Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring Break

Has been pretty great so far! 

On Monday my best friend and I took Arlo, and just Arlo, to the LAMAC museum in Los Angles where I finally got to see the Frida Kahlo exhibit and Arlo got to devour a giant cheeseburger in a cute cafe and paint freely in a big white open room lined with hundreds of junior art submissions and fancy painting tools. We had so much fun.

Today we joined our friends for a simple picnic at the little cheese & wine stop down the street from our house where I tested out my new camera (yes, today was the day!) for the first time, and felt a tad overwhelmed at suddenly having so many options to work with, and, one more thing I now need to babysit* Turns out I've got lots of learning to do, but I'm happy to have a good, solid camera in my hands. Feels like a nice big sturdy adult camera I've been dreaming about for years. And hopefully one I'll keep for many more down the line. 

As for the rest of the week, we'll be taking a little break - working on some business deals that might include having some of our furniture hanging out in some cool little shops in Orange County, as well as seeing Mike's band play at a beer garden in a neighboring city, catching up on laundry, baseball practice, friends, movies, and possibly, if the weather permits, this year's first trip to the beach. All camera worthy events. All cheap. And just daring enough for me to fully embrace with three boys six & under.  

*it occurred to me how fragile this camera is when - while trying to snap an adorable shot of Leon  pushing Rex in a shopping cart at the fruit stand - they quickly teetered upon a small dip which pushed the cart backwards, knocking Leon to the ground, trapped beneath! In the midst of trying to break the "could have been a very awful spill" I was also doing my best to shield the glass lens of the giant camera hanging round my neck headed straight for the metal handbar, making me suddenly resentful of the fact that I now have one more thing in my life I need to "protect" on these types of outings. Not the little point & shoot I've tossed carelessly in beach bags all my life. But the pictures, I suppose, make up for it?

To Spring, and all the cheap sunny outdoor getaways we can possibly manage in 2 weeks.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Family Photo Inspiration

So we may have worked out a little trade with the photographer who last took our family photos, a little over a year ago, in the way of furniture in exchange for art. We all love a good trade, right? Because we plan to shoot in our home (instead of a typically vivid outdoor location) I've been especially motivated to finish up these last projects we've got going on around here to ensure the setting meets the quality of her work. The latest post on The Glow featuring the lovely Kate Young, a big time stylist photographed with her two darling boys in a charming sun drenched Brooklyn home I found particularly inspiring. The exact tone I would love to capture.

As for me, still no camera in tow. Don't know when, but it's gett'n mighty rough without one. I'm not a big fan of instagram, or any iphone shots soley replacing blog photography, so please bear with me using these type of out sourced photo posts? At some point, I'll be back in business as a camera wielding Mom on a mission. 

Hopefully, much sooner than later.


Friday, March 23, 2012

Noah's Ark

It was Mike's last week working reconstructions over at the Skirball Cultural Center in L.A (deep, deep in L.A) where he's been for the past few months, so we decided to let Arlo skip a day of school to squeeze in a last minute visit with dad and experience the Noah's Ark exhibit he's been telling us about since he started. Good thing we did. This place is incredible. Well worth the measly 8 - 10 bucks it costs to enter these kinds of museums, to roam and explore 8,000 sq ft of this particularly vibrant exhibit recounting the timeless tale of Noah, his animals, the rain and ark. Moving from room to room you get a sense (through lighting, props and musical narration) of the storm rolling in and the preparations involved. Every inch is artful, unique, enchanting and fun - with lots of credit handed to the Brooklyn based puppeteer, Mike Green, who designed the majority of the animals (all constructed using recycled materials - ties, keys, straw, metal, ect) In each room the kids are encouraged to man the animals themselves, to participate in all the mechanics set up to teach them about nature as well as draw links to the story itself. We had a blast. And because I've yet to fill the camera void in my life, all I could manage was some shaky video of the boys running amuck which probably doesn't do the exhibit nearly the justice it deserves, so if you are anywhere even remotely close to Los Angels, get there yourself. You won't be sorry.

Wishing you all happy weekend happenings,

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Wishing I'd paid more attention at the park, where I left my little camera last week instead of focusing all my attention on old shoes, hotwheels, and plastic shovels.

Loving the warm embrace of the Etsy community - receiving sweet snapshots of tots in Virginia sleeping in our teepee completely made my week.

Hoping to find another great/ interesting/ trustworthy person to rent our little back house seeing that our 3 yr tenant and friend is off to Med School and we've come to depend on the extra income.

Wondering why buying a new camera has to be so difficult (And so expensive!)

Excited about the new home office project we'll be working on this weekend. Using all materials we already have to carve out a space designated to art & business! Finally.

Dreading the bitter heat waves just around the corner

Dreaming of owning a pair of these and a copy of this

Looking forward to our trip to the museum in L.A where Mike is working. An incredible hand machined animal sculpture exhibit is first on the list. I've been told everything there is "Rex friendly" so it should be a good time. Pics. to follow!

In other news the photo darling of Instagram, Bex Finch, has a newly established photography website worth checking out. The sleepwalker especially, is beyond moving. And if anyone has any helpful tips to buying a new (middle ground) camera please share! It's much tougher than I had anticipated.


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Waiting on a Storm

So we spent all week waiting on this storm. We love the rain, but this winter it's been a rather scarce sight. Just when we'd lost hope, stopped monitoring the weather predictions and sky colors, these big gray clouds rolled in and the rain started, so we can finally make use of the piles of firewood gathered, the lentil soup ingredients, fresh drawing pads and craft notes we've been counting on for days.

Let it rain.
And please, let it stay awhile...


Friday, March 16, 2012

Health Habits // Drinking Green

I know the past few months the web's been abuzz with all kinds of overly elated mommy posts heralding the green smoothie's success in their household, so forgive me. 
I'm here to add one more.

~ Rewind ~ 6 months ago
Me, at bitter ends trying constantly to sneakily instill new vegetables to the boy's daily meals. Steaming, seasoning, chopping, dicing, ect. Hiding and hoping they'd gobble up before they realized what they were actually eating - Which, for the most part, worked out alright - except with Arlo, who's aversion to anything green has been a sore disappointment since infancy... 

But the green smoothie changed everything. As of now we're going on nearly 3 months of almost daily blends. The boys, even crying when they realize we are out of the necessary items which is amazing considering how much spinach is packed into that tasty, frosty treat (something they would never touch otherwise) As a family, it's been a great addition. Even for me. I love veggies, but have a hard time keeping up with fruit requirements - so I get the other end of it. 

As for the actual concoction, we don't have one of those fancy blenders yet, but our old Oyster version seems to be doing the job just fine. We still kinda play around with the recipe, but the super simple blend we started with (for a family sized portion) is as follows:

2 bananas 
1 1/2 - 2 cups of mango, pineapple (depending on your sweet needs)
A couple handfuls o' frozen spinach (depending on your green needs)
8 oz of water & 8 oz of organic apple juice (we like Trader Joe's version)
* sprinkle in berries of your choice if inclined (not a huge fan, so we usually leave them out)

Edit: Don't let the drawing above fool you. These boys are much happier and much messier after their drink than this sketch suggests. And yes, Rex helped out a bit adding his signature scribbles usually saved for Arlo's homework.

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy weekend,

p.s: anyone have some tasty versions, feel free to share. We'd like to mix it up a bit come summer.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tag, and ten questions

Last week, or the week before? I was tagged by the lovely Anya and asked to answer a little set of questions, so here you have it. 

How would you spend the perfect weekend?
Parked beach side at Doheny St. Beach, in the RV with beer, salsa, firewood, books and the boys.

What would your dream job be?                                                                                       Have it! But I suppose if pressed to pick an outside profession, photographer or film editor would be pretty dreamy. 

If you could live anywhere in the World, where would that be and why? 
Up north, in Santa Cruz because I could never part with California, and the town is quaint and cool, and the overall vibe is laid back but present, and the beaches are, well, stunning.

What is your favorite film of all time? 
That's a hard one, but I'd have to go with Annie Hall. (A real classic for any self-professed "neurotic") Plus Woody Allen & Diane Keaton are a film match made in heaven. 

Dog or cat person? 
Um, dog? (Though, in all honesty I am not a HUGE animal person) 
I like babies though.

If we were going out for the day - where would you take me?
To the Getty in L.A for lunch, then thrifting downtown. Cause that's what we do!

What defines happiness for you?
Healthy, happy boys who are tucked in warm beds at night and wake with eager hands and hearts in the morning. 

What do you adore most about blogging?
Having an outlet for the artistic impulses that might otherwise fall by the waste side. Being inspired by other creative forces, and sharing all the beauty in my little suburban life with so many positive people who offer up their own life happenings. 

What is your favorite quote?
"Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans" It's true. I think about it almost daily. And John Lennon, he was a smart guy...

Polka dots or stripes?
Stripes. But Polka Dots run a close second. 

Thanks for the fun, Anya! 

Friday, March 9, 2012

Craft Habits// Neon Felt Bunnies

On a whim yesterday, in the midst of our usual morning chaos, while picking through the mess of fabric I'm trying to organize, I decided to make use of the random folds of neon colored felt I bought on clearance a few years back (it's been ages since I've sewn anything other than the teepees) So I drew up some bunnies, cut & sewed them but allowed Arlo to stuff them himself. He was so impressed with the outcome, he asked to design his own creation - an adorable tiny (multi colored) monster named Dan, who is not nearly as spooky as he looks.

So here you have it. "Dan," "Oco" and "Joe"- new felt souls joining the ranks of an ever expanding boy powered household.


Happy Friday!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Rex's Nursery Tour

So Rex's room has been done for a quite a while now, it's just never clean enough to do a proper photo shoot (you know how that goes...) This is the best we could do. The room gets great light at certain times of day, other times it's shadowy and dim. Hard to get away from. Anyway, we didn't do or buy much for this particular nursery because we already had so much from Arlo and Leon, but the few things we did pick, especially for Rex are:

* West Elm ikat curtains
* Fine Little Day's adorable "Apple Papple" print (as first seen on Alyce's site)
* Vintage sail boat snagged at the Rose Bowl
* IKEA wicker pendant lamp

The teepee shown is the first one we ever made - a rough draft constructed as a backdrop for our family photos a couple years back. I have to say, the design, and quality since then has much improved but sentimental me is still partial to this one, being the original & all. Yet with the teepee production line vacating all corners of this house, these boys certainly have their pick.

Thanks for stopping in!