Sunday, January 24, 2010

Ukranian Sand Artist

Kseniya Simonova is a 24 years old Ukranian artist. She uses a giant light box, dramatic music, imagination and "sand painting" skills to interpret Germany's invasion and occupation of Ukraine during WWII. She won Ukraine's Got Talent 2009, watched by over 13 million people.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Zero Dollar Birthday

In November my youngest, Cora, turned one. There is so much pressure these days to go above and beyond for birthdays. Luckily Mike and I have always felt the same way... for these younger years simple is better. Sometimes the parties become more for the parents than for the overwhelmed little birthday child. Now don't get me wrong... there will be plenty of big bash birthdays in our future... and any party should be what your family deems important - not what your peers deem to be necessary. We recognize for right now and for our family... small and quiet is a good thing.

Mike typically does his schooling in Winter so for us it is very lean times... especially with the holidays and then four additional birthdays in between Thanksgiving and January! Mike and I took on the challenge of a zero dollar birthday for our dear Cora and we both agree... it was by far our best birthday party ever. Small, beautiful, and intimate. Just like our little Cora. I will share over the next few days her birthday celebration. Coming up tomorrow is some home made gifts.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Rock On

Can you just see her at a Pantera concert or what?!?!?
Daddy's Little Girl:)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Dear Sun,

Dear Sun,
Three minutes and 5 seconds gained on this day. Thank you for that.
You supposedly rose today at 10 am - I must have missed it.
Too many days of the dark veil of dusk. 
It is now 17 days post Winter Solstice - Chugga chugga, chugga chugga...come on you can do it.
Just as the missed Florida sunsets dance in my head... you arrive...
And break through Old Man Winter's beard and smile.
Thank you my dear sun for joining us today.
A grateful friend

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Our favorite tree outside our front door

Ok... so my New Year's Resolution is to post something new everyday. Yes. A new blog entry every single day. And yes I am aware that today is already the 6th... but isn't that the great thing about resolutions... they can happen anytime.

After many chats yesterday with different girlfriends about "finding your path"... (everyone ALWAYS seems to be going through the same soul searching at exactly the same time. Weird. I know) ... I spent the day ruminating on what might be my inner talent or gift to this world. Yes being a Mom is absolutely what I am supposed to be doing right now but I always seem to have this little nagging feeling that I am missing something else... what is beyond motherhood.

So of course writing once again comes front and center. It has always been a joy for me. I find it soothing, calming, and oh so therapeutic:) And everyone knows to grow in your craft - you have to practice - everyday. So begins my journey.. and from here on out I will not edit or labor over perfectionism.
I will just write.
For me.
And not caring how many people out there in cyber space read or agree or disagree with the words put on paper.
I will write.