Spring joy!

The glory of spring is upon us! We’ve been out and about enjoying one of the most beautiful spring’s I can remember here in California. Hikes to find wildflowers with friends, having picnics by the ocean and watching the pelicans fly above us, and celebrating my Mom’s birthday by heading up north to find sand […]

Potter and Monet

Catching up with our artists-in-residence, after Frida Kahlo came and went, we had a little special guest from Beatrix Potter. She came right after Easter and of course around that time we were also heavily into Potter’s stories. Our favorites being (Peter rabbit, Jeremy Fisher and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle). We read some lovely books about Potter […]

Frida came to visit

So, I know I have been a terrible blogger. I’ve turned to the dark side (otherwise known as Instragram). You will find me there posting a heckuva lot more than here. But, I think about this space so often and so long to come back regularly. I just can’t seem to fit it in as […]

The Swallows Come Home

March’s bird is the Cliff Swallow. I chose the swallow because as a child I remember visiting the Mission San Juan Capistrano on my Mom’s birthday, several years in a row to watch the swallows return and how neat it was to see them. Their mud nests secured on the Mission walls. Later on, the […]

Our Christmas

We had such a wonderful Christmas. The whole season went too quickly, I’m having withdrawls already. We were in Boston with Jeff’s family for Thanksgiving, so this year, we stayed local and after opening presents at our house and having a fun cinnamon bun breakfast, we headed to my parents house to celebrate and have […]

Our Days Before Christmas

We’ve been creating, crafting, Advent-ing (with my homemade one and this lovely one from Eric Carle). We’ve been playing with the Nutcracker paper dolls I found here as well as reading and listening to the music. We had a gingerbread scavenger hunt after our gingerbread men went missing. We’ve been “elving” and painting and sewing […]


Oh it was such a nice weekend. We were very busy and battling yet another sick bug, but this time, it was just a little cold and it didn’t slow down my child. No way. So we kept on truckin’. Saturday, I had a book club date with some Mama friends. And then we spent […]

Tea and Lunch with Vincent Van Gogh

So I’ve started implementing a fun little addition to our lunch and or tea time ritual with Ellie. I read about Charlotte Mason’s “introduction to artists through tea time” on a blog somewhere and fell in love with the idea. I decided to start with Vincent Van Gogh, mainly because Ellie saw A Starry Night […]