Okay organized friends I need your advice— what are your best tips for keeping your house clean/tidy throughout the week? This last year of working from home and being a stay-at-home mom have meant I spend 80% of my time in our house and while I’d love to blame Danny for the mess, really it’s just me. And because I like to use nap times for getting my work done, it means I need ideas for keeping things cleanish throughout the day. Also...being tidy has never been my strength (ask any of my college roommates!) and I’m not naive enough to think that I can reverse 29 years of sloppy habits haha, but if you have any life hacks that make it easier I’m all ears!
Photo booth sessions in the kitchen. Obsessed with this little guy. ✨
First time in a few weeks we haven’t had all the grandparents staying with us and honestly coming home to an empty house feels little lonely. Like that same feeling that happens after the holidays and you have to take down your Christmas tree... will be watching Great British Bake Off and making mince pies to comfort myself. 😜😭✨🎄
Korean food forever. ✌🏻🇰🇷 So happy this place is in our hood.
I think you can officially consider yourself a southerner when you complain about any weather drop below 35 degrees 😂 but seriously I’m so cold! ❄️😵
I’m starting to think Mary’s halo was actually just post-partum baby hair fuzz 😜😂 locked myself out of the house and actually am just kind of enjoying sitting here with my coffee waiting for Chris to get home. 🤦🏻♀️ it’s fine, I’m fine. We’ve got this.
Back home, Christmas jammies on, introducing Danny to Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and peppermint tea while we wait for NannyMoo and Big Pop to fly in from Northern Ireland. 🎄✨
Last night in this beautiful city and I’m just so grateful. For Margherita pizzas and sunny 65 degree days, for black coffee and long walks, for sequoias and coastal views. Grateful for these days to just be Chris. It’s all a gift.
Was going to write a caption about how the older I get the more comfortable I am just being me, no apologies for not meeting nebulous expectations, or how it’s stopped really rattling me if I feel like someone doesn’t like me. But at the end of the day this is just a bathroom mirror selfie and I just need to own that. 💁🏽♀️
Five years of and honestly it just keeps getting better. We celebrated by canceling our dinner reservations and tromping around Chinatown and eating our weight in dumplings. These days in San Francisco have been magical but honestly we could have been anywhere doing anything and it would have been perfect (I think last year we killed a spider in our basement and ordered take out!) Love you @chrisrend — you are my greatest joy and I’m still just as obsessed with you as the day we met.
My color palette is officially San Francisco. Suddenly I want to paint everything sage, sand and peach. #flyalaskaair
Obsessed with him. Obsessed with this city.
Leaving this nugget behind tonight and flying out to San Francisco for our five year anniversary! Doing my best not to miss Danny already but clearly he’s coping just fine with Nana and Papa. 😏
Back in the saddle. These are exciting days. ✨
Starting vacation week early. 💅🏼
Found this picture of Danny from last year and died today. Okay that’s all.
There’s something about the extravagance this time of year that always makes me remember the extravagant nature of the gift of Jesus. Every heavily laden tree, every too-sweet candy cane, every neighbor that overdoes the Santa lawn figurines, every gift you overspend on, every dinner you lean back and unbutton your jeans, every over-the-top gesture, it all reflects a side of God that I believe delights in being EXTRA. His extravagant generosity and love should compel us. Hopefully it compels us to do more, to give more to others, to empty our hearts, homes and selves for the sake of showing love. It’s the season. 🎄✨
This guy has been hugging, kissing us, and spontaneously bursting into laughter all day today. I think it must be the Ghost of Christmas Present making everyone feel a little extra jolly. 😏✨🎄
Well we got our tree and Danny was pretty unimpressed with the whole process...but it was still so fun getting to continue the tradition! Thanks @lenea.mitchell for capturing the whole thing! ✨
Here’s a picture of Danny tromping around my dirty floors randomly shouting things with his belly poking out to talk about the effect minimalism and the anti-black Friday “essays” I kept reading on my social media yesterday. I’m sure I’ll catch a lot of heat for this one but here it goes anyway! There’s a lot of chat about not creating waste, of saving the environment, about not giving our souls over to the gods of consumerism, shopping ethically and being content with what we have. I love all of that of course, but what doesn’t sit right with me is the lack of sensitivity to the PRIVILEGE that allows people to shop, talk, think like that. I grew up the oldest of five kids with parents in ministry. When we were all living at home, money was always tight. And my parents were brilliantly creative with how they provided for us during the holidays. For example, every year instead of buying shiny new Christmas decorations, we’d bundle up, and go to the Goodwill and each pick one Christmas ornament every year. This is still one of my most beloved memories of growing up in my home, and we still do it even though they don’t have to. We’d frequent thrift stores and garage sales. But you know we also relied on? Black Friday sales. We were never the 5am family, but we’d usually venture out at some point during the day to pick out gifts for one another because everything helped. I know most Black Friday rants are geared towards preventing unnecessary spending and waste, but I think sometimes we forget that sustainable brands, shopping small and even not participating in the sales are a privilege. That even Instagram itself and the people you follow is an echo chamber of people existing in a certain socio-economic bracket (also see: reasons why we Democrats are often surprised election results) So here’s a little post to say if you participated in Black Friday, it doesn’t automatically make you evil. We did. I’d like to think we’ve been thoughtful about it, buying things that we need and combining some small business purchases with big company purchases. Doing the best with what you have instead of feeling guilty for not living up to this bizarre social media standard. ✨