Kid #2 Launched… Sort Of

Younger son has moved up to the bay area to start his newly graduated life.  Unlike older son, younger son goes without employment.  It is an adventure of sorts.  He and two of his friends are working on a Social Media start up, and will find jobs(eventually) to sustain themselves.  Oh, to be young again, without a care in the world, and only to be responsible for oneself!


Second time around, waving good bye again… It is never easy…


Happy Birthday Nona!

Today is my dear mother-in-law’s 90th birthday.  Happy Birthday mama! I hope you have a wonderful day! Thank you for raising such an amazing son, whom I am lucky to be married to 🙂


Pink Saturday & Happy 21st!

Happy Pink Saturday!  Thank you to Beverly at How Sweet The Sound for hosting this weekly event.

Our dear younger son celebrated his 21st birthday recently.  Before putting some of the decorations away, I thought I’d share the pinky ones for Pink Saturday:


A Girl And Her Bows

Dear daughter has been creative lately. It’s funny how we rub off on each other; DD is active, I start walking.  I start quilting, and DD starts making bows… And, since she is sooo busy, I have volunteered to photograph and list her small business efforts.  She started making bows to wear, and decided it was just as easy to make two.  So, I present, DD’s “Tres chic” bows. You can find them in her Etsy shop – Cutie Pie Misfits:



DD graduated from HS last night. Our youngest child… so happy for her to move on to college, but I will miss her…


Triton Day!

Yay!!! DD finally chose her school.  We spent a day this weekend at UCSD.  The morning started early with Breakfast with the Dean, followed by several seminars, and a tour around campus.  She loves it, and we are very happy for her.  The campus is vast and hilly – I was exhausted by the end of the day.  I don’t think she will have a problem with the Freshman 15 :).  This is her home for the next four years (hopefully…  we can’t afford a super-senior on our hands).  Of course I forgot my camera, so I had to make due with my iphone:


I don’t get the house on top of the building… I guess engineers do these things, just because they can?

Happy Easter!

Have a wonderful Easter Everyone!


I love this little peep pushing an egg barrel full of grass and flowers. DH brought it home to me a few years back when he went on a business trip to Europe.  Funny how global our markets are – I have the exact same yellow flowers in my craft supplies. I got mine at the dollar bin at Target :).

Lampwork Beads And Easter Swap!

I’ve got a few more lampwork beads that I have listed in my Etsy Shop.  My Valentine decoration will not be put away for a few days longer since dear younger son will be coming home for the long weekend – yay! But, my mind is already on the next holiday – Easter! With that, I made some birdie beads along with my usual roses. This time, the elusive blue rose:


So cute!


And, Sandy over at 521 Lake Street is hosting an Easter Swap! It’s not too late to join!


Actually, there is still Girls day on March 3rd, and Saint Patrick’s day on the 17th… I think I will be crafting for those holidays too!

Epiphany Words


1. (initial capital letter) a Christian festival, observed on January 6, commemorating the manifestation of Christ to the gentiles in the persons of the Magi; Twelfth-day.
2. an appearance or manifestation, especially of a deity.
3. a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.
4. a literary work or section of a work presenting, usually symbolically, such a moment of revelation and insight.

Last Sunday, at our place of worship, we picked our epiphany words out of a basket for the new year:
EpiphanyWords2013Mine is “birth” – I try to not read too much into the word itself.  As happens, I’m sure it will pop up in the most unexpected place and time.  Do you have an ephiphany word for the year?

Dr. Oz Three Day Detox

Woo-hoo! two posts in one day… As long as I was talking about eating well, I thought I’d mention the Dr. Oz three day detox.  I just finished day three! After a crazy month with all three kids at home, our good eating just went out the window.  Considering the boys eat like carnivores, my daughter a self proclaimed pescetarian (had to look that one up in the dictionary), and DH not eating wheat, I felt at times like a short order cook! The boys complained there was nothing good to eat, and their sister complained there was too much junk food in the house.  That compounded with two rounds of holiday cookie baking (so much fun!)… It was time to detox.  I’m not promoting it, but this three day detox works great for me.  It gets me going on the right eating track.  Start the day with green tea, followed by three very healthy shakes. If you want to try it, you can find the detox here: Dr. Oz Three Day Detox. I had to do some frozen fruits, as raspberries and such are out of season and hard to find.


Official Start Of New Year!

Things have been so hectic around here to say the least.  I am finally ready to kick off the new year… Just to wrap up the season:

My younger two have had a tradition of making a ginger bread house.  With all their activities, they just managed to make it before younger son returned to college. This year, the “kit” got even easier I am told.  One day, I will challenge them by having them make it from scratch:

OfficialStart2013_1And here he is getting ready to head back.  He attends university by the beach, and for whatever reason wears sandals – even with sweaters! This, to the dismay of his younger sister’s fashion sensibilities.

OfficialStart2013_2And the movers have finally arrived this morning to take away the rest of oldest sons belongings.  Of course, what young upcoming professional can’t do without: huge flat screen TV, snowboard, ice hockey equipment, skydiving helmet, game console, sound system, exercising equipment, collection of beer glasses, and a hand me down vacuum cleaner from his parents 🙂 Also very efficient at putting his clothes in garden trash bags…

OfficialStart2013_3 OfficialStart2013_4Which just leaves me with our daughter, soon to graduate HS and suffering from a chronic case of senioritis (since her junior year).  And of course, our dogs: Happy and Grumpy – just kidding, Hiro and Koko.

OfficialStart2013_5And… I have no more excuses, time to put away the seasonal decorations and clean the house – yippie!!! 😉


Kid #1 Launched…

I knew this day would come. I think every parent anticipates this day with mixed emotions.  I am very sad but happy for him, at the same time.  Sad because I will miss seeing him on a regular basis, and happy that he is finally going to start his adult life…  My oldest son left the other day for a new “real” job which takes him to another State.  Hopefully, he will turn on his Skype now, and we will be able to video chat weekly… If you’re reading this, and you know who you are – turn on your Skype! 🙂