if you haven’t heard yet, our good friend, mike, has uncovered one of his natural talents just in the last year. it seems like it was only yesterday he was coveting our mutual friend’s camera (on our labor day weekend trip to san diego) and now he is selling his prints to the masses and getting tons of requests for photo shoots. he is THAT crazy good! isn’t it so neat to think that as a 30-something adult you could have this genius ability that even you aren’t aware of until it is discovered? i love that. so check out mike’s work, order prints and contact him for your own photo shoot!

and here are some photos mike took spontaneously of claire recently:




i love everyday pictures like this. just capturing a moment of fun while out with friends. i’ll treasure these shots forever, mikey.

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new site!

Apr 8, 2010

Hey Little Birdie

hi everyone! quick note to let you know about the new site where i am a contributor. it’s called Hey Little Birdie– check it out! my friends, jina, josie, and i have teamed up to find awesome products, people and shops to inspire you. i hope you love it as much as i do and become a regular reader! there are posts everyday and today my first feature post is up! it is all about some ideas i have for claire’s upcoming second birthday shindig. enjoy!

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i first discovered this recipe on the savory sweet life blog and i wish i could give blogger alice a big hug because these little brownie bites are THAT good. i’ve made them a handful of times since and have even adapted the basic brownie batter recipe with other mix-ins like nuts and cacao nibs. i’m thinking of trying another small candy bar center the next time i make them like rollos or mini snickers…yummmm. they are the perfect little size and so tasty that it is difficult to stop yourself at just one. or two. or a handful! here is the super simple recipe. promise me that after you make these you will never use a brownie box mix again. and that you’ll save one for me.

PB Brownie Bites

Makes approx. 40 brownie bites

3/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
40 mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, unwrapped


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray mini cupcake pan with non stick spray.  In a medium bowl, mix melted butter, sugars and vanilla.  Beat in eggs one at a time. Gradually add flour, cocoa, and salt and mix until combined.  Fill each cupcake slot slightly more than halfway but not more than 2/3 full.  Place a peanut butter cup in each slot pressing it down until it is almost level with the batter.  Bake in preheated oven for 15-18 minutes or until done.  Allow the brownie bites to cool for 5-10 minutes before removing from the cupcake tin.  Enjoy!

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i know i know, it’s been forever. now that my ancient laptop is working again, i have a chance to post!

the latest news on claire is that she had her kidney surgery and it went extremely well! she has a nasty incision to show for it but hopefully the removal of the bad tissues will bring her more comfort. i imagine a big sausage of a ureter in that little body would feel yuck. i won’t go into the boring details of the hospital stay but let’s just say i LOATHE hospital stays more than anything. i would rather eat a bug.

anyway, her spasms have been pretty good lately. not too many and not too severe. she is having a repeat MRI on tuesday so please pray for that. we want to get a better picture of how her brain looks now since her head has not been growing at a normal rate and we still can’t figure out if these things are really seizures or not. i am a nervous wreck when it comes to the brain stuff so i need all your calming vibes, okay?

adrian is doing great. he’s working hard and taking good care of us vender girls. we’ve been going for family walks every night which we all love, especially lily- and it is helping me in my weight loss quest as well. we’re getting excited for easter this weekend and for the first preview of our friend brian’s new church, day|twelve. i’m sure you’ll hear much more about that from me in the future!

here’s some new pictures from a family lunch to the farm at south mountain.







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