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perfectly imperfect

older posts By January 18, 2007 4 Comments

I was reading an article in one of my home magazine yesterday entitled, ‘perfectly imperfect’ and the phrase really got me thinking. we spend so much time trying to get everything perfect–and what do we really accomplish? Sure i’d like to lose 5 pounds, have a cleaner house, and perfectly behaved kids, but the stress of trying to maintain those things comes with a high price. When I really look at my motives, i think my aim is to impress other people. The people who come across as perfect to me, I actually find intimidating! So, for the sake of sanity I’m going to make a new effort–to relax and let things be perfectly imperfect.

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japanese watercolor

older posts By January 17, 2007 3 Comments


I got this funky japanese watercolor at a flea market near Santa Barbara (while on a sister trip!) It was only $15 and sat in the garage for a few months. Now it’s found a home in our living room. It’s a fun change and I got it for a song!

Update on the potty–after much coaxing and tempting with stickers (and after I demonstrated sitting on the potty) Matty finally agreed to try out the potty. He hasn’t actually gone “pee pee in the potty” yet, but I can feel it coming…

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a fun and rewarding experience…

older posts By January 16, 2007 4 Comments

We are getting ready to potty train Matthias and I must admit, I am somewhat terrified! Diapers work great–why mess with a good thing?? So, I’ve created this little book (this is my behavior specialist background kicking in!) to approach the subject in a positive way. It will have photos of…


his new potty seat–notice how I blurred the edges of the photo to make the seat look even COOLER!


a sticker chart


big boy underwear!

The toilet training guide that came with the potty seat says that toilet training can be a fun and rewarding experience! I’m sure they are completely objective in that opinion! Any great tips???

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a bunch of sickies…

older posts By January 15, 2007 1 Comment



so matthias and i both got david’s cold. steve’s still fine. we just laid low today–napped, read books, watched a lot of videos, ate soft foods, like, yogurt, pudding and mashed potatoes (we can’t be bothered to chew) and just mellowed out. here’s a couple pics of the boys tonight. steve and i got into a very competitive game of barrel of monkeys. matty wanted to play but he cheats–so we disqualified him (i know, it was his birthday gift, we should be more gracious!) and david scooted around with one sock off and a grubby sweatshirt. hope you are all well and more productive than we are!

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a few more photos…

older posts By January 14, 2007 3 Comments






here’s a few more shots from yesterday. we had such a great time, but now the boys are exhausted (i’m a little tired, too!), david’s got a green runny nose. we rushed around getting ready for church this morning, and half way there, i turned around and came home. i can’t put David in the toddler room with that yucky nose and the boys are too tired to cooperate. so we are home now. i vaccummed and cleaned the kitchen. we’ll take a nap soon. some days you just need to take it easy–like today!

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So mUch FuN!!!

older posts By January 13, 2007 2 Comments






We had such a blast at the Rock and Roll Diner today! The weather was perfect. We ate hot dogs and played pin the nose on Percy (which the kids totally didn’t understand and nobody wanted to be blindfolded for–but it was darling anyway), opened presents and ate cupcakes. It was every little boy’s dream! My blog will only let me load five pics–which is crazy because I’ve got at least 55 to show you 🙂 Some of the highlights–the cupcakes turned out cute (at least the second batch did!), a cuddle with mommy, David eats a cupcake and LOVES it (look how Nana’s tongue is sticking out!), and Matty show David his new Lightening McQueen. Matty had a total meltdown on the way home and then crashed for two hours! It was a great birthday!

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older posts By January 12, 2007 5 Comments


Got creative last night and made these necklaces with new silver pendants. They look really vintage! Tomorrow is Matty’s party so I’ve got to make cupcakes and somehow design a “pin the nose on percy” game. I bought some tag board, so we’ll see how it turns out. They’re 3 year olds, right? They’ll think it’s a masterpeice! What fun things do you have planned for the weekend?

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Matthias is turning 3…

older posts By January 11, 2007 3 Comments




I can’t believe Matty is turning three. I know it’s so cliche, but I swear, tomorrow I’ll turn around and he’ll be 17! We had David and Matthias so close together. I struggled with feelings of guilt at being so relieved that Matthias was “typical” and without any health issues. I worried that I would love him more. Then I became resentful because he took so much time away from David. I think Matthias has added so much balance to our family. I get to experience two completely different worlds (that often aren’t that different at all)-raising a child with special needs and a child who is typical. The funny thing is, sometimes Matthias can be much more of a challenge than David! And both bring so much joy into our lives. The boys really love each other.

So to celebrate this sweet, energetic and silly little boy we are having lunch at the Rock and Roll Diner-a funky little restaurant in Oceano that is made up of two train cars pushed together. It should be fun–more pics to follow!

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Sneak Peek

older posts By January 10, 2007 3 Comments

Here’s a preview of a few of peices that will be on sale at the open house. I am trying to use up a lot of my supplies, so these are all fun, brand new peices–not things that haven’t sold at other shows!

This is new jade and aventurine-a great, simple piece that would be fun to wear with a sundress and sandels this spring and summer.

These earrings are new! They look great with a scarf in the winter and with your hair pulled back!

This last peice uses bronze freshwater pearls, rose quartz and features a lepidolite pendant. It has a nice heft and feels great on!

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look mom, no hands!

older posts By January 9, 2007 2 Comments


So when I picked David up from preschool today, his teachers had some exciting news! He took several steps all by himself!! He has been getting really good at walking while holding just one hand for support. He is really an independent kid and I know he wants to do it without any help. Steve and I joke that one of these days we’ll be sitting on the couch watching a movie and David will casually walk by, like it’s no big deal. Last week in occupational therapy he was feeding himself cheetos. If you know anything about David’s history with learning to eat, you know what a huge deal that is! Yay, David!

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