28 September 2009

turning over a new leaf

now i am 28. two even numbers side by side.
couldn't feel more good about that.

thank you for so many thoughtful birthday wishes. you have no idea how much i like this little space and all of you who visit me here. anyway, i really had a fabulous weekend. it was low-key and lovely. exactly what i wanted. it included a lot of togetherness, cuddling and reruns, a morning yoga class, an afternoon out & about with just me/myself/and i, a moment sunk-in with a pile of magazines, breakfast mcmuffins, a date night, a giant slice of chocolate cake (for two) with mini chocolate chips wrapped around the edge, 500 days of summer (i loved the wardrobe choices, not to mention, the charming soundtrack.) and an outing (with my boys) into the sunshine to see the rippling river and the changing fall leaves and to snap some family shots. i have a new goal; to use the self-timer (a lot) more often. am getting the hang of it. love the game of hurdling into perfect position just in time.



this li'l getaway is one of our favorite spots. heaven on earth. swan valley. i devour the simplicity; the quiet dusty roads and the blue skies and the changing leaves and the farmhouses with plenty of room to breathe in the inbetween spaces. the cows look happy here. it's days like this when i remember i can love both the busyhustlebustlechaoticexciting city life and the sweetslowdreamywideopen country life. they are equally amazing. you see, i have finally given myself permission to lend my heart to both the city and the country, loving different parts of each of their personalities.

this place is known for its incredible fly fishing and famed square ice cream. every time we stop in, there is a long line for a scoop and a tally sheet, just in case you might be visiting from a foreign country. they like to keep up on their bragging rights. the wind + the sun + the ice cream + the cowboys + the open roads + the leaves dancing. a very good start to being 28.

here we go. as usual, i have big plans.

• am happy you enjoyed my take on the li'l luxuries of life. visit post I & II to find updated details on where to find each item.

• mom, thank you for the mini tribute post (and indulging readers in more than they ever wanted to know about marta and her wild imagination). speaking of my mom, she spills her mothering methods, in an interview as part of parenting profiles, over on the petticoat project.

20 comments:

girlymama said...

we must be soulmates - i celebrated my 31st b-day a few weeks ago by deciding that we were going out to get ice cream for dinner.
my kids thought it was the coolest thing in the world ;-)
happy b-day!

Shelley said...

Hi Marta! I never miss a post but have never left a comment! I found your blog while looking for blogs about writing. I too love to write and have an addiction to notebooks! I also read your moms blog. It looks like you had a wonderful birthday celebration! Have a great day.
Shelley

Cathy said...

Happy birthday! Love the photos. Need some ice cream now.

lily said...

glad you took time for you on your birthday (which is exactly four days after mine, i also just turned 28)... lovely pictures, inspiring post, as usual! :)

Hil said...

you looked absolutely beautiful on your special day. I'm glad you chose Sun Valley to celebrate. That is one of our favorite places on earth as well. You can't beat the square ice cream. I'm so glad you had a wonderful day. Here's to another wonderful year for Marta!

KJ said...

swan valley is most lovely. most most lovely.

Jamie and Jared said...

It looks like you had the perfect birthday weekend. I am loving the photos. Happy 28!

Amy said...

glad to hear you had such a great birthday- you deserve it, and September birthdays are the best! :)

I too loved the wardrobe and soundtrack of 500 days of summer! :)

I love the pictures, and think it's great that you use the self timer... I need to get better at that!

Tiffany said...

Glad you had a great birthday! I received a lovely thank you card over the weekend from you. I spent many, many minutes drooling over your amazing penmanship. Thank you for the thank you!

I hope this is your best year yet!

gab said...

Happy birthday, Min! The best part was our 2 hour chat. Great photos.

Chelsey said...

Those pictures look dreamy. The OC is great but I dream of being in a place where the leaves change and Fall actually happens! Happy Birthday!

holtkamp said...

happy birthday! glad it was so nice!

ALFIE said...

what a fantastic weekend!

and isn't the self timer just the most fabulous thing? :)

Amanda said...

Marta-you're awesome.

Love the pictures!

Kiasa said...

Happy birthday! What a lovely day! I loved my 28th year...it was the year I had my first babe and the first year I lived in the big city. I understand the big city/big country dichotomy; I'm the same way and trying my best to make peace.

amberlee said...

Happy Birthday! truly it sounds like the day was perfect. Swan valley and square ice cream sound wonderful.

caitlin said...

Happy {Belated} Birthday! I haven't quite caught up on my google reader yet.

Those were some of the sweetest storied I have ever heard. Your mom seems so great.

Hope you had a great day! Looks like you did.

caitlin said...

stories. (It's early :)

summer said...

oh my, doesn't ice cream look more fun in a square? i never would have known.
i just love all your sweet outdoorsy photos! (not to mention that fetching cardigan, marta. it is the perfect purple.) the one where you are looking at benji is my favorite. what a jumble of fantastic color there is in that valley.

ps. thanks for putting the spotlight on your little life luxuries.. i so enjoyed those posts! i always love reading through other people's likes.. especially when i know they have fabulous taste.

Cath said...

Happy birthday, sweet Marta. I'm glad you had such a wonderful celebration!

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