Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy Happy Happy

23 scientists


2 giddy little girls


1 proud mama


the best Thanksgiving ever!!!

It was a blessing for Ryan to be given beamtime yesterday because it was one of the most memorable days for the entire family. Gracie was so excited to see daddy's work. It was such a "magical" place. Emily was probably one of the youngest to be given a security pass, which she happily chewed on. And the collaborators from around the world hope he always gets beamtime on a holiday so his wife cooks for them again. The only leftover food is Gracie's cranberry sauce! "Maybe Christmas next year?" 
There were SO MANY smiles that honestly...I wouldn't mind xoxo

"Daddy, are you making grass?"

Roasted sweet potatoes with fennel and granny smith apples

roasted brussel sprouts

roasted turkey breasts 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Our Days

Our days are so sweet recently. We all seem to be well centered, happy and ourselves again. Life is full of ups and downs, ebs and flows, so I will appreciate this while it lasts. This calmness that I call normal.

Time to EAT: Gracie's favorite lunch is a pb&j, granny smith apples and cold milk. So simple but so good!

Time to READ: Emily slides on her belly to bring books across the house for us to read to her. She is going to be a book worm like her big sis.

Time to PLAY: And of course what is a day without a line of animals waiting for a ride? Emily loves to "dress-up" as much as her sis but instead of fairy wings or a crown, she prefers my bra. Just like her sis! (remember this?)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

DIY :: Felt Hair Pins

We were able to make these simple hair pins in a couple of minutes (!!!) today using bobby pins, felt and embroidery floss. Grace was so grateful and enchanted with this that it may become a regular craft around here. You can never have too many hair accessories (especially while eating!)  and they would make lovely holiday gifts for friends. I may even make a couple for myself!

Sleeping Beauty

These little toes just melt my heart!

Friday, November 11, 2011


I am so very thankful for
  1. a full moon to share with Grace as we rocked and she told me pretend stories
  2. a big smile from Emily before the sun rise this morning
  3. a husband that works so hard for us to have the life we do
  4. a house that feels more like home everyday
  5. this season of wonderful weather and amazing produce (persimmons, pomegranate, brassicas!)
  6. the excitement from Em as she talks about everything she sees at the market
  7. the beautiful hummingbirds that love the manzanita flowers blooming now
  8. the rain that helps our garden grow, turns the hills green again, and forces us to slow down a bit
  9. our favorite festival in SF this weekend
  10. a dear friend's baby being born any minute now
  11. this season of thankfulness, family and love

Monday, November 7, 2011

Today's Bouquet is for YOU

Happy Birthday Mama!!!

We wish we could give this bouquet to you in person instead. We had a great time celebrating your day....painting our toenails together for the first time. I still remember the first time you painted my nails so it was a special treat. See you soon! xoxo

this is probably one of my favorite photos ever taken

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Past, Present, Future

I have been wearing her for three days and three nights.
I am amazed with how beautifully our bodies fit eachother.
I will miss this someday.