Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Birthday Celebration

It started with breakfast in bed, of course...

Moved to a very successful trip to the farmers market

And then to the ROLLER SKATING RINK!!!
Old school style

Even Willow was having a blast!

Great Auntie Joyce on wheels!

And Nonni holding down the fort

friends since they were in utero

Raw-vegan, cacao based lip-liner :-)

Chocolate Ganche Pie with a Coconut Swirl, YUM!

On their own!

What a fun day!!!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A World of Change: The 9th Celebration of the Birth of My Oldest

Its that time of the year again, a day of reflection, a day of celebration.

Nine years ago today my world turned upside down, spun round and round and left me a new woman, A Mother. 

These last nine years have taught me what unconditional Love means.
They have taught me that the patience I thought I had was, well, hmm... let's say it has been tested and I've been humbled.

A giant, life-sized mirror has been placed before me and I've seen into the depths of myself, into all those dark and dusty corners of my being that no one actually wants to know lives within them.
I'm learning who the real me actually is.

The last nine years have shown me so much beauty and love, the kind of beauty that makes me fall in love again and again.  Everyday, all day long, even if moments before I think I'm at the end of my rope.

Funny how as parents, as home schooling Mamas we are labeled as the "teachers".  
Being a Mama, by watching and loving my children, by being open to growth and change, my three children have taught me all that I know.  

Somedays, I think I'm crazy for taking on the task of being a stay-at-home, home schooling Mom.
But mostly, I give thanks to God to have been Graced with the Most Amazing Job any Being could ever be Blessed with.

Happy Birthday My Love!

Monday, October 17, 2011

A few more from the last few weeks...

I seemed to have missed the lady we have been spending the most time with in my series of photos...


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Back East for October

A taste of what we've been up to the last few weeks...

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Nevada City, California and beyond

 This September we enjoyed our first bounty at the abundant 
Nevada City Farmer's Market!  
After the year in Arizona it had been far too long!

More Please!

After moving our belongings to Gold Country we headed even further west to San Fran, a quick visit to the Golden Gate Bridge, and my long awaited meal and dessert at Cafe Gratitude!!! 
(Unfortunately I left my camera card plugged into my computer at the hotel, but what a fantastic meal!)

A Tour Bus?!?!

 The Thickness of the cables on the bridge!!

Eli with Alcatraz in the background.. Now he has a reason to be EXTRA good!!