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April, 2013

  1. about you, my son

    April 22, 2013 by louissa

    There are moments I want to remember always. Like yesterday.

    Yesterday when we piled on the layers (because even in late April the air is still cold) and we went and romped through the woods, following the river for an hour and a half. The sun shone through the trees and was everything gold and beautiful. I carried you on my chest and as we walked you drifted off to sleep. When you woke, as we were making our way back to our car, you talked — your soft and sweet talk — and I fell in love with you a little bit more.

  2. Saturday Morning Chat

    April 20, 2013 by louissa

    It was raining only moments ago. And suddenly it stopped and now there are bits of blue in the sky. This, my friends, makes me think that Spring really is here.

    Yesterday The Husband and I ran a mile block here in town together. I can’t ever decide if such things are good for maintaining a healthy marriage or simply reveal weaknesses you would otherwise not know about (and it’s so much nicer not to know about more issues you may have).

    I am prideful. I don’t like to do anything unless I know I’m going to be good and dazzle the world with my wonder. I also do NOT like doing anything next to someone who is far better than me.

    Stuck in an airport for hours on our way to a tropical paradise of a honeymoon (that in reality was far too cold, windy, and overcast and days of The Husband being sick) The Husband suggested he teach me a card game that he had been playing for years. Game after game he whooped my tush. And game after game my competitive self simmered more and more, thoroughly frustrated by his advantage and thoroughly frustrated that I couldn’t reign in my pride. What a way to start our honeymoon.

    We’ve haven’t played that game since.

    But we ran together yesterday. His legs are much longer than mine and for each one of his strides I must take two. And he’s able to talk more than I can since I tend to do more huffing and puffing. And he probably doesn’t really need to stop after one 10 minute mile like I do. But he does and he doesn’t say anything because he’s the sweetest and kindest to me. He really is too good to me.

    And this time I didn’t grow frustrated by his advantage. I’ve come a long way, haven’t I?

    And you want to know about my little Sunshine? He’s still that — all Sunshine. He really doesn’t cry much and when he does I want to cry with him which means I pretty much do anything to keep him happy. That in turn means we have absolutely no set schedule and if he needs to nurse (with many light snoozes here and there) for an hour and a half before I can lay him down for the night then that’s what we do. I get a lot more reading in these days than I have in years. Good book suggestions, anyone?

    But that’s that. Sunshine is up awake. Time to bathe him, get ready myself, and head out for a bridal shower in a few hours!

  3. morning!

    April 4, 2013 by louissa

    There are birds singing and a sun shining. The forecast calls for a warmer day and my house is part greenhouse so it will soak up all this sunshining-ness and warmth. My morning cup of coffee is finished and the baby, who decided that 4:50am was the perfect time for his mama to wake for the day, is snoozing already. Laundry has been started for the day and a phone call to Old Navy to ask WHERE IN THE WORLD IS MY PACKAGE THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO ARRIVE LAST WEEK happened.

    I was everything pleasant on the phone. It’s not Erica’s fault that the world doesn’t think my address is actually in existence. By the way, if you ever visit — your GPS won’t bring you to my house.

    I confess I’m an emotional eater and my hands were in my stash of chocolate by 6:30 this morning. A few nights of little sleep and I lose all want for self-control in my life. After initially feeling overwhelmed by the need to simply live today, I’ve pulled myself together and the chocolate will hopefully be consumed less.

    That’s all. Enjoy this spring day. Open your windows even for just a few minutes to rid your house of some of the winter germs. And take a walk. Even if you think you don’t have time. You do. And it will be good for you.

    That was mostly for me. Personal pep talks are essential in my life.

  4. Sunshine

    April 1, 2013 by louissa

    It’s dark and rainy and another chance to wear warm sweaters, drink hot tea, light a candle, and make the home cozy. Warm Spring days will be here eventually. Might as well make the most of what we’ve been given today and get that pot of soup simmering (what else comforts like soup on damp days?!).

    Here’s a bit of Sunshine for this dreary Monday morning. It’s a few weeks old and was sent to The Daddy at work, but sweet nonetheless.