And one other good thing.. he's transitioned to a toddler bed. Go check him out!
Have you heard of Groovebook? You might recognize it from SharkTank, or maybe you already know..
It is my new favorite app, hands down. I saw it over here a few weeks ago and had to give it a try.
This is too good not to share. It's an iPhone (or Android) app that allows you to upload up to 100 photos a month to be printed into a darling photo book. It's a subscription service, so you get a book every month. You can cancel anytime and shipping is included. Win! It arrives in about 2 weeks. Each page is perforated so you can easily take a few out to share, and the photo quality is great. The best $2.99 I've spent in a long time. I don't know anywhere you can get 100 photos printed this cheap. Amazing!
And one other good thing.. he's transitioned to a toddler bed. Go check him out!
“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke
Spring! Is there anything lovelier? Though I've always been partial to long Indian Summers, and hot July days, Spring might be my favorite season. Flowers in bloom, renewed optimism in the air, the prettiest clothes, Cadbury Eggs (it is most definitely my favorite season of candy), little birdies everywhere. It's pretty wonderful. We kicked off this fresh season with an outing to the San Diego Botanic Gardens. Something charming around every corner I tell you! Bennett especially loved the kids areas of course, and he was thrilled with the waterfall, and lizards we saw along the trails.
We lunched at a pie shop with my friend Jill, who works at the Gardens. CHARMING! It's nestled in a nursery that is also filled with garden-like wonder, and animals. I swear my baby was in heaven yesterday. So yea, Spring got kicked off with an incredible day! I can't wait to see what adventures are ahead.
Part of the fun of being in a new city is getting out to discover the local attractions. San Diego, as it turns out, never gets boring. I've mentioned before my love for Balboa Park, one of San Diego's grandest spots. It really is a jewel. There are several museums I can't wait to explore, but first on the list was the Railroad Museum. Bennett has recently taken a huge interest in all things "Choo Choo," so I knew this would be a hit. And a hit is was. They had some pretty amazing scenes in there, with so much history about the California Railroads. They had beautiful rural scenes, super detailed crime scenes, an old drive-in movie (it was playing!) and tons of old guys acting like kids. It was great! Miniatures everywhere! We were lucky enough to speak with one of the "conductors" who was operating his own personal train on one of the tracks. He turned on the lights and horn for Bennett and gave us a few insider tips about when to come back to see even more trains. Bennett even got to push some buttons! Apparently, volunteers bring in their personal collections to ride the rails. My child was mesmerized and kept chanting "Choo Choo" the remainder of the day. We finished the afternoon with a little stroll around the park and hit our usual spots before heading home. I can't wait to take him back.
Last week was just not my week. Things weren't jiving. Cracked cell phone, high vet bills, high court fees, messy house, teething baby, full moon, that whole bit. I was wondering if it could get any worse. But then that tooth popped out, the bills get paid, you start the laundry, checking things off your never ending list, and it all comes out in the wash. I love when the clouds part and you wonder why you were so up in arms over small things. I try to take problems in stride and never get into "crisis mode." Whether it's work or home life, hardly anything is really the "crisis" we make it out to be. It's hard to remember that sometimes. But I've never known any problem to not eventually work itself out. Never. (Although since I have a toddler, my house will ALWAYS be messy.) Being in the moment, getting to work, breathing, smiling, all these simple things make the biggest difference. Facing life with gratitude and a calm vibe does wonders for you sense of well-being.
San Diego seems to be on a roll with this beautiful weather, and we're not complaining. My garden could use a little love, and so a trip to the garden center is on the list. Baking, gardening, local adventures, and visits from dear friends are all on the horizon in the coming weeks, and I am so excited. Are you feeling Spring in the air? It's marvelous!
We've been all over San Diego in the last few days and the weather has been downright Summery. Yesterday was one of those odd perfect days that felt like July. The sun was so warm on my skin- I laid out in the yard reading during Bennett's nap, Albin spent a good two hours surfing, and we took advantage of this fabulous place. We browsed some vintage surfboards before heading to Coronado for dinner. Sometimes I feel like we're on vacation.. dreamy.
Hoping the weather keeps up for a nice beach and yard-work style weekend. Happy Friday y'all!
Listening to a soft rain in San Diego. We need it badly. My garden is smiling.
I am happy to stay tucked inside.. (though my toddler may not echo these sentiments.)
Feeling a little bit under the weather AGAIN, and ready to crawl into that bed and pick up my reading for the night.
Is this a thing for mothers of little boys? Passing colds back and forth?
Hoping it passes as quickly as it appeared.
Time for vitamins and water.
I feel like I am still playing catch up from my week away and Angela's funeral. The work, travel, and emotional event left me feeling drained. My home is in a constant state of disarray and I hope to spend this weekend catching up on a few things. Some cooking, exercising, cleaning, and hanging Angela's paintings. All this in between my most important activities-- entertaining Bennett.
Hope our friends and family are having fun, restful, happy weekends! I hope to return to a normal blogging schedule soon!
After losing my Angela, I've been going through the motions. There are a range of emotions to go through when you lose someone you love, as it turns out. Lots of ups and downs.. "This isn't happening!" sad, angry, sentimental. I'm allowing myself to mourn my friend and actually FEEL it. Historically, I've been the type to numb pain rather than face it.. so I think it's really healthy. Bennett has been a good distraction, and he reminds me to smile and treasure each moment. He is my heart after all. Life keeps moving, and you have to go with it's natural flow. I still mourn the loss of my friend every day.. and at times, I hang my head and shed a tear for her. But even in this sad time, we have these beautiful moments. San Diego has been absolutely gorgeous and I have been basking in the sun. I am thankful to be back in the place that my soul is most at home.. in the California sand. Gives me a certain peace.
In other news, I've been in organizing mode since the new year. We live in a tiny beach house, and my desire is to be minimal and organized. I've got an urge to pare down my closet to the absolute necessities. I made a stack of my most used items.. I live in about 12-15 favorite pieces, and the rest is just fluff. A memory from that one night, worn once.
I'm tempted to box everything up and leave just those favorite items in my closet. Will be back later in the week with a post of what this Mom's absolute essentials are. It'll be fun to look back and see what my Stay at Home Mom Uniform was 10 years from now.
She was no "Jane Everygirl."
A brilliant artist.
An excellent conversationalist.
A gifted comedian.
A sweet kind heart.
A musical laugh.
Please excuse my recent absence. After this new year's glorious beginning, I was seriously knocked down last week when I got news that one of my nearest and dearest friends had passed away. Oh how it hurts my heart! I'd never lost someone so close, and I was unprepared for the physical pain of losing someone so special to me.
I have mentioned my beloved friend Angela on the blog here and here. Some people are just unique, cut from a different mold then everyone else in the crowd. That was her. One day with Angela, and you would know you'd been in the company of a rare spirit. I have these vivid and beautiful memories of our times together. Day trips to Mexico, sitting in warm sand.. wind in our hair, sun on our face. We laughed until our stomachs ached.
This girl loved to enjoy and experience. She lived in the moment and relished everything. We talked for hours about music, pop culture, traveling, sexuality, and philosophy. She had a wealth of knowledge and a unique perspective. Angela entered my life at a time of growing and learning, and we enjoyed that journey together. I am so grateful for the impact she had on my life. I've always been a bit of an introvert, and am all about quality over quantity when it comes to selecting friends. And Angela was the cream of the crop. Just no replacement for her. Her art, her stories, her legacy are what she left behind. I've shared just a few of her paintings here.. she was a great talent, who will be truly missed. Words can't really pay tribute to my witty, intelligent friend who was such great company... A lovely human being, gone entirely too soon.
Bless you my friend! I will never forget your laugh.
2014, you have been just grand so far. We have been having this spell of gorgeous 75 degree days here in California and I'm soaking it in. My boys have been playing in the backyard SHIRTLESS, so yea.. it's been nice. We've had a couple visits to the ocean.. aah it feels so good to be home, a bike ride, and some quality time with Albin who works so much.
Hoping to keep the momentum going this week with some new projects, big plans for exercising, and a stack of library books. For now, Benny is stirring from his nap and I've got Lou Reed on the record player. Better get into some troub this afternoon. Ciao!