Posted by headedsomewhere on January 19, 2015
Madness is happening at my house. We are still surrounded by boxes, our mattress is on the floor and we have been spending our evenings sitting on the rug in the living room because we are still without a sofa. Christmas is nowhere to be found except for the one sad reindeer candle holder obscurely placed on the mantle that managed to make its way out of the Christmas box somehow. It’s not even holding any candles, poor thing. Random knick-knacks and do-dads are scattered around the house without any place to go… (that’s what you get when there is no organization in your packing procedures.)
ANYWAY, with the season fast approaching sans Christmas-like feelings; I have decided that I needed to lift my Christmas spirits by creating a gift guide for him, her, and the little one in your life. Because hey, there’s nothing that makes it feel more like Christmas than swiping that credit card, right?! Just kidding, that’s terrible. Trying again: Because there’s nothing that makes it feel more like Christmas than finding that perfect gift for that special someone. That’s a little better.
So this is for all you procrastinators and dawdlers. I’ve got the solution to your gift-giving stupor. Yes, there are only 9 days until Christmas, but 9 days is just enough to put in that last minute order online and get your gifts here on time! I’ve put together the ultimate list of go-to gifts for the special lady, main man and the little one in your life. So you’re welcome.
Vrai&Oro Ring // Zara Ethnic Short Coat // Agate Bookends // Humble Hilo Weekender // Gardening Tools // Cheese of the month Club // Daniel Wellington Watch // Real Simple Subscription
Brookstone Pocket Projector // Patagonia Arbor Backpack // Pendleton Camp Blanket // The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell // Coin Counter (this sounds silly, but this is one of Clay’s favorite gifts I’ve given him. We’ve accumulated almost $80 dollars the past year! haha) // Event Tickets: favorite sports team, concert or the ballet perhaps?! American Buffalo Print // Baxter Shaving Kit
For your Little
Plush Panda // Land of Nod Teepee // Rocking Lamb // Gap DUDE Beanie // Wildbird Sling // Young One Apparel Sweater // Tickets to the animal park, theme park, or museum // Wooden Ride-On
Posted by headedsomewhere on December 16, 2014
So it FINALLY FINALLY happened. After being broken hearted 5-6 times, “the one” finally came along. At times we felt we were going through a bad breakup, we thought it was love, “why didn’t anyone want us!?” We even wrote notes to sellers BEGGING to pick us. I felt like a desperate girlfriend begging to be taken back. Depressing, I know. After much defeat, true love came along and swept us off our feet. It’s a little tiny bungalow amongst raspberry bushes and tall, tall trees. It’s got a huge deck and tons of lawn to run around on. A little swing hanging from a branch and a dilapidated play house that needs a little TLC. It has 3 raised garden beds and 3 egg laying chickens. We have lots of plans for this little home, it needs some work… but we are willing to put in the effort to make it ours.
We were put through the ringer in this house hunt, but in hindsight, I am SO glad we didn’t get any of the houses we had put offers on. I believe in fate. This little house was meant for us.
This weekend we’re pulling up carpet, prepping for hardwood floors and fixing some windows. We are NOT handy people. Wish us luck.P.S. On a side note: Ezra started CRAWLING this week!!! So exciting! He’s really on the go, wants to play with and touch everything! Crazy how time flies.
P.S.S. How do you guys feel about WHITE hardwood? Do any of you have really light hardwood in your home? This is what I’m leaning toward… a little hesitant.
Posted by headedsomewhere on November 14, 2014
Posted by headedsomewhere on October 13, 2014
You have filled me with gratitude lately.
I took you on a walk in your new stroller the other day. You looked so big sitting up the way you were, holding on the crossbar tightly with both hands. You kept leaning your head over the side looking at everything we passed, then looking up at me to make sure I saw it too. I was laughing out loud at your excitement. You are filled with so much curiosity and wonder; and at only 6 months. I swear if you could talk, you would teach me everything there is to know about the world. Every tiny thing catches your attention. You are so aware, so alert, and it makes me stop to see the little things as well.
We were walking down the hill and I had such an overwhelming feeling of love and gratitude. My eyes welled up with tears and you just stared at me with your slow blinks, until you fell asleep. In that moment, I realized that I am one of the lucky ones. So lucky to live where we live, to love so deeply, and to have the freedoms we have. We are able to take walks outside and not have a worry in the world.
It is hard for me to remember these things sometimes. Hard to realize how lucky we really are. I get caught up in the grind and the tedious things in life. Sometimes they overwhelm me to no end and I start to feel like a hamster in a wheel. But I hope you will be different. I hope someday you will be able to see your life in a positive and grandiose perspective, and I hope you have a deep knowledge that you are loved by so many.
Posted by headedsomewhere on September 19, 2014
colors of summer
Running on only 3 hours of sleep on Friday, I was bound and determined to sleep in on Saturday morning. And that we did! We slept until 8:30. haha — Not too long ago, sleeping in for me meant being in bed until 11:30 in the (almost) afternoon. Those were the days. — We woke up with Ezra cooing and squealing between us… I would venture to say it is the best way to wake up. We made our way to Starbucks before heading south to La Jolla for the afternoon. And let me just first say, if you have not tried the sausage, egg and cheese sandwich, paired with a vanilla bean frap., I highly recommend it. HIGHLY.
A summer afternoon in La Jolla is always a good idea. Before heading to the beach we wandered around the neighborhood and talked real estate, (we are really good at that lately). We dreamed of one day living in one of the beautiful homes by the shore. We pretended the red doored cottage was ours… “K, I’m going to go run inside and grab some lemonade for us and we’ll just sit here on our perfect front lawn on our perfect little street in this perfect little neighborhood!” :) It was just that perfect. WHO LIVES THERE ANYWAY?! I need to know, and go to lunch with them. I am sure we would be friends.
We stumbled upon a little hole in the wall shop brimming with STACKS upon STACKS of persian rugs. I fell in love. Especially in love with one sitting on the bottom of the pile. I think it is the 7th rug from the bottom. But like I was going to ask the man working there to unfold 30 rugs, just so I could gaze at it longingly, realize it is one million dollars, only to have him add it back to the pile. So we left.
Accomplishment of the weekend: finally got into the water. Bare back. That means no wet suit. I was told the water was over 70 degrees… I beg to differ. Anyway, I caught a couple waves, (on a boogie board), hit the surf, (on a boogie board), and showed Clay what I was made of, (on a boogie board.) *note: boogie boarding is not as cool as surfing… again, so I am told. I beg to differ.
I hope all of you had a fabulous fun-filled weekend. Summer is almost over! I can’t believe it! We’ve got to make these last days count!
Posted by headedsomewhere on August 11, 2014
This housing search has engulfed every conversation Clay and I have lately. Between that a baby stuff, I don’t think we talk about much else. Life seems to be moving right along… at a steady pace… I need a shake up. I need some adventure, a new hobby, or maybe I just need to get Ezra on a good schedule so I can free up some time and get some sleep! Whatever it is, something has GOT to change.
Anyone else feel this way? Maybe post baby? Don’t get me wrong, I am happy. I am obsessed with my little peanut and the joy he bring to me. I just feel like the ME part of me is drifting away somewhere in “Working Mommy Who Hasn’t Had Time To Grocery Shop In Weeks” Land.
Back to the housing sitch. We have put offers on 3 houses, all of which we were not the lucky ones. It seems our only hope of getting into a house is to choose one that NOBODY ELSE COULD POSSIBLY WANT, otherwise, they all have multiple offers and we never win! It’s a game. A game that I hate. A game that has broken my heart several times and I’m sure plans to break it a few more before we’re finished.
For now, I am reminding myself to enjoy the little moments. The other day, after I had just given Ezra a bath and made the bed with clean sheets, we snuggled and played until our hearts content. He would grab my face and plant a slobbery one on me, and I’d tickle his chubby legs because that makes him giggle the hardest. This went on for until for a good while, next thing I know, he just sound asleep next to me. OH MY GOODNESS I just love being a mama.
Posted by headedsomewhere on August 5, 2014
I have noticed that so many of you are mothers, or mothers to be! I also know how daunting it can be to gather all the necessities for a newborn. Especially while pregnant! So this list was made for you. Great for your last minute shopping or for a baby registry.
I am pretty lucky to have 3 older sisters who literally know everything there is to know about… well everything. Especially babies. Between the three of them they have 10 kids. I would say that warrants for some pretty legit baby cred. Before Ezra was born, my sisters helped me gather everything I could possibly need under the sun for this little guy. I also added a few things recommended by my midwife and Bradley Method teacher. Who knew a person so tiny could need so many things! Goodness!
So there ya go! For the over-prepared, overly cautious mothers out there, you’re welcome. :) Everything on this list is not absolutely NECESSARY, but it makes your new crazy life that much easier having everything on hand, avoiding any last minute trips to the store at 2 a.m. Don’t see something on the list that you loved and absolutely had to have? I’d love to know!
Posted by headedsomewhere on July 3, 2014