Here’s to weekends full of beauty. Seek it out, find it, and swim in it.
We recently took a trip to Michigan which just so happened to be the most refreshing trip I’ve had to Michigan since moving away. I owe that in large to the fact that I turned off the email to my phone. And I left it in my bag. Unless I was expecting a call to coordinate a meet up (and sometimes even then) I was blissfully unaware of my phone’s locale.
It was the best. Not being tied to my emails. Not feeling like I had to answer every call, every text. Liberating. Don’t get me wrong. I love my phone. I have the iPhone 4, and I love it. I love that I can keep up with emails and communication when I’m not at home. I love that I can check Facebook when I’m bored waiting in line somewhere. I love that I can snap a quick photo and have it at my fingertips whenever I need to show it off.
But after coming home and feeling that inevitable, invisible tether return, I have realized that I loved being away from it. And I’ve been stepping away from it “after hours” more and more. I’m planning on breaking that chain before my son arrives and learns how to check a phone for texts before he learns to say “Daddy.” So if you don’t hear from me quite as frequently in the evenings or on the weekend, I’m sorry, but I’m enjoying life without constant technology. I hope you can forgive me.
What do you think, would you turn your phone off? Or leave it behind? Or are you the type of person whose battery is on low at the end of the day (nothing wrong with that, I definitely have days like that)?
Okay. We all know I have a passion for the interior (though, come on over to my barely moved into house right now and you may not believe it). I’m frugal + cheap, but I love to find a good bargain, whip up a quick DIY, and decorate. So when it comes to a nursery, I’ve been dreaming (and Pinning) for this day for a while. As soon as we found out this Babe is a BOY, I had about a million ideas, but they all seemed pretty cohesive. I was thinking Nautical Adventurer. Kind of a Moby Dick thing (even if I’ve never read the book). You know, vintage, dark neutrals mixed with some greys and whites (because I am NOT painting those walls) with treasures from the sea – think whales, sails, and adventurer maps. Something kind of like this:
And I’ve been all about it. For weeks now. I’ve been all about the nautical boy, and believe me when I say I’ve got more than a few pretty amazing ideas to go with it.
But today I had a thought to go a bit of a different way. A little more eclectic. Still adventurer. But a little less ocean and a little more lake. Something with a cabin in the woods feel to it. You know, plaid flannel, bears + moose, explorer type. Something a little more like this:
Now, obviously there are things I love and things I don’t love about both of these boards… and I would be going in a bit of my own direction with either room. But these are the general vicinities I’m digging right now. Of course, as I am writing this post, I have come across a pretty awesome compromise between the two. Ships + plaid. Adventurer + Explorer. Check it out:
If you were a baby boy, which room would be your dream? Or would you simply not care about much more than breast milk and whatever mobile I decide to create?
PS Just found this AWESOME kid’s decorating blog. You’ll love it.
Also, I once read that despite our tendency to compliment little girls on their appearance (“You’re so beautiful with that headband!” or “That is a pretty dress you have on.”) we should really be discussing more substantial things – to keep the importance off looks. Think about that the next time you meet a three year old little lady. Ask her what her favorite book is, perhaps?
How far along: 24 Weeks
How big is baby: 11+ inches, over a pound. Picture an ear of corn.
Total weight gain: +8.5lbs. Enormous appetite means extra pounds packed!
Maternity Clothes: Bought two maternity t-shirts on clearance at Target. And tried on my first pair of maternity jeans. But I didn’t buy them yet. Man those things are comfy – but SO baggy in the front.
Sleep: Still great. And still needing lots of it.
Best moment of the week: A nice, relaxing Saturday with my hunny.
Food Cravings: Holy moly all of a sudden this baby is STARVING. Or at least I am. I’m a bottomless pit. I could eat all day – and sometimes I do. We might have finally hit the point in my pregnancy where I shouldn’t have trouble packing on the lbs.
Food Aversions: Well, I think I’m a bit lactose intolerant.
Symptoms: Again, eating EVERYTHING in site. Bottomless pit. And I’ve been a bit weepy + sentimental.
Movement: Lots of it. This is the time (weeks 24-28) I’m supposed to feel him moving a lot, and boy is he making sure I am.
What I’m looking forward to: Time with J.
What I miss: Cool falls.
This weekend marks the start of Fall 2012. Though I’m still enjoying (ahem:: could you hear my sarcasm?) days in the high 80’s here on the Gulf Coast, I plan on fully enjoying the autumn season, complete with pumpkin everything, scarves, lots of red and orange, football, and apple cider.
What’s your favorite fall activity? I think mine would have to be hiking on a brisk day through the changing fall colors. Or maybe curling up outside with a good book, a warm blanket, and a pumpkin latte. Or apple cider + doughnuts.
PS if someone wants to buy me this skirt, I’d take a medium to fit over the bump.
It’s no secret that I’m extra emotional right now. The waterworks can start at any moment for any reason. I’m extra sentimental. Everything makes me smile. The hormones are running rampant.
But after this weekend, holy cow I miss Michigan. Jonathan and I have always made it our job to create a home wherever we are. Home has been wherever we’re together. It’s been lots of houses, lots of cities. Therefore, we don’t usually get particularly homesick for our home state. In fact, we’ve never really totally considered Michigan to be our home state after leaving. We’ve toyed with the idea of retiring in so many places, Michigan just didn’t feel like home anymore.
I’m not sure if it’s this Mississippi weather that just doesn’t cool down, or if it’s the lack of cider mills and snow, or if it’s just that we’ve only been here six weeks. I really just have a feeling that it’s our family. We both are really missing family right now, especially with this little babe coming. We want him to grow up knowing just how loved he is, but not just by us – by everyone. We want him to grow up knowing his grandparents, aunts, uncles, extended family, and everyone who loves him. And a lot of those people are in Michigan.
For the first time ever, we are really, really considering retiring in Michigan. We miss the weather. The four seasons, and everything that comes with them. Lakes and corn in the summer, cider mills and changing leaves in the fall, so much snow in the winter, and the sun peeking through the clouds in the spring. We miss the people. Being able to pop over for dinner and a fire. Meeting up with cousins on the weekend. Being outdoors with the ones we love. We miss the culture and the diversity.
We miss Michigan, and are counting down the time until our next visit.