Monday, August 22, 2016

Minimalism + Motherhood

These two topics are my favorite! Most people don't understand how it is possible to be a minimalist and a new parent. There are countless articles saying all of these things that you will need to buy before your baby comes home from the hospital. Of course you need things, but really the list of what you actually need is quite short. We have kept it very simple in our little one bedroom apartment. Our home doesn't look much different than it did before he was born. I'm looking around our place now, and there are five noticeable things that have been added: a stroller that has its designated place by the front door, a jumper that he uses at least 4-5 times a day, a crib, a high chair (in another month he will be able to use it), and our newest addition is a small activity center where he can press buttons that light up and make sound (the only thing that is not black and white). I have a deep love for all things black and white, but for Phoenix I add color ;). We didn't buy a changing table. There is a changing pad that fits on top of our dresser. We didn't buy an excess of clothes for him. We stick to one pack of five white onesies, and one pack five colored onesies that say cute things on them like "wild about mommy". He has a handful of toys: one bear, three teething toys in a variety of shapes and textures, and one set of colorful shapes that make different sounds when each one is touched: crinkle, squeak, etc. He has all he needs without excess. As soon as he grows out of his onesies or no longer uses a toy, it is dropped off at Goodwill for the next person to find value in it. There is no reason to hold on to things that serve no purpose, or don't bring you joy. I am so grateful for the opportunity to share these philosophies with Phoenix as he gets older. People add so much attachment and sentimentality to things. I have decided to keep two things: Phoenix's first onesie and the little bear he's photographed with each week. That's it, because the value isn't in the thing itself - but the memory you've made.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Black Betty

Last weekend we said goodbye to our first car together: Black Betty. Jason went out to pick up some breakfast while we were in Los Angeles, and on his drive back to my brother's house all of the lights began to flash. The car wasn't driving the same, and we didn't feel safe making the trip back up to the Bay Area during the summer with Phoenix. We managed to find another Prius that same day. It was a great deal, and now we have so many new journeys ahead of us in: The Jon Snowmobile.

Black Betty took us 184,000 miles, across 10 states, had over 3,000 hours worth of talks and laughs along the way, and carried us a distance equal to 7.3 times around the world. We'll miss you!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

OUE Skyspace LA

OUE Skyspace LA

We drove down to Los Angeles to spend the weekend with my family, and after my dad had to fly back to Arizona we thought we would check this place out. Seeing the bustling city from above made me feel more connected to it. I will never visit downtown Los Angeles and think of it the same way. Both of us went down the slide, although it goes by so fast I didn't feel like I got the chance to see the open space around me. If you are in the area, I would recommend checking it out.