Campfires and Patience

This was suppose to be a bus update... but there isn't much to say. In so many ways this project has been so much more than I could have ever expected and now at the most crucial point we wait... and wait a bit more. These photos are from the other night when we took a moment to remember that even in the in-between there is life to be had, fires to burn, hot chocolate to drink.

Tiny Style (Halloween Edition)

Once there was a little bunny who wanted to run away.
So he said to his mother, “I am running away.”
“If you run away,” said his mother, “I will run after you.
For you are my little bunny.”

- The Runaway Bunny

10 Fall Activities to do With Kids!

If you couldn't guess Fall is absolutely my very favorite season ever and so I thought I would put together a list of activities that you can do with you little ones during this season! I honestly never did things things until I had a child and now couldn't imagine not spending a Fall hunting for beauty and collecting all the pumpkins

All the Pumpkins!

As the season changes and the leaves die and fall in the most beautiful way there is a small part of me that wants to hang on to it... to cling to these dying leaves and force the season to stay... I think that probably if I was honest this is a reflection of how quickly Jessamyn is growing and how much I want to hold every single moment and season of her childhood. As we read through the pumpkin patch yelling about this and that and basically having the best time you can have with a two year old who thinks each pumpkin is probably just a really big ball that needs to be picked up and thrown.... I realized we can't keep the seasons, we can't stop the change... but we can hold the memories and continue to be present in the moments creating our own magic and for maybe a split second holding time. 

A Life Update and a Mountain Drive

Recently life has been a bit hectic. 

There have been boxes, contracts, objections, and a lot of home renovations. 

Recently we have not been living, 

more just going through the motions, 

and now at the end of all of it...

We are holding our breath and waiting. 

The Little Things

As we downsize for the bus I have been more or less panicking, and learning.... about just how attached to things I am. The fact of the matter is the bus will be limited in space and so I can't bring 30 pairs of shoes or all my dresses, I just can't there isn't room. I feel like there are two choices I could make with this... I can choose to try to cram as much stuff as possible into the little space we have or I can choose quality over quantity and be okay with one nice thing vs. 30 maybe cheaper or lower quality items. 

Sometimes We Read

Mama confession.... I am not always good at reading to Jessamyn, I had all these plans before having a baby. I probably bought 100 books to read to her everyday... and the reality is that just hasn't happened like I expected. Because what they don't tell you when you are pregnant and buying everything in sight is that life still happens, times is still short, and things like reading 20 books a day often gets pushed to the side because of dinner and work, and just stuff. 

Apple Picking

Even though we couldn't actually "pick" any of the apples we did go walk around for a bit and Jessamyn really liked gathering up all the rotten ones off the ground. I know that she probably won't remember this experience but even still I hope she knows we tried and that even rotten apples can be beautiful. 

Mama & Tiny Style (C'est Ça New York)

There is a perception that little girls should wear pink and honestly I have tried to stray from that and dress Jessamyn pretty neutrally.. this skirt though is everything and seriously I can't get over how cute she looks swishing around in it. it comes in a bout a million colors but this neutral pink was too lovely to pass up!  I know she may hate me for these photos someday but there is something so lovely about matching and these skirts really held up to my expectations. If you have struggled with the idea of matching your toddler, or if you absolutely love it this brand is for you! Seriously I will probably wear this skirt long after hers no longer fits her... which is a day I don't want to be thinking about quite yet! 

Busdate #3

First of all we sold the house... okay well not so much sold yet but it is under contract, today is the objection deadline and as long as it appraises we will close in three weeks! What that means for the bus is that we are putting any further construction efforts on hold so that we can pay for the rest of the renovation in cash which will be just amazing and keep with our goal of being debt free at the end of all of this. 

Currently we are in the process of moving boxes to a storage unit and will be staying with my family for a month or so while we finish the bus! 

Packing.... and the Art of Having too Much Stuff!

So the bus is very much still a construction zone primarily because we are waiting until closing to continue working so that we can pay for all materials and labor with cash. Since staying out of debt is one of our goals with this it just makes sense to wait and do things right. So what that means for me is that I am sorting, list making, and down sizing with no firm idea of what the final space will look like and how much usable space I will actually have... so yes I am pretty stressed out! We did rent a small storage unit. We hesitated to do this because all the bus people we have talked to said it ended up being a nightmare and not worth it and that it is just better to get rid of and sell everything up front but we do have a few things we want to hold on to at least for now.