Hi, hi! How are things? It’s been awhile, you know? Both of the girls are napping right now, my windows are open, my fall candle is burning…the stars have aligned for me to sit down and write!

Here’s what been on my mind…

Taylor Swift, Lover – favorites: I Forgot That You Existed, Cruel Summer, I Think He Knows.

The girls! The girls. Gosh, they are so cute. Livvy will be 9 months in two weeks (!!!) and Sophie is closer to three than two and how is all of this possible?! We had a great summer. There were lots of little trips to Maine and Rhode Island and the beach and the pool and the splash pad and Minnesota! My mom, sister, and I met up in our hometown for a little girls reunion at my grandma’s house before my mom swings back to China for another year. While my throat felt all tight and my heart felt all emotional at times (gosh, I miss that place!) it was so lovely. July was insanely hot & humid here in Boston, but August was much more temperate, and these first few days of September have been in the 60s and low 70s. We are loooovin’ it.

I cut my hair! Long hair was fun but after I had Olivia it all started falling out and thinning, it was always pulled back, and I literally have no clue how to style hair in the first place SO, it was time. I swore I’d never do the mom cut and yet here we are. Short hair again! I love it.

Have you tried those new chocolate chip cookie dough perfect bars at Trader Joe’s?! Right next to the (new!) honey mama’s bars in the refrigerated section. And hopefully right next to the ~pumpkin~ perfect bars soon. Faaaves.

Speaking of pumpkin – Sophie and I are making my favorite pumpkin bread this week. It’s pumpkin time and we are here for it!

A couple friends and I went to the Glossier pop-up store situation in the Seaport this morning and I smelled their perfume for the first time and holy cow – yum town. It’s so fresh and clean! Putting it on my Christmas wish list (cough cough, Brigham!)

I’ve found mealtimes go much better for us when I decide what we’re having vs. asking Sophie what she wants to have, so I’ve started making a day by day meal plan not just for dinners but especially for breakfasts. When Sophie wakes up she wants breakfast immediately and there’s no time for dilly-dallying. Here’s a sampling of what we do in a typical week:

  • Monday: oatmeal w/ sauteed apples (coconut oil, cinnamon, maple syrup)
  • Tuesday: yogurt bowls w/ berries, hemp seeds, toast
  • Wednesday: cookie + kate’s whole wheat banana pancakes
  • Thursday: scrambled eggs, bagel + cream cheese
  • Friday: cereal! (365 raisin bran)

Brig and I have been dreaming about farming. Farming! We watched a documentary called The Biggest Little Farm (have you seen it?! SO GOOD.) and it’s been on my mind ever since. I’ve been so interested in learning more about ethical farming and sustainability. Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to produce everything that you consume?! I am so inspired by that concept and am hopeful that once we’re out of dental school + AF payback (Brig is currently on an air force scholarship, so for four years after he graduates, where we live is decided for us) we will be able to settle down and make that a reality.

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