It’s May! What tha heck? How are we already five months into 2015???

So this month, we have a couple of things happening. First of which is a fantastic collaboration with Susan Posnick Cosmetics!! I was first introduced to Susan Posnick in 2008 while working at Sharla’s, and later became a makeup artist and rep for the mineral line conveniently based in Dallas. There are a zillion aspects of this line that make it one of widget_custom_image_10_1401753692and a necessity in my makeup bag. Stay tuned this month for several posts about Susan Posnick Cosmetics; for me anything that Makes Beauty Simple like this line does is a blessing and key in my quest for finding The Art of Living Beautifully.

Pineapples are definitely on the agenda this month, mainly because they make me feel like VACATION, and May is just about that time! Pineapples will be inspiring you to Live Beautifully in La Cucina, Style Wheel and even as a topic for Ins and Outings as a tablescape design in my outdoor dining room.

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James is graduating from pre school this month and will officially be a Kindergartener come September. OEMGEE! Not sure when my first born became a kid. He is 4 feet tall which is only a foot and a half shorter than me! I’m feeling a little bit  very emotional about it, but as much as I’ve loved our time together up until now, I don’t necessarily wish he would stay this age forever…okay I kind of do…but I will love watching to see how James lives his life every day. I will love admiring his strengths and being available during his challenges. Right now, I mainly see how he interacts as a big brother and a son. On a day to day basis he doesn’t face difficult decisions or problems with friends or getting into trouble with teachers or grades or homework or much pressure at all. I think what has me feeling so emotional is the knowledge that:

He is ready.

He is excited.

And he will need me less and less as time goes by.

But James deserves to experience this exciting time and the scary joy of taking his first steps into the world and down the road to his future.

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He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”

And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.

Mark 10:14-16

Although James is not attending a Christian school next year, I no less pray each day and believe that the Lord reigns inside his school’s walls. And I know on the first day of Kindergarten, when I walk James to his classroom, I will be letting go of his hand so he can take hold of Christ’s. If Brian and I have done our jobs, regardless of his youth, James will find peace and joy in the knowledge that he isn’t alone on that first day, but hand in hand with his Heavenly Father, Creator and closest Friend.

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You might recognize this picture from Instagram if you follow me. Here is James standing beneath the huge clock at his new elementary school. This picture was taken the same day as his graduation picture so pretty much all day I was a wreck!

Yesterday James ditched (pre) school. We spent the day at the Perot Museum,  and after he chose to have lunch at the original El Fenix in downtown Dallas. Then we may or may not have headed to Target for a toy…where he decided he wanted an XBOX. Not quite in the price range I had in mind, but he was so understanding when I explained it to him and said he would rather not get anything, but would like to wait until he can get the XBOX.

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He said it was too bright to keep his eyes open

Putting his foot in a dinosaur footprint.

Putting his foot in a dinosaur footprint.

And just because:

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these three headed to play golf

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of course

Have a blessed May, all! xo

-ciao for now-

lauren

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