this moment

A beautiful and fun Friday ritual. Inspired by SouleMama.

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. – Amanda Soule
If you’d like to share ‘your moment‘ leave a comment and a link to your post here.  Thanks for sharing!  Have a beautiful weekend.


We’ve been talking about this trip for many months.  Actually, many years.  We always said  even (and especially!) after having kids “I’d love to go live in another country for a year.”

So we are going now.  In 3 weeks to be exact.  We are moving to Gwalior, India for 5 months.  We are so excited.  It’s hard to believe it’s real.  It all seems like a dream.

I will be sharing a lot more about our trip and our adventures while there.  For now we are planning and reading and learning.  Look at this beautiful video. Incredible India.

India: our next adventure

“India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition.

… nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds.”

— Mark Twain

As I read and look through books on India, I think of where we are going to live in the next 5 months.  Of the people we’ll meet.  The places we’ll visit.  Of all the history we’ll be surrounded by.  It still all seems like a dream.

I think of the day we see the Taj Mahal for the first time.  Having talked so much about it.  The beauty, the story. And finally what does it feel to be in front of (or surrounded by) one of the ‘Wonders of the World’?

I love listening the stories from friends, and videos, and reading books.  Everybody has their own stories.  Their trips have been amazing in so many ways and we wonder what it will be like for us.

Now, we are getting ready for ours.  Our trip is about to begin but our adventure has already begun.

Portland : The Rose City : A Walk Downtown

A beautiful town.  Any time of the year.  I love Portland. It’s small but also big.  Clean and green. Quirky and fun.  Fast enough for me, but really life can be slow too.  Close to the mountains and hills. Surrounded by water. Rivers, creeks, lakes.   Few hours away from the snow, the desert and the ocean.  Lions and elephants (at the zoo of course), to deer, bears, bald eagles, beavers and salmon in the wild.

Here’s my attempt to show you this beautiful city.  Let’s go a walk downtown.

We are seeing more windmills appearing on top of buildings.

I noticed the reflections in so many places.

Giant chess game.

Stop and look.  In so many directions something was happening. Something beautiful was showing.  I do enjoy this beautiful city.

Water in the “Rose City”.

Theodore Roosevelt.  “Rough Rider”.

Portland Art Museum.

‘City of Roses.’







The ‘MAX’.

Hope you enjoyed our walk through downtown Portland, Oregon. Good night.




















this moment

A beautiful and fun Friday ritual. Inspired by SouleMama.

If you’d like to share ‘your moment’ leave a comment with the link to your post here. Thanks for sharing and have a beautiful weekend.

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. – Amanda Soule

right now

Right now, I am:

  • enjoying the days with sunshine we are having.  Not too hot, just perfect.
  • mmm… savoring our rhubarb lemonade drinks for kids and adults alike. Something similar to SouleMama’s recipe.
  • loving looking at all the pictures we’ve taken lately.
  • seeing how big our kids are.  Summer is when we see lots of friends running around and playing at the park and how big they are since last summer.
  • enjoying our outside fires.  The days are not so hot, they are perfect to have a fire and talk to friends.
  • a little worried about all the things we need to do before our big adventure coming up next month. But trying to focus in the ‘right now’.
  • sure that all these little things will come into place.  They always do.  Don’t they?
  • enjoying our little friends over most of the days, playing outside, running around, laughing, playing games, having lots of fun.
  • loving the piano practices my kids are doing even after one piano lesson.
  • finishing a book with the pictures from Chile when we all gathered for the first time in over 6 years, to celebrate my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary.
  • enjoying seeing the new LEGO creations my kids come up with.
  • loving the fresh fruit and fresh lettuce from our garden.
  • watching “the training flights” our busy bees started doing last week and do it every day about the same time.  Amazing!
  • enjoying having my family gathered around the table with paper and pencils in front of us for coloring and drawing before bed time.
  • paying attention to the colors around me.


  • and the light.


if the world were to end tomorrow

I love Molly’s post from  A Foothill Home Companion with this title from few weeks ago. It made me think for a while. I loved it so much that I was inspired and thought I’d share with you what I would do, myself.

::: I’d get a bagel and a glass of milk and have breakfast with my kids. I love seeing them in the morning.  They are both, each, so different.  One ready to take on the world after devouring breakfast so quickly.  The other, quietly waking up to the day ahead, small bites, few words, but ready to go out into the world, just few minutes later.

::: I’d look at the moon as the night falls, as many times as I pass by a window.  Or even better, sit outside to enjoy the evening fall.

::: I’d have a fire in our backyard.  With roasted marshmallows and all, kids running and enjoying every bite, and friends over to share the warmth of the space, with a glass of tea or wine.  Or both.

::: I’d make dinner and share our food together around our table, a family meal, like every night.  If it’s nice, we’d sit outside.  After eating lunch outside, and playing outside all day.

::: I’d play one more capture the flag with friends down at the park.

::: I’d see and love the clematis flowers that we enjoyed few weeks ago. The blooms so big, I had ever seen before.  And I have them right here, in our own backyard.

::: I’d knit few rows in a sweater for a new baby in our family.  Hoping to finish it before it’s too small.

::: I’d look at a quilting book to get ideas for that quilt I’ve been wanting to start.  I’d go to our art studio, and start gathering all those fabrics I’d put together for a quilt.

::: I’d pass my hands through all those fabrics I put together for that one quilt, like I’m putting them to sleep.

::: I’d make a chai tea.  And hope to learn to make it with a different recipe maybe soon.

::: I’d mow the yard. I love seeing it all even and short, like it’s a new start, each time.  I love how it looks and I love as much, seeing my kids (and sometimes their friends too) playing with the little grass clippings that are left behind.  Piles here and there.  Some in buckets. Others loaded in trucks.  Others carrying them by hand to a new spot each time.

::: I’d put some music and sit.  Or sing. Or dance. Dream.

::: I’d go swimming.  Wishing for warmer weather. Maybe soon.

::: I’d look up the sky to see the trees, the clouds and the ‘blue-ness’ of this time of the year.

::: I’d make more rhubarb lemonade.

::: I’d enjoy the buntings I’ve made few years ago that we put up for each of our birthdays. We still have them up from our last celebrations.  I just love seeing all the colors in those beautiful fabrics and the festive air it brings with it.

::: I’d enjoy seeing my kids run from the outside before breakfast and tell me ‘the bees are fine’.

::: I’d enjoy learning that the bees are building yet another comb.  Or learning about their ‘testing flights’ or how they move the honey from one comb to another because there’s a brood comb in between.

::: I’d love to listen how many catches were caught in a row.  He’s getting better each day and I love seeing  his happiest face he can have.

::: I’d sit down and watch all the kids play with their friends and how they all learn from each other.

::: I’d look around at all the people I have around me.  Our friends and family and see how lucky I am.

I am ‘so very lucky’ indeed.


The Presidents

In celebration of the Independence weekend I thought I’d share ‘our presidents’.  We did this project a while ago and it was lots of fun project for the whole family.

We made presidents out of wooden pegs and painted them with permanent markers and paint or pencils.  Whatever we each felt comfortable working with. We got the idea from Every Day’s a Holiday book by Heidi Kenney.  Such a beautiful book with lots of projects to do.  We’ve had it from the library for few months now but I think we might need to buy it to keep it in ‘our library’.

Look at these beautiful presidents.  Can you guess who they are?

We each picked a president, read a little about him, talked about him, and drew his face and clothes.  We then painted with paints, or colored it with ‘Sharpies’.  We also added accessories if it helped make them more like themselves.  We’ve been learning about the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln and his love for animals, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Civil Movement, the White House, The Statue of Liberty, and so much more.  Places we haven’t been yet, but hopefully sometime soon.

It’s been so organic and so much fun for everybody.  It’s been such a beautiful US History Unit all on itself.

Here’s a list of books we’ve read:

And we have more books but I can’t remember their titles at the moment.  I’ll add them as they come up.

Hope you are having a fun 4th of July weekend.  We are finally enjoying some sunshine… and it feels so good to have it in my face.