Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Raoul's 20th B-day!

My brother Raoul turned twenty the day after Christmas!  He works and goes to school so he rarely gets a day off from both, but he did on his birthday.  He wanted to stay in and make music all day so my mom made him an amazing persimmon cheesecake (and decorated it beautifully with kale haha) and we brought it over to his house in the afternoon.  I can't believe he's twenty, which I realize is the same thing I said last week about my sister turning fifteen, but it's true!

I had to make sure and post this because it's already New Year's Eve and I've got to make some room for a New Year's post!

 Layer 1
 Layer 2: My mother is a genius

 Josh, Raoul's best friend since they were just little

Happy New Years! See you next year!


Thursday, December 26, 2013

When Assigned to Write a Poem

For a class I took September, 2010.

The cracks, fine in your lips
The texture silty under your feet
Small skin puzzle pieces
The wise forest river in the depths
The curling manzanita bark
Geometric shapes inside the heart wood
I am the breeze dancing decorative lichen

I can't wait for spring and summer!


Wednesday, December 25, 2013


I hope you all had an amazing Christmas.  It's crazy to think that this time last year I was watching Gilberto Gil and Stevie Wonder perform on Copacabana Beach.  So much has changed in one year! I am so happy I got to spend Christmas with my amazing family today.  I really had a perfect day and I hope yours was the same!

 My stocking <3
 Homemade croissants!

 Zeus :P

Twas wonderful!!


Happy 15th Birthday Chloe!!

My little sister Chloe turned fifteen on the 23rd of December.  I really can't believe she's already such a young woman.  She is the sweetest thing ever, but don't mess with her.  She's on the trajectory to be the first female black-belt in Karate at her dojo.  She had a class on her birthday so I went to watch her.  I hadn't seen her in action since before I went to Brazil so it has been at least a year and a half!  I was so impressed with her and so proud that she has stuck it out in a class with grown men and boys.  She can really kick some @$$!

After her class I gave her a ride back to our Dad's house and we had ice-cream and cake and she opened the present I got her (a cute shirt from a local store that I can show you when she wears it).

Chloe and her best friend Harper


 Eli haha

My brother, Raoul, and his girlfriend Amy

Happy Birthday beautiful!


Monday, December 23, 2013

Whale Watching Without Whales Weekend

I spent this weekend in The Bay with some friends.  We were supposed to see some whales but we got a late start - the awesome breakfast at Simone's house was worth it though.  Shelly, Simone, Carlos, and I drove down to Monterey and hung out on the beach until the sun set.  We jump-roped with seaweed, collected little ocean goodies, practiced trust falls, and got chased by some beautiful layered waves.  It was a really nice weekend with some lovely folks.  On the way home we all stopped at Sol Food in San Rafael for some amazing Puerto Rican food.  Yum!

 Shelly <3 Simone

(The six photos above were taken by my boo, Shelly Woo)

I hope you all had a great weekend too!