Making deodorant (inspired by Drea).
The view from my aunt’s house.
Bread, fresh from the oven.
New Years dinner.
Happy 2013! I am so excited for this year. We got off to a bit of a rough start, both Russ and I came down with the flu last week and now it appears Lucy has caught it. Nevertheless, I am optimistic that this is going to be great year. Spending extra time with my family is at the very top of my to do list and I am dedicating this year to making memories.
The pictures above are just a few of the things I have been up to lately. I have been working hard around the house; knitting, playing, cooking, baking, playing, cleaning, organizing, playing, and trying to gather things to get rid of. Another major goal of mine this year is to simplify and reduce. I tend to be a bit of a vintage hoarder, but so much stuff goes unused and takes up space. Downsizing is in order, I’m ready for it.
I wish you all the happiest in the year ahead.
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Tagged Holidays, Life
I never used to understand my parent’s feelings of relief every year when December 26th rolled around. Christmas was the big day, the biggest day. It was the day that I (and my siblings) counted down to once September hit every year. The thought of copious amounts of toys waiting under my tree was enough to keep a buzz going in our house that would often last for months on end. It was such a high that I would often get giddy every time I thought about what wonderful surprises awaited me. It didn’t end when I quit believing in Santa Claus. No, that feeling went on until my early high school years when I was filled with raging hormones and was an emotional mess that hated my family for not being the family I hoped and thought they would be. I still looked forward to Christmas during that time (partly for the prospect of an envelope full of cash), but hid my sentiment behind a mess of black hair. Shortly after opening gifts I would retreat to my room where I would call my friends to find out what they got and see when they could get out of their Christmas obligations. Anyway, to my very young self, the day after Christmas was the saddest day of the year. The thought of having to wait an entire year for such a joyful day filled with mile high piles of toys was frustrating.
I love Christmas, but boy am I glad it’s over. I really am looking forward to getting back to the normal, easy going every day life we live. There is just so much preparation leading up to that one very big day. Even when we try to keep it simple there is always a long list of things to do with three celebrations. Aside from that, this year we had the added stress of having my father in the law stuck in the hospital (nothing terribly serious, but it was sad not having him to join in the fun).
We did have a wonderful Christmas this year. We relished it all, even with the sadness of having a family member who couldn’t join us, we spent our time enjoying the company of loved ones. We try to keep the toys to a minimum (it never works), but I will never in my life forget the joy in Lucy’s sweet face when she came downstairs and saw her little dolls lined up under the tree. She didn’t fully grasp the concept of Christmas this year, but she was excited nonetheless. I look forward to next year when she can get more involved in the excitement of it all.
I hope you all had a beautiful holiday surrounded by the people you love most.
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Tagged Family, Holidays
Things have been a bit crazy around here. I feel like I type that quite often these days, maybe that is just my life now, crazy. Crazy. The holidays are a fun time. We have had wonderful parties and gotten in lots of visits with friends new and old. There have been longs nights filled with lots of food, drinking and laughter. There have been nights filled with rain, thick socks, and cheesy Lifetime Christmas movies. Neither is better than the other, I am enjoying it all. It is getting closer and closer to be over, and in a way I am excited. Early in the holiday season I wish it would last forever. As the big day draws closer I start to get that anxious feeling, that I am looking forward to returning to our average, humdrum yet amazingly fulfilling day to day life. I have a list a mile long of things I would like to do between now and Christmas, mostly present related projects, and I know I have to be selective because I can only do so much.
Whatever your week ahead looks like, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I hope you can take time to thoroughly enjoy it and all the important people in your life. We are very lucky to be here.
Well my friends, Kitschmas is in full swing in casa de Vintage Wife. With a rambunctious toddler in the house the tree is not decked out in all its vintage glory, but instead covered in soft plush type ornaments (that I scrambled to get together so our tree wouldn’t be completely naked!) that Lucy loves to take off and hide all over the house. I will save pictures of the tree for another day, but here is my favorite little display on top of our bookshelf. I love how magical our house looks with all these lights lit up at night!
Hello dear readers! Sorry for the unannounced break in blogging. I have had a crazy couple weeks emotionally. I don’t really want to say much about it, but the declining mental health of a family member has been weighing quite heavy on my heart.
Aside from that, we have had a busy couple of weeks. I turned 30 this past Saturday. We planned a trip out to Palm Springs with our really good friends/Palm Springs buddies. We went out Thursday night and they were to join us Friday evening. As Friday day went on it became more and more apparent that Lucy’s grumpy mood and runny nose were not due to the change in climate, but she was definitely sick. Our friends, who have a 2 month old baby, decided not to come. The next day Russ was sick and the day following I caught it. We have been working hard to recover since then (loading up on soup and chamomile tea), but we tried to make the most of our little birthday excursion.
We had birthday breakfast at Cheeky’s, where I had one of the most delicious Bloody Marys of my entire life and for dinner we went to King’s Highway. We spent most our time relaxing in the condo, but we did make a few trips to antique stores, including a trip to my favorite shop, Dazzles.
Though things didn’t turn out quite as expected it was a nice weekend with my two favorite people.
Happy Halloween! Lucy and I dressed up yesterday for a Halloween party. I wasn’t planning on dressing up (I never do), but at the last minute I decided to roll my hair in tight curls and pull together this I Love Lucy costume. I have always thought about dressing as her, but it has always seemed too obvious to me, the only thing I did differently was put on false eyelashes and style my hair different.
I sewed Lucy a little cape. It turned out quite large and I didn’t feel like trimming it down, so it looks like she might be Little Red Riding Hood for the next two years.
I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween.
For Fathers Day we went to the Bali Hai for brunch. Much champagne was consumed and a few too many cream puffs were eaten. Maybe we overdid it a bit, but I think it is good to go all out every now and then.
I hope you all enjoyed and celebrated the amazing dads in your life!
It occurred to me a few days ago that I never did make a blog post about Lucy’s birthday party, which was well over a month ago now. It was such a fun affair, we invited about 20 of our closest friends and family to help celebrate our sweet girl’s first year of life. Our tiny home was cramped, but it really was perfect.
I am not wild about cake, and to be frank, I really suck at making it. I do however love pie and am great at making that, so that is what we did. We have not yet introduced sugar to Lucy (and I don’t plan to anytime soon) so I made her a completely natural, sugar free apple berry pie (recipe from the Julian Pie Company, published in this book). Instead of using sugar you add unsweetened apple juice and cook it down, letting the natural flavors shine. As you can see from the pictures above, Lucy adored it and devoured every bite. I also made a blueberry pie and a peach cobbler.
Since we were having pie I decided to loosely go with a picnic theme. I had thought about doing some sort of gourmet peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but decided it would be too much work to try and make a bunch of tiny sandwiches. Instead I settled on egg salad, which I served with sliced bread and crackers. I also made a huge bowl of sun dried tomato hummus, along with pita chips and a vegetable platter. It was a pretty simple fare, which is about all I can do with my busy toddler.
All in all, we had a fun and memorable day, and I am glad it’s over. Birthday number two will be much more low key.
On Friday my dear sweet girl turned one. This post is entirely for her. I hope that someday down the line she will read this and know how much joy she brings to my life.
What a year this has been. I never in my life knew that I could be so happy, and I definitely never thought that one person could bring me so much joy that I feel giddy–but you do just that. Life before you is now a distant memory, but I do remember always feeling that there was something missing, that was you. When we finally met you for the first time I felt as if I had already known you for years, you just fit so seamlessly into our lives. This is probably not anything you can understand until you have children of your own, but I do hope you can one day understand and feel the immense amounts of joy that I have felt since your arrival.
Though you are only a year, it has been a long time since I thought of you as a baby. Everyone tells me you are an old soul, and I must agree. It isn’t just because you started walking at nine months, and it isn’t because you are a skinny little thing without an ounce of baby chub on you. No, you seem to have a wisdom that many others who encounter you can see in your eyes and sense in your presence. Though you don’t say many actual words yet, you understand so much. Some days the things you know astounds me. There have been many instances where I have said a word that I had no idea that you know, and you will casually point it out or go grab the item. You are so quick to learn, I sometimes worry about keeping up with you and that I am providing you with enough stimulation to keep you going.
To say that I am a proud mama would be an understatement. Lucy, you have taught me so much in the last year, I have learned compassion, patience, and most importantly the meaning of my life. I look forward to every day we have together and am so excited to learn more and more about you with every day that passes. Thank you for being a part of my life.
Posted in Baby, Family
Tagged Holidays, Lucy
Easter is one of those holidays where after you have grown it really isn’t any fun. The highlight of the Easters in my early 20s was the Easter ham my grandma used to prepare. I love ham. Since I haven’t eaten meat for most of the past five years, I really haven’t had much to look forward to on Easter.
This year was different. This year we have Lucy.
I am trying so, so hard not to go overboard in the toy department. As any parent knows; that is not an easy feat. I got a few small gifts for her and put together a little basket last night. We filled some plastic eggs with Kashi cereal (she adores Kashi and we are holding off as long as possible on introducing her to sugar), and hid them around the living room.
Easter was a success. I really wasn’t sure how she would take it, but Lucy had a ball. She found nearly all her eggs, then proudly paraded around the house shaking them until they burst open. It really was an amazing day. From this day forward holidays will forever be fun and joyous occasion.
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Tagged Family, Holidays