It’s been pretty quiet over here over the past two weeks. Sorry about that. I’ll give you an update on what’s been happening in our neck of the woods… I celebrated a birthday. I am not really a big fans of birthdays (well, my birthdays), but I had one of the best I’ve had in years thanks to my sweet husband and thoughtful friends. We celebrated at City House, one of my favorite restaurants in Nashville, followed by a good birthday hang at a friend’s house, complete with my favorite gals and good wine. They totally made me forget about turning 25. ;)
The next day, two of my cousins flew in from out-of-state to stay with us over the next four days. I have not laughed so hard in a really long time. There is just something comforting and fun about family. We caught up over the course of their stay, since we don’t get to see each other that often, ate delicious food, talked about everything under the sun, and played with the kids. The photos above are from our day at Arrington Vineyards, drinking wine, playing with little friends, getting dirty, and enjoying the sunset. We’ve decided that the cousin reunion needs to become a regular thing.
The big kids came home this past weekend and I could not be happier. I always feel an immediate sense of completeness when they return from their trips. They had an amazing summer with their dad, step-mom, and little sister, and returned home an inch taller and with new hair cuts. Julian is 6’3″ tall now and towering over all of us. He turns 14 next week. I can’t even believe it!
It’s Birdie’s fourth birthday today. We spent the morning at home eating donuts, opening gifts, and playing with her new toys and balloons. We asked her where she wants to go for her birthday dinner tonight and she said “The place where the man cooks and does cook tricks with the food.” So, we will be going to get hibachi and then returning home for ice cream cake.
I am also preparing for a trip this weekend. I am flying to California to see my business partner Katie and then meeting up with some friends and driving down the coast to LA over a four day period. This will be my first trip, other than my over night stay in Austin nearly three years ago, sans children, in over a decade. I am excited, but also incredibly nervous about being away for so long. But, I do think it will be good for me to have some me time and I can’t wait to see some people who I love!
I apologize for not updating this space more often. Mother Magazine (which has been doing incredibly well and is truly a passion and labor of love) along with my family, take up much of my time and it’s hard to find a steady balance. After my trip things should start to settle down, and I will definitely be taking my camera along for the ride to California and will share lots of photos. xx
Footnote: Birdie and Sailor’s cute clothes are from Darling Clementine.