Thursday, May 21, 2009

Sir Unca J.!

I was tickled to find this tank top on one of my thrift store shopping excursions a few years ago.  I am wearing it today in honor of my brother's birthday!  
We are so excited and anxiously await a new little cousin!  Jeremy, on your birthday we bring you BIG CONGRATS  to you and beautiful Kristi,  much love,  joy, and laughter ( a delicious sampling of what you're in for ) !  Happy Birthday Unca J.!!! 
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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Idyllwild

Pops and I have birthdays just a couple of weeks apart.  In my card this year from him there were print outs of three different cabins in the mountains he had checked into, for a much needed family getaway.  So our birthday gift to each other this year, with a few generous contributions, was just that.  The best timing for the little vacation ended up being Mother's Day weekend.  I have far too much too say in one post about one of the most beautiful weekends of my life, so I decided to treat it as chapters of a story.  

Thank you My Love,
 for orchestrating such an incredible, and unforgettable time away. 
I can't wait to go back!

Our Enchanted Surroundings



Of course I love the Pines of the mountains, but on this trip I learned the beauty of the Manzanita trees.  They magically twist and curve and bloom.  Obviously, I couldn't get enough of them.
 


Buckley enjoyed them as well.







Perfect morning light.




Earth 'N' Fire

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I begin and end this post with footage from what we've decided on as a must do, Idyllwild tradition.  This first one I found comical as Pops and I are having a sort of silent Mother's Day argument.  Awesome.  I love it.
When Pops asked me what I wanted to do for Mother's Day, I asked if we could go to the "paint your own pottery" place I saw.  He said he thought that sounded like a good idea, and asked if I had any requests.  I told him I just wanted Annabelle's hand prints on something but that the rest was up to them. His response was " I was hoping that's what you'd say."  And I saw the wheels begin to turn in his head.

Annie thought the first few prints were really fun, but she eventually got a little tired of being messed with.
 
Such a nice couple that owns Earth 'N' Fire.  They were really helpful, and happy to let our big Buckley dog join in the fun.  Matt, Annie, and Buckley made a shared piece of artwork for me that was so clever and BEAUTIFUL!!  A platter with little hand and paw prints artfully turned into flowers in a field.  Such a treasured gift and experience.
 
This is one of those memories that I thought would be great to watch with Miss Belle when she's older.  I'm so glad we did this!  
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Evening View from the Porch Swing

The magic of the night forest.  Love the silhouettes.





Swingin'

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Lake Fulmor

After we finished painting our pottery, we decided to walk around this lake.  We enjoyed it so much, that we came back the next day with lunch and a longer stay in mind.  
  




What a beautiful place to picnic.   Lovely stone tables everywhere, thoughtfully spaced for privacy, made for a delightful little family gathering by the water.





















Lake Fulmor is loved by Lindens.