Hope you had a wonderful holiday! Here are a few favorite snaps from our Christmas Eve & Christmas Day. We are lucky enough to be enjoying some time off and catching up with family & friends.
A favorite Christmas Eve tradition- Brunch in my parent’s neighborhood with good friends & neighbors. Mike with our little friend Paul.
Christmas Eve dinner with my favorites. Cousins- Beto, Anni, Alma, Joaqo & Ari. Sister Dita, Brother Nando and Mike.
My mother’s poodle Rosie & niece Annabella posing waiting for Santa.
Cute cousins- Katie, Ellie, Sylvia, Arturo & Annabella.
Christmas day dogs- Baron, Rosie & Lia.
Even though the gift giving is over for the time being, I wanted to share this fun DIY craft that we put together for some babies in our life.
Mike & I made ‘family flashcards’ for two of the babies in our life. McKenzie, Mike’s Niece lives down in Santa Barbara and we don’t get to see her enough, she is 16 months and starting to memorize the name of those nearest and dearest. To help her in putting our faces to names & since she lives so far away, we made her a collection of flashcards with the names and faces of her cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. It was really fun to see her try to read them and match the faces on the cards with the people in the room.
For my 11 month old cousin Arturo we made him a set of flashcards of most of our family in Portland that he sees on a weekly basis. He was more into biting on the cards, lucky we laminated & gave them rounded corners, than saying the names but he was off to a good start recognizing the faces and babbling.
This was a pretty simple project and just required family photos & a laminator. It is a great birthday present for any baby or toddler in your life & a real hit with the parents!
Below are some pics of Arturo playing with his cards.
This weekend marks Father’s Day so here is a little la vida lauer love for my daddio.
As you can tell by the photo above he is one cool guy.
I get my techno lust and geekyness from him. He is a big time NERD- but in the coolest sense of the word. One of his former job titles was webmaster after all.
He has been on Twitter since the beginning and has way more followers than I could ever dream of.
He bikes to work, is a devoted Apple user and non stop photographer.
He is currently the principal of Lewis Elementary here in Portland, OR and I love visiting his school. The kids think he is really big stuff!
Happy Father’s Day @timlauer :) thanks for influencing me in all the right ways.
This Memorial Day weekend marked Mike’s graduation from law school, lots of time with family & friends & a lot of good food. Yesterday afternoon was spent riding bikes in the sunshine and visiting my uncle’s farm about 25 mins south of Portland. The weather was perfect I ate watermelon and potato chips and explored the property with my brother and sister along with Rosie & Baron. It was a great reminder that Summer truly is right around the corner. One of the good things about returning to work after a 3 day weekend… 4 day work week, enjoy!
Had a nice few days in Chicago last week in advance of my cousin Enrique’s wedding. On Thursday our first day in town the weather was awesome! 70 degrees and clear. We got to spend Mike’s St Patrick Day birthday in the city that dyes their river green. Here are some Chi town notes & snaps, enjoy.
-While out on a run thursday afternoon we were stopped in our tracks by Mike’s freshman year Oregon roomate, what a fun surprise!
-Birthday drinks at the top of the Hancock building with good friends and cousins.
-Tacos in Bucktown at Big Star restaurant
-a visit to the Lincoln Park Zoo, free admission!
-an art filled afternoon at the Art Institute of Chicago.
-Deep dish from Geno’s East.
Wedding, family and more art institute photos to come :)
My Thanksgiving holiday weekend was spent with some of the best people on earth & was wonderful. Here are some highlights!
Last weekend while visiting family in the mid west we took a few trips to Chicago. On one such trip I ventured to the Wicker Park Neighborhood with my cousins Annaliese and Alma and we visited a great vintage shop, US 41.
The shop is located on Milwaukee Street in Bucktown & has a large selection of vintage designer handbags as well as the biggest selection of unique cowboy boots I have ever seen. The prices are expensive, what you expect in big city hipster vintage shops but the selection was amazing. Fendi, D&G, LV & Gucci bags.
The boots were incredible some of my favorites included a pair that had a black and white woven pattern up from the heel to the top of the shaft, very cool, and a light tan colored pair with a painted scene from the Wild West.
Over the weekend I visited NW Indiana to celebrate the 80th birthday of my maternal grandfather. He had a surprise party that drew in 20 relatives from Mexico, 3 from NYC, 15 from Oregon and many more from Indiana. It was a wonderful weekend filled with laughter, dancing and delicious food. I left Indiana with the great feeling of being surrounded by the ones you love & respect, I cannot wait until our next big get together!