& the city

a little last minute getaway to NYC
just the two of us
to the concrete jungle where dreams are made of
to walk and walk for hours
holding hands
looking up often
the holiday joy in the air
great weather and great company
we filled our bellies and then walked some more
taxis, subways and more walking
no camera quiver, just the iphone
so much to see and stumble upon
it is all so overwhelming yet so... wonderful
it was good to be back

oh, how i love New York


open space

Time to get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful, and to open space in your heart for all the blessings (hidden or visible) that 2012 will bring - paulo coelho


happy solstice

Depending on where you are in the world, December 21 or 22 marks the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere: the official beginning of winter, and the longest night of the year. Here in Colorado, the new season begins at 10:30 p.m. tonight. Get out and celebrate the longer days ahead! yippee!



caroling. dancing. singing. laughter. J O Y.
mix. roll. cookie-cut. bake. taste test. repeat.
christmas music, wine & time with friends.
a due date hike and a bit of yoga to keep it all in balance.

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last weekend's project

start with a fresh and bushy scottish pine wreath whose brilliant green is known to last
go to The Garden Store or your nearby cutest-ever-little-garden-and-holiday-pop-up store and get some berries, pine cones, eucalyptus, ribbon and other decor
wrap with some fabulous old school large bulb white lights
and go to town on a Saturday afternoon in early december to create a lovely wreath to enjoy through the holidays! Ah, the joy in the little things.



lovebugs. my favorite subjects, my niece and nephew.

up with the sun

sunrise skin and ski on the mountain this morning, brrrrr ::: was happily suprised to catch the lunar eclipse as the moon settled into the horizon ::: such a beautiful day but this little ski town needs some new snow!


baby, it's cold outside

A bit of a cold spell here in colorado this week... cozying up at home with hot cocoa and the christmas tree light warming the room, writing christmas cards and listening to a mix of my favorite holiday carols ~

On my Xmas mix:

Baby, It's Cold Outside - Dean Martin
Star of Wonder - Tori Amos
Winter Song - Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson
Calling on Mary - Aimee Mann
Carol of The Bells - Manheim Steamroller
Last Christmas - Wham!
Song for a Winter's Night - Sarah McLachlan
Christmastime - Smashing Pumpkins
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Schuyler Fisk
All That I Want - The Weepies
Christmas Time is Here - A Fine Frenzy
Happy Christmas (War is Over) - Neil Diamond
Hallelujah - Brandi Carslile
Christmas Song - Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
Christmas Lights - Coldplay


all is bright

an outing into the woods to find the perfect Christmas tree with some spiked hot cocoa, gluvine and great friends. one of the best ways to spend the day. fa la la la la...


happiness revealed

was watching this beautiful video, happiness revealed by Louie Schwartzberg, the other day, then later went out on an errand, looked up and saw this heart floating through the sky...

"...look at the sky, we so rarely look at the sky, we so rarely note how different it is from moment to moment with clouds coming and going. we just think of the weather and even of the weather we don't think of all the many nuances of weather, we just think of good weather and bad weather. this day, right now, this unique weather may be a kind that will never exactly in that form come again, the formation of the clouds in the sky will never be the same that it is right now. open your eyes, look at that..."



grateful for important things like ~
my husband who keeps me laughing, challenges me and supports me
my incredible, super awesome, fun-loving & crazy family and friends
a home in one of the most wonderful places on earth that constantly surprises me by its ever-changing beauty
a job that exposes me to the finer things in life, travel and passionate & creative people

and for the little things like ~
the shooting star I saw last night &
unexpectedly getting the afternoon off to go out and play
happy day before thanksgiving...


on the move

changing seasons
the geese are on the move
& the snow is coming...


photobooth friday

a few shots from earlier this summer when the Magbooth westfalia photobooth van came through town. I still laugh out loud every time I look at these. happy happy friday!



a winterizing, organizing, sorting, purging and rearranging sort of weekend
a skin up the mountain with a great group of friends, 3 dogs and Chrissy's 8 mo. baby belly (you go girl!) 
the perfect sunshine donut hole at the summit with the storm lingering all around
Jenny-dog hopping around in the deep snow and expressing her happiness for winter
the season's first powder turns
remembering how good skinning is for the soul
the threat of a BIG snowstorm that never came
but stormy enough weather to feel ok with hanging around reading on the couch for hours
tea time and cinnamon buns
a visit with my niece and nephew
quality time with RHR
power yoga, opening, surrendering

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collection or obsession

Went through my winter ski hats today. I think i may be obsessed. I have a lot of hats ~ different styles & colors, some for fashion (the pompom ones get me every time), some for function. But, with at least 90 official days of winter, a girl has got to have a wide variety, right?


first snow


showering baby shine with lots of love... can't wait to meet her this december
and the little host, oliver, sneaking some frosting... WARNING! cake causes huge smiles



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