Sunday, December 21, 2014


It's hard to believe we're just days away from Christmas.  I've been looking forward to Christmas for weeks now.  We've been talking about Santa and his reindeer.  Baking all different kinds of Christmas cookies.  And making messes with play dough, wooden beads, markers, and watercolors.  As a special treat, I traveled down to Brooklyn to visit one of my best friends for the weekend.  By myself!  We stayed with her friends Donald and Paulie and their puppies Pinecone (pictured) and Voltron!  It was a hoot!  I feel like I got an introduction to Brooklyn, complete with a stop at Belloque Tea and brunch at a French restaurant that boasted fantastic saffron ratatouille.  We made it to Soho so I could shop for paper.  And then to the Paulie's work party--the 24th floor had fantastic views!

Although I didn't stay out very late that night in Brooklyn, I ended up sleeping in till noon.  Something I don't recall doing since college!  Like my body was wanting to splurge.  I had no one to take care of but myself.  The term "luxury" is regularly being redefined.

I'm missing my sisters.  Missing my friends far, far away.  Even close to the ocean and the delights of this island, I long for the familiarity my friends and family bring.  Sending you love!  All of you!

Merry Christmas ~

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Flavors of the Season

Right now I'm soaking up the quiet of a successful nap time.  This happens but rarely.  Sleeping in their bunks, bundled up with their favorite blankies and nuks.  Bliss!  Absolute bliss.  It's funny, up until April, I had the delight of two nappers.  Then William gave up his afternoon nap.  And then two months ago, Madeleine gave up hers.  Oh, the despair!  I think I cried.  Actually, yes, I did cry.  So, we have learned to burn through our afternoons the best we can, limping along.  But, on these rare occasions when they both embrace the "quiet time" and sleep, I thrill.  Oh, that's right, this is how I managed to get my emailing/posting/shop updates done!  This was when I would rest.  When I would recuperate from the busy morning!

We've been making Jello play dough.  Pink walls.  And crocheting mini beanies!  It's been a flavorful month thus far!  And we aren't even half-way!  Hurray!

The weekend after Thanksgiving we travelled to Massachusetts (or simply "Mass" as it's known here), to visit a winery.  There were hay bales, wine tastings, food-fired pizzas, and alpacas!  I think they were alpacas (Victoria, help me out!).  It was a beautiful day.  Chilly, but with heaps of sunshine and good moods all round.  Madeleine snored part of the way home--sign of a good time!