Friday, July 31, 2009

Summertime silliness and more!

thought I would share a few of my favorite photos from the past few weeks of summer....a little Leo heavy as the other kids were off to camp last week.

snuck back to town for a quick afternoon show...

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my #1 helper

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trying out a longboard

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leo and I went to our first auction! He really wanted this hat & goggles...

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and I really wanted this old globe...

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Leo met another Leo!

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at a cool farm we visited

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then we finally had a beach day and the kids covered themselves with ground up wet chalk!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

2 great books for this summer!

while at the cottage I have the chance to do a lot of reading...we have a fabulous little library out here that gets in a great selection of current materials and delivers them with a smile! What more could you ask for!

I thought I would share 2 AMAZING books that I read this week and thoroughly enjoyed...

the first was Sarah's Key by Tatiana deRosnay

here is the review from Publishers Weekly

De Rosnay's U.S. debut fictionalizes the 1942 Paris roundups and deportations, in which thousands of Jewish families were arrested, held at the Vélodrome d'Hiver outside the city, then transported to Auschwitz. Forty-five-year-old Julia Jarmond, American by birth, moved to Paris when she was 20 and is married to the arrogant, unfaithful Bertrand Tézac, with whom she has an 11-year-old daughter. Julia writes for an American magazine and her editor assigns her to cover the 60th anniversary of the Vél' d'Hiv' roundups. Julia soon learns that the apartment she and Bertrand plan to move into was acquired by Bertrand's family when its Jewish occupants were dispossessed and deported 60 years before. She resolves to find out what happened to the former occupants: Wladyslaw and Rywka Starzynski, parents of 10-year-old Sarah and four-year-old Michel. The more Julia discovers—especially about Sarah, the only member of the Starzynski family to survive—the more she uncovers about Bertrand's family, about France and, finally, herself. Already translated into 15 languages, the novel is De Rosnay's 10th (but her first written in English, her first language). It beautifully conveys Julia's conflicting loyalties, and makes Sarah's trials so riveting, her innocence so absorbing, that the book is hard to put down.

the second sure you are not hungry when you crack it open as it is mouthwatering good!

The Lost Recipe for Happiness by Barbara O'Neal

...while this book did not garner the same rave reviews as Sarah's Key...I would class it as a great "Beach Read"... entertaining & enjoyable if not predictable. There are some delicious recipes shared throughout the novel making it a book worth checking our of your local library!

Hope you enjoy them!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mezzanine makes its debut....

in my etsy shops!

I have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of Patty Young's latest collection for Micahel Miller - Mezzanine.

You can find it by the yard in my supply shop on etsy...Betty's Closet or check out my new skirt collection on etsy in my gock's frocks shop.

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be sure to check them out as I have some new styles avaialble!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Say Cheese....

After modeling for dear sweet mom for the past few years, Eily jumped at the chance to model for a bigger company and showed up at casting calls for Hasbro & Kodak last month....she booked both jobs!

I didn't think to take my camera to the Hasbro shoot but remembered at the Kodak shoot which was out on a farm and she had to herd geese! It was quite humorous watching about 8 adults trying to corral the geese to an area near her so she could run through and "herd" them. She was a real trooper as the shoot took 3 hours! Maybe now she will appreciate my 15 minute shoots a bit more!

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and then she got to jump in a puddle!

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look for her shots on Kodak.Com