Life around here.

gussy sews zip pouch

maxwell in crib

Life has been buzzing around here. It’s kept us busy (the good kind) and tired come bedtime. Max’s nap schedule is kinda out the window, meaning sometimes he naps twice a day, sometimes he takes a hearty nap, sometimes he falls asleep snuggled in my arms. I’m not spending any unnecessary time thinking about this; I’m enjoying the spontaneity of it :)

I have a lot on my mind and I’ve been trying to process them, but they’re still a little jumbly for me. And, that’s OK too. There’s not much that needs to be sorted out rightthisinstant.

We’ve been outside a lot for morning & afternoon walks. I’ve been cooking a lot. Yesterday was my weekly moms group/bible study and I so enjoy going each week (!). Wednesday is the perfect day, a lovely pick-me-up right in the middle of the week.

And tomorrow I’m flying to Dallas for Hope Spoken, my first conference since Maxwell was born. My thoughts? I’m excited to go and nervous to leave home and praying for a super smooth flight.

I’ve got something great up my sewing sleeve. Fingers crossed I can share it with you soon! :)

Yesterday’s adventure at the beach…

Yesterday was one of those days where I had hardly finished breakfast yet I knew it was going to be one I’d remember for a long, long time. We’ve had some gorgeous weather lately here in Los Angeles, the kind that makes you forget how expensive rent is or how small your apartment is or the lack of private outside space (what is a lawn?) or that you share the family car, because my goodness, we’ve got BLUE SKIES and a BREEZE and a HAPPY BABY!

maggie and maxwell beach

We packed a picnic lunch and after church drove a couple of miles down to the beach. Maxwell took a quick afternoon nap in the car and woke up super happy. We found a spot in the free parking lot near the Playa Del Rey beach and then muscled all our essentials down to the water’s edge: the stroller, a giant quilt, an umbrella, our picnic basket and lots of water.

family at the beach

Our entire time at the beach I wanted to pinch myself. It was such a happy day outside with my family, one that totally relaxed me and made me smile the entire time. I loved yesterday so much.

zack and maxwell beach

This was also our first trip with Maxwell as a toddler to the beach, and would you believe he (mostly) sat in the shade on the quilt and played with a water bottle and a clothes pin? He is such a laid-back kiddo!

Zack dug a little hole and then plopped Maxwell near it’s edge so his feet dangled down, and that’s when things got really messy ;) All of a sudden Max had sand up his nose and in every crease possible. Baby powder to the rescue! It dried up the damp sand so it brushed off super easily. And bonus: my baby smells adorable.

We dipped our toes in the cold ocean water, ate our lunch, found shells, and walked around a shipwrecked boat. I couldn’t find any details online about the boat, but it looked like it’s been there for a few weeks now — crazy!

shipwrecked boat

shipwrecked boat

Los Angeles isn’t the easiest of places to live (we’ve also lived in Lansing & Detroit, MI and Minneapolis, MN) but the sunshine and beaches — the Sunday afternoons when you can sneak away from the noisy city life and pretend you live in a quaint coastal town with a gravel path down to the beach — those are the afternoons we need to have more of. That’s my summer goal :)

zack and maxwell beach

And so yesterday’s adventure to the beach helped us all fall asleep so quickly. That’s what’s so great about fresh air and hot summer-like temperatures, right? You fall asleep so easily, without happy thoughts filling up your dreams. That, and Zack and I have sun kissed skin… in March ;)

maggie and maxwell beach

heart in the sand

Yesterday was a welcomed change of pace for all of us. It was the perfect amp-up for a busy week of late nights for Zack and for me, lots of Caroline-made orders shipping out.

So tell me, how was your weekend?

Life around here.

maxwell at the park

Where has this month gone? I am just realizing today that it’s March 14th. This really has been such a busy year so far for our family with lots of work commitments (both Zack and I) and social activities with our friends. Last month Caroline-made launched and then just recently I opened the Gussy shop back up. Maxwell turned ONE on Wednesday and I feel like I keep saying this, but I thought I would be so much more sad about that than I actually am. I think I’m realizing that we’re exchanging “what was” for “what’s to come”, and honestly that’s really exciting and comforting for me. He is becoming a little boy more & more each day, and it’s just plain fun :)

We’ve been going to the park a lot to swing. Sometimes the toddler swings are full but that’s OK, I take Max in my lap and we swing together on the big kid swings. He giggles the entire time and closes his eye as we rise and fall in rhythm. It’s so much fun.

Maxwell’s been making us laugh with all the silly things he does. Whenever he drops something or he’s not sure what we’re asking/saying, he looks at us and raises on hand (palm upward) and says, “whaaaa?” SO CUTE!

This weekend is supposed to be wildly gorgeous so we’re hoping to head to the beach one day and then meet up with our friends for dinner at their apartment. I’m really looking forward to both of those things :)

maxwell at the park

Life around here has been full of laughter, a little bit of chaos, exciting (and sometimes stressful) work challenges, bright blue skies and lots of meals around our kitchen table. Life can be hard sometimes, but I’ve been focusing on Psam 119:105, Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

Oh, one more thing: I’ve been planning out our meals more often which has been so great for knowing what’s on the menu each night ;) Do you have a favorite recipe? I’ve made a few from my Pinterest board (this soup is delicious, these BBQ sandwiches are so easy & tasty, I could eat this creamy chicken dish every night and these oven fajitas are killer!) but I’d love for you to share in the comments below a link to some of your favorites.

xo.