And Vacation

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Aw, we did get away, just a little. Not too far, not too long. My gosh. Birdsong and crickets. Glowing sunrises. Crayfish and minnows. Slugs and eagles. Swedish pancakes (fail) and burgers and brownies (yeah). Cousins and uncle for an afternoon. S'mores and the wind in the trees. Sun on the water. Bananas and coffee (didn't bring enough). Rocks and ducks. Geese flying straight down the river. Too-soft beds and too-hard chairs. Puzzles and yarn. So quiet you could hear the leaves rustling. The frog croaking. The baby talked and talked. I can only get a non-blurry photo of her when she's in one of her seats or sleeping; the rest of the time she is on the move. Everywhere, everywhere, smiling, laughing, talking, blowing bubbles with her lips, crushing leaves, carrying rocks, pounding the table, cracking herself up, crawling as fast as she can that way, crawling as fast as she can this. Waking up to the sound of raindrops. Mornings on the porch. Everything soaked and beautiful. Grapes on the arbor. Bees in the perennial bed. Naps in the hot afternoon. Deer at twilight, racing across the lower lawn in three giant arcs, almost leaping straight over Andy's head in the murky dark. Lazy river. Friendly floaters occasionally drifting by, feet in the water, beer in hand; we charged them a toll  — a joke — to pass. Clouds hanging. Swallows swooping in the evening. Bats zipping across in the dark. We're in their world. The river world. No music, no television. Just crickets, and eagle calls, and the baby's delighted voice, carrying across the shallow water.

127 comments

What a lovely vacation.Thanks for the beautiful pictures.
Love from Greece

Love. The feet, the chubby little feet, the woodpecker, your knitting basket, the beautiful golden sunset, the colors on the quilt! Mmmmm...love it all!
Especially the part about quiet. Dreamy vacation.🌅

Looks so beautiful! And those wee footsies - aw! :)

So magical! It looks like a wonderful vacation!

I felt like I took a holiday just reading this. So beautiful. I especially love the photo of the dining table and the lights. What a lovely feel...

I always squeeeeeee when I see you have posted. And then I save it for very last and soak it all in. Love love LOVE your blog.

i thought much the same as linda regarding your little one sleeping ... just like a painting with such gorgeous deep colors ... all tuckered out from so much exploring ... lovely

Thank you! Alicia, Andy, and Amelia, for bringing so much joy to so many of us. ♥

pure poetry!

So beautiful - I come to your blog often to see how your daughter is growing and also your wonderful photos of your home.

Forgive me if this has been brought up, but Amelia really looks JUST LIKE ANDY. Do people say that all the time? I've been following your blog for quite some time now, and was so very happy for you two when she came into your lives. I know she is not biologically yours, but wow...their faces are identical.

Completely, utterly, wonderfully beautiful. :)

Beautiful!! My Grandma used to make Norwegian pancakes. She would just thin out her batter with a bit more milk, after my Grandpa made the traditional ones. I don't know how similar they are to Swedish ones, but I remember always looking forward to them.

oh my goodness.....where is this dreamy place??!!

it's about those toes...

You make an unmade bed look like heaven every time! Beautiful photos all around. Hope you had a wonderful time.

I would love to know which lens you use on your camera most of the time =) After following your blog for years, I have always loved your pictures! You inspired me to get the canon 60D and the lenses you have listed. If you dont mind, which lens do you use the most? Your pictures are so lovely

I enjoyed the photos so much, then got to the bottom and thought, "Oh, you're SUCH a good writer!" with your words creating images as beautiful as your photos.

Your words and even photos are poetry to me. So completely lovely that as I look and read, I lose the sights, sounds, and smells of the office where I work. Thank you for sharing this beautiful world with us.

Ha, I just noticed your husband is a Habs fan!

Love your family.

Usually I just lurk here, but I'm commenting for the first time to say how much I love your photo of the slug. Just fantastic.

Amelia is so divine. I'm so very glad for you and Andy that she came to your family and made you parents. It's the best thing in the world to have a warm, cuddly little creature snuggling up to you. Have loved your blog for so long... the projects, the poetry of your writing, and now, a delicious little baby to gaze at :-)

Beautiful. Thank you for sharing! I keep scrolling through these pictures, because they make me breathe deeply and relax.

I tried to play catch-up on reading and looking at your blog, on my cell phone yesterday, I had to turn on the laptop to view it all over again today. My phone just wasn't showing the pics as big as I wanted! WOW! :) What a lovely vacation! I feel like I was on my own little vacation at the river while I was viewing all of these peaceful, and beautiful photos. SO lovely!! Swoon! :)
Amelia's little feet look like Kai's (our grandson's). I had to laugh when I saw the photo. He always crosses his feet in the same way! Too cute!! I smiled too because I am having the darndest time trying to get a non-blurry photo of Kai. Perpetual motion I tell you! ha! That means they are healthy and growing like a weed! A blessing!
Thanks for sharing!
xoxo...Gloria

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My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com

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