Thursday, October 31, 2013

Cante, toque, baile, Flamenco!

Let me preface with the fact that after deciding she wanted to be a flamenco dancer for Halloween,
 she has since changed her mind, and I could hardly get her into this costume, even just for pics:

In my mind she will have been this glorious little red and black spanish dancer this halloween,
but in actuality she will be a "Target special" witch,
and that my friends, is called choosing your battles!
Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Death is nothing at all

Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other, 
That, we still are.

6 Years ago this month, marks the death of Steve's cousin Ollie, Ollmar Forbes, who was killed trying to part an altercation  between his brother and another man at the tender age of 24.
We happened to be in Panama when this took place, and had just come back from a trip to the beach with him, a mere 1/2 an hour before his death I remember chatting with him and asking him, what he was eating, funny how memory works...
He received a knife wound straight to the heart, and died in the boat on the way to the hospital.
I remember hearing the church bells ring 3 times, as they do when somebody had died on the island, and thinking, surely this cannot be,  but we just saw him at the beach?
 I have never before or since, seen my husband as I saw him that night, they grew up as best friends and brothers, more then first cousins.
Imani was a wee one at just 3 months old at the time, I remember dressing  her in a tiny black onesie for his funeral, and hubby helping to carry the coffin.

 Here he is in this photo, holding baby Zion,
whom he would call loudly "Lyon, come Lyon! when he spotted him around town
He was a beautiful boy, shy and tender hearted.

He left behind a son, just exactly Zions age, Shannon.
 The boys play together sometimes, oblivious to the ties that bind them.

Day of the dead is almost here, 
it is to us a time to remember our loved ones who have passed,  and it has seen us building an altar, and talking about, and remembering our friends and family who have passed before us.
As my mother sais:  the dead are but a whisper away, on the other side of that veil, 
it is good to think of them sometimes, as they are always closer by then we think.
I am but waiting for you,
For an interval.
Somewhere. Very near.
Just around the corner.

All is well. 

Ahoy me hearties!

                                                        Zion's turn, he is a pirate!  grrrr
                                     I think he looks more like a confederate soldier

either way,
cute as a button, and he whittled those swords himself!
Happy tuesday

Monday, October 28, 2013

This little Devil may care

Yesterday was a GORGEOUS fall day, we happened to be attending a Halloween pumpkin party,
I decided to take my kids pictures, so Halloween night we can all be fun and fancy free and I wont be asking them to stop for pics every minute, 
we can just focus on candy.

Baby M has no clue what he is dressed as, and doesn't really care!
that's the beauty of it for now.
Have a great Monday

Saturday, October 26, 2013


Today my kids picked up my camera,
today they snapped some pictures of their mama
today I am grateful.

Friday, October 25, 2013


I have no rational reason why I decided to make these fish yesterday, they are not seasonally inspired, 
the idea for them had not been brewing in my head for ages, I did not have a perfect spot on the wall I needed to fill.
I just happened to think of them, a lightbulb moment! and then I HAD to make them.
Even though my sewing machine was broken(ie, I coulden't figure out how to thread th bobbin) even though as well as my 3 children I was also hosting a playdate with 2 more, even though I had been up late the night before drinking Sake with my little brother, and even though my baby boy was perpetually wrapped around my legs, and dinner needed to be made.
I still had to find a way to make these FISH.

So here they are now.
Wishing you a great and  equally inspired friday

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Leaf wreaths

Remember when we took that beautiful fall walk the other day?
the kids and I collected lots of beautiful fall leaves and berries.
I cut out carboard wreath shapes, and gave them brushes and glue
They got busy.

Our backyard at the moment

daddy whittled a wood sword for Z

Ta-Da! we hung them on our front door

And on our garage door

Have a beautiful fall tuesday