my grets

i was going through my photos and came across these two. i snapped them when we were going through our winter gear and figuring out what to pack for mammoth. i honestly cannot fathom how she is this big already. i remember as if it were yesterday and i was holding her in my hands in the shower, her tiny head resting in the palm of my hand. where does the time go. . .

Dog Sledding

Okay, that cold I had? Yeah, not so much a cold. But rather it was an ear, sinus, and eye infection. Yeah, how many other infections can I get? But I am on some serious drugs and already feel half way normal. Well, halfway normal for me. Which means I was actually able to vacuum today. I have been resting quite a bit, though. I bought the first season of Mad Men before my trip so that I could download it to my iphone for the plane. Yeah, that didn’t work out so well. I watched one episode before my air sickness kicked in and I began running for the plane’s bathroom to vomit for several hours in a row. Next time I will risk taking the Dramamine despite flying alone. I will pass out on whoever the stranger is sitting next to me before I feel the way I did on the flight out to New York. Anyways, back to my point. I have been resting and am almost done with Season 1 of Mad Men. I totally get what the hype is over that show! Amazing. Love love love it. And the styling and furniture. Awesome.

Back to my original purpose. I’m alive. And here are finally some photos from our dog sledding adventure. If you ever are in Mammoth, you MUST do this. It seriously is one of the best and most exciting things we’ve ever done. I believe the kids will be talking about it for years to come. They only offer it in two places in California, Mammoth and Squaw.

We had our own sled and Hernandez Family had theirs. We each had a musher and 11 dogs on each team. So COOL!

I already have this one framed and hung in my hallway. An absolute favorite of mine.

I have another set of photos of us with the dogs after the ride. They were the most loving and kind dogs. So sweet and gentle, despite a few of them being half wolf. Those will come hopefully in a few days.

where i was

I am back. I have a cold. But I am back. I have been in New York, got home last night. I surprised my good friend Rachel and what a whirlwind 48 hours it was. We walked all over Manhattan, visited all our old haunts. Flew Virgin America for the first time of hopefully many times. Awesome airline. Lots to share but I am going to go bury my head in a pillow for now.

i heart. . .

Wearing my rainboots for the 5th day in a row now. Love my Plueys. And check out their new styles, how cute are these two? Really all their styles are adorable. The Puppy Love? Total fave, but cannot justify purchasing a 5th pair of rainboots.

Just browsing and saw these lovelies.

this necklace. 3 owls to represent my three little people.

Skeleton key necklace. I die over.

These bookshelves are hopefully going in the boys’ room sometime in the next 6 months.

Greta is smitten with all things Harajuku.

This beautiful rug.

How insanely gorgeous??

And this bowtie necklace!

Alright, enough drooling and oogling. Those are my ‘i hearts’ for now.

Signing off for a few days. Will tell why later next week. . . . but trust me, it’s good!

iphone pics from mammoth

I have to load up my photos from the dog sledding adventure into a post. But I will have to do that sometime next week. For now here are some iphone pics I took up there. I love that thing. My phone I mean. The video and picture quality is great. It saves me many times where I forget to bring my real camera. We are still getting drenched over here. Soggy. Soaking. Wet.

owls

We are getting drenched over here. I have lived in L.A. almost my entire life and I don’t think I have seen this much rain in 3 days. Ever. It’s kind of tricky going to pick up the kids. Especially the boys. I have Greta and she’s pretty slow in her rain boots, then the boys come charging out not realizing it’s a torrential downpour and they are splashing and stomping in puddles. The wind is ripping my umbrella up. I am carrying all their backpacks. Trying to find my keys without dropping my iphone in the 3 foot gutter puddles of water, especially since last week Aaron dropped it in the toilet. It had to be laid to rest and we had to buy a new one. Needless to say, by the time we get home we are all soaked to the bone. The kids undress at the front door and there are jackets and pants and socks and boots and shirts strewn from the front door to their bedroom. Today I came home and curled up on the couch with a few of the kids, can’t really tell you which ones since I fell asleep. And at 4pm when he walked in that is where I was. Sleeping on the couch with my scarf still on. I haven’t taken a nap in, I don’t know how long, probably the last time I was really sick. And it felt so good. Not sure I am going to say the same thing about it tonight as I lay in bed for hours and hours. But maybe the rain will help lull me to sleep. And guess what? We get at least 2 more days of this!

My little owl obsession has manifested itself over in the sewing department. I was browsing blogs and came across a mom who sewed a little owl onto her hoodie, I thought what a great idea to put on something for Greta. Sawyer about died over the owl and insisted I make one for him. And then Alissa had to get one too. Can’t leave out any of my children! 😉 Gunnar wasn’t too thrilled with wearing owl embroidered clothes, so he had his heart set on a pouch made of some robot cloth I picked up. I’ll have to photograph that soon too. The owls are all different, and I forgot to take a photo of Alissa’s owl shirt before I mailed it off, but Greta insisted on one exactly like Alissa’s so I will be making a duplicate soon enough.

I picked up the yellow t-shirt at Target for $5 and then spent about an hour on the owl itself. I hand stitched the eyes and nose, and then used the sewing machine for the owl body layers and wings, and to put it on the shirt itself. I absolutely love it and am tempted to make one for myself. . .

Here is Greta sporting her new shirt and a new headband I made as well.

Sawyer sat by my side the entire time I sewed his. He helped pick everything out and was my little cheerleader along the way. He would say things like, “good job mama”, “you’re almost done”, “wow mama, that’s going fast”, and “i love it mama”. He put it on immediately after I finished but insisted he take it off for dinner for fear of spilling something on it. This one has no aversion to anything I make, he is proud to sport mama’s dippy sewing projects any day!

Time for some video

These clips are all pretty short, but they’re just a little taste of our Mammoth adventure.

This one is from the first day. Elliott and I rode the gondola to the very top of the mountain. Unfortunately there were only 2 ways down. One that read EXPERTS ONLY and this very narrow trail. Very narrow. Kinda freaky. But it was fun.

This one is about the cutest 9 second video you will ever see. It’s of Greta in ski school and walking with her skis to the magic carpet.

If you wait about 10 seconds in on this next one you will see Greta and I zoom by with her in between my legs.

And last, Gunnar, my little snowboarder.