Saturday, November 14, 2015

N + K = Bjorn Means Baby Bear Shower

The morning of October 3rd I dashed down the street to celebrate our sweet friend and good neighbor Nancy for the first of the two baby showers of the day. (BTW baby Milo was born on 11/12/15.) Kristian is one lucky guy. It was only N + for the day. N + K= ?? in five more weeks. They don't know what the little bear will be. A true surprise.

Katie and Koli, hosted it at Katie's home just under a mile away in Hampden. They are two of the most creative people I've ever clapped eyes on. Click their names to link to their shops. I'm totally obsessed with this house so excuse the nosy shots Katie; I want to be you when I grow up.

Nancy and I met when she was at Woodberry Kitchen. The cheese balls, popcorn and BBQ were perfect with the prosecco. The non-Moms in the room took advantage of the drinks and giggled with laughter on surviving Baby Showers...and that cocktails were a must. Listening about breast milk, diapers and poop just always comes the booze helps. 

Bjorn means bear so there were lots of gifts with bears on bibs, in stuffed animals and in print. Just adorable. Notice Nancy's wedding ring? Kristian designed it and showed us before he proposed to her. The stone was found on a trip to one of the Great Lakes. 

Katie's mother made the most incredible waxed denim baby bag and knit hat for the baby. Gary is another of the designers friends who also helped with their wedding last fall. This man has the best taste.

Canon twinsies.

Katie's kitchen sign is so Girls Gun Club.

I covet this flat back yard.

Petal and Print, seriously check it out.

Beth Anne and the momma to be.

Pies and cakes for days.

Blessings and love to you Kristian and Nancy. Thanks for the video texts of the baby moving, for letting me touch your belly Nance and for the Thursday night visits on your porch for CSA day. I am so excited one of our fall babies will only be a few houses away. Can't wait to meet you Little Bear. Lots of love and prayers for the next few weeks of growing. We love you already.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Baby Boom

We just got a group text from Todd Cole that he and Daniela are in the hospital with contractions coming a few minutes apart. Huge crocodile tears streamed down my face as I typed my response to this incredible group of friends.  The anticipation is so freaking huge for us. I can only imagine what T + D must be going through. We celebrated with them on October 3rd for a huge baby shower at Martin's West. Mrs. Cole is a celebrity at this venue.

Ms. Cole even found Todd's Mystery Machine bank as a gift.

Daniela's mother flew in from California. This is going to be one gorgeous little man.

So much laughter. Watch Todd and Scott's faces. Jeano looks so gorgeous.

Scott down. Ha!

Boy band cover art with Kevin, Eric, T Cole and Scott.

Cutest bump ever. The chairs were decked in O's logos. This child has more baseball gear and cute outfits.

Todd's sister Kelly helped run the games.

My precious in-laws. Todd calls Jean every mother's day.

Sending blessings and love on this exciting night to you Todd and Daniela. We love you.

Lord, keep watch over Daniela, Todd and the baby, the doctors, nurses and all who come in contact with our friends tonight and tomorrow morning. We rejoice in the coming of this new life and look forward to greeting Baby Cole with shouts of joy. Thank you Lord for the gift of life. In your sons name we pray. Amen

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Downtown Funk

Do you ever get into a funk? Where you feel like a zombie. Do the exact same thing over and over again? Like really. Wake up. Brush teeth. Shampoo the same amount into you hair. Blow hair dry. Race out the door without eating breakfast. Drive the same way to work. Buy coffee to perk you up. Work. Work. Work. Come home. And sit. Sit. Sit. Sit. Sit? And somehow after work, at home, five hours have flown by and your laundry is still dirty, dishes are still in the sink and you go to bed to start all over again the next day.  Does this happen to everyone? One recent morning I woke up before the sunrise and took a little stroll. All I needed was a new perspective to snap the fuck out of it.

I am a member of the church of paying attention. However, I wasn't paying attention while in this downtown funk. I was letting the world pass me by. It could have been sea oat withdrawal from a recent time at the beach. In any case, I needed to do something new.

The cool part is that this wake up moment came during the time when the sun aligns itself in Hampden perfectly from east to west. The fall solstice. 

The trash truck was pulling up to The Charmery it was so early. I imagined the night prior, with lines out the door, laughter from little and big kids. If I had taken this shot in time I would have submitted it to the American Moment contest at the Phillips Collection. 

I grabbed a bagel and noticed the new chalk at Common Grounds. They had painted it the previous evening. Everything looked new and fresh to me.

Later that same week I caught the sun setting down 32nd street. It's a time when people make their pilgrimages, fast and write plans for the year in multiple religious denominations. I love how the church calendar was designed around the solar calendar. It's as if God is making things brighter to wake us up.

It's a very good time of year to realign yourself, and if needed, snap the fuck out of your funk.