Monday, April 8, 2013

home & birthdays

(the view of our orange tree in our backyard from an upstairs window)

slowly but surely our backyard is happening
and becoming a place where we can hang out, play, eat, be.
(that makes me happy)

i always hope that our home will be a haven and a place of rest for us and anyone who visits
even though we live in a not-so-peaceful neighborhood in the middle of a gritty city.
so the fact that it is hopefully evolving into that makes my heart full.

this week
m turns five.
so yesterday she announced it was her birthday week.
i guess if mommy and daddy get to celebrate birthday week she figures she gets to, too.
any ideas on what fun or mischief we can have before friday to celebrate her birthday?
big or little ideas?
can you believe this little one 
is now not so little?

speaking of birthdays (and of back in the day when m was a baby)
today is the birthday of my dear, but too-far-away, friend daphne.
(here she is holding little m when she was about 6 months old!)
a. grateful to have a friend like her, even though i wish she lived closer
b. her blog is really great if you are looking for new nuggets of wisdom


  1. Once in a while we do frozen yogurt for dinner (these are good days to have a really good lunch) and the kids think it is awesome (so does their mom). Pretty fun for the kids, no work for the parents, so it might be a good birthday week activity.

  2. Aw, thanks for the birthday and blog love, Sooz! I know it might be a little late for birthday week ideas (since today is the actual day) but we always like presents of any size/value around here or special picks for treats/food ideas or scavenger hunts. love and hugs!

  3. Hi,

    My name is John and I have a quick question about your blog! Could you please email me?

    Thank you,



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