Andrew took this after Alfie woke up from his nap this weekend. Whenever I’m holding this little guy, no matter the time of day, no matter if he’s fully awake or if he is ready to drift off to sleep, Alfie gets so much comfort in laying head on my chest like this, right on the space above my heart. I like to think of it as his way of saying, “Love ya, ma.” Sometimes he will do this for a few minutes straight, which those of you with little ones know this translates into something much more drawn-out when it’s happening…something to the tune of a good slow drip. I don’t remember the other kids doing this little cozy cuddle with me, and each time he does it I cannot help but feel completely rooted as a mother. It makes me feel so at peace in my day, thinking this is where I am supposed to be right here, right now. I am also going to dress us in matching whatever the heck I want until he throws a fit about it, in which case I’ll probably keep doing it. 😉
As much as I love to cook and come up with yummy meals for our family in the kitchen, I also really love nights when supper consists of dousing everything in olive oil and Old Bay and throwing it on the grill. You really can’t go wrong with this combination. I also recommend buying tandoori paste and rubbing it on your meat(s) before grilling. It’s not pictured here, but you can find some at Whole Foods. It made for the best Indian spiced drum sticks! They got a good char on them and went well with the grilled sweet corn and shishito peppers we made that evening.
Lilac season came and went pretty fast in Kansas City but I managed to find some deep purple beauties in bloom at Trader Joes this past Friday which made me very happy. Alas, they are all looking sad and rather droopy today, but we enjoyed them this weekend and I think they were worth the little splurge while they lasted!
Watching Theodore eat sweet corn is my favorite thing to do when we grill out. He takes his job of corn-eating so seriously and does a pretty good job getting all the kernels off the cob himself, after which he chucks said cob in the grass.
Nights that consist of scrabble and pale ale are good nights. The other evening Andrew and I played a game that took us well into the evening and it was such a good time. We have gotten into the routine of playing board games on the weekends in lieu of watching movies because we get to talk more and it’s just really fun! Sometimes we’ll do both if there’s a good movie or doc we’ve been wanting to see, in which case I get distracted and always lose.
She’s going to be five years old in a few days. Where. Did. The. Time. Go?
I threw some cosmos in the ground the other day to brighten up our garden. Our wild flowers are a few months off and the other flowers I have planted here and there are not yet in bloom, so these pretties should hold me over until then. I love the delicate nature of cosmos and how they sort of dance around. Aren’t they lovely?
Alfie is at the age where everything is a toy and worth trying to knock over, put in his mouth, or somehow dismantle. Nothing is safe, including plant stands, plants, anything/everything in our lower cupboards (which are in need of securing yesterday), crumbs, and piles of folded laundry I didn’t have time to put away. This age is the reason I have no need to go to the gym, yet the very same reason I should to get my bum to the gym or anyplace that doesn’t involve chasing around tiny humans who are trying to put the world in their mouths. Mamas need a break too, ya know?
First baby: Give us all the things all the blogs tell us to register for, please and thank you. Yes, that means a bottle warmer. Second baby: Some organic rompers, wood hair brushes and eco-friendly teethers would be rather nice! Third baby: DIAPERS. WIPES. CHEERIOS. REPEAT.
Stella has been pretty obsessed with learning her upper case letters lately. This isn’t something we overtly teach her or even push her into learning, but the other day she wanted me to write all of them out so she could practice writing them over and over again. I think they invented the old “apple not falling far from the tree” saying based on mother/daughter relationships like ours. We could’t be more alike if we tried.
Last year we filled one of our garden beds with various herbs and they just took over! This year, I am doing most of our herbs in pots like this one to give us more space to grow vegetables and other greens. I’ve been snipping from this pot just about everyday for the past week and it really does make a difference in our meals.
I painted this verse on a piece of watercolor paper a few days ago and propped it up on our dresser. I love reading it each morning. “…and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands…” 1 Thessalonians 4:11 It fits in so beautifully with everything I am working towards right now.
Theodore’s favorite thing in the whole wide world these days is gathering up all the pillows in our home and throwing them in Alfie’s crib. He calls them “bobos” and about three times a day I’ll corral them up and put them back on the beds they belong to and back on the couch and chairs and so on, only to be stolen by Theo shortly thereafter for another pillow party somewhere in the house. Luckily for him, I love pillows so he’s got a lot to work with. Not so lucky for Alfie, his bed remains the center of this sort of fun most afternoons.
We went on a bike ride to Heirloom Bakery on Mother’s Day for brunch and all got apple juices to drink with our pastries. Andrew took his glass bottle home and washed off the label so I could use it as a vase. I mean, if that’s not love then I don’t know what is. My man just gets me.
They are looking through Stella’s baby book together, naming all the people they know. Theo pointed out great grandma to us all which made us smile real big. He knows his great grandma! That’s pretty special. Sometimes these two fight like cats and dogs. Hair gets pulled. People get pushed. You know, the ushe between siblings. Then there are times they they come together like magnets and play together astonishingly well, and when this happens, you just have to sneak up behind them and snag a picture because good grief! This is as good as it gets.
Here’s me in motherhood, here’s me right now. Happy for my decision to slow it way the heck down in all areas of my life…feeling really good about this place I’ve found myself in. And thank you for all who left kind comments on my last post. I am looking forward to writing to you all this week! xx