Monday, January 26, 2015

Currently.


Reading: I've made it a goal to read every night before bed. I always feel better when I end my days looking at the pages of book instead of my computer or phone, so I have a nice little stack of novels (both virtual and paper) next to our bed. There are a couple from this list, but I also picked up The Circle by David Eggers and No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July. Have you read either?

Thinking about: So I've talked about it a couple of times and it's in my Instagram bio, but some of you might not know that I went back to work this past summer as the Social Media Coordinator for Ergobaby and Orbit Baby. I work remotely so it allows me to still stay home with the boys which I am incredibly grateful for. It's interesting though, because if you've been reading Sometimes Sweet for awhile you know that I used to say that I never wanted to go back to work! It's funny how we get these ideas in our heads of what we are supposed to be doing or how things are supposed to be, but then those things shift. I really enjoy what I do, and as busy as I am now it's been the best thing. It just still makes me smile to myself to think I foolishly said "never ever." Yet another lesson learned.

Listening: So I had to open up my Spotify and take a look at a few of the playlists I've been listening to. I have a mix I put on whenever I'm blogging or working, and it includes these three albums all in a row- Little May's Little May, Dustin Tebott's Bones, and Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place. I've super particular about what I listen to when I'm writing, but these three albums never bug me and put me in a good place! Really any Explosions in the Sky is my main go-to writing music, but this album in particular is one of my favorites. Some other current albums in heavy rotation: Childish Gambino's Camp, Hozier's Hozier, and The Gaslight Anthem's Get Hurt.

Watching: Parenthood. No spoilers, I promise, but oh my goodness I’m so sad the show is ending. I know every show has to end at some point but I’m so not ready- I feel like we need a few more seasons to wrap everything up. I haven’t had too much time to watch television but I have made time for my favorite ridiculously silly show, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. It’s almost embarrassing how much I enjoy all of the Housewives shows, but I especially love this one. My favorite would have to be Lisa Rinna. Is anyone else watching this season? She’s just such a breath of fresh air and I love her! And on the topic of shitty television, I tried to watch The Bachelor again this season and after the first episode I was really excited that maybe I could get into it again...but I just can't do it. I think maybe the Bachelor ship has sailed for me. Sad!

Planning: Hank and I have been planning our hikes and camping trips for this spring and summer and I'm really excited. Last year we spent so many of our weekends outdoors and nothing makes us happier. We have a couple really special trips planned for this spring both in and out of Arizona and as much as I'm trying to enjoy this cold weather now, I'm really looking forward to it warming up a bit. Once we complete our list, maybe I'll share it here too in case you're local and want to check out some of our favorite hikes, or explore some new places too.

Loving: being in LA right now and this amazing "winter" weather, learning new things at work, Facetiming with the boys when I'm gone and coming home to them when I'm away, tons of sister time, watching Henry skateboard, finding new, inspiring IG accounts to follow, reading nonstop, eggs and bacon for breakfast, Charlie and his every-growing vocabulary, and long car rides with Hank.

So, how about you? What are you up to today? Feel free to do your own "Currently" post on your blog and link back in the comments for everyone to check out.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Long Weekend in Brooklyn

Whenever I spend time with Emily, it's never enough! In our much younger years (11 years ago!) we would spend days and days together, sleepovers and early morning breakfasts and late night adventures all blending into the fabric of some of my most favorite memories, and one of my most favorite summers. And now we're adults. Wives. Mamas. And it's so neat to share this stage of life together- to see each other for who we were and who we've been, and to have changed and evolved over time and still found ourselves the closest of friends. I feel very lucky.

So this past weekend I spend five days with Em and Jesse...and their new daughter, Penny in Brooklyn! It was such a treat to meet Penny and soak up so much baby time. She is the cutest little thing- a tiny bundle of smiles and laughs and the biggest, brightest eyes. We did so much in my short visit- we visited with upstate friends, explored Brooklyn, ate delicious food, met up with some favorite internet mamas, watched the McGregor fight Sunday night, and in our usual fashion, even took some workout classes. Have you ever tried Soul Cycle? That was one of the classes we took and it was AWESOME. I wish we had one in our town!

As usual the weekend whirled by way too fast, but at least I have some fun iPhone photos from the trip to remember it by. I hope you enjoy them too! xoxo

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

5 Reads for January


Happy January, happy Tuesday, happy 2015! Yeah! I thought it would be fun to share few things on my to-read or have-read bookshelf (virtual or otherwise) this month, and continue to do so throughout this next year. I hope you'll enjoy this monthly feature. Happy reading!


1. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

My father-in-law is a mortician/owner of multiple funeral homes, and Hank grew up in and around a funeral home, so I've always been fascinated with this kind of stuff- very My Girl, right? haha. Anyway, I just started this book and I'm loving it. I can't give any sort of review because I'm at the beginning, but so far, so good. Read this little bit from Amazon and tell me you aren't intrigued, too! Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty—a twenty-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre—took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. Thrown into a profession of gallows humor and vivid characters (both living and very dead), Caitlin learned to navigate the secretive culture of those who care for the deceased. Get it and read it along with me!

2. Wild

I almost feel silly recommending this book because hello, who hasn't?! In fact, I recommended it years ago when I first read it. This past week I'd been re-reading as a refresher and goodness, I was reminded of just how much I love it. Then Sunday I went and watched it in the theater and now I really can't recommend both the book and movie enough! I thought the film did the story justice is almost every way, and I walked out of the theater feeling sad and happy and inspired and alive. To me, that's pretty perfect. And as I've gotten older one of my main interests has become the outdoors- hiking, trail running, exploring- and this book totally makes me want to lace up my hiking shoes and hit the trail. It also makes me want to crawl up in bed with my laptop and write, write, write. It's just a really inspiring book, and even though it's completely all over due to the movie, it's one of those picks that absolutely does live up to the hype!

3. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

This book has the same author as Wild, Cheryl Strayed, and I can't say enough great things about it. It's part-memoir, part self-help, part something totally different, and I love that because it's a collection of different letters you're able to put the book now and come back to it whenever you'd like. It's the perfect bedside choice to read a bit of every evening before bed. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll relate to bits and pieces of stories that you didn't think you'd relate to. You'll find yourself feeling for the people asking for advice, and wanting to recommend this book to all of your friends, too. A must-read.

4. A Cook's Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal

So I really love Anthony Bourdain. And I really love traveling. And who doesn't love food? Put it all together and you've got this book, which I'm extremely excited to dive into this weekend. It was recommended by no less than four friends over the course of a couple months, so I took it as a sign I should probably just commit. It looks great, and like it would be a great read for anyone who's interested in any of those things I mentioned above...which basically means that pretty much anyone should love it. It has 200 almost perfect reviews on Amazon so I don't think my prediction is too far off...but I'll keep you posted.

5. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves: A Novel

Okay this is weird but I don't know anything about this book. At all. A girlfriend suggested I read it but told me not to read any of the synopses or reviews, so I didn't and now it's waiting for me on my nightstand to begin as soon as I can. This friend is generally right on when it comes to book recommendations so I'm taking her word for it. And you should too- in that whole "a friend of a friend told me it was good!" kinda way.

What else is on your to-read or have-read list this month?

Monday, January 12, 2015

Christmas 2014

I wanted to share a few photos from our holidays this year before I totally forgot about it. Although to be honest it feels like a blur way back in my memory already, even though it's only been a couple of weeks! I'm someone who really does love all the hustle and bustle of November and December, but once the New Year hits I find it SO relieving and almost exciting that it's smooth sailing until spring.

This year's Christmas was low-key and great. We celebrated with three sets of grandparents plus our own little family, so it was busy, but really wonderful. I'm still not sure if seeing the boys' faces light up as they run out to the tree early in the morning will every get old- Christmastime with kids is the best.

I hope you and yours had a wonderful, magical holiday season as well!

xoxo


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

This Home Of Ours


I've been writing this post in my head for a few weeks, thinking about the past year and the things I've learned. There's so much to say- there always is! But I think 2014 been one of the most interesting years I've had in awhile, because lots of what I thought to be true shifted in one way or another. That's a good thing, I think. If we're not growing and changing we're pretty much stuck in the same place, right? And I hope I'm always changing and adapting to what's around me- growing from mistakes, moving forward from where I am, and constantly looking at myself and asking "how can I be better?"

It's interesting sharing things here for so long- really, you've all grown up and changed right along with me over the past eight years (thank you). I started Sometimes Sweet in my early twenties and now I'm in my early thirties. That's a LONG time and a huge span of some very transformative years. If you've been reading since the beginning you know a lot about me from these bits and pieces I share; you might have started reading when I was a newlywed, still a teacher, just beginning to fill up these pages with little stories from our life. Maybe you came aboard when I was pregnant for the first time, post after post chronicling that first baby bump, my mind always going going going, all worries and wonder and excitement. You might have come and gone, as I changed and you changed. The years have flown, haven't they? And now here we are, almost eight years later, an entire blog filled up with this story of my life. I post less, I know that. Last month I posted only eight times. That's the season of our life right now, though. Sometimes blogging.

Blogging is changing; it has changed, both for me and for everyone else too. With the insta-world right there, it's easier to put thoughts there, to fill up those little squares with all of the things I would normally share here. And as life gets busier, I find that blogging slips down on my ladder of priorities. It's okay though, although it does make me sad at times- when I don't blog for awhile a little tiny part of my world feels a bit empty. I promised myself last year though, only the good stuff. If I don't have something I really want to share, don't fill up pages to fill it; quality over quantity whenever and wherever I can. I started this blog or fun, and although over the years it's changed and evolved into other things, the reason for this space is still the same- because I love to write (need to write!) and this place is my online home.

So that's where I am. Home. Times are changing, the world seems to be moving faster and faster, but as that happens all I want to do is go slower and slower. To take time and sit and write. To call a friend instead of text. To go on long walks with Hank and the boys. To tell you some stories I haven't told you before over a cup of tea, you on that side of the screen, me on mine. Enjoy these days as they flutter on by, find beauty in the simplest of things. Slow. Intentional.

As I was writing this I got a sense of goodbye- did you feel that? I think sometimes when you're at the edge of something it can feel like that. Is this the beginning? Or the end? For me this it is the beginning, I know that. As I move forward I want to continue to be present here, maybe eight posts a month, maybe eighteen, but as life moves on and our story evolves, I want to turn the page and continue. So that's what I'll do. Turn the page, tell our story, write these words, continue to capture the little bits of our life in the best way I know how here in this online home of mine (ours).  And I hope you'll be here too.

Here's to 2015, and a lot more of this, and you, and me. I'm excited.


I can't help but use this photo for the 1000th time- I love it so much! Credit: Lauren Ristow

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Baby #3

Charlie Newborn Photos

Ooh, I bet you thought this was a pregnancy announcement, huh? Haha! Sorry. But I do really want to talk about this whole idea of a third baby. For so long Hank and I always said we wanted to have four children. In fact, I used to say I would love to have six! That was of course before I had two. And now that we have two, there have even been moments where I felt like maybe, possibly, we could be done right here. Those moments are pretty few and far between though (and usually on my hardest parenting days), because in my heart I feel like we are absolutely meant to have at least one more child and we definitely will. But four? I'm not sure...until I go and look at baby photos of Henry and Charlie (like the one of C, up there) and I'm back to wanting six little ones again and find myself daydreaming about a huge family.

Now that Charlie is rounding the corner to 1.5, life is getting easier. He's walking, he's talking, and we're able to do a whole lot more. I love this age. And as much as I do miss those teeny tiny baby days, I think I actually like this age and all of its stages even more.

When I think back to so many discussions Hank and I would have about planning out our family, we always thought we would try to get pregnant when Charlie was one. When that time came around we decided to wait, and now that winter is here we're talking about maybe waiting a little longer. You never know what the future holds- what if I can't get pregnant again? What if I get pregnant this month? Some things just happen, so when I say "plan" I use that term very loosely.

So I ask you, how many kids do you have? How many do you want to have? And if you are a parent of multiple children, what is the age gap between them? Do tell!

xoxo

Monday, December 22, 2014

A Weekend in Los Angeles

Last weekend Hank, the boys and I headed out to Los Angeles for a fun family weekend. When we returned home that Sunday it felt like a whirlwind- it was a jam-packed four days, but as busy as it was, it was so much fun!

We flew out of our small local airport into LAX on Thursday evening. It's a quick one-hour flight, so it's not bad for the kids, although it can be very bumpy at times. This time we got Charlie his own seat so we could have him in his carseat while flying, and it worked out well. I get nervous about the turbulence and him not being strapped in safely since its a small place, so it made me feel better to have him secured. We use the Orbit Baby toddler carseat and it's very easy to use on a plane- you just pop on the side rails and it quickly can be used right in the airplane seat (and then later rear-facing in your rental car if need be). Because we travel a lot, and especially by car, Charlie is very used to his carseat so flying for an hour in it was no thing. The carseat also clicks right into the stroller base so that's how we do it- check Henry's seat at the ticket counter, gatecheck the stroller, and carry Charlie's seat on the plane.

The next few days were full of a lot- I worked in the Ergobaby office on Friday while it rained and rained and rained. Hank kept the kids busy, and when I got back to the hotel we headed over to the Farmer's Market at The Grove for dinner and our favorite treat, Pinkberry. The next morning we hiked around Griffith Observatory and we all absolutely loved it. It was our first time there and not only was the post-rain view breathtaking, there were so many great hiking paths we could all enjoy. I definitely recommend adding this to your "must-see" list if you plan on visiting L.A., with or without kids.

Later in the day was Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday event at the Lombardi House, and we spent a couple of hours hanging with friends, enjoying delicious treats, and crafting (of course!). It was a really special day, and my first experience with Crafting Community. It's hard to capture the entire afternoon in a paragraph, but I was so impressed with every bit of the event. There was something for everyone, and Henry and I had the best time making and creating gifts for the people we love. Crafting Community's mission is to create experiences where families can play, grow and be together...and we did just that! I felt so happy being around so much beauty, and I left feeling very inspired, full of fun ideas to do with Henry, and best of all HE had the best time. What a day!

The rest of the trip zoomed on by, and we ended it Sunday at the beach. It was a quick visit, but we managed to squeeze in some beach running, boardwalking, and Mexican food eating. All in all, it was one of my favorite weekends to date.

Thanks for the fun weekend, L.A.! Can't wait to come back again soon.

Here are some photos- from both my iPhone and regular camera. Enjoy. xo





*this post is in partnership with Orbit Baby and Crafting Community.
 
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