Pictures Of Things + Le Love List :: 9/52

March 4th, 2017 - filed under: Furthermore » Feedback


Flowers blooming everywhere.

Huzzah! A good week. A great week. Our very first week without Five & 1/4 meant no running around on Wednesday afternoon shopping for ingredients, no staying up late that night cooking and prepping, no babysitter for Waits on the weekend! It meant date night with my Honey on Thursday, and it meant Friday night — Waits’s birthday — spent with the family, eating pizza and playing with newly opened presents.

A really, really refreshing change of pace this week. My baby’s birthday! Yes yes, a good week indeed. Here’s what it all looked like:


So nice to be back out at UCSB.

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♥ In our house ♥
(also, mint & leeks & strawberries, yay!)

Still obsessed with noodles? Yup, still obbessed with noodles.

One of my school gardens, overlooking the ocean and the Channel Islands beyond. ♥

And my own winter garden is going strong, with rainbow chard and green cabbage and purple cabbage and curly kale and dino kale and purple kale and onions and fennel and cauliflower and passionfruit and nasturtiums and my lemon tree is giving so much fruit this year, whew!

A slow, sunny Sunday afternoon with friends, waxing political over a pint of IPA.

Birthday boy! We had a party in the park with all of his little friends, and it was so perfect. I can’t believe he’s SEVEN!

Party hats all around.

I’m seriously in love with this banana card by his friend Zoe. Is it weird I want to frame it?


And the mad rush for candy when it bursts open. Piñata kids always remind me of zombies in the Walking Dead, descending en masse on a victim.

This handsome, cupcake-wielding fellow.

Feral children. Wild, barefoot, and covered in mud — just like I like ‘em.


My family.


And now, it’s time for the one, the only, Le Love List!

Waits is still in this battle with poison oak (he’s losing), so I plunked him down in an oatmeal bath and insisted he stay there for a good long while. Watched him splash in the warm milky water, wearing his blue swim goggles, with me peeling orange after orange after orange for us to eat. We probably went through ten of them, just hanging out there in the bathroom, soaking and eating citrus and shooting the breeze. It was a perfectly sweet and strange mothering moment, and it meant a lot to me. ♥ // Friends who text to see if you want to walk to the #BlackLivesMatter vigil together. // Working on a science fair project with Waits. // Herb-tasting garden walks with my second graders. // Steven Universe marathons. // Gluten-free vegan lemon cupcakes. // Elderberry tincture. // Waits offering some of our groceries to a homeless man in front of Trader Joe’s. “It just makes me feel so sad for him, mom”. // Still feeling all the feelings from everything I wrote about in this post. We have been listening to Matt Pond around the house this week, and I just keep getting that flood of emotion and disbelief. Was that real? Did that actually happen? Matt Pond sung Starlet just for me and Jeremy . . . how is that actual life??? But it is, and it’s a reminder of why I choose to live my life the way I do, big and bold and brave and bordering on madness. It’s exhausting and it’s messy and it can be so scary, but man – it’s never boring!


Alright guys, now it’s your turn! I really love reading your own Le Love Lists, so please leave them down in the comments below. What are the little things in your life that make you smile this week?

Happy Sunday, I hope you have a most wonderful week!

  • Katrina

    This week. Wow. I just won a scholarship to Marie Forleo’s B-School and am still stunned. I’m so ready. My business is super ready. I’m working my little butt off and have been for a good year on this and things are finally aligning! In other news, 1) my dogs make me smile and laugh every day. 2) I got my first pair of glasses and I didn’t realize how truly blurry my vision had become. I feel like a Superhero when I put them on. 3) Canned hearts of palm from Whole Foods. 4) Artichokes are in season it seems! I squeeze fresh lemon in them and drizzle them with flavored olive oil and then steam them. They are like the pomegranate of vegetables. A little delectable present/project. 5) Coffee. It never stops being good.

  • Sarah C.

    (Can I just tell you how furiously jealous I am of you CA people who have outdoor citrus trees?)

    dirt under my fingernails right this minute from a morning of potting up my seedlings // we’re also working on science fair project over here (“how do solar telescopes work?”)! // a really grown-up conversation with my girl, in which she told me about how boys at school keep telling the girls about all the jobs girls “can’t do” — my girl knows that’s BS but I hated that she’s already having to hear that shite from her peers and I had to tell her that the bullying of women never really ends (though her wisdom was that “it’s better to learn this when I’m young”)

    And happy bday to Waits. Seven is a-MAZ-ing

  • Sarah C.

    amen to #5!

  • Binyamina

    So happy Waits had such a great birthday! Things I am grateful for: Finding a new place for gluten-free pancakes / Eating pizza on my bedroom floor with a friend and laughing so loudly / Going to a tub and sauna when I got sick / Getting to know my new housemates better / Seeing Moonlight and being taken aback by how beautiful and heartbreaking it was / Facetiming with my parents and having my heart beam <3

  • Courtney

    Thank you for sharing the joy in your life! It’s inspired me to share mine ( The world needs all the joy and positivity and happiness it can get right now.

  • Elle

    Holy Mollllyyy. That noodle dish looks good enough to eat through my screen!! What is itttt? This week I’m just jumping for joy over being offered a job. The idea of having a steady income is just making me feel so.. relaxed.

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Oh man it’s sooo good! It’s this Tom Kah noodle soup they make only on Thursdays at our local noodle bar. Jeremy and I used to go every Thursday, and then we opened Five & 1/4 and didn’t go for a whole year and a half.

    Now we’ve gone for Tom Kah soup every Thursday since Five & 1/4 has been closed. ;-)

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Aww, link is broken but thank you so much for sharing the love, Courtney!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    What a great Love List! Thanks so much for sharing, Binyamina!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Thank you so much Sarah! I feel intellectually like seven will be a-MAZ-ing, but my mommy heart is also scared because six was so very much THE BEST and I’m scared the cuddles will slow down with age and soon he will be too cool for school and d’awwww my little baby is growing up!!! =(

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Wow what a week! Congratulations Katrina!!! Yay for great things on the horizon. ♥

  • Sarah C.

    I totally feel you on the growing up thing! My girl was never much of a cuddler, but I feel like we’re having a really sweet year so far (she was 7 in Dec.) and I’ve had some really great conversations and one-on-one times with her. And there’s something really incredible about having almost grown-up type interactions with this sweet little tiny person! (And I have felt like every year since 3 was THE BEST AGE EVER, so I’m trying to convince myself that this feeling will continue, even when we’re in the teen years!).