Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Kids Say the Darndest Things!

evie's not quite two, so we haven't yet experienced any of the embarrassing public outbursts or uncomfortable questions about strangers-within-earshot that other parents seem to talk about (e.g., "what's wrong with her nose, mommy?"). last weekend, though, evie said her first "darndest thing." 

the three of us were on the floor reading books together. i sat crisscross applesauce, my pregnant belly looking quite large under my gray long-sleeve tee. jeff was sprawled out across the floor with his head resting on my knee. 

after a few minutes, evie looked at us and said, in all seriousness, "daddy's laying on a elephant."

jeff and i looked at each other for a second to make sure we'd heard right (had she mistaken my baby bump and me for a giant zoo animal?), and then jeff started laughing so hard that no sound came out. i (the elephant?) wasn't as amused, but jeff's laugh made me laugh, so pretty soon we were both in hysterics. evie thought she'd made a great joke, so she repeated it over and over with a grin so wide and long-lasting you'd think her mouth was stuck that way. 

"daddy's laying on a elephant! daddy's laying on a elephant! haha!"

jeff and evie started to cry; they were laughing so hard. i cried a little, too, but not because i was happy. 

shoot. do i really look like an elephant? i thought. i sure feel like one these days!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Fall, We Love You.

after halloween, it seems we're all so eager for christmas we neglect the last precious weeks of fall. we forget to soak up the bright orange trees, the crisp dry air, and the smell of campfire smoke from the first fireplace fires of the season. (if someone made a campfire-scented candle, i'd buy it. i love that smell.) our street is lined with beautiful trees that turn colors in early october and flutter to the ground a couple weeks later. evie likes to pick them from the branches, step on them, run through them and throw them in the air to watch them flutter to the ground again.

the trees, the air, jean jackets, cozy socks, fires in the fireplace, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie, school supplies, sweaters, boots—i love everything there is to love about fall. it's the best time of year. we're definitely not in any hurry for christmas.  

{a quiet moment after one of our fall strolls}

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Hawaiian Wedding

jeff cries at every wedding we go to. (he's a softie, and i love him for it.) i cry sometimes, when the couple writes their own vows like our friends mike and lauren did. they had an intimate little wedding in kailua-kona, with about twenty guests. i was loving the vibe. we actually got to hang out with them for a couple days before they got married, and we got to talk to them—to the bride and groom!—at the wedding. at so many of our friends' weddings (and at ours), the bride and groom are too busy thanking all of their guests (and dancing for their guests, and giving toasts, and so on) to have meaningful, personal conversations with anyone. this was completely different. we felt like such a big part of mike and lauren's special day.

they were so happy, it was contagious. lauren didn't care that her dress was three inches too long or that she didn't know how to tie the bustle. she didn't care about her heels sinking into the grass or the torrential downpour during dinner. she smiled so wide, and mike smiled just as big, and they laughed and celebrated with family and friends all evening. 

after cocktails at sunset, we had dinner at a cute little restaurant nearby. it rained like crazy. we were outside under a tin roof that couldn't protect us. some of us had to get up and move to the other side of the table, so we all squeezed together, which made everything even more romantic and memorable. the whole day was just so natural, and happy.