Friday, November 14, 2014

// s n o w y m o r n i n g //

We got snow last night!  Elliot was up with the sunrise and I took him out for a little before Asher woke up.  It was bitterly cold; we shivered and could hardly move.  Yet, Elliot had a huge smile on his face and kept squealing "mama, snow! snow! snow!"  I can really feel that this winter will be so much more positive than any other we've experienced.  I'm excited to look at it through Elliot and Asher's eyes. <3

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

// h e y , i t ' s b e e n a w h i l e //

I haven't written here in suite some time and I feel sad to think about my poor neglected blog.  In the past three years I've put so much time and heart into it.  It's grown with me, as I've discovered more of myself.  I sincerely hope I am able to give it more time!  Everyone, please say something if I neglect it this long again!

We've been enjoying the warm palette of autumn, drinking in the oranges, reds and yellows.  A green leaf is rare and we've stored those visions in our minds and look forward to dusting them off again in spring.  Elliot and Asher really do not know any season but spring.  Santa Cruz was consistently mild and we loved it.  Sometimes, when Jimmy heads to work the boys sneak past me and run out the door to say good bye one last time, one of their favorite things to do.  Now, the chilly air greets them and they have not quite made friends with it yet.  Asher runs back inside and says "mama, cold! oh, cold!  need hat!"  Elliot, to be quite honest, cries a little and says "oh cold a'side."  I adore my California sunshine boys.  I know it will be a transition, but I'm determined not to be a winter-complainer.  I will meet their questions with adventures.  Exploring what each season can bring us.  

(Asher was near cationic for the first ten minutes outdoors.  I was laughing so hard; his poor body seemed to be in shock at the chilly air!)

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Monday, September 29, 2014

// f a l l i s h e r e //

As September is nearly finished and October is around the bend, I'm reminded of change.  The change of seasons, the change of location for our family and the coming cold.  Although we prefer a more mild climate, I am careful not to complain or say I dislike anything that the earth can offer us.  Every season has it's difficulty and every season has it's ease.  Jimmy has taught me the beauty of joy + awe.  We keep this attitude towards all things with our boys.  Fall is easy to love, but it's easy to regret the passing of summer.  Yet, we've discovered a new way of living: connected to the seasons and the offerings out our front door.  Life, in all it's stages is incredibly beautiful and has so much to teach us.  

We picked apples yesterday and it such a lovely time!  The boys were absolutely darling:  they usually are unable to sit still or stay in one area, but they were close explorers and it made for a easier time for us.  They sat under the trees and Elliot would crouch down low and then jump up with all his strength!  He would barely miss the apples and then fall to the ground giggling.  I love these days and the sweet moments of joy.  <3 

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

// w h e r e w e w a n d e r //

The Stairway to Heaven hike is a part of the Appalachian Trail.   I first found out about it through Kirsten Rickert's blog and I'm so glad I did:  It's absolutely gorgeous and despite it's length, I always find it relaxing.  It's great for children because of the "boardwalk" that covers most of it.  This time, we brought our "new" friends and made flower crowns and found turtles, birds and many other treasures. It was a beautiful day, for sure! 

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