Thursday, October 30, 2014

every 1 year old deserves a good montage.

Wyatt boy's first year. 

Sometimes I'll look at him, laying in his crib or in Aaron's arms, and he'll look like an absolute giant to me. But then sometimes I'll pick him up, and he'll lay his head on my shoulder and wrap his arms around me and murmur a little murmur, and I'll remember he still fits just as perfect in my arms now as he did the day he was born. This Motherhood thing is pretty fantastic.

And this one too, just because....

Sunday, October 26, 2014

cupcakes & cousins at the park

We had a little party yesterday with Wyatt's cousins for Wyatt's first birthday, which is coming up this Wednesday. We got together at our favorite park to let the kids play, decorate cupcakes, have lunch, and sing happy birthday to our baby boy. It was a very low-key, casual affair which was perfect for us. We so much enjoyed our time with family, letting his cousins dote on him and celebrate with us. (And Wyatt with his fellow Johnson redheads—that kinship is real, folks!) Came home after the party yesterday feeling very grateful to live close to such wonderful family, and grateful for our sweet Wyatt who is so loved. It is such a delight being his mother. 

P.S. Yes, we gave him a cupcake. No, he wasn't very interested. Yes, we'll probably try again on Wednesday. ;)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

pumpkin patching


To make a long story short, yesterday was a long day. I thought "teething" behavior in babies was all a myth, but I have been very sadly mistaken these last couple weeks. We had been planning since the weekend to go to a pumpkin patch on Wednesday (yesterday), but after the long day Wyatt & I had, I just didn't think it would be in the cards for us. But I am beyond grateful we made it happen, because getting outside, taking some photographs with my real camera, picking out a pumpkin, enjoying the golden hour away from the hustle & bustle, was—without sounding too cheesy—exactly what I needed!! It's amazing what a little fresh air can do for my spirits. We got there a little after 5pm and they closed at 6pm, but I could have easily stayed there for a couple more hours.

Monday, October 20, 2014

autumn time.

When I got back from our trip to Virginia last Monday I felt a serious urgency to bunker down and nest. Maybe it was the aftermath of having back-to-back vacations, or maybe it's the new season, or maybe it's that I'm trying to distract myself from the fact that my baby is almost 1 (next week!), but either way...I've been feeling the need to freshen up things around the apartment a bit. And by "freshen up" I mean get rid of all the excess and the clutter and the nonessentials. It's been feeling soo good. Making space for a new season, for a new way of living, for new opportunities and new responsibilities and new changes. It's funny how the more space I create in our home, the more space and serenity I feel in my mind. The more I clean and de-clutter, the more open I feel in my mind & heart. All this purging seems so necessary to me, but for what, I'm not quite sure yet. Must just come with the territory of being a mother/wife/homemaker—having a sense of what is needed at different times for our family. This "job" of mine is stretching at times, but mostly incredibly satisfying, surprisingly fulfilling, and overwhelmingly rewarding. 

(Photo above of two rogue red leaves on the bush right outside my front door, taken last week. It's still very summer-ish weather here and I've come to terms that this beautiful place is best appreciated at other times of the year besides autumn time, but A for effort, California.)

Friday, October 17, 2014

bedhead to be proud of.

he woke up with the perfect swoosh in his hair one morning. coolest guy i know.