{tuesdays with lola} the allison

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

– Ferris Bueller

Life is good.

It’s easy to forget that when you are frustrated about migraines, 3-1/2 year olds who don’t go to sleep at bedtime, stomach cramps, teething toddlers, messy houses, death, arguments, and all the other normal stuff that happens in life.

It’s all good.

What makes it tough is if we don’t stop to appreciate all of it. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

I don’t know who is in charge, but “they” have a plan for all of us. We’re just along for the ride.

Speaking of ride, lola and I went for a drive this morning after we dropped the little guy off at school. When I don’t feel like tackling the to do list I often just go for a drive.

This morning the sun was peaking through the clouds, and I thought we would get out and enjoy it before raindrops start falling again.

We drove down to The Allison. One of my favorite places to take the kids for a little bit of an adventure. We walk around the beautiful grounds and soak up a little bit of what the Willamette Valley has to offer. It’s a little different every season.

Here is what we found today…

home is…putting the to do list away for a morning.

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28 thoughts on “{tuesdays with lola} the allison

  1. Brandee says:

    I love this. I miss my kids being this small. It’s so hard to enjoy the wonder they find in every little thing when you’re in the midst of “life.” Wonderful post, beautiful pictures, and what a nice way to spend your morning. Put away the to do list, indeed. Splendid idea!

  2. Fil says:

    Looks like a fun morning was had. Also, looks like the projects in the background. What IS this place??? Until spring arrives in the Arctic Northeast we’ll have to enjoy it vicariously though your lovely photos. . .

  3. Kerri says:

    Putting away the to do list to appreciate the moments with your children. This was a much needed reminder since I do tend to get caught up in my to do lists! Cole and I usually run errands while Dylan is in preschool. You have inspired me to find an adventure for Cole and I on one of these days instead of our usual shopping expeditions. πŸ™‚ I have never been to the spa you mentioned. We will have to check it out. Love the photos, so cute! Great post!

    • stephany @ home is what you make it says:

      Kerri-
      I, too, usually try to “get things done” when I am down to 1 kid when the little guy is in school. However, I am finding that one morning a week it is worth it to soak in time with baby girl alone. It’s good for all of us!
      The Allison is awesome…great getaway with the hubby or girlfriends for a night! Go wine tasting, have dinner, stay in the hotel, get up and go to the spa the next morning.
      Thanks for reading…hope to see you soon!
      Are you running the Shamrock on Sunday?
      stephany

  4. Kerri Truesdell says:

    Hi Steph,
    I agree. I definitely need to make a point to spend more special time with Cole when Dylan is in school. The Allison sounds great. I didn’t even know it existed. I love discovering new places!
    I am running the 8K on Sunday! I am excited, but a little nervous since I haven’t ever done a race before. I was hoping to have completed more runs by now, so I would be more confident in my ability to run that distance. I will just be happy to cross the finish line! πŸ™‚ It should be a lot of fun! Are you going to dress up at all? Are you doing the 8K? I am sure you will rock it! Hope to see you soon!
    Kerri

  5. kathy says:

    How does one little girl become more beautiful each day? I see a stronger resemblance to her brother as she grows up as well… thank you for sharing the fun!

  6. Michael says:

    Thank you so much for letting me share this on our Facebook Page! http://www.facebook.com/TheAllisonInnandSpa.

    I have a special note from our GM too. Pierre finally sat down to end his work week, exhausted, on Sunday morning. We all have weeks like that, and he was just getting ready to start his *next* week at the same time… and my email about this blog post crossed his inbox. It made his day. It made him realize what’s really important – and he called his daughter and had a wonderful chat throughout the morning catching up with her. So thank you for enriching people’s lives — even those at the hotel you were shooting! =)

    Cheers, be well, and thank you again!

    Sincerely,
    Michael | Online Concierge
    The Allison Inn & Spa

  7. Betsy says:

    Fab! So hard to keep perspective in the moments that life is bogging you down. Its great to have a post like this to remind you when things seem tough. Happy SITS day!

  8. Lisa says:

    Hmmm, you are so wise to put things away for a while and just enjoy the moment. I remember often wishing, “If they were just out of diapers,” or “If I could just wean them from breast feeding…” pretty soon I realized I wished it all away, and now they are grown. Always remember to live in the moment.

  9. April says:

    Sweet photos. I totally agree about putting away the to do list and soaking up time watching our little ones explore. I actually put that ON my to-do list somedays!!

  10. hannah says:

    Looks like your daughter had a lot of fun and the photos will be great memories for you when she’s grown — better than the “chores” πŸ˜‰
    Hannah

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