There might only be a few of us left in the world (sigh) but rest assured, the art of letter writing is not lost. And for those of us who appreciate alignment or are simply just really OCD, the time has come to worship a new god - so please put your hands together for, The Lettermate.
FACT: I do not need this (and could probably make it myself) but now that I know it is out there in all it's perfection, I can't imagine living without it...It's kinda like not being able to unsee this, it's just forever with me :).
ACTUAL FACT: The Lettermate is an envelope addressing guide for those that have trouble writing in a straight line, purchase it here.
I have said this before and I will say it again, having children is like stepping into a time machine that is on supercharge fast forward. It's like one minute we're changing their diapers and literally the next minute they are changing ours - can I get an AMEN?!
When CML joined our crew, HML became a giant overnight. Everything of hers that felt so small, suddenly was enormous in comparison to to this new sweet boy. His fingers, his diapers, his clothing, even the little sounds that came out of his mouth, they were all so little - then I blinked - and he became huge.
CML stayed small for maybe a nanosecond, and is now well on his way to becoming a starting linebacker. He's transitioned into in his crib seamlessly, is almost sleeping through the night (knock on the wood), has outgrown the magic lamb swing, can almost hold his own bottle, and is already testing out his high chair. He is happy, friendly, adaptable, and can clearly communicate his needs.
The speed at which a child grows, and the ability to see that growth from day to day is unlike anything I have ever experienced. It's hard to not ask yourself where the time has gone, but when you look around, sometimes it becomes pretty clear.
HML's five month update here :)
PLEASE NOTE: I am fully aware that this teeny-weeny Wednesday post is happening on Friday :).
The Elmwood neighborhood in Berkeley has always been bustling with wonderful restaurants and adorable shops, and it seems to have only improved with time. Recently I lunched with an old friend and she introduced me to Summer Kitchen & Bake Shop, a welcomed new addition to both my tummy and the hood.
The food is delicious and the adorable space is perfectly styled and appropriately simple so for good reason there is usually a line out the door. Zoned primarily as a to-go eatery, there is limited seating which can feel tight at times (especially when you are dealing with strollers) but if you are a smaller party, the counter is often available and a comfortable option. I asked about their menu (which changes monthly and showcases seasonal/local ingredients) and generally includes meat entrees, pasta, pizza, salads, sandwiches, sweets and side dishes.
As an environmentally responsible business, not only do they go to great lengths to source the best ingredients and cook what's in season, all of their meats are grown in a humane manner and are free of hormones and antibiotics, the menu is free of trans-fats and high fructose corn syrup, they serve Blue Bottle Coffee that is fair-trade and roasted locally in Oakland, and all to-go packaging is 100% compostable (AMEN).
The way I look at it, it's basically the best place you can go to indulge in a kale caesar salad with fried chicken and not feel too guilty (while also saving room for the lemon meringue cupcake, of course :). I love this place and can't wait to go back!
I realize that I haven't officially introduced you to our newest family member (I have been too busy snuggling with him). So, without further adieu, please put your hands together for the extra sweet (and not so new) CML. He will be four months old tomorrow, so if felt appropriate to celebrate with some extra special observations: