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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.

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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.

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

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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).

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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

Happy Anniversary Jack and Mary

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Two years ago Mary joined our family when she married Neil’s best friend Jack.jack and maeryFollowing a beautiful wedding, their honeymoon was a bicycle tour of Italy.  I found bicycle fabric and made this quilt to celebrate their marriage. DSCN3685Mary assigned tables at the reception using bicycle names. I had no idea there were so many companies making bikes!
DSCN3689Of course a wedding quilt made by me HAD to include a heart or two.
DSCN3690 The design for this quilt had a lot of blank space that allowed me to personalize the quilt by writing Mary and Jack’s names, wedding date, church and reception venue in the stitching.DSCN3695Much love was stitched into this quilt for our dear, dear friends.
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October 10, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Posted in Bev, Family, Quilts

The Wonderful Oz

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Katya and Unity had their little baby boy last Friday and I could not be more in love with him or more happy for them.  He was ready to roll and ended up showing his sweet little face three weeks early!  So excited to watch him grow up and watch Julian and Oz be homies.

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October 3, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Posted in Dara, Family

I’m Finally Reading Again!

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I have finally gotten back into reading . . . thank goodness!  I didn’t realize how much I missed it until I started back in again.

I have been reading Simplicity Parenting.  I read about it somewhere and thought it was the perfect time in my life to pick it up.  It’s all about how society these days is faster and busier than ever and there is too much stuff, too many choices, and too little time . . . and how those pressures really define children’s paths in life. The blue print for change includes:

  • Streamline your home environment. Reduce the amount of toys, books, and clutter—as well as the lights, sounds, and general sensory overload.
  • Establish rhythms and rituals. Discover ways to ease daily tensions, create battle-free mealtimes and bedtimes, and tell if your child is overwhelmed.
  • Schedule a break in the schedule. Establish intervals of calm and connection in your child’s daily torrent of constant doing.
  • Scale back on media and parental involvement. Manage your children’s “screen time” to limit the endless deluge of information and stimulation.

Most of these are already done in our house . . . but some aren’t . . . and I can see how those items could have a profound effect on little Julian some day.

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I just saw that The Fault in Our Stars movie is coming out in June so I need to take a brief break from Simplicity in order to read the book before the movie comes out.

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May 14, 2014 at 10:52 am