Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Intoxicated

After several glorious vacation days in Ohio with Godson to visit my family, I can honestly say I spent every second totally and completely intoxicated-- With baby love.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm smitten with my sweet, nearly seven week old, great niece and I promise not to gush too much about her, but please indulge me (again) for a moment.

Oh the smell of a new baby-- It's delicious and I drank it in every chance I got. Despite mumblings about being a "baby hog", and "Auntie monopolization", I had my hands on our happy, nearly 8 pound little girl every change I got-- Or when Godson wasn't *ahem* hogging her.


And let me tell you, Godson was amazing and held her every change he got. Little Miss is the first baby he's known, and he was a natural baby lover, I'm happy to say.

It was a grand vacation that re-energized my soul, lifted my spirits and has me aching to go back again before the snow falls, which in northern Ohio means before mid-October to be on the safe side.

Our vacation was jammed packed with everything from cow milking, ice cream eating, marshmallow roasting, water balloon tossing, puppy dog walking, and baby, family, and more baby! And by the way-- S'more made with Reese Cups instead of just chocolate are to die for!

Then, when I returned to Los Angeles, overloaded with homesickness for Ohio, I had a beautiful photographic package waiting for me from the lovely Christina at the amazing Soul Aperture. I was lucky enough to win her recent giveaway.


This delicate photo of Christina's-- her sweet little blue flower-- Is a flower that I grew up seeing in Ohio and that fills my folk's side yard to this day. Having Christina's generous gift waiting for me on my return was a treat beyond words.

If you don't know the beauty of Soul Aperture, please stop by and say hello. You'll be glad you did.

Now that I'm back, I'm unpacking, regrouping, and catching up on the biggest stack of mail I've seen in a long time. But, I'll be reading and catching up with everyone over the next few days. I missed you guys!

What have you been up to?
Welcome to www.TheFiftyFactor.com - Joanna Jenkins

53 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Joanna, it sounds like you were in heaven!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Ohhhh, Joanna, she is beautiful and the smile on Godson is priceless. I can understand why you wanted to hold her all the time. You know that Godson will not let you go without him! Welcome home!

Cinner said...

Oh I am so glad you had such a wonderful time. love the smell of a baby, she is beautiful and Godson is a handsome young one. Love the photo Christina sent to you. I lucked out and have a beautiful rose picture from her...well I hope you get some rest and everything will wait, except those smors....lol....no I really won't. hugs to you.

deb said...

what's not to love,
babies,
nurturing,
flowers,
gifts in abundance
sharing...
glad to hear you had such a wonderful time.

Christine Forest, M.D. said...

I am so happy for you, having such a good time in Ohio. Between many endings, new beginnings a beautiful to watch.

Ina in Alaska said...

Welcome back Joanna! Your trip sounded wonderful, glad you and Godson had a blast...and that baby... so precious!! xoxo

msprimadonna67 said...

My niece just had a baby a couple of weeks ago, and one of my very dear sister-friends had her newest little one today. My brother and his wife are due in ten days. I have to be honest--although I am deliriously happy for all of them, I am still wishing we had just one more little cherub in this household as well!

Matty said...

Welcome home Joanna. You've been missed too. Sounds like your visit was wonderful. Reconnecting with family is always good for the soul. And thanks for the tip about the S'mores with peanut butter cups.

Zuzana said...

Welcome back.;) What a lovely niece; makes me miss mine who I have not seen yet, but will very soon.;) I have been away too, it is good with a brake once in a while.;))
xoxo

Mr. Stupid said...

Welcome back! Looks like your visit was great. It's always great to meet up with family. The baby is very cute!

Shrinky said...

I don't know who is the most adorable, baby or godson! I understand totally that intoxicating baby-scent, you just want to breath them in, don't you? Welcome home hon, we missed you!

Brian Miller said...

sounds like you had a wonderful time. great pic of the baby...there is just something about babies...ah...

and why have i never thought of smores with resse cups...that sounds amazing!

slommler said...

S'Mores with Reese cups!!! Boy does that sound decadent. I will have to give it a try for sure!
And that baby is so adorable! I know what you mean about baby addiction! It happens to the strongest of us. Love the smell of a baby and to hold and snuggle them is the best time ever!! Lucky you
Glad your enjoyed your visit.
Hugs
SueAnn

My name is PJ. said...

What I'm up to right this very minute is wishing you were my godmother!

It sounds like you had so much fun!

And that little blue flower, I believe, is a forget-me-not. So appropriate for a return home from a fabulous family get together!!

Betty said...

You mean you really had a good time?? :) j/k
Sounds like a wonderful trip. Baby´s can put a spell on you...

Jeanie said...

I'm so glad your spirits were lifted. A new baby and a good time with family is a good way to do that, not to mention s'mores with peanut butter cups.

TechnoBabe said...

Sounds like the trip was good for both you and Godson. As well as the treat for you family in Ohio getting to be with you both for awhile. Nice way to get acquainted with the new baby too. Good for you to win the giveaway. Nice to come home to a gift like that. Hugs to you and I look forward to hearing all about your trip.

Mari said...

I love the look on Godsons face while holding that sweet baby! The flower photo is so beautiful!

Ms. Bake-it said...

I can certainly relate to the baby intoxication! Your great niece is just one week younger than my darling grandson! Your vacation sounds wonderful! I could certainly use one like that! As much as I like Reese Cups, especially the dark chocolate ones, I cannot believe I never thought to make S'mores out of them!

Glad you are back and that you had a wonderful vacation. You might want to stop by when you get a chance today!

~ Tracy

Eva Gallant said...

The baby is precious and your godson is adorable! Welcome back!

ellen abbott said...

Oh, new babies are my most favorite thing in the world. Newborns, just nothing like them. Unfortunately, there won't be any new babies in my family for many years to come.

Canadian Blend said...

I remember when our third was born and our second, was holding him. He said, "I love the new baby. I'll miss him when he goes home."

Fireblossom said...

It's impossible for me to read this and not smile like a loon all the way through.

Welcome home!

Unknown Mami said...

Welcome back! I missed you. I'm glad you had such a great time.

Mike Smith said...

New babies are a joy. It's when they get older the trouble begins...!

Traci said...

I absolutely believe that God gave us babies to fill our hearts with love and inspire us. Very few things inspire us more.What a gorgeous girl she is!!!
:-)
P.S. Welcome back!

Nezzy said...

Ahhhh, the sweet new baby smell....I have to say I am just a teeny bit jealous! Joanna, she is simply a precious bundle of joy.

I'm so glad you and Godson had such a wonderful adventure together. I'm sure it's a trip you both will always remember.

Have a wonderful day sweetie :o)

lisleman said...

sounds like you had a great trip

Hilary said...

Oh what a couple of sweeties... that's a wonderful photo. I'm glad you had a fine time of it. There's nothing like a new baby to renew the soul. The Forget-Me-Not image is lovely.

I'm in catchup mode myself and it looks like I'll be doing a lot of that throughout the summer. Welcome back. :)

gayle said...

There is something about a baby that can bring a smile to your face especially when you love them so!!! Glad you had a great time!!!

Casey Freeland said...

Wonderful to have you back, Joanna. Sounds like a lovely trip.

The top of a baby's head is the best.

Casey

The Caffeinated Globe said...

Glad you had a great trip.

The photo of your Godson holding your great niece is so very lovingly sweet. I really like what you wrote about his love for the baby.

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likeschocolate said...

She is beautiful and I am glad you had such a wonderful time.

Cathy Clementz said...

What a precious photo! And how wonderful to get back to your "roots" and the basics. I bet it is a far cry from what you are use to at home. I do hope you get to go back before the snow flies. Maybe for fall colors??

Rootietoot said...

BABIES! eeeee now I want one...well not of my own, but one to play with.
S'mores with reeses..the mind boggles and the mouth waters.
And, a beautiful photo...the flowers are pretty too.

adrienne said...

Reese's cup s'mores...that is genious! And that vacation sounds wonderful.

secret agent woman said...

Did her head smell like cantaloupe?? That's one of my favorite things about babies.

VM Sehy Photography said...

What a cute picture. Sounds like you had a good time back home. It's always nice to have a place to go to that reenergizes you.

cheeky curves said...

Cow milking and water balloons oh how I wish I was there

Christina said...

so glad you had a wonderful trip. it sounds lovely.
you're making me blush. : ) enjoy the photo, my friend.
xo

Kathy said...

So very awesome and sooooo cute. I thought for sure we would see a picture of you holding that baby! :)

otin said...

No matter where you are from, it will always be home. You can live your entire adult life away from that place and still always feel like you are comfortable whenever you return.

beth said...

i'm so happy your trip was amazing and hey, i have that "baby hog" gene, too.....

it's a good one to have :)

and how sweet is your godson and the fact that he was hogging her, too ?

the midwest feels good in the summertime doesn't it...but way to get in and get out before ummmm....LOL october :)

jillsy said...

s'mores with peanut butter!! Now, I could get into that! Your photos are priceless and it sounds like your trip home was everything wonderful plus more!

Bossy Betty said...

Babies and flowers--ahhh.

Just got back from a visit to Kansas. I get it!!

Lynne said...

Hi Joanna,
Looks like you had a fabulous time. No wonder you wanted to hold her all the time, she's so sweet! What a lovely Godson you have. I loved the photos of him getting his face painted.

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

She is a doll...and I love that he is so smitten. Too sweet!

Heading over to Soul Aperture now...

lakeviewer said...

I've come from Robin's, down under, surprised that we have similar friends, but have never met. I lived in L.A. for decades too; something else we have in common. You are still in the rat race though. That, I gave up seven years ago and moved north to Oregon. Glad to meet you.

Ann said...

Up to nothing but "heat" and more "heat" Having to stay inside. Darling baby. They are so special.

Don said...

What a bunch of cuties! All of you!

Chris H said...

I ADORE wee babies too... and here's a wee secret... I am going to be getting another wee grandbaby in 7 months! Woooo Hoooo!

Robyn said...

I too am a great aunt to a baby girl and I completely understand the passion.

Beautiful Post... and also congrats on being a winner ;)

best wishes always
Robyn

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