A New Year

What a crazy, event filled year it has been for our little family. I could recap, but would prefer to look forward into our hopes for this next year. Toby will turn 1 in March; we are finally going to see Radiohead live; David’s 10 year reunion is this year; we may move into a house; we will celebrate 7 years of togetherness; and I am resolute to making homemade peach ice cream this summer. I am excited to see all of the blessings this year will bring, knowing fully it will have hardships as well. I plan to blog more often, and facebook less in this year, so keep a look out for us!

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paint party

A few weeks back, Toby invited his friend Henry over for a paint party. We got some non-toxic paint and canvases, put a tarp down, and let them play! It was a blast. Of course, we had to document their fun! I’m sure Rachael will share Henry’s pics on her blog, so I will share some of my favorites of Toby!

Of course, after we were done, we had to hose the boys down (as well as ourselves). But it was so worth it! We hung both of Toby’s paintings in his room. I love that I have his first artwork hanging up, and can’t wait until he makes more for me! What fun projects have you done with kids?

a pleasant surprise

Earlier this summer I shared a wonderful recipe: cream of zucchini soup. Today I had the absolute pleasure of coming home after work to my husband preparing said soup for dinner. I was floored!

This soup is so easy to make and so delicious!

David also prepared a lovely salad for us.

I am so incredibly blessed by his thoughtfulness!

something different

Despite what you may think, food is not the only thing I think about in life. Granted, I love food and love to cook, and I enjoy sharing that passion with others. However, my passions are widespread, and I figure my blog should touch on a broader range. Here is my first attempt.

I adore fashion. Shoes. Coats. Accessories. Blouses. Structured jackets. You name it.

My love of fashion is not what you may think. I enjoy the way I feel when I wear clothes that compliment my shape and my sense of style. I feel more like myself in clothes than without them. Style is one way I explain myself to the world. It reflects my interests, quirks, humor, and mood on any given day.

Lately, these pieces combined tastefully have become my favorite outfit…

Blouse and sweater belted over skinny jeans with sparkly flats and a rad houndstooth coat.

To me this outfit is whimsical and feminine. It has a nice structured, tailored fit with humor and spunk. The houndstooth reminds me of my nana – a 1960s fashion forward dame. My blouse has polka dots and ruffles – two of my favorite things. My sweater is reminiscent of nautical wear, which again takes me back to the 60s. The shoes and belt add humor to the outfit in the form of massive, sparkly bling. I feel happy and connected to my past when I wear this outfit. I am reminded not to take life so seriously. And I can prove it…

What are your inspirations? When do you feel the most yourself?