Wednesday, May 27, 2015

small accomplishments

there is an undeniable sense of satisfaction that comes from a freshly potted plants.  so much pleasures lies in the task.  a few minutes of quiet business outside and i feel as if i've achieved something for the day.  with a start and finish - a before and after.

there's the tried and true philodendron which has moved from city to suburb with us, out aging the dog.  it's clippings now creep out of glass bottles on our windowsills.  a cactus to add some green to the bathroom; basil (two pots exactly) and aloe for good measure; and the favorite- a temperamental fellow who, nearly one year later, i'm still getting to know.  he was on the sale rack and given to me at an even further discounted price with "good luck" own little engine that is.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

things i've eat and will eat again

i have been experiencing skin issues since early december.  painful cracking around my mouth and eyelids, often accompanied by a red discoloration of my skin.  skin issues and banana bread?  bear with me here. 

after a good five months of changing all my soaps and make up and trying every cream under the sun, i was told this past monday that i have developed an allergy to bananas.  it sounds so outrageous i can hardly believe it myself.  but, since cutting bananas out of my diet my skin has looked better with each passing day.  this bread was made pre-pregnancy-banana allergy.  hopefully to be enjoyed again post-pregnancy once my hormones have gotten off their obnoxiously high horse.

try as i might, i cannot think of a fruit that is more convenient than the banana.  it comes in it's own protective travel pack and reliably leaves you feeling the perfect amount of full.  and if, by chance, you happen to leave your bananas uneaten for too long then you find yourself with the perfect excuse to make banana bread.  this recipe, being my tried and true favorite.

1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup canola oil
3 1/2 very ripe bananas, mashed with a fork
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips

how to:
preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  butter a 9x5 in loaf pan (or whatever type of bread pan you prefer).

sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

using a stand mixer fitted with the whip attachment, beat together the sugar and eggs on medium speed for 5 minutes.

slowly drizzle in the oil, being careful not to pour it in all at once.

add the bananas, vanilla, and sour cream.

using a rubber spatula, fold in the flour mixture and chocolate chips until combined.

pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.

bake for 1-1 1/4 hours or until golden brown on top.

let it cool in the pan before removing.


the time has come for that predictable post in which i tell you that i'm pregnant, and that i've been pregnant for quite some time now- 27 weeks and 5 days, roughly.  we have been very quiet about this new life, and there is still a piece of me that wishes it could be a secret kept between us three.  as if one day we would just become a family of four and no one would say anything about it. 

there is a sacredness to this pregnancy, we know what is at stake.  with that knowledge comes a fear that weaves it's way into your heart and you carry it through your days.  but of course, doesn't everything change after you loose something?  oh, to be blissfully naïve again.  which is not to say we are not excited.  we are!  we are thrilled to the very tips of our fingers.  it's hard to write about something when you're right in the middle of it. it's not a story yet, and you have no idea what the ending is going to look like.  but so far, at this point, it feels promising and exciting.

this baby is beauty, love, hope, and redemption.  it has made us brave in ways we never expected to be. 

and how funny it is that we try our best to prepare for everything, but really our whole life is going to completely change in ways we don’t have a clue about.  especially with our precious rainbow baby.

Monday, April 20, 2015

from the mouths of babes // 014

"i do not know what that means can you please tell me."
- age 6

to twist the question around and make it seem like the teacher didn't do her job....this child is all sorts of brilliant.

the latest installment of love notes.  
children will now save (and nibble) on a chicken strip from lunch, bring it to you and proudly declare, 
"here!  i saved this for you!"

Thursday, March 26, 2015

between big and little

whenever we get together with friends for playdates there are always kind reminders to, "let the baby have that" and "be gentle, he's little"....  which I'm sure Tripp appreciates.  but the interesting thing is that T is often not that much younger than the ones being reminded of such things.  or sometimes, he is even a few months older.  i cough this up to his extended months of crawling and his fuzzy little blonde head (his momma has never looked her age, either ;).  miraculously, he seems to have kept this delicious babyness about him. 

he is very much between big and little.

between big and little there are no high chairs, only standing on the chair and feeding yourself.  there are lots of yearings for mama's cup, mama's fork, mama's plate.  what good is a fork just your size when you are big now?

language is exploding into a hundred little phrases that catch us off guard.  "did he just say, 'play with me?'." and yet, banana remains "nina".

there is putting your own toothpaste on the toothbrush, brushing your teeth, and returning both into the glass they came from.

there are failed attempts at redirection from the gigantic bouncey slide.  two blue eyes staring up at you in confusion, because ever fiber of your little body wants to do it....but they won't let adults go on it with you.

there are still the moments of resting your head on my chest and sucking your thumb.  there is the call from the bedroom from diddy that, "he just closed his eyes and laid on me, i can't believe he did that.".  and oh how we are savoring every last drop of the little.

Friday, March 20, 2015

from the mouths of babes // o14

mrs. mylett: "do you like your new house?"
student:  "YEA!  it has a pool table AND a full sized bar."
(what else could a six year old possibly need?)


student to me: "dontcha know my middle name?  it's princess and marie."


overheard:  "nobody knows everybody in the world."

Wednesday, March 18, 2015