I just sat down with a hot cup of coffee and thought it was a nice time to write a casual update post. It's nap time and the house is so unusually quiet, it seems like the perfect time to write about life lately. I've been in the habit of blogging about 3 times a week or more over the past year so it's probably felt to you like I've become a bit absent on the blog as of late.
In October my blogging pace slowed because it's always a busy month. Usually I do a big Halloween post showing the kids costumes, pumpkin carving, and pictures from the night. I did take all those photos, but as Luke grows older (he's almost 8) I feel like it's time to become a bit more private with everyday photos of our family. He's such a confidant, outgoing, super cool kid, but he is at a stage in his life where he is becoming more independent and setting new boundaries, and I'm an adoring mother - with a blog. It's not fair to him to broadcast his every special moment, you know what I mean? And of course, Eve is still my little doll. It hardly seems fair to post photos of her exclusively. I'm working out a balance where I can still record our life together here without exploiting it to the detriment of our family. I'm not going anywhere, just scaling back on the super family focused style posts (minus travel posts, those will still be full of happy faces).
Some exciting adventure news, we just booked our 3rd trip to Cabarete Beach on the north shore of the Dominican Republic. We love traveling there because it's so laid back and far from resort life. Many years ago, before kids and blogging and even marriage, I worked for a Dominican windsurfing hotel that was Winnipeg owned. Cabarete and the nearby Kite Beach is a favorite of windsurfers and kite surfers. It's just such a cool place - with open bars and restaurants right on the sand and a village of long term travelers from Canada and Europe. Todd's parents have lived there over the winter for years, and Todd and I were married there on a cliff overlooking the ocean. It's a place on this globe that has meaning to us. I haven't been back since I started to write the Lune blog. Luke was Eve's age on our second stay. Our photos from our first trip there were FILM!!! Man. I'm really looking forward to photographing the trip and sharing all about it in February.
I've been spending a lot of time over on Instagram between my personal feed @lunevintage and our vintage shop feed @luneshop. It's such a great community and I've found so many fascinating people. Seeing how they perceive the world around them is very exciting. It's helping me to challenge myself to find the uniqueness of my own life and to stretch the possibilities of where I'm going. In a similar way, selling the Lune Vintage collection through @luneshop has been the best retail/customer experience ever (besides chatting with great customers in person from our Eggie on the street). I feel like customers have the chance to get to know me, and I them. It is very motivating. Since I'm contributing to family bills and needs by working my day job as an educational assistant, I'm able to save all proceeds from Lune Vintage toward our family travel fund. That has been empowering and has brought a sense of direction to project which at one point seemed to be floating aimlessly away from me. I'm happy to say I've found my mojo again.
Well, my cup is cold and almost empty. Luke will be walking in that door from school, and Eve will be up from her nap. It's Friday and we are going on a family date once Todd gets home. I hope you have a great start to the weekend. Find me every day on Instagram @lunevintage - and let me know what's up with you.