Monday, May 31, 2010


Last night our home was full of friends and food and music and conversation.

I made this salad to rave reviews.

Earlier in the weekend Alexi and I watched An Education; lots to talk about.

Sunday, May 30, 2010


Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul. - Thomas Merton

Friday, May 28, 2010

at the park

Yesterday Cal really took off riding his bicycle without training wheels, at long last, after practically being forced by me. I'm planning on lots of outings on our bikes this summer, and he needs to be ready. He's been much more interested in his scooter, rollerblades, playground equipment, puddles...anything but the bike.

And in case you're wondering the boys wear their boots everywhere. It's a laziness thing - boots are faster than sneakers. And, you never know when you might encounter a puddle.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Happy Weekend!

The scent of watermelon is so evocative of summer, isn't it? I was a bit overwhelmed when I cut this one open; it's been a while.

The boys are having a friend sleep over for the very first time tonight and there is great excitement in the house.

I wish you a wonderfully relaxing weekend! xo Lecia

Thursday, May 20, 2010


Yesterday began as a gloriously beautiful day; it became bitterly cold and wet and windy by mid-afternoon. I am so eager for warmth! I've been cleaning our decks and outside spaces in hopes of being able to enjoy them sometime soon. These images from my archives will allow us to at least dream about summer. They were taken while visiting friends at Sunlight Beach on Whidbey Island. The black things in the water are sand dollars.

The upside of the rain and wind was that baseball was cancelled, so instead of eating sandwiches on the side of the field, we had a cozy fireside meal. And, Abbott was able to get his homework for the week done a day early.

I hope you are well. Happy Thursday!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

hello weekend!

Enjoy! I'll see you next week. xoxo Lecia

Friday, May 14, 2010

a big change

A couple of weeks ago we got an email from Abbott's teacher. Apparently, Abbott had told her the board was 'blurry'. I was surprised and not surprised not to hear it directly from him; sometimes it's like pulling teeth finding out about school. I felt badly about not noticing he couldn't see very well. Anyway, he saw an optometrist last Friday and indeed needs glasses. It feels like a bit of a loss to me - I won't be able to see his face in the same way most of the time, ever again.

I remember well my first pair of glasses. I was eleven. The choices available to me were slim, and I ended up with a blue plastic pair that I hated. It was a love-hate relationship: on the one hand I could see; on the other hand I was self-conscious about my appearance. I remember the dramatic car ride home from the optometrist's office: the leaves on the trees had such definition! By the time I reached middle school I took them off (a different pair, but I didn't like them any better) as I walked down the hallways at school, inadvertently snubbing people as I couldn't see them to say 'hello'.

Happily Abbott is taking it all in stride. Mostly he's impressed by how well he can see.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Good morning!

Yesterday I got a card in the mail from a blog friend (thank you Kristin!); it made me realize how much I miss getting mail. It was a regular occurrence in my younger life, sometimes even from people living in my town; now I typically only get mail around the time of my birthday or the holidays, aside from the occasional invitation. When I was in high school I could identify all of my friends' handwriting and in my life now it's rare to ever see someone's handwriting. This trend makes it hard for me to convincingly tell Abbott why he absolutely must work harder to write neatly.

In response to your comments yesterday about allergies and their perplexing increasing incidence, here's a link to a National Geographic article on the topic you may find interesting.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Give It Up

Is there much in life better than being able to pick flowers freely? I think not.

The school my children attend is nut free, and I've heard heart wrenching stories from parents at our school whose children have life threatening food allergies. This week Food Allergy Initiative is asking people to give up a favorite food. The event is intended to be a show of solidarity with the millions who have food allergies, and the hope is to raise awareness about the need to find a cure for food allergies. Please take a moment to try and imagine living with a life threatening food allergy.

I wish you a healthy and happy Tuesday!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother's Day

Alexi, Abbott and Cal really outdid themselves in spoiling me yesterday. I got to sleep in and then there was breakfast in bed, followed by homemade cards and gifts. The older I get the more I realize my enjoyment of an event is inextricably linked to everyone else in my family's enjoyment, so instead of choosing a destination like the Art Museum (last year's Mother's Day outing), I requested to go to a baseball game. We had a great time - the weather was beautiful, and the home team won.

I'm feeling very lucky indeed to have so much love in life. I hope you had a special day with those you love.

I wish you a great start to your week!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

weekend wishes

Wishing you a most relaxing weekend with those you love. And a happy Mother's day to all of you loving, hard working, inspiring moms out there! xoxo

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Just Let Me Lie Down

Last night I had the great pleasure of meeting Kristin von Ogtrop, editor of Real Simple, one of my favorite magazines. She's in Seattle promoting her new book, Just Let Me Lie Down. It was really great talking face to face with someone whose editorial I've been reading every month for years now (she admired my hair! and my coat!). She's just like I thought she would be - warm and smart and down to earth. I took away a lot I know I'll be thinking about for some time to come; her thoughts on balance and marriage and happiness really resonated with me (you'll have to read the book!). She identifies universal truths about the joy and chaos that come with doing what you love and having many different things in your life you love, irregardless of whether you earn a paycheck or not doing them. I laugh so hard I cry every time I pick up her book and I kind of don't want to finish it, as I don't want it to end.