“caught it early, prognosis is good”

February 11th, 2013 - filed under: The Farm » Family

May is like a floozy of a month, don’t you think? It’s so close to June, which is yay-hooray summer (except in Portland, where summer waits until July to show up), but it’s still quite cold and gloomy and each warm sunny day is just a big ol’ tease. Amiright?

But we started off the month with a wonderful trip up north to Damian’s parents. It was a great weekend away and the Sunday cruise was definitely the highlight. Waits sure does love that boat!

I continued to see my naturopath and received a diagnosis. Guided by my blood work, we set out on a course of treatment, and the results I got were so quick and so enormous, it felt like nothing short of a miracle. I just can’t speak highly enough about this particular form of medical care. Consider me converted.

Mother’s Day 2012, a picnic in the park with some dear friends (newly pregnant dear friends!) and of course, some see-saw action.

In honor of the warming weather, Waits got his very first hair cut!

A few really warm days meant fountain fun with Jo and her kids at our very favorite summer park.

Our Memorial Day vegan potluck in the park was, alas, not as sunny as we’d hoped. Still fun!

This is one of the only pics I have of Jo and I, since we’re usually pointing our cameras at our kids. From the opening party at the downtown Veggie Grill.

My friendship with Jo really blossomed in May, and it was one of the best things to happen to me all year. I don’t get close to people very easily – I hold my cards close to my chest and I prefer to provide support rather than receive it. But if my depression taught me anything, it’s that I need to let people in and I need to open up and talk! Jo is a vegan mama of three (the third one was on the way, back then) and a general all-around grade-A badass. We connect on so many levels, and our friendship became my anchor through the rest of the wild whirlwind of a year that 2012 turned out to be.

June, coming soon . . .

  • http://alternativehousewife.com/ Janine Fowler

    I have some pictures of Sebastian at that park from last summer – We’ve only been once, but he loved that water area too! Also, I’m so jealous of your hot pink picnic blanket… We have the exact same one except that it shrunk up in the wash. :( :(

    Any tips for getting kids to sit still for haircuts? Sebastian’s hair is gorgeous but the real reason it’s so long is that I’m scared he’ll squirm mid-cut and it will end up butchered. (I’m not opposed to long hair but it gets in his eyes and he refuses a headband.)

    Stoked you’re back and blogging and feeling better. <3

  • andrea

    Awww that last part is so nice, I truly understand that part when said depression made you learn something!!

  • http://twitter.com/rachelkyle0402 Rachel Jacobs

    Oh I miss all of Waits’ beautiful curls…although I am sure for the summertime he enjoyed the shorter do.
    It is always good to have someone you can talk to, who isn’t in the mix of it (i.e. husband, parents, etc). You need that unbiased third party.
    Jo sounds phenomenal and high five for opening up to her!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Essex! My favorite park in Portland. =)

    I had Waits sit on my lap for the haircut. So I sat in the chair and then he sat on me. The stylist was great (it was at the Bishops on Hawethorne and her name was Kenzy? I think?) and talked to him the whole time, it actually wasn’t so hard. But that was the one and only hair cut he’s ever gotten, so I only have the one experience.

    Sebastion’s hair is so cute, I love it long!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Oh I learned so much from my depression. Soooo many amazing lessons. =)

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    I missed them too! That’s why he’s never gotten another hair cut, haha.

  • http://chewonthisvegan.tumblr.com/ Monika {windycityvegan}

    All-around grade-A badass friends are the best. I’ve been fortunate enough to have the same best friend by my side to see me through all of my adult crises. And the non-crises. She’s basically my platonic lifemate. :)

  • skeptk_vegan

    The main draw of Portland to me is having a plethora of like-minded people. Very happy you learned the benefits of letting people in. :)

  • bohomatka

    I enjoy reading your posts and your book…. I’m a mom of one and one-on-the-way, and started the switch to vegan this last year. Its hard since I live in the middle-of-nowhere, Texas, and have absolutely no support. Its so nice to read about others living this lifestyle, and learning how to be better at it :)