7.05.2011

ON ADVENTURE

  
"to live would be an awfully big adventure" 

the thing i loved best about living in idaho was that adventure seemed to be around every corner.

truthfully, my little town in idaho was quaint and lovely, but boring as all get out. it wasn't until i decided to find adventure that anything interesting ever happened to me. but once i looked for it, there it was! i never had so many adventures in my life as i had while living in idaho. 

these days i live in the hustle and bustle of new york city, where adventure is unavoidable. you find adventure on your way to the grocery store and on your way home from the post office. just leaving your apartment you encounter several varieties of adventure. you come home at night and your feet ache from adventure. 

these days we have a little ritual, my huckleberry and i. in the mornings, we eat our oatmeal from the living room floor. between bites i say, "huck, what are we doing today?" he looks up at me with oatmeal smeared across his mouth and he smiles, kicks his little feet, and flops his mouth open like a fish, which is huck for "more oatmeal!"

okay, but one of these days when i ask him that question--"what are we doing today?"-- he will know that the options are limitless. we can do anything in the world he can dream up. visit the zoo? wander a museum? fly a spaceship? break into the plaza hotel? go on a grand adventure down fifth avenue? 

you got it, kid.

you've heard the saying "the sky's the limit." to me, that's nonsense. the skies were conquered long ago. the truth is, your gut's the limit. nothing can hold you back from the life of your dreams but your own self. i learned that the honest way in little old idaho, when it seemed nothing could go right for me until i made it. and boy, am i glad i did.

if i accomplish nothing else as a mom, i hope to teach huck that you can get anywhere you need to go with your own two feet, that nobody owes you nothing, that your word is your bond, and that adventure is what you make of it. when we're out together i like to keep him as close as i can get him, so i can tell him all about everything we see, so i can plant a million kisses on that cute bald head, and because he's only this small once, and i'm going to breathe in every last second of it.















top: c/o lilla p
sunglasses: c/o selima optique
skirt: vintage
shoes: ross
belt: tjmaxx

huck's onesie is made by carters.

photos by the always lovely kaitlyn ray of two if by sea photography.

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45 comments :

  1. Omigosh! Gorgeous photos! I love the location in the beginning ones and the one of you with the taxi, too cute. I really like the underlying message of this post: adventure is what you make of it. I live in a small town in Florida, which initially I hated after having lived in Chicago, but now, with a little one at home, we seek our own adventures, go out in the neighborhood and have all sorts of fun. Great post Natalie!

    Shannon

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  2. You had better take that last picture and blow it up all giant poster-sized and hang it on a wall or I'll never speak to you again.

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  3. You are just so lovely.

    Recently I was in a discussion about food with some women and one was saying how LUCKY we are to live in Texas where everything grows and the growing season is so long and the other one said, "We live in the desert! You can't grow anything!" I feel that way about life - you can look at the same thing or place or person and view something completely different from someone else.

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  4. Oh my goodness, this might be your best post ever. Your style, lady, is amazing: stripes and a rooster skirt?? So cute! And I love what you talk about here. I could definitely work on making every day an adventure instead of waiting for the adventure to happen.

    xx Melina

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  5. AnonymousJuly 05, 2011

    This is a beautiful post. I love what you said about nothing holding you back but your self. I have really been struggling with that since I have moved to Vegas. Mormon in Vegas has seemed like nothing but boring town. I need to make it an adventure and stop complaining.

    Jordan
    http://jordan--wild--flowers.blogspot.com/

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  6. that skirt is beyond perfection. and i love the words in your post too, of course. wonderful outfit choice!

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  7. I didn't realize when you would talk about Idaho that you were really talking about Moscow! We've lived in Pullman for two years, and we are having a great time! I think I moped for a good year about our sleepy town, but we have managed to find some good fun, like you said. Do you mind passing along this "antique mall" you mentioned? Where is it? I'm in LOVE with that skirt. I've been enjoying your blog!

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  8. @amy-just keep it on the d.l. ;) it's moscow antique mall on 95 on the north end of town. kind of across from rosauers. i DREAM of going back there!

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  9. Beautiful sling--spread the fabric out over your shoulder so the edge is off your neck and it will feel even better.

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  10. Listen to me... I live in Eagle Idaho and it is Heaven. On. Earth. Have four more kids and move here stat. We ALL love it here and know that we've got it so so good. Lots and lots of adventure and we travel a lot so that we can eat at the shake shack. NY now - Idaho later. You'll thank me someday.

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  11. These pictures are truly gorgeous!

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  12. What a gorgeous outfit! I love the skirt. Your wishes for your son are so inspiring.

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  13. I live in Moscow and was wondering which antique store you were talking about... but I read the comments. That place is great. But BTW did you know that Now And Then closed down? Sad day. There's not much here these days...

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  14. Kaitlyn Ray is The Bomb, seriously.

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  15. These pictures are beautiful!

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  16. I've been struggling moving from a big city to a small town & this is just what I needed. Finding our adventures here and keeping our minds open to anything.

    I too love that you paired stripes with a print - that's a difficult skill to pull off and not look crazy!

    And what Lisa said, which I'm sure you know this, but spreading it over your shoulder is so much comfier while walking around or standing still. Just don't reach for anything or hail a taxi. :-D

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  17. Did I forget to mention you look freakin' amazing and these pictures are ridiculously fabulous?!

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  18. huck is so lucky that a) he is huck and b) he has you for a mom. lucky huckles!

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  19. rooster skirt! i want. and i agree with the second comment.. that first picture is total awesomesauce

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  20. YOU are a fantastic writer my friend and a joy to photograph! xxoo

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  21. the photo of you two by the fountain - wow!! wonderful post!

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  22. Natalie - I've been reading for a while and I have to say that I love your humor, your style, your courage. Your writing makes me happy and helps me see the light at the end of the years of schooling/being poor/working silly jobs to support that boy I love who's in school tunnel. Thank you.

    Absolutely gorgeous photos of you and your little peanut. Love them. And the sentiment. Love that too, and absolutely agree.

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  23. The things you managed to capture here about motherhood and life brought a tear to my eye. The gorgeous outfit and NYC scenery are just icing on the cake ;)

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  24. you get my vote this round.

    are those roosters on your skirt?! hope so.

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  25. I'm not the judge but I say you win!

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  26. "Your guts are the limit."

    I'm gonna teach Everett that too :)

    You're beautiful.

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  27. I love the message of this post, adventure wherever you are! The style shots are beautiful, love the whole outfit and of course that delicious baby Huckleberry!

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  28. AnonymousJuly 06, 2011

    I have to ask, what kind of nail polish are you wearing? It looks great!

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  29. @anon--thanks! it's sally hansen, i think it was like $3 bucks?

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  30. FYI

    "to die would be an awfully big adventure"

    google it.

    you misquoted J.M. Barrie.

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  31. Hah, thanks. I think I was thinking of Hook. Sloppy. Fixed it.

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  32. Love the skirt! Love the photos! Looks like an amazing day!

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  33. H'oh my goodness that skirt! That was a very very good find indeed.
    Cute baby too :) xx

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  34. Thanks for replying, Natalie!

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  35. Absolutely beautiful. You, your baby, the outfit and the post. If you don't win this round, then the contest is rigged.

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  36. Another wonderful series of photos...and beautiful mom and babe.

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  37. You are much too darling for your own good, you know...

    And that precious, FAT baby is easily the cutest accessory I've ever seen

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  38. I know it has already been said... but that skirt!! It is just fabulous! What a beautiful post. :)

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  39. s;dkhskjghgkjhfdkjghsd - I have no words for any of this beauty, m'lady! Also, shwhat nailpolish is that?! I need it in my life.

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  40. I think this is one of my favorite posts that you have ever done! I just adore it. It's what I needed today. Guess there is adventure in Provo as a young married.... somewhere??

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  41. your guts the limit......
    how beautiful, what a lucky son to have a mummy like you.

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  42. me gusta tú forma de vida

    VIvir... es una experiencia maravillosa¡¡¡

    Suertudaaa... desde Galicía.

    50solesmas

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  43. Hi Natalie, Keep the posts coming if you can. You and Huck are so precious. Found you off Etsy. Love your post here....and will quote you for your most amazing words, ' nothing can hold you back from living the life of your dreams but your own self.' Love it!!

    I'm at mjmdesign.us....come by when you can...I'd love to chat sometime...See my designs at moodyme.etsy.com

    best, Melissa

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  44. I want this outfit so. Bad!!

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