tropical rain

outside.  this is paradise.  i am sitting in a little room with the resort's only computer while michael reads the time traveler's wife (one of my favorite books).  he calls it "buying my chairs".  did you know that until the late 1800's the fijians were cannibals?  wowsers!  you should see the forks they used.

i am on the other side of the world, but, in a lot of respects feel as though i am in a different time.  it is like hawaii, a hundred years ago.  i haven't worn shoes all week, i have drank the kava (eek), i have held the red prawn (vatulele is the only place in the world where this sacred animal lives), i have eaten passion fruit pavlova twice a day & i have loved my husband.... & i plan to do that for the rest of, always.  

if i didn't have 3 little angels to come home to, i might never return!  they, are my other paradise.

the gardners

so, i am still in figi, but, i had to post this.  i love my family to pieces... seriously.
allison, dad, me, mom hillary & jennifer


the mr. & the mrs.

fiji... here we come!




we were both young when i first saw you
i close my eyes
and the flashback starts
i'm standing there
on a balcony in summer air

see the lights
see the party, the ball gowns
i see you make your way through the crowd
and say hello, little did i know

that you were romeo, you were throwing pebbles...

romeo save me i've been feeling so alone
i keep waiting for you but you never come
is this in my head? i don't know what to think...

he knelt to the ground and pulled out a ring
and said, marry me juliet
you'll never have to be alone
i love you and that's all i really know
i talked to your dad, go pick out a white dress
it's a love story baby just say yes

you'll be the prince and i'll be the princess
it's a love story baby just say yes
lyrics by taylor swift


stitching together

the final details.


horse camp

grace loved everything about it.
frell loved getting dirty.


take me out to the ball-game!

so i can eat cracker jacks, peanuts, beef brisket, hot dogs, ice-cream sandwiches, cotton candy, diet coke, oh, & watch the angels win!

the fourth...

of july weekend:
swimming at the homestead
long walks
big blisters
home cooking
mia's fairy tree house
photo shoots
bbq pizzas
hank & the kubota
birds nest
hair cuts
hot cakes on the griddle