Home Sweet Home: Happy Halloween

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From our homes in Ann Arbor & Athens to yours… where ever you may be… wishing you a happy and spooky Halloween!

Home Sweet Home: The Last Days of Summer

This summer has flown by. How is it already August? Back to school is less than a month away and so I’m trying to savor every last minute of warmth in the air, sunshine on my face, playing outside with my kids and spending time with good friends. Like today, one of my best girls, Jen, and her adorable kids Hugh & Lucy came to visit. Alex & Tahlia collected bugs to examine under a magnifying glass with their friends, they ran through the sprinkler for what seemed like happy hours on end, played on the swing and made a secret fort in our bushes. What could be better?…

Home Sweet Home: The Last Days of Summer | CLOTH & KIND

Last weekend, we celebrated Alex’s 6th birthday with a pretty chill party at our house, complete with a face painter and games in the front yard…

Home Sweet Home: The Last Days of Summer | CLOTH & KIND

Home Sweet Home: The Last Days of Summer | CLOTH & KIND

And I’ve been savoring my alone time and long runs in the arboretum, which is blissfully close to my home here in Ann Arbor. It’s such a beautiful sanctuary. This summer, it’s become the place where I go to do all of my thinking, dreaming and planning. I can see everything so clearly when I’m there, running alone in the silence of nature…

Home Sweet Home: The Last Days of Summer | CLOTH & KIND

Home Sweet Home: The Last Days of Summer | CLOTH & KIND

Home Sweet Home: The Last Days of Summer | CLOTH & KIND

How are you spending the last sweet days of your summer?

IMAGE CREDITS | All photos taken by Krista Nye Schwartz, via Instagram.

Home Sweet Home: Pastel Easter Eggs

Home Sweet Home: Pastel Easter Eggs | CLOTH & KIND

The kids just got done dyeing their Easter eggs and they tuned out surprisingly beautiful. The only thing we did differently this year than in years past was to use water with the Paas dye tablets as opposed to vinegar. I’m loving the soft hues. So pretty & springy. Happy Easter!

IMAGE CREDITS | All photos taken by Krista Nye Schwartz using Instagram. Are you following CLOTH & KIND yet? Hop to it.

Home Sweet Home: Snow Day

I wanted to share this pretty photo with you all. I took it earlier this week right after a big old snow storm came through Ann Arbor. It was first thing the morning after the snowfall, and I captured this from our front porch. There’s nothing quite as beautiful as freshly fallen snow, is there?…

Especially for the kids who LOVE eating it! School was closed so they enjoyed the day off romping in the fresh snow and building a snowman that they later named Franklin. He’s now half melted and kind of looks like a drunken sailor, all tipped over to one side. All week it’s been the kids’ favorite thing to talk about …  “Has Franklin fallen over yet?”, “How long is Franklin going to last before he melts away?”

The snow day was fun – for sure, but it is now March and this momma, for one, is ready for some warmer weather. Melt away, Franklin. Melt away. Whose with me?

IMAGES | Tahlia after eating some fresh snow | Alex & Tahlia building Franklin the snowman | Instagram

Home Sweet (Away From) Home

Part of this whole This Is Who I Am thing is that I want to start confessing some things about the reality of my life to you. Don’t get too excited… it’s nothing super juicy, just that I feel an obligation to own up to everyone (especially to other bloggers, many of whom have already made such admissions) about the fact that it is incredibly taxing to write on the blog daily, work my full-time job (which I love as much as my interior design & textiles, just in a totally different way), maintain meaningful friendships, and still be the kind of mom & wife that I want to be. Being a perfectionist doesn’t help things either.

This is not meant to be a woe-is-me sob story. I am honestly not complaining here, because the truth is that I love my life and at the end of each day when I fall into bed utterly exhausted I still think to myself that I wouldn’t change a thing. But the hard fact of the matter is that every aspect of my existence probably suffers a little bit because I am spread so thin and that makes me not so happy.

I know I’m not alone in this predicament. It’s the universal plight of women worldwide, right? We all overextend ourselves and end up feeling guilty about the things that are still on our to-do lists, and the people that we love so much but haven’t managed to call in a couple of weeks, etc, etc. I used to frequently think to myself “if only I could squeeze an additional 2-3 hours out of each day” but age and practice have taught me that even if this was the case, I’d still manage to burn the candle at both ends. I know myself. But I also know this… I wouldn’t be who I am if I didn’t allow myself time in each of these important and tremendously fulfilling areas of my life. So for now, at least, the answer is living in a state of happy exhaustion.

However, for at least the next week I’m going to temporarily suspend all of the madness because we’re going on vacation! Actually, as I write the final words of this post, we are already on vacation. The photo above of Alex & Tahlia doing their happy dance in the backseat of the rental car as we pulled up to our final destination says it all, and for the following week I belong exclusively to my family. And while we may not be at our personal Home Sweet Home, we are together – without interruption – and that to me is home. No work, no blog, but yes – probably still a little Pinterest & Instagram. I mean, a girl can’t go cold turkey now, come on!

See you all back here in another week, and please come prepared for some wonderful surprises in the form of new columns and guest editors. Until then, wishing you (and me) a little more calm & peace than we may normally find.