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 photo from here
i love a good, simple collection. brian does not. something about this collection remind me of my mom. she collects old bottles and old glass.  such a pretty thing to collect.

i’m going NO where this weekend. staying put, hanging out in the yard and going to birthday parties (adult and kid ones).
spring is here.
have a fabulous, peaceful weekend.
umbrella from beachbungalow8


time to get friday ON



Love this.  Happy Tuesday. Happy YOUesday!

I admit my heart is still breaking over Japan. The Tsunami. The Earthquake. The Nuclear Explosions. The Deaths. And, it is frigid winter over there. I’m sure it is for many of you have aching hearts,  too.

thanks for the photo, leslie

I hope you had a beautiful weekend. With my grandmother, cousin, sweet sister and beautiful neice were in town – plus and lots of family and friends in our back yard to celebrate Beatrice’s 4th Birthday Pirate style — WE DID!!!

Here is a band that I am enjoying thanks to Black Eiffel. The name of the band is:  Little Joy. Have you heard of them? They are happy, chirpy, cheerful and FANTASTIC! Amazing voice:  this clip is amazing, too.

Little Joy

photo from Chronicle Books

Download the album on itunes or amazon.*

Thanks for visiting my blog. I love it when you stop by. 
This cute card says it best!
 cutest card (I say this all the time to people!) 
via Steel Petal Press & aroomsomewhere 



i regret these aren’t the best focused pictures. i quickly took them with my phone. last week beatrice’s dance school performed a charity recital, Faith in Motion. this is her second year going to class, but the first performance i have seen because i have always been back stage. it was breathtaking. i, very honestly, was amazed at how good the girls were, especially the older ones. and, b’s class was absolutely adorable. they were soooo cute. brian and i were so proud of our little dancer!

we usually take beatrice somewhere to celebrate post performance, like Chops or Christopher’s for desert. but, tonight we had sweet Whitaker. so, El Som for dinner it was! Tana and Whitaker snuggled on one side of the booth, while Papa, Beatrice and I sat on the other side. it was a great night. :)


Hello February.  For me, February is about getting back into the swing of things. It’s red. It’s pink. It’s almost green and this year, it is almost spring!   It’s also the month we celebrate love. It’s about building and getting ready. It is putting it in gear. Happy F.E.B. 

The month is off to a great start: I did play hooky yesterday. I left the office and went to the gym. Does that count?

Oh, and I should let you know that Brian did like his red velvet cake.  

Here’s to a wonderful and productive February full of love, and a fun run.

photo via absolutelybeautifulthings
just a picture i love…to begin the week.
via absolutely beautiful things

I remember  how this feels.

You know it smells like dirt right when it begins to rain {oh, my. how cool.}
Since I started working for my husband’s electrical office, I have become more educated and interested in green living practices. Every industry magazine, newsletter, meeting seems to pulse with sustainability as the suggested life line. More, as my friend Katie can attest I enjoy gardening as a hobby. I like living things.
I stumbled upon the work of Patrick Blanc, is the creator of the Vertical Garden . I really like it.
It takes my breathe away.  
He has been creating these forest floors, turned sideways all over Paris among other international locales.

via maryruffle
Grace-Based Parenting
I just finished reading Graced Based Parenting, Set Your Family Free by Dr. Tim Kimmel; and, it is so fresh on my seller’s bookshelf that the dust hasn’t had time to settle. Browse the shelf and buy the book, here.

I never tire of seeing images of her….

Love this new print from TypeTypeType. Makes me want to go conquer something.

via a room somewhere

“If you could go to one foreign city tomorrow, where would it be,” the spokesman threw his voice into the microphone during the Newlywed Game at the BUMC Valentine Banquet.

Paris. I, immediately thought of Paris. I love Paris. LOVE PARIS

You would think, I would like to venture to a boom town in  South Africa,
Brazil, or Russia. Maybe go somewhere different, Christy??? But, no. I am a simple girl. I would like to go back to Paris.

I love this necklace that displays the City of Light by the Bluemoss Girls. And, I love Paris.

*ding*ding*ding*  I answered, “Paris.”


Speaking of Valentine’s Day, did I mention that I think this year’s is among the best ever. Well, except the one where Brian proposed. That is tops, totally. But, this year my old man did so great. He gave me potted red tulips. They weren’t “floristy” ones, either. They were garden types in a pot with soil and roots. So, he gave me the best flowers ever in a pot that HE tied a red gingham ribbon around and topped with  a very heartfelt card. He said the red gingham bow just looked like me (…I am guessing that is because of all the red gingham-ry he has seen due to the Wizard of Oz fascination and upcoming birthday party). Perfeito. I loved every minute of our Valentine’s Day this year. I gave him an oversized Hallmark  card from the family. It was a Wizard of Oz theme. Considering Beatrice’s obsession with the Wizard of Oz and her enthusiasm of the large card with all the characters (…seriously, her eyes were as big as saucers), this card was SO perfect. Beatrice and I decorated the huge envelope and we shared our presents over breakfast. Beatrice got a tiny box of chocolates from Papa, and a book from Mama while Whitaker scored a whole bunch of lovin’, a homemade cookie and a card from Tana.  It was a delicious morning around our house in more ways than one.

*Print via d. Sharp Journal

Oh, what a night. Does this look like fun (minus the heaters), or what?

{Photo from Mindy Weiss via Oh Happy Day}

Want to have your own outdoor party night, here’s a plan.  
They say that French is the language of love, so here’s my try at French Lovie. I am going to surprise the hubby with the foreign ring of my affection.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Less than a minute

Here’s How:

  1. Find the person you love.
  2. Say his or her name.
  3. Say je t’aime.
  4. The j in je is pronounced [zh] like the g in mirage, e is pronounced like the oo in good
  5. t’aime is pronounced [tem] to rhyme with them.
  6. Optional: Follow with ‘my darling’:
    – To a woman = ma chérie, pronounced [ma shay ree].
    – To a man = mon chéri, pronounced [mo(n) shay ree]. The (n) is nasal.
  7. Optional: To respond to someone who says ‘I love you,’ say Je t’aime aussi (I love you too). Aussi is pronounced ‘oh see.’


  1. Practice a few times before you spring it on your sweetheart!

What You Need:

  • Your beloved
  • A few minutes of practice
*Photo by type oh

Oh Happy Day made these scrumptious party hats. She has the templates and directions on her blog for you to devour. I am posting them here to wish you a fiesta of a weekend in a cute party hat kind of way.

Party hat-on. Happy Weekend!

Update: January 31, 2011

Hat's On!