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!

Monday, September 15, 2014

the tooth fairy's first visit

we were at the dinner table two weeks ago all together as a family when you said "mama, i think my tooth is wiggly." i think your papa and i basically started tearing up at the table at the thought of this new passage.

while we were away on our trip you lost your tooth on september 6th, the day after my birthday (well, a family friend pulled it out as it was really close.) i have to admit i was so sad because i missed being there. i already had a felt tooth fairy pillow for you and wanted you to have it so we had the tooth fairy come the night i returned. luckily i got home by your bedtime and read you this passage.

this night it is a special night
as fairies dance upon the roof. 
all the fairies must alight,
for elodie just lost a tooth!

the fairy queen gives her commands,
twelve bright fairies must join hands
then together in a circle stands
to guard elodie while she sleeps.

the tooth fairy into the circle leaps
the hidden tooth she takes
ah, but has far to go
before elodie awakes.

three times around the world she flies
over valleys deep and mountains high;
skirts the storm clouds thick with thunder,
wings over waves all wild with wonder.

deep within their earthly homes
finally she finds the gnomes,
who upon the tooth must work
never once their duty shirk. 

some are hammering, hammering, hammering
some the bellows blow
others sweat at the sweltering forge
and then cry out, "heigh ho!"

the tooth's been turned into a shining stone,
a glimmering, glowing gem
the tooth fairy takes the gnomes' good gift,
and bows to all of them.

before the sun's first rays are shown,
she returns to elodie's bed,
with one more gentle wish
away she's flown again!

the tooth fairy brought you two gold coins and a little crystal. you were so excited and put the coins in your piggy bank and the crystal on your nature table.

i was a little sad when you were going to lose your first tooth but now you have a new wiggly tooth and i just can't help but be excited for you!

Friday, September 12, 2014

take me with you - montauk

my husband travels all the time for work. sometimes we try and all travel together as a family as we did this summer and sometimes he travels alone and i stay with the girls. it is rare that we travel without the girls and i'm always a nervous wreck leading up to a trip without them. last week we took the second trip away from them to the east coast. michael had an event on shelter island in the hamptons and another in chicago so it was quite literally a whirlwind weekend away.

i haven't been to the hamptons in over seven years and we decided to stay in montauk. i remember trying to find a place to stay back then and the options were limited as it was a sleepy little surf town and fishing village. it has changed tremendously since then and is still my favorite area of the hamptons. we opted to stay at the crow's nest inn which is on lake montauk rather than the uber popular surf lodge. i'm so glad we did. it wasn't super fancy but the design elements were perfect. i also had an insane birthday dinner out under the almost full moon.

i love how different it feels from california. the east coast is so beautiful in the summer. it is so green, lush, and humid. the road leading out to montauk (the 27) has such good memories for me. it rises up around you and all you can see is the road and scrubby pines. you are surrounded by water and the dunes but you can't really see much of a horizon. the fast moving clouds move over the road like a mirage. it is such a dreamscape.

some highlights:

lobster rolls at lunch lobster rolls on route 27. make sure you visit it and the clam bar directly across the street for delicious chowder and clam strips. this area is actually called napeague between amagansett and montauk. 

a sunset sail on a locally chartered catamaran

a tour of the montauk lighthouse - the oldest light house in new york

a swim at ditch plains

hiking in hither hills state park, such lovely dunes

dinner at the crow's nest

brunch at the surf lodge (i preferred surf lodge for brunch over their dinner menu)

stuart's in amagansett for fresh fish (so good!)

balsam farm stand in amagansett for local produce

i hope we get back before another seven years go by!