Saturday, August 28, 2010


i can't believe it's the end of august.
summer is winding down and the munchkins are back to school...
tomorrow is the start of football season in my village.
my lil' 8 year old peanut is so excited to CHEER her first game.
never thought anyone in my family would be a cheerleader...
{hmmm. maybe secretly, i wished i was a cheerleader?!!}
it is really fun watching her cheer. practicing her dance routine.
it's also hilarious watching my lil' guy {also 8 years old} cheer right on with her.
he knows all the cheers...he's actually one hell of a cheerleader-wanna-be...
{despite his left vocal chord paralysis...he's actually clearer and louder than peanut. go figure?}
my lil' guy said to me, "hey, i'd like to be a cheerleader, too!"
that makes 2 of us lil' guy...woot-woot!
i love my lil' bugs' imaginative + creative inspiring to be with them...
in the next few weeks we will be expecting a HUGE package...we CAN NOT wait!!!
we're also trying to get our creative juices flowing bec.
we'll be joining thousands of artistic peeps around the world creating
lil' masterpieces... {more on this project soon...}
i thought this week's countdown collage spoke creativiness to me...
face-painting is such a creative way to express one's self.
the artist who created these facial wonders was an older woman
{during this past April's Earth Day Celebration in our Village}
...could be a
i was impressed with her focus, her fingers on the paintbrushes and
the vision
she had when each child told her what image they'd like painted on their body.
i love how ian's snake wraps around his eyes+his nose then onto his mouth to have the snake's tongue be
right on his clever!
how pretty is shioban's butterfly fluttering over her eye...such a fairy-like face...
glitter, colours, oh my!
so fantasy-like.
the artist could have just put a simple snake on ian's arm or a plain butterfly on shioban's cheek.
but WOW!
...did she take it a couple of notches or what???!

that's why i heart albert einstein's mind. i think he would have understood what that
face-painter artist was trying to achieve.
"logic {can} get you from a to b..."
but it really takes imagination to get you even further!
how inspiring is that?
that's what this collage is for me...firing up my creative juices and
building my imagination to take me places...
that's what i'm hoping to do this week.
trying to wake up my imagination...thinking out of the box so i could get some projects started...
hope your week will spark your imagination and send you soaring futher than you could ever imagine!
bons temps

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


life is full of surprises.
each day is a blessing.
enjoy every minute.
because life is too short.

really loving our new market that opened in our neighborhood.
Pete's Market.
everything is fresh.
the munchkins especially love the bakery...taking this picture reminded me about
special occasions...
everyday should be a special occasion.
sometimes we might take each day for granted.
need to remember how special each day can be.
that's why i love this quote from Amanda Bradley:
"...make everyday a holiday and celebrate just living!"

hey, now that's a great idea, don't you think?!

Célébrer de bons temps!


Friday, August 20, 2010


how many times do you say to yourself that you just can't do it?
seeing my lil' ones explore their inner 'superheros' is quite inspirational.
my lil' guy took that picture of his ironman toy.
he just picked up my camera, pointed and shoot.
the outcome: a sweet lil' picture of one awesome superhero.
look how he's trying to make a basket. he's doing his best.
my peanut is doing a straight cartwheel on a beam.
from being 1.5 oz premie bebes, this is one obstacle i never dreamed my lil' ones would accomplish.
that's hope and faith for you.
each day my munchkins are trying out new things.
we're so fortunate that my sweet courageous husband is working so hard to provide for us.
that's what we'd like to give our children~opportunities.
chances to do things.
chances to find out what they love.
who they'll want to become.
my folks started this for me by coming to the US to start a new life.
and i am truly grateful.
but, there just wasn't enough $+time to really explore my passions back then.
at least i'm doing my best now.
that's what we're doing right now for our kids.
another step in the right direction.
these are my heros.
ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
a good reminder for me to keep on...
have a fantabulous + sweet weekend!!!
bons temps

Thursday, August 19, 2010


been away too had me tied down for the week.
school, kiddos, house, yard, car, activities etc...
i wish there were more time in the day, to do all that i can...
my countdown for the last week has to be a shorten version...
i chose a few images that depict some of the special things
that were happening this year...
i think what coco chanel said is so wise:
"it's not the houses i loved...
it's the life i lived in them"
no matter how many homes you've lived in, no matter where your home has been,
no matter how big or small,
how grand or plain...
it's how you lived in them, that counts...that truly matters.
it's how you brought life to it.
it's how you share your life with your loved ones in it.
it's the memories...
to me that is home...
home is where your heart is.
that's where part of my heart is...
thank you for sharing your life with us...
mahal kita...xoxo

Friday, August 13, 2010


yesterday was one scorcher of a day.
people were cranky. continuous unpleasantry was going full force.
but one flash of the past, reminded me about another scorcher of a day, 8 years ago.
August 12, 2002.
that was my "due date."
things happened beyond our control.
a window was opened (metaphorically).
my sweet husband + i were blessed with 3 little miracles.
1 had to go back home to heaven and became our very own sweet angel.
2 became angels on earth.
those 2 lil' ones came home on their due date...August 12th, 2002,
it was like a desert outside...that one scorcher of a day.
but that (metaphorically speaking) window opening...
gave us so much possibility for EVERYTHING.
hmmm..what a very good reminder...thank you God for blessing us...
i'm going to hug+kiss my munchkins ever so tightly right now...
wow. i'm so sorry lil' ones for all the lil' things i got upset you forgive me?
how 'bout you? do you remember why?
maybe saying sorry
might be a good idea right about now, huh?...
bons temps

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


* {based on "What lies ahead...Possibilities" by BJ Gallagher Women's Work Is Never Done~Celebrating Everything Women Do}
Note: last spring i promised 3 special people random acts of kindness...its been quite a whirlwind the last several months that i can't really talk about right now. as soon as i put out some fires in my life...i will tend to those special hearts. i do apologize for the extreme tardiness of my delivery of these random acts of kindness.
Please forgive me...
bonne nuit

Monday, August 9, 2010


photos courtesy of labour of love 2010

countdown begins...

{side note: i'm trying something new in my'll be like fitting pieces into a puzzle or like lil' tidbits to a story...i'll be posting a few collages that will lead into a very special surprise for my family...i'm not at liberty to say at this time...but remember, pictures are worth a 1000 words...when you look at these images...what do you see...feel? at the very end of my lil' experiement, i'm hoping it'll tell a story...hope you enjoy the ride...}

bonne nuit