My Everyday Life: Week 14

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 14

This past week we spent Cooper’s Spring break in Pacific Grove with family.

We spent so much quality time with my Dad!

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Beach collections.

Seaweed tattoo.

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Finding unique treasures on the beach.

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The colors!

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Collecting mussels.

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Painting them.

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I spent a lot of time trying to rest and reignite my creative battery.

I wrote a post about keeping creativity alive. Traveling helps greatly.

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I also started the #100dayproject on our trip! I am going to try to paint every day for the next 100 days.

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The colors in Monterey are inspiring.

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We spent the week working on a puzzle.

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Trader Joe’s pecan kringle for the win!

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Casey spent the week building Fenway Park.

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He really enjoyed it.

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Echium season!

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Eileen & Perry visit. Here comes the fun!

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Sun in pools of water.

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Mussels are my favorite.

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Stacked.

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Goodbye, sun.

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My son.

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This made me LOL.

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Heaven on Earth.

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Collecting.

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Sorting.

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Drawing.

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Breakfasting.

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Saying goodbye to my bro & sister-in-law in Carmel.

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My dad made me Manhattans!

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We ate so much fried calamari this week.

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I brought my Mom’s ashes on our Easter celebration!  #keepgriefweird

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We finished the puzzle!!

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Such good tide pool action!

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I saw starfish!

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Our walks on the beach were the best.

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Spending time off my phone was needed. Giving myself a break from consuming information was much needed.

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Day trip to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk.

Me and Coop on the tornado.

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It’s so much fun to people watch there.

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The colors!

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I got a henna tattoo and was fascinated by all the random food they have there!

You can get flavored churros, deep fried twinkies, loaded french fries and a fried chip spiral thing. Not to mention soo many different drinks.

Instead, I got a henna tattoo and my dad and I drank a beer while Casey and Cooper went on the Giant Dipper.

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Nature is wonderful.

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It rained on our way out.

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Our first family vacation without my Mom.

It meant: 

-a lot of quiet time.

My mom would usually have us up til 2am a few nights talking. 

-working together as a family.

Everyone pitches in more.

-less meal planning

More spontaneous random meals.

-lyft rides so everyone gets to have fun.

-more family walks

and a deeper appreciation that every moment happens once.

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I am soooooo grateful for time with family.

A major loss can do that to you.

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HERE'S MORE OF MY EVERYDAY LIFE ON SHUTTERBEAN.COM

Week 14 in 2017

Week 14 in 2016

Week 14 in 2015

Week 14 of 2014

Week 14 of 2013

Week 14 of 2012

Week 14 of 2011

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  • Mollie

    Beautiful post. Your photos are incredible and caption so much joy, love, and emotion. You’re an inspiration to many. Thank you for sharing yourself and your stories through your lovely photos.

  • BONNIE

    I’m glad to see your Dad looking happy. And happy for him that you are his daughter and have been taking such tender care of him. Also, loved the shout out for Echlums! When I see them each year, they look prehistoric to me. I imagine dinosaurs walking among them! Love your days. Keep inspiring yourself and us. Thanks, Tracy!

  • emily (@etmoore)

    lovely

  • ELLEN

    “When you lose someone you love, you gain an angel you know.” – Unknown. Your Angel Mother is surely smiling. Beautiful post! Thank-you!

  • Sarah

    Tracy, your pictures are just beautiful! Every time I read your Everyday Life post I’m so inspired by your photos. Can I ask what device/camera your using for these types of photos on a daily/weekly basis? Keep on keepin’ on! Thanks!

  • Hollu

    I love the pic of your dad making Manhattens. I know the loss of your mom is incredible but I’m so happy for you that you have a good relationship with your dad. Also, we just visited CA for the first time in Jan and for some reason I had in my mind that the beaches there weren’t going to be great but they are all just so beautiful. Your tide pool pics make me want to plan a return trip.

  • Robyn

    I follow a lot of blogs but your ‘my everyday life’ posts are by far one of my favourites, such beautiful pictures!

  • Marianne

    Long time reader….always too bashful to post. You are such an inspiration Tracy. Wishing you and your family love and peace…..I know your mom is so proud.

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  • Jessica Rodriguez

    Tracy,
    LOVE this post….love the sentiments about your mom, and treasuring the moments and time we are so lucky to have with family NOW, if only we pause in our grieving to NOTICE them. Beautiful pictures, always, and thank you for keeping grief weird and the internet a REAL place for real people. xxoo

  • Danabee

    Tracy, thank you so much for bravely sharing your lovely family with us, your internet peeps. I look forward to your posts and enjoy reading them (and seeing them!) so much.
    We love the Pacific Grove/Monterey area. One of favorite must-do things in PG is Toastie’s restaurant for their out-of-this-world pancakes. They’re massive, thick and fluffy. Nap food, for sure, but an unmissable treat whenever we’re in the area.
    Yours in Petaluma,
    Dana

  • Lori

    That last photo is stunning! I also love the 2 of you and Cooper and the one of your dad making Manhattans. Glad you had some time to relax.

  • Eileen

    Love your drawings. Wish I live near a beach.

    Totally agree with you that a major loss makes you more grateful of your time with your loved ones.

  • Lexie

    Your notes about your mom and dad are so heart-warming. She lives on in you and is there, it shows that you are making sure of that!
    Also, love that you guys eat so much fried calamari, I wish I could too:)

  • Kaye Lyssy

    Such a beautiful post – the photos and the sentiments. Have a great week!

  • Vanessa

    making me seriously miss our regular trips to Santa Cruz every spring! we loved camping at Sunset State Beach and then making day trips to Monterrey and to the Boardwalk. I think the kids would FINALLY be tall enough to do the Dipper this year!

  • Shannon

    I can so relate to your #keepgriefweird hashtag. I still have my mom’s ashes. She passed away nearly 20 years ago. They are on a shelf in the closet of my craft room/studio, next to a box of my old journals, a wig, and some quilt batting. Sometimes I feel a bit guilty that I haven’t done anything special with them, but I think she would have found it amusing to know where they are kept.
    🙂

  • Sarah

    Is it possible to feel nostalgic for someone else’s experiences? Each picture took me somewhere I felt I had been before. Thank you for sharing. This is truly a lovely glimpse into a wonderful family vacation. I am so happy you are growing closer to your family.

    • Tracy

      Thank you, Sarah. What a beautiful thing to say! I cherish our trips and I’m so lucky to capture the essence of each one!

  • Jill

    I don’t normally comment, but this post is particularly beautiful and affecting me in just the right way at the right time. I especially liked your drawing/painting of the mussel shells and your photos of all the seaweed. Peace to you lady!

  • Kristin

    What a beautiful week, in so many ways! I can’t express how tickled I would be if my kids took my ashes on car rides, brought me out for holidays, etc. I think you’re keeping grief beautiful and raw and real.

  • Biz

    I don’t comment very often, but I love these posts. I’ve never been to California – it’s on my bucket list – so beautiful!

    Now if it could just get above 30 in Chicago so I can take pictures outside without freezing my ass off!

    • Tracy

      Going back to Chicago is on my bucket list! Sending you some sunshine! The warm weather will be here just before you know it!

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