get calmer.

Don't get mad or grumpy or frazzled or fed up. Get calm.

S said this to me after I might have said something about him being my guru. I know that may sound funny, but he is the most present, patient and overall calm person I know. The fact that he sometimes has to deal with the flare-ups of this raging fireball phases him little. (Wish I could claim that those flare-ups never actually happen, but what can I say?: I'm a work in progress.)

{because everybody needs to be reminded to breathe sometimes}
The tourist season has started here, finally. It seems to start later and later every year. Not ideal if you work seasonally. But it also means that right now S is on one of his longer trips. This always requires adjustment, a wee transition to being suddenly sola. And after spending all winter almost inseparably together, it's easy to see how much I rely on him. It's bigger things, like sleeping with our baby's soft stuffed monkey instead of my husband. And littler things, like how S always asks if I have water. Or medium-sized things, like suddenly I can't remember how to put air in the tires.

Meanwhile, every day something else moves from the house. I clean out another cupboard. Set aside things to giveaway, find more items to put on the for-sale list. I shift the house around to keep it homey. A couple nights ago I created sound sleeping energy in our new bedroom. We sold our bed yesterday; and it does feel good to find less to get rid every day. While Serkan was still here, I imagined it would be impossible to move from our big bed to the little kid's bed that came with our mostly furnished house. That the room had been used too long for exercise and closet space. But it feels really good in there. It has the comfortable, safe feeling of a nook, because the bed space is pretty nook-like. It's where we slept the first month we moved into this house and where we (S+me or monkey+me) will sleep during this last month too.

In other festivities, some friends painted my belly for Halloween. While Halloween isn't near as festive as it is in California, I still like to try to dress up. We weren't even sure what we would do till the last minute. But it was fun getting ready anyway. I've always had a knack for convincing boys to wear skirts. Halloween night was no exception...

{impromptu dance party}
Eventually I was something akin to mama planet...

{circa 28 weeks}
We made Laura a mime and David was Heather aka me...

{happiness}
David's costume is really only funny if you live in this tiny town and see people wearing the same things all the time (like this puffy jacket + wool hat, sunglasses; the wraparound skirt on top of jeans works like a little extra blanket against the cold). Apparently this genius costume even fooled some people--immediately followed by their utter unnerving.

{scary halloween version of the movie: heathers}
 David's ultra smiley pose every time the camera shot in his direction completed the look.

30 comments:

Coffee and a Book Chick said...

Such fun pictures!!!!!

Collette Osuna said...

Too cute, Mama planet:)


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minnja said...

Soooo lovely:))))

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LatteLisa said...

hahahahahaha, that guy is so funny with his smile and you're a beautiful mama planet ;-)

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Aww mama planet - gorgeous!

Krystal said...

Oh my gosh, these pictures make me laugh :)

Claire Kiefer said...

Hilarious. You are always Mama Planet! :) Love that growing belly and can't wait for it to be sitting on my couch.

Meg said...

love your costume!!

Bella said...

Great photos.

Jude said...

Mama Planet - that is soo sweet! And I adore the dancing photos and your Halloween doppelganger, heehee. Thanks for this shot of fun - great way to greet my (late) lunch hour! :)

Rachel Elizabeth said...

Love your costume. It makes me want to go turn off any unused lights, use reusable bags and landscape with rocks instead of plants to save water. :]

I wish I would have painted my belly at some point during my pregnancy.

Phoenix Peacock said...

yay for finding calmness... and I love you as mother earth.

kelli g. { bug miscellany } said...

hahaha that is very funny about your friend's costume. altho one would think the level of facial scruffiness might be a dead giveaway...

:P

Stacey said...

Aww, mama planet:-). Love the painted belly and the pics are so fun!! I'm smiling right now:-)

this free bird said...

Okay you are simply adorable and I just love, love, love your costume. Men in skirts are pretty awesome, too.

I have a hard time imagining you as a raging fireball! hehe

xoxo,
Carrie

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

OMG H- You are too cute for words- I love the belly paint-
Hope your S comes home soon- I hate sleeping w/o my guru too!

Sam Harvey said...

lovely and funny post. i convinced jeffrey to wear a wig. seeing guys in skirts is just as good. mama planet... hope you have rainbow dreams in your nook.

Kerry said...

So good to see you and the bump looking so happy :) Made me smile a lot too!

Dawn said...

Hilarious:)
Looks like a ton of fun...your "costume" was my favorite:)

georgia~gigi said...

Oh, that belly! Just love it :)
Great Halloween pics, so creative! Love your hubby's smile, that is funny!
Oh to be calm , I seek that on a daily basis!
Smoochies
gi gi

Hollie said...

I'm loving your growing belly!! My fiance is the same way - non-chalantly peaceful in any situation, which leaves me envious sometimes. Thank goodness I have him to balance me out!

Signe said...

hihi, such lovely images of your belly and glad to hear you are getting things more and more ready for your big move!

Hugs,
Signe

Lady Grey said...

Soooo cute, I love the peace belly!

DolceDreams said...

I love the peace belly! You are glowing :)
Nathalie

Diana Mieczan said...

Aww I love your photos:) Thanks for this amazing post:) Kisses,sweetie

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MarchMusings said...

Ha ha - tourists can be funny specially when we don't realise how funny we look. I love the world-on-tummy shot. So complete somehow

Lindsey said...

I am so not calm :) My husband has great patience though and then I get infuriated when he tells ME to be patient. LOL.

Great pictures though.

a whole lotta love said...

love the mama earth! so great :)

JMay said...

Looks like a blast! Beautiful mama!

Faiza said...

thank you for the BELLY laughs! love your sense of fun and JOY!

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