it was a rare treat to have papa home all weekend. so much has been happening in our lives over the past few months. we are trying to buy a house here in los angeles, and it's been a bit brutal, getting attached to a certain home, and then having 73 people bidding on it. totally deflating to sign the papers, transfer the money, dream of the neighborhood, realize the compromises we will have to make to buy in an area we can afford, exhausting. this is in addition to all of the other things we take on (which is always a lot) and has really depleted us mentally.
so...saturday night we had the babysitter come and went on a proper date. we realized that even with all of the traveling we do that we haven't actually spent any down time together. so bad!
we went to cafe stella in sunset junction and sat in one of the booths near the bar. i had an amazing farro salad with radishes, feta, and mint that i will be recreating shortly and a lettuce soup with big crusty pieces of bread and salty butter. the simplest dinners are always my favorite. after, we took in a movie at the vista in hollywood. this is such a special theater and wes anderson's moonrise kingdom was exactly what we needed. fanciful and nostalgic with impeccable set designs.
and then sunday we had a mexican brunch with the lynches (and our friend zach) at malo. my favorite was a bag of seasonal fruit topped with lime and a little bit of chile -- just like you can get from the street carts around the city. it was so hot that we grabbed a mint ice tea and canelé from casbah and headed out to look at more houses. after a couple of depressing hours seeing absolutely nothing we liked (and then a lot that we did that were about 400 k over our budget) we grabbed ice cream to go from carmela in pasadena and had a little date in the park near the house we are putting an offer on this week. so, it's guaranteed to be another roller coaster week and i'd like to say it's all terribly exciting but i secretly want this part to be done!
and i had no sooner posted about wanting to get an apron dress for elodie over at babyccino kids, then what should show up but the cutest apron dress from lindsay at darling clementine. i am in love with the go gently baby label! thank you lindsay!