Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Easter Weekend

Hello! Happy mid-week to you. This is the roll of photos we shot over our Easter weekend, and oh what a wonderful weekend it was. It was so nice to have family here to visit - even if the weather was cooler than we anticipated! We visited the redwoods in Felton, ate vegetarian burritos, went to the epic shoreside in Montara, and the brewing company in Half Moon Bay. Our hearts are full and our home is feeling quite empty now ;)

As a side note, I've found a renewed love with film. This is a post for another time, but it bears mentioning here! There has been much on my mind re: photography, and hopefully this will be the space I can share that.

For the curious, all the above were shot on a Nikon FM10 with Fuji Superia 400 speed film.

Monday, March 21, 2016

The Long And Short Of It

Hi, friends. How was your weekend? After having non-stop rain for nearly a month, we finally received a short break in the El NiƱo weather to head to the coast. Even though it's not in our backyard, I still feel like twenty miles to the beach is a good compromise. It really is lovely here and it makes me happy to see the girls so at home in the sea.

This week we are gearing up for Easter and some very special visitors -- my Mama and my sister! It will be the first time Mom has seen our new home or visited the Bay Area, so to say we are excited would be an understatement. We cannot wait. I've even kept it as a surprise from the girls, so I'm sure the look on their faces alone when they see Grammie and their Auntie will be the highlight of the whole trip.

What about you? Any special Easter plans or crafting?

We made some hot crossed buns for the first time last year, and I'm hoping I can bake a little something special this year too. We're going to try this recipe along with some lemon curd and I'm thinking it will be perfect for a weekend brunch. I'll report back if I don't completely screw it up!

Hoping your week is off to a wonderful start!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Made It To Another Weekend : The Table

Oh, weekend. We are so happy you're here. It's been a doozy lately. I won't put you through the pitiful details, don't worry-- but I'm just happy to exhale a little bit and am welcoming these days of togetherness with open arms. PS- look at me using unfiltered iPhone photos in a blog post. Who am I? Sometimes I don't even recognize myself. Truly a measure of just how exhausted I really am both mentally and physically ;)

And while I've been seriously down and out in every other area of my life, we've actually been doing some pretty cool things at home. I'm so proud of Sofia and her desire to soak up new information, to learn, and to think of me as a pretty cool "teacher". I'm so in awe of everything she does. But this is all part of the inevitable fact that these kiddos of ours are growing up. 

Most days we'll do some kind of worksheet, practicing our letters and cutting skills and getting to color.... other days we'll just spend time outside picking up sticks and searching for animals and treasures. California has so many eucalyptus trees! Did you know that? When you split a leaf open and hold it up to your nose ahhhhhh the smell is about as pure and mesmerizing as you'd expect. It was such a wonderful surprise to find them growing along our hikes.

And what weekend wouldn't be complete without brunching? One huge aspect of leaving Chicago (besides leaving our dearest friends and family) was losing out on all the amazing food. I'm a huge food person, no denying that. Always have been, always will be. I'm the type of person that grabs my fork with gusto, usually breaking something or staining my shirt over my sheer, undeniable excitement over all the deliciousness I know I'm going to shove into my mouth. Food is meant to be enjoyed, savored, dreamt about.... you see? It's a feeling.

So, on to finding these new restaurants. For the past five months now that we've lived here in the south bay, we've had horrible luck finding anything that could come close to our favorite breakfast joints back in the city - that is, until today. Thankfully, The Table in Willow Glen puts me in the mind of Little Goat (our most favorite joint in Chicago). Finally! Somewhere to indulge in. Annnnnnd they have bottomless mimosas that they're eager to refill. Just sayin.

I sure am the luckiest, aren't I? With these three by my side.... sigh. We sure have been through a lot lately, and more than ever I am just so thankful for these days filled with nothing and everything all at once. There is so much joy in lazy days, late afternoon naps, cuddling together during movies and sharing meals around a table.

I love them, I really do.

Sending lots of happy weekend magic your way........ xxx


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Puddler Jumper

Spring is in the air.... we can feel it. In California, that's meant lovely 80 degree days in February and now a sudden and massive downpour of rain. It has rained for two weeks straight now, not like I'm counting or anything.

Erick and I were talking about it, and it's all very interesting to me. It's as if the crazy weather we're having all around the world is a means of the earth healing itself. In California especially, this crazy drought had finally reached a dangerous peak and now we've been pummeled with rain by the coast and snow in the mountains... my heart feels like it's the earth finding its own balance in some way. We humans can be quite nasty!

Sure, we're sure missing our beach trips, but for now, barefoot puddle jumping suits us just fine.


Wednesday, March 09, 2016

At Home In California

I've gotta tell you, I was in no way truly prepared to make this move. We checked and double checked, we read all the helpful articles online, we had our things shipped and boxed, and while they were packing up all that we had in Chicago, we realized quickly that we were bare-bones equipped for a proper "adult" home.

Erick and I met in our young twenties, our partying show-going, dancing till the wee hours days. I didn't have a piece of furniture when we moved in together. Our hand-me-down love seat grew much too small for our family of four and when visitors stopped by (which was a very rare occurrence, I might add... but still... preparation is key!) we just never had anywhere for them to sit. So many memories of people happily squeezing their bums together on that love seat while others awkwardly paced our floors probably wondering, gee, can't these people just figure their seating situation out already?!

Enter California. Our stuff arrives, nearly a month later, and we notice that shit... we actually NEED way more than we had anticipated. And yowch on the already stretched-too-thin wallet. But, we're doing alright. We're slowly adding bits and pieces here and there, mixing the new with the old. Vintage kilim pillows with a new leather couch (one of the happiest adult purchases of my life!), thrifted chairs, thrifted lamp, the cheapest Amazon bedframe I could find because for six freakin' years we've been sleeping with a mattress on the floor, and of course, plenty of plant friends to keep the air clean / spirits high.

Next on the list is adding more personal touches - one of my biggest regrets was not having any of Erick or I's photography work framed for the walls. We're showcasing a few of our favorite prints by some awesome artists, but everything feels a little too.... proper. We need more us. More scribbles. More mess. (I know, did I really just say that?) But I think that comes with the newness of everything. Homes need time to feel and look authentically lived in. There is no magic potion for that, though believe me, I've given it my all.

And the girls? Well they are quite loving their new space. They have much less room in their new bedroom than before-- I'd say it's about half the size of their previous one back in Chicago. Can I be real for a second? Where on god's green earth do you put ALL. THE. TOYS?


So many toys.

We've donated quite a bit to our local goodwill and have pared down to just our favorite and most loved items out of necessity, but I'm wondering now why we hadn't thought of it sooner. It feels so much lighter, and the greatest part is they actually enjoy being in their room now, quietly reading books or pulling out their favorite toys. Not to mention cleanup is a much easier job. Win win.

Who knows, maybe I'll do a little house-tour in the near future... not that there is much house at all! Hah. But this little two bedroom condo of ours is the perfect place for us to call home at the moment, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Hello, It's Me

* screeeeeeech.... opens door *


Are you in there?

I'm baaaaaaack! Holy shnikeys! It's only been a good two years or so. Talk about a blogging hiatus. So, after many many failed attempts at fancy Squarespace sites and having absolutely zero direction on which way I wanted to go, I found myself right back here. Good 'ol blogger. Good 'ol free simple template. Good 'ol feed with all my old friends. It's been a long, long time. And it feels weird! But I'm dusting off the cobwebs anyway and just writing because I need to.

Plain and simple.

Now, a few things-- the blog title is a bit different. My kiddos are nearly three and five years old so diapers [thankfully] are a thing of the past. Hallelujah! And if you haven't heard, folks, skinny jeans are out. They're done! Bring on the bellbottoms, culottes and 90's fashion revival. You heard it here first, everyone. Just wait. 

Also. Growing up. I kinda laugh at how much I've changed as a person and how much this blogging world has changed in general over the past five years. All the fads and the advertising and the product pushing is still very well and alive, but goodness it does not affect me any more and THANK YOU sweet jesus for that. Now if any of y'all are still on that vibe, I still love ya. I'm just sticking to my unfiltered mess of words and photography. I wanted to pick up where I left off because even though I cringe reading these old posts, I couldn't bear to ever lose these old photographs into the dark void of cyberspace where all the dead, forgotten blogs end up. That was my life back then, and it's important to my journey. My intentions are simple: preserving memories and refining my craft, both in words and photos. I'm documenting in the only way I know how. Authentic, true, messy, me.

Thanks for stopping in, growing with me, taking the time to comment, or just being a friend. 

Love! xxx

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