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Tuesday Tidbits: Summer Solstice

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Happy Summer Solstice!  Summer is a time for energy, socialization, music, exercise, and celebrating life.  It's a time for watching the sunset, hiking in the mountains, watching the trees and flowers blossom, listening to kids laughing in the backyards, and enjoying cocktails on patios with friends.  There is so much to do in Santa Fe in the summer -- art festivals, live music, the Farmer's Market, free movies, restaurant events, beer and wine festivals, Folk Art Market, the opera, and the list goes on!  Ahh if only there was enough time for everything.  Here are a few tidbits about life lately...





1.  We enjoyed the first week of this year's Music on the Hill series last week!  This is a weekly, family-friendly event every summer at St. John's College, exhibiting a variety of musical performances throughout the season.  The first week featured a jazz flutist.  Although the air in Santa Fe has been hot and smoky lately, I'm glad we were able to spend some time outsi…

Ady's Baptism Weekend

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Last weekend we celebrated little Baby Adyson's baptism.  It was a very special few days of family, nature, community, and love.  The journey that led us to this celebration actually began several months ago, before Ady was even born, and involved many discussions about our roots and values.

I grew up Catholic, sang in the church choir, served as a lector and Eucharistic minister, and got confirmed and married in the Catholic church.  While I have never agreed 100% with the teachings of Catholicism, I appreciated the community that the church offers and the traditions that connect people throughout time and around the world.  I am not a religious person, but I believe that going to church cultivates good habits; I thought I would always belong to a church to some extent, and that it would always be a Catholic church.  

Jaycob and I sustained many frustrations during our marriage preparation four years ago as we dutifully fulfilled the requirements of the church to plan our wedding,…

High Altitude Baking: Apple Muffins

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Life with a 6-month-old is hectic.  Where does the time go?!  Between diaper changes, 3 a.m. feedings, laundry (and more laundry), tracking the milestones, daycare pickup and dropoff, doggie daycare pickup and dropoff, and two parents working full-time, it feels like an accomplishment just to make it through each week alive, but we're adapting to our new routine and celebrating Baby Ady's achievements!  Now that she is six months old we have started introducing solid food.  We're allowing her to take the lead by showing interest in food and bringing it to her mouth.  We tried some peas, a few cooked carrots, avocado, sweet potato, and a baked apple slice.  She held everything in her mouth but it all eventually ended up on her bib (and in her lap).  We'll keep trying!
This past week was Teacher Appreciation Week at our daycare center.  There was a theme each day and the director encouraged parents to bring little gifts throughout the week as a thank-you to our amazing te…

Yarn Projects

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My commitment to knitting and crocheting waxes and wanes throughout the year, but I had some time during my maternity leave to work on a few projects.  I finally finished my temperature blanket that I've been creating for over a year!  The concept of the temperature blanket is to knit a row each day based on the high temperature for the day, and the result is a random rainbow of colors representing the weather and seasons throughout the year.  It was really special to me because I was pregnant for 9 months of the year in 2016, so it's also a testament to my pregnancy experience with little Ady.  I like to look at the colors and remember where I was and what I did during the months of the year.





I didn't exactly follow a pattern with the stitches, but I did a seed stitch pattern of alternating knits and purls, a simple pattern that lays flat when finished.  I then created a basic crocheted border with double crochets.

One of my recent students gave me a beautiful book of knitt…

A Pacific Northwest Bachelorette Party

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I just returned home from a memorable weekend in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, celebrating my sister, Katie, who is getting married in just a few short weeks.  Four years ago she, as my Maid of Honor, planned the most unforgettable and fun-filled bachelorette weekend for me: San Francisco and Sonoma Bachelorette, and now it was my turn to do the same for her!  We gathered together a group of twelve women from Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, Salt Lake City, Manchester, Santa Fe, Denver, and Seattle to celebrate the Bride to Be.  I wanted to have some organized, pre-planned group activities, but also plenty of down time for games, lounging, and drinking wine.  While we wanted most of the weekend to be spent at a cozy cabin overlooking the serene water of Puget Sound, we wanted one exciting night out on the town, and I think we achieved that balance.  Here's the breakdown of our weekend events:

1)  Night Out in Capitol Hill
We arrived in Seattle on Thursday and checked into the Silver…