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some pictures from the last of 2009.


{a day of much-needed rain}

{cookies for santa}

{a visit from santa, of course. apparently he vacations next door. who knew?}

{a huge christmas eve meal with andrew, j, and his kids.}

{and an even bigger meal for christmas.}

{santa brought j a ludwig set. needless to say, he was a very happy boy.}

{santa brought me a few cool gifts, too. needless to say, i was a very happy girl.}

christmas was filled with love, togetherness, and relaxation. and it was beautiful and warm enough to wear flip-flops. we played with all our toys, then spent the day after christmas not fighting the crowds at the mall, but using up our annual passes at the aquarium.

all in all a fabulous christmas. tonight will be very low-key. have a safe and wonderful new year’s eve!


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{things that} delight me.

there are just too many things in blogland that delight me right now, but here are a few…

{baby animals via unruly things}

{dessert night/recipe swap party idea via tangled and true}

{chore chart by modeco kids via apartment therapy}

{grab bags for those less fortunate-a great teaching tool for our kids-via wide open spaces}

{coulson macleod prints via design sponge}

{and this sneak peek via design sponge}

and, yay!, a new baby for the daddy diaries

good stuff, no?

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i have a crush on her house.







{i just adore the paint color on this door.}

this weekend’s home section of the los angeles times featured the home of  kristan cunningham (formerly of design on a dime). i am loving her {inexpensive} renovations and ideas.

more on kristan here.

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you’re it!

ashley tagged me.

the rules:

1. go to where you store your digital photos and open the 4th folder.

2. post the 4th picture in that folder.

3. explain the picture.

4. tag 4 people.


here goes…


not that interesting. : ( this is the water as seen from the balboa ferry in newport beach. remember the trip where j slept the whole time?

just for fun, let me find something a bit more interesting…

img_0646that same day j had his first experience at the beach. he wasn’t too thrilled by it. in fact, he was quite terrified while looking at the waves.

i tag  megan, cara, luann, and emily t.


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oh happy day!






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pins and needles.






who will it be?

can’t wait until it’s over so my stomach can settle.

no matter what, i am proud to be an american.


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la vita è bella…a question for you.

as i was perusing beautiful pictures like this-




{images via jsuominen}

i was reminded of my favorite movie, life is beautiful, a movie one of my best friends, kristi s. from seattle, introduced me to (someone who reads but NEVER comments…hint, hint). if you’ve never seen this movie, please rent it immediately. you will not be sorry.

i guess i am quite proud of myself that my favorite movie is a foreign flick (so cosmopolitan, oui?), i do have to admit that some of my other faves are those good ol’ classics animal house and porky’s.

what can i say? i am easily entertained and not too much of a critic.

if you’re reading this, comment on what your favorite movie s’il vous plaît…i would love to know!

happy weekend everyone! this is summer’s last one so make it wonderful!



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