Lately

Since the end of February when DB had to go on an exercise for a few weeks, things have been a complete and utter whirlwind. It’s been a constant slog of both of us working, a revolving door of parents coming in to help, working out, and doing our best to spend as much time hanging out with the kids at the cost of leaving the house in a pretty messy state. I hear this is normal for parents of young children, but that doesn’t always make me feel better about the piles of laundry in our bathroom and all the bread and cereal crumbs around the house. What I really miss right now is having time for creative pursuits. My sewing machine is buried under stuff. A sweater I started in January hasn’t been touched in 6 weeks. I did manage to eco out about 15 minutes to play guitar on Sunday, and I really enjoyed that. Luckily, we’re headed towards a break from all this in the next couple weeks. Time to get some serious spring cleaning done, but more importantly, get outside and enjoy these warmer but not oppressively hot days.

These photos were all taken with my iPhone and most had a little help from VSCOcam (favorite app!)

Bro time #vscocam

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Sunday morning Bear #latergram #vscocam

New kicks #madewell #datenight #vscocam

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bro time // i cobbled this outfit together to go to a work fundraiser // do you like my hat?// a window in Georgetown // sweet face for mom mom // along the Potomac // dress blues day at work // dimples! // sunday morning // we went on a date. i wore new shoes // a rare moment of calm

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Walking Around: Satellite Beach, FL

Since my aunt departed so abruptly from our lives, mourning her has been a process that occurs in bits and pieces. Like early in the morning when the Cub is doing something quiet and I take a picture and then she’s not around to “like” it on Facebook. Tiny things, small moments, that I wish I could still share with her. When I was 12 she moved to Florida, a dream she had talked about as long as I could remember, finally realized. She lived in Satellite Beach on the space coast. A sleepy town that housed snow birds during the winter, but was also full of vibrant locals and lots of karaoke. Maybe not the most exciting place for me to visit, especially as I moved into my 20s, but still interesting and beautiful in its way. I always loved to take walks along the beach early in the mornings, or during the evenings, watching rockets take off from the Kennedy Space Center, and sitting by myself at dusk and watching the waves roll in and out. I was hoping I’d get to take one more stroll on the beach when I went down to say goodbye for the last time, but the weather was not cooperative. Instead, I managed to take in a few miles of the main road during sunset.

 
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Walking Around: Northern Liberties

Did I somehow manage to spam my own blog with my Polyvore creations? Oops! Looks like I forgot to turn off that “share on WordPress” feature. Now you all know my deep dark secret. I build outfits late at night when I am up feeding the Cub. Then I spend an inordinate amount of time window shopping for shoes on Zappos. Anyway, now you know. I’m glad I got that off my chest.

Over the weekend I had brunch with some girlfriends in the Northern Liberties section of Philly. This is a neighborhood that has been in transition for several years now, and there’s still a ton of construction going on. One of the oldest sections of the city, NoLibs was once home to great deal of industry which is now being demolished in favor of new construction. Walking around you get a mix of old, modern, modern made to look old, and a lot of great places to eat and browse around. Since I parked so stinking far from the cafe, I took some snaps with my iPhone as I made my way through the narrow streets and navigated past all the construction. Most photos have been edited using VSCOcam.

 
New old
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Murals abound all over the city
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NoLibs Feb 2014

I love the brick
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Hidden Roof Deck
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Ironwork like this is getting harder and harder to come by
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I’m obsessed with green lately
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NoLibs Feb 2014

Alleyway
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NoLibs Feb 2014

This reminded me of ketchup and mustard
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Transforming
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In high school I came here with a couple friends. It was a jazz bar back then, and we felt super classy even though it was kind of a dive.
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Here’s what is looks like around back. I love the typography, I’m sorry to see it go.
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NoLibs Feb 2014

I love this door. It’s green. Also…new haircut
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Around

We just enjoyed a nice four day weekend where no one was sick or injured and the weather was nice. We wanted to visit the National Aquarium in Baltimore, but OMG is that place expensive. So we kicked off the weekend at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. There was also beer brewing, Christmas crafting, podcasting (more on that later) and a delicious BBQ brisket dinner last night. We had great ambitions to get our house in better shape for when the baby comes in just a few short weeks. While we made a lot of progress on small projects, our house is still in tornado mode. Something I’ll get around the fixing as the week goes on. We’ll hit the 34 week mark tomorrow, and I have to tell you, I’m so tired and I besides sleep I just want to eat bowls and bowls of cereal. I can’t wait to have this baby and get back into the gym and not having these wild cravings.

lazy Bear // plaid skirt

This kid has wanted to watch nothing but Cars all week long.

Sunset // plaid skirt

Sunset on our way to the store a few nights ago

hats // plaid skirt

These hats will soon be available in my Etsy store

Air and Space Museum // plaid skirt

We made a visit to the Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian. Bear loves airplanes (and anything else that goes)

lager brewing // plaid skirt

Yeast starter and a pot of steeping grains for our lager

 

baby blanket // plaid skirt

A color block blanket for the new baby

storytime // plaid skirt

They look so much alike

amaryllis bulbs // plaid skirt

The in-laws sent us a box of goodies, including these amaryllis bulbs. I hope I don’t kill them.

33 weeks pregnant // plaid skirt

My feet disappeared

Welcome to the Family

P1020979Throwing together a military wedding is tough work. Sure, a regular wedding is tough work too, but military weddings are always planned under an umbrella of uncertainty. In a world that is constantly changing, we always have to be ready to go at a moments notice. I know because I had about 2 weeks to cobble mine together in a short break when DB was between missions. My good friends Lizzie and Tom held a similar affair not too long ago, but also took the time to plan a bigger wedding in Salem, MA. Fortunately, no one was called away unexpectedly and DB and I were able to use the weekend as a mini-vacation (baby moon maybe?). I was hoping for some epic fall foliage on the way up since it’s something we missed living in the PNW, but it seems we were about a week or so early. Still it was nice to have a long drive where DB and I could listen to some classic rock and not have to frantically dive into the backseat to rescue discarded cups or toys or blankets. It’s so rare that we get to be adults without also being parents.

On Friday night we enjoyed dinner and cupcakes at the Old Town Hall, which we totally geeked out over since there was quite a bit of Naval history, and who doesn’t love hanging out at a museum after hours. It was also really great to catch up with friends who I’d not seen in ages and introduce them to DB.

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Saturday we got all dressed up and had a lunch date. I’ve been to Salem before, and I remember it being busy, but it was downright crowded this day. Even though he was wearing his dress blues, DB blended in seamlessly with all the early Halloween revelers. Admittedly, I was a little jealous. I wanted to wear my blues as well, but couldn’t hunt down the maternity version in time. Which brings up another issue…finding a wedding-worthy maternity dress is tough. I’m so glad that ASOS has a great (and affordable collection). I went with this one, and it was perfect. Comfortable enough to wear all day, but classy for an event (oh and $40? yes!)P1020981 P1020993

 

Of course, this isn’t about me, the bride was lovely, and the flower girls were the sweetest little things. It’s funny how life takes its twists and turns. Right before I was getting ready to have the Bear, I heard via Facebook that Tom who I’d not seen in quite a while was joining the Navy, and not only was he joining the Navy but entering the same rate as DB and I. We chatted about it over the weekend. How wild it was that a couple of hardcore kids from Philly, in or near their 30s decided that it was time for something different, something more and we joined the Navy and now we live far from home and are starting our families. Also, how awesome is Lizzie for taking on this life as well? Military marriages are a team effort, without that bond they fall to pieces. I’m pretty stoked to welcome such a strong and wonderful couple to the Navy family, and I’m glad to have some old friends on board to turn to for support and give support in turn.

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After a delicious meal of steak AND crab cake, we danced the night away and then headed back south the next morning through rain and slightly changing leaves feeling tired, but also revived from our little vacation away.

A Hat for Bear

P1020807It’s hard to believe that the Bear will be 2 in a little over two weeks. This time last year he couldn’t even walk without help, now he’s running laps around me as I type. He’s even (mostly) moved out of his crib and is managing not to fall out of the twin size bed we put together last weekend. I know, I know, they grow so fast. But really, they do. Watching a child grow from a helpless lump to an opinionated person with their own wants, likes, and dislikes is fascinating. Not only because you well with pride when they triumph, but you think about the small and big challenges in your life that you had to tackle and overcome to get to this point. If you told me 3 years ago I would be here with a toddler and another baby on the way, I would have laughed. I would have thought it some impossible dream that I’d given up years before.

How did I get here? In the end it’s really pretty simple. DB was coming back to the east coast for a visit after his first deployment. We were only acquaintances, but I knew I wanted to see him again so I invited him to stop down in Philly for a visit since he’d be relatively close…the rest is history.  We were married a few months later, welcomed the Bear into our life shortly after that and we haven’t looked back since. Much like the Bear takes a leap of faith every time he tries to walk down the stairs by himself, or jump, or climb the jungle gym in the park, DB and I took a leap of faith in each other and it’s made our lives so much better.P1020798

Like all new families we are still establishing our traditions. One of my favorites is making new hats for everyone when falls rolls around. I knit this one during some unseasonably warm days in the hopes that it cooler weather would be close behind. I’m happy to report we’ve been waking up to a cool house, wearing pants and long sleeve tops, and seeing far few houseflies flooding in whenever we open a door. Life is good.P1020797

The pattern is Kim’s Hats from Last Minute Knitted Gifts (which according to Amazon, I purchased in October of 2005). It’s my favorite basic hat pattern, easy, quick, endlessly adaptable. I used leftover Shelter from Brooklyn Tweed in the Tent color way. It was leftover from a hat I knit for Bear’s Grampy last Christmas. The brown is from some rogue skein of Lorna’s Laces that I’d mistakenly received as part of a larger order many years ago (like when I first started knitting). So I think it’s fitting that he will now coordinate with his Grampy, but also have a little piece of my knitting past as a symbol of how far we’ve both come.P1020796

Raveled here.

Hope you’re all enjoying cooler weather.

xo, S.

Other Travels

After Colorado we said goodbye to seeing mountains everyday and hello to the flat flatness of the Midwest. At this point, we’d been in the car about a week and were starting to get antsy about getting to the east coast. Now, of course, we weren’t (and still aren’t) thrilled about the fact that we’d not only be living on the east coast, but would be going from a pretty rural setting to a hugely congested metropolitan one. Still, being somewhere would be better than being nowhere so we dashed through the second leg of our journey as quickly as we could stopping mostly just to eat, stretch, or sleep before continuing on the next day. Still, even from the dashboard, we saw some pretty great things.

PS. If you’d like to see the full set from our travels click here.

Bison burgers in Moiese, MT near the National Bison Refuge

Bison burgers in Moiese, MT near the National Bison Refuge

A windfarm in Iowa

A windfarm in Iowa

Nebraska

Nebraska

DB cruising along

DB cruising along

Montana

Montana

Sleepytime in Chicago

Sleepytime in Chicago

Family time in Chicago

Family time in Chicago

Our last view of Mt Baker

Our last view of Mt Baker

Learning the true meaning of 4th of July

Learning the true meaning of 4th of July

Our new house

Our new house