An odd number but fitting together better than I could have imagined. They balance each other with help and sometimes aggravation from Henry. He plays the middle guy- always. Paul is our natural leader. While Olivine is our baby.DSC02447I am amazed, as we grow beyond baby stage, that these three have such a unique friendship. They converse, listen. laugh, and even comfort one another. Such a gift they are to one another.


This morning for breakfast: three mochi (rice cakes) pan fried with butter and dipped in sugar with shoyu (soy sauce).DSC02465My family has made a tradition of making mochi in late December in preparation for New Year’s, where many gather together to enjoy bowls of “good luck soup.”

However it’s been years since I had a bowl. My mother brought these over recently and after cooking pancakes for little ones and hash browns for Joe, I enjoyed these treats from my childhood.

As time passes, I am learning to give thanks for memories, which connect me to my past.


With some missed plans over the last month (I got sick, then they got sick) we were overdue for some hang out time with Jessica, Mike, and Miss Fiona.DSC_1192They came over as naps ended- well timed.
We played a little and then headed out for late lunch/early dinner.
This is technically Joe’s cousin who I have become much closer to in the last two years so she feels like my cousin too. So much of our extended family has passed away, become estranged, or sometimes is just plain busy. But this lady has been a gift in so many ways. Can you tell by the photo that she makes me laugh? She is definitely related to Joe.DSC_1148I shouldn’t pass up commenting on Mike who is her husband. He is laid back and has no problem handling a crowd. My kids think he is so cool and love to climb on him. They aren’t necessarily like this with everyone. They are lovable but all this affection. It’s given out to those who are deserving.DSC_1147He comes close, but does not top this super dad. Who has been a bit more at ease I will admit-one week into our second car-he drives children around town. He claims it comes from the calm deep in his spirit about safety. I say that every year he gets a little wiser and a tad bit more handsome.DSC02456The highlight might have been the strawberry popsiclesDSC02459a little summertime teaseDSC02462so cold we had to share bites.
DSC02460The softness of the light at a winter sunset is so nice on the eyes
DSC_1152matched with all the boats.DSC_1149We walked over to the arcade and looked at all the flashy lights
DSC_1166Mike may have even put a couple quarters in this mini merry go roundDSC_1181and then like always; time slipped by quickly and it was time to say good night.

{this moment}

A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
Joey1978 Rulez


for chalkJoey1978 Rulezbike ridesJoey1978 Rulezsand toys
Joey1978 RulezclimbingJoey1978 Rulezpirates
Joey1978 Rulezcelebrating with friends who are pregnant with their third (three is a magic number)
Joey1978 RulezswingsJoey1978 Rulezbats and balls
Joey1978 Rulezand lots of chillin’Joey1978 Rulezfeels like I am not ready for break to be over yet.
Joey1978 RulezBut who is ever ready for all this play to end and work to begin again.

{this moment}

A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.Joey1978 Rulez

Heart Breaker

This little oneJoey1978 Rulezwill steal the hearts of any boys aroundJoey1978 Rulezand loves to have fun.Joey1978 RulezShe also enjoys spinning and dancing while wearing dressesJoey1978 Rulezor lounging around casual with a “soft” (repeated often) new jumpsuitJoey1978 Rulezzipper down please.Joey1978 RulezWe can hardly keep up with her. Big brothers are often helping to chase after her and ┬ápapa helps wear out some of her energy. I am mostly available for snuggles and books and listening to her stories.


Twice in the last week have the boys been asked if they are the same age. Once was by the fisherman on Christmas Day who was a lot like “the dude.” Second was my doctor who diagnosed my strep throat, as they sat side by side sharing a chair.Joey1978 RulezThey are fairly close in height. Thanks to Grandpa Royce, they now have matching track suits to add to the mystery.

Welcome 2014

a new start for a new yearDSC02438

the windows are wide open and we are busy cleaning. We know that as we let go and toss out we are making way for unexpected and hidden beauty. Wishing you well on the promises each of you find in this upcoming year.