Weekending

Another lazy weekend…

dinos

 

Dinosaurs showing up in unexpected corners.

kitchen helper

 

Helping to cook and clean in the kitchen.

walk w gparents

 

Lunch and a walk downtown with the Grandparents.

rocks

 

And a short stint checking out rocks down by the beach.

beachy girl

 

A quick, lazy, windy and warmish January weekend. (Oh and I finally finished this and I got to start this today. Already enjoying it)!

 

Happy Weekend to you friends!

-joining in with Amanda over at The Habit.

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Our Trip to Washington

windchimes

grammas house

an artists chair

chimes

visiting

la connor

breakfast spot

deception pass

bigfoot books

meeting burbank

neat chair

art walk

the studio

mama and lulu

red barn

a walk

flower baby

daises

ellies painting

gramma time

seattle

food in the market

blue trees

baby girl

great gramma

We are home after a four day adventure to Washington State to visit with my Grandmother, Ellie’s Great-Grandmother. It was a lovely visit with far too much to see within a limited amount of time, but we spent some wonderful, long days chatting, eating and chasing around my little monkey. My Grandmother is a painter and being in her creative presence was inspiring. Her home, tucked away in the woodlands of Whidby Island, had elements of rustic charm, southwestern flair and bits of old time Americana in every room of the house. I plan to share her lovely studio this week as well. It’s just too neat not too. It was a memorable trip and I’m so glad my Grandmother got to meet Ellie before her first birthday! Hoping to visit again soon!

Weekending!

march is here

tree in the yard

tomato seedlings

sun tea

teething on gramma

happy with nana

the makings of shrimp scampi

happy babe

reaching

baby girl teething

March is here! Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit to a new month! After a pretty tiring and non-productive first week of March with a teething baby who was needing Mama a whole lot more than normal, the weekend finally came. As quickly as it came, it was gone. Jeff took his parents hiking on the Channel Islands while Ellie and I went yard-sailing with my parents.We spent lots of time outside. It was so warm, I made sun tea. More plans for our garden were made including plans for a tomato raised bed. Ellie is enjoying all sorts of new skills (sitting and reaching, scooting around) and chewing on everything (including Gramma’s chin).  Shrimp scampi made by the husband ended the weekend right. It went fast and I didn’t get nearly as much done as I would have liked but there’s always next weekend. Right? How was your weekend?

linking up with Amanda today.

Weekending

picture project

yeast

granola

homemade granola

playtime

sunset out our door

stroller walk

anacapa brewing

brewhouse

brewgramps and gram

nana

auntie katie

dinner

good day

This weekend was warm one minute and chilly the next. I worked on getting pictures into frames and up on the walls, Jeff prepared his yeast for brew day, I made some incredibly yummy granola (which turned out so good, it will have to have its own blog post all together), lots of playtime with Ellie boo bear, we had some fantastic sunsets out our back door, took the in-laws to a local brew house and sunday was official Brew Day. Jeff hasn’t had the chance to brew beer since before Eloise was born and he has been itching to do so since we moved into our new home. Well today was the day – and he invited his mom and dad and my family to share in the experience (My mom and dad and sister made it). The weather was beautiful and we all spent the day outside learning to brew. We ended the evening with an early homemade dinner (because that’s the way we roll around here with a six month old- dinners at 4:30). A quick but packed with goodness weekend. How was yours?

Weekending!

My in-laws are in town. They are staying about twenty minutes away from us in a lovely beach house and will be here for two months. They plan on cruising up the coast of California, staying in San Francisco for a while and then heading up to wine country for a bit too. Of course they will also be spending lots of time with their grandbaby too. We had a beautiful, busy, and fast weekend showing them around Ventura, seeing the town they’ll be staying in and enjoying their company along the beach. We also had a visit from my parents and Ellie had her first introduction to Grandpa playing guitar. All in all, it was another lovely weekend. How was yours?

best nana sign

farmers market feb

to market w inlaws

dinner

guitar

exploring the guitar

carpenteria

beach 1

walking on beach

waves were big

baby nap

pelicans

awake!

beer tasting

beer artwork

beer family

*linking up with Amanda for Weekending.

Just Write: The Barrier to Entrance

The barrier to entrance. A phrase lingering in the air today. It was in reference to not moving that close to one’s parents or in-laws so that they give you that needed space that all of us crave sometimes.  I thought about this phrase and the comment after it, the one about my parents visiting quite often since the baby was born. I thought about how I felt about them visiting so often and I discussed it with my husband and I thought about it some more later on, on my own.

And truth be told, I love them visiting so often.

If that barrier to entrance has been broken, I’d rather not mend it, because it’s been a joy having them over. They’re grandparents now. I’ve gotten to see them in this new light and it becomes them. My dad wanting to always hold the baby, my mom cooing into her face and telling me stories of how I was just like her when I was little. They are happy and always smiling when they are here with her. I’m hearing songs sung I haven’t heard since I was a child. I’m excited for the future and what it will hold for them as grandparents. I wonder about the relationships they will build with my daughter and smile thinking of the fun times they will have when she’s older. I see my mother teaching her to sew. I see my father playing the guitar as she sings along.

So, no, there is no barrier to entrance anymore. I want my parents to be around as often as possible, experiencing every little moment that my husband and I get to experience with the baby. I feel their presence in her life is incredibly important and I want them to know, and her to know, of its importance… I am already cherishing these moments that they get to have with each other. It’s funny how seeing your baby with your parents can bring you back to your own childhood. You can catch a glimpse of years long ago. I catch those small glimpses of how they must have been those thirty some years ago with me, when I was a tiny baby, their first. Now here they are seasoned parents turned first time grandparents and I don’t want them to miss anything.The barrier to entrance may have been up when my husband and I were too cool for parents, too young and hip and settling into our own married routine. But it’s different now. We moved closer to be closer. And anyway, that barrier to entrance crumbled six months ago when my mother walked into that hospital room, tears streaming down her face as she got to hold her grand baby for the first time…

gpa and ellie

gma and ellie

Joining Heather for Just Write .