I know you all are probably well on your way into 2014, but reminisce with me for a moment. I'm just returning from a bit of a blogging vacation and am playing catch up on the blog and work in general. If I'm being honest, I wasn't too great about taking pictures in December with sickness, a full workload and the general holiday madness, but I'm telling myself that's alright. I did manage to get a few photos from a particularly cold and snowy day in December. It was the boy's first experience with a large amount of snow. He loved it for only about five minutes before he realized it was freezing and that he couldn't quite run in it. Although it may have been short-lived, I love the moments of firsts like these. It's so amazing to see someone experience something they've never known before. It reminds me that things I view as mundane can be things of wonder to someone else.
I should probably re-title this post to read "When We Got Outside" instead of "November." I had the best intentions of visually documenting the food, family and festivities of Thanksgiving. But, I put aside (okay forgot) my camera and ended up just plain enjoying the experiences firsthand. Sometimes it's better that way anyhow. I did at least capture a few good outside moments on unseasonably warm November days. With all the family in town, my husband and I got away for enough time to get in a morning trail run. It was brisk and invigorating. I sometimes forget how much natural beauty is right outside our door. We've had some sickness in our house recently. On one particularly feverish day, on a whim, we got ourselves outside for some ice cream and park time. The day completely turned itself around from there. This month was all about grabbing hold of life at unexpected times and turning those times into a glimmer of hope and sunshine.
October is one of my very favorite months. Changing trees, birthdays of family and friends, fall parties and Halloween. I'm a bit sad to see it go. My husband's birthday was mid-month. We have a tradition of making each other breakfast for birthdays. I wish I'd photographed them all through the years, but I think I'm going to start now. I made him a stack of pumpkin pancakes with maple pecan syrup this year. We took a quick girl's trip to Kansas City for a few concerts. This is a quick photo from a vintage store we visited. All that leopard print and hand-painted type caught my eye. I was set on painting my pumpkins this year until I discovered white ornamental pumpkins at our local natural foods market. They are quite the beauties. My friend, Michelle, got this pretty HRUSKAA air plant hanger for my birthday. Let's hope the poor plant survives my black thumb. We are trying to get more into holiday traditions now that we have a child and visited the pumpkin patch. Sadly, it was mostly dead by the time we got there, but there were a few big ones left. Here's a vignette from around my house this month. I know everyone's talking about it already, but I'm still going to say that Kinfolk's new cookbook is gorgeous. This was another nice birthday gift. I hope your October was a nice one.
I know most of you have moved on from pumpkins to turkeys already, but stick with me for a day or two. I'm just not quite finished with October yet. I love Halloween. I know everyone may not, but cute kids in costumes? I mean, c'mon! However, I get a little sad because in our area there just aren't that many kids out trick or treating anymore. Most kids go to the mall or some sort of trunk or treat. This year, we took matters into our own hands and searched out a pocket of Halloween magic in our town. We went to my favorite part of town where there are old houses with their front porches all decked out, tree-lined streets and young families with cute costumes everywhere we turned. The sidewalks are so packed that there are people walking in the streets. It is seriously like something out of a movie. I was giddy the entire time we were there. It poured most of the day, but brightened up just before we started out. Speaking of storms, here is ours. This was a last-minute thing that my husband suggested. Our son is pretty good at giving a stern look and tearing up whatever he can, so a thunderstorm seemed like a fitting costume. And, just for fun, our dogs Luke and Leia in their namesake homemade costumes. And yes, my husband is quite the Star Wars fan. Better the dogs than our son.
The months of September and October are my favorite two of the year. They're also quite full for us with birthdays and work, etc. As much as I love September, I don't have many photos as we spent much of it just living life. A lot of the month was spent splitting time between work and dedicating more time to our little family unit. Here are a few of the highlights though. Remember my words for September about work over weariness? Well, I'm not finished with my site quite yet, but I've made a definite dent in sprucing my blog and website up. I've added social media icons, an updated color palette and a little more work to the portfolio section. Progress! On a recent weekend, we took a trip to our city's annual Cider Days. It's a fun little tradition that I enjoy even more now that I have a kiddo to experience it with. And friends. My friend Michelle, in the photo above, is goofy and fun and awesome to go to events like this with. Ironically, and unfortunately, no actual cider was consumed at Cider Days by us. We chose a snow cone instead. Maybe that should be against the rules, but it was just too darn hot. Oh, and this sneaky guy. It was my birthday this month. My husband always tries to keep the plans for my birthday a secret. He did an exceptional job this year and took the afternoon off. We had a picnic in the park and went to a few thrift shops. My mom also made a tasty mocha layer cake. I wish I had gotten a photo it was so good. My monthly photo series wouldn't be complete without baby photos. And baby shoes. They get me every time. You'll just have to deal with it.
August was a quieter month that July. I captured a few of the highlights, but there were a lot of moments spent working and catching up on design projects. This is why my blog has been a little quiet the past week or so. When it rains, it rains some more. 1-New porch lights, finally! There have been more than a few drinks consumed out there in the evening glow. It's a bit magical. 2-Porch play and a pretty (boy) dog. 3-I went to lunch with my friend and former co-worker Des, and she gave our family these gifts for no special occasion. I swear she is the nicer, sweeter, Canadian version of Martha Stewart. 4-I love documenting hand painted typography and signage, especially the old, peeling kind. 5 & 6-Brunch and good conversations with some of my favorite friends.
We got pretty serious about fun in July. I can say that I made good on this promise to myself. There was much made of pool time, mom/kiddo play dates, ice cream eating and iced latte drinking. Of course, there was also a good mix of crying and whining (from the baby, of course...) and a little stress here and there, but I like to focus on the positive. And, there was a lot of positive to be had. Can every month be a summer month?1 // Out-of-focus firework display from the Fourth 2 // Mom...I mean kid...play dates are the best. I never thought I'd be the kind of person to be into that sort of thing, but we sort of stumbled into hanging out one day, and our group has stuck and grown. It's nice to meet moms that are also genuine, talented, creative and hilarious. 3 // Looking in on the girls having a cute moment playing. Also, I wish this were my room as a child. It's pretty magical. 4 // Another play date. Ice cream and babies in a forest. I mean, why not? 5 // Curious about greenery lately. 6 // Soren, his stick and his wobbly walking legs. 7 // These little red overalls are killing me lately. Watch out ladies, Alder is in on this summer trend. 8 // That hat.
I'm fairly convinced that Minnesota is the best state in which to spend the summer. Lake life, cherries and rhubarb galore, quaint parks, local ice cream, and best of all, grandparents. Minnesota has it all. The cooler weather is a welcome break from the heat and humidity we've been experiencing in Missouri. Above are a few captures around the small lake town where my grandparents reside.
1-Boats on the lake at sunset // 2-Our hard earned cherry harvest // 3-Cherries everywhere on my grandpa's tree // 4-My grandparents on their wedding day // 5-Me with my grandma (and camera, as usual) // 6-My grandfather patiently waiting as he does // 7-at the Tasty Freeze // 8-Fresh rhubarb from the garden // 9-Chinese lantern lighting over the lake
I've never been good with words. If you're looking for the socially awkward person at the party, I'm your girl. I feel much more comfortable with pictures and art. Also, it turns out I take a lot of pictures that end up sitting on my computer collecting digital dust. So, I'm starting up a new monthly round up of some of my favorite shots that hopefully visually capture the essence of each month. We love watching trucks go by in the morning while there's still shade.Matching Saltwaters. I dreamed of this day ever since we started trying to get pregnant. Silly? Maybe. But, it's sentimental to me because now there are tiny feet to fill those shoes.Simply enjoying our little family in a few quiet moments during the golden hour. Chasing dogs is serious business.Rawr.
This post is really about the main men in my life. Father's Day was extra special this year seeing the two of them together. I'm so lucky my son has such a strong, spiritual, creative, intelligent and funny father. Seeing my husband become a father this year has made me even more thankful that I married him.