Sunday, 20 April 2014

Happy Easter!

Thought I'd share. The Easter Bunny definitely wasn't our forte last week but he gained a lot more popularity with my crew this morning!

Happy Easter everyone, it is and always will be a day full of hope. As it should be. 

Thursday, 17 April 2014


Since this afternoon my heart has been a jumbled mess as I've seen one of my dearest friends experience every parent's worst nightmare. Her wonderful son, Mila's age almost exactly, has been in the hospital very unexpectedly and they've been facing some horrific uncertainties. Thankfully, very very thankfully our deepest fears aren't coming to fruition and although he's not out of the woods yet, they are getting some answers and they are hopeful. I am thankful, relieved, and likely will be crying again soon. Isn't it scary, isn't it all so fragile--in an instant your entire landscape can shift so dramatically.

Maybe soon I'll post about our fun little Easter egg hunts we've been doing with the girls, and our new gardening adventures, or plans for fairy houses, or all the fun we had last month. March was good to us. Shoot, April's been good to us. But for now I'm just holding these people I love the most in this world a little tighter today, saying yes a lot more, and appreciating things that often get taken for granted.

Sunday, 30 March 2014


"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014." 

More about the 52 project here.

Dani: my littlest leprechaun. She's 99% imp and I can't get enough of her. 

Mila: She was so funny on St. Paddy's day. Steve had forgotten to dress her in pajamas with green in it the night before, so the first thing she did the next morning, even before coming into our room, was get dressed in this. No pinching for Mila this year!

Friday, 21 March 2014


"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014." 

More about the 52 project here.


Mila: It's funny but looking back we realize she's always done this hands-jammed-in-mouth thing whenever she's feeling shy or nervous. That's our Wugs. 
Dani: Her and I had such a sweet, calm morning alone last week doing some gardening in the front yard. She was my striped gnome helper.


"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014." 

More about the 52 project here.

 Mila: This was Dani's baptism day. The past week we had been 'celebrating' all of her babies getting baptized, including Pinocchio over there. Her idea, not mine. p.s. same headband she wore on her 2nd birthday :)
Dani: Here she is in her baptism gown, and you can see the glimmer of a tear at the bottom of her left eye. There may have been some howling. Baptismal water on the head is rough, folks.

1st Friday of spring

There's a shift in our day's rhythm that's come with the changing season (this is the best time of year to be a Floridian. Not hot. Gorgeous.). With the extra hour of daylight YAY! we've been spending it outside in that glorious bath of afternoon sunlight; gardening, tending to new flowers, new trees, eating mulch (Dani), setting out the bubble machine, making plans for a vegetable garden and a sunflower house, riding bicycles and scooters, eating dirt (again Dani). My parents gave us a barbeque for Christmas (thank you!) and well, grilling. I have a section in my summer recipes folder (yes I have a folder with recipes just for summertime. No shame!) just for grilling that went sadly unused year after year. Not this year! And canoeing. We went today; it was our first attempt with the girls unless you count the time we put Mila in a kayak in Hawaii and she screamed her head off, hating the life jacket. I count that. And in comparison everything went wildly better. Mila was amazing in the canoe, she is absolutely so ready for this stuff. Dani was doing a little up-down up-down I am the captain now thing (good movie! highly recommend) which in theory sounds benign but add wind, strong currents, and an alligator sighting not beached but in the water with us and well, I'm still saying better than the Hawaii moment. This spring's gonna be a good one.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014


"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014." 

More about the 52 project here.

Mila: Her half birthday was last week and we gave her our old point-and-shoot which never gets used anymore. She's getting the hang of it. I love seeing her perspective on things when she takes pictures with my iphone. 

 Dani: Her first time going strawberry picking, she was in her element. Besides avocadoes, strawberries are Dani's favorite.