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oh, the little one and her clothing. just like him, she has a style all her own. and she has ever since the beginning. i can remember letting her pick out her own clothes from the time she could walk. she was pretty intent on a certain "look" even then. it's always been layers with her. and comfortable clothing that is easy to move in.
she prefers stripes or polka dots over solids (and the more, the better!), socks on over her pants (knee socks), leggings instead of jeans, short sleeve shirts over the long sleeve ones, and pretty much always adds a skirt to everything. she went through a phase where everything HAD to be purple AND polka dotted AND striped (mama was really struggling finding clothes during that stage!), and then moved on to adding just about every color in the rainbow.
she's particular about shoes (luckily her feet haven't grown in about 2 years!) and wants her hair braided daily. her sock drawer is overflowing with stripes and polka dots and hedgehog prints, and we won't even get into what she will wear and not wear to bed.
the scene in the morning is typically the same: her clothes are carefully laid out on the floor, usually by her. but some days she comes into the kitchen and says, "Mama or Mark...please pick me out a really funky outfit!" so we do, and she either adds or subtracts to it. this morning it kind of went like this:
and some more from the style files of e:
our weekend started with friday night breakfast for dinner! we had all four burners going making omelettes filled with greens and goat cheese. we light our candles every night, say our blessing, and dig in. then we have our family movie night. this week it was "the sandlot" which is a personal favorite of mine!
saturday morning started with typing some letters, taking some pictures, a bath before her ballet recital!
then it was off to the theater. she looked so amazing up there and enjoyed herself so much. she's already looking forward to next year.
then it was back for a backyard cookout. we ate smores too!
sunday was full of birthday party fun, gardening, and another cookout at a friend's house this time.
it was a full and busy weekend. we collapsed into bed sunday night absolutely exhausted, but i told mark it was the best weekend ever.
what did you do over the weekend?
stay tuned for a giveaway tomorrow!
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this weekend was so special. we celebrate my sister's birthday and mother's day at the same time every year and have a simple gathering full of good food, wine, and music.
this year we hosted and it was just so much fun!
we started the weekend with going next door (yes...next door!) to a fabulous greenhouse and got a bunch of annuals to plant in pots for gifts.
on sunday morning i awoke to a choice of either breakfast in bed, or breakfast upon return from a run. so i chose to run! i ran 6 miles in the pouring rain and returned to my two loves waiting at the door with a towel to dry me off. they had the table all set with a fabulous breakfast (bacon, eggs, and kale) with espresso AND some champagne (wow!). they had the most fabulous gifts for me (how did i get so lucky?!) and both told me i was the best mother ever. aw!
we celebrated all day and into the night...mostly just celebrating being together, because as mark says..."it's what we do best!"
how was your mother's day?
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the little one was so excited to have her very first official "opening" at a gallery space south of us. she painted a 4 foot long horse (that she drew and mark cut out for her) for the show called "Heads or Tails" and it was a total hit!
they hung it in a superb spot and she was so thrilled about the whole thing. we made a special night out of it and some of our very best friends joined us and my mom, and we wined and dined and then went out for gelato after to complete our night of celebrating!
we crawled into bed at a later hour than usual, completely content and a wee bit exhausted with our special night all thanks to the little one!
we are so proud of you my little e!
p.s. for you locals, the show is here! her piece is for sale too (i hate to see it go though! i may buy it myself!)
our lives have been very full lately. full of this and that, good and bad, easy and hard, fun and work, laughs and tears...all things that remind us that we are human. life is a mix of everything, because it's, well...life. and really, who would want it any other way?
we're so very busy at the moment, and finding a time to just breathe and relax can be challenging. tonight we're working in the studio before a very long day tomorrow (the little one has her first opening at a gallery!) and looking forward to a rainy weekend that may just slow us down a bit.
i captured these images from around the house earlier in the week. somehow just looking at them makes me slow down, take a deep breath, and relax.
what are you up to this weekend, friends?
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we had a very busy weekend! planting fruits trees, hauling alpaca manure for the raised beds, going out to our favorite little spot to grab a drink, ballet pictures before the big recital, writing books, movie night with a buffet of our favorites, planting our first greens, and ending it all with smores before starting our very busy week.
what did you do?!
we had our first spring beach visit this past weekend. we went down to a favorite little beach of ours and met some friends. despite the cold, wind, and frigid atlantic ocean temperatures, the girls promptly requested their swimsuits and headed for the water.
we all said they were nuts, but it didn't matter. they found a warm tidepool and hopped right in.
they ran in the sand, explored a driftwood fort, and made a sand cafe where they served us all kinds of yummy creations!
the car is still filled with sand, as it will be all summer long. it's a nice little reminder that the warmth is returning and the short, cold days are coming to an end. we are so ready...
how was your weekend? what adventures did you go on?
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a week late...again....
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thanks for all of your sweet comments on the barnaby bright giveaway! i'm so glad i could introduce you to two wonderful musicians! random.org chose #26 and #40!
Its a win all around because I have been introduced to lovely new music!
Wow! My new favorite! You find the best music.
so sophia and shari...please send me an e-mail at erinlittlephoto(@)gmail(.)com and we'll get you all set up! congrats!
boy, i've been absent. from everything. have you noticed? it's been a whirlwind of a week and weekend. so much stuff going on. but despite everything, we did manage to enjoy a little bit of relaxation.
we made some raised beds for the side yard. super easy and super quick. i can't wait to fill them and get planting. i've so missed gardening. i have plans for expanding the perennial beds, adding lots of fruit trees and berries, a stone patio with pergola and grape vines. the little one is remembering all the gardening we used to do and is just as excited!
we ended the weekend with our sunday roasted chicken and i made a 1-2-3-4 cake for them. now we start vacation week!
we are also gearing up to fly to California on thursday to shoot a wedding, but we'll be gone for about five days, so we're scrambling to tie up loose ends and get everything ready. so much to do!
how was your weekend? are you gardening yet?
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what a busy weekend!
this is what our saturday looked like... (sunday to follow!)
he leaves me love notes. and i always put a note in his lunch. everyday.
gherkin enjoys the sun. these poor cats are now indoor cats and they are struggling...
baked apple pancake. i bake so much for them and i adore it so. recipe here.
and espresso for us.
creative play in the morning.
she loved it. she really requested "pie" upon waking. so this is what i gave her. she approved.
and he can't be more grateful for my baking. he's always so excited when something comes out of the oven!
what did your saturday look like? xoxo
we had the most fabulous weekend, complete with sun and warmth and open doors and laundry on the new line and painting outside and drinks on the patio.
we talked about garden plans and wedding plans and played baseball in the yard and went for walks and smiled in the sunshine. i think all of us in maine have been awaiting a day just like that. we just didn't want to go in.
here is what it all looked like:
what did you do this past weekend?
we're a little behind on the 52 project! what a busy week! so here is last week:
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a simple thursday. this is how it goes...
espresso. making lunches for my loves. drop the little one off at school. come back home. kiss m goodbye for the day. go for a run. tea.
back home. the sun is finally out. we are excited. it's warm. i text mark and tell him to come home soon! we are enjoying the sun in the front. i sip a glass of wine sent by a dear blog reader, thinking about how lucky we are to have people who love us from so far away. she reads to me from her new chapter book. we play catch and run around in the sun, dreaming of summer gardens and all the things we will create with our new yard.
his truck pulls in the driveway. i run and jump into his arms. there are kisses and hugs and smiles all around. another glass of wine is poured. we settle into our evening. i make dinner, she runs around and draws pictures, he helps us both.
there are games before bed. she is read to from a book she as been longing for. then it's upstairs to the studio. mark studies his new camera and now he is typing on his type writer. a love letter, i presume. i just checked...i was right. he's typing how much he loves me.
then it's bed. and tomorrow it's friday. and we all love fridays.
what did you do this thursday?
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(Above photo is from the Hirshhorn Museum, and taken with my iPhone!)
somehow i got a week behind (?) on the 52 project! so i'm doubling up weeks...
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and just for all you camera lovers out there...this photo was shot at an ISO of 16,000...yes...SIXTEEN THOUSAND! no noise reduction either. amazing, eh?!
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i'm really enjoying her 52 weeks...who are you loving?
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well, i refuse to refer to this storm as "nemo" because all it reminds me of is a cute little fish, and this was anything but a cute little fish. we woke up to 4 feet of snow in most places. the wind was so intense that it made huge snowdrifts around the church. our front door was partially covered this morning. what fun!
we shoveled for about three hours. we mostly felt house-bound and decided to make the best of it. more bacon (always) and tea. sewing for me, painting for him (he painted the stair doors black!), a movie for her. we are almost out of food so dinner was interesting (hello kale and all the ways i never thought i could cook you!) and luckily i made peanut butter chocolate chip cookies yesterday. i bake a lot for those two.
luckily the snow was light and fluffy, which made shoveling not such a complete horror. she made a snow cave (and i was such a mom not letting her go all the way in...she had to have her head sticking out at ALL times) and we made snow mountain slides. there's a pile next to the car that's at least 9 feet high. and the subaru was buried. the snow was all too deep for her to walk in. it was rather hilarious! poor wee thing.
so yea...nemo?! really?! i would have called it something more like "king kong" but that's just me...
well, the blizzard started today. it's hitting us pretty slowly, but school was canceled and mark stayed home from work. so we had a day all together, and we have nothing to complain about a three day weekend!
the winds are picking up (hurricane force, really?!) and we're preparing for the bulk of the snow tonight. tomorrow we will have to shovel out so we can eventually leave the house, and there will likely be snow fort making and snowball fights. then mark and i are headed out someplace fancy for a special night out on the town.
but here's a little glimpse at our snow day...
morning puzzles. she started this before we had the bacon going. she also had her running shoes on. she brought them to our bed, woke us up, and said, "I'm ready to run on the treadmill!" (and she ran...for about 30 minutes...)
morning grinding of the beans. every morning. sometimes i hear it from upstairs and i swear i can smell it too.
morning reads. she still loves some of the same books i read her over and over again as a wee toddler.
it's a blizzard out there. snowy and windy. very pretty. i love watching the snow fall outside of our tall windows. i feel like we're in a snowglobe.
bacon and eggs. he made bacon this morning. i made a "toad in the hole" for her. i had my tea, he had his coffee, she had her tea. we feasted on the best snowday breakfast ever.
him. cutest kitty ever. he also likes to pose for the camera. he likes to sit in my seat in front of the heater and get warm.
horse play in her room.
she learned how to knit in school. she's knitting me a scarf (love!).
we had one of her very best friends over for afternoon play. they filled the living room with toys and adventures. i fed them crackers and cheese and hummus and hot chocolate.
he wore a vest his mama knit him. i told him he looked like charlie brown and was wicked cute. then i kissed him. the little one thinks it's absolutely hilarious when we kiss.
we hung his latest piece. he painted me.
dinner was moose chili (seriously) and a glass of wine. we ate by candlelight and talked about our day.
then, inevitably it's cleanup. sometimes we battle each other over who does the dishes. it's comical. he always says, "you cooked! let me clean!" and i always say, "who cares! i love to cook! go paint! i'll clean up." but he tells me to get lost and cleans up. then i take pictures of him doing it....
now we're painting up in the studio. he's working on a huge piece. i'm finishing up a small one. we'll soon head to bed knowing we'll wake up to even more of a winter wonderland outside. there will be bacon (again) and coffee and tea, and we will settle into another mellow day.
happy weekend, friends! what are your plans?!
happy weekend, friends...xoxo
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i stumbled across the 52 week project and really thought about it. i do try to protect the little one's privacy, and she has control over what goes on here and what doesn't when it comes to her. i showed her this project and she immediately said "yes mama! let's do it!"
and i couldn't think of a better way to document her growth over the next year, and the little tidbits about her that change so quickly.
so we are jumping in a week late, but here we go:
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"it begins with an unmistakable thump, or is that a bump? no, rather the thunderous stomping of a child heading towards our bedroom. OMG! cover up, nah, too late for that. on the stroke of eight, e heads our way. full steam ahead.
our weekends are filled with art making. not the crafty stuff but rather full-blown, certifiable art making. mostly we steal each other's ideas. painting, yep, that's the thing for us. we have wonderful meals during our days fueling not only our bodies but our minds, crowded with new ideas.
we dance, we listen to not only the music of our hearts but also a myriad of recorded stuff.
evening comes far too soon. stories, puppetry, odd behavior on everyone's part ushers in e's sleep.
after her sleep is assured it is now the adult entertainment zone. studio time and creative dialogue between us ensues. we anticipate our time together in bed. the end of some things. the beginning of others.
then, without a sense of time, the thundering steps are heard again." -Mark's words on our weekends together.
man, we live for our weekends. time together. no rushing, no plans. we wake up late, eat lots of good food, make art, take photographs, go on adventures. it's all very lovely.
we've made it a habit to do a meal plan for the week every saturday morning, then we all head to town for a big shop. it makes the week so much easier. we also visit the laundromat (which is always an adventure in itself) and often stop for a cup of coffee and some baked goods at our favorite place.
this weekend we enjoyed lots...here's a peek!
saturday morning play. for some reason she insists on dragging all her toys out into the dining room. it creates quite the mess, but she certainly enjoys herself!
we picked up the fedco catalog yesterday at the co-op. i've been dreaming about the gardens we will put in this spring. lots of raised beds, a lot of crazy giant unique perennials, fruit trees, chickens, and more! i am so excited!
one of my favorite views is looking from the dining room table into her room. she has the most magical room ever.
the little one is learning to read and it's so much fun hearing her sound out words.
while i cooked dinner on saturday night, these two were busy at the table doing projects.
dinner. shrimp (the little one's favorite) with pesto and pasta and chard.
saturday morning pre-breakfast.
we always have sunday morning pancakes. my secret ingredient? cinnamon. they are always a hit.
sunday morning play.
hanging the little one and mark's collaborative work in the dining room.
snowman making and cutting homosote for more paintings.
and now, i've got a chicken to roast in the oven and brussel sprouts to fry and a glass of wine waiting for me and two people i love more than i could possibly say ready to play a game.
happy weekend, friends.
our first christmas here in the church.
it was perfect. the little one was with her papa this christmas, so we celebrated together a bit early.
that meant that we had all the gifts and celebrating over and done with by christmas eve, so mark and i spent all of christmas day sleeping late, drinking champagne, painting in the studio, taking photos, and generally just relaxing and laughing.
it was marvelous. we both decided it was the best christmas ever!
i hope you had a fabulous holiday too! what was your favorite part?
a cold, wintry evening.
we have a rhythm now. warm food, candlelight, singing and playing, dancing.
the evenings are my favorite.
tonight he and i are in the studio. he finished a painting, now he's working on another. i'm designing new cards and working on a new site.
then i'll sit down and work on my painting and varnish another i just finished.
we are sipping on wine and later, much later, we'll go downstairs and reheat some leftover soup i made last night and sit at the table and chat about our day.
we're feeling thankful for everything we have and everything we have to look forward to.
how is your evening?
it's not often that we don't have more things to do in a day than time allows.
but the little one and i have been battling two separate intestinal infections, and now i seem to have a pretty intense ulcer (any advice?!), so with two of us not feeling so great, we've been hanging around home and doing a little bit of nothing.
i've been baking a lot these days, even though our kitchen does not have running water yet, or even a stove for that matter. but i've mastered the art of baking in a toaster oven and cooking on a hot plate from our old place, so it's not much of a challange. there have been breads and pies and cookies and muffins.
the little one has been adding so many leaves to our gratitude tree. our lives are full of things to be thankful for. top of her list? cats and horses. mine? a home.
mark has been making a countertop for the kitchen, the sink will be hooked up monday, and i bought a new stove. i haven't had a real kitchen in 10 months. i'm really looking forward to it!
we strung up some christmas lights outside too. we found ourselves humming along to holiday tunes while breaking out the decorations. i think it's safe to say we are all very excited for this holiday season.
tonight we are upstairs organizing the studio. i'm anxious for mark to start painting again and i am working on the e-course which has two weeks left.
well, i guess after writing this it doesn't seem like we're doing nothing at all. but not having committments and places to go always seems like a bit of a break.
hope you are enjoying your weekend too! xoxo
a hodge podge of photos from our weekend.
there were many, many trips back and forth to town. picking up this, moving that, forgetting this, remembering that.
there were meals to be cooked and enjoyed. the table seems to be our favorite spot.
there were books unpacked and hours of reading by someone who has just learned how to put letters together to form words.
there was coffee in bed and then more at breakfast.
the garden got its first pruning for the winter ahead while a giggly little butterfly kept us company.
violins were practiced.
kitties finally started venturing downstairs.
and we got really creative with all of the empty boxes lying around.
what did you do this weekend?
So, um yea...I suppose I forgot to mention earlier that the property i'm buying is a church. a unique church...a church that doesn't really look like a church on the inside. it's really amazing. i can't wait to show you! i'm closing on friday! then we will have a home. so incredibly happy about that...
Well, we finally got out apple picking this year. I wanted to do it as close to the end of the month as possible because I have no storage for bags of apples! But soon we will have a home, so I decided we could make do for now with 3 full bags of apples in the bedroom.
As I have the past four years, here's a picture of the first bite!
And then it was back to make pie! And there will be batches and batches of applesauce, I'm sure.
My other weekend favorite? Carving pumpkins! They came out so cute...
More soon, friends...xoxo
she's 6 now.
her first tooth is loose. (why is this such a big thing for mama?)
she's bright and happy and smart and loving.
she loves animals and the outdoors. she loves art and reading.
she's excited about having a home. her own space. her toys back from storage.
her gifts were minimal this year. mostly due to money and space. but i like to think i got her a house for her birthday. i wouldn't have done it for myself. but she deserves it.
there are still some hurdles to get past, but it seems as though we will have a home come late October.
i should do a tour of our space now before we leave. our wee two rooms. my hot plate and mini fridge. our shared bedroom. the beautiful view. this space that has allowed us to discover ourselves and figure out what it is we want. this space that has given me the opportunity to work hard and save save save, knowing something bigger was in our future. this space where friends have cared for us, where we've learned we are never alone, and where a love blossomed. i will always be grateful for it. forever. it has made me stronger, wiser, and more capable.
yes, i think i will do a tour.
so many things: being 6, loose teeth, full weeks of school, cooler weather, working hard for a house, the ups and downs of good news and bad, and finally in the end...a place to call our own.
it was a windy day yesterday. really windy. we were supposedly experiencing the tail end of a tropical storm, which resulted in some clouds and a whole lot of wind.
so what did we do? we headed right for the hills for some kite flying. the little one made a kite at summer camp this year, and although we couldn't really get it to fly properly, she was still proud of it. we brought an extra, just in case.
we ran through the fields, giggling at the kites going up and promptly zooming towards the ground. then we finally got one of them flying, and we clapped and cheered and watched it fly through the sky.
a good afternoon. definitely.
what did you do this weekend?
we made a homemade berry galette over the weekend. three different kinds of local berries and a very tastey crust! and, of course, there was homemade whipped cream.
it's hard baking in this wee little kitchen of ours. it's something we have not done much of, and boy do i miss it. this galette was just the thing i needed to make as the days get shorter and the nights cooler.
what have you been making lately?
it's almost the end of august. how is that even possible?
the beach days are slowly coming to an end. the light is changing noticeably each evening. the days are turning drier and cooler. it seems like summer just started and without our traditional ways of marking the summer (berry picking, preserving, gardening, etc.) it seems like we never really had it at all.
but we've been busy. doing new and exciting things this summer. the little one went off to her first overnight with my mom to a camp in western maine. she adored it! what a big milestone.
i've been working hard on wedding stuff, personal portfolio work, painting, gearing up for another e-course, and of course being a mama. and the biggest news of all is i'm trying to buy a house. all on my own, which feels really great. so there's a lot of things happening right now, and i certainly don't want to neglect this space here...
so here are some shots from our days. today is rainy and dark. mark is making me an omelette right now while i sip my tea and munch on bacon. i've got a long day of work ahead and a couple of houses to visit.
i miss you all and this space here. what are you up to today?
sorry to be MIA...i've been battling several migraines over the course of a week (too much on my plate, maybe?! a day off would be great...!)
this has become one of my favorite yearly traditions with the little one. it's one of my favorite spots to go in the summer.
we packed sandwiches, berries, chips, and drinks and headed up the coast for a short hike and a beautiful view.
the little one (who, well...is not so little anymore) loved it as much as previous years and it's fun to mark her growth with a place we only visit once every year.
these kids just keep growing, don't they? somehow i keep thinking it will stop, or reverse itself and my little toddler will once again climb into my lap for a snuggle and story. instead, she's off to her first summer camp next month, i kissed her goodbye for a full week to go with her Papa, and she's sailing boats. oh yes, little no more. but i'm loving every moment of this stage. she's so bright, happy, easy going, and getting oh so smart.
so much fun, this adventure...
what are your summer traditions?