I felt melancholy today. End of summer stuff, maybe. Cloudy weather. Sometimes the last baby stuff creeps in there too. Oh how I miss my baby. And then it’s compounded with questions of did I enjoy it? did I put my phone down and take him in? And I’ll have those same questions in one year about me now, and on and on it goes. An unending cycle.
When you’ve got a son with a cast in August, it feels like a constant stream of “fear of missing out” is running through my head. We pulled up to a park today, a park recommended to me by not one but two of my friends (thus, a really great park), on a Sunday no less, to complete emptiness. One other solitary parked car but its inhabitants were off on a hike or some other grand adventure because they were nowhere to be seen. The things on my “summer bucket list” that really had water as the cornerstone attraction (beach, beach, and more beach mostly; a couple splash pads thrown in for good measure) will have to wait until 2018, I’m afraid. Ah well. The casted boy is faring well aside from being driven crazy a few times a day by itching. We’ve discovered, thanks to a nurse-friend, that wrapping it in a cold pack seems to help the itching subside better than anything else we’ve tried.
The other day, Anders and I came down to Parker already watching a cartoon. Anders exclaimed, “Joljeh!” (his name for Parker) and climbed on for cuddles. It was the sweetest.
Some weekend reading…
A few weeks ago, I crowd-sourced on IG stories. This is, far and away, my favorite use of Instagram. And, as always, you guys came through when I asked Where is there a watering hole, stream, waterfall, child-friendly hike in Stowe?! Some of you said, “I’m going to visit Vermont! Please share what you find out!” So here I am, here’s the post, here’s the hike + waterfall! (And here’s one from our last visit too.) So thank YOU to those who shared Bingham Falls with me. Or shared anything with me, really.
There’s a park nearby, I’ve mentioned it before, that boasts the greenest, cleanest lawn in town, some of the prettiest water views, and, most surprisingly, is the quietest. Once we were its only guests and the next time, just a photographer and the husband and wife she was shooting. It’s a bit tucked away and out of sight. No playgrounds or splash pads, the only activities are the ones you bring.
Oh, Stowe. You’re such a green, peaceful oasis in the Northeast. I love your hills, your mountain views, your long, winding roads, your bubbly streams, and your nature-loving people. This is only my second time there and it’s already so high on the list of places I want to return to again and again. It’s serene. Have you been? No? Go!
Well this is not the ideal way to end your summer vacation, but alas here we are. My poor buddy was running (overtired; I was moments away from putting him down for a nap.) away from Anders who wanted his toy. I was reading to Quinn and Nora (and simultaneously asking that he stop running!!). Instead of opening the baby gate, he climbed over it so Anders couldn’t follow, and he caught himself funny when he fell. We didn’t even know at first! He wasn’t crying much. But looking at it, it was obvious. Broken bone. Man. We’re thinking about wrapping him in a bubble now. He was so brave at the hospital when they had to set it and cast it (with anesthesia; and we couldn’t be right by his side for all of that…hardest part!!). Send us all your well-wishes for enduring the last month of summer with a broken bone!!
And here’s some weekend reading.
We’ve been back for over a month, and now here I sit to finally recap this beautiful city while also forgetting the exact names of the places where we were. What kind of a blogger am I anyway? Time to pack it in, I guess. No, this city deserves a bit of time, from me and you, because it really is so lovely. What stands out most? In a word… CHARM. I think of Amsterdam now and I see the most beautiful, tall, skinny canal houses, bikes zooming past, and rows of restaurants with tables placed outside their doors just so. Amsterdam is really charming.
My little firemen. They take this so seriously and it is so entertaining to just follow them around and watch the looks on their faces, listen to the things they say. The one Anders is wearing was Parker’s birthday present when he turned 4, and then Nathaniel just bought Parker the new red one. Dress ups, all day long.
Some weekend reading…
1. Summer humidity… if for no other reason than summer hair. Instead of blowdrying and trying to fight it, I’m just working with the humidity and letting it air dry. I’ve had a bunch of you direct message me like, “woah, curly hair?” and yes! I guess I do have sort of curly-ish hair–particularly in this weather. Others have asked what I’ve been using. Over the years it’s changed a bit, but what I’ve been using pretty exclusively this summer (and one of my favorites for the smell alone) is this sea spray. I just towel dry, spray it, scrunch, and go. That is truly it. It’s nice because doing my hair is probably my least favorite thing about the getting ready process. If I ever drag my feet to shower it’s because inevitably hair comes next. (Second least favorite getting-ready activity is doing my eyebrows. Is that weird? I hate doing them.)
2. This Instagram account. I so appreciate IG accounts that have a pretty sweet setup but are also transparent about the tough stuff and how all is not as it seems all the time (while also admitting that it can be and is often pretty awesome). This fits the bill, plus some crazy beautiful scenery too. Have I mentioned I am quite literally chomping at the bit to get to British Columbia? I’m pretty sure I have.
3. Probably these pajamas that we all need that are also on sale. I’ve wanted a pair like this–the sort of two-piece old school pajama forever and I still don’t own any. Almost yearly, usually wintertime, I put them in my cart at J.Crew and then decide against them because they’re too expensive and I can’t spend that much on pajamas.
4. The Alex Somers Captain Fantastic soundtrack. Will I stop talking about this movie? No. Never. Don’t ask again.
5. This zucchini ricotta galette. I usually stay away from anything dough/baking related in my cooking. Even when I make a chicken pot pie I use puff pastry. But this looks so good and I love zucchini in the summertime. Should I attempt it? How hard is this dough? Better question, who will make this for me?