Wednesday, June 30, 2010

some randomness from a random few days....

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love how this light was captured... I love sparkly glittery light...

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I love how her bottom lip curls and begins to quiver when she begins to cry... I sometimes just let the cry come out to see the lip... oh it's just precious... sweet baby

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our girls crack us up constantly... they have so much fun together... always silly, always lots of giggles and always sweet beautiful noise... even when my days get wacky and I just want there to be quiet ... the sounds of them playing and giggling, and squealing is just beautiful... I know one day our home will be quiet ... and we really will miss the sounds... but there will just be other beautiful sounds... :-) this shot was taken just after they woke one morning... getting right to business and playing dress up... it's great!

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could possibly be one of my favorites...


Monday, June 28, 2010

a sticky gooey Pappas day....

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there is something about holidays that always take me back to my childhood... our traditions... the ways we did things and all of the fun it was to be a kid... then I look to my children and I let them create some memories with influences from both my memories and Pappas... and the cycle rhythmically begins... yet again

I remember tip toeing about my home with my older brother... creeping down our stairs to make my Daddy a lovely breakfast in bed... lots of toast with butter dripping off... maybe peanut butter... coffee with lots of grounds scattered about... he was always so happy to receive our thoughtful meal and ate every last bit....

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after breakfast in bed we took the morning out into our garden...

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a little painting...

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then as the evening rolled in... it became the perfect night for a relaxing fire and some sticky gooey smores... a really fun idea indeed

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all the Pappas... my Daddy, my brother -which is Isabelle's God-Father, and Pappa ....... I just love how Cecilia is looking up to my father there... so cute!

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my Grandmother -Mimi, came too which was a treat... it's so nice to have her... she love to sit and just watch our girls... maybe remembering when she was my age with her own little family... celebrating Father's Day...

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ohhhhh and then there is always silly Isabelle... such an entertainer


Saturday, June 19, 2010

seriously love Florida...

some days actually most days... I really thank my stars... sometimes for being so lucky to have such an amazing husband which is the sweetest Pappa to our beautiful little girls which I am so lucky to have... sometimes for having such incredible friends that have such love for life just as we do... and a lot of time I really feel so lucky to live in such paradise and to appreciate things so much!

Our dear friends invited us to go on a fun boat ride for Father's Day! The weather was amazing.. water so blue and calm and clear... everyone was happy!

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the Pappas with the kiddos in search of a dolphin which we saw plenty of...

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the sound here at this bird sanctuary was the best! lots of tweets, squawks, and honks... so busy these beautiful creatures are! the mamma pelicans feeding their babies... little baby ospreys popping their heads from their nests... This was so great for the kids to see...

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Ashley & the kids at the sandbar strolling and looking for crabs and sea urchins... found a bunch... little itty bitty sand crabs tickling little one's hands as they curiously hold back giggles... so wonderful!

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blue crab!

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on our way to the Salty Dog cafe... baby Cecilia fell so cuddly to sleep on me... the rhythm of the waves and the salty breezes was enough to make this little cupcake very tired... and me too! It's so great when they fall asleep on us... so safe and calm... they just fit so, and can somehow wiggle their ways in to find that special place that us Mammas wish they could stay for hours... days.... weeks!

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a nice refreshing mango daquiri mmmmm.....

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soft shell crab sandwich was THE BEST!!! That tasty crab is amazing!

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hold me Pappa... such a sweetie... even in her Pappa's fedora! a perfect way to end such a lovely morning!

Happy Father's Day to all of the lovely Pappas, Daddies, Grandfathers... and especially to my own Daddy!!!! I love you so much!!! I love to see you play and love my very own children... it's the best and I am so thankful every single day!!!!!!!!!

another great meal...

I could just photograph our meals entirely...

I love how much love and passion goes into even breakfast... I love to set tables... it's maybe my favorite thing. especially for parties...

but even for family dinners we feel it's important to present our meals beautifully! Pappa says it's important to have things looking nice and presented because we eat first with our eyes and then nose and then we taste..... It makes our meals special and we are then able to take our times and check in as a family...

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a gorgeous salad with greens and edible flowers from our garden... always a fun summer treat!

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a lot of this medley was grown by us too... I wish you could smell just how lovely this tasted...

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a really fantastic drizzle Pappa and Isabelle made... lots of tarragon from our garden and olive oil and fig infused vinegar... mmmmmm!

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when our kiddos help make things they are never hesitant to try... and they usually always love it!

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and I will end in a pretty sweet sister shot... love how they fall asleep at times... in each others arms and hearts... so soft and happy...

our little pizzaria!!!

at least once a week we have pizza night! flying dough, flour fills the kitchen, olive oil licks, and decorating each and every bit of the pies!

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one of the times we went to Italy we became obsessed with their amazing pizzas! We tried to figure out the secret! The dough is so crisp.. the tomatoes ... just scream tomatoes! So... now to re-create Italian style pizza... we have pizza stones, pizza paddles, corn meal for the bottoms... and most importantly use NO pasta sauce... instead POMI!!! it comes in a box and is imported from Italy.. just pour and there you go! and loads of basil and lots of olive oil!!

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nothing like a child's hands kneading dough...

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the toppings!

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baby likes to get in on the action... of course she helps make pizzas but her play set is always out during pizza night!


a bounty of goodness...

if I could live on a farm I sure would...

it would be just a small farm... full of rows and rows of lavender... a nice plot of veggies... tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, strawberries, raspberry bushes, some corn, and boxes and boxes of the freshest herbs on earth with so many bees buzzing that I get an urge to make some honey too!

I would wake every day and feed my chickens and pluck some eggs for breakfast, take a paddle on my canoe, and water my veggies ... hmmm and olives... and pick so many herbs and make some amazing fragrant olive oil to be sold at my shop in my little village... maybe I would take my horse to work... and my kids would wear no shoes and run and fly kites and stop for a fresh tomato break... this could be really fun... but I would have to live close to the beach too....

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back a few weeks we went to a farm nearby and plucked some amazing tomatoes for pretty much FREE! The sun was blazing on us as we collected bags full.. Our littlest one fell fast asleep as I carried her in one arm and my tomatoes in another.. and easy balance... how nice to pick so much goodness and head home and make a feast!!!

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yummy!!! so delicious... to take our time on a summer evening... no care of the time ticking and getting closer to bedtime... just slurping up every bit of pasta and enjoying every pop of each warm fresh tomato bursting with goodness!!!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Graduation Day...

such a special day...

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it was Graduation Day at preschool a bit ago... down the street from the school is our beautiful Sarasota Bay... perfect setting for a lovely ceremony! Even though it's not time for Isabelle to move on to kindergarten... she still felt very proud to have finished a fun year... one more year to go before the big kindergarten step... yikes!

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little treats to celebrate! even baby Cecilia got in on the action...

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this is the tree that the children walk to a lot of days during their nature outing... really fun to be a kid here!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

a party on the farm...

little Dalton is turning 2... already.....

these sweet children really dance on our hearts for just a little while... I promise to let them dance and feel every flutter... and remember it always.....

Our girls have a bunch of sweet little friends... this weekend a dear pal Dalton (Grant's little brother) turned the big 2!!! Their Mamma (Ashley... my gal pal) and Peter threw their cutie pie quite the bash out on the Florida countryside at Hunsader Farm!!!

meet the birthday boy...
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Our little Cecilia exploring and saying hello...

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Isabelle and Grant... little rascals...

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sweet pretty little friends..

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Cecilia and Dalton had a blast plucking lots of tomatoes from the vine... a nice way to end the day...

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

red white and blue family day... and a sweet surprise...

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It was such a beautiful Memorial Day weekend... not too many things to do but just be together and have picnics... We went to our Botanical Gardens with a basket of goodies and let our feet be bare and our hearts be open... we saw so many things...

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sat here and ate so many goodies and listened to so many birds squawking and butterflies flitting every which way... a treat!

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my new fave... Pappa's specialty... sliced grape tomatoes, LOTS of garlic, capers, parsley, and a bunch of olive oil... all served on some yummy Wasa crisp bread w/ a little butter... it's sooo so good.. you have to try it!!! a nice summer treat

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feeding the coi fish

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I never get tired of the banyan trees... they're everywhere in this beautiful town we call home... Sometimes they have such a magical feel to them... with the sunlight flickering through their branches... sometimes they feel a little spooky... They're so fun to hid inside... to hang from branches... to play house in even pirate ships... climbing trees, I believe, keeps kids grounded and let their hearts and imaginations soar.....

AND..... LASTLY.... I very special surprise came in the mail a few days ago.......... MEET LULU!!!!!!!

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I was so excited to win this gorgeous girl on Seaside Siblings!!!!!
you MUST check out her adorable blog!!! She's the sweetest Mamma!! all the way from..... NEW ZEALAND!!! Our girls LOOOVE their new little dollie Lulu... you'll be seeing more pics of her soon I am sure...