Many hurrays

and some random photos

We're healthy! Naomi's walking! Natalie's writing! Naomi's almost 1! The sun is shining (more than it was a week ago, anyway)!


Andrea, Monday 19 July 2010 at 8:27 pm Two comments

Sunny smiles

It's been a bit of a gloomy summer, in more ways than one. The fog has kept things cool (no complaints here) but may also be to blame for keeping us sick. From a vacation-canceling stomach issue to a lingering Kathleen-Turner-sounding sore throat and cough, the girls and I have been weathering more than our summer share of sickness. And we're not the only ones to be sicker than usual for the season -- lots of yuckiness seems to be going around...

But we're still managing to have a wonderful time with friends and family, with plenty of outdoor fun. Here are some photos to chase the gloom away.

Natalie shares one of the strawberries she picked herself at a farm in Arroyo Grande on June 29.


Andrea, Saturday 10 July 2010 at 6:00 pm Two comments


I'm hooked on making Etsy treasuries. It's like being a curator for a private art gallery. But there's also a small element of competition involved -- the loveliest treasuries get featured on the front page of Etsy. In further trying to justify my recent addiction, I've thought of this treasury-making kick as shopping without spending any money, making wish lists, playing an online game, supporting fellow Etsy sellers, and creating an art project -- all at the same time. Here are the titles of the treasuries I've created thus far:

Typing in Technicolor

Christmas in July

Affordable Treasures (my birthday wish list)

First birthday (with Naomi in mind)

32nd birthday (with myself in mind; not a wish list)

Sassy Summer Fruit my newest, inspired by one of Naomi's cute summer outfits

I challenge you to create a treasury. (I think you just need an Etsy account -- you don't have to be a seller, as far as I know.)


Andrea, Thursday 08 July 2010 at 5:04 pm No comments

'Generation Me'

a book review

I just finished a thought-provoking book that takes a look at data collected over the past couple generations. I'm glad I read it, and am eager to recommend it and discuss it with anyone...

'Generation Me' reads like an essential textbook for those of us born in the 70s, 80s, and 90s who want to gain the big-picture perspective on why our generation is the way it is. The author is also of this generation and handles the myriad data with self-awareness, wit, and expertise.


Andrea, Sunday 27 June 2010 at 1:44 pm Three comments

June's summer smiles

Here are some photos of early summer fun, indoors and out... As you'll see from the last two photos, Naomi is close to walking!

Andrea, Friday 25 June 2010 at 3:48 pm One comment

My happy place is ...

... anywhere my kids are happy

In this case, my happy place was a very kid-friendly winery in Paso Robles last month (I've been meaning to post these pics for a while). I could use a reminder of happier times. Right now, I'm in the third day of a gnarly stomach bug that's forced me to scrap my travel plans. I was going to take the girls up to Santa Rosa for a week, but now I can't stray more than 10 feet from the bathroom... And this is the fourth time since Thanksgiving that sickness has ruined vacation/party plans for us!

On the flip side, I feel a peace about scrapping the travel plans, and I know something good will come of my staying home this week. Maybe some more blog posts, at the very least...

Andrea, Sunday 13 June 2010 at 12:27 pm One comment

Writing space

A few months ago, I began thinking that I'd like to have a writing desk. I hope to someday have use for something other than the functional-but-cheap Staples number that houses our desktop computer and Bret's sound board, and something other than the beautiful, solid-wood desk-and-hutch setup that I've had since I was a little girl. The former is Bret's work station, and the latter will be Natalie and Naomi's desk once they need a homework space.

I hadn't really begun my search for a desk when I crossed paths with an unassuming vintage desk in a lovely shop in Templeton (about 25 miles north of SLO). It was solid wood, and it was green -- my green. This was about two or three months ago, and there was no way I could buy the desk then. There were budget, space, and transportation issues. But I was happy to know that there existed such a thing as a green writing desk.

Last week, I returned to that store just to browse and spend a little time among lovely things that I had no intention of buying. Well, the desk was still there. My heart fluttered a little. I somewhat wistfully asked the shop owner how quickly things tend to sell in her shop. She said it's completely random. I then mentioned that I loved that green desk but was waiting till closer to my birthday and that I had no way to get it home. She asked where I lived, and when I told her, she said that her sister lives in SLO. We then narrowed down our respective residences only to find out that her sister is one of my neighbors. And she has a truck. And she was going to be at the shop on Saturday and would be willing to deliver the desk.

It was meant to be. When I see the green desk in my bedroom, I smile inside and out and can't help but ask myself, "What wonderful things will I write while sitting at that desk?" I see God's hand in the gift of this desk -- a small piece of furniture, but a testament of His provision for me now and always.

Andrea, Sunday 23 May 2010 at 7:51 pm Five comments


We had a perfectly wonderful weekend with my family at my sister's house in La Grange (between Modesto and Sonora). The best Mother's Day gift was seeing Natalie and her cousin, Landon, playing happily on the gorgeous grounds.


Andrea, Tuesday 11 May 2010 at 7:42 pm Two comments