7/31/14

Mackinac Island


We took a day last week to sneak away from fishing and drive up the coast to Mackinac Island. All accidentally dressed in blue (typical), we did all the best kinds of touristy family things...eating hotdogs on the beach while Phoebe tried to kill seagulls, renting bikes to ride along the water, ice cream and people watching, visiting fudge shops and magic shops and romanticizing a life lived on such an island (there's a library on the beach!). It was a really beautiful day, and although I think everyone prefers the slow and steadiness of being on the lake fishing, it was nice to have a new adventure together...carving out a little bit of time for just the four of us.
 

7/30/14

floodwaters


We just got back from a week away with family in northern Michigan, fishing the floodwaters and celebrating Matt and his twin brother Todd's birthday. This place is really special to Matt's family, steeped with lots of tradition, and it's been really wonderful sharing it together and also with Max's dad and 2nd mama (our Jess and Sara)...and this year with Max's nana and papaw (Jesse's parents) in tow as well. One big beautiful mash of a family filling up on chilly mornings and Scrabble afternoons, swaying together in metal boats on calmest water--big family dinners and bunk bed nights and the craziest sky full of stars that you'll ever meet.

By the end of the week, Phoebe girl had made peace with the hot pink life jacket that she hated so much and Max had prided himself in trying and almost catching every species of fish in the water. These kinds of days away from home are the best kind for stirring up and easing down a restless summer soul...a reminder that a shaded hammock and a good climbing tree can trump just about anything.


7/17/14

birthday circus sideshow


max and bee had a big circus sideshow to celebrate their birthdays this year! i was originally planning on two separate parties, but max wanted to celebrate together and who can argue with that? we had it at the roundhouse in the park...which is built just like a circus tent. we scattered the place with bouncy balls and hula hoops. there were lots of popcorn and cotton candy and calliope music, peanut shells and corn dogs and kids running around in funny hats and clown noses. bee ate a million and a half cupcakes and both kids conquered their fear of clowns when matt's mama hired mr. funny bones to come and do magic tricks and make balloon animals. most non-threatening/non-"keep you up at night" clown ever!

we photo-boothed and danced and made one big spectacle for these two crazies, it was a true circus...

helpful links + shopping sources- roundhouse information here // vintage circus mural image found here. i painted it on 2 4x8 sheets of lightweight insulation bought at home depot. // balloon wall inspired by you are my fave! // invitations are homemade, stamps available at the USPS // clown toppers and napkins found at shop sweet lulu // hula hoops from the dollar store (my favorite place to shop for party stuff!) // party hats are homemade with pom poms hot-glued on // stilts diy found here // peanut bags here // bozo the clown inflatable, candle sparklers found on amazon, here and here // marquee numbers made my max's stepmother sara, edison-bulb string lights found at hobby lobby// circus calliope music playlist here //

7/11/14

10/2


max and bee had a birthday this week. we've been whooping and hollering and cheering and celebrating, with an extra side of cupcaking, everyday since their party sunday! i'm a firm believer in making a fuss over good people, and these two take the cake.

they are wild and funny and ornery as can be. they scrap and dance and nuzzle together like the truest of friends. max at 10 is witty and handsome--sensitive and stubborn and smart as a whip. he teaches me how to throw fast balls, has given his heart to a girl, dreams up all sorts of cockamamie hypotheticals on a daily, and still belly laughs at the best/worst kind of jokes. he has the best sense of humor in town. he's at that beautiful age where the world is your oyster and potential is boundless. being first baseman for the reds or becoming a youtube gamer celebrity is a possible as anything...and my goodness is it the best to remember what that feels like!

phoebe bee at 2 is funny and determined, independent and guarded and wise. she's still our old soul with the weirdest and best of quirks---like fake sneezing when she's excited...or asking to make eggs every 20 minutes (but never eating them). she's a true lady with her purses and her polish, but won't think twice about ripping your face off or rolling in the mud. she lives to nurture and care for her boys and her babies...to sing with eyes-closed-conviction into anything microphone-shaped...to go off adventuring on her own, but checking back every once in a while to see if "muk" is back yet (this gal is still on the boob...i'm officially the worst at weaning!). she is our darling and cherished girl...getting the hang of life and forging a bit of her own phoebe-shaped path.
together these two make life rich and full and hilarious. they are a gift through and through!

hoping your summer is going swimmingly, friends. birthday party pictures coming soon!


6/13/14

summer day


1// summer stripes // new colors /2// crowded garden greens /3// work taking over the house /4// an afternoon boy and his room /5// a girl dancing in the kitchen. our favorite these days is listening to nancy dupree and learning to do the twist /6// trimming leaves // squat and pose- a portrait by max


James Brown by Nancy Dupree on Grooveshark

happy happy weekend. friends!