Thursday, July 15, 2010

My Favorite Visitor!

Another summertime visit with my mom! She's here for a week and we've really done nothing but yoga and eating.

After breakfast with Red, we ran some errands and wound up at a French pastry shop that I've been dying to try.

My mom got a chocolate eclair.

And I got the citrus tart.

As we nibbled our tasties, we wondered whether bakery just tastes better in France or if it really is better there. Because sadly, these guys didn't even come close to our Parisian delights.

Of course we ate every last bit... we wouldn't want anything to go to waste.

We continued our errands and I got three dresses from St. Vinnie's! I even found a dress for Mr. Z's sister's wedding that's coming up in August.

When we got home we made ourselves a lunch/afternoon snack/dinner treat and ate it on our new deck.

These are the best meals.

We had a baguette from the French bakery, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, Irish cheddar....

Kohlrabi, mushroom tofu spread, Mr. Z's homemade salsa, chips and a refreshing beverage made of juice and fizzy soda.

After our meal it was finally cool enough to go to the barn, but I forgot my camera!! We had such a great time. I gave my mom a ride on Pixie (I led them around with a rope) and I showed her how far we've come with soccer, cantering and bareback riding. It was really, really fun!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Finally: The Birthday Post!

Pardon me for my recent absence. Some of you may know that a recent flash flood ruined my trusty Saturn. I've been dealing with insurance issues all week and haven't been in the mood to blog.

Luckily, everything worked out for the best, the weekend has been beautiful and I figured it's time to upload some birthday pictures!

Here is Julia enjoying her very first alcoholic beverage: a pear cosmopolitan. Nana really had to put the peer pressure on this one.

After dinner we went back to the house to enjoy cake, games and conversation.

I decided to decorate the cake with chocolate chip cookies.

The birthday girl totally dug it!

It's so wonderful to have a tribe of amazing women to call my family. In all there were 14 of us! We are each unique in many ways, however our commonalities include inner beauty, a sense of humor and love for the curly-haired birthday girl (ok...I'll add "outside" beauty as well, we are a group of fantastic looking women and girls!).

Happy birthday Julia!