Wednesday, April 22, 2009

for a precious girl i haven't yet met

So my super hilarious party-girl cousin Roxanne was blessed with a baby last month. She and her husband had been trying to have a baby for years before finally getting their prayers answered. Roxanne gave birth to Raquel on March 16th. I am desperately trying to come up with an excuse to get down to L.A. to meet this new little bundle of joy so until then I decided to make her a little something for her baby room.

Isn't it precious? I hope it matches her room!

On another note, I have found a home for my ever-growing collection of Glimmer Mist spray bottles and Tim Holtz tools. Yes, my new rummage sale find has been put to use! Now if only I can clear off enough table space to show it off!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Sun + Sunday = Beach and some vintage finds!

So Sunday was set to be 80 degrees in San Francisco. Yup, 80 degrees in April! So we headed out with our favorite road warriors, the Doughertys, and high-tailed it to Chrissy Field.

Everyone must have been thinking the same thing because the beach was packed with families. I could swear it got up to 90 in the afternoon. The kids easily got in the frigid waters but I couldn't stand to put my feet in for more than 10 seconds without getting that numbing sensation.

Ginger and I did a garage sale at Darren's elementary school on Saturday and ended up foraging through our friend's rummage who happened to be selling some of his antiques next to us.

I love this:

and this:

So what else have I had my eyes on?


They are Limited Edition Coach bags designed by Bonnie Cashin. I love the colors.

Yeah, this bag would be worn in my other life as a rock star. LOL

and this one just makes me happy.


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

An Interesting Easter to Say the Least

Camping over the Easter weekend at Casini Ranch Family Campground near the Russian River has officially become tradition for our family and the Doughertys. We camped there last year and enjoyed ourselves so much that we returned this year.

Each year they hold an Easter Egg hunt for the kids and even have the Easter bunny there greeting the children and posing for photos. This year they even had a donkey and shetland pony petting zoo. There were 2 baby donkeys there that were so adorable! The kids had an opportunity to name them both by putting their suggestions in a box.

The kids got kites in their Easter baskets so we took advantage of the windy field down from our campsite and flew kites with breathtaking views in the background. And talk about a photo opportunity!

We were lucky to have beautiful sunny weather over the weekend but suffered through cold nights. Thankfully we stocked up on lots of wood to keep our campfire going until we were ready to call it a night.

Ginger's family came in on Sunday and we all enjoyed a great Easter meal. Check out that table!

Despite lots of good times we also endured a firewood chopping mishap. Hint: never use a hunting knife to try to cut wood into kindling! ;) Ginger's brother-in-law ended up with stitches at the emergency room that night but came back and braved the rest of the trip. He was even kind enough to do some Sharpie tattooing on the kids for fun - bandaged finger and all. Oh, and did I mention that he is a Barista and we had perfectly-percolated coffee every morning? Life is good!

We also had a scare of pink eye but I believe ended up being a case of eye allergies. And to top the trip off Darren suffered what I think was a migraine on Easter morning and ended up vomiting just as he found his Easter basket. Poor guy! He had a nice hour-long nap and then woke up like nothing had happened. I'm so glad kids are so resilient.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

dear to my heart

Today is World Autism Awareness Day. Autism exists in people I know and love. If you aren't familiar with autism, please check out Autism Speaks, an awesome website for facts, support, charity and other helpful links. This neurobiological disorder affects 1 in 150 people.

Autism impairs a person's ability to communicate and relate to others. It is also associated with rigid routines and repetitive behaviors, such as obsessively arranging objects or following very specific routines. Symptoms can range from very mild to quite severe.

If diagnosed at an early age, therapies can significantly improve communication, social and cognitive skills.

Here's to a truly great day.