international banana bread day

fooling around with daddy

signs of spring

with gramma napping


making the owlbottling the beer

beach walk with ellie

the inlaws on the beach

sun is lowering

avery present

the shower gals

It was another busy, lovely weekend. Beginning with homemade banana bread for National Banana Bread Day, lots of silly time with Daddy, springtime flowers blooming all over the place, naps in the carrier with happy Gramma’s, homemade pizza, bottling of the home-brew, making handmade baby toys for a good friend’s shower, beautiful walks on the beach with the in-laws and to end the weekend, a wonderful “baby  sprinkle” and a day of joy and reminiscing with old, dear friends. How was your weekend?


linking up with Amanda!


He Brews Again!

brew haha

My husband has finally gotten out and started brewing again since Ellie was born. He is a budding brewer and before Ellie was born had been brewing almost every other weekend. And coming from a very scientific background, he means business when he brews. Of course I know nothing about brewing beer and happily nod my head whenever he starts talking beer. I’m happy enough just to drink it. But he loves getting out there for a full day and brewing. I captured the process this time so we could have a bit of documentation and thought I would share it here today.

hops and barley

grinding it down

brewing water

turning the brew


twisting and turning


baby brew

He built all of the brewing equipment from scratch and brews with hops he gets at a local homebrew store. He is wanting to one day brew with hops he, himself has grown. We had success growing hops on our balcony in Orange County so he’s very optimistic we can grow them even better here in Ventura County. He gets a sparkle in his eye anytime he talks about brewing. I know this is a little more than just a hobby for him. It takes time to brew and I recall getting a little resentful when he would claim a sunday as a brewing day in the past, but I know how much this brewing means to him and I’ve been trying to be a little more accepting of the hours he needs to complete a brew. It’s an exciting science experiment for this man of mine and every time he talks about it or shows me his process (which I still don’t understand) I see a dreaming, smart young man. It’s neat to watch him in his element- science. It’s one of the reasons why I married him. He loves a good puzzle and figuring things out. That’s what brewing is to him. And I love that he wants to bring Ellie with him sometimes to check on the brew. He wants her to see and learn what he’s doing, what he’s into. Mama is just a spectator when it comes to science and brewing. But, Ellie… she may have already been bitten by the science bug. And that’s certainly okay with me.


picture project



homemade granola


sunset out our door

stroller walk

anacapa brewing


brewgramps and gram


auntie katie


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?