8.20.2014

Here and Now

Last Friday was my birthday and we celebrated with an evening at the beach.
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My daughter Alex surprised me with a red velvet birthday cake which was very tasty!
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This little lady is teething.
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I made a new stamp.
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Pretty plumeria.
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♥ anne

8.14.2014

Outfit post?

Earlier this week I stopped by a new thrift store in the area. I was feeling like it had a gem waiting for me and I was right! I found this beautiful vintage gauze dress in mint condition. It's a dream dress for sure! It has long sleeves which make it a bit hot for summer but I couldn't resist wearing it anyway.
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I was out at the golden hour while Marianne had some pictures taken of her in some handmade bonnets and figured I might as well get a few pictures of myself in the dress.
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I had to get pictures of Maggie and Alex as well. Alex takes all the pictures of me for my blog. She is a huge help to me in so many ways!
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Have you had any recent scores at the thrift stores?

♥ anne

8.13.2014

The River

For the first 16 years of my life, my sister and I spent a glorious week out at the river with my grandparents (Nana and Pa). Our trip with them was usually the highlight of our summer. We would water ski, collect rocks, try to surf on rafts and play in the sun. Those days are by far some of my favorite memories. A couple of weeks ago I got to share a bit of my childhood with my children when we went out to the desert and stayed at Nana's for a few days.
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My Pa died about 16 years ago and I've only been on the boat once prior to this trip. Many years ago my cousin was working on it in the garage and when he started it up I started sobbing uncontrollably. I was shocked at my tears and didn't realize a sound could bring up so many emotions. The noise of the motor reminds me of Pa more than anything else. He adored his boat and absolutely loved taking us out on it and I guess I've realized that the hum of the engine is somehow wrapped up in all my wonderful memories.
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So, this time with children loaded in and a baby on my lap I cried again. I just couldn't help it.
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August is a rainy season and we were blessed with awesome weather. Rain, wind, sun and thunderstorms. We rarely have lightning and thunder where I live so when I was awakened by the sound I jumped out of bed and ran to a window to watch.
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Once the storm moved on a bit I went outside to try and get a picture of a lightning bolt. I got the one below right away and assumed I could easily get another one. Boy, was I wrong!
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Another exciting part of the trip...quail!!! I had gone outside our first night to watch the sun set and heard all sorts of fluttering and chattering in the bushes. When I approached a bunch of birds flew to the neighbors yard and when I saw the adorable little feather on their heads I knew what they were.
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Aren't they the cutest?!
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All the kids had a blast. I'm so happy they got a taste of the river :)
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Do you have a favorite summer memory or vacation? Please share :)

♥ anne

7.31.2014

The Hawaiian Dress

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I remember when I first wore this sweet little Hawaiian dress. I was so excited by the fact that it was long and old. It made me feel very grown up. I was talking to Mom the other day trying to figure out who the dress originally belonged to. She said it was my Nana's but I asked her and she said it wasn't. I showed Nana a picture of it and she said when she was pregnant with my uncle that her mom had sent two Hawaiian dresses, one for her and one for my mom, but she was pretty sure that it looked different. We went upstairs to her room to look through pictures. I had originally wanted a picture of all the girls in my family who'd worn it (me, Alex, Marianne and my mom) but I was unable to find one of my mom in it. We did find a picture of my mom in a different Hawaiian dress but not this one. Now it's a bit of a mystery as to where the dress came from. I can tell by the tag that it's pretty old. So, while I only have a picture of me and Marianne in it, I thought I'd share it anyway. If I do come across photos of anyone else wearing the dress I'll make sure to update.
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I think this is the only piece of clothing I have from when I was a girl. I'm happy it happens to be a dress I loved.

Do you have any of your clothes from childhood? Any special pieces you've been able to hand down to your children?

♥ anne

7.28.2014

Desert

Last week the kids and I headed out to Vegas to visit my friend Ellen. She and her family recently moved there so she hasn't done too much exploring. I suggested we visit Red Rock Canyon which is just outside of town. It was really pretty and a great place to return to when it cools off a bit.
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We were there mid day, not the greatest time for photos, but oh well. When you have 6 kids (she has twins) to get ready and out of the house it usually takes longer than you'd like.
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Above is Ellen and her daughter. We met freshman year of high school on the dance team, which makes her one of my oldest friends. We had some good laughs reminiscing about our routines. Below is a pic of us from senior year.
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Good times! We also went to Europe together but that's a story for another time :)

♥ anne

7.18.2014

An evening at the beach

I've realized that my favorite time to be at the beach is in the evening. After being in the house all day on Wednesday, I just had to get out and do something. The fact that it was 5 o'clock did not stop me from a beach trip. I figured we could eat dinner, watch the sunset and get a milk shake at Ruby's Shake Shack after. We hadn't been to Crystal Cove in a long time so I thought going there would be a nice change. I was right!
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The water was warm and we jumped in the waves for as long as we could. Marianne was cackling the whole time and would have ran further in if I wasn't holding her hand. She is pretty adventurous and not afraid of the water at all which can be a little scary for me at times.
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This was my view from where I sat. The beach house behind me has been in many movies, Beaches being the most recent one. They are all for rent (and pretty reasonably priced) and I dream of one day getting my act together and being online at the right moment to snatch one of them up.
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I think the one above might be my favorite.
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Pretty beautiful isn't it?
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I had to include some Maggie pictures since I didn't get one of her at the beach. She's getting big and cooing up a storm!
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So, how wants to come stay at a beach house with me?

♥ anne

7.13.2014

Yummy

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This last week I have been majorly focusing on eating well. I gained quite a bit of weight with Maggie and am now faced with attempting to loose it. As we all know, loosing weight is NOT easy. The only way I've successfully lost weight is with a mostly raw diet. Thankfully, I love the food and the more I eat this way the easier it gets. I'm having a much easier time than I did last year so that makes me happy.
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I've made some marinated mushrooms, a nut pate, smoothies and lots of salads.
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Above is a delicious Mango Lassi. The recipe is from Demetria's beautiful blog, Engrained. Make sure to check out her site and her beautiful photos. I've made it a several times because it's so good! I also added kale and spinach to get my dark greens in.
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The other day I saw Broccoli Slaw at Trader Joe's and decided to try it out. I added avocado, onion, raisins, cucumber, sunflower seeds and tossed it with a creamy curry dressing. It was absolutely delicious and WAY tastier than I anticipated. I've now made it for three meals :)
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It's fun trying out new recipes. I plan on making a raw cheesecake very soon. I've been wanting to make one for years and I'm finally going to do it. I want to have one for my birthday so I figured I better make a test one first so that my birthday cake looks good. I follow a couple people on Instagram that do really cool designs on top like this and this. I'll let you know how it turns out!

♥ anne