🐼 Addie Day | 6.2017

I have successfully completed one month of Family Days and while I'm not sure I can keep up these posts every month, I'm going to keep trying because even if I'm only hit and miss, I will end up with short, descriptive stories that I otherwise would NOT have! 

Addie, the worm whisperer!

Addie, the worm whisperer!

So, Addie LOVES worms. Always has. She was just barely toddling around when she picked up her first worm and brought it to me. I do not understand this fascination. I don't have a problem with it, but I certainly don't understand it! In the summer months, we routinely make little worm habitats in GladWare containers on our front porch. You start with a little dirt, add some grass and a little flower or two, a few rocks and some water and then you try and keep a worm alive. I will leave the outcome up to your imagination, but ... we keep on trying! We count worms on the way to the bus stop and we get particularly excited about the very LONG worms. Yesterday, I began flipping through our local newspaper and opened to the feature article in the kids section: WORMS!! 🐛

Addie just recently started piano lessons. She is taking from our good friend, Selena Weber, who lives just 3 minutes away in the apartments at the bottom of our hill. So far so good; she likes to practice and does so without much prompting at all. Piano lessons are on Wednesdays. Addie also spends an hour a week with Christy Phillips, for speech. We've been going to Christy for nearly 3 years. Addie has some pretty significant deficits in terms of expressive language, which is a key aspect of her overall learning disability, but that's not going to slow us down too much. We are simply going to find other things that Addie loves and can excel at. I know we will, because Addie is curious and generally eager to try new things. 

I'm so grateful I get to be Addie's mom ❤️ 

🏂 Clark Day | 5.2017

Honduras, May 2015 (click to enlarge)

Clark is coming home this weekend. Yay!! He will be taking the DAT (Dental Admissions Test) here in Spokane on June 2nd. His plan is to (hopefully) pass with flying colors and feel secure in his application process and options for dental school, beginning in the fall of 2018.  I'm feeling good about this plan because I will now have a dentist in the family to take really good care of my teeth in my old age! Clark first seriously considered dentistry—or some off shoot of it—as a career, over the Thanksgiving break in 2014. He was fresh off of his mission (where his first mission president was a retired dentist) and was taking a career exploration class. He talked and counseled with Geoff and felt after that weekend that he was on the right path. In the spring of 2015, he enjoyed the opportunity of joining a small group of dental students and pre-dental students on a trip to Honduras where he was able to SEE first hand the importance of adequate dental care. Every morning by 6:00am a very long line would form, made up of people from several neighboring villages. The facilities were not fancy—equipment and medication was sparse, but sufficient—but these young people, under the direction of two dentists, worked 14 hour days. These wonderful, humble people were so excited and grateful to be seen. 

I LOVE this picture of a little boy receiving his very first toothbrush!

I LOVE this picture of a little boy receiving his very first toothbrush!

Clark is completing his junior year at BYU in Provo, Utah. His wife, Lauren just graduated and is now looking for a (better) job. She will pay the bills for now, so that Clark can prepare to be the primary bill payer in the future! Aside from some lingering (not critical) issues with this health, life is good (and FUN) for these young marrieds. I'm super proud of this boy and the life he is building. 

Can't wait to see him!

🔥 Trey Day | 5.2017

I just sent these two pictures to the school to be used in the Senior Mother's Tea slideshow. Am I really, truly graduating my THIRD boy?
Do you now what this means?
I will have more children living outside my home (this fall) than living inside my home. My nest is emptying. I know on paper this is a good thing and exactly what I want for my children—adulthood! But man, this is hard on a mama's emotional well-being. This post however is not about me, it's about TREY.

It's Trey Day!
Trey is one of a kind. He is the child who's personality most resembles mine, so I think I "get him" more often than the others. He is full of energy and life. He sings almost non-stop, and LOVES to be involved, but at the same time, can over-schedule himself and then become overwhelmed and exhausted. He has lots of good friends, but not-so-much a best friend. He exudes happiness, but can feel a diverse range of emotions—over the span of 15 minutes, ha! 

Trey's final theatrical production of his high school career opens on Wednesday. He is the lead actor and I'm SUPER EXCITED to see him do his thing. He has a gift for lighting up a stage. He is so expressive and his comedic timing is well, comedic. Recently, Trey was put in the unfortunate, but expected position of standing up for his beliefs. One of his teachers, in front of two friends, ridiculed him for a decision. This was HARD, but Trey came through more resolved. I'm very proud of him. He has got a very bright future!

☀️ Lauren Day | 5.2017

This is Lauren Cheney Julian. She is Clark's wife. Lauren celebrated her first birthday as a married woman in a San Diego hospital. This is because on the last day of their honeymoon, Clark unexpectedly fell to the floor writhing in pain. Gratefully, Lauren did the right thing. She called the ambulance and then called us. Turns out, Clark had a peptic ulcer and it had perforated, spilling stomach acid into his peritoneal cavity. When this happens the patient has 8 to 12 hours to get appropriate medical attention or they perish. Yikes!! 😳  This was an legitimate emergency and trust me when I tell you that I was very fond of Lauren before this, but when she saved my son's life ... she instantly became my FAVORITE daughter-in-law ins!! 😘   In all seriousness, Lauren is amazing. She is calm under pressure, kind, thoughtful, smart, capable and as you can see, 100% adorable.

I've wondered for years what it would be like to have a son get married and to essentially hand him off to another woman?! Well, we are now almost a year into this adventure called Clark & Lauren and it has been nothing but delightful. I truly feel that rather than losing a son, I've gained a daughter ❤️  and I have the happy feeling that we are going to be great friends! 

Greenery & Me.

The Pantone color of the year is the color of green that represents new growth!

The Pantone color of the year is the color of green that represents new growth!

I realized the other day that I didn't know what the Pantone Color of the Year is for 2017. What?! I know. Strange. For all the years that I worked in my magazine job or at Big Picture Classes, I always knew the color of the year—always. I was actually headed to bed when the thought popped into my head that I didn't know what this year's color is. I turned around, turned the lights back on, sat down at my computer to look it up, and ... I just about jumped out of my seat. The color is called Greenery and it's my color!!! Hello! I actually have a few friends that call this color of green, "Stacy green" because I am and always have been so completely smitten with a vibrant yellow-green. 

These colors constitute the Fashion Color Report for Spring 2017. It is a mix of vitality, relaxation and the great outdoors. 

These colors constitute the Fashion Color Report for Spring 2017. It is a mix of vitality, relaxation and the great outdoors. 

If color doesn't lie, and I don't think it can, then 2017 has got to be MY YEAR.

You may have seen this image before. I got it HERE. It's illustrative of the power of color for some of the biggest brands in the world. Click to enlarge!

Since "Greenery" is all about growth, I am choosing to boldly declare that this is a sign from the universe that I've got some exciting growing to do—which is in fact is one of the things I noted in my recent birthday post. For starters, I'm going to create a Stacy Julian color palette consisting of HAPPY colors. I once made a little scrapbook dedicated to my HAPPY colors, but now I'm making it official, as part of my personal brand. By the way, I think everyone should have a personal brand (in all actuality we do) and our own branded colors. Why not? Color is emotion and says a great deal about what we love, feel, stand for, believe and want to become. In other words, color is core to who we are and we should embrace it more often!

If you want to learn more about the message of Greenery for 2017, watch this video. If you just want to tell me how cool it is that MY BEST-LOVED COLOR happens to be the color of the year, then feel free to leave me a comment. You could tell me what YOUR signature color is and how you celebrate it. 

p.s. Technically, my most favorite color is yellow—just like the one pictured in the top left of the color grid above, but because I adore almost ALL greens, I've decided that mixing yellow + green means that YELLOW-GREEN is my go-to signature color.