I can’t take it anymore! I need Spring here immediately. This cold is insane. We’re all getting major cabin fever and I’m running out of activities to do with a toddler. If it was just a little cold I would layer up and head outside, but -20 wind chills. Come on. I finally caved and went to the playgroup at the library, and like clockwork Oskar got sick. If you are in this brutal weather, buy some flowers, crank your heat up, paint your toenails and listen to some summer jams. If you live in beautiful weather, please email me rentals and job listings.
Sight: Give me all the baskets.
Smell: Tips on how to shop a flower market… if you are lucky enough to have one nearby.
Sound: Our first weekend away from Oskar is planned (yay! wah!) – a trip to Chicago to see Father John Misty. The last album, Fear Fun, is still played quite often around here, and very nostalgic since I listened to it during the best part of my labor. I haven’t listened to the new one, I Love You Honeybear, as much yet. I’m sure it will be on repeat soon enough.
Taste: This ginger-mint pear smoothie is so good. Seeing how easy it was to whip this up and how much Oskar likes something packed full of spinach I might have to look into stepping up my smoothie game.
Touch: The perfect slip dress. You could wear year round, every day. Under an oversized sweater, with a light jacket, over a t-shirt.
“A clear house makes for a clear mind…and a clear mind makes for a peaceful, positive mommy. ” Jessica de Ruiter’s home is gorgeous and her statement rings so true. This has been such a long process for me. I know it is the answer, but getting there has been tough. The amount of nonsense we own is overwhelming and it’s hard to find a place to start. Since moving over two years ago there are boxes that haven’t been touched sense. Do you go through them in case of lost gems or just blindly discard?
See and read more about Jessica’s home at The Hive.
Wow, where did the time go. Months 14-17 have been amazing. The change is so quick it’s hard to keep up. One minute I am so proud of you for holding a spoon and eating some oatmeal on your own, the next you are feeding yourself 100% of the time and I’m not allowed to help.
Oskar, you are loving, sweet, challenging, curious, fearless, funny and so f*ing cute.
Your smile is genuine and heart melting. There is a crazy smile, and a sneaky smirk, but your happy smile, your sweet happy babe smile is a sight to be seen. I hope we continue to see it often.
This age seems like a series of inside jokes. There are so many little things only you, me and your dad are in on. Counting to three before jumping on the bed, making all the noises in Sherlock Holmes, showing how clean your teeth are after brushing. Sure, we had things before now, but they were about you and shared between your dad and I. Now you are in on the jokes.
It’s such a hard change to explain. It feels like these are the first big steps from being a baby to being Oskar, a person. You are becoming more independent everyday. I know some moms talk about this time with sadness, but to me it’s so exciting. I love who you are becoming and truly enjoy spending time with you.
Sight: Oskar’s current favorite book is Where The Wild Things Are, or as he calls it, “my roars.”
Sound: Oskar got a keyboard for Christmas and it is a hit. He’ll dance for days when those preset tunes come on.
Taste: Croissants are still the favorite food of all time. But now he also loves olives, bananas, peas, yogurt, and cheese on pears.
Touch: Oskar likes picking out his clothes. Most the time I give him an option of two things and let him pick one. But if he catches a glimpse of his onsie with cars, planes, & trucks, then it’s over, that must go on. And he almost always brings out a leg warmer to wear. Not two, just one. It’s become his signature look.
Happy Friday! This weekend is project exercise. I am going to look into classes, memberships, apps, videos… all of it, in search for a winner. As a former ballerina (meaning I took some classes for a minute 2 decades ago), I am drawn to dance based things – so maybe a barre class or Ballet Beautiful. Yoga was amazing during my pregnancy and would probably be helpful with repairing my separated abdomen (for real). The YMCA offers free childcare with a family membership, BONUS. And pilates has always seemed like something that I might enjoy. But it is time to get these lazy winter bones moving.
Sight: Are you guys watching The Bachelor? We haven’t missed a season… ever. But the dude this round is pretty boring.
Smell: Two perfume samples (this and this) arrived the other day and I’ve been rotating them, along with some samples from Lurk. Sometimes a little dab of a lovely scent can totally change the way you feel about yourself.
Sound: This is terribly exciting. February 13th, two girlfriends and I will be seeing SWV, Bel Biv Devoe, and Tony! Toni! Toné! in concert. Yes, I am serious!!! Also, if you are ready to get your weekend started, you better follow those links. You’re welcome.
Taste: Can not wait to make this chowder. Yum!
Touch: We are in desperate need of sheets, only owning one crappy set is no bueno. I love these and they are on sale, but I feel like I’m always disappointed by sheets and would rather hunt out the best, crispiest, cool, long lasting kind.
I wish I could say that the past few months were a welcomed break. That I spent my time away from this space frolicking in fields with my family and getting awesome shit done. But the reality is, I don’t know what happened. Work got crazy, my baby turned into an energetic boy, and next thing I know I’m one of those “busy” people. Like that is somehow an acceptable answer when someone asks you how you are. It’s not. The thing is, we all get busy, we take on too much and then complain about it, when it’s mostly in our control. I have the added problem of incorrectly prioritizing when things start to inevitably fall by the wayside. Last year around this time I set goals for 2014. While some of the goals were met, the putting myself first was most definitely not. As a mother, I’m sure this is going to be a goal every year for the rest of my life, but let’s give it another shot for 2015. How do you find time for yourself amidst the chaos of life?
photograph: The Billings (from the awesome family shoot we had done back in October, I’ll post more from that soon!)
This one is a little late. Which makes sense, because at 13 months you turned into a wild child. You are on the move constantly. And not just crawling and cruising anymore, these days you are taking steps. Sometimes just a few off the couch heading for the dog and other times you run between your papa and I, flinging your body into our arms and laughing. There is a lot of laughing. You discovered how to make us laugh. It’s usually by doing something strange. Like holding your toe like a hook as I try to put your sock on. We laugh and you get a little smirk and do it again, this can go on for a while.
Along with all the laughing there have been more tears. You want to do so much all the time, and aren’t very happy with me when I suggest we do something different. Like when I suggest instead of crawling through the cat door into the disgusting laundry room with litter boxes, we play with your toys or read a book, you don’t always think that’s a good idea and express your aversion by laying on the ground and pounding your fists and feet… and sometimes your head. You are pretty dramatic, but it’s short lived. My passionate little buddy.
The flipside of those dramatics is your usual laid-back nature. You are such a joy to be around and a pretty chill bud. I love being able to take you anywhere and not worry. Sometimes you and I go out to lunch just the two of us and it always seems to take people by surprise. But I really enjoy this time with you, sharing a meal and people watching.
Sight: Oskar loves Yo Gabba Gabba. I know, he is probably too young for tv, but whatever. The kid dances his face off when it comes on and it’s wacky, tolerable, and has musical guests I’m familiar with.
Smell: We are trying these wipes. I like the insanely minimal ingredients, but they don’t come out of the package very easily.
Sound: His musical instruments are by far his favorite toys. He has been really loving the drum set he got for his birthday. And according to Nick he has perfect technique… great, I can live with two drummers!
Taste: I love these spinach cakes. They are so convenient and perfect for him to eat on his own. Plus they are packed full of spinach. I want to try to make these muffins too. Any tips on sugar replacements?
Touch: Any tips on how to keep socks and shoes on? He whips them off the second he’s put in the carseat. So far converse have worked well, but they take a while to put on… and I’m already missing one. I was thinking about getting some tights for winter to layer under leggings or pants.
This apartment would be perfect for our little family. It comes loaded with a crib, toys, high chair, and a washer and dryer, making it so easy to pack light. Plus, it’s gorgeous… so there’s that.
Take an evening stroll down the waterfront in Nyhavn.
Ride a bike everywhere! Definitely want to try out one of these awesome cargo bikes.
Torvehallerne is the largest market in Copenhagen and it’s covered, so a great place in case of rain. You could grab lunch or pick up some fresh fish to cook back at your apartment.
We are in desperate need of storage over here. Many of our books and decorative items (pottery… tons of pottery) are still in boxes piled high in the garage. Since essentially one side of our home is glass (eeeeek! I know), we are limited on wall space. The solution is a badass built-in. The one above is from the most recent Domino magazine of Emily Henderson‘s house. I’ve seriously been counting down the days for this thing to be released so I could see that bad boy. I would love something with a combination of closed storage and open shelves, and bonus would be a built in desk area. Kind of like this. Here are some other shelving options.