My last several blog posts have been about our recent trip, so it has been about a month since I've written about our day-to-day life. I want to write about trips and big heart lessons, anniversaries and birthdays and life changes, but I also I want to record and remember these days of little things. They are worthy, too.
Here are some things, in the format of a little list-type post, about small things I love, that reflect my life, right now, on June 3, 2018. The things I've been up to since we've been home from our trip:
- noticing the corn is already so! big!
- sewing buttons on a knit baby sweater
- preparing the exact same breakfast we (happily) eat at least three hundred days a year (baked PB oatmeal, of course)
- eating homemade challah bread with butter that a friend brought over for us
- playing in the grass, getting sweet baby kisses
- drinking smoothies
- slowly reading Chasing Slow. The perfect read for me right now.
- making trips to the post office
- wearing new scrubs to work
- watching knitting podcasts
- vacuuming our Subaru, vacuuming our home
- hand-winding new (sweater!) yarn slowly
- loving my lighter hair
- noticing morning light patterning above a messy bed
- meal-planning for the first time in months
- baking post-dinner gluten-free Texas Sheet cake (I love that this make a much smaller cake, because it is indulgent. I just subbed in all-purpose gluten-free flour and added a 1/2 tsp cinnamon, just like my mom's recipe)
- celebrating two girlfriends' birthdays with dinner downtown
- ordering a bowl meal (my fave) at a new-to-me restaurant
- walking in 98 ("feels like 110") degree heat
- drinking grape juice in stemmed glasses with ice, after said walk
- photographing sunsets after hard days (my hypothesis stands true so far)
- folding omelettes, for lunch or supper, and filling them with mozz or tomatoes (mine) or sausage or gruyere or ham
- brewing decaf coffee in the afternoons and evenings
- knitting a rather meditative shawl pattern, a Milena shawl
- making these chicken fajitas with this cilantro lime rice, served with sauteed onions and avocado on warm corn tortillas
- not taking my usual number of pictures
- brainstorming which three knitting/sewing patterns I want to choose for the 2018 Summer of Basics challenge
- listening to Emily Freeman's podcast, The Next Right Thing
- savoring this quote by Brennan Manning:
“In the act of silence you’re not waiting for God to make a move. You’re becoming aware of the moves He is making.
Despite my writing in the previous post that fall felt like it passed the baton to winter, we've actually had some rather warm and sunny weather here. Trying to enjoy the ease of outdoor time without winter layers, just yet!
Looking back at my recent posts, I realized it has been a long time since I wrote a little post about "life lately." I've written about things in our life, yes, like Cooper turning four, a visit to our friends in Bloomington, a visit from my family, a trip to the beach and the one year anniversary of my mother-in-law's passing, recent knitting and other creative projects, and some updates about our garden this year. But I haven't written a post with the little mish-mash bits of life since early June. So here I am now, playing a little bit of catch up.
I've found myself lacking "topical" ideas for my writing here, lately. But then again, most of this blog is just sharing little bits of our life, and well, that's always happening. We have some family birthdays coming up later this month (including Finn's first birthday, my goodness!) But apart from anticipating those, here's what we've been up to lately: