Thursday, June 26, 2014


A year ago.

A year ago, while Adrian repaired a door frame, I took the kids to King's beach for the first time. Since then we have visited six local beaches. Today -after Amira's preschool graduation!!!-we took a walk at Marblehead's Devereux Beach. Looking forward to visiting many more beaches this year!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Our First House

Is a fixer upper...This past year has been full of projects, little and big.

 All the while, our babies are becoming kids.
 Sometimes helping out.
 Sometimes not.
 It's been an adventure. It's been most of our time.
 I look forward to sharing some of the before and afters.
We're hoping for a wonderful transformation.

Monday, May 6, 2013


I've been away from this blog for a while again... 
And in that time my little girl and boy have grown!
 Smiling while doing naughty things (like eating crayons!-yes I caught you!)
We experienced lots of snow-and a few holidays:
Valentines Day 

And Christmas
Played in more snow
Took walks before the snow came
Big girls walking
And baby cuddled up
With extended family
Painting inside
More walks in the snow
Even for forlorn little girls
 And lots of snack time. 

The days don't differ much, but time keeps passing. It is incredible to see time measured in the faces of our children. This winter felt long and hard, and we all look forward to a summer by the beach. But I am reminded of my Grandmother's warning, not to wish my life away looking too far forward. How much life happened this winter was worth more than each short cold day-and regardless of obstacles, I resolve to see the value and joy in each day lived.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Autumn 2012

It's been a while since I made a post, which is too bad, because I love looking back at these-especially when I am getting tired at work. Lately I have been busy at work, and always busy at home, and sometimes I just let time get the best of me. Now it is time to take control again! Especially as the cooler weather will inevitably give us more down time-or at least home time.

We tried to negotiate with Amira over her costume this year, as evidenced by the pictures above, Amira is a good negotiator. First she wanted to repeat last years batman costume. We said-be something new. She wanted to be Captain America-we being traditionalists wanted something scary. Amira settled on witch. I made about half of the planned costume. We wore it to the area pumpkin float. She loved it, and then was DONE with it. "Mommy, I want to be a monster." "You already have a witch costume." "Mommy, I don't want to be a witch." When I finally agreed to edit the witch to a monster: "Mommy, I want to be Snow White." "What happened to monster-or witch?" "Mommy I don't want to be a witch anymore, I want to be Snow White." Mom and Dad cringe at a princess for Halloween. Now Adrian wanted Max to be Frankenstein, and I was figuring that look out-and then Bride of Frankenstein dawned on us. Amira loved it: "Frankenstein wife." She has been talking lately about marrying James at school, so I think she was drawn to the bride idea, not really knowing what it is-or who Bride of Frankenstein is. But at the end of the day she loved it! Thankfully. Pretty simple with crochet hat for hair, and a left over muslin dress from a previous failed project-and she had the look!

As most New Englanders (& New Yorkers) will attest, this is the best season. The colors of fall make the bitter winter worth it. This year, the leaves turned all at once it seemed last week-and then Sandy ripped them off the trees this week. We were lucky here to just have a day at home, but I am thinking of the many who are still dealing with the aftermath.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Some time at Home

After a busy weekend of sales, beach, gymnastics & Grandma, we had some fun messing around at home on Monday.

First though, Amira and I went to the Zoo, just me and her-which happens unfortunately infrequently. Everyone we passed on the way to the Zoo, she had to tell where she was going and which animals she was going to see. To a pair of girls, she asked "Are you going to the Zoo? Everybody hurry up!"

We came home and had a relatively lazy rest of the day-with just mess making activities like legos and painting-and less mess making activities like watching Sponge Bob. Max also was working and on the move-not creeping just yet, but finding his way off his play mat, or out of his bumbo pillow.

It's good to take a day, and just do whatever; amazing how hard it can be to schedule nothing. And I wish I could spend more time just following the whims of the day.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Beautiful Day at SOWA

At SOWA again this past Sunday. We had a great time. The weather was perfect-and my mom was in town to help with the kids, so set up and take down were a breeze. Having a babysitter must have saved us about two hours! Saw a couple familiar vendors, Pier 43, Holly Land Treasures, and met a new vendor, Sweetest Hue. One of my favorite parts of doing these shows is meeting the other vendors and hearing how they do this. What shows to they go to, what shops do they sell in-does Etsy work for them? What kind of generator are they plugging their sewing machine in to so they can sew and sell in their booths? Just standard industry information.
Looking forward to being back in September. I have started making new winter items-featuring camel hair, wool, and velvet, and pulled out some favorite crochet/felted styles. More of these will be on my table in September, as it will be autumn!!! My little boy's head is getting so big-he needs a new hat too! And hopefully he will be my muse for some winter boy styles~and maybe some menswear as well.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

New England Rain at Castle Island

Yachts and Sailboats.
Rocks and Snails.
Puddles and Rain.

Salty air.
Look out.
Rolling water.