posted on: Monday, July 25, 2016
Motherhood right now is hour by hour, minute by minute. My eyes see only the cuts on their knees and the tans on their toes. Oak's are speckled squares, evidence of the Natives he wears day in and day out. River's are diagonal in form, a combination of her Saltwaters and the flip-flops she refuses to part with.
The days are hot, hot, hot; and the house is stale and messy. I am often reminded in its state something my neighbor said to me one afternoon, after I apologized for our home's condition: "You are living. That's what this is." And what a glorious gift of a sentiment. So motherhood right now is living. There are no two ways about it.
This is surely the last summer River's body will curl into mine and feel just as her newborn days. Her legs will reach past mine and arms will stretch out further off of the frame of my bed. This winter we will bundle and try our best to hole up tight in our little apartment. We will watch movies in the evening until she falls asleep in my arms. And as winter's grand finale, she will blow out six candles atop her strawberry cake and ring in the year with gusto.
Until that distinct chill enters the city, motherhood and me will bask in summer's offering: smaller children in my bed at the end of a sweaty adventure, tiny bodies curled into mine own, little legs wrapped around my legs. Dark spiral curls to kissing my nose and her every breath touching my hand as she doses off to sleep like a baby still. Her arm won't stretch too far beyond the bed frame--just yet.
Motherhood right now is a single moment of summer haze wrapped in joy. Simply and gloriously so, motherhood right now is living. What a gift.
posted on: Friday, July 22, 2016
How was your week? Didn't it go by SO fast? It feels like we were just greeting it and listing the many things we needed to do. In it's closing, I've only completed about 20% of my list. It was an eventful and exciting week anyway. I even styled the windows at Tictail Market, and hosted a pretty amazing party to celebrate it. Thank you again to all who came and danced with me that night!
It will be hot hot hot here this weekend, so we plan on hitting up the pool first thing in the morning, and then taking it easy. Cleaning, ordering groceries, and going through our stack of junk mail are the few things on my list. I also plan on doing some writing, and will have some more thoughts on motherhood right now for you all to read next week. My friend suggested that I get more videos up, and I would love to. Anything you'd want to hear or questions you have?
P.S I remembered how much I loved double-dutch when I was younger, and now I'm planning a BBQ and double dutch party! We used to tie one end to my grandmother's front gate when we didn't have a third person. I really can't wait. THIS VIDEO too.
Bonus: Nordstrom's anniversary sale is happening through the weekend, if you haven't hopped on over there.
Have a fun one!
posted on: Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Last Sunday, I had a beautiful garden birthday dinner in my backyard. It was full of dear friends and family. Since we moved in only a few months ago, it became a little housewarming party as well. Friends would walk in and peek around and proclaim that we should never leave. ha! I always feel a bit nervous having friends over after I know I'm finished decorating for a while. It's like any project or creative endeavor; I'm always left asking myself if I'm actually ready for the reveal. I realized that no, I won't ever be. But I have to be confident and joyous in the space that I've created and the friends and family that enjoy it with us.
For the dinner, I asked Chef Deena to create a magical meal for 10. As one of 11, she made a meal for 20, which was fine, because I had 16 guests! The menu for the night was beautiful farm-to-table fresh vegetables and appetizers, wild rice and curry chicken. It was impressive and gorgeous, and Deena is such a beautiful person to be around. Her creations became the decor, and I'm so happy she said yes to catering the dinner. To flow with the overall theme and lush yard, my friend Rawan created a centerpiece and flower crown for me as a sweet gift. Need I say more?
More photos from the night below...
posted on: Friday, July 15, 2016
In celebration, I went to the Whitney (without the kids), had lunch outside, and an iced coffee in the park. When I came home, Peter ordered pizza for the kids and I for dinner from work, and the kids and I read books and cuddled in bed. Right after they nodded off, there was a surprise flower delivery from Peter, and now he's on his way with Junior's cheesecake! It's truly been a beautiful and peaceful day.
A few things:
+ They dug through my closet and made really pretty things and asked me some questions.
+ Stoop Sale (via Erin)
+ My birthday dress was thrifted. Similar here.
+ I keep on pinning Brooklyn apartments, I am so obsessed with design lately. Here's a good one!
+ Our NOLA video
+ I got these shoes. I can't take them off!
+ I'm hosting a Shopping Night Out at TICTAIL next Thursday. My friend Kristin will DJ. It's going to be a lot of fun. I really hope you can make it!
Photo of Eartha Kitt