A single moment captured in a photograph. Candid and fleeting, this will always be a special moment in time…
Oh how you’re changing, young lad! The other morning Reed came bounding into the living room, and we all just turned to one another and exclaimed at how much he’s grown. Just like that, the baby fat decided to melt away, and in its place — a communicative, forever-laughing, crazy squealing toddler. Last week, Reed was calling “Mama, Mama…” and the next thing I knew he said: “I love you.” His first sentence, clear as day. Needless to say, my heart pooled into a puddle on the floor, and I swept him up in my arms and covered him with kisses. What is so intriguing to us is that he refuses to believe that he has any limitations as a wee little one. If he sees his siblings doing something, well naturally he can too, and the next thing you know he’s jumping on the couch and laughing the heartiest belly laugh you’ve ever heard. Reed is teaching us everyday that life is best lived running at a hurtling speed…and giving it your toothiest grin.
We’re readying ourselves to bid adieu to our apartment in less than a week’s time…and the process is being met with a mixture of anxiety and relief. Today, the stress well and truly kicked in, and suffice it to say, a long walk and a stop for ice cream were not only welcome on this hot, humid day — they were utter necessities. We’ve lived in eight different abodes in the past nine years (not even counting the places we’ve lived for 1-2 months at a time). The process of getting from Point A to Point B, especially with three young kids in tow, can feel quite overwhelming. As we organise our departure and daydream about deep relaxation on the beach, I thought I would share with you a little bit of what has made our house a home here in Austin.
When I have said my evening prayer,
And my clothes are folded on the chair,
And mother switches off the light,
I’ll still be six years old tonight.
But from the very break of day,
Before the children rise and play,
Before the darkness turns to gold,
Tomorrow, I’ll be seven years old.
7 kisses when I wake.
7 candles on my cake.
We’re bidding a farewell to Austin, TX and preparing for many hellos in Southern California! The remainder of the month will be spent enjoying all the bits of Austin and the surrounding hill country we’ve come to love so much, then packing it up entirely and starting anew on the west coast. We’re looking forward to more moderate temperatures, living beside the beach and slowing our pace down ever-so-slightly, so we can fit in life’s true essentials: wine tastings, perusing farmer’s markets and soaking up life on the American Riviera.
Onwards, onwards … more adventures await…