North-south, east-west

I made two serious food-related mom errors this week.

First, I had the bright idea to add beets to our baby food (apple-blueberry-beet-cinnamon puree, anyone?).  Introduce your baby to a variety of foods as early as possible, they said.  Eat the rainbow, they said.  Let your child explore the food with his or her hands, they said.  Well, besides the fact that he LOVED beets, both the bebe and my food processor (and everything else within an eight foot radius) looked like part of a murder scene.  It was really just a well-played game of “what can we stain today?” -including his cheeks!

Second, (because hello, multitasking), I ate a chocolate croissant in my car.  Flakes of croissant everywhere. Flakes of chocolate drizzle everywhere.  The aforementioned flakes are exactly the same type of chocolate that melts immediately into your lap, under your legs, into your seat belt, and into that faux leather skirt around your shifter.  Ahem.

Luckily, the week is over and it has been redeemed.  See, I bought this fabulous 100 year old dendritic moss agate ring off etsy a little while ago.  I loved the stone, but found it uncomfortable to wear and hard to stack.  Buyers remorse set in rather quickly.  Resize it? Send it for a quick rhodium dip?  Nothing seemed like the right fix.

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Then, I had the bright idea to flip the stone to an east-west setting and it is perfect.  I debated the wisdom of messing with such an old ring, but decided it wasn’t worth having if I wasn’t going to wear it (am I becoming a fatalist?).  After getting over some initial apprehension at my request, the kind folks at Herzog fixed it right up and got it back to me in just a few days.  Tah-dah!

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Almost December

You guys, December starts tomorrow.  Christmas is basically next week.  I ordered my Christmas cards before Halloween.  How could I not when we had such a gosh darn adorable photo to use?  Bah.  However, I will wait until 12/1 rolls around to drop the cards off at the post office – a November post mark would be frowned upon in most circles.

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Anyway, Christmas got me thinking about all of the things I like, specifically all of the delicious foods I could crush in their entirety.  I’m talking about things I could eat WHOLE in one sitting (serving sizes be damned).

In no particular order:

  1. Baguette.  Or any fresh loaf of bread, really.
  2. Entire cinnamon crumb coffee cake from Servatii’s.  The powdered sugar catastrophe that would result is no bother.
  3. Bag of Kremer’s Market toffee…right before I go to the dentist.
  4. Pint of Graeter’s chocolate-almond-coconut-chip icecream.  Ask me about when they stopped serving this by the scoop – Graeter’s was dead to me for a long time.
  5. Did I already mention a loaf of bread?
  6. Bag of Garden Salsa Sun Chips. Done.
  7. Pan of the Husband’s cheesy scrambled eggs.
  8. The largest order of pancakes at any restaurant.

Turns out, I could pretty much live on chocolate and bread alone.

 

…and a few more lovelies from our session with Juli, for good measure.

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Anniversary

We just celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary, our first as a family of three.  If we lived in Hollywood, people would be coming to us for marriage advice – seven years is a long time in Tinseltown!  Seven years is a long time anywhere, though, and marks just one of our numbers:

13 years together (I think)

7 years married

2 apartments

3 houses

2 cats

1 fabulous baby

The weather on our anniversary this year was just as it was on our wedding day – raining.  It had rained for a week straight before our wedding and I had accepted that we were going to have a soggy day.  I made a plea to the powers that be for a few hours of sunshine…and we got them.  We had dry pictures and a dry ceremony, and then a magnificent clear tent that made the rain seem dreamy after dark and kept everyone dry when the thunder and lightning forced the band to stop playing.  After that, I never complained about rain anymore.  Rain just reminds me of my wedding day.

Here are some of my favorite photos from us then, and a few at the bottom of us in July.

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Swoon alert:

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These beautiful family photos were made by Julianna Boehm Photography.  The uber talented Laura Leppert took our wedding photos, and some of her favorite selections can still be seen on her old blog, here.

 

 

Mama duck

Phew.  I felt like a mama duck sitting on a nest with these sunflowers.  I planted them well before my due date, months ago at this point, to give me something else to focus on.  They needed tending, watering, and protecting (in the form of fencing made out of dowel rods and fishing line) from the herd of deer that lives in our yard.  I choose my battles with the deer so as to not go crazy from constant defeat, and these sunflowers were all I cared about them not eating this summer.  They nibbled a few, but I salvaged most.  They’ve turned into stunners and are already bumping against our gutters – really tall!  This guy finally decided to bloom overnight:

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Curiously, almost all of the stalks have multiple buds/blooms on them.  I’m used to growing sunflowers with just one huge sunny bloom each, but multiple medium sized blooms are awfully nice, too!  I hope they don’t get top heavy…

Hello, there.

I’ve got a grunty baby strapped to my chest.  I’m sitting on an exercise ball and bouncing, so he hopefully doesn’t realize I sat down.  Speaking of which, I’m sitting in a new house (yes, finding a new name for the blog has been a background stressor since we moved in last winter)And, right before that, we went to Europe and I haven’t shown a single picture from that trip.  I’ve got more posts waiting to escape than could ever be covered in insta’s #tbt.  All are worth their weight, and right now my time in front of the keyboard comes in tiny, tiny bites.  Until I can cover them all properly, a quick post will do.  Hitting “publish” on this one will be an event nearly twelve months in the making – yikes.  Today’s small pleasure, eating a crazy good local peach in between naps, is cause enough for a post.

Husband brought me this beaut simply because it was the only one with a leaf still attached, and he knew I’d love it.  Peach whimsy.

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