you really snuck up on me, october.


what on earth happened to september? bueller? bueller? it is downright ridiculous, the way time has been flying by. i am going to blink and it will be 2016. seriously.

don’t get me wrong, i love that october is here. it is a lovely month. the pumpkins are officially out at the market (and don’t get me started on my thoughts on pumpkin-spiced everything…). things are starting to smell like cinnamon everywhere you go. starbucks has the adorable autumnal cups. but, sheesh. i do feel like i lost a month. it was june, july, august. shorts season. new baby. hot. hotter. summer. swimming. more hot. and now, october! i have so many things that i want to get done in the next few months. i have been saying…before the end of the year. well, hello, before the end of the year! i only have three more months. and i have much to do. and so many fun things too!

bring it on, october. you are going to be busy and productive and all kinds of fabulous.

elinor says the darndest things

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just wanted to share a few elinor quips and cute-isms. mostly, to make sure that i document them somewhere. and hey! that’s what this blog is for, am i right?

this little girl of ours is so funny. bursting with personality and imagination and cuteness and hilarity. she can be cheeky and sassy, for sure. but it is such fun watching her learn and develop and come into her own. i sure hope she keeps her creativity and joy and sense of humor.

* and those images above? pretty much the sweetest thing i could imagine. elinor wanting to play violin like papa. she has watched him practice and listened to the notes waft through our home since birth. and last week, while he was practicing, she stood next to him and silently watched him. absorbing. and then, she grabbed her stepstool. removed a wooden rod from her dollhouse. selected a play knife as a bow. chose a book to serve as her music book. and stood at his side, mimicking his every move. and she has been performing for us everyday, ever since. ben says she has really good form and hand placement and such. and she definitely has a good ear. but all i see is the precious heart of our little lady who just wants to be like her papa. this one’s for the highlight reel folks. this is the stuff.

and don’t tell elinor…but i am thinking a legit violin is going to be happening before too long. third birthday, perhaps? OH MY GOODNESS. third birthday. three. yikes. makes me all verklempt.

okay. back to the funny stuff. here are a few of my favorites from miss elinor. enjoy!

zucchini’s goooood. for mama.

(elinor do you want a smoothie?) aww, no. i wanted lunch. smoothie’s not lunch.

tell me about your work!

you wanna come in my playrooooon? (playroom) come ooooon.

you wanna read my Jesus book?

we need to pray. i love you God. amen.

i have a sister. his name is baby brother.


i want some booboo juice. (explanation: the company i work for along with my dad, BooBoo, makes this health elixir that we drink every morning. so instead of asking for it by its proper name, she asks for the juice that comes from BooBoo’s company. booboo juice.)

what’s your favorite? (she wants us to tell her what our favorite things are…for breakfast, to read, to wear, to go, etc.)

hey honey. (she hears ben and i call each other honey and now, she uses it on everybody else)

i love my family SO much.

oh! he made a toot sound. (when ridley fills his diaper)

and blah blah blah. (she will be telling a story and use this as a filler. hilarious.)

i’m just so sad. (what are you sad about?) i’m sad about…my life.

papa, i’ve got some schmutz on my face.

it’s overcast. oh no! we can’t wear our sunnies.

oh, cowl-wee. (how she pronounces charlie)

i’m getting bizzy… (when she is dancing and twirling and gets dizzy)

i not doing some-ping. (when i ask her what she is doing, usually, when she is too quiet or about to do something she knows she shouldn’t)

mama, lets do some laund-rine. (laundry)

hey! we’re doing dishwasher.

shaun teen max out. (what she calls the insanity workout with Shaun T)

wordless wednesday | jesus take the wheel*

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* that time when your man has to drive to church separately for an early rehearsal and you manage to get the rest of the family out the door with time to spare (and your hair curled and lipstick on, no less) aaaaaand then you get a flat tire. sigh. and then you have a flash of, “i have changed a tire before. i can totally do this…” but then you think, “nah. i am wearing my new shoes and have two little ones in the car. and there’s AC in here…” and then you call AAA and rock out to david crowder and bob dylan until rescue arrives.

and p.s. a hearty YAY! that elinor didn’t have a peeing on the side of the freeway moment…

and p.p.s. elinor is scowling in that first picture because she had just asked “oh no…what ’bout church, mama?!” and i informed her that we probably wouldn’t be making it to her class. she was definitely crestfallen. the scowl was intense. but at least it was for a super sweet reason. and yes, she has been reminding me about the ordeal ever since…”mama, ‘member when we got a fat tire? that was very bad. we didn’t go to church. oooooh noooooo.”

taking stock | september’s end


making // big green power smoothies.
cooking // big bowls of veggies for lunch.
drinking // water, water, water + booch + rich, frothy coffee.
reading // bringing up boys + philosophy textbooks + montessori reference books.
wanting // to relocate to aspen for the winter.
looking // at the dog hair tumbleweeds in my house. i clean them up every few days and they magically regenerate. dogs. sheesh.
playing // airplane with ridley and grocery store with elinor.
wasting // hair ties. i bought a mega pack so elinor would have plenty on hand for teeny topknots and pigtails. but those little buggers keep disappearing on me.
sewing // living vicariously through my mum who is killing it. quilts and projects galore! speaking of, i have a mending job for you when you have a sec…
wishing // on the blood moon. not really, but did you see it? how cool, right?
enjoying // my quiet time.
waiting // for sweater weather to happen.
liking // fall CSA boxes.
loving // the way ridley links his little arm around mine nuzzles into my collarbone, and grabs my shirt when i hold him.
hoping // that i can sneak in a pedicure this weekend.
marveling // at the small and sweet blessings that i experience throughout my day.
needing // to reorganize my front closet.
smelling // amber + patchouli incense.
wearing // my super soft lounge pants + my essential v-neck t-shirt + a messy braid.
noticing // how much life has changed in the last two years.
knowing // my need for fresh manna and mercy and grace.
thinking // about putting in a new kitchen sink.
feeling // grateful for mama prayer warriors and interesting conversation.
bookmarking // all the books. all the web pages. all the catalogues.
opening // the windows in the morning. just for a moment…
giggling // with my little man. he’s such a flirt.

past post here

a double-date night.

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oh hey there! how was your weekend? things were pretty great around here. with a few minor bumps in the road (more on that later). but overall, super nice.

on saturday night, we dropped the little ones at my folks’ house so they could have a little playdate…and so we could have a playdate of our very own. double-date night, people! we have been trying to get something on the books from MONTHS AGO. it really is ridiculous how quickly our calendars are filled. it is difficult enough for us to plan an evening out, just us. but adding another couple to the mix? woah. that’s three household schedules to coordinate. ours. theirs. and of course, the all-important schedule of whoever kindly agrees to watch the little ones. this dinner has been tentatively scheduled and then rescheduled quite a few times. so, it was about time. and when we finally found a do-able evening, we were on it.

dropped the little ones. hopped in the car. and off we went. and since my mom was armed with a bottle, we could really party it up. you guys, we stayed out past 7:30pm! wild ones, we are.

we really needed this night. i am so grateful for a little break to turn off mama and papa mode and just be us. amazing what plates and plates of food, some sweet dessert, and good company can do for you.

here’s to a new week! and getting more date nights on the calendar…

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recent squares

left / ridley giving us his best brando.

right / mama + little man mail day…with an unplanned arrow theme at that. sunnies for me and diapers for him. you know, the essentials.

left / smitten kitchen’s sesame spiced turkey meatballs atop smashed chickpea salad with olives, lemon, and sumac. courtesy of my man.

right / glorious clouds.

left / playdate and prayertime with a few of my favorites. and a side of green juice. love my community.

right / my go-to snack. with plenty of salt.

left / elinor teaching numbers and letters to baby doll.

right / shifting seasons. shadow play. and shiny ponies.