Seasons — Summer 2012

Wow.  A big one, for sure.  This summer was filled with…

…happiest places on Earth…

…lots of goodbyes to much-loved stuff…

…beach business…

…9 years of luv…

…handy beginnings…

…and handier endings.

On to Fall!

 

Seasons – Spring 2012

Spring has sprung, and brought a plethora of beginnings into our lives.  Yikes!  Things are going to start happening to me…now!

A new city…

…A new school…

…A new home…

…A new time for the fam…

…A new way to celebrate Mother’s Day — with a tickle and a wiggle…

…and a new man at two!

Seasons: Winter 2011-2012

Whoops!  Although I do have all of my decorations taken down, I’m a little behind on my seasonal updates!

This winter brought…

…the excitement that comes with Santa…

…giving and receiving…

…the jolly “Ho-Ho-Hipster” Dad…

…merry merry, spirits, and goodwill…

…a foggy but fulfilling New Year’s Eve…

…the return of the “Baby Bandie” at pep band…

…knitting successes…

…and knitting failures…

…and what winter would be complete without sliding!  (Vegas style)

Spring soon to come, along with all the changes it brought!

Seasons: Autumn 2011

Despite having seen Christmas decorations out even BEFORE Halloween, I am determined to give the season of Fall its due.  Lots happening, lots to remember.

This autumn brought…

…a new creation, new art to carry forever…

…fun times with Grandparents in exotic locales…

…another great Nevada Day/Birthday Weekend…

…a little Wild Thing who will eat you up, he loves you so…

…good food, loving family — lots to give thanks for…

…and lots of time to reflect and relax away from the craziness of it all.

Yay for Fall!

 

Wide Open Spaces

It’s easy to forget you live in the West (capital W) in Las Vegas.  The landscape is all strip malls — havens of nails places, Subways, 99 cent stores, and lots of empty store fronts waiting for retailers.  They dominate the view so exclusively, the mountains are only a foggy background behind a cheap consumer’s dream.

These strip malls are everywhere — that’s a given.  But the roads in our little corner of town are still under construction, and the shoulders are just dust and scrub.  There are houses that are NOT part of a development here, houses that were built by Westerners who said to themselves, “I’d like to just see the city TRY to get out THIS far!”

Whoops.

Hindsight is 20/20, so hopefully these folks have a good sense of humor, and still appreciate their little 2-3 acres.  In a city where .5 acres is considered an “estate lot,” they are practically kings. What I like best about living close to these old Vegas types — the ones who were here first — is that they remind me that I live not in America’s cultural wasteland, but in the West.

Tonight as Patrick and I were driving home from the marching band show, we were storming down the road, twirling through roundabouts, admiring the sunset and the dusty light of evening on our way to dinner.  As I wound around the second roundabout, I did a double-take to my right.  A man was riding a white dappled horse, his six-year-old grandson in front of him, and two scruffy dogs flouncing nearby.  They were trotting along, enjoying the light too, but at a slower pace and I enviably watched them live in the West.  It did help me remember that I can “live in the West” too, but that becomes farther and farther away as the responsibilities of the school year and the ennui of a working life settle in.  The time for a change is coming.  The West calls…

This Moment — The Welcome Wagon

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Seasons: Summer 2011

Whenever August rolls around, I wish it was still July.  Although it’s fun to celebrate our anniversary, I know that after the festivities are finished, school will start in a week or so.  So it’s also a good time to look at what an awesome summer this was, and see how we spent our time…that helps it seem longer, too!

This summer was…

...waiting and waiting and MORE waiting...

...new lengths (or really, lack of length!)...

...a new place, a new pad...

...full of family frolics...

...old haunts with a new twist...

...a new childhood beginning, with some of the same players...

...friendships continuing, joy expanding...

...walking, walking slowly, walking quickly, walking thoughtfully, walking hard...

...all about feeling loved...

...streaming SciFi and having drinks after Patrick's bedtime...

...trips to new horizons...

...traveling family style...

One last trip before the summer ends!  Pack the car quick — let’s go!

We’ll miss you, summer!

This Moment — Wishing and Thinking

This Moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo moment- no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

Walking at the Santa Ana Zoo

This Moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo moment- no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

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My two boys.

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