I hope all you had a wonderful, safe weekend of celebration!
Hello friends! Sorry for the brief absence, I spent the last week on the coast of California with my in-laws. The bright side of my silence on here is that I have some fun pictures for you today!
David's parents rented a house practically across the street from the beach, so we spent quite a few hours there. Unfortunately, the stretch of beach was covered in oil pellets due to a recent oil spill, but a few hundred yards away the beach was clean so we enjoyed a little extra exercise.
It's impossible to visit LA and not go to Disneyland. I went early with David's family and he came later with Margot so I could bond with his family a little bit.
The best part of Disneyland was watching Margot. She LOVED meeting the Winnie the Pooh characters, and had a blast on It's a Small World and the Pooh ride. It was a long day though, so by the time the fireworks show started, she had passed out and slept through the entire thing! Disneyland is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, so it was a spectacular show.
One of our days was spent at the Channel Islands. We took a boat to Santa Rosa, spent more time at the beach, then toured some sea caves on our way back to the mainland. This was probably my favorite day of the trip, despite a terrible sunburn. If you ever have the chance to visit Santa Rosa, DO! Not very many people went, so we had two miles of beach to ourselves and a beautiful hike. Plus the sea caves on the way back will make you feel like a pirate, and who doesn't want to feel like a salty old sea captain?
Our final day was spent celebrating Independence Day. Lots of beach time, lots of delicious food, and lots of fireworks. I am so grateful and proud to be American, and for the sacrifices of so many that allow me to live the wonderful life that I do.
I hope all you had a wonderful, safe weekend of celebration!
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Happy Friday, friends! We made it through another week. This was definitely a week that I'm happy to have finished...because tomorrow we head to California! We are vacationing with my in-laws and I am pretty excited for the change of scene. Plus...Disneyland?! I'm sure I'll have some great pictures to share when we get back.
Anyways, I want to start doing weekend round ups. AKA a list of my favorite things from the past week. Rather than explaining, I'll just jump right in and you can see for yourself! (p.s. there are no affiliate links.)
SONG OF THE WEEK: "I Walk The Line" -Johnny Cash
My daughter has a serious thing for Johnny Cash. Any time a song of his plays, she stops what she is doing, starts dancing and breaks into a huge smile. Let's be real though, who doesn't like some Cash?
OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: (click photo for links)
I have been watching this shirt on Madewell for a couple of months, and it finally went on sale so I bought it! In anticipation of its arrival in the mail, here is how I would wear it.
I have become fairly minimal when it comes to style. Growing up near Seattle, plaid has always been a wardrobe staple, even after moving away. Throw on a short sleeve plaid tucked into some ripped high waisted jeans, add simple jewelry, sunglasses, and white Keds, and you are good to go! If it's too hot for black jeans, I'd switch them out for some denim shorts.
*side note- the only pieces of jewelry I wear every day are my thin gold wedding band and a silver knot ring I bought from a little old Asian grandpa in Pike Place Market. If you are ever there, seriously stop by Grandpa Sam's ring stand- the CUTEST minimal rings for cheaper than I've ever found them anywhere else! (like $10!)
READ OF THE WEEK: Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Better late than never, right? I saw the movie first, received the book for my birthday last year, and finally got around to reading it this week. I'm so glad I did- it's an entertaining, thought provoking read. Martel is an excellent story teller, and I really enjoyed the way he explained Pi's search for beliefs that rang true to him in various religions. I think too many people spend time searching for differences instead of commonalities between religions, so that aspect of the book was quite refreshing.
DREAM OF THE WEEK: Disneyland!
3 more days! Margot is still a little too young to fully enjoy the magic, but hopefully it will still be a fun experience for her. I know I'm looking forward to it, or at least to splash mountain and red wagon corn dogs!
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK: BE MORE STOKED
Guys. We are living this crazy amazing beautiful life in this crazy amazing beautiful world. Sometimes I forget that- my brain gets lost in terrible news stories, my dreams seem too far away, I start comparing myself to others and feel inadequate.
But there is SO MUCH in the world to be excited about! Life is awesome! I'm awesome! You're awesome! We're awesome! Let's go out and do incredible things fueled by excitement this next week. Let's BE MORE STOKED!!!
One of my favorite things to remember is my study abroad three years ago. While I was in college, I studied studio art in the UK and France for a couple of months. I've been suffering with some serious wanderlust lately, so maybe sharing a couple of stories from that trip will help ease the feeling of needing to go somewhere!
When you go on a studio art study abroad in Europe, it's taken for granted that you will go to museums. So. Many. Museums. Different museums have different types of art, and different rules about interacting with said art.
One of the early museums we visited featured an installation piece featuring two beds made of thick wire, with large mobiles dangling overhead. I read the artist's statement (oh how I wish I could remember his name), in which he spoke about wanting to create art people could interact with. I looked carefully for any Do Not Touch signs, didn't see any. I confidently walked over to the nearest wire bed, and laid down.
Before I was all the way down, a security woman began furiously blowing her whistle at me, running towards me, loudly warning that if I didn't get up immediately I would be thrown out! I don't think I have ever moved quicker in my life!
Tbh, I don't think the guard read the artist's statement. If she had, she would have realized I was doing what he wanted and we would have been cool.
I am a major Potterhead (Team Ravenclaw yo), so there was no way I was traveling to London without going on the Harry Potter Studio Tour.
We did all of the tourist things- tried Butterbeer (I imagined better but still tasty), gazed into the Mirror or Erised (I saw myself surrounded by ice cream), and admired the incredibly detailed props and costumes (wow).
My favorite part by far was the broomstick ride. You wait in line for 20+ minutes to ride a broom in front of a green screen. While you are riding, the broom moves up and down and side to side, and you can watch yourself on a little screen flying around various areas in the wizarding world. As you wait, you can see the people before you take their turn. I noticed that everyone- EVERYONE- was so excited to ride the broom, but when they got up there, became incredibly self conscious and just sat there looking bored. When it was my turn, I decided to throw self consciousness to the wind and enjoy myself! I threw my arms in the air, let out huge woops, and leaned side to side like I was on a much wilder ride. I definitely attracted attention, but received a lot of smiles. I had an absolute blast, I wish I had spent the 20 quid to buy the video they made of me flying!
This will definitely not be the last time you hear stories from that trip- it had a huge impact on who I am. Another post will detail how exactly it impacted me, but for now, I'm happy just sharing those two stories. Unfortunately, also it made my wanderlust more severe. Who wants to go back with me? Where should I go next?
I like to think of myself as an artist, a dreamer, and an explorer.
If I won the lottery, I would pay off all our debt (boring) and travel the world in search of the best ice cream (not boring).
When I was in college, my roommates and I were deciding who our spirit Disney princesses should be. They decided mine was Mowgli from the Jungle Book. Definitely not a princess, definitely accurate!
When I get bored on long car rides, I sing along with whatever song is on the radio, no matter who is in the car, no matter how many times I get asked to stop.
I still find fart jokes hilarious.
This is David and me. He is my favorite human being.
We met when we were both working as custodians on our college campus.
We fell in love while trying to shout over the noise of the carpet cleaning machines, climbing mountains, and listening to weird music.
We thought it would be pretty cool to get married, so we did in May of 2013.
Before too long, we decided to start building our little tribe.
Margot was born in June of 2014.
She makes our lives even sweeter than they were before.
Now the three of us have adventures together, and I can't imagine life any other way.
Well hello there! My name is Bronte, and I am so excited to be here! I have created crackle + hum as a place where I can share my love of this magical life.
So what will you find on this blog?
I plan on using this blog to hold myself accountable for the changes I'm trying to make. Recently I have felt quite overwhelmed by the sheer amount of *things* in my life. For a long time, I've just assumed that's how it was for everyone, and that it was unavoidable. Lately, however, I've decided I want to live a simpler, more efficient life that leaves more time for my family, my friends, my goals, and healthy living.
I'm going through an identity crisis. I'm a 23 year old college graduate with a husband and a baby, and I have no idea what I want to do with my life or who I want to be. So I guess we will find out together who I end up becoming!
Beyond that, there will be plenty of other things splattered in here too. Random moments with my sweet family, thoughts, songs, art, pretty much anything that catches my fancy. This is my little corner of the internet after all :)
One more thing, I will be 100% real on here. As amazing and awesome as life is, sometimes things get rough! I feel like too many people are afraid of talking about hard things because it will make their life look less than perfect to those looking in on it. I am a generally happy person, and as a result, the majority of my posts will reflect that. But I also have no problem keeping it real when things get real. This is my guarantee that I will always be authentic with this blog.
With that, we are off! I'm looking forward to us getting to know each other as we go along. I'm so excited to share this journey with you! :)