Friday, November 21, 2014

a birthday to remember

i can't remember the last birthday where i was actually home willingly. my husband knows me well and always plans for me to be on some sort of adventure - whether it is in an a-frame in mt. rainier, on a plane to rome, or in the woods of big sur. i love to be somewhere to mark a new year.

this year my friend eliza and i decided to have a joint party together. we told our husbands and they took over!

what followed was one of the best nights i've ever had. sitting in the big, beautiful barn at the lombardi house on a
warm los angeles evening surrounded by candle light and the laughter of friends, well it gives me goose bumps to think about it. some of my oldest friends were there and i was just reminded of how far we have come. the kinship we have created together. there is nothing more in this world than feeling that sense of accomplishment. the intangible moments of friendship and camaraderie.

when i was in ojai a few weeks before the party i had mentioned to some friends that it would be fun to have dueling banjo players at the party. of course, i was kidding. when i sat down for dinner i was greeted to plucking sounds from both sides of me playing the deliverance tune. i've never seen this movie so i found it hilarious.

i seriously don't need another party like this as long as i live. isn't that a good feeling?

we had a post-summer potluck made amazing by little nelly la (with the cutest mini cherry pies), flowers by moon canyon, cocktails by pharmacie la, tableware by borrowed blu, a smilebooth, and furniture by my husband's company yeah! rentals and, of course, the gorgeous lombardi house. to see more details from this beautiful evening click here.

all photos by jenn emerling

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

hopewell maker's aprons

elodie and i had such a fun time going over to our friend darcy's house to do a little photoshoot for hopewell workshop's new aprons. i was worried about shooting with her as she doesn't love to be in front of the camera these days (which i completely respect!) but then we got to making apple crumble and it was just like we were at home in our kitchen.

we had the best time and love these aprons. they are made from cone denim and i love that you can just slip them over your head instead of having to tie strings. they are monogrammed with our names and we've already used them load of times in our weekly baking projects. so perfect for the holidays!

photos by darcy hemley

Thursday, October 30, 2014

now you are two

party photos and all my thoughts (sob) about you turning two to follow when we are back from the island next week. for now, all my love to you sweet girl.

thank you for the sweet photos jenn emerling!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

two candles on the cake

in two years you have gone from this

to this

to this

i have so much to say about this transition. we are headed to maui and i am sleepy. i promise i will record it for you soon my love.

before bed tonight we will say this rhyme together.

“when i have said my evening prayer,
and my clothes are folded on my chair,
mama and papa switch off the light,
i'll still be one year's old tonight.

but from the very break of day,
before the children rise and play,
before the darkness turns to gold,
tomorrow i'll be two years old…
two kisses when i wake,
two candles on my cake.

a goodnight kiss for the one year old
to send her to sleep and to dreaming.
and blessings to the two year old
who'll be carried from bed in the morning.”

sweet dreams francesca. tomorrow you'll be two!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

apple picking

i woke up one foggy morning, gathered the girls into the car, and headed out to riley's farm in oak glen, ca for some apple picking. that sentence is long and full. and that's exactly what it is sometimes to make a decision on a saturday morning. you can either stay at home and meander slowly or just get up and get out of town. you never know when it's going to be horrible or it's going to be good but, to me, it's always worth trying.

this day turned out to be a winner. we had our fill of apple and strawberry picking and sweet treats like apple cider donuts. there were beautiful pumpkin patches and technicolor fields of flowers everywhere. elodie made some candles and we rode on a tractor (francesca's favorite!) we brought all of our apple's home and made two large apple crisps the next morning. such a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

gather with you now all the magic you can carry

a sentence in a passage i read recently stood out to me.

real life is outside. 

this has become something i repeat to myself on an almost hourly basis and you can almost see how true it is in how little i blog or respond to emails. (although i am trying to correct that as there is a lot i want to do on my computer.)

francesca spends the majority of her day outdoors. now that elodie is in kindergarten, she's inside a bit more than i would like, so i make it a point to pick her up and take them on an afternoon adventure. this is our time, free of scheduling that we get to explore our environment. today we went to arlington gardens to walk in the "fairy ring" as elodie calls it. we sing a song from elodie's earlier waldorf playgroup as they try to balance on the rocks.

follow, follow me,
to the ring of the fairies
follow, follow me, 
where the fairies dance and sing. 
gather with you now
all the magic you can carry, 
as we circle 'round the dancing fairy ring.

the girls are at an age where they happily play together. next to each other. foraging for acorns or making fairy houses. the fun is in the doing and the soundtrack changes from moment to moment. i'm so happy that i get to tag along with them.

clothing by the lovely local brand by boy + girl - i'm a huge fan as you can see by this post earlier this year taken at the same place, arlington gardens, which looks vastly different depending on the season.

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francesca wears the pink plaid nico pocket tunic and light wash rachel denim.

elodie wears the purple shirt dress.

thank you boy + girl!