Spritzer Leyba Out and About Journal

Autumn rituals September 22, 2007

Right now I am savoring the first rain of the fall. With the window cracked open, I can hear the sound of raindrops landing on the ivy outside. It's cool and crisp and overcast. I just love fall here in California, how it stretches on and on and we barely see winter and then finally spring arrives again.

Banana BreadI also love how autumn is already becoming a part of my morning routine. I wake up bundled warm in a crisp room, enjoy cups of (decaf) English breakfast tea with milk, and do yoga. I wear a sweatshirt in the mornings and put on layers of clothing for my daily walk. I've been baking nearly every day -- banana bread, Brazilian cheese bread, baked apples. The trees are just starting to change colors and leaves litter the path.

I adore this time of year. I so like the idea of bundling up for winter and feeling cozy.

We are in the process of moving. We've rented a darling little house in the same part of town as where we now live. It was built in the 1940s, so it has wood floors, big windows, and loads of charm. Slowly we have been organizing and updating addresses and beginning the packing process. We have almost three weeks to move all our stuff over, so it should be as sane a moving experience as one can wish for. So many exciting things going on...

Some autumn flavored, beautiful photos:
+ Autumn breakfast
+ Fall preview
+ A little gift of autumn


Flickr toys September 21, 2007

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You know you want to try this out. All the cool people are doing it.


I've been ordered to indulge September 17, 2007

Today my midwives told me I'm allowed to have a little bit of chocolate every day. They were shocked I was eating it just once a week.

I am the luckiest woman alive.


Evening Activities September 14, 2007

Reading up on baby bath time in the fabulous Baby Book by William and Martha Sears.

I've been slowly working my way through all the pregnancy/parenting books at the library... This one is heads and tales above the others I've read recently. (Let's just say that I don't see eye to eye with the AAP, for example!) Other books I've loved: Pregnancy the Natural Way and Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten (intuitive, basic stuff that every parent should do!). I cannot wait to apply all this knowledge! We're pretty much half way there now...

It's amazing how fast this blog has transitioned from a grown-up blog to a baby blog. Sorry, guys! I have a feeling it's only going to get worse.


Hey, I have absolutely NO problems with your blog becoming a baby blog...NO problems at all!!! I just wish I could be there during such an amazing and exciting part of your life!! I can so give you other baby websites too if you want :)

Posted by Christina on September 17, 2007

hi carrie! i've been reading up on you guys with this blog for ages now, and just fyi, i am MORE THAN OK with this becoming a baby blog so i can watch along from the east coast as everything progresses ;-)

Posted by Alice on September 18, 2007

Hey, you're pregnant!? Congratulations!

Posted by Tim on October 8, 2007

Ready, set, build! September 11, 2007

Where have we been the past week? We've been covered in straw, clay, and sand up in Hopland where we took a fantastic class in natural building techniques. Now we are really excited about building a home with our own two hands.

After a week of being with like-minded folks, camping, using an outdoor shower, away from the computer and email, and being outside every day, we've been in culture shock since arriving at home. We want to go back! We miss our new friends!

View photos from the workshop here.


Wow! these photos look fabulous! Just your kind of thing! So glad you and David enjoyed it so much -- looks like fun & relaxed group of like minded friends. Ya know, the pics look so quiet to me -- no hub-bub. Surprised to see the light switch sticking out of the wall in one picture! It looks like such a tranquil site. Reminds me of Frank Lloyd Wright's home Taliesan in Phoenix. [Natural building materials, site matters, bright sunlight as in the west].

Posted by Mom on September 21, 2007

Blame it on the hormones September 3, 2007

These "Estrogen To-Do Pads" are just so brilliant. Yuni and I saw them a few weeks ago when we were cruising baby shops in Berkeley.

"Write it down before estrogen makes you forget."
"You're not stupid. You're pregnant!"

See, there is this great scientific explanation for why I forget everything now that I'm pregnant.

David likes to call this my "estrogen excuse."


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