Lovely little things, week 2


Another simple round up of lovely little things that made my week.

baby boy looking at the dryer

watching the dryer makes his week almost every time

Baking banana muffins
It had been a long afternoon. As I drove to school to pick her up, I plotted out how to get some quiet, largely un-moderated pre-dinner playtime going so that I could sit for a minute, rest my aching head, work through the days frustrations.

But when we got home, the two quickly browning bananas that had spoken to me earlier that day screamed for attention. So I gave each kid a spoon and a bowl. I gave the baby a piece of a banana and I gave big sister measured out quantities of butter and sugar and flour. And I turned on some quiet music. And lit some candles. And peacefully, happily, diligently, they mixed. And it was lovely. So lovely. And an hour later our home smelled of cinnamon and cloves.

And my headache vanished.

I’ve probably mentioned this before but I highly recommend this one-bowl, no-mixer banana bread recipe. I measure ingredients, my girl does all the mixing. And they are delicious.

Date night
I walked out the door and couldn’t keep my lips from spreading into a smile. We’re bad at this but there we were, doing it.

We went to a very nearby cafe and ordered a bottle of wine. And at first, we talked about the kids. But then we didn’t. Then we just talked. And we laughed. And it wasn’t like old times. It was like these times. And it was good.

And then, ready to go but too early to go home, we drove. Into the city, just to look around. We drove down streets that were so familiar to us a lifetime ago and marveled at the places and buildings and names that were still there. And we mourned a little for the ones that had faded. I wish I could have preserved the city, just as it was when I last came to visit, just as it was when I came here often. But, I suppose I’ve changed and grown and so it must too.

Stitch fix
Do you stitch fix?

I learned about it a few months ago and, seeing as I am never able to get to a store with enough time and space to browse let alone enter the dreaded dressing room, it quickly solved many problems. Once a month, I arrive home to a box of clothes sitting on my doorstep. I try them on, keep what I love, send back what I don’t in a pre-paid bag. And even on those months where every item goes back, as happened this time around, I still look forward to my stitch fix weeks. It’s like a little Christmas every month!

My husband
Do you ever go through those times when everything feels harder? Like you’re pushing through mud. And nothing quite looks the same on the outside as you imagined it on the inside. And it’s like your skin has thinned to tissue paper levels because everything cuts quickly and hurts deeply?

I have those times.

This week was one of those times.

But he quietly stood by me. And he asked if I wanted to talk. And didn’t pester me when I didn’t. And he made me tea.

And the mud seems to be clearing.

Awesome video
I have to admit, I did find this song catchy when it first came out but just never felt comfortable letting it play around my kids. But this? Oh my goodness this. I can’t stop watching.

Favorite words from this week
Don’t really know why this one spoke to me. But it was one of the only phrases I clearly understood in this song. And I liked it.

“I’m kind of over getting told to throw my hands up in the air
So there”
~ Lorde (Team)

What are you grateful for this week?


linking up with Ten Things of Thankful!


  1. Sometimes it’s so hard to muddle through.
    And that video. Oh that video! I have goosebumps too, like Kylie! Is that Kylie?
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  2. I love that you are memorializing your weekly list of gratitude moments. Saying them out loud and then publishing them in your space is a great way to keep reminding yourself about goodness even when some days are not particularly
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  3. Welcome to Ten Things of Thankful – thanks for linking up with us. Your lovely moments are really beautifully written. They have a lightness about them which I don’t find often in words, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading them.

    I’m glad you had date night, and that the mud is clearing for you. Those times are hard, but there’s (almost) always another side to things, and it’s good to have the support of loving Others to get us through to the beyond.
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  4. Welcome to Ten Things of Thankful!

    Date nights are so hard, aren’t they? It’s so easy – and so good – to get drawn into the lifestyle of people with kids. The Hub and I completely enjoy being a family and spending time with our Kidzilla. But it is important and necessary to grab those grownups only times, too. We are also bad at it, as you say in your post. But we’re making sure to do it. I just loved what you said – “And it wasn’t like old times. It was like these times.” So great because it’s so true – it is never going to be like old times because it IS these times. But those old times are part of what bring us to these times.

    Love your list – lots of lovely things to be thankful for. Like banana bread as a way to salvage those sad leftover bananas!

    Have a wonderful week!
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  5. The attention you give to your relationship with your husband now, the better off you will be down the road during the empty nest years. I’m so thankful my husband and I didn’t allow ourselves to become lost to each other during the hands-on parenting years!

    Love your comment…”Then we just talked. And we laughed. And it wasn’t like old times. It was like these times. And it was good.” Such wisdom!
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  6. Thanks for sharing the banana recipe. Husbands, although they can be a pain sometimes are also awesome too!

  7. allow me to add to the welcome of my co-hostinae!
    Welcome to the TToT it is everything a bloghop should be, open to all, active for two full days (as opposed to shutting down at the end of the first afternoon) and it has a Book of Secret Rules to make writing a Grat List not only satisfying but… er interesting!
    (Lizzi can explain)
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  8. CUTE post… (sorry I came to it on Monday!)

    LOVE the Lorde quote…
    I so get those hard weeks with those mud moments! I hope this week is better, but I’m glad your husband was your silent source of strength and support.

    I’ll have to try your muffin recipe!
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  9. What a great idea for a post! I love this!
    I’m just stopping by from The SITS Girls Tribe & I’m excited to have found you!

  10. “Then we just talked. And we laughed. And it wasn’t like old times. It was like these times. And it was good…” best lines ever! So real and so true. xx.
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  11. LOVE THIS! Thank you so much for a great idea. I’m visiting from our new SITS tribe and look forward to connecting. 🙂

  12. You are a great writer, and I so enjoyed reading this post. I love that you are emphasizing thankfulness–thanksgiving is my word for this year–I should start doing posts ;). I’m glad to meet you through the SITS tribal groups–hope we can encourage each other!
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  13. xo coming over from your tribe and love you already. I’ve also been wanting to try Stitch Fix – I even have a coupon – now going to try. xo
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  14. Welcome to the 10 Things of Thankful blog hop! You’ve brought a wonderful list to the hop, but my favorite thing on it, besides the date night and the understanding husband and the kids helping you make banana muffins (which sounds especially good right now, because I’m really hungry), is that video! Anna McLuckie is quite a talent, and what a terrific cover! Plus, she’s beautiful AND she can play the harp and sing at the same time? Holy cow!
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  15. Wow. Right now, I’m grateful for Anne McLuckie.

    I’m also thankful for wooden birdhouses, painted in Rockies purple, by a 9-year-old girl who missed me while I was Mexico.

    And I’m grateful for Tricia, of course.
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