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fall into autumn. bring on the bonfire. part three.

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Fall weekend: Part Three! The bonfire was my favorite part of the weekend. (part one and part two if you missed them). The backstory again, is that my parents moved to small-town, Indiana about six years ago. They live in the center of their town, right by “Main Street” which is really quite charming with lots of shops and mom & pop restaurants to walk to. But right outside of town is country. Amish country and farming country.

I’m a city girl and I really haven’t spent enough time in the country. In fact, there was this time I was on a roadtrip with my brothers and we just had to stop the car and get out because the whole sky was filled with twinkling stars. We’d simply never seen anything like it. We actually put our arms around each other and just stood there on the side of the road, looking up. I believe we were in the middle of Iowa. Not proud, but in amazement I exclaimed,  ”WOW, it’s like we’re in the planetarium!” bahaha. (yeah, it’s just like that. like a man-made sky for city folk). Ooooorrrr, we’re outside away from city light pollution.

SO, that’s me.

My parents told us we were all invited to their friends’ farm for a bonfire. A REAL 350-acre farm. I donno, it was just so great. I was just kinda in awe that they have this land and work it, and it’s all so beautiful and full of character. It makes you feel connected to tradition and to living.

Family. That’s my grandpa, Mateo’s “great” that you see greeting him at the horse stable. And I love the photos of Mateo in between my dad, (his Papa) and my grandpa (his Great). The photo of the three men (two wearing red hats) are my dad, grandpa, and Aki. And that’s my sister (Mateo’s dear “auntie”) jumping in the air. :)

I mentioned in my earlier posts that I was really stressed leading up to this weekend. Taking walks, taking family photos, and visiting the pumpkin patch were fun activities…but it was the bonfire that I needed. I mean, there’s something about a fire that is so hypnotizing. The world dims a little and it’s just a simple moment around a dancing fire. And when else do people get together and just sing? :) Growing up, we used to have large camping family reunions. The singing around the campfire was my favorite. Mateo has now been officially introduced! If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen the video I posted that night of us singing around the fire back in October.

Ah, and I almost forgot! They took us (almost 20 of us) on a midnight hayride! :) It wasn’t really midnight, but it was pitch black, and they hooked up one of their tractors and took us on a hayride through some of their fields. Mateo was SO excited about another hayride (his first was on the Pumpkin Patch). But haha, he was O-U-T, fast asleep about two minutes in. I captured this pic of the sleepyhead on my phone. :)

Good times. I could use more country air.

Thank you to the Millers for hosting us on the farm. Your farm is pretty amazing, you are so hospitable, and we had a great time. Thank you, thank you!

ALSO, Want to wish Mateo’s Baka (grandma) in Croatia a very Happy Birthday! (Sretan rođendan!!!!). We love you!

fall into autumn. even later. pumpkins, oh my. part two.

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Hope everyone stateside (or celebrating abroad) had a Happy Thanksgiving! We did. We ate food, saw family, ate more food. Repeat. And not to be all braggy, but for real, our Thanksgiving spread is always a little bit extra awesome because we have Korean noodles and Korean BBQ beef along side the turkey. And baklava along side the pies for dessert. Sigh, wish there were leftovers…

SO I know everyone’s already singing Christmas songs and rushing to get trees up…but before you completely switch over, WAIT, we have more Autumn to share! Here’s Part two of our second annual trip to Indiana for Pumpkins and Fall Photos. And of course visit Noni & Papa (my parents). ;)

Just your usual December Pumpkin Patch Blog Post! ;) Ya know.

A little late, but moving on. This year was fun because Mateo is truly excited by these special outtings (nothing new) and he remembers them (new!). He’s still talking about the “punkin pash” and the “haywide.” :)

As for the Pumpkin Patch, we told Mateo that he could pick any pumpkin he wanted. He picked a miniature squash and he was done. If you look very closely at the top photos (in the corn maze) you’ll see it clutched in his hands. :) He DID however have fun looking for old rotted pumpkins and yelling “EWWW, yucky punkin” or “GARBAGE PUNKIN!” ;)

Last year he was too tiny to cover much ground. This year, he wandered into the corn maze which was cute stuff. We would have checked out the apple orchard as well but oops, we didn’t check their hours and we ran out of time. Next year! Actually we were alone at the end; caught the very last hayride back. We closed out the pumpkin patch! ;) But really, an hour or so looking for yucky punkins is quite a memory in his book.

If you missed part one, here’s a link to that: fall into autumn part one. And stay tuned. There’s ONE more Fall photo post to sneak in from that weekend way back in October. And OH MAN, it’s DECEMBER already!


we were together


We were together.

I forget the rest.

—Walt Whitman


I feel like I’ve been trying to catch my breath for the past couple weeks. And this weekend, I think I finally did. We slipped away from the city for a day. Just a day. And it was great. Sometimes you don’t have to go far. Just far enough from all those things that stir up anxiety, from all of those things that have been piling up. It’s just too insufferable to always feel like you’re trying to catch up. I can’t. I give up. I’m here. At whatever pace, I’m moving forward. I’m not behind, just here.

There is a lot of good around me right now, just not enough TIME (or energy). I have to let go of the way I want to organize my life and just accept the constraints that I’m working with. Who knew that being a (disorganized) mother of a toddler was so exhausting?! huh. It’s not really Mateo, it’s the desire to execute the thousand creative ideas I have spinning in my head that makes me feel so inept.

What else? You wouldn’t know it from the blog, but if you follow me on facebook, you know that my friend Angela and I launched a vintage baby shop, Ingrid & Oliver. It’s even cuter than it sounds. That definitely deserves its due share. But in the meantime, for those who are curious, click over to our Ingrid & Oliver facebook hangout to see what we’re all about.

I know it’s been quiet around here. Sorry mom! :) If you miss me when it’s quiet on the blog, you can bet I’m on Instagram every day. My handle is:hennablossom. I don’t know about you, but I neeeed some type of creative outlet. Daily. I don’t know why it took me so long to get into Instagram. I wish I’d started a long time ago. Even on those days when I just can’t get a photo shoot together, or any time at a computer to write, edit, or learn…I can take a photo with my iphone. It’s fun to pay attention to the little details, save a memory, or just play around in a tiny visual medium. I’ve also discovered some incredibly creative people. There are so many photographers, stylist, and artists that blow my mind. Sometimes they make me feel boring, untalented, and messy, but usually they give me an extra boost of inspiration. And then there’s my wanderlust. I wish I was out there traveling, but because I’m not, I love seeing the world secondhand. I’m glad someone is out there exploring! And I’ll be exploring my own waters over here.

Oh we DID get out there in “the world” this weekend. Ha, yes we made it all the way to Indiana to visit my parents. And I did manage to take out my camera. I love that capture up there ^^ of Mateo & Aki. :) Teo is so big now, but really, still so tiny. We had so much Fall fun this weekend. And we were together. Not tag teaming, together.

I just love everything about this season. Everything and everyone looks better with an Autumn backdrop. I have a TON of photos for the blog. I’ll probably split them up into a few posts. So watch out for that.

For a bit there, I actually wondered whether I was ever going to blog again. Oh Henna, it really doesn’t have to be ALL or NOTHING. Truly.

I’m back. I missed this. And missed you too.

another year, another october

october-1-hennaIt’s October already. September was a bit of a reflective month for me. It was busy and it was emotional. Through all the activity, I found myself stepping back a lot. Pausing. I almost felt like an observer in my own life. I’ve been thinking more about planning and being more “intentional” with my time. I’d like to set a few goals. There’s only so much time and OHhhh, there are just so many things I’d like to do and try. I feel like I’m running around in five different directions half the time. I need some focus and direction. This month I’d like to share more of that with you. I hear it helps to share. ;)

I’ve been slooowly going through my backlog of photos. Deleting, organizing, filing. Want to know how behind I am?? These are from LAST October. :) And really, I am going in no particular order. I still have photos to sort from pregnancy, and of course there are still the Croatia files to open! :)

HAPPY OCTOBER. I really love fall. I love boots, I love the coziness, I love the colors, I love “walking weather.” Speaking of! It was actually in the 80s today in Chicago. That’s nice and all, but I’m ready to dust off those boots already!

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“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” ― William Cullen Bryant

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