sometimes i forget how close we are to so much beautiful nature. the main reason that i am SO excited to finally get a car is because adventures like this one will be so much more accessible.
it was just the three of us, no kids, no husbands and the most gorgeous sunset ever. naturally we got lost while we were walking, so it was extra exciting.
you were so excited about turning three. your sense of time and age is so obscure right now though – a week ago you would still say ‘two and a half!’ proudly when asked how old you were and when asked when you were turning three you would say ‘in 3 hours!’ or (more accurately) ‘in march!’
you are now very sure that you are three. your birthday was everything you made sure it would be – “donuts, cake, ALL my friends and aunty adele” – and we had it in the same place as last year and had the exact same gorgeous weather as last year.
you had cards and presents arriving in the mail during the week leading up to your birthday and you proudly put them on your shelf and said you would ‘wait to open them’. (your ability to ‘wait’ amazes us). and on your birthday you opened mail from uncle red, aunty helen, oma & opa, ron & cathy, aunty anita and your GG. you open your gifts SO SLOWWWWWLY and you play with each present for a good 10 minutes before moving onto the next. you must get this trait from your opa. (he used to get a box of chocolates for christmas and make them last until the next christmas!)
my favourite thing in the world right now is how you wake me up around 4am to just say ‘mama?’ and i reluctantly say ‘yes?’ and you say ‘i love ya’ and fall asleep again. no matter how badly i need sleep, as my chiropractor casually reminded me, someday you’ll be off to college.
we can NOT believe how lucky we are to be parents of such a sweet girl. this next year is going to be all sorts of exciting.
all our love xxx
so that light at the end of the tunnel ended up just being a sinus infection with a flashlight. not so fun. so antibiotics it is! today we painted. well, she painted and i cuddled a blanket on the couch on the porch with the camera. i love how much this girl loves to make ART.
dear light (at the end of the tunnel), i’m coming for you. i can see you up ahead there and i will make it. this weekend i got out of bed and i cleaned my little heart out til i was sweating and it felt good to sweat from something other than fever or too many blankets. and i know i am still too sick to run or do much else, but i hung out with my yoga teacher friends for a few hours and pretended i was well and it felt good. and then i even made dinner and cleaned it all up myself and it has been a long time since i made dinner, or cleaned dishes, so that felt good too. i love the optimism that comes with the small taste of good health. health is funny like that – i notice that we can totally take it for granted until we don’t have it and then life is SHIT. so if you are reading this and you are healthy, do a little dance for yourself or go upside down or run around the block because WOOHOOO you are very lucky! sincerely, me.
One of my favourite things to do ever is sit for hours in a bookshop. Depending on my mood I like a second-hand shop with floor to ceiling shelves full of used books or a gigantic Powell’s or a medium sized independent bookstore with good taste.
Lately I’ve surprised myself and managed to finish 5 books in just under 5 months.
And to 1. remember which books i’ve read and 2. recommend books to you, i’m going to list them here and tell you in very simple terms what i liked about each book and whether you should read it.
1. The family fang by kevin wilson. – This book is very funny. Not many books make me laugh out loud (the last one that did was this one). It’s about 2 siblings who are known as ‘child a’ and ‘child b’ of their famous artist parents. It’s silly but clever and hilarious.
2. The book theif by markus zusak. – this book is very easy to read and it’s very good, but it’s sad as hell. you should read it just for the cool way that it’s written: narrated by Death and it’s about a young girl in nazi germany who loves books and befriends a jew. obviously it will make you cry.
3. Do androids dream of electric sheep by philip k dick. – this is the book that Blade Runner was based on. i haven’t seen blade runner, but the book was terrific. science fiction i suppose and very easy to read but with some sweet twists and turns that got me thinking. a book that makes you think about things.
4. The bird artist by howard norman. – this book starts off with the narrator telling you that he killed the lighthouse keeper. he then goes on to tell the full story of how and why. it isn’t a particularly beautiful read, but the story is pretty crazy and the characters are super interesting.
5. The memory keeper’s daughter by kim edwards. – this is SO GOOD! the writing is beautiful and well thought-out. the story begins with a doctor who is delivering his twin babies in a snow storm and he notices that one of them has down syndrome so he tells his nurse to take the baby away to a home and give it away (without telling his wife). the nurse can’t go through with it so she skips town with the kid and raises her as her own. the story spans many many years (which i love) and so you get the FULL life story of these two families and everyone who is involved. such a good read.
6. tell the wolves i’m home by carol rifka – i suppose i shouldn’t have included this book, but i’m currently reading it…so i’ll update you when i’m done!
if you have any great books you’ve read lately, i wanna hear about them! next on my list is the goldfinch and shantaram.