the obsession is real.
*Hey guys! I took a short blogging break while I got the hang of working with Sakura Bloom. But now that I feel more settled in and Lucy is back in school, I have the time again to blog<3
My husband and I aren’t even ashamed to admit, we are the biggest flakes. Not intentionally. We just over book ourselves. We make plans to do 4 different things in one day, feel overwhelmed, throw in the towel and stay home instead. So when Chloe (Who was a volume 4 Sling Diarist, that I’d never actually met, but feel like she is a dear old friend from reading her entries and following her family for nearly a year) hit me up late Friday night offering to take family photos, I said yes and then instantly felt that anxiety of “how do I get out of this without totally screwing her over”.
Its not that I’m camera shy. I don’t care if there are blinking awkward double chinned photos of me floating around. My concern was the girl’s behavior. They’d scream and cry. Justin would get grumpy and Chloe would walk away like “whooaaa….her husbands kinda rude and her kids are brats.” But I dared to risk it anyways and actually followed through.
Instead the complete opposite happened. We all had a fantastic time. And Chloe was a natural with the girl. AND OMG THESE PICTURES! After months of slacking and almost exclusively relying on my Iphone to document this past summer, I cant tell you how amazing it is to have photos I feel actually capture my family.
I had a feeling things would go smoothly when instead of having some grand staged plan for the photos, Chloe asked what our family likes to do. I kinda chuckled and was like “Seriously the only thing my family does it go to Cupcake Royale and then the park.” and she thought that sounded perfect. We had an afternoon much like the hundreds of other afternoons we had doing this exact same thing with the girls. The girls had fun and didn’t think of today as a day we took family photos. Instead they got cupcakes and got to go to the park and met some new friends ❤
I cant thank you enough for these photos, Chloe! We LOVE them.
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In 2005 mornings started at 11am in a tiny studio apartment where my friend cassidi and I lived. I’d play video games then take 2 hours to put on my makeup.
In 2007 my morning routine was being woken up by chickens taunting my dog by pecking at my sliding glass door of the cabin. I’d go scare them off before climbing back into bed.
In 2010 I would walk down Pike, first stoping to get coffee and buy cigarettes. then hop on the light-rail at Westlake Center downtown. I’d ride on the train for 45 minutes listening to Kate Nash on my iPod.
In 2014…It’s 6:45 am when first lucy comes in asking me to turn on cartoons from my phone. I have a remote app. Mila wakes up and starts nursing. I have to pee but am stuck there for at least 45 minutes. I’m still in a fog but I check my Instagram and email. Then justin and I discuss if he’ll be taking Lucy to school or if I have to take her to the bus stop. Mila wants fruit and scrambled eggs. Lucy wants hard boiled eggs and cinnamon toast. Neither actually eat the meal I’ve prepared. I spend 5 minutes explaining to Lucy YES YOU HAVE TO WEAR A COAT then remember I still haven’t changed mila’s diaper. I miss waking up and not immediately having to do so much for others!
In 2020 I bet I’ll think how much I miss waking up next to Mila. How much I miss cutting crust off Lucy’s toast. And the comfort of a baby on my hip as little arms hug me goodbye before school.
In 2030 I might miss the satisfaction of getting to do so much for people I love. They might be out of the house but justin and I will still wake up at 7am expecting to be needed. Missing being needed as much as we are now.
For the children of the Pacific Northwest, days spent at the beach are quite different than most of the world. It means bundling up to walk on the unleveled ground provided my rocks and shells that come in a million shades of grey. Sea glass and empty dried crab shells are tucked snuggly between barnacle covered stones.
Unfortunately my girls totally belong in California. They whine over the tiniest amount of rain. They love the mall and cake pops. Hot pink everything and dance moms.
I used to jump on my trampoline in the rain for hours and would come in soaking wet happy as can be. Id play in the mud flats as a child and loved finding huge shells.
My girls jump in puddles and 5 minutes later ask to go inside to get warm.
I love this city. This is where I belong. But I’ve accepted my children might leave me for LA when they get older. Or maybe they are still just getting over colds and weren’t in the mood today and I’m reading too much into it. But oh well, I had a nice day! And they got hot cocoa. So win win.
We were actually supposed to go to the Pacific Science Center today. I was so excited to take Mila to the tropical butterfly house where there are hundreds of colorful butterflies everywhere. But instead parking downtown turned into us bickering because there wasn’t any parking, I thought for sure there would be spots in one lot and there wasn’t. Going round and round and there was all this construction. Ugh. Then Justin said ef it, let’s just get coffee and go to a park on Capitol Hill. Which at first I hated the idea of cause I felt bad that I told Mila we’d see butterflies and we didn’t.
But we got up the hill. Found a spot right on Broadway. And instantly we were both is great moods. We used to live over here and these were the streets we fell in love on. We went to our old Starbucks and took Mila to the park we used to always take Lucy to. I haven’t laughed so hard in forever. It even started pouring buckets and we still managed to have fun. I’m learning that when things aren’t going well, when you can’t find parking, things are getting tense, it’s better to just bail and make new plans than to force it.
Honestly, I feel like garbage today. Achy, tired, cramps. All that fun stuff. Sweatpants and the couch were calling my name. But even if it’s just for an hour, getting outside, feeling the grass between my toes, stirring the compost and spraying the hose for Mila (oh and the plants) is the best medicine. Though peppermint tea and Advil help too. Happy earth day everyone! Hope you and your families get outside and enjoy some fresh air.