Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Students of Yoga

Last night, Alexandra and Lorelai went from being backyard yogis to official yoga students. They accompanied me to my 7:15 class; yoga mats in hand.

I was so proud to have them at my side. Two of my daughters, doing yoga right alongside a room full of adults.

And the best part of all...they rocked it!  


Monday, July 30, 2012


I thought we almost had QE back to normal.

Maybe not. 


But I have no doubt we will get this figured out. 



Friday, July 27, 2012

I Heart London

I love London. 

I think that it's my second favorite place of all the places I've been (behind Salzburg). 

A few days ago I was out shopping and came across this little tote bag; I had to have it. It reminded me of Alexandra's 3rd birthday - she had a London-themed party. It is perhaps my favorite of all the parties I have thrown...because I do so love London. 

And I love the Olympics. 

So combine those two together and you have one very happy Lisa.


Thursday, July 26, 2012

While They Were Away (Part 2)

While I was here doing this, they were there doing that:

Swimming...climbing...s'mores...fire...sleeping under the stars...fishing...camping...

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

This Little Piggy...

Note to self: When the person in front of me stops walking, so should I. Otherwise, I might break a toe or something.


[Another] note to self: Repaint that chipped toenail polish.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

While They Were Away...

I found myself home alone with Queen Elisabeth on Friday night; Donald and the girls had packed up the van and gone camping.

I relished in the beauty of a night to myself. 

(Because QE isn't too much work.) 
((Ya right))

 So here's how it all went down:


Put on my favorite symphony - Beethoven's 7th.


 Folded some paper cranes, because that's what we do around these parts.  


Took Elisabeth on a bike ride


Ordered Chinese food and had it delivered to the house.  


Did a little bit of reading.


Home yoga  practice.

 And that's where the magic stopped. Queen Elisabeth set in with one of her episodes. It was horrible - horrible I tell you. Watching her, it was as if she wanted to escape her body. It's been months of this and we have all grown a little tired

However, I think (knock on wood) that we are about to turn a corner. Donald and I have taken matters into our own hands and our sweet little Elisabeth might be her old self again real soon. 
(Details coming.)

Also...don't forget that there are a few of Alexadra's paper crane garlands listed in my shop. She had several custom orders come in yesterday and she spent the entire day folding origami and stringing it all together. She just finished up a blue and yellow one; it's lovely. I will photograph it this morning and get it listed for sale...so be sure to check it out! 

Details on Alexandra's paper crane business here.

And go here to buy one for your home!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Paper Crane Garlands - for sale!

For Sale:

*Paper Crane Garlands
*$15.00 each
*Assembled using 50 hand-folded paper cranes by one very detail oriented 9-year-old
*All proceeds go into Alexandra's piggy bank.


To purchase one of these garlands from Alexandra, please visit  
The Penny Farthing Book Shoppe

Alexandra will be making garlands all week in a variety of color combinations. I will be listing them as they become available. So check back frequently!

(Click here to see a picture of the paper crane garland decorating my living room!)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Like Mother, Like Daughter

"Mom...I organized my bookcase and did it just like you would." -Alexandra Louise
That's my girl!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

My Favorites

Some of my most favorite things...

Hanging baskets outside our windows. Is that whimsical or what?!

I rediscovered an old favorite song and have listened to it on repeat about 100 times -just ask Elisabeth.

My gumball bookends. They were running low and Donald ran to the store at 10:00 at night to replenish my supply.

I love my globe collection. The two on top of this bookcase are my faves. 

My mom recently told me to read this book and it is my new favorite book. Favorite, favorite, favorite (No offense, Fahrenheit 451). How did I go so long without knowing of its existence? The words in this book simply spoke to me.

Speaking of books...I love the piles of books in our window sills. If you are ever low on reading material, stop by our house. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Summertime is about  
fresh fruit...



bike rides...

playing piano...

snow cone stands...

and sometimes...

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