another perfectly beautiful labor day weekend spent at the farm.
this is the childhood i always dreamed of for my children. weekends spent on my grandparents farm. this weekend was perfect, full of hammock swings, creek exploring, learning to fish, and just play. there's something about the pace at the farm and the freedom my children feel here that makes us all the best version of ourselves.
we spent labor day weekend on the farm. most of the weekend was spent eating, drinking, and playing. there was a round two volleyball matchup with the local amish (which may be becoming a tradition), eleanor explored a creek for the first time, a second cabin was built, and we released about 40 paper lanterns. there was a moment sunday evening when were were all sitting on the stage off the barn and the amish boys began playing harmonicas and spoons while the girls sang when i wasn't sure if i was awake or dreaming. you could say that it was a good weekend.
we met a few friends at the rookwood yesterday for brunch on the deck. the swings entertained the kids while we entertained ourselves with the best bloody mary's i've ever had. and then suddenly naps were required all around.
friends, i gotta tell ya, this weekend was swell. just about perfect actually. a great balance of work and play, productivity and fun, and just good times all around. if this was the start of summer then it appears we have a lot to look forward to. there were backyard barbecues, pancake breakfasts, a day at the farm, a family date for tacos, we unpacked all of our kitchen boxes finally (putting a small dent in the room full of yet to be unpacked stuff), there were grilled pizzas, and good beer, and playing in kiddie pools, and popsicles, and there was madmen. it just couldn't have been better.
the shop opening is taking a bit longer than we had originally thought but we have been making lots of progress on the space and with all our plants sitting there looking pretty i thought we would do a little preview this weekend. the shop was open friday and saturday and while there is still visible drywall tape and foam filled holes many lovely folks came by. thank you to you all. and for those that weren't able to make it out we will be open end of april/ early may. if you would like to make a studio appointment before then you can get ahold of me via fb, insta, or email.
and many thanks to the lovely little one love for her visit and post. ruthie may just be the cutest little shop girl i know. (okay second cutest)
we spent the better part of sunday eatin wangs and drankin beers (sorry it always comes out that way). my brother has long been raving about these wings at knockback nats in downtown cincinnati and this week we finally joined to see if they were really that good or if all the fun they have on sunday funday has been influencing his tastebuds. after a basket i was able to confirm that yes, they are that good. seriously, go there and eat them, sauce on the side (you won't even want it they're so good on their own). we then headed over to rhinegeist for some beers and by beers i mean great beers. they opened less than a year ago and they are doing it right. recently rated one of the top 10 new breweries in the world and now selling their beer in cans i am so happy i get to share a city with these guys.
it was a great family sunday!
as you probably know from my endless plugging, sunday was the city flea small mall event at the 21c museum hotel. as if the city flea wasn't already the coolest event around then they went and held it in the number one rated hotel in the country. seriously people, shopping all your favorite local shops, amongst a crazy collection of art, in a beautifully designed historic building...sunday was swoon worthy. it was packed full of shoppers and while it felt crazy at times and i somehow managed to survive the day on only one donut (thank you eli), a cocktail (thank you rachel), and a beer, it was a very successful day for fern studio and fun to share space with so many inspiring people.
all photos by nick dewald
view his full set of pics from the event here
our weekend was busy spent making some progress on our kitchen and spending time together as a family.
saturday we looked at countertops while our contractor rerouted the plumbing. we raked leaves in the backyard and i learned just how big our yard is. my parents brought thai takeout over and after our picnic dinner we had a dance party in the living room. one of the perks to not having furniture moved in yet is the many options for dance floors.
sunday, after a big breakfast at sugar and spice we headed to the farm. we played, ate chili, sat by the fire, and roasted marshmallows for eleanor's first s'mores.
it was the perfect fall weekend and this week...FLOORS!!! happy monday friends.
oh november, you sure didn't usher yourself in softly. you brought with you the most beautiful of fall weather, a visit from one of the best people i know, and yet an injured, immobile husband, a child with a possible fracture, and a baby with croup. all things considered we managed to have a lovely weekend and were so happy to spend time with a dear friend.
happy monday! oh and hey november, could you let up a little bit?
the weekend, over so fast.
felix and i spent saturday afternoon at another city flea at the american can building while stijn and eleanor spent the day at the maker faire in washington park. prepping, setting up, working, and tearing down takes it's toll on me and so i spent saturday night on the couch with hulu plus and some jeni's ice cream. sunday was a low key day spent cleaning, grocery shopping, and catching up in general (real exciting stuff). i would have thought it just another weekend until it became the weekend before...
we close on our house! that's right, we got word today that we are closing wednesday, for sure. yay. happy dance. happy monday and have a great week!
saturday was fern's debut at the city flea. we were blown away by the response and are feeling very grateful for you, cincinnati. thank you to lindsay and nick for creating such a wonderful event! cincinnati is lucky to have you back. looking forward to october's flea at the american can. (mark your calendars now for oct. 19th)
we took a short trip this weekend to seven springs, pennsylvania for a surprise 50th anniversary party for my great aunt and uncle. my maternal grandmother's sister and her family all still live in new york and so we met them in pennsylvania to celebrate. it was so wonderful to see just how surprised my aunt was and just how much it meant to her. she and my grandmother talk every day on the phone and i always knew that they were very close but it wasn't until my aunt exclaimed through tears, "my sister's here," that i fully understood how much they mean to one another. watching them interact, like best friends, showed me a whole new side to my grandmother. on another note watching my aunt and uncle still so much in love and adoring of one another after four children, lots of grandchildren, and 50 years, was so beautiful and inspiring. i think we all held our spouses a little tighter and closer that night. there was a cocktail party, then dinner, and then dancing and friends my daughter was the life of the party. she danced all night, running around the dance floor, stealing tomatoes and cannoli, doing somersaults, staying up way past bedtime, this girl knows how to party. after putting the kids to bed i joined my cousins in their suite for karaoke (my first time). thankfully, they're family so there was no judgement and it was loads of fun.
sunday we drove to frank lloyd wright's, falling water. it was a beautiful day and it was pretty spectacular. my dad, stijn, and i did the tour of while my mom watched the kids (not allowed inside the house) and then we all walked the grounds together. the exterior of the house was far more remarkable to me than the interior, and perhaps that was the point, though the many windows and terraces and the great room were incredible. i found myself much more interested in the decor than in the architectural features of the home. i paid a lot of attention to the textiles that were used and found lots of inspiration for our new house. i'm glad we took the time to walk through and i learned that frank lloyd wright was the inventor of the carport which is a fun fact.
it was a great weekend away! happy monday and here's to the week ahead.
we had the best of weekends here. friday night i was able to go out for drinks with one of my best girlfriends, just us, no kids. and friends let me tell you how much i needed it. i am so glad that we are back here where i had formed some of the most valuable friendships of my adult life. just a few hours out chatting and i feel like i reclaimed a bit of my self. saturday we spent the morning working on some projects for my next venture (more on that later). after naptime we headed downtown to park ourselves on the grass at washington park for lumenocity, a display of light projections on music hall synchronized with a live performance by the cincinnati symphony orchestra. we grabbed a couple of pizzas from a tavola and had a nice picnic with friends waiting for the sun to go down. the sun goes down after the kids normal bedtime so it was a special treat for e to stay up. i am a firm believer that children benefit from routine but i was excited to see how she would experience the performance. shortly before the show started she started to get a bit delirious but then they passed out glow sticks and all was good. she was mesmerized by the light show. it brought me so much joy to see her eyes light up, hear her gasps and her, "wow's." as each song ended she would shout, "bravo!" and i about died from the cuteness overload. having kids and seeing things through their eyes really does make everything better. sunday i took my little family to sugar and spice for brunch (their first time) and then we spent the rest of the day working on more projects before having a nice grill out. i couldn't have asked for a better weekend. thank you cincinnati for constantly reminding us what a wonderful decision we made by coming back. i love this city!
we have a very big trip coming up and so this weekend we decided to try a small getaway to chicago for practice. we quickly learned that traveling with two children under two is not quite as easy as we would like. we stayed at a beautiful hotel, ate delicious food, walked along the lakefront (even dug our toes in the sand), spent easter morning in the hotel room watching the ronde van vlaanderen, and vistited the aquarium. felix slept through most of it and eleanor boycotted naps making for an interesting time. luckily for stijn and our budget we missed the opening of madewell by 2 days. and it appears that crazy spicy chinese food does not agree with felix (we're going to have to work on that).
our weekend was filled with an afternoon out in holland at the st. patrick's day parade, the perfect sunday brunch (and the best meal i've had out in w. michigan), a big homemade irish meal with a guinness chocolate cake, and lots of play time with oma and opa. this weekend last year we were in short sleeve tees and this year...more snow, freezing temperatures, and runny noses. come on spring!
this weekend was perfect, spent just how i wish to spend every weekend. we took family walks, we had big yummy breakfasts at home, we spent an afternoon in grand rapids shopping for good beer, wine, cheese, and charcuterie. we drank some of the very best coffee, i had brunch with some of the coolest women i know, we played at the children's museum, and ate a deliciously spicy meal at a friend's home. this weekend i felt more myself than i have since we moved here. i'm looking forward to many more weekends spent here with my family and the community of people we are coming to know.
this was our last weekend in holland before holiday travel 2012 begins. we leave next friday for 10 days in belgium followed by christmas and new years in cincinnati. we spent saturday enjoying some of the holiday happenings here including the kerst markt (christmas market). we found the cutest handmade little cars and trains for baby brother! saturday night we had stew here at home and then drank egg nog and watched it's a wonderful life. well, stijn watched it. i fell asleep.
after a nice big breakfast sunday morning we spent the day organizing and cleaning the whole house. i love coming home to a clean house after a vacation. now to try and keep it that way for the week.
hoping your weekend was the loveliest. here's to a new week!
we had such a nice weekend here in michigan! the weather was cool and perfect and our time was filled with moments of productivity and relaxation. stijn was the productive one; stripping wallpaper, sanding a floor, painting, and laying one coat of stain in our guest bedroom. i took care of the relaxing; taking walks and bike rides with e. we enjoyed home cooked meals and lunches out on our porch and we even stole away to a donut shop for a breakfast date. all in all it was pretty perfect!