Monday, June 28, 2010

in the strawberry fields

Over the weekend we had the good fortune to be part of a group, led by Jon Rowley, that gathered at Thulen Farms in LaConnor to pick Shuksan strawberries. Shuksan strawberries, I learned, are a highly perishable variety of strawberry with a 3 week season and a 24 hour shelf life. This means they are always picked and sold or used on the same day. Indeed, we noticed late in the day as we were washing and cleaning the last of those we'd picked for making jam, many more berries with mushy parts than when we started.

We had an opportunity to sample and compare the Shuksan strawberry to four other varieties; we were impressed by the noticeable difference in sweetness. The event concluded with strawberry shortcake made by Jon Rowley with biscuits provided by Anthony's that were baked that morning, and strawberry ice cream made by farmer Chris McKnight. A truly special day.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

two years

Hello, friends.

Today marks the two year anniverary of this blog! As I spent some time looking through my archives last night, it was fun and interesting to see the elements of my life I've been able to document here, how things here have changed over time, and how I've grown as a photographer and writer.

Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to visit here! This online community continues to surprise and inspire me every single day.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

the longest

In celebration of the longest day of the year, I took a short walk around my neighborhood last evening between 9 and 9:30pm to enjoy the very last bit of daylight; here's a bit of what I saw. I find I'm more acutely tuned in to sound as it gets darker.

Did you do anything special to acknowledge the summer solstice? Happy Tuesday!

Monday, June 21, 2010

the first day

Happy first day of summer!

Before I had children it seemed like I spent the majority of my summer indoors working, and it depressed me to feel like I was missing it. Since having children I spend hours outside every day, rain or shine, and I'm able to feel fully present in all the seasons.

Though we had two fireside meals yesterday, I'm told sun is in our future this week. xo

Friday, June 18, 2010

the end

Yep - it's finally here. The last day of school; the official beginning of our summer. I've been walking by these flowers every day to and from school the past couple of weeks since they bloomed and have been wanting to photograph them. Yesterday I finally did so, as it was practically my last opportunity before next spring.

I am kind of a wreck - I really hate goodbyes. It has been an extraordinary school year. I feel like I've written about it ad nauseum over the past month, so I'll leave it at that. I'm wishing you a happy start to your weekend. xo

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


I hope your day is nice, too. Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Cal never misses an opportunity to pick flowers - I love that about him.

Last night Alexi cooked two trout the boys caught on Sunday, and I made a salad composed almost exclusively of things from our garden. I'm eager for our tomatoes to be ready!

Feeling a bit exhausted and depressed by the many moments of closure and saying goodbye at school this week.

The sun continued to shine yesterday and that is not a small thing.

Monday, June 14, 2010

a June weekend

Just as it should be.

I hope your week's off to a great start! xoxo Lecia

Sunday, June 13, 2010

if you make nothing else

You really must make this pizza while asparagus is still in season.

Happy Sunday!

Friday, June 11, 2010


As I write this the boys are pretending to be asleep, reading in their beds. Abbott's last baseball game of the season was tonight. We're looking forward to pizza and a movie, our Friday night tradition, and summer vacation in a week.

I found this article about kids and sports to be quite interesting.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

try something new

(Alexi's photos from the weekend.)

Alexi and Abbott are part of a Y Guides group; last weekend they went on their semiannual camping trip. These weekends seem to be so good for Abbott, for stepping out of his comfort zone. Sleeping somewhere other than his bed, walking outside in the dark, new sports and skills and activities, new foods. Hearing about and reflecting on Abbott's weekend has me thinking about the value of change in my own life. In what ways can I challenge myself to try new things?

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


We have an unbelievable number of things going on every single day between now and the end of school next Friday. I don't understand why the Spanish play at school needs to be today - why couldn't it have been in April? Both of my boys have August birthdays, and so both of them are celebrating birthdays at school this week. (Cal's favorite color is pink, so his birthday cupcakes are pink.) I was particularly tense driving the boys to Abbott's baseball playoff game yesterday evening. Cal: "Mom?" Me: "Yes?" "I love you." He has a way of doing that when I'm upset.

A question for you bakers out there - do you use the convection setting on your oven when you bake cookies if the recipe doesn't specify?

Wishing you well this Wednesday, whether your day be busy or unhurried.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Oh, June.

We're so ready for summer and school's end it's palpable, yet holding on to this fleeting moment in time as best we can.

I'm swooning over the sneak peek of Nikole Herriott's home. She has an incredible sense of style, and her home has lots of nice details and pieces from her family.

Happy Tuesday! xo