Phoebe talks about "Mingos" (Flamingos) at least twice a day, everyday. We're not sure where or how she got so attached to them, but I'm guessing it has to do with the fact that they're very very pink. I spruced up a store-bought flamingo costume with lots of scalloped fabric and hot glue and we met my sister Amy and nephew Juju for tricks and treats.

Maxy decided he has officially reached spoilsport-age and is too old to dress up. And I'm sorry to say I've been taking the news like a real sad sack! Change is always strange, but especially so when traditions or stuffing your kids into funny costumes is involved. 

Nevertheless, it was a hilarious night with these two little ones. It turns out flamingo Phoebe is a candy mooch who, when left to her own devices, refused to leave a porch without a second or third helping...and poor Juju at one point was found banging himself up against a tree in some sort of robot, short-circuited, candy stupor. It was wild and funny and stressful in the kind of endearing way that only 3 year old's can get away with. Just as it should be.

Happy happy Halloween, friends!


Last leaves are falling and greyer skies have settled in. There's a whole lot of beautiful in all of the rot and the gloom and way the cold is starting to cut--when the ending and beginning of seasons meld together bringing about a comforting jumble of melancholy and anticipation. I swear this time of year does it to me every time.

We've been trying to squeeze in all the last bits of all the fall things before Monday comes and Christmas music starts to play on the radio and I start the slow burn of wearing my family out with insentient Christmasing.  Until then, we're lighting our jack o' lanterns and hot gluing costumes and standing still, even if just for a moment, to take in this final push of fall-time in Ohio.

Fall time in Ohio

Bayer's Farm- W 3rd, Dayton, OH. October 2014

The cool hues of summer have turned tide to the warmth of an Ohio autumn...blood moons and burning bright trees and golden field stalks of corn. It's always the best kind of surprise when you wake up one day and realize a season is finally set into place. When a porch is suddenly covered in Phoebe's favorite "punkys" and the sewing box comes out to sew long lost buttons on coats or start off the beginnings of a wonky homemade costume. It's all enough to set off a lit spark inside that keeps good company through the promise of winter and colder days. 

Sending love to you all and your October. 

silence is golden

black and white and gold all over. it's funny going through my camera and finding a common theme of colors over these few weeks...finding inspiration from snow on leaves and wearing black stretchy pants all day every day. i've been soaking up and milking this time at home. being quiet and still these past few months has filled me up with all sorts of goodness and perspective. we're meant for much more than this, yes?

hoping you all have had a wonderful november! i'm working hard on having my online shop open next week in celebration of the holidays. more information to come! 

tricks and treats

our tricks and treats was a little bit patched together this year but still one of my favorite nights. bee wore the same bumblebee costume max wore when he was 1...it did my heart so much good to see that little stinger buzzing around again. max went as minecraft steve and i can't even begin to tell you the shenanigans that came along with that square head (silent shirtless dancing steve, creeping up and staring at you in the dark steve, "stop that please, you're scaring your sister" steve).

the night ended with a dance party at home and pillowcase candy with lots of sticky fingers and chicken tacos before bed. a fine way to send off our halloween.

pumpkin faces in the night

autumn-time traditions...carving up pumpkins to light up the night. it was a whole lot funnier this year with phoebe running around...eating raw pumpkin guts and desperate to get her hands on some sharps. max couldn't stop carving away and ended up with just one large hole of a jack o' lantern. i think it was my favorite yet.

happy happy halloween! frightful weather has pushed off tricks and treats until this weekend...tonight will be for staying in and eating sweets and seeing how long i can get away with talking in a spooky ghost voice before my family puts a stop to it (they already have. hmph!)

A is for apple picking

late-season apple picking on a foggy autumn afternoon. bee could take or leave the picking but was over the moon for the wagon ride and the potbelly pigs on the farm. sara and i gathered up apples of all sorts...black apples and pink ladies and ginger golds. perfect for warm homemade pie with an unfortunately ugly lattice top...i never seem to be able to get that part right. 

roll like the wind

happy new fall, friends! this is such a beautiful time of year in ohio...bundle up mornings with sunbathing afternoons...greens fading to burning colors every which way you look...confetti leaves and burn pile breezes. every changing season feels like a chance to start anew, but the autumn months especially so--these last few fleeting months of a too-quickly gone by year. anyways, there's just something about this time of year that has me making a thousand to-do lists and finally start seeing those cobweb corners forgotten about all summer. 

november tune

finding inspiration in late season goods today...persimmon and pomegranate...nuts and winter greens.
i don't think i've stopped much to notice how really lovely this time of the year is...i'm always rushing it along. but really there is a sweet quietness about it...a calm before holidays rush.
i've started a smidgen of decorating for christmas...and have been listening to more than a smidgen of christmas music. (which i swore to myself, and matt, that i wouldn't do so early this year). i blame the frosty mornings for all of that...

weekend snaps

/1/ cattitude- matt's saturday tattoo references /2/ girl time /3/ foraging /4/ stars and stripes, branches and twigs

we had a quiet weekend...max wore army fatigues the entire time--we visited matt at work and foraged for color around the neighborhood. sunday was for an afternoon out with my mom and sisters, the evening for good conversation with friends.

(p.s. i can't thank you all enough for your kindness and uplifting words for our mimi dog. i'm so happy we got to share bits of her life with all of you here.)

happy monday to you all...and a even happier day to our veterans.
(i blow an especially grateful kiss to my dad and my grandpas)


let yourself be heard

ohio is an exciting place to be today!
i voted bright and early this morning while my family slept. max was so happy to see my sticker when he woke up. he's been so curious about the political process this year--asking loads of questions...watching the debates. we don't talk about where matt and i lean politically this year...not just yet. it's much more fun to see max make up his mind on his own...learning the process before partisanship!
he spent the morning trying to guess who i cast my ballet for-- "did you vote for a boy?"..."is he already president or does he have fancy hair?"

happy happy election day, friends!

bits of our week/ Q&A's

1/baby's first snowfall watching 2/sweetest packages from kindest friends 3/view from above (boots and a rattle) 4/jack o lantern bee 5/ clown hat making (and) toe-dialing daddy 6/tea and a scone and a read 7/papa's chair 8/ last bits of leaves 9/ ornery halloween boy

i can hardly believe how quickly october came and went. 
she ushered in all sorts of craziness...heat and snow and november before we knew it.
the house is littered with balled up tissues and empty candy wrappers. a sure sign of the season. 

wishing you all a happy happy november and wonderful weekend!
and a little side note: i feel like i've done a rotten job at letting you all know how much i appreciate you...your kind comments and emails and just visiting here in general! a lot of your questions have gone unanswered and i would love to fix that! i think life has just swallowed up this blog and i need to clean house around here a bit...my "about" page hasn't been updated in 2 years for goodness sake! 

i'm working on a Q&A post of sorts...to answer common questions i get! so if there are any questions you've been wondering about please feel free to leave them here!
i'll start answering them next week...


trick and treats

we had a doozey of a halloween this year...rain and cold and two sick boys with a baby who pooed up the back of her white costume before we even got started. (she had it out for that french clown costume the minute the ruffle collar went on...)
but it's the funny and hectic moments like that that make you glad your little family is a team...that papa doesn't mind changing disastrous diapers while mama tails after her jailbird boy to snap some pictures.
divide and conquer!

so it wasn't the perfect tricks and treats, but max brought home a pillowcase full of riches and sweets and there was something really fantastic about being out and about and breathing in the first bits of cold wintery air.

is it possible for a baby to acknowledge demeaning situations? haha
because i'm convinced sis is well aware...

hoping you all had a wonderful halloween and hopefully you fared a little bit better than we did trick or treating!

graveyard boogie

today is tops on my list of favorite holidays...we didn't celebrate it growing up so as an adult i guess i'm making up for lost time...and sweets.
we're spending the day listening to spooky music and finishing up last minute costuming for bee. tonight we take the little ones out for tricks and treats, despite the rain and cold.
it's going to be such a treat having our new little pumpkin baby sis along for the ride this year...

happy happy halloween, friends!

(some music to keep things festive...)