Autumn at Russell Orchards.

 Last weekend we drove up to Ipswich and went to Russell Orchards. It's a beautiful farm with pumpkins, apple picking, hay rides, lots of animals and they make delicious apple cider donuts. We went with Daniel's mom and his sister Sarah and her family. Wren and her cousin Dylan are two of sweetest little people on the planet, and when they're together it's too cute. They hug each other, hold hands and he even gave her a kiss! It's so special to be able to grow up being close to your cousins. We had such a fun time exploring the farm. Wren loved playing in the pumpkin patch. I can't believe how much she has grown! Last year she couldn't even sit up. I had to prop her up! (Check out last year here.) This year she was running around and trying to pick pumpkins up!

Munching on apple cider donuts in the pumpkin patch. 

This girl seriously loves her Daddy!

 Daniel and his mini me Wren!

 She just wanted to run and jump into this pond so badly. haha. 

 Such a pretty farm. There were chickens, goats, cows, donkeys, turkeys and rabbits. There was a black and white rabbit that looked an awful lot like one of our cats and Wren kept pointing at it and calling 'Jack'. 
So many yummy apples. 
 She loved looking at the animals. She loves furry critters just like her Mama. 

Cousin hugs. Basically the sweetest ever.


Wren's 1st Birthday.

Our little Wren is one whole year old. We held an afternoon garden soiree in our backyard to celebrate. I planned the whole thing myself but had my parents on hand to help starting two days before. We pulled it off! haha. It was beautiful day celebrating our wonderful little Wren. She brings magic, wonder and love everywhere she goes. 

Follow Wren to the party...
The set up...

Daniel and I built this tent ourselves. Will share the DIY on here soon...

Wren's Strawberry Shortcake. Basically sugarless, great for little ones. 
I will share as many recipes on here as I can find the time to post. 
The food spread. I decided to make everything, except the chicken. A big undertaking. I scheduled my time out well to manage and did prep the day before. I also had my mom and stepmom in the kitchen with me. They did all the plating - and made everything look AMAZING. 
Corn Orecchiette, Black Rice Herb Salad, Asparagus Tart, Grape & Tomato Focaccia, Baked Brie, Veggies with Tzatziki, Hummus and Ginger Miso Dips, Olives, Ricotta, Crackers, Kale Caesar Salad, Crostinis, Chicken, Cookies, Vanilla Ice Cream with Plum Thyme Topping and Wren's Strawberry Shortcake. For drinks we served a variety of iced teas and lemonades, water and some beer from our local Sam Adams Brewery. 

Our drink bar. 

I drew portraits of every guest ahead of time for a sweet, personalized party favor. 
They were rolled up and placed in the picnic basket. 
A Chalkboard for Birthday Messages.
Daniel and I stealing kisses from the birthday girl. 
Party Time. 
Singing Happy Birthday to Wren for the first time ever. She's so little it's hard to even see her in the brown chair!!!!!
Nom. Nom. Nom. 
I don't think you realize how fast time whirls by until you become a parent. It's crazy how quick everything goes by in a blur. Our sweet girl was born a year ago and now here she is walking around, trying to run, eating strawberry shortcake. She is truly a magnificent little person. She is so strong, observant, curious, friendly (she waves 'hi' to everyone), lively, loving, gentle and just so smart. She says 'cat'. 'dog' 'duck' 'Mama' 'Dada' 'gentle' 'i love you' 'thank you' 'here you go' 'meow' 'uh oh' 'hi' 'bye bye' 'Margaux(her doll)' 'Jack' 'TT' (our two cats) ' tiger' 'panda' and I'm sure there's more I'm forgetting. She loves her books. About a dozen times a day she races toward me with a book, drops it in my lap and waits eagerly for me to read it to her. She always points to different things on the pages and says 'Dat' and looks at me waiting for me to tell her what it is. 
She loves anything with water involved and adores bath time. If she hears the shower turn on she comes into the bathroom and tries to climb in the tub. She enjoys her bath animals and will retrieve them if I ask her for one. "Where's the turtle Wren? Can you find me the turtle?" And she will get you the turtle. We were in the living room talking about octopus once and she went to the bathroom and got her bath time octopus and brought in. She was letting us know that she knew what we were talking about. She knows her shapes, triangles, circles and squares. She loves stuffed animals, dolls, anything musical, sunglasses...she turns anything she can into a bracelet and walks around holding her arm out. haha. She loves pushing her dolls in the stroller around the house and feeding them bottles. She is already very loving and nurturing.
A few days ago I was doing the dishes and she was rummaging through a couple kitchen drawers that are "Wren Safe" or so we thought. She was somehow capable of pulling out a big cutting board and dropping it right on my foot and broke my toe!!!! Caught off guard and in pain I collapsed to the ground and held my foot, shouting things like "OOOOOOWWWWWWW!!!!!!" She came over and rubbed my back. And then when I stopped yelling came around and with her arms opened as wide as those little arms can stretch gave me a big, deep, firm hug. She was consciously comforting me. It was such a special moment. I would break another toe and do it all over again. 

I love you so immensely Wren Ramona Zofia Zimman. 
You're such an enchanting, thoughtful, lovely little person with so much greatness inside of you.
I am so proud, honored and blessed to be your mother and call you mine. 

I will post more DIY & Recipes. Leave me a note in the comments if there's one you're dying to try and I will do my best to post it ASAP. 


Metamorphosis: A Look at my Life.

I started this blog in August 2009, just after my 24th birthday. I was in the middle of a deep, hard look within, trying to figure out who I was and where I belonged. I began this blog as a means of self expression. I just wanted to be sort of anonymous and put my feelings out in the world. I would post photos I had taken and a bit of dark prose reflecting what I was going through at the moment. Since then I have really grown into myself. I have learned to accept myself, the good, the bad and the ugly. The internal friction has subsided. A lot of things fell into place for me when I quit my job and decided to focus on writing. Around that time my need to post my ramblings on here dwindled. I had a focused arena for my thirst of self expression through my story telling. My blog shifted to be more about pretty things I admired, films I felt the need to share, delicious treats I had made, songs I couldn't get enough of...

Since that August of 2009 I have a had an array of misadventures, travelled to Vietnam, Singapore, London, Paris, India, Greece and other places within the US. 
I met my soul mate, Daniel. We became engaged, then married and now have a daughter, who is nearly a year old. I have gone from girl, to woman, to wife, to mother. I am so grateful to have this blog to be able to time travel through my continuing metamorphosis. Each post taking me to a different moment in time, a smell, a taste, a feeling, a soundtrack to go along. It's a real treasure to have this little place to reflect, to document, to share. 

That struggling, depressed 24 year old me had no idea what the next six years would hold. So many missteps, trials, growing pains, so much love, beauty and adventure. I am really proud of who I have become. I owe so much of that to Daniel. He came into my life and turned the whole thing upside down in the best way possible. Even to this day he is a constant reminder of what is really important in life. For the last five years we have been on this journey together. He inspires me to be my best self. He encourages me to follow my dream and continue writing. Together we are raising the most incredible little girl. Back in 2009 I couldn't have imagined the treasures that would unfold and how truly wonderful my life would be. 

I, now sit here in 2015, Wren 10.5 months old playing at my feet, and I am sure I have no idea of the amazing journey that lays ahead of me now. 

//Above Image - Circa 2011//






Oh life, you couldn't be more beautiful, mystifying and inspiring. 
It is truly an honor to be on this path. 

  1. "He who looks outside dreams, he who looks inside awakens...."-Carl Jung
    All of the answers are already built inside us.