summer solstice

We had a bonfire with s’mores and grandparents in honor of summer solstice.  Even though summer is not my favorite season (fall is), I do love it for what it is–minus the mosquitoes.

those curls...

I love watching the moon and its phases and how it defines the seasons.  I love  how all people of the world who have seeing eyes, from Minneapolis to Timbuktu, watch the same moon night after night.

I love how the moon cycles, predictably, looking over all of humanity since the beginning of time. It is reliable, grounding, and unaffected by the world below.

That’s what summer solstice has me thinking about.

for daddy

I knew on our first date that I wanted Alan to be the father of my children.

Sound crazy? Okay, maybe a little…  but I knew what I was looking for and I knew when I’d found it.

And here we are, eleven years since that first date, and Alan is now the father of my children–a fun, relaxed, grounded, affectionate, and devoted father.

I told him he could do whatever he wanted today, and do you know what he chose?

He chose a load of laundry, some garage time, and a picnic dinner at the park with us.

(I would have asked for a bit more than that.)

My girls are pretty lucky.

And so am I.

Happy Father’s Day to Alan,

and to all the other devoted daddies out there!

ten things

(inspired by one of my favorite bloggers, SouleMama.)

Ten things that made me happy today:

1. getting my first CSA box of the season, complete with juicy plums and cherries.

2. meeting the newborn baby (Claire) of my (since third-grade) lifelong friend, Jolene.

3. having a mom who loves me so much that she subscribes to my lame little blog.

4. having a mom who cooked me a delicious meal tonight, and always does when I come over, and did every night for 18 years while I lived under her roof.

5. watching Mia be brave at the dentist.

6. hearing Anna ask for a “Go-k” (walk) and ask to have her “dootys” (shoes) put on.

7. wearing makeup and a nice outfit, even if my hair is greasy from the beach last night.

8. having a special friend (Lish) who came over to close our windows, water our cat, and deliver our CSA share when we were out for the day (we did not ask her to, she just did it because that is how she is).

9. being in a tornado watch and not feeling scared about it.

10. going to sleep feeling safe and loved.


summer sun and sand

We spent a perfect summer afternoon at the beach.

It was Anna’s first time (that she can remember).

She had to taste the sand, of course...
...and wash it down with some mama's milk.
Meanwhile, big sis played...

...and watched the waves, the kids, the dogs.

It was a good day.

banana bread

Mia and I made this today and loosely adapted it from a recipe on

We loved it! Here is the recipe:

4 mashed ripe bananas

1 stick melted butter

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 C sugar

1/4 C brown sugar

dash salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 C all-purpose flour

1/3 C semi-sweet chocolate chips

mix dry and wet ingredients separately, then combine.

pour batter into greased loaf pan; bake @ 350 deg. for 50-60 minutes until done.

cool on baking rack and serve warm with butter.

bits and pieces of an awesome day

Today, I am 32 years old.

I had an awesome day.

It started with this...

this (made by Alan--not me)...

And this. (Translation: "You can make your own tea by yourself, or not; it's your choice.")

As if that weren’t enough (it would have been),

I ate this, all by myself...

while looking at this...

and this.

and later, I looked at this : one of my special peeps who made my awesome day possible (and got Anna to sleep while I ate my lunch and read my book, all by myself, on a perfect day in a perfect place.)

Later, I had a nap with my chubby baby and went on a date with Alan for the first time in 15 months.  Then we had Tiramisu and coffee, courtesy of Alisha (BFF and babysitter) at home.

This is what I looked like today.

I like being 32.