Saturday, September 29, 2012

home is wherever i'm with you

september has become the month of cute overalls around here. 
lucy has grown to fit into several different adorable pairs of vintage overalls featuring corduroy, lace, and homey scenes. vintage overalls are one of my favorite things for babies to wear, they are practical, comfortable and cute and versatile through the seasons.

 these came from my friend jocelyn who received a bunch of baby clothes from her neighbor niccole. most of them were from niccole's own childhood in the 1970s and some were even homemade by her own mama. i could not believe my luck to be on the receiving end of such perfect treasures and i asked why niccole didn't want them for her own daughter. jocelyn said, "she just wasn't into the vintage thing." wow! i can't even imagine, that never even occured to me!

it is so fun to play with our cuddly little baby who can smile so brightly and attempt to converse. her talking is so adorable and she concentrates so intently.

 happy full moon tonight to all our friends out there. i'll leave you with my favorite sight:
good night and good snuggles to you all :)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Eternal Return

the wheel keeps turning, the universe is expanding and possibilities are infinite.
time is cyclical and fall is officially here. not in our weather or clothes, for us here in these dry northern cali hills, but in our hearts.

meanwhile, and perhaps best of all ;) 

this outfit was nothing much special, but i felt almost back to normal.

i thrifted the high waisted rayon floral 90s skirt for pure comfort. the blouse i got from becky at a clothing exchange and shirts with buttons have taken on a new significance.

still most of my old clothes (especially tops) are a bit too snug and i don't have much of a waist to speak of, but i aint complaining. i have a baby that takes my breath away with her amazingness :)

speaking of which, lucy did some outfit shots too. 
this was her first time trying on shoes.

they were tiny vintage saddle shoes that my brother wore in probably 1979.
she was none too pleased, so that didn't last long.
a summer baby wears bare feet only round here.


in other baby news, she has learned to sit for small amounts of time in her little chair lent to us by jorden and becky, and to play with bright and cheery toys given to me by my friend kim. kimmy brought this monkey play set up when i was in the hospital having the baby. i saw it when i got home and could not possibly imagine ever having a baby big enough to enjoy it and tucked it into the closet. well guess what? my baby's in love. with mister monkey moo right there...that dashing face! that crooked smile! she's smitten.

it is a wild and colorful world for the modern baby! and i didn't even have to buy anything :)

she can hold onto things now but she hasn't quite figured out how to get that started on her own.

our days are still sweltering and dry. we sit outside for evening meals and the cats play in the long dry grass and get covered in stickers. on the night of the equinox darin built a bonfire and we sat with our friends and talked for hours and fed our babies under a fat little crescent moon that kept drawing her eyes away from the task at hand.

at seasons' change this world feels like a mythical place indeed. patterns and thoughts wither and fall while we concurrently build something new: a stack of wood, a wool coat for winter, a list of dreams, a meal, a gift, a friendship, a family.
"All truth is crooked. Time itself is a circle."
we learn by the passing of days and the beats of our hearts. we learn with skin, bone, teeth and blood.

we teach our babies our ways, to walk and communicate and learn. they are curious and free and they stay by our sides anyway.
these twin fawns and their mama have been living here for a while now. the fawns have doubled in size much like my own babe. they watch me nurse my baby in the hammock and they play games with the cats.

it's serious business, learning about life every day. hard work too, 

but richly rewarding :)

  it is nice to know we're all in it together, 

 and that time is mysterious and as fast as these days fly, maybe they're not really gone. maybe the particles of their existence are flying around the universe waiting for another infinitely real chance to come together again. this tiny fingernail, fluff of cleanly bathed baby hair, this kissable cheek and tiny bird song coo, maybe my baby is eternal after all. and me too, and you.

a happy and blessed autumn to all of you.

my outfit:
earrings: handmade gift from amber
top: clothing exchange
skirt: thrifted $3
sandals: clothing exchange

lucy's outfit:
sailor dress: vintage, gifted from jocelyn
socks and shoes: vintage from my family

Monday, September 17, 2012

Lucy's First ROAD TRIP!

so as i mentioned before, we took lucy on her first road trip to celebrate addie's birthday with a trip down into the eastern sierra. from our town to lone pine it is usually about a five hour trip. well it took us closer to eight this time :) if you've got time to spare, it is not so bad traveling with a two month old!

luce was very good on the road. she is much more comfortable in her carseat now that we took the infant insert out and she tends to fall asleep while the car is moving.
but...after she wakes up, there is only one thing she wants....the booby. and there is a very limited window of time to give it to her before the real screaming begins, which sends us into a little panic because it doesn't happen very often so we take it seriously.

i learned to enjoy taking time out on the side of the road for nursing. you get a whole new perspective; you stop in unexpected places and sit on stumps and bond with your baby and breathe fresh mountain air.

we stopped in the cute little town of markleeville for lunch.

lucy's first classic summit photo at monitor pass. we stop at the top every time and just enjoy the smell of sagebrush and that view of enchanted valleys. i always imagine riding horseback through these mountains in the olden days.

down into the east side. summer thunderclouds and lightning started up as we got further south. we stopped near manzanar for me to nurse lucy and a nice warm rain started to fall. there was a rainbow in the eastern sky and weird light all around. it was pretty gorgeous.

darin's self portrait: (he took most of these photos on the blog this time)

family portrait

we didn't arrive to our campground until it was almost dark. addie and art weren't there yet and we were supposed to meet them an hour earlier. we worried that maybe they'd seen the threat of rain and left. we don't have cell phones and so we count on good old fashioned planning ahead for trips and meet ups. it was strange not knowing where they were but we went ahead and set up camp.

an hour later they came driving up! addie and art made a nice late dinner of fresh tomato sauce and pasta with garlic bread and pumpkin ale. the stars were crazy and we were almost the only people there.

baby by lantern light...

darin worked on his favorite project: time lapses of the stars. 

and a long exposure group shot round the campfire!

the tiniest camper was so cute and jolly in her jammies.

she is a total morning person. here she is chillin with a beer in a camping chair ;)

addie is the BEST at making up silly rhymes and songs. she does this for her cats all the time, and soon enough she'll have a new little friend to sing for. lucy was lulled right to sleep.

we headed into town for coffee. we love lone pine. it is the gateway to mount whitney and the alabama hills. it is so old fashioned and has an old west vibe, and many hollywood westerns were filmed around here. and for such a teeny tiny little town, it has everything you need.

including the best coffee shop with delicious espresso; we go there every time.

and this funky little place for breakfast.

 after a nice leisurely greasy breakfast we headed out into the alabama hills, a sprawling lunar landscape of huge crazy rock formations at the base of the sierra nevadas, like some alien welcoming committee for the big mountain peaks. there are little dirt roads criss crossing through the hills which are BLM land open to the public for camping and adventure. this is where many of the hollywood movies were filmed over the years.
you might remember them from this trip. (little did i know as i romped these rocks back then i was just barely pregnant!)

i dressed lucy for her desert rambles in a vintage white cotton pinafore with wraparound ribbon ties, a gift from my friend becky. the little seersucker bloomers were thrifted. she stayed fresh and cool all day the old-fashioned way. (not really. she sweats a lot just like her mama)

you can climb, scramble, hike, hop and leap all through these rocks.
you can even nurse your baby in a tiny patch of shade with an albino lizard.
you can drive your car over rutted roads and you can get out and walk for miles and see the remnants of secret campsites, caves, dry creekbeds and desert mysteries.

and always, in the distance, that crazy jagged range and mount whitney's ghostly peak.

there is a gas station we like to go to just south of town that has a farm next door. there are roosters poking about the parking lot, curious chickens and sighing horses in the shade. we paid the animals a visit and took a break under the cottonwoods for a little desert oasis.

this mama goat seemed to know i was a mama too. she wanted lots of pets and scratches and even put her big old pregnant belly right up against the fence for some rubbing. she was so sweet.

my happy girl!

we caravanned up 395 to mono lake on our way home. 
it is an ancient inland sea of crazy briny waters and jagged towers of tufa. 
(i posted about it before on our trip last summer)

art made funny faces for lucy, her favorite pasttime.

my own little tufa.

i was sad the minute they drove away. they headed home to nevada city by way of reno and we headed back through the mountains to placerville. we always have such a blast together and this year's trip went way too fast. we had a long drive ahead of us, around 8 pm lucy decided she did wanted some nonstop nursing and we stayed in the parking lot of the topaz casino for a good hour. made it home by 11 pm. she was a sport about her late night roaming, and darin was a sport about driving the whole time so i could comfort her in the backseat if she woke up. it was kind of dreamy coming down the mountain in the dark with scorpius leading the way in the western sky, leaning against the window and my right hand gently patting my baby's tummy while she slept, my husband strong and sure at the wheel, quiet bits of conversation and emmylou playing on the stereo.

i love family road trips. can't wait for the next one. thank you addie for having a birthday and making these memories with us!