Happy Halloween from our daffodil flower. Hope everyone has a sweet and fun day!
“Once in a young lifetime one should be allowed to have as much sweetness as one can possibly want and hold.” -Judith Olney
Halloween Happy Things: home-made costumes, grown-ups that dress up for the little ones, Audrey and Mackenzie in the wagon to ‘trick or treat’, our daffodil, dressed up kids walking down the sidewalks, fall weather, staying up past bedtime, candy, pumpkins, The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, 157 pictures
i want to live in a world of 6 month olds. it is complete what you see is what you get. pure and honest. they get mad…waaa then they move on. they’re over it. they just tell you exactly how they’re feeling and what they need- love, space, food, comfort, something different altogether.
we could learn a lot from them.
but we grow up. we learn how to actually communicate and we mess it all up, make it hard, hold it in. we are better then. we should all try to live more like the babies. free and simple. open. it makes for a whole lot of happiness and love.
the way audrey sleeps with her little hiney up in the air now, sleepy eyes, the way she will lay her head down on your chest at random times, those sweet and pure snuggles, the open close open close she does with her hand feeling things, her rocking on all fours getting ready to go places, this wrinkled nose face she makes while she kind of does this breathy in and out laughing/breathing, watching her learn so much every day, her smile back at you across the room, whole arm waving to say hello, those 2 little teeth poking through, one being taller than the other, sitting back just to watch her being audrey…rolling around on the floor, playing with her toys, checking things out, getting tired during it all and laying down just long enough to rest
Okay, so remember the plant that I loved in the anthropologie picture but couldn’t find just the one it was? Well yesterday the problem was solved. Mark, Audrey and I were driving around in Florence, waiting on the fair to open and I saw the plant on someone’s porch. The plant, not just something like it! So I went to the door, met this talented plant-growing lady, learned the plant I love is a staghorn, how to feed it and about a lot of other nifty plants. It was quite the payoff from the risk of randomly knocking on people’s doors. It can go either way.
Her plant was fabulous. There were four of them in one I guess you’d say, growing from the side/bottom of one of those hanging planter baskets. You know the ones that have the mossy outside layer that holds the dirt in and usually people around here have their ferns in them. She told me that originally her sister from Florida had given her the plant and it grew in the top of the basket, but that it died and these babies (big babies now) had grown. I just love a baby making plant. That’s an added bonus with this one. She taught me that they don’t like to get too much sun, that you should put a banana in them from time to time to feed them and reminded me they have to go inside to winter here in SC. I’m so excited…now I just have to find one.
“Vegetarian taxidermy.” That’s from neighborhoodnotes.com…which I stumbled across last night googling the plant staghorn. The website was talking about the plant and it’s comeback in popularity from the 70s. That many people like that it can mount to a piece of wood and be hung on the wall. I love it!
Last night I went back and read some from an old anything book. I love them some much in hind sight. I am glad to have all the regular-ness that is life documented to remember.
From February 8, 2008:
We got a new vacuum cleaner and finally put it together last Sunday. It is red and a Hover. This drawing is of the old one that has smelled like burning poop for quite some time. (Since I sucked up a little piece in Hilton Head I’m pretty sure.) The new one is great. It has a bucket instead of a bag so you can see all the mess it vacuums up. Also there is an attachment that looks like a teeny tiny real vacuum and it amazingly gets up all the cat hair squished into the cushions where Liza lays.
My back is hurting so I slept on the couch, without Mark and without brushing my teeth. I had lots of dreams…like driving Mark’s car and not being able to stop quick enough so I’d keep driving on the grass. And we were living in this town (that’s always the same in my dreams) that was kind of mountainy, in a house that was more like vacation and great.
I think I’ve realized in cleaning out Meme’s house and seeing that potential that anywhere we live will be good and cute and home-like. Because the home I’ve always looked for is Mark and family and vacuuming together.
Audrey went to her very first birthday party today. Her friend Mackenzie turned one and had the cutest princess party. Audrey had a great time and even made a new little friend…I just love this picture. I think because it’s from the back; I’ll always get to feel like I am watching those sweet little girls together without them noticing. Love it and birthday parties!
Audrey has decided she is big and can do anything that she wants to do.
Meaning, she’s trying to go from sitting up to all fours by lunging herself forwards, she actually pushed herself up onto her hands and knees twice successfully today, she stretched so far to grab a toy that she fell out of her bumbo seat, made good enough contact to pull Frida’s tail, and she’s also really gotten the hang of backwards crawling/scooting. She is all over the place and busy busy. I am finding it really adorable to watch her learn so much and try to get into everything. I think crawling is in our near future. Time to baby proof.