She’s pouring over her very first American Girl catalog. I suspect this might be the case for next ten years or so. • I use to create my birthday and Christmas wishlists based solely from this. Any other children of the 90’s relate?
Teach ‘em early on that there is no such thing as a bad hair day, but there are certainly good days to wear hats.
Last night I came home from what was suppose to be a fun night out with the kids, almost in tears. We butted heads, he and I, over minor and major things. He lost some privileges, no movies for a bit, no browsing the toy aisle, etc. and I should have probably lost a few too for the unnecessarily harsh words that left my mouth in those moments of frustration. • Herm saw my weary state and prayed over me after the kids had been tucked in for the evening. Then he whispered some beautiful words, “Maybe Carson could ride along with me tomorrow.” • So here I am, enjoying a mostly quiet morning, drinking coffee and not having to share, and missing that child who yesterday was about to live in exile. This is motherhood, is it not? • In other news: this pair made the cutest ring barrer and flower girl for a wedding this past weekend. Carson’s grandma keeps making snarky comments about how he walked the aisle with River, and I just don’t know how I feel about that. Aren’t they just a bit young? Like just slightly?
Mennonite roadside stands and my Mom's house: the two places I frequent for fresh (and so affordable!) produce. This is what I miss most when summer leaves.
And that's a wrap! We are just about to board our final flight home. We had an absolutely wonderful time, but next time I've decided we have to pack even lighter. (Herm and I each had a backpack + a personal bag, and Carson had a Cars backpack full of his essentials — a few Cars.) Traveling is a great way to realize that you really don't need a whole lot of things to live life fully. • Even though we ate rich pasta and delicious pastries and pizza and Gelato almost daily, I was constantly hungry. I'm blaming it on chasing two kids and carry these heavy backpacks everywhere. 🤓
So ready to be home, but I definitely want to come back. The Dutch culture is so welcoming, and the design and architecture is beautiful.
Taking a much needed coffee / book break. Today we are exploring a tiny bit of Amsterdam before flying back to North America.
Only one more schweep, Brook-wyn! Soon we're going to our New York house! –Carson
We drove to Lake Como, near the Swiss boarder, this morning to spend our final day in Italy. The majority of our trip was spent in cities, and while we enjoyed it thoroughly, visiting a quiet lakeside town felt like coming home; completely refreshing and relaxing. Give me mountains or shorelines over skyscrapers any day. This area is one we wished we would have had more time to see. We hope to come back again.