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Summer vacation, part one

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Neil, Sewfee and I headed to NYC for the first part of our vacation. It was Sewfee first trip on an airplane, and the first time Neil and I have been away together in years. Julian and I assembled a lego truck. I was amazed at his ability to located and place those little pieces in the correct place.

We visited Victoria Gardens in Central Park and discovered that Julian doesn’t like whipped cream.We celebrated Dara’s Birthday. She has grown up to be a very special woman and a truly spectacular mother. Sloane and Sewfee developed a very close relationship, especially during mealtime. Sloane LAUNCHES any food she doesn’t like off her high chair. Unfortunately for Sewfee, she doesn’t like vegetables.

Sewfee made herself right at home.We had such a wonderful visit!

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August 12, 2018 at 8:32 pm

Sewing (clothing) again

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I grew up in a family that sewed. On of my favorite memories is going home from school one day and asking Mom Mom to help me make a dress for a choral concert that night. I loved that time with Mom as much as the dress, one of my favorites!

Mom and I made a dress for Sloane, how special to be making a dress for her great grandchild.

She is Julian’s sister, poor bump! She is also SUCH a GIRL!! She loved putting my shoes to walk around.

I don’t know if Julian actually wants a shirt, but as a grandmother I can’t make something for one grandchild and not the other. So I’m learning to make a shirt. How did I grow up sewing without the help of YouTube??? I keep saying I’m going to get a job writing instructions for making bags. CLOTHING INSTRUCTIONS ARE WORSE!!! After hours of searching, I found a website that helped me make an acceptable collar for Julian’s dinosaur shirt.

On to the sleeves…..

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July 18, 2018 at 8:37 pm

Where to start…

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So much has happened in the past three years. We can't go back, but how to go forward. I miss documentation of our lives. Most important is the growth of my precious daughter's family: I love my Dara,Mike,Julian and Sloane❤️

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August 13, 2017 at 10:31 pm

Thinking of You . . .

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Mom, it was a wonderful week visiting you!  I don’t have many (very good) pictures . . . but here are the ones I do have. 🙂

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I also read two things this morning that made me think of you.

First up, this article on five new mystery novels coming out this month.

Secondly, this story on the Today show this morning about making mittens for Koalas in Australia.  Would be a fun project for your sewing group!  There is a pattern on this site.

That’s it for now!

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January 9, 2015 at 10:47 am

Totally Todos

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Waking up to the sun shining, reflecting off of the beautiful blue waters . . . watching my little boy spend all day, every day happily covered head to toe in sand and having a blast with his cousin. Seeing my big boy come back from his surfing adventures pumped that he didn’t kill himself or loose a limb. Eating guacamole at EVERY MEAL and drinking a margarita at sundown EVERY DAY . . . not a bad week at all!

We didn’t really have a bad meal in Mexico but our favorite restaurants were La Casita and Hierbabuena. We spent almost every day at the Los Cerritos Beach. There was this INSANE hotel called Hacienda Cerritos on a cliff overlooking the beach. I would love to go back and stay there.


Here are a few more pictures from our trip!

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December 9, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Posted in Dara, Family, Travel

Todos Santos

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One week from now our little family will be departing from New York . . . Ellen, Richard and Lauren will be departing from Boston . . . and Shannon, Sebastian and Harper will be departing from Anchorage . . . all with Todos Santos as our final destination! SOOOOOOO excited!  I really need a vacation and its perfect that we’re going somewhere warm when things are starting to get cold here.

Todos Santos (All Saints) is on the Pacific coast of Mexico about 45 miles north of Cabo San Lucas.  Its was initially founded as a Mission in 1724 and later became a major sugar-cane producer.   It reminds me A LOT of Kauai (from the pictures at least) because there are huge beautiful mountains and the ocean is filled with waves.  Here are a few more pictures and a great article on the little town can be found here.






We will be staying here.  Love the little deck at night time.


We will probably eat most of our meals at home but there are some REALLY awesome looking restaurants in Todos . . . especially Hierbabuena.  A little farm-to-table Mexican-style (horrible picture quality but you get the idea).



On a separate note, this will be Julian’s FIRST time on an airplane and first time out of the country – so big trip for the little guy (and me).  I went a little overboard on the toys I bought for the plane and will be packing WAY too many snacks . . . but you can never be too prepared, right?  Fingers crossed that it goes well!

Adiós tienen un gran fin de semana!  ( <– Working on my Spanish :))

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November 14, 2014 at 11:44 am

Posted in Dara, Family, Travel

Welcome Baby Oz

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One of our faithful blog readers and her husband recently welcomed a baby boy to their family. In addition to being one of your friends Katya and Unity graciously allowed us to stay in their home last Christmas. Here is the little cutie on the quilt I made for him.IMG_9593Mom,Dad and OzIMG_1332 The quilt looking lonesome…IMG_5586Enjoy life Oz!

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November 4, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Posted in Bev, Family, Quilts