Weekly lovebites: little bits of love from our week. Moments I felt inspired to click my shutter.
I know it’s too early, but I can’t help it. Despite my best efforts to suppress the thoughts and longings, they are there deep within. My longing for fall.
I told my sister today that maybe it’s this instinctual thing that is within us all. The urge to plant our crops. The itch to knit warm things. The feeling that our days are slowly becoming minutes shorter than the one before. A little something different in the summer breeze that now blows.
Although I so enjoy the many great things that Summer brings, it’s brightness is beginning to hurt my eyes. I’m ready for richer colors, cooler breezes, garden harvests and holiday preparations. I’m already knitting new bits for the babes and looking forward to unpacking old knits and hand-me-down gap sweaters (thank you dear friends!) and making more trips to the farmers market. I’m ready to light pumpkin spice candles and turn off the a/c and open windows to let the crisp fall breezes waft through our home. I’m ready to freeze peas and can beans and plant peach trees in our little yard. I’m ready to start new home school lessons and go on more outdoor adventures and to take photos of nature’s beautiful hues of orange, red and brown. I’m ready to throw a cardigan over my t shirt and to take many more pleasant trips to the park. I’m ready for the new onslaught of crafting inspiration and to start planning my baby’s first birthday. Oh how I love fall. How I’m longing for fall.
But here in Central Texas, we still have a while to go.
And as usual this week flew by and we had plenty to be thankful for.
The first bit being….
:: My baby sister’s engagement. It’s so hard for me to believe, but my baby sister is on a plane to Vegas to celebrate her 21st birthday as I type. With a sparkling new rock on her finger and a wonderful guy who put it there.
Congrats Kayla and Philip. I am so happy for you guys and so proud to be your big sister.
We have a wedding to plan and I couldn’t be more excited.
:: Got a lot more done in the garden this week. Due to the blessing of more rain, the weeds/remaining bit of grass were popping up with a vengeance. Got out there and pulled and sweat and pulled till I made some good progress. Then I managed to plant a few more herbs and some seeds in containers. We have spinach, arugula, mesclun mix and some other type of lettuce mix started in containers as well as some lavender, chamomile and zinnia for a little added beauty. I am currently battling an army of fuzzy black moth caterpillars over in our little sunflower garden (and the hens don’t seem the slightest bit interested in snacking or helping in any way, could be a poisonous pillar for them though) but regardless of their swiss cheese lower leaves the flowers are about this close to showing us their sunny faces.
And this was the only photo I got out there this week because I was so busy madly working and trying to keep the kids entertained in their pools/slip n slide.
A few early fruits, but I don’t think there will be many more for awhile. A delish little sampling for the fall harvesting to come!
:: Asher was in three-year-old heaven at Kayla and Philip’s engagement party. He got to spend a whole evening with his self-proclaimed best friend Jordan and his baby buddy (as in they have been friends since birth and are now big three year old boys) Preston.
Three-year- old heaven I tell ya…
:: Amelia’s favorite new baby game is SO cute. Like most of her new tricks, she randomly discovers that she can do something and it becomes her favorite for a bit. And of course we laugh and smile and oooo and aaahh and are rewarded with the cutest of toothy grins. See those tiny upper teeth?
I can never get enough of that sweet smile or those chunky little legs. Oh and have I mentioned that she is perfecting the art of baby steps? She is still a wobbly little shuffler, but practices a lot. Someday here we will get it on video…
:: Can’t seem to keep the house clean this week. Well who am I kidding, our house is more often messy than clean, littered with toys and piles that look like this….
Craft supplies, sewing machines, monster trucks, cracker crumbs….
We shove em aside and sit down to dinner at our table anyways. I’ll try harder at the housekeeping thing next week, promise honey!
:: Our egg supply is plentiful, wow! Nothing like a fresh egg for breakfast…
:: I met up with an old high school mate and fellow photographer this week. It was so nice to hang out with a fellow adult and fellow enthusiast, even with the babes in tow.
She had to buy my starbucks because someone created a fraudulent copy of my debit card and was using it in Ireland to quickly drain our checking account, luckily it all was resolved fairly quickly but my new debit card was not activated like I thought it was. Thanks again Brit! Yes her name is also Brittney and Asher thought it was really strange that someone else had the same name as me. Which lead to a whole conversation about names and well, have you ever tried to explain such things to a three year old? It makes for entertaining conversation…
And ironically, the only photo I snapped while hanging out with my fellow photog friend was this little guy at the park.
Look at that hair!
We agreed to take more photos next time.
:: Brother comes up with all sorts of fun ways to entertain sis. Mama and Daddy are grateful.
A weekend full of fun awaits us! Dash’s birthday is on Sunday so this will be an extra special weekend.
Soaking up the last bits of summer with a grateful heart,