oh, the places you’ll go!

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oh hey there! sorry i have been such a slacker over here on the blog. ben even said something about it yesterday. he was all, “yeah, you haven’t been posting very much…” that’s when you know you have a problem. okay, okay. i will get back on my game.

do you ever have one of those weeks (or perhaps, a few weeks in a row) when you just don’t feel inspired? the creative juices aren’t flowing? i am in that right now. no man’s land. i blame it on september. darn this month! would you just be fall already? i think i am currently trying to make my way through the waiting place from oh, the places you’ll go! it is that feeling exactly. and i am determined to bust out.

NO!
that’s not for you!

somehow you’ll escape
all that waiting and staying.
you’ll find the bright places
where boom bands are playing.

i need me some boom bands, asap.

on my quest for boombandiness, we took a trip to the farm for some food trucks and frolicking and all around fun. we met up with some friends and their three darling, spunky daughters. we grabbed a table and then we grabbed some grub from our favorite, uprooted kitchen. food was consumed. stories shared. and we listened to some live music while the clouds rolled and breeze blew. then, it was like every child in the area got the memo to meet on the lawn and run around like crazies. it was pretty funny. there was grass rolling and stick throwing and dancing and twirling and yelling. kids are noisy. and our careful and perfectionista daughter even got in on the fun. she was the most controlled and cautious of all. but that’s just her. she explores and plays in her own way. it is so interesting to watch her interact with the world around her. especially grass. she is so not sure about grass. oh and wild children. she’s not sure about them either. there was one girl running around with a stick and elinor gave her the most disapproving look. oh, elinor. you funny girl. i can’t wait to see what you grow into.

you have brains in your head.
you have feet in your shoes
you can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
you’re on your own.  and you know what you know.
and YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

you’ll look up and down streets.  look ‘em over with care.
about some you will say, “i don’t choose to go there.”
with your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

and you may not find any
you’ll want to go down.
in that case, of course,
you’ll head straight out of town.

it’s opener there
in the wide open air.

out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.

and when things start to happen,
don’t worry.  don’t stew.
just go right along.
you’ll start happening too.

food + friends + fun

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whew! what a great weekend. food and friends. chicken and waffles. a day trip to tucson to meet two darling gals and their hubbies and babies, who were equally as darling. we packed a lot into a few days.

i got in a solid five-miler on saturday and returned for a mini “loga” session with miss elinor. not a super productive mat time but listening to her chirp, “lo-ga ma-ma?” as she nods wildly and drags my mat to me makes up for it. she’s so funny. and her da-dog (down dog) is on point. that’s her signature move. we are working on plank but she feels the same way her mama does about that one…

after breakfast, our little family headed out to open gym at a nearby play center. too fun. we rocked our sporty gear and socks and just ran around together. elinor was very composed during the whole exercise. she carefully chose her activities and moved cautiously from one to the next. meanwhile, ben and i turned into a bunch of goofballs and chucked squishy balls at each other in a ridiculous game of spousal dodgeball. pretty sure elinor got in a few eye rolls while she played nicely with her box of sensory toys. i blame our behavior on the michael jackson playlist blasting in the joint. it was so fab. and! and! elinor shared toys with a little boy. it was darling and made me all kinds of melty happy mama.

later on in the day after showers and naps (yes, there is a chance i took a little nap too…) we dropped off miss elinor for an evening of play at the grandparents’ house while us parents went out on the town for our monthly dinner club with some friends. so glad this plan is working out because it is great. our triple-date crew grabbed a table at lolo’s chicken and waffles. and oh man, this local institution did not disappoint. we had THE BEST server ever and the food was crazy tasty. and guys, they have kool-aid on tap. i did not partake but i love the idea of it. we spent a couple of hours eating our way through stacks of cinnamon-y waffles and fried chicken WITH the hot sauce. it is must. that spicy with the maple sweetness of the syrup is magic. can’t wait for next month. perhaps we will take the party outdoors as i have high hopes for the weather in october…

on sunday, we hopped in the wagon for a little day trip to tucson. what is it about road trips? they feel so good. we had 90s alternative music pumping in the background and just enjoyed the ride. we talked. elinor napped. it was perfection. and it felt like any cares we might have had just blew out the sunroof within moments of hitting the highway. we need more of these. but i digress.

we rolled into town at noon, parked our car outside of zinburger and parked our booties at a big table of great people. i have befriended kate and marisa on instagram in the last year or so. i have watched them handle life’s challenges and changes with grace and beauty and i have watched them grow their families too. these ladies, i tell ya. they are lovely. and they have some pretty darn cute babies. oh, and while the gals and littles had a lovefest, our men bonded over talk of fatherhood and sports and burgers. elinor shot the babies some sassy faces. she wasn’t too sure about all that cuteness competition at first but by the end of the meal, she was giving kisses and stroking baby heads and sharing toys and attempting to share her water too. precious, precious. and hey! they didn’t even kick us out of the restaurant! a 7 week old and a 4 month old and a 22 month old. we did it. of course, we failed to get a group shot…but, next time.

so, what else is there to say, really? it was one of the good ones.

oh wait, there’s more! the biggest news of all. we FINALLY made a decision on our dining table and chairs. the order is placed. we have a delivery date. happy dance and high fives. get ready for some dinner parties, y’all.

oh hey autumn, is that really you?

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would you look at that? amber and vermilion! leaves on the ground.

on my run yesterday, i rounded a familiar corner by the bird sanctuary to head into the park and i was met with this gorgeous sight. the look of fall. mind you, it still felt much too warm to be fall. that crisp air hasn’t quite arrived yet, even in the early morning. but i am starting to see glimmers! to smell familiar scents. the light is changing. it seems cooler…in spite of the air conditioner kicking on far too often during the day. aromas of spices and soups waft through the air as i pass by neighborhoods, replacing those of summertime barbecue. pumpkin spice lattes are being ordered by those brazen arizonans who dare to sip such a beverage in 95 degree weather. i like your style even if i don’t particularly like that drink.

it is coming. and oh, it is my favorite. so when you next see me, don’t be alarmed if i am rocking some garb which can only be labeled as unseasonable and insensible for arizona. i care not. i am jumping in with gusto. autumn, i welcome you! bring me your delicious sweater weather.

 

odds and ends

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a serene sight | sunrise on my run

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a bowl of sweet | vanilla cinnamon date banana “nice cream” topped with cherries and chia

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a common scene | two pups taking a morning nap

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a sign of grace | the trinity bells at our church

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a pile of fruitiness | breakfast of banana + tamarind + grapefruit + kiwi + apple + grapes

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a sweaty lady | the change in seasons means getting back on my running game

{saturdaysanté} week 36 | september 6

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saturdaysanté

my mom and i hosted a little brunch and shopping party for my sister-in-law on saturday and that was pretty much that. the house was bright and open and smelling like coffee cake plus ben took elinor for a fun little papa-daughter morning so there were no toys on the floor! which can only mean one thing…capture that moment on film. voila.

it was such a nice day. time with some lovely ladies buying fabulous bags and such. plus, brunch food which is just hands down the bestest. brunch is my excuse to eat bagels and pastries and drink a mimosa. you gotta. it’s brunch.

after the party wrapped up, we spent the afternoon just relaxing and playing. we went on a late-in-the-day grocery run to stock up for the week and then just let the day fade away into evening. it felt so nice.

and by the way, ninety degrees aside, everything has been feeling so autumnal. the light is shifting and fall is in the air. i love it. fall is just my favorite. and it is going to be a full and fun one, i can feel it.