Languishing. That’s the only word I can think of to describe the feeling of these winter days. I want to do everything and do nothing all at the same time, but in reality I can’t do either. So the days turn into long mediocrities where I peddle between the two, making tiny steps forward and falling tiny steps back, over and over and over. This is just life with four very little kids, I guess. Somebody’s always fussy or hungry or needy or exercising a bit more of their own will than I’d like (ha!), and so there’s not really any such thing as just doing “x”. We try to sit together, we try to read together, we try to play together…but it’s sort of just impossible to do any one thing actually together, so most of what we do turns into a muddled, slow progression of absolutely nothing. Which is really just an obscure way of describing the usual events of the day as they string along in a super random pattern of wiping noses, making food, sweeping the floor, loading the dishwasher, changing diapers, filling up water cups, picking up, getting out, picking up some more, calming outbursts, emptying the trash, watching Lilah eat the two hour old bread that she threw on the floor off of the floor, quelling squabbles, emptying the dishwasher, ignoring outbursts because who has the energy to care anymore, pacing the floor, wondering when nap time is but not even in a rush to get to it because it’s going to require more work. Then getting to that golden hour- to nap time- only to get everyone in bed and immediately feel the fog of the lackluster morning move in and rob me of any ounce of inspiration for the day that I may have had left.
I really miss the older homes we’ve lived in over the years… It’s an odd thing to think about, but I’ve been tossing around this idea that old houses are kind of like people; full of history and character and soul. They tend to be full of flaws, too. But a lot of times those flaws can be outweighed by the wall to wall hardwood, the ceilings that soar, and the crown molding fit for a king. I mean come on, who doesn’t appreciate all of that! New construction has it’s advantages, for sure. But I think I keep bringing antiques home in an attempt to add some of the old beauty to our current, new-ish house that I’ve been missing. There are no bells or whistles here, save for the beautiful hardwood in our (tiny) living and dining area. So on that note, let me get to to Asher’s vintage writing desk!
Here we are, back at this baking table again, except instead of APPLE PIE it’s festive spiced orange pomander balls! Otherwise called cloves & oranges, assuming that like me, you had no idea what a spiced orange pomander ball is until just now. I just looked it up and went back and changed the title of this post, haha. Anyway, there are holiday traditions that I savor from my childhood, and this is one. It’s simple and easy and there are literally two ingredients; cloves & oranges! They look, smell, and feel like pure magic. They photograph nicely, too.
Are you a pie maker? If you know me even just a little bit, you probably know that chocolate chip cookies are my usual dessert-from-scratch go-to. For some it’s cake, or fudge, or truffles, or some other delectable category of dessert that they happen to have a gift with. Then of course there are those of you that dread baking altogether but have quite a knack for savory dishes. None of us are entirely well rounded in anything, and life is certainly a bit more intriguing that way, isn’t it? Even my Grandmother, a seasoned homemaker, good gardener, and cook, once told me that she’d never made a cheese cake! Though standard cake-making was second nature to her.
We’re one day shy of December now, and I can’t believe that fall is coming to a close so quickly! The foliage here in Kansas was GORGEOUS. This is the first true Virginia-like autumn we’ve had in years, but it was a funny one. It felt like we went from a really hot September to really rainy October to what has actually felt like true fall weather in November… And now it’s slipping away just a bit faster than I’d like! But I’m loving the shorter days, the candle light, the sweaters, the open fires outside, getting to wear my favorite black beanie whenever I want, and all the hot coffee…thank goodness that last one is year-round. But before Christmas season is in full swing, I just want to share some photos from this favorite season of mine.
I spend most of my time photographing families and children, but do you know what my absolute favorite form of photography is? Still life! Which basically just means pretty things on a table. So, I asked a friend if I could help her develop some promotional materials for the holiday shopping season this year and lucky me- she obliged. I’d love to do more of this, if you are a small business owner, artist, salesperson, or maker of any kind in the Leavenworth area and would like help styling and photographing your products, I might just be your lady! Don’t hesitate to reach out.