Sunday, November 29, 2009

on life and love

Since I've last updated, many things (of course) have happened. The best of which was our wedding on September 19. Most of our close friends and family where able to come out to Tucson to celebrate with us. We rented and amazing hacienda in the desert, and enjoyed being near our loved ones for 5 days. It was beautiful and perfect in every way.

In early October, Gavin turned 2. I had been working on a scrapbook for him for the past 6 months, of 2009. I finally got to give it to him, and his face lit up. He reads it every day. I can't believe he's already 2, and that I've been lucky enough to watch him and help him grow up. He is a beautiful person.

In mid October, we went back to Chesterton to visit Charles' family. I got to meet everyone who couldn't make it to the wedding. I gained 15 amazing nieces and nephews. :) And even more extended family. It was really nice to see where he grew up and meet all the people who made him who he is today.

In late October, we took part in Tucson's All Soul's Procession like we did last year. It was equally beautiful, and a much needed time of reflection on mortality, love, family, and those who have passed. If you're curious about what it actually is, check out

We also spent a day at the farm, picking pumpkins from the patch, and eyeing the animals. I've made pumpkin pies, pumpkin breads, pumpkin seeds, and we carved jack o lanterns. I love pumpkin. And autumn.

In mid- November, we took a much needed road trip to San Diego. We always love that place. This time we met Xta and her man in the mountains about 40 miles east of SD for a freezing cold camping adventure. We were joined by their awesome dog Rusty, who is part border collie, so I love being near him because I feel like Streak is with me. Camping was beautiful and freezing cold. We had awesome chili for dinner, and a warm fire. The next morning we went on a breathtakingly gorgeous hike. We were out for most of the day. Before leaving the next day, we made it to the beach, and I got to say hi to the ocean. I do love her so. Hopefully next time we go to SD, we can spend more than 3 days there.

This past week, Thanksgiving, was nice. Although I wish I could have gone home (crazy expensive tickets), it was nice to be here with Charles. We cooked so much food and absolutely enjoyed preparing it together. I even made my first ever apple pie- from scratch! It was perfect and so delicious. We invited our Japanese friends over for the meal, and they'd never had many of the dishes we made, so they were thrilled. They brought some Japanese fare as well, which was the perfect touch. My favorite was the apple jell-o type dish... only no gelatin was used. It's made from powdered seaweed and apple juice. So yummy.

Otherwise, I've been super crafty lately with any spare time I can find, so I'm going to start a new blog for all the things I make. You'll be able to find it by going to my profile, and clicking the link.

Much love from the vast expanse of world I inhabit.