December 31, 2010

Spring at West Elm


Its here! It's here! aaaaaaa!
These plates will be mine. There are no words. Can't you just see them in my kitchen. Mmm.

I have high hopes for meal time this year. I'm dying over these napkins.

Wait. there's more.
This pillow...heck to the yes

It's not easy wearing the crown




Sequin crown from the $1 bins at Joanns. It broke in a few days. Not surprising. I think all the ladies in this house need another. For New Year's and all.


Mamiya C220, Fuji 800Z

December 30, 2010

Life


Arrange whatever pieces come your way.
Virginia Woolfe




Trying.

Grape Juice

Isn't it pretty?

December 29, 2010

Peekaboo eyes {Just another day}

this is a rare one. they don't snuggle with each other. L is usually tormenting M.



{glazed over watching cartoon eyes}



December 28, 2010

One of my favorites


Peace - that was the other name for home.
Kathleen Norris

The Hasson Boys





Too cute for words pretty much sums it up.
P.S. I would like to have a boy for the sole reason of putting bow ties on him.

December 27, 2010

Mmmm Hmmm


There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.

My favorite pic from the trip


I'm not going to lie....I wish he was my grandpa.



And portraits....they are the reason I got into photography in the first place. (I have a project brewing in my head that thrills me.)

December 26, 2010

The Good Report

1. Lots of snow early in the week left me feeling totally festive.
2. Even spent some time playing outside in it with the girls.
3. A rebate check I've been waiting on arrived in the mail.
4. This doll house left me speechless.
5. More killer quilts (links) from my sister. Argyle this week! here and here.
6. Canned 34 pints of refried beans. Finally. That's been on my to do since August.
7. I love canning in the winter. I pop open all the windows and get to it.
8. The hubs scored the best Christmas gift for the girls. A metal toy shopping cart for HALF OFF. I've been wanting one of those.
9. I finally figured out how to fix my comment moderation.
10. The hubs got off early on Christmas Eve.
11. and will have New Year's Eve off too!
12. Chatting into the wee hours (2 AM) with my sister while everyone else slept.
13. I love that the girls will fall asleep at her house.
14. And my sister helped M fall asleep.
15. The hubs scored me some sweet surprises during his eleventh hour shopping.
16. I need to grow some fresh basil. (see recipes below)

Homemade fish sticks were fantastic. The hubs loved them. He favored the herb dipping sauce that came with the recipe. While I went old school and mixed up a little ketchup/mayo from my childhood. It's all about the Panko. First time I've cooked with it and it makes all the difference. Regular bread crumbs will not do folks. Also, I substituted tilapia for flounder because that's what I had.

And I finally got around to making that rice pudding I've mentioned before. There are no words. It's rich. Decadent. Deelish. Run to your kitchen and whip yourself up a batch. Actually there's no whipping. It's a slower than slow process, but totally worth it.
**Just so you know the thickening didn't start to make any progress until after the 45 minute mark. And it got real good around 54 minutes. Don't be alarmed....it really is slower than slow peeps.

And our Christmas day appetizers were a hit:
Jalapeno Popper dip. Loved. we ate ours with French bread. Super Easy.
Bruschetta. I could eat this all day. My only tip would be to wait to add the red onion until you are ready to eat also (you do this with the fresh basil). Red onion is strong when it sits around.


all this = Christmas coma
I need some veggies and fruit to detox.

December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas



Favorite Christmas song.
Favorite version.

December 23, 2010

Speechless


I think the home should rise up to greet you.
courtesy of my sister, Shauna






This is one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard.

More wedding snaps






I kind of love this set....


so cute.....





Some thoughts.....

I cannot tell you how many times I've thought to myself that I don't take enough photos. (The feeling is heightened for weddings). But I feel that way about our life too. Sometimes I feel pulled in some many visual directions and they all excite me. I've been known to walk away mid conversation when I see something. The hubs is not much of a fan of that move.

I'm telling you there were plenty more shots. Untaken.
Shoulda, coulda, woulda. . . .
{insert photographer's angst. lots of it.}

Also, I'm highly selective when I photograph. I'm not a snap, snap, snap, and then snap some more type. It's a good thing to be discerning. Except when the moment is over and you feel like the visual story is incomplete like I always do. I'm working on: Selective, but thorough.

Mamiya C220, Fuji 800Z

December 22, 2010

A November Wedding





Pure loveliness I tell you!
Mamiya C220, Fuji 800Z


December 21, 2010

Boston Temple







Mamiya C220, Fuji 800Z

December 20, 2010

Where we stayed







Mamiya C220, Fuji 800Z

Plowing through the funk

{I'm still in one}
I'm still feeling so disappointed about some things. But it's also combined with a "hey-jerk-you're-so-ungrateful-didn't-you-just-have-something-undeniably-beautiful-happen-a few weeks-ago" guilt whisper in my ear. All I can see is what's missing. My glass is half empty, baby. And how's this?........I want our life to be different. Like really, really different. So much of it is in the details of our daily routine. But even MORE is bigger than that. And I feel paralyzed by all the need tos, should have, change this, change that, really want tos, could haves, what ifs, hope tos piling in my brain. How is it all going to work out? It's a lot. I can't sleep.
For now, I'm telling myself it's ok. Everything will work out. And this funk? It's just a phase. You'll snap out of it. The important things will change. And you'll discover exactly what it is you need. You'll start to move forward and you'll see change which will facilitate for more change and eventually you and this little family will be right where you hoped and the disappointment will be totally forgotten. And all those times you wished, hoped and literally prayed, "can I please please please be more than I am right now?" will lead to later when you'll think about this part of your story and say to yourself, "I'm so much better than I was".
P.S. I can't stop feeling like this is an important year for us.
P.S. I don't feel like photographing. But I do have about four quilts in my head that I want to get started on.

December 19, 2010

The Good Report

1. I'm feeling better.
2. Photographed the latest quilt.
3. I'm FLIPPING OUT over this one spotted by Em. I'll be making it very soon.
4. Photographed our Christmas decor too. Probably won't get it posted though. aw, well there's always next year.
5. Turned leftover roast and this slaw into a hit sandwich for the hubs. I'm dying to try (not enough leftovers to go around).
6. Been thinking a lot about this talk again.

Tried some new recipes and went with one of our dinner classics this week. Easy and deelish.

Off to deliver those neighbor gifts....

Good Morning, Boston


Sleeping in late is one of the very best things about vacations.

Mamiya C220, Fuji 800Z

December 18, 2010

MFA Boston


While in Boston we visited the MFA. THE BEST surprise ever...a very large Richard Avedon Exhibit! Ahhhhhh!!! Sweet mother. His fashion.....well, it's true love for me. Awesome, awesome, awesome. Seeing SO MANY of my favorites (like this and this) was fantastic. If I lived in a large city I would be cruising the museums once a month. All at once though is massive sensory overload. No joke. I left with a headache.

(more of my thoughts on the Avedon exhibit later...that needs to be a whole post)







P.S. I never photograph in existing indoor light. It terrifies me. Admittedly, I made some exposure mistakes. Like this last image. Not exactly the drama I was going for. And then.... I didn't make some mistakes too.

I WILL step out of my comfort zone.

Mamiya C220, Fuji 800Z

December 14, 2010

ONE SPACE

Have you seen Simply Grove's one space series? It's one of my faves. And I actually happened to run across an image that stopped me dead in my tracks and I thought to myself:
This is my one space.
(for now)


laid back. unfussy. open.
and strewn with modern pieces of furniture.
and those little pops of color. oh yes.
cool, yet, child friendly (nothing too precious).

December 13, 2010

Take the mini tour

and read what I said about it all HERE

December 12, 2010

The Good Report

1. I heard a rumor and it's true.....Headed to a sweet new lab tomorrow to have my trip film scanned.
Will there actually be pics later this week? It's very possible.
2. Kind of been enjoying the internet silence and hermit lifestyle we've been living the past couple of weeks. Nesting has been nice.
3. Finished that quilt. Been using it all week.
4. Now I really have a lot to do.....
5. The hubs is feeling better.
6. I'm not yet.
7. L turned 3.
8. The hubs was totally chill when L threw up at dinner last night in a public resaurant. I wasn't there. I don't think I would have been as chill.
9. DO NOT come over to our house. It's bad.
10. I want to feel better.
11. And do all the Birthday and Christmas-y things we had planned for the weekend.

aw, well....


I've seen hundreds, but I actually want to do this advent calendar for next year.
Gingerbread party invites
Ina's Cheddar corn chowder sounds deelish. This one was a bomb (so much garlic I couldn't even eat it. And I love garlic. It has major potential if you drastically reduce the garlic. To their credit...my cloves were gigantic).
West Elm FREE printable Christmas tags and recipe cards. Oh yes! These are good ones.



P. S. Bloom is featuring our house tour tomorrow morning. Before you feel like crappity-crap like I do when I see other people's houses just remember I can take a decent photo of our very awkward space.
Also, I spent some time on their blog and it is a gold mine for mothers.

December 09, 2010

Little house of horrors

Yesterday, my lab called and said their film scanner crashed. Translation: can't post photos to my bloggity blog without a digital copy. Oh the horror! Even worse... they will not be repairing it any time soon. Not that I'm shocked since I'm one of two people who processes film there and this is like THE busiest time of year for photo labs. Film folks are understandably not a priority. But man oh man!

Looks like I will have to take my film to another (more expensive, and not really my fave) lab for a while. Bummer, bummer, bummer. Excuse me while I cry on my pillow.
{And no I will not be switching to digital. Can't do it. Film is just too pretty straight out of the camera}.

In other bummer news....the hubs and I have some sort of flu. And I cannot figure out why we catch everything on the planet. We have been sick so many times this year. It's like a horror show at our house. G for gross!





P.S. Film snobs of the world unite!

December 05, 2010

The Good Report

1. Started whitening my teeth again. (It's been three years...due to babies).
2. Got those Christmas cards printed.
3. And finished the house decorating. I didn't remember it being so much work last year. I pooped out and let it go. My dreams are always bigger than the execution.
4. Finished quilting a quilt I started much earlier in the year. And used my own sewing machine (who knew that one would work out?)
Thanks to this tip from my sister (no more borrowing) I'll be pumping some out come January.
5. Made fab french dips with these potatoes. Ultimate comfort food.
6. Got a lot of Christmas shopping done. It's so much easier without the kiddos.

December 01, 2010

I love all seasons

(But I'm partial to the ones I don't sweat my can off)




Winter is a time for comfort.....It is the time for home.
Dame Edith Setwell

November 30, 2010

On my mind for quite a while


Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle

November 28, 2010

On the Home Front

I only choose things I absolutely love, if I can't find what I want,
I just live without it until I find exactly what I'm looking for.
Designer, Jessie Zinke

The Good Report

Back-from-Boston-now-it's-Thanksgiving-whirlwind-week

1. These boots did not fail me. So comfortable even when walking, walking, walking. I wore them every day.
2. Sitting next to her on the plane made for interesting conversation and a seemingly short flight.
3. And now I'm considering yoga for my "i'm feeling old"/hunchback problem.
4. Temple weddings always make me feel deeply tender towards my own little fam. So does a four day absence.
5. Started The Intentional Family on the plane.
6. Best chips and salsa. Ever.
8. A deelish tower of salad technique I'd like to try at home.
9. My order from JCrew Factory arrived while we were gone. Everything fits and I love it all. (Which is good since it cannot be returned).
10. My sister totally took care of business (as usual). And calmed my aching heart. And listened to my distressed sobs from the airport. M was pretty sick when we left.
11. My pediatrician totally took care of business too. He's the best.
12. Jeffy surprised me with a magazine after a particularly funky day
13. And did the grocery shopping even after his long day at work.
14. Mid week brought a very unexpected piece of mail. Let's just say that I BELIEVE (big time).
15. I started decorating for Christmas.
16. Scored Swanson's chicken broth for 39 cents a can. I use that stuff all the time.

November 23, 2010

Back in the saddle

I can usually look on the bright side of life. Even in the middle of stress or whatever is going on (see my Good Reports), but I'm feeling deeply disappointed today about some things and can't shake it off.

Time to make my bed, snap a few photos (maybe of the freshly fallen snow), snuggle the girls, cry on Jeff's shoulder, clean the house (oh yeah, I'm so down with cleaning as therapy), listen to very loud, very good music.

What do you do to shake it off?


P.S. The wedding was sweet and loving, full of tender feelings. The bride...beautiful.
P.P.S. I'm hibernating this week. Photos from our trip....uh, I'm not making any promises.

November 22, 2010


{wish I could remember where I saw this}

November 15, 2010

Pajama Party


This doesn't work for everyone. But I knew it would for them when she threw out the idea.

And I knew I would love hanging out on a Saturday afternoon.


























I like to think of Whitnee as my cooler, funkier alter ego. You know, the one that dances and chops her hair off into a mohawk. That's why we need to be friends.

Mamiya RZ, Fuji 800Z