October 14, 2016

...I had a clean house and a cute boy, and I took some pictures to remember it. Heeeere they are:

^^^ My pumpkins and bouquet from the farmer's market. Pretty sure my first trip to this farmer's market was the last week it was open for the year... always with the perfect timing over here. Also my plan was to paint the small pumpkins, but I couldn't bring myself to do it. Maybe next year.
ALSO! That 6 B's print I have framed up there is a free printable I pulled from this really cute blog, iiif you're interested.

 ^^^ Not where the basket belongs, but if I push things to the back of this chair Peter can't reach them. I know, I know, that basket is full of his toys.. but he doesn't need them all at once!

 ^^^ He sees me.

 ^^^ He sees me.


 ^^^ Still coming for me, just a little less intensely.

^^^ I told Stefan I feel like people who have their own hand soap dispensers really have their life together. None of those disposable dispensers with the fish on them, you know? So then we bought a fancy soap dispenser and matching toothbrush holder (not pictured). We've also had this shower curtain since we've been married because I love it. I love it so much I've thought multiple times about going and buying ten more so I can always have the same beautiful shower curtain for my whole life. Two and a half years later, I'm pretty sure Target still sells this shower curtain. So you tell me, should I go buy more!? I'm sure I need to be replacing this one! Should I!?

^^^ Above our bed.

 ^^^ Peter's bedroom finally (mostly) got put together abouuut.. two weeks ago.

And now, the star of the show, every day, always:

 ^^^ Watching the fan.

Also I've been thinking about a lot of things.

...about how I don't want to be materialistic, but sometimes buying new things makes me feel really happy. Usually something pretty like a new sweater or some flowers. And I don't want receiving gifts to be my love language, but what if it is? And do you think your love language can change? Or can you choose to change it? I don't think gifts has always been mine. And I think it still might be tied with acts of service. Or actually probably come in just behind acts of service. A very close second. Anyway, I've never even read the love languages book, I've only heard of them so what do I know.

...and I'm wondering how you know - or decide - which less than desirable characteristics are just a part of you. Something you can't/don't want/don't need to change? How do you know when to say, "that's just who I am" or when to make a change? Do you change it for yourself or for other people? And when should we accept something as part of someone else, as something that isn't going to change? Because I feel like we should always be trying to improve ourselves. But are there ever those negative aspects of ourselves we can kind of write off as unfortunate, but permanent?

...also trying to figure out if it's possible force your life to slow down. Without letting go of everyone and everything, I mean. Can you still be involved and have fun and keep up, without feeling overwhelmed and spread thin? I hope you can, but I haven't figured out how. I just want a slow, simple life, you know? It can speed up every now and then, but most of the time I'd like to feel as if I have control and I have a rhythm. I don't think I've ever felt it, but I'm pretty sure it's possible. If you have any tips, send them my way. Hopefully I'll be able to try them out in January.. Seems like every week until then is booked. Meh.

I don't want to end this post with the word "meh" because, well it isn't even a word and also it sounds like a bummer. And this post was not intended to be a bummer, so scroll back up and look at my cute baby and end with that!


Bekah said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Peter's shirt is so stinking cute!! You pretty much wrote exactly what I feel in terms of my love language. I worry that my love language is gifts, but is that really such a bad thing? I don't know. I really love this post Erin! Your way of writing of just so easy for me to read and relate to! Also I love that you have the "6 Bs" that I designed and made printed and framed! I may have teared up a little!!

Erin van de Graaff said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Bekah Bekah! I printed that and framed it the day I saw it on your blog. I love it so much! You're good, girl.

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