Thursday, September 4, 2014

Life Lately, in Snapshots // The End-of-Summer Edition


Life Lately, in Snapshots // The End-of-Summer Edition
1. daddy + daughter beach hang.  //  2. favorite salad, courtesy of our container garden. //  3. my sister serenading the backstage.  //  4. we went to a fair just to eat funnel cakes.  //  5. a special day, getting a visit from some of my oldest friends and watching our baby girls meet for the first time.  //  6. my attempt at last minute patriotic cupcake for a 4th of july party.  //  7. truly the best game ever invented.  //  8. baby party!  //  9. exciting to see my smoothie recipe feature in the september issue of redbook magazine.  //  10. hanging out at work with the husband. //  11. she's on the move!  //  12. loving on my furry niece. //  13. there's not much better than a summer evening stroll.  //  14.  just like her mom, the contemporary design exhibit was essley's favorite at the indianapolis art museum //  15.  my happy place: warm evening, back porch, cold beer, summer flowers.  //  16. my new favorite (and almost nightly dinner): a plant based bowl.  thinking about sharing some recipes here.  //  17. a small portion of order madness after my clothing company's farewell sale.  //  18. one final late summer trip to the lake.


As my regular readers know, every few months I post some bits and pieces of recent everyday life here, via plain ol' non-fancy cell phone pictures.  Although my Instagram account (@bubbyandbean) has become my go-to for sharing quick personal moments like these, every now and then I like to 'check in' here as well.

This was my first summer as a mom, and although we took our fair share of mini trips and didn't have much downtime at all, it somehow still feels like it's been pretty laid back around these parts. And that's actually kind of nice, I'm coming to find out. Robbie was on the road for the majority of the summer, but we really took advantage of our time together as a family when were all together. We took lots of walks to the park, ate lots of summery meals on our back deck, worked in our garden, traveled to Indianapolis and up to our favorite lake in Wisconsin multiple times, had baby play dates with friends, and took time to enjoy summer as adults on several occasions too via movie dates, live music, and gatherings with our crew.

In addition to looking back on this summer as Essley's first, I think I'll also always remember it as the summer when I closed my clothing company after 15 years. It's still going to be a couple of months before all the loose ends are tied up with that, but it's already been a huge weight lifted not to have to focus on it daily in addition to all of my other work, and to finally be able to give full attention to the Bubby & Bean businesses - and to my daughter.

Seeing these pictures from the last couple of months makes me realize how much has changed in a short time, and makes me feel pumped to see what's to come. As I get older, especially in recent years, I value the simple moments more than anything else. And despite the fact that my gag reflex was in full effect as I typed that (because dude, so cheesy), it's the truth. Life's simple moments rule.

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14 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your new adventures!

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  2. Looks like it's been an amazing summer! Glad you've had a mix of getting out and having fun as well as relaxing at home and spending lots of family time :)
    And congrats on your smoothing recipe in RedBook!!!

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  3. Wonderful pics -- and such nice memories! Looks like all the babies had quite a good time! Congrats on the magazine feature -- how exciting!

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  4. Yup so agree with you. Life's simple moments rule! and what a gorgeous baby Essley is and how much she's grown.

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  5. Simple moments are the greatest. I love, love, love that last shot of Essley at the beach. It's definitely been a summer to remember for you. So much change can happen in such a small amount of time. It really reminds us that simplicity can really make life more fulfilling. It's crazy to think that we don't realize that until we're a bit older in life, huh? When we're young, we always want the world. But as we learn and grow, we realize that the world can give us a greatness in just the little things.
    As Essley comes closer to her 1st birthday, I'm already anxious to see what collage you'll be posting for her. I'd love to see all the "weeks" photos side-by-side, or maybe in a short video clip. It's gonna be amazing to see it, whatever you do. I can't wait! Eeeeek!

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  6. Great job, M! Congrats, you deserve it.

    Little E is growing so fast. I know you are enjoying the moments. They are what we will remember. Great photos!

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  7. Congrats on getting featured in Red Book! I need to go buy that issue now. =) It looks like you had a great summer. I really like these posts where you share bits of personal life like this. =)

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  8. Looks like you had a great summer! Glad you guys got lots of family time. Making memories is what counts, and it doesn't matter whether you're taking a trip or just taking a walk to the park. :)

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  9. I am just now putting together that your husband is the stage manager for umphreys. They're my hubby's favorite band. Small world. I'm a double fan!

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  10. I always love seeing your summer photos, Melissa - the way you embrace the season is so beautiful and inspiring. It's obviously been a memorable year for you in a lot of ways and I can't wait to see what the future is going to bring :)
    xox,
    Cee

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  11. Looks like you had a lovely summer! That's so great that your smoothie got featured in a magazine! My fave's are the baby party and your furry friend :)

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  12. Life's simple moments do rule! I like all of your pictures.

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  13. Ah, a total season of change! I'm glad you've been able to enjoy some simple moments amidst all the crazy of closing the business.

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  14. these are my fave posts! what a mostly good summer you've had indeed. :)

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