Winter here in the PNW has been brutally wet (though not very cold) and this week we are gifted with a full week of sunshine. You can’t imagine the happiness in this household. Henry has taken to doing yard work daily and we have plans to put together our very own garden next week. There is not much to do in our backyard currently so I’m hoping this garden will perk things up. We have pretty much not touched that area of our home since we moved in, but this summer we have plans to finally tackle it. I’m looking forward mostly to fixing up the deck and being able to place some chairs and a bistro table out there for morning breakfasts and evening lemonades. What are some of your spring + summer plans for this year?
It’s a shiny brand new year and even though it’s technically not any different type of day, but for some reason, we tend to find inspiration in the fact that it’s new. New means lots of things, and for me, it feels like I’m starting with a fresh slate and I’m ready to tackle stuff. Perhaps it was all that time off I took for Christmas + the New Year. Anyways, nothing beats starting the New Year with a dusting of snow, and that’s exactly what we did over here. I ordered my little guy a snowsuit right before Christmas when we had snow in forecast then (didn’t see a single flake), and it finally came in handy now (when it was not forecast at all, ha). Isn’t he just the cutest little snow puff ever?
Autumn is here. I prefer that word so much more than fall. It sounds more beautiful. I saw the leaves (pictured above) the other day and was giddy. The first signs of fall. It was just one main branch of the tree, oddly enough, for the bulk of the tree is still a luscious green. I do love summer, but we had such a hot one this year, I’m so glad to see the rain and hear it falling at night. I love being able to step outside and not instantly sweat. Give a couple months and I’ll start complaining about all the rain and how I long for summer again, but I guess that’s just life. I’m really looking forward to all the adventures this season holds, and if you’re interested in following along, I post more regularly over on Instagram, so it’d be really really cool if you followed along there: @anastasiamika
photos via Instagram @anastasiamika
So it’s been a considerable amount of time since I’ve been really active on this blog. I miss it terribly, and I’m still working on trying to come up with a way I can make it all work. There are some really amazing mamas out there who can juggle multiple kids and maintain a small business. I’m here with just one babe and all of a sudden, time just vanishes. At the end of the day, a to-do list that I could easily complete before has now become a list of things to do tomorrow. It’s frustrating. It’s challenging. There are days when I just want to throw in the towel — but then I walk into my creative space. I start dreaming and planning again. I itch to get start again and attack that to-do list. Sure, often times than not, I fail with personal deadlines and keeping things orderly, but I’m just trying to stay positive over here. Do I really want to give all this up because I haven’t learned time management well? Absolutely not! Am I going to keep striving to get where I want to get? Yes, yes, yes! My pace is definitely slower than before and that’s what bugs me. I want to achieve more in less time, but at this moment in my life, I need to be okay with slow and steady.
My Etsy shop right now gets most of my attention, but there are some things in the works on my actual site. I’m hoping soon to add an actual shop to my site where I will sell pre-designed stationery for weddings and parties. It’s been a long-time plan of mine, and now that the wheel is rolling (slowly), I can’t wait to see how it all works out.
So while you’re all waiting for me to put myself together, how about you enjoy some photos from my family vacation to Maui from about a month ago?