At the dinner table, while eating miso soup with dinner.
Gunnar: You know what vegetarians have to eat a lot of?
Sawyer: Mama, what’s a vegetarian?
Me: Someone who doesn’t eat meat.
Sawyer: Like their doctor told them they can’t?
Me: No, they don’t want to eat meat.
Sawyer: Because they’re allergic or something?
Me: No. Just because they don’t want to eat it.
Me: I was a vegetarian when I met daddy. Well, kind of. I didn’t eat any red meat.
Sawyer: I want to be a vegetarian.
Me: Okay, so that means you can’t eat any hamburgers.
Aaron: Or bacon.
Gunnar: Or steak.
Aaron: Or sausage.
Gunnar: Let’s be carnivores.
Seriously loving Anthropologie right now. Check out some of their fantastic goodies for kitchens.
You can seriously just go to Anthropologie’s website and there are dozens more of these lovelies.
I was in Target the other day and had to talk myself out of this Dwell pillow. I don’t have grey in any room, and not much yellow for that matter. But that didn’t stop me from seriously, seriously considering purchasing it.
I have been obsessing over Fair Isle sweaters this winter. Pulling out all the ones I own and coveting all the ones I see. Basically I want everything Fair Isle. Sweater Vests. Sweaters. Cardigans. Scarves.
Here’s a Free People sweater I got my hands on. LOVE.
I am also liking anything my kids make me. Greta made me this. My cute Gunnar in the background.
Oh, and Sawyer and I are keeping warm these days by sharing his many hats. He’s a hat man and he was kind enough to loan me this while we were role playing the other night.
If you couldn’t tell, I am loving the cold weather here right now. I haven’t taken my scarf off my neck once this entire day. I have hot tea every night and we curse ourselves when we run out of firewood. If you’ve taken a look around our house you also may notice I have a thing for owls. Etsy has some adorable stuff right now.
Like this pendant.
And these salt and pepper shakers.
And seriously? How cute is this napkin holder.
I cannot tell you Greta’s excitement over this leopard jacket. I am not such a fan of leopard, but my mom is and she bought this for her. Greta was in heaven.
This next photo is probably my favorite from the whole trip.
Enjoying the rain from the inside.
Piles of laundry on the coffee table.
Sawyer combing through our dvd collection.
Music playing throughout the house.
Lots of dancing going on to the music playing.
A solo movie for Aaron and I on the horizon, first time in years, probably 3 or 4, since we’ve been to the theater just the two of us.
Some days are good. Some days not so good.
Although I am with my kids most hours when they aren’t in school, it doesn’t mean I am always present. I will attempt to explain and hope that I can come up with the right words. I am a stay at home mom. I know that I work part time, but it’s very limited part time so I honestly don’t think it counts. Most of my work is scheduled for when the kids are at school or when they are sleeping. There’s one afternoon each week that I am not here. That to me is pretty much a stay at home mom. I may have a little more sanity than your average SAHM mom because of having time away where I get to be Deborah and not mom.
My days have to be pretty scheduled to be everywhere I need to be. Otherwise I could end up making a dentist appointment when school pick up is, or grocery shopping when Greta’s tap class is going on. I find myself sometimes trying to fit everything into the window of time I have while Greta is at preschool. And when I go to pick her up I am more tired than if she and I had spent the morning at the park. My afternoons are the least scheduled of all. They include school pickup, homework, and snacks, followed by contemplating who is going to make dinner. Usually Aaron comes up as the most logical answer to that one. There’s usually a lot of arguing over doing homework, breaking up fights, and the constant picking up of toys, books, backpacks, food, shoes, clothes, and other random things that come spewing out of the kids school bags.
This time of day seems to be the most challenging. I think the kids tiredness, my own exhaustion which is directly related to how many times each kid tries to climb in my bed the night before, and our hunger levels climax.
I am not always present mentally while we do our afternoon of chores. Today I was. Today I didn’t have any phone calls to return, no bills to pay, no laundry to fold that couldn’t wait until after bedtime, today I didn’t raise my voice. That is usually a good indication of the kind of day we are having in this home. I try not to yell, but sometimes you have to yell to be heard over three children. Sometimes I have to yell to the one upstairs. Today I decided to use the stairs. Today I didn’t have errands to do while Greta was at preschool. My morning included seeing both my boys at their school. I love surprising Sawyer when he’s on the Kindergarten yard and it takes his friends screaming out “Sawyer, your mom is here!” for him to notice. Today I shared a science lesson with Gunnar and his class. I wasn’t running late to the school, I didn’t have to rush out and leave when lab was finished. Today we all took turns in the car telling about our day, not trying to talk louder than the person next to us. Today we all waited our turn. Today we enjoyed our recent book purchases. We didn’t argue over homework. We didn’t argue over dinner. We read books and more books and more books. We played. We cleaned together. We set the table together. I realize how much I enjoy days like these and want to make them not occasional, but normal. I would love days like today to become our normal.
Today was a good day.
I loaded the photos from Soso’s camera and here is a sample of his photo taking skillz. I had to convert 2 to black and white because I couldn’t handle the red eyes from his flash. Apparently he also enjoys taking pictures of waiters/waitresses. Here are a few from Ojai.
There were also a few photos he took at home, I am SO impressed by these next two. I absolutely LOVE them. The composition and how he got down on the floor to take them. I love everything about them. I didn’t do anything to these ones, they are awesome just the way they are.
1. Thank you rain for giving me yet another excuse not to wash my car.
2. Thank you new Target for having every single item I needed and plenty of parking.
3. Thank you postal service man, I love when you bring me deliveries.
4. Thank you firewood, you do an amazing job in our fireplace.
5. Thank you hand sanitizer in my car, I am giving you the credit for this whole house being healthy at the same time.
6. Thank you Aaron for being a human heater. When I am too lazy to get out of bed to turn on the heat I can just skootch closer to you and the warmth radiates.
7. Thank you cold weather, I am loving pulling out all my warm and cozy sweaters and boots.
8. Thank you Lily Allen, I love your catchy songs, even if they’re about crack whores.
Each time we visit Ojai we like to take a walk along a trail/bike path from the hotel and into town to a little park for the kids to play in. We’ve seen this horse before but this time she was friendly enough to come visit. She was so great with the kids and each day we decided to visit her and bring her treats of acorns and apples. When we fed her the apples she was so good about taking it with her lips and only biting half, and then waiting for you to give her the other half. Here she is, oh yeah, my kids want a horse now. . .
This November the colors were everywhere. You couldn’t turn your head without noticing how fall everything looked. I say looked because the first 3 days were warm enough to swim. Not fall weather, however the nights got pretty cold. It was so beautiful, so calm and peaceful. We really do love this place. Here’s my first installment of our trip to Ojai.