he is a celiac.

+++ he figured out all these fun things on his nintendo. he changes voices, pictures, beats all levels, freezes time... you name it. i also compete with this gadget for his time.

+++ he has been going to the pool almost every day. here are some recent pictures with his cute girl-buddy isabella. they spend almost everyday together.

+++ so today jackson was caught kissing this ^ {above} cute girl... isabella in the sandbox. he said he is in love with her. he got in trouble and his preschool teacher told the whole class they are not allowed to date until they are 16. oh my, oh my.

+++ he tells people he has 20 teeth. random people actually.

+++ jackson is exactly 44 1/2 inches at age 4 years and 10 months.

+++jack went on the funnest field trip recently! his went down to san diego on the train with his class on national train day. they stopped by a carlsbad beach and played in the water with mrs. g!

uplifting quote

"This [year], mend a quarrel.  Seek out a forgotten friend.  Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust.  Write a letter.  Give a soft answer.  Encourage youth.   Manifest your loyalty in word and deed.  Keep a promise.   Forgo a grudge.   Forgive an enemy.   Apologize.   Try to understand.  Examine your demands on others.  Think first of someone else.  Be kind.  Be gentle.  Laugh a little more.   Express your gratitude.  Welcome a stranger.   Gladden the heart of a child.   Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth.   Speak your love and then speak it again."

the above quote originated from mccall's magazine, december 1959, pp. 82-83.  it was later quoted at least twice by howard w. hunter.


what a wedding.

my sweet {kinda sister} kirsten got married on saturday! she and steve had the prettiest wedding! here are some pictures from burnt exposure of the event.

this guy charmed his way onto my side
for most of the evening.

cute krystal helped me stay warm 
on the ferris wheel!

such a beautiful night. 
congrats frosts!



every month, our youth group {young men and young women} meet at an area close by to feed the homeless.

we set up tables, bring the food we've prepared prior, sac lunches, waters and any other donations from other churches or local schools and wait from 4pm to 5pm on tuesdays. we try to feed local people who go without shelter and food and clothing. it's been a humbling experience to say the least. there are many people there with a story. so glad there are so many good people out there that come help feed those that may need more than we do.

++ if you live in southern california and have time later afternoon on tuesdays, please contact me at melislundquist {at} gmail.com to find out which location we meet at. it's a great experience to meet with fathers who have kids without homes, people who live in shelters, and those who are in great need.

after, i took my brother blake and the boys to grab something to keep them smiling!


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