Tuesday, 27 September 2011

lake como

Last month we traveled to Lake Como in Northern Italy. It was as I imagined it would be - heavenly. We spent a week and it was the perfect family vacation. We swam, we ate, played Uno, slept, ate some more, and then did it all again the next day. The weather was superb and the food. Oh my. I haven't edited pics from my camera yet so these are from my phone. Or maybe I have edited them but they are on my other computer. Does anyone else feel as unorganized and scatterbrained as me? Please? I can't be alone. One of these days I will figure out how to connect/network my 2 computers.

Here are some videos from our trip. The first started off with me trying to capture a beautiful wedding reception that was occurring during our lunch - the musicians were playing Bittersweet*Symphony by the Verve, one of my faves. What you'll see next is Ruby *almost* have what became a typical mealtime fit when pasta with sauce is delivered to the table. She is a strictly no-sauce girl. And then there's the end where you can see her sense of humor shine, well you'll just have to watch and see for yourself.

Our girl, dancing to Morcheeba.

And our little daredevil ... what you'll need to listen closely to is that he lost his pants after his flip.

And that about sums up our family vacay. Lots of fun in the sun. Oh how I wish we were back there now!!

Saturday, 24 September 2011

a little update

I'm still here. Still chugging along. Have thought of some super witty, funny, clever and downright hilarious posts to put up but then where is the time? One of these days I will figure it out - how to successfully manage my time. Until then ... here's a quick update on what's going on over here.

ice cream sundaes to celebrate the new school year
  1. School started - Kaneu is in SECOND grade. Sigh. The teacher asked me to be the room parent. I hope she knows that I'm not that super together mom who is timely, organized or crafty. Those days are so over.
  2. Ruby is attending preschool 3 days a week. She loves it. There is a guinea pig at school name Tilda. Tilda loves dandelion leaves and Ruby picks a bouquet for her everyday on the way to school.
  3. Ruby is still infatuated with the Wizard*of*Oz. You probably don't know that because I haven't done a proper post in a million years, but the love affair started in the spring and is still going strong. She takes her "ruby" slippers everywhere along with her book and stuffed Toto. We took the kids to see the musical, which was amazing!, in August. When the curtain closed Ruby burst into tears. She wanted to meet "Darlin" (Dorothy) and didn't understand why she couldn't. We have watched the movie no less than 50 times. No joke.
miso cute!

Oh, and check out some supercute pics of my family taken by Blue Lily. I love!!

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Tuesday, 6 September 2011


13 years ago we walked down the aisle. We said "I do".
I don't really think I knew what we were in for but I knew who I wanted by my side for whatever life brought.
I don't consider myself a very good decision maker but this day was an exception. I hit the jackpot and have been on a winning streak since. I am not sure how or why I am so blessed to have Brian in my life. I'm just so incredibly thankful.
Happy anniversary to the man of my dreams!

Thursday, 16 June 2011


While the moms were visiting we took a little hop-skip-and-jump over to Rome. The weather was insanely beautiful, sunny and warm. It was exactly as it should be in late May, rather than the mid-50s rubbish that was London. We saw most of the sights and got our fill of delicious Italian food and wine. Oh, how I love Italy!!

Vatican, Rome

St Peter's Square, Rome
St Peters Square, Rome
Piazza Navona, Rome

warning: do not go to the spanish*steps the morning of a football match

getting ready for bed

Sunday, 12 June 2011

28 days

The 28 Days of Visitors has ended.

First it was Johnna. We went to Paris, remember? Johnna left and Carolyn and the cousins, Ashley & Cindy, arrived. The cousins stayed a few days and then went to Croatia. Carolyn left and my mom (aka Grammy Sue) arrived. Three days later Brian's mom (aka Meme) arrived. Then the cousins came back for one night. Then we went to Rome. Then Grammy Sue left and I spent an entire 11 hours with Wendy + Tyler. That was loads of fun. Wed Meme left. And now it's just the four of us. And I'm tired. Very tired.

While the cousins were here Cindy asked me to take a few headshots for her. Not too shabby (IMO). She is starting an exec MBA program in August. Smartypants.

Carolyn's trip to London was work related but we made sure she had plenty of fun! And saw all the major sights.
no trip to London would be complete without a visit to Harr*ds
me & nu doing a self portrait

Though for some reason she decided to opt out of attending international night at Kaneu's school. I mean, c'mon. International night at an International school in London is actually a really fun event. There was wine(Aussies & Italians). And beer(Americans & Canadians). And vodka(Russians). And Limoncello (Italians). And tons and tons of food. You get the picture. It was loads of fun but I totally understand why she opted out. The poor girl was exhausted! She worked her butt to the bone and along the way had to deal with some "issues". Swollen feet and wardrobe malfunctions aside Carolyn was a trooper. I took she and the cousins to a wine tasting on their first night - and then dinner. I was impressed. These girls can make jetlag look like a piece o' cake!

international night
mr handsome

My mom and I attended the Chelsea Garden Show (no pics!) and afterwards I met up with the cousins at the Dorchester for tea. It was very civilized and I have to say I do love afternoon tea... especially when it accompanies a few glasses of champagne!

Tea at the Dorchester
We have to wait about 3-4 weeks for our blue lily pictures - but here is a little sneak peak that my MIL took.