Photo Friday

Ahhh, summer. From my backyard:

{Look at those colors!}

{The hydrangeas threaten to take over the patio.}

{Vegetable and herb garden:
lettuce, cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, parsley and basil.
I think I need a bigger space!}



{Seashells and stones from the beach.}

{Strawberry plant from a friend.}


The beach

{Malayna and daddy.}

{Malayna and mommy.}

{With her new friend Julie.}

We had a fantastic vacation in Cape May! The weather was perfect - sunny, breezy on the beach an practically no humidity. We've been taking Malayna to the beach since she was 6 months old, and since then she has stayed far away from the ocean. Not this year - she loved it! We were able to spend hours and hours on the beach RELAXING while Malayna found new friends to play with. Needless to say, we didn't want to come home.

{Swimming in the hotel pool.}

{Jack and Malayna on the boats in Ocean City.}

{Silly faces.}
{Mom-mom and Pop-pop and the kids.}

My parents and cousin Sean came down for part of the week and stayed in a nearby hotel. We were able to use the hotel's pool, which was a big hit for Malayna. My brother David, his wife Maria and their two kids Jack and Davyn also came down for a few days and stayed in the hotel. Tuesday night we all went to the Ocean City boardwalk. Honestly, I could do without the boardwalk - it's just too crowded. Plus, one of the reasons I love Cape May is because there's nothing to do. But it's become a yearly trip while we're on vacation, so I can't go against tradition. All Malayna wants to do while we're there is ride the boats and the carousel. She's a cheap date.

{"I want to wear no shirt like Aidan!"}

Aidan, Wendy and Daniel came down on Thursday and stayed over. There were two sets of bunkbeds in Malayna's room, so they slept in there - it was their first time having a sleepover with a friend. The four of us {me, Jimmy, Wendy and Daniel} sat in the living room that night listening to the two of them talk and laugh together. We had to go in twice to tell them to quiet down and go to sleep. Jimmy went in the second time and had to break up an argument about nocturnal animals.

{Mmmmm. Ice cream.}

{…more ice cream,}

{…and more.}

{I will not smile because a strange man is taking my picture.}

{Ahhhh. The beach.}


Photo Friday

I think I'll retire the Inside 264 posts - my house is only so big! Now that summer is here we'll be out and about more, so calling these posts "Photo Friday" makes more sense.

A storm passed through here on Tuesday night and knocked our power out from 8:30 that night until about 3:00 Wednesday afternoon. We don't have central air, so when Malayna's air conditioner went off Tuesday night she immediately woke up. She was scared and crying so we brought her downstairs. We thought the power would come back on after a little while, so we weren't trying to get her to go back to sleep right away. Malayna, Jimmy and I made paper fans and colored for a little while. It was so hot - we were just coming out of a heat wave with temperatures up near 100 and stifling humidity. The house was still hot, and we couldn't open the windows too much because of the rain and the 60-mph winds. Thank goodness our trees are gone!

{shadows on the ceiling}

After a while we realized that the power may not go on anytime soon, so we tried to get to sleep. First we all laid on the living room floor, but Luco was panting like crazy. Malayna couldn't sleep. Then she and I went up to her sauna, I mean room, but it started thundering and she was scared {never was before!}. Finally, we came back downstairs and she and Jimmy slept on the sofa while I slept on the floor. Between Luco's panting, Jimmy's snoring, and sweating, I think I got about 2 hours sleep that night.

{crafting by candlelight}

It was kind of nice not to have electricity the next day and having to come up with things that didn't involve the TV or the computer. I spent a while in the pool just listening to the radio {with batteries} and reading a book. Just as I was packing the food in our fridge into coolers to take to my parents' house, the power came back on. Do you know how good that air conditioning felt?!

Tomorrow we leave for a week-long vacation in Cape May, NJ. We go every year at this time - me, Jimmy, Malayna, Luco, my mom and dad and my cousin Sean. This year Aidan and his parents are coming to visit and stay over one night. He and Malayna will sleep in her room on bunkbeds. Should be interesting!

{Malayna got a haircut for the shore - she had about 6 inches cut off!}

{Why do so many kids around this age make goofy faces for pictures?}

I'll probably post some photos through the week, so check back on Monday! Happy Father's Day to all the dads!


Old friends

{D'Arcy, Shani, Michelle, Michelle, Kim, me, Patrice and Lorie}

My 20-year high school reunion was Friday night. It was sort of weird to see all these grown women that I remember as teenage girls. Most of us look pretty much the same {apparently I do - I probably didn't even have to wear a name tag}, but there were a few women who looked completely unfamiliar. Someone brought our yearbooks from the four years we spent at Nazareth Academy, and I had to consult the last one several times Friday night to remind myself who certain people were. A few women look totally different and I would've never known them had I run into them on the street.

It was so good to see old friends. A handful of us still keep in touch and see each other often - mostly at our children's birthday parties.

There was a small group of us who rode the the el and the bus together to school every day. We were all from the Philadelphia neighborhoods below the Northeast {where our school was located} - neighborhoods like Kensington, Port Richmond, Fishtown and Bridesburg. Some people had a negative view of our working-class neighborhoods. A few girls we went to school with were afraid of us because of the neighborhood we grew up in {which we thought a little ridiculous!}. I can remember talking with someone in high school about taking the el - she had never ridden the el and thought that we were so brave for riding it to school each day! Our neighborhoods were much closer to Center City than those in Northeast Philadelphia, and most of us had spent our childhoods riding buses and the el - we didn't think it was a big deal.

I can remember seeing photos of the Northeast girls' houses and backyards. Backyards! We had a cement backyard that was about six feet square. They had trees and gardens. We rode the bus to school. They drove cars.

Needless to say, the el- and bus-riding group of us stuck together through high school - I guess you could call us a clique. Before reading the definition of that word, I thought it was a bad thing. Clique: an exclusive group of people who share common interests, views, purposes, patterns of behavior, or ethnicity. A clique is a subset of individuals from a larger group, who are more closely identified with one another than the remaining members of the group, and who exchange something among themselves, such as friendship, affection, or information.
Doesn't sound so bad, does it?

Seeing them on Friday reminded me how much I miss them. It was like no time had passed since 1988.

Some more photos from our reunion are here.




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{new magnet}

Part of the website update is finished. I uploaded all the new magnets - they are quite different than the magnets I used to make. See them here. I always forget how long a website updates takes. I thought I'd be finished by today, but there are lots more products to add - 8" clocks, more desk and 10" clocks and more cards. For each product, I have to edit the photo, write a description {which usually turns out to be the same basic description with minor changes}, upload the photos and text and then check the site to be sure it worked. Hmmm. Must be why I don't update too frequently!

Yesterday Malayna and I went to Ross to look for an outfit for my 20-year reunion. {No luck, by the way.} I tried on four different dresses, and with each one she exclaimed, "Oh, mommy, you look sooooo pretty!" I thanked her each time, and then she said, "Mommy, sometimes you look so pretty that I can't even talk." How cute is that? I have my own personal self-esteem booster.

Tonight is my reunion, so I'll be back Monday with a report and maybe some photos {with smaller hair!}.

Have a good weekend.


20-Year Reunion


Oh, my. How did we get this old? Tomorrow is my 20-year high school reunion. I went to high school in the 80s - which explains the hair in the photo above. It was taken at my house before we went to the Electric Playground. {Nice name, huh?}

EP was a dance club in Northeast Philly for high school kids. My parents would usually drive us there in our van {they weren't called minivans then}, drop us off and pick us up at the end of the night. We would all pile into the back of the van and sit on the floor. We usually picked up a friend or two while at EP, and my parents would drive them home, too. I know what you're thinking - "Wow! Your parents were so nice to drive everyone home!" Yes, they were. But the reason for driving everyone home was to keep an eye on me. They didn't want me taking the bus home or getting a ride with someone they didn't know. I wonder if I'll be doing the same thing for Malayna in 12 years or so?

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night!


Show recap and some news

Thank you to all who came out to the Arts in the Park. I was happy to see all of you and so glad that yesterday was a gorgeous day. I had a wonderful time and sold lots of work!

Malayna and Jimmy even came by, but she spent most of her time there in the moon bounce. Seriously. They got to the festival around 10am, and she was the first one in the bounce. She was then in and out until 1pm when they went home. When she came back around 3:30 they went right back to the bounce until it closed at 5. That's a lot of bouncing.

Check back later this week for a website update. It's been a while! Since my next show isn't until September, I think I'll have a sale. But first I must do some uploading, description-writing and create a new front page for the site. I'll be sure to tell you when it's finished!