Hello! It’s Fall!

I must say I’ve been enjoying the blogging break, but it feels great to check in here.  I’m writing so, so, so much and enjoying the spoils of fall cooking and baking!  Apple crisps, donuts, soups!  So many soups!

I’m working on the new blog, as well as so many fun projects I’m eager to share!  Until then, here’s what fall looks like around here.  I had a great time shooting with film again, and explaining to a three-year-old and four-year-old why they couldn’t see the picture on the camera every time I took a photo.  I’ve forgotten how amazing the quality of film is.  Here are some unedited photos I’m in love with.

AND!  The best part of film – the mystery roll that had been sitting in the camera for years.  I had no clue what I’d find once I printed them off.  TA-DA!  An entire roll of adorable Baby Jack!!!!


First day of Preschool

Not until last night was I really nervous about the huge change of sending Jack to preschool.  He’s so excited and has been asking all summer when school starts.  I’ve been excited too, because I would have the mornings to work.  As of now, I do most of the stuff for this blog, as well as any other project I’ve got on my plate, once he’s in bed.  So having Jack in preschool is a win-win for everyone.  Yesterday he was practicing, “Hi, my name is Jack.  What’s your name?” over and over again.  My heart nearly exploded it was so adorable.

This morning we made a list of everything he was excited about: talking about Toy Story with his friends, playing with new toys, seeing Oscar (one of his best little buddies who is going to the same school), running fast, using a tiny kid toilet, space, eating food, and singing tiny songs.  He was so excited to get into the car it was hard to get him to sit still and smile normal for a photo – he only let me take four, so I decided to share them all.

I scrapped the post I was planning today – I didn’t like the way the project turned out and didn’t care to put the effort into fixing it.  All I wanted to do was to upload these hilarious photos of Jack and talk about how surprisingly emotional I was about walking out the door of his preschool this morning.  I didn’t expect to feel so distraught over sending him to school.  I woke up with that nervous first day of school knot in my stomach, which magnified  the closer we got to school.  I waited until Dan and I were back in the car to start crying, so that was good.  I felt like a failure as I was telling Dan how I should have reminded to tell his teachers when he has to use the bathroom, I should have been the one to introduce him to some friends before we left.  Maybe we shouldn’t of left so quickly?  Do the teachers think we’re the worst since we didn’t stay long?  I briefly entertained the thought having Dan turn around, and heading back inside to make sure he was alright, but that seemed like a crazy parent move.  Deep down I know he’s alright, and even if he is sad or missing me he’s surrounded by such a loving staff of ladies who know exactly what to do with a little guy missing his mama.  Oh my god.  I am a blubbering mess.

I really am so happy and excited for him.  Preschool is going to be so much fun.

P.S.  The winner of the cookbook is announced over here!  There will be another chance to win tomorrow!!!


Jack is three!

While we celebrated his party this past weekend, today is Jack’s birthday.  I adore this photo of Jack on the day he was born, sitting in my mom’s lap and holding his daddy’s finger!  It’s impossible to avoid getting sappy when my little dude is celebrating a birthday.  Of course I reflect on carrying him in my belly for oh so long, the long labor, and bringing him home to our tiny San Francisco apartment where we learned the ropes of being parents to such an amazing little dude.  I can’t help but look through photos of his fist few days in the world, as we were learning about his personality, how he preferred to be held and what each tiny cry meant.  All the cliches you constantly hear about how fast they grow and how you really need to savor every single moment are so true.  As much as I miss Jack being a cuddly little baby who would nap in my arms, every year gets so much more exciting.

He’s three now!  We’re having conversations, he’s asking so many questions and is so curious about the world.  He’s insanely observant and beautifully considerate.  Of course there are melt downs and fits, but that’s part of learning how to cope with new emotions all the time.  So as frustrating as it may be at times, like when he’s laying in the shade on the grass in the park refusing to set foot in the hot sun ever again, I try to remember it’s normal and it will pass.  The knock-knock jokes, the constant laughter, the way he melts when he sees babies, his way of sweetly comforting his friends when they’re sad or hurt, and the adorable things he tells us every day outweigh the minor craziness of this age.  I adore this kid, and I feel so honored to be his mama.

Tried to get a sweet little smile, this is what he insisted on!


A 3rd Birthday Party for a little Olympian

We were all set for a superhero birthday party.  Well, that is I knew what I wanted to do for the party – I hadn’t made anything yet.  This was one of those instances where procrastination pays off, because as soon as the Olympics began and Jack was in love with them, we had a total change of plans.  The ideas instantly started flowing – there needed to be a torch, lots of games for all the kiddos to play, a medal stand, and International flags all over the place!  Game on!

I wanted to do this party as frugally as possible, so I made the majority of the decorations from stuff we already had around the house.  We did buy ribbon for the medals, and Gatorade for all to drink.  It is the Olympics after all!  I had my eye on little plates and straws, but I forgot to buy them!  All the kiddos took home gift bags fit for champions, including medals, a granola bar, noise makers for cheering on teammates, and wrist sweatbands.  The day before the party I was talking with some mama friends at the park and I mentioned that I was torn whether I wanted to make cupcakes or a big cake.  My friend Shannon said, “What about those ice cream cone cupcakes.  Kids love those.”  I immediately screamed, “THEY CAN BE MINI TORCHES!”  I don’t remember the last time I was so excited.  It was just perfect!

Jack requested a cake with blueberries and strawberries, so that’s exactly what he got.  For those curious, it’s a basic yellow cake, with a vanilla bean sugary frosting and blueberry-strawberry filling.  We didn’t even slice into it because everyone was having their fill with the torches.  Jack was on the move all day, with his blue Gatorade mustache, and wearing the little shirt I made him for the party.  Iron-on letters are so much fun!  We had the Olympics on the TV, and one of his adorable little pals screamed “Jack’s party is on the TV!”

It was such a hot, sweaty day and I think the two conversations I could muster up were involving two points: how hot it was and how amazed I was that Jack was already three!  Well, technically he turns three tomorrow (August 7).  But, THREE!  Honestly, that blows my mind!  I could go on and on about that, really, but I’ll save you from the blubbery mess of my child growing so fast, and how proud I am of the polite, kind, adventurous little dude we have.

I am just so excited the party turned out to be a lot of fun.  I was so busy running around, but I managed to take some photos of the day.  (I have no photos of his 2nd birthday party, which was pretty adorable).  My one regret from this one: I forgot to play the National Anthem (that I bought on iTunes on my phone just for this occasion) when they were taking turns on the medal stand!  ha!  Pretty sure they had a great time regardless.