This Christmas season was filled with so many non material gifts for our family–so much quality time being near the top of the list. We started off break with a great end to James’ school semester and a fog of sickness. Whilst recovering, we did day trips to local spots, an evening at a fun light show over the hill from us, had drinks with friends and spent some time catching ourselves up on life and looking at the upcoming year. Continue reading “Bits and pieces”→
I hope you had a wonderful New Years! So typically, I find myself at home in jammies with popcorn and a movie, all topped off by a sensibly early bedtime. But this year! This year we spent our evening with friends chatting, trying the occasional sip of moonshine, playing games and rocking my fussy baby (I mean, the ONE night she decides to fuss.. :)).
This year already feels as if it’s signifying major changes in our personal world. We are experiencing a wave of new things in many facets of life and 2018 already feels like a huge gift that I’m about to unwrap. I am looking forward to pursuing things that are important to me.. in my writing, my personal faith, enriching my kids’ worlds as much as I’m able, enriching my own mind and understanding, connecting with friends, old and new, baking bread more, running to offset said bread, hobbies, etc 😉 Can’t wait to see what this year holds for you as well—happy New Years!
On Sunday afternoon, I decided I had my last frustrated attempt at reaching and grabbing the ridiculous amount of toys that had built up under our bed! While the little girl population in our family slept, I shlepped our furniture around and found a new arrangement, cleaned and literally used my entire being and body to shimmy our stuff around, and it feels so much better! Continue reading “Bits and pieces”→
Hope you enjoy being with loved ones today. I kind of feel that this is my season of thanks, rather than just one day! Either way, I can say one hundred percent that being thankful everyday as a family has flipped our entire family life on its head. When I start my day out with recognizing what a gift life is, I feel like nothing is standing in my way.
It’s not always easy and lack of sleep certain nights can be quite unhelpful, but being grateful and avoiding my thoughts natural lean towards complaints or grumbling has been one huge of JOY. Happy season of thanks!!
We are so excited for the Christmas season arriving! And a week early at that since thanksgiving is this week—woop woop! Last year Luke began to understand better but this year Kate will take her turn and I’m so excited for her. We started listening Continue reading “Bits and pieces”→
Luke told me he dreamt of frogs a few nights ago. I guess there’s not much more to say about it except I thought it was cute. And amazing that he’s beginning to remember his dreams, or at least describe them to us 🙂 Also, his three favorite animals to sleep with are a Swiss cow, a turtle from the Target dollar section a few years ago and a big Batman. They are all named Austin or Eddie depending on the day (two of his favorite young adults lol). Continue reading “Bits and pieces”→
It has been so hot! Last week, the leaves began to fall and the other day I had to rake them all away so I could break out the pool. Kate and I have spent a few afternoons playing in the water. She loves it. This girl.. Continue reading “Bits + pieces”→
Septembers in Santa Cruz are usually lovely. It has felt a little too hot still for my bones but the mornings and evenings are becoming the slightest bit cooler and breezier, a sort of haphazard breeze that throws leaves around in our yard as the sunsets Continue reading “Bits and pieces”→
I used to do “bits and pieces” when I first started blogging (in 2011, where’s my cane?! okay okay that’s not THAT long ago now that I think about it..), but I miss doing that so here’s my 2017 take on it. I should add, I physically—almost painfully—cringe when I read some of my blog entries from back then, but then also laugh hysterically because well, that’s all you can do! Continue reading “Bits and pieces”→
After a handful of “storms of the century”, the weather in on the upswing and I can almost squeeze spring out of thin air! We’ve spent a whole lot more time outside–not like it’s such inclement weather, we couldn’t be outside (eyeroll to us Californians)–and it’s warmly welcomed! Continue reading “Warming up!”→
There are quite a few things I could be doing in this moment.. Once the child is down and things settle, it’s easy for me to dive into a spurt of work-related shenanigans (and let’s be honest, get a little lost and come back up for air at 10pm, yikes). But I’ve realized over the last few weeks, that I’m in desperate need of some open brain space and little silly outlets. For some reason, this little thing seemed to do the trick 🙂
September is half-way through and I’m coming to terms that my little boy will be SIX months old soon (YES, a half of a YEAR!). He’s an absolute joy that little one. This picture is a good capture of who he is—full of joy, excitement, easy-going and content. LOVE him. He’s in such a playful phase right now, he just plays and plays, chewing on different toys, rolling and beginning to crawl around. He’s not too too mobile yet but man, we really have to watch him now because he will flip and inch towards the edge of the bed so fast. He’s keeping us on our toes. Continue reading “A little mish-mash”→
^^ DO you guys see this eyebrow raise?! Kills me. Happy Friday guys! Hope you have fun plans for the weekend. We’re hoping the weather cools a little! Consistent high 80’s in this town is enough to make us all melt—I’d do anyyyyyything for A/C right about now! Or maybe it’s just me.. Can I blame this one on the hormones too?
We will be spending time with good friends today and throughout the weekend, hopefully taking a family walk and getting ourselves to the wonderful world of Target (let’s just say Target is our haven as new parents..and we’re not alone because I see at least 10.3523 parents with newborns everytime I go; fistbump new moms..now move over, you’re blocking the pampers). Hope you enjoy you’re adventures as well, and better hope you don’t end up in a pushing match with me over wipes in the diaper aisle at Target 😉
And I saw this post elsewhere and thought it was a fun idea, so here we are. Living on the edge 🙂
Making: my house a home, constantly. did some moving around this morning—best feeling ever.
Cooking: not too much, I’m kind of in smoothie land (blueberry!)..
Drinking: iced water. all day, every day.
Reading: all the books on how to help babies learn to sleep. you guys, it’s starting to work!
Wanting: our own backyard pool
Looking: out my window to the lovely sunlit courtyard. its’ tres romantic.
Playing: “happy” by pharrell (yes, the one everyone’s sick of 🙂
Wishing: i had a personal chef this morning. for eggs benedict to be specific.
Enjoying: my baby boy’s cooing
[still] Liking: the “it’s gonna be may” meme with jt. i know you’re so over it.. but not may!
Wondering: if you’re still reading at this point 🙂
Loving: my family and friends. so grateful for them more and more each day.
Marveling: at how long our child is! he is not even 2 months and busting out of the 3 month stuff lengthwise (but swimming in it horizontally hehe)
Needing: a foot rub and sparkly drink
Smelling: the salty ocean air
Wearing: chambray and loose dresses
Following: modern seinfeld on twitter. i have been for awhile and it’s gold, jerry, gold!
Noticing: how much room there is for me to be better at counting my many blessings
Knowing: what my baby’s cries mean, little by little.
Thinking: not a lot. brain mush, my friends.
Bookmarking: foods for breastfeeding mamas!
Giggling: pretty often these days
Feeling: sneezy, dopey, sleepy, but very happy
So many things about our life are new right now, all of which are extremely exciting to us! For starters, we have a newborn (if ya haven’t noticed, he’s kind of overtaken the little that I blog!). We’ve also taken on new areas of ministry in our church, and really we’ve just entered a new season of life in general—new faces, new responsibilities, new sleep patterns, new body shape (oh boy!). Just NEW!
I thought in the process I’d freshen up this space too and change up the name I’ve got going.. to my own (obvious maybe, but feels right): Mrs. Casey Ann (my middle name). I’ll be making more changes when I find a moment but for now (domain will remain the same til further notice), but that’s the scoop my friends and that’s about as fresh as I can manage for now 🙂