This Moment

 {this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. Making up for last week- two photos.



 Just thought I would post a few photos of our little Portland weekend getaway. I loved taking this trip with my love. The Bon Iver concert was truly magical.  Portland is a wonderful city. The coffee, the beer, the music, the food, the people, the book stores! I can't get enough and we're so looking forward to going back. This time with Linus. He would love it! 
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I miss him already...

 Evan and I will be taking off to Portland, OR for 3 days to see Bon Iver in concert and it will be the longest time I've ever been away from my lil' Linus. He's only ever been away from me over night once before, and that was on our wedding night. Plus, Evan and I were able to pick him up the next morning as soon as we woke up. I know he's going to be well taken care of while we're gone. I'm not worried about that. He'll have so much fun hanging out with our family and I'll probably miss him way more than he'll miss me, but he's still just my baby and I can't help but worry a little... It's only 3 days, right!? 
I've been attacking Linus with extra kisses and cuddles lately. Luckily he's a super cuddle bug and often attacks me back. He's so lovable! Today after running a few errands we spent some time at home together playing cars, working on puzzles, coloring, becoming Angry Birds masters and ventured out into the backyard for a while. He helped me swiffer the floors, fold the laundry (as best he could), and suggested we have a dance party- which of course we did. He's my little dude. My sidekick (or am I his?...) and boy oh boy am I going to miss him.


Open for business!

 Out with the old and in with the new, say farewell to My Sweet Baboo! (I apologize...)  Sappy Apple Shop is officially taking over! HOORAY! I've been a busy little honeybee making all sorts of lovely new necklaces that you can now purchase in my shop. Not only can you purchase these three necklaces shown below, but I am also selling a few favorites from the old shop including the 'In A Nutshell Necklace', 'Moira Necklace', 'Button+Lace Necklace', and those 'Fabric Pendant Necklaces'. I'm working on a variety of items that will be added within the next few weeks and I'm hoping to eventually sell some of my photography prints... some day. I'm still working out a few details and I have yet to take any photos of the new necklaces being worn, but I'll get there. All in good time...
So go ahead and have a look. Heart me on Etsy. Like me on Facebook. I'll surely love you for it.


Ordinary moments

When I was a kid, I used to wonder if it was possible to hold onto ordinary moments. You know, if you tried hard enough. If you closed your eyes and memorized every single thing about it, painted the scene in great detail in your mind and then just willed yourself to remember. Could you? In twenty years? Remember the way you bent down and scratched your knee just before getting hit by that dodge ball. Remember the way that grilled cheese and tomato soup tasted while you watched an episode of Boy Meets World. Remember using your finger to doodle on the fogged up car window as Santa Baby played on the radio. Because where do they all go? All the seemingly forgettable everyday moments? No matter how unremarkable they were, I wanted them. I wanted them all. I still want them all. Thirteen years later and I've really only managed to hold onto what feels like a few measly scraps. For whatever reason, only certain moments stick.

So I thought about this earlier as I stood in the playground of our local elementary school, while Linus and Jedi played. I thought about how hard I tried at age ten to hold onto things, how hard I still try to hold onto things-- how I take photographs and blog and make lists and scribble thoughts onto the pages of notebooks, how tirelessly I've integrated this practice of preservation into my daily life. And then I sat there in that playground and did what my ten year-old self used to do. I memorized the moment. Cool concrete beneath me, sand in my shoes, sun on my face. Sadie sleeping against my chest. My mom at the picnic table just a few feet away. The sound of children laughing. A breeze in the air. Golden leaves falling around me. One moment folds into the next and then it's over. And I am left hoping maybe this one will stick.

Toddler Alert!

Little Sadie can walk! She's been carefully working at it for quite some time now, and over the weekend she officially became a toddler! Probably because she knows she's one-year old now. I'm ever so proud of my sweet baby sister. See for yourself... (and excuse my poor videographer skills...)


Paper snacking...

 Linus won't stop eating paper lately... I don't know what to do or why he does it! It's not just paper... it's cardboard, cotton balls, kleenex, and now my new shop packaging! It's driving me a little bit crazy because I just can't figure out the reason behind it. He's probably not iron deficient because broccoli is his very favorite food and he loves steak. I'm pretty sure he's getting enough fibre... I also give him a children's daily multivitamin, and he's always been a good eater. Perhaps it's just curiosity or it might have to do with the fact that he recently quit sucking his soother. I really don't know, but I hope it stops soon. It can't be very good for him.

Sadie Love is One!

It was Sadie baby's birthday on Friday! Her first year whizzed by so quickly, I'm finding it hard to believe she's one already! I plan on making an album(or two) with all the adorable photos I have of her first year. I just feel so lucky to have such a little honey in my life. 
My sweetest sister spent the morning dancing at her first music class while Jedi was at preschool. They later came over to our house for lunch and to play with Linus in the backyard. Gramma Goo was able to come for lunch, and smother Sadie with birthday kisses, as well. We're looking forward to a weekend full of celebration. Sadie will be having a button themed party. I can imagine it will be completely adorbs.  I will take many pictures and will hopefully find a bit of time to post a few of them next week. 
The painters are almost finished and the new kitchen and bathroom flooring is scheduled to be  installed in just over a week! I've been a busy bee making our house into a lovely home, working on getting my new shop up and running, playing with the littles in my life, and getting in as many family bike rides as possible before it snows! Things are beginning to settle again, I have more time to spend with these cuties, and i'm just so thankful for that.

Happy Birthday my Sadie baby. We sure love you!