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2014/06/18 / Shanan


Or, “Daddy, are marshmallows considered a food group?”

We’re full-on here in the simple pleasures department.  Eating popsicles and watermelon, running through the sprinkler, swinging in the hammock.  And, dum da da da-a-a-a — gathering around the family bonfire.  Chris built an amazing new fire-pit on our property and we had Gillian and her brood over for some mallow roasting action (you didn’t think I’d be rid of her that easily, did you?).


And… the puffy vest makes another (semi)public appearance, this time on Gillian.  I’m hereby predicting the puffy vest will soon usurp the wedge sneaker as ugly-yet-strangely-compelling wardrobe item of the season.  You heard it here first.


The pit!


Don’t ask.


Frida with marshmallow moustache, Steve with floral headpiece.


Sweet Yarrow made wildflower bouquets and crowns for everyone.  I’m just dying over the light in these photos.


It’s called ‘technique.’




Gillian’s rad sneakers, now with wings for extra protection (or something like that).




Encounters with the local wildlife.



Okay fine, so it was pretty chilly that evening and Theo insisted on wearing her flannel bunny costume from Halloween.  And you know what? It did the trick.

Long may you burn.  xx Shanan

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2014/06/04 / Shanan


Yes, you absolutely need one of these.

What seemed like a bit of a misguided dud gift on my part for Chris’ birthday back in the dead of October, the Mayan hammock is now our most prized possession.  We hung it up between two apple trees a couple of weekends ago and it’s the most relaxing (or stimulating, if you’re a three year old) thing ever.



Tangled up in you.


(These were taken on a chilly day, hence the puffy vest.  I know, I know – is there ever an adequate excuse for a puffy vest? Let’s just move on)



“Are you sure we can’t sleep here tonight?”

I’m a bit behind on publishing photos from around here (Gillian was managing our Instagram account so I’m trying to clue myself in there but the pace is glacial) but I’ll get there… lots more absurd wholesomeness to come.

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2014/05/21 / Shanan


I will admit to being continually blown away by the level of imagination and care taken by my daughter when she’s milling around outside on her own.  She floats in a near-constant state of flower-picking, followed by some artful arranging, the gentle stowing away of leaves and blooms into pockets to save for friends, and the dreaming up of ‘edible’ concoctions (dandelion tea, pinecone ice cream).  Such a beauty in her focus and quiet excitement…  Yeah, I’m feeling sentimental today.  Let’s blame it on hormones and move right along, shall we?







(hope you don’t mind the onslaught of personal/home photos on the blog lately… now that we’re spending more time outside, I’ve been motivated to pick up my camera again)  xx Shanan

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2014/03/24 / Shanan


My baby turned three last week and we celebrated with a mermaid birthday party.  Theo’s original request was to “fill up the whole house with water” but she eventually settled for helium balloons and cupcakes.  Three year olds, man – they’re nothing if not easy to please (except when they’re not…).

I wanted to put something together that Theo would love, without seeming like a Pinterest-crazed party mom.  It felt like we got it right because I got to craft up fun little details, but the whole affair remained pretty loose and messy in absolutely the best way.  I hope you don’t mind me sharing some photos from the day…

mermaid party bead necklace

What to do if you want to have a mermaid-themed party but don’t want to bring Disney into the equation? We skirted the Ariel thing by making mermaid necklaces out of ‘sea treasures’ (blue and green beads, faux pearls, enamel stars, and easter grass for seaweed) to give to her friends.

mermaid party balloons fringe garland

Theodora and Wyn, comrades in arms and uncombed hair.

mermaid party gifts

Yes, apparently I got pretty excited when the birthday girl opened that DVD copy of Frozen.  Do you want to build a snowman??

mermaid party bathtub fishing game

Fishing in the bathtub!  This turned out to be a huge hit.