Wednesday, April 29, 2009


ripe strawberries.

a sunflower field.

summer thunderstorms.

a good, long bike ride.

chalk sessions with the kiddies.

ice cream.

coney island.

the beach at sunset.

and all things summer...

p.s. find these scrumptious photos on
strawberries- eternal images
sunflowers- art of whimsy photo
summer rain- wood and pixels
bicycles- dripstick
chalk- sheena lu
ice cream- the block store
coney island- gallogirl photos
sunset surf- aaron overstreet art

Thursday, April 23, 2009


the daffodils have finally come out to play.

happy, sweet friday!


little thank you's

i went into my kids' school, just like every wednesday, and look what happened!
i was bamboozled by some 20 pretty cool first-graders and one talented teacher.
actually i am embarrassed to say that i was 10 minutes late (without a good excuse) and as i walked through the door, mrs. polglaze stopped the kids from whatever they were doing. in a snap, 20 pairs of eyes were focused on me. my first thought was crud, i am going to be made an example of how not to be late...

instead, i was rewarded with this...

and this...20 sweet and thoughtful cards.

i so love their artwork and the touching things that they wrote. i think this picture looks even better than the "real" version of me.

and this picture cracks me up: forget about's the easter bunny pointing to some chocolate chip cookies instead- er, they are cookies right?

and this is the 'after' pic of me once i polished all those chocolate chip cookies that the easter bunny made.

all this just for doing something that i enjoy and feel blessed to do. their appreciation and kindness made an already sunny day brighter. i plan to pay it forward.

it's amazing what little thank you's can do.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

bug love

ever since i was a wee lass, i've coveted my cousin brad's '68 black convertible bug. funny, i don't remember ever actually riding in it although i did get to cruise in his sister's ghia-what great fun too!. i do remember longing, hoping one day that i would own my own convertible bug...maybe even have brad's beetle one day. i think i held a funeral the day brad broke up with his girlfriend and she relinquished custody of it and bye-bye bug... what a lucky girlfriend.

i got over my heartbreak (kinda) and so did brad, and i figured one day probably when i was old and gray and had some cabbages to throw around, i'd own one. mind you, not one of the newer, slick, easter-egg hued bugs you see zipping around town, but the older-quirky-rumbling-retro version.

i didn't have to wait too long. christmas 2008 to be exact. see the mr. above? he's so sneaky...

and here she, meet madam blueberry!
last friday, the first 70 degree day of the year, we were finally able to dust her off so she could make her debut. we packed the kids, the dog, turned the top down, and headed to the park (the long way, of course) for a picnic. i feel a little embarassed to say it, but we felt a bit like celebrities, as we puttered along, sun on our faces and wind blowing through our hair. people stopped to look, wave, honk, smile, and we even got one thumbs up. now i know that it wasn't us that was garnering all the attention, rather the car, but it was fun to pretend we were famous.

speaking of kids, here are the rascals. i think they did their share of waving and had a fun time in the back seat enjoying life and having fun. i'm pretty sure they will put this somewhere in their memory files, hopefully in the happy section.

i know i definitely will. it was every bit the wait and more.


p.s. first picture of the black bug is by gl0ri.

Monday, April 13, 2009

easter recap

tye-dyed hands.

jeweled eggs.

fresh air and sunshine
(and of course an egg hunt!).

fairy houses.

and daffodils.

each one of these things made for a perfect day.
hope your easter was lovely too!

Friday, April 10, 2009

happy easter!

i can't believe that easter is a mere day away! it snuck up on us this year, but we managed to get eggs filled for the egg hunt tomorrow, prepare the house for company, and our sunday's best is pressed and ready to go. and hooray- we will be enjoying our 60 degree weather with no snow (unlike last year) so we can have an outside easter egg hunt this year. we are officially ready to celebrate easter.
have a wonderful easter everyone!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

milwaukee museum

as promised, i wrote earlier last weekend, that i would share what the fam and i did over the weekend. the kids are titanic nuts- they've pored over countless books about the titanic. we missed the last exhibit in chicago, so when the titanic exhibit made it's way to milwaukee we jumped at the opportunity.

when you arrive at the beginning of the exhibit, you receive a white star line pass to "board" the titanic. i learned a couple of new things that day; one being that one first class tickets cost about $4000, the equivalent of $69,000 today. holy dang...that was a lot of money. i also didn't know that a lot of passengers (who were scheduled to board other white star line ships), in an unlucky twist of fate, were transferred to the titanic because of a coal strike.

the neat thing about the boarding pass is that on the other side, it has the name of a passenger who was on the titanic. there are facts about each passenger, where they were originally from, where they were traveling to, their class, age and family. throughout the exhibit, it was interesting to watch people "own" their ticket. they would say things to their companions such as, "who are you?" and "i am so and so; i'm in the second class." and "i'm going to _______."

lana recieved the boarding pass of lady lucy duff-gordon from london, england. she was thrilled that "madame lucille" was a famous fashion designer who traveled to her businesses in paris, london, ny and chicago. did you know that she coined the word "chic"? above, is a photo of madam lucille looking very chic, holding a very cute dog.

keith had the ticket of an 18 year old from the u.k. named percy andrew bailey and fordy had the ticket of a male named frank thomas andrew, both who were in second class and making new lives for themselves in the states. as for myself, i held the boarding pass of mrs. stephen hold (annie margaret hill) from england. she was 36 years old and traveling back to her home in sacramento. it was interesting that i would receive a boarding pass of a lady who was the same age as myself and also traveling to my home state of california.

there were many artifacts in the exhibit, like a toothpaste well, leather suitcase, money, watches and even perfume in their original vials, which supposedly you were able to still smell. see the plates all lined up in a row at the bottom of the sea? the same dishes were displayed in the exhibit, looking as brand-spanking new as the day they were placed in the kitchen cabinets of the titanic. being in the same room with all these objects, many still intact, was humbling.

in the last room, there was a large list on the wall that organized all of the titanic's passengers by class and then further separated by who survived and who perished that fateful night. the discrepancy between what class they were in and how it influenced who survived and who didn't, was staggering. lady duff-gordon survived as did mrs. annie hold. mr. bailey and mr. andrews, who were of course men and second class passengers to boot, did not.

in all, 706 passengers survived and 1517 passengers died. when you take in account that these passengers had families who loved them and many had bright hopes for the future, it really hits you.

if you ever get the chance to experience this exhibit, i hope that you will. i know that we were happy that we took the time to go. of course now this has resparked the titanic craze in our house, so you can only guess what we're going to watch tonight?