We celebrated our favorite guy's birthday yesterday. We had a wee little and very delicious cake with the boys and then a real date night out just the two of us. Our sitter took the bottom photo. Can you tell how excited we are to be on our way to a nice restaurant together?
Happy Birthday to my sweetheart. So grateful for him.
This trip helped me completely understand why a lot of people we know rent the same beach house at the same beach every year. It's crystal clear now -- when you find something that works there is no reason to look elsewhere. We'd definitely revisit our last spot next year. And we may. It's silly to admit but the outdoor shower might have been my very favorite thing about our beach house. Note to self: get a place in the country and install yourself an outdoor shower pronto!
The kids played games and watched Totoro. We intended to bring Ponyo, which would have been perfect for the beach, but I only brought the case, leaving the dvd at home in our player. Duh. Felix was also introduced to Frozen for the first time. I think it's safe to say his cousin is a pretty big fan. It's funny, though, from the night we watched it Felix would come up to me and ask me to remind him what Elsa's name was. He could not for the life of him remember her name. Kooky boy.
There was a glorious rainbow one evening. The same evening we used the gas grill to make s'mores. Good stuff. The grown-ups played Cards Against Humanity and Celebrity after the kids went to bed. Have you played Cards Against Humanity? Man oh man, that game is raunchy and super funny. And you know I feel extremely comfortable with my in-laws to play a game like that. I can easily giggle to myself now just thinking of some of the silly cards people played.
No trip to the beach is complete without a visit to the aquarium. Although I must admit that swimming in the ocean the day after seeing the sharks at the aquarium made me feel a little nervous. Sharks are such beautiful creatures, but terrifying!
Hope your summer is full of adventures and maybe a rainbow or two.
We just returned from spending a week at the beach in Emerald Isle, NC. It was the best of times and our days were so full we practically fell in our beds every night. Dustin's parents and his sister's family joined us for the week. Our kiddos are all the same age, give or take a few months, and they had a great time splashing in the salty ocean and running wild throughout the beach house. I mean that in the best way. Cousins!
We ate like kings. One thing we did that we will ALWAYS do on future trips (and I highly recommend) is that we divvied up meal-planning and cooking responsibilities between each family. It worked brilliantly and everyone who had the night off was able to relax completely knowing it was someone else's turn to cook dinner.
Felix loved the ocean. He could spend all day splashing in those salty waves. Roman took a few days to get comfortable with the water -- the shallow tide pools and digging in the sand suited him much better, which was fine with me. The combination of ocean and toddler puts me on high alert!
There were long quiet afternoons when the kids napped and we read or played cards. S'mores and cookie ice cream sandwiches were devoured. Like I said, it was the best of times.
I'll be back later in the week with more photos and stories to share.
Lots going on around here. We've had visitors and snowstorms and there have even been a couple of yucky winter colds thrown in for good measure (so tired of colds and coughs!) Currently we're having delightful weather perfect for lots of outside play, which is just what the doctor ordered.
Here are a few snaps from last week's storm. The sledding was the very best part. That, and seeing Felix finally get to make a snow angel.
First off, I want to say thank you so much to the sweet people who commented and emailed me privately in response to my last post about my fears about transition and change. It has been so good to speak openly about fear and be met with such kindness and support. It has also been amazing to hear from people who've been there and got to the other side. Change is damn hard for me (always has been), but I'm finding that approaching it with curiousity and interest instead of anxiety is helping a great deal.
I will be sure to share updates as they come.
For now, though, I'm going to share some of the sweet moments that have happened around here lately.
Felix's very first issue of Highlights Magazine arrived the other day. He was and still is over the moon. His daddy gets The New Yorker and I have a few subscriptions of my own, so getting his very own magazine (IN THE MAIL!) is bringing him great happiness. It's sweet to see him sitting alone in the big blue chair doing the Find It puzzles and nonchalantly turning the pages. Thanks for the awesome gift, Papa and Gigi!
I was a vegetarian for eons. Like, nearly 20 years. Things changed when I got pregnant with Felix (I desperately wanted thanksgiving turkey and all the fixins) and even more when I was pregnant with Roman (uh...ham and cheese paninis). I thought long and hard about this change and decided that, for me, I really just wanted to listen to my body and not put a lot of judgement on myself about this new development. Anyway, that was a while ago and I made my very first roast recently. It was pretty good. Going to give it another go sometime soon.
Roman is now saying, "Bruuutherrrrr" and leaning into Felix with the purest look of love in his eyes. It makes me so weak in the knees to see this. Felix rejects him less and less (little brothers can get in your personal space A LOT) and gives him the sweetest hugs back. I love seeing their relationship blossom.
A little sing-a-long happening here. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, I think.
Some days are hard. Some days can feel too long or too full or even too empty. Next time I have one of those days I'm going to stop whatever it is I'm doing and look, really look, at this photo to remind myself how precious these days truly are.
Film is magic. I love forgetting about sweet moments, only to remember them deeply upon looking through newly developed film shots. This photo makes me so happy.
Today is my sweetheart's birthday. We had a little cookout celebration with friends last night so we did cake and candles then too. But more cake for us tonight. Woo hoo!
Felix was set on his daddy having a strawberry birthday cake so I followed suit and made it happen. And that little fella was completely blown away when I called him in to the kitchen so he could see the finished cake -- he is very much in the stage of thinking his mama can do pretty much anything and I am going to keep him thinking that way for as long as possible. ;-)
I used this Ina Garten recipe. I am of the opinion that you just can't go wrong with layers of cake, cream and fresh strawberries.
I am also of the opinion that I've married the best man. He's hilarious (geez, I wish you all could know just how much) and he's super smart, but most of all he has the biggest heart. That heart of his makes him a great friend to me and others and the greatest dad.
This little guy turns three years old today! Hard to believe he has already made his third circle around the sun. We love him so and are endlessly entertained by him. For instance, when I gave him that raccoon shirt to put on, he said, "mama, I don't really like raccoons...they're sneeeeaaky!"
Today is all about him. We've made lots of plans. For starters, he's going to ride the wheels off his new balance bike, turn over rocks in the garden to search for bugs and worms, eat his favorite foods, and play in the sprinkler. Yay for three year olds!!!
Flower beds were prepped and seeds were planted A rain shower made for some fun outside playtime We took a beautiful country road drive to an organic strawberry farm There was a picnic I ate too much cashew butter Me and the mister got a sitter and had a lovely morning brunch date, followed up with some window shopping (it's been ages) The grill was fired up daily We walked to the farmers market I bought a GIANT bouquet of bachelor buttons Mornings came early
and...I got loads of sweet mama's day love to boot!