a lot happens in a day!...
breakfast dishes alone. black tea and two fried eggs for me, hot rice porridge for her with honey and almond milk and rose tea.
i got these new stackable glasses at a local shop that are perfect for our open shelves and limited storage space.
lunch is often joined by others. i love making a big salad or fried rice. brocolli is always on my lunch menu. and i love a simple platter of cheese and crackers. i've been drinking tons of water throughout the day...trying to offset my tea consumption.
i love the light in the evening. i was working on the computer and looked over to see this. beautiful.
my boys. i love my boys. and apparently they really love each other...see the hug? they spoon and embrace all the time. i love it.
and the little one is so very content in our new space. she is really loving it all. i was cooking for over an hour tonight and she was happily playing right next to me on the floor.
that's just about what our day looks like. how about yours?! xoxo
i've been looking around, noticing. do you ever do that?
noticing so many things. in just two rooms, we have created a home. we are settled in and happy and feel like we have all the space in the world. we don't need much to be happy. in fact, we need nothing at all because i've come to know that happiness is inside me, and well...that can never be taken away. i'm pretty sure the little one is learning this too. we are a good team, she and i.
my favorite time of day is the quiet time in between work and dinner. where i sit and journal at the table, listening to some Nina Simone, sometimes sipping a glass of wine, watching the sun set and waiting for the dinner guests to arrive. (there are always dinner guests. always.)
last night i was journaling and staring at the page before me filling up with ink, and suddenly the page turned from ivory to gold to pink to orange. it was the most beautiful thing i've ever seen...the sun was setting and just changing and morphing into something completely different every second.
and i began to think about life and how it does the same. things change, shift, morph, evolve. it's what we can count on. it's what makes me so excited about life. i'm an incredibly open person...i think i have a gift of living wide open. i experience everything deeply and fully. i take it all in and acknowledge it; good and bad. and i am grateful for it all. i do not easily get bogged down. i think of everything as a gift. every single thing in life can teach us something if we let it. if we are open to it.
i've been noticing this all. noticing the way the light changes throughout the day, how two rooms can feel so very big, how my awareness can just keep continuing to grow, how my gratitude for everything is so immense that i can't help but love everyday, how i get to witness the little one growing into herself and feeling so very good about where we are.
i'm noticing this change. this shift that feels so very significant to me in my life right now. i can see it everywhere...in my attitude, my gratitude, my awareness, and even my phsyical body. i feel and even look different now. things are changing. and change is hard, but to me hard means good. you push through, you grow, you come out the other side so much more capable than you ever thought you could be.
and even right now, in this very moment, i am noticing how i sat down to simply write about a beautiful sunset, and look what came out. it's all so interesting and wonderful, isn't it?
happy tuesday, friends. thanks for being here. xoxo
Happy Spring!! Just some photos from the last few days. We are enjoying our new wee space here, the wonderful light all day long, and the amazing view of the river.
We've had a stretch of amazingly warm weather...temps in the 80's, which means shorts and sandals, open windows, staying out late to ride bikes and scooter through town, skipping rocks in the river and hunting for heart rocks and sea glass. It's just been unbelievable. What a wonderful way to welcome spring!
Hope you are enjoying your week. What did you do to celebrate the return of spring?
Thanks to all who entered the Polarn O. Pyret giveaway! Random.org chose #77...
always hunting for the right gear here! thanks for the offer :)
Andrea...you didn't include your e-mail, so please e-mail me at ewallacephoto(@)gmail.com and I'll hook you up with Polarn! Congrats!
Just some happenings from the past few days...
Hope you all had a good weekend! xo
With the little one attending a nature based school, proper outerwear is very important. I'm always on the hunt for warm enough jackets and snowpants, raingear that actually keeps her dry, and everything in between. Polarn O. Pyret always has the greatest clothing...the quality is remarkable, the sizing is always just right and fits for two seasons, and the most important thing is the little one absolutely adores the colors, fit, and designs.
Polarn O. Pyret was kind enough to send us a set of rain gear which we immediately put to good use. Today it was overcast and drizzly, so we put on our new rain gear and headed out into our new backyard (yup...that's our backyard!!) and played on the shore.
What lucky girls we are, eh? The ocean in our backyard and awesome new rain gear! Polarn O. Pyret is also offering one lucky reader a $50 gift certificate. Just leave a comment and tell us what your little one's favorite season is. I'll draw a reader Monday at 10 a.m. EST. Good luck!
lunch with some creative peeps. it was yummy.
i sure am enjoying this view. it's just gorgeous. the sunset last night was beyond amazing.
monday i had the pleasure of shooting and modeling Luksin's spring line. it was a beautiful, sunny and warm day. thank goodness, because we had to strip down to barefeet at the beach! check out some of the photos here.
it's a rainy overcast day here today. it's a nice excuse to hunker down inside with some tea and catch up on a lot of work.
i'm looking forward to doing some more creative shoots in the coming weeks!
what are you up to today?
well, we officially broke our wee space in with our first "girl's night." the little one was so excited. we had a mellow evening with lots of yummy food, good wine, and sweet friends. i am constantly amazed by the support and kindness of our friends. i am so very grateful for them.
now we can really call this home.
it's been fun getting to know the light in this new space. it's beautiful...all times of the day.
late afternoon is my favorite. watching the sun set, lighting the candles around the house, making dinner, and getting ready for a cozy evening. the little one and i are settling in and doing well.
i adore this space. i am feeling so capable, brave, strong, and full of life. i am excited about moving forward, discovering new things about myself and life. we are blessed with generous and loving friends. i am thankful for every bit of my life right now.
here's a little glimpse of what's new. my friends call it our "fairy house"...
you have no idea just how much each and every one of your comments made me feel so loved and supported. you all are wonderful, caring, generous people. thank you for being here.
this transition has been very hard on all of us. but the little one and i are settling in okay, feeling somewhat challenged by our two room apartment with its limitations, but we are making the best of it. i happen to absolutely adore it! and you are right...it's a tricky thing writing about personal topics on a space like this. i feel that because i tend to focus on the simple things of our days, you often don't see the whole picture. and while i can tell you that i have an inner happiness and strength that i feel is always there through it all, it doesn't mean some things aren't hard. so many of you, i'm sure, found this all to be such a shock. and that's okay. sasa and i adore each other, have so much love for one another, but we are on different paths and we support that need for us as individuals to follow those paths.
many of you asked if we need anything. we are mostly set, and i feel overwhelmingly grateful for those of you who even thought to ask. money is tight, and being self-employed means a somewhat sporatic income. i have been thinking about making an e-book available for download about photography basics and creative photography tips. would that interest anyone? if so, i will start working on it.
and again, thank you. i really wish i could invite each and every one of you over for a cup of tea or a glass of wine. you're support and kind words continue to inspire and amaze me. i am so very lucky, indeed.
it's been a while, eh?
there have been big changes over here. not even sure how to say any of this.
but i just will. the little one and i are moving on...we are now situated in our own space. we are happy and excited about the future. so many doors are already opening and i'm grateful for that. friends are taking care of us so very well...the support is overwhelming.
and this is my path. this is exactly where i should be and there's no arguing that. and i'm okay with it. i can see what a gift everything has been and continues to be.
i am reminded of this quote...
"And I find that each time that you fall, you're just becoming who you are."
as i sit at the kitchen table, sipping tea and looking out over the river (yes! beautiful river views!), i feel so very happy and at peace. i am home.
i'll get back to regular posting soon! hope you are all well, my friends!