Monthly Archives: February 2011

{bits from} our weekend.

excuse the randomness of my thoughts. two three-day weekends in a row make for a very spoiled girl. this two-day weekend went by way too fast.

boy are we lucky to have date night, thanks to my sis-in-law, alice. saw the fighter (highly recommend). should’ve been a whole separate category at the oscars for those sisters, man. and how’d i miss this article? wicked good. ; ) yay for melissa leo and christian bale!

and the oscars? i thought they were great. you? (love mila’s dress…) husband always says he doesn’t care, but this is the second year he’s watched it ALL THE WAY THROUGH!

s has taken to her sophie la giraffe. french toys are the best, no?

and i am truly humbled and honored to have had zest featured on goodkin. so thankful to have this little space to record daily moments and random thoughts, and so thankful to have you to share them with!

*last photo via hulaseventy, and my pinterest board. you can follow me here, but be warned, i am a neophyte at pinterest and there ain’t much up on my boards. rest assured, once i have essays to grade i will probably throw myself into this new lovely site as a diversion. shoot me an email or comment if you’re interested in being invited.


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i forgot to tell you about modern family blogger week. the reason why i wrote yesterday’s post. if you wanna check out more cool posts from modern families, go here.

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the element of surprise.


Did I tell you that I finally made it to my son’s basketball game this weekend?

I think I forgot.

He made a basket, which was a proud moment for this mama, but even funner (yes I know that is not a word and that I teach English, but saying funner is funner), was the element of surprise in meeting the other parents.

You see, husband has been taking the little guy to practice (he is the coach of course) and I missed a game or two for various reasons, one of which little lady wasn’t yet ready for the raucous crowds one encounters in a 3-4 year old basketball league. They are a bit much for anyone, much less someone just two days past her three month mark.

After the second practice I asked husband what he thought the other parents thought about who little guy’s mama might be.

 Well, he said, I think they think my wife is black.

 Or… that I’m a single dad.

 Now I know my man, and I know that he probably pictured little guy’s mama to be Halle (his “freebie” if you will…you and your spouse have one of those right?). But that’s a whole other post, I suppose.

 In our introductions, the other parents looked at me with eyebrows raised in an oh.

Then I introduced them to our newest addition, blue eyed, strawberry blond little lady. Another oh, then cautious questioning as to her habits, as is the norm with any new mother, yes? In some conversations the issue of adoption came up, in others it wasn’t a topic touched upon yet in the polite conversing of first acquaintance.

When little guy first came to live with us I was on high alert for the looks that came our way. Oh, the curious ones I didn’t mind at all. It was the outright staring ones that incensed me.  I noticed EVERYONE looking at us, trying to figure us out. It made me uncomfortable, insecure, sometimes slightly bitter at others’ insensitivity.

Now it’s just interesting…hell, even entertaining, truth be told, to see facial expressions when people try to put the pieces together. It’s like when you have your jigsaw puzzle all figured out, and then, and THEN, shoot…you find a piece in the box that is from ANOTHER puzzle, damn it.

Isn’t it interesting though?  We don’t get those stares anymore.

Or I just don’t care.

Yes, that’s it. I. just. don’t. care.

**our family is: 



j, a.k.a. little guy, star basketball player, surfing aficionado, came to us at 16 months, adopted in february 2010

s, a.k.a little lady, happy, smiley, came to us at 3 days old, waiting to be adopted into our family

**family photos by christian cruz.


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are you kidding me?


ways to creatively document your kiddo

totally stealing borrowing these ideas btw…

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these boots.


part of my picture a day project? perhaps this may be my new creative project. not sure if i am ready to commit, but had to document s’ cute lil’ boots she wore to school today.

picture taken with instagram. love.

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all the stars.


i love you more than all the stars in the sky.

this is what i say to my kids all the time. this is what i hope they’ll remember…

**illustrated decal by shanna murray. i love her catch phrase…artist, stylist, optimist.

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{a bit} from our weekend.


weekend recap on a tuesday? why not, since it was a three day weekend for us. all i can say is that my boy was a dream this weekend…my little valentine. all i managed to take a picture of was of a cupcake that he and i made. new resolution mid-february is to take a picture a day.

p.s. i love my new iphone, and especially the photo apps! will make it surely easier to keep this resolution (fingers crossed).

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