These days, newspaper stands in grocery stores are a rare sight. So, I was surprised to even see them yesterday.   Headlines: Yes, it’s finally raining in California!

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Speaking of headlines, I thought it was funny that two competing papers had the same headline title. Where has their creativity and originality gone?

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This morning, Emmy was delighted to find this spider web decorated with dew drops and fallen leaves.

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On our way to the library, the rain stopped and we saw this beautiful sight. The clouds mimicked snowcapped mountains.

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Nature’s Ornaments

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Last Pumpkin Standing

We picked up Emmy’s friend for playdate and noticed they still had their pumpkin from Halloween.

image (207)Our pumpkin got rotten a few days after Halloween.

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Christmas Shopping

Emmy helped me kick off some Christmas shopping.  World Market had this fancy looking wine “outfit” on display. Emmy thought is was pretty.

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Hello, neighbor!

On our way home, Emmy met this cute furry friend. His name’s Sammy.

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What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods? :)

Country Living

The girls had a wonderful time bonding with their cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents during Thanksgiving break.  My sister-in-law had been inviting us for a few years now to visit them in Missouri but our schedules always didn’t coincide. But this year, we were all finally able to pay her and her family a visit.  Coming from California where we’re used to seeing housing developments sprouting from the ground so often, it was a surprise to see very few houses.  Emmy was so overwhelmed by the size of their front yard. She just stood there carefully looking at all the green around her. All she could say was, “It’s like a park, Mommy.”

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We were greeted by my sister-in-law’s adorable dogs, Kobe and CJ.  Kobe the Welsh Corgi was a charmer. CJ who is a blue heeler/corgi mix was a little temperamental and liked to keep things in order by barking so loud and got over excited when he saw the kiddies running around. He chased them and almost nipped Emmy’s heels that he was put in the garage for time out. Eventually, the kids learned to not run around CJ and he in turn tried his best to calm down when they did.





Here are some of the observations the girls made:

“Mommy, why don’t they recycle here?”

“Wow this is huge! You can fit 20 houses here.” (referring to the yard)

“Mommy, why are there no fences?”

“It’s cold!”

While in bed with Emmy, “What’s that sound mommy?”.  “That’s rain Emmy.” The rain downpour was so loud that evening Emmy was amazed to hear it compared to the drizzles we get in California.

At Target, “Mommy, how come they don’t charge $0.10 for the bags?”

“Mommy, what are those giant things?” (referring to water tanks)

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The trip to the mall was pretty refreshing because there were barely any shoppers in it.  My sister-in-law  took us downtown to see Jefferson City Capitol which the girls enjoyed. They liked seeing the giant pillars, statues and were amazed at how old the building was.

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Emmy even found a way to keep herself warm when she entered the Capitol.


Giant pillars




Yummy BBQ

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My bro-in-law carved the turkey so fast, I wasn’t able to take pic of whole turkey.

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No pumpkin pie this year. My sister-in-law made delicious coconut crusted chocolate pies.

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Mini Christmas tree-like looking bushes by the neighbors house.

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Playing at home and in the backyard was enough to keep the girls entertained.  Even the dogs joined in a friendly game of soccer.



We had a wonderful and relaxing family reunion.  The girls are back in school with wonderful new memories to share with their friends.

Midwest sunset

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Books, etc.

Decisions, Decisions

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I ended up buying the book compilation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s work in Half Price Books for $9.99 and Wonder book for Lil to read on the plane.  Johnny Depp book went back on the shelf. It was good eye candy while I perused the aisles. ;)


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Last week, Lil finished doing her book report and she felt accomplished after reading a 450 page novel.  Then she saw  the F. Scott book on my desk and exclaimed, “Wow that’s a thick book.” She looked through it and realized there were different stories in it.

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Also, bumped into this guy as I passed by the romance aisle. Einstein in love.

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Recently, my sister Corey brought to my attention a book called, “The Book With No Pictures” by B.J. Novak. We got our copy today! It’ll be a fun, interactive book to read to the girls and their cousins.

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The royal mutt wishes he could go but he’s off to the pet’s hotel for a week. We’ll miss him! He turns 6 years old tomorrow too! Happy Thanksgiving to you all and safe travels!

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Late last week, I thought it would be fun to challenge myself to take pictures of street lights. I thought their varying sizes and designs exuded different personalities .


While waiting at the school car loop, I noticed this street light atop a roof. It reminded me of a guardian watching over someone.

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Initially, I had my eye on a large raven sitting on this street lamp post.  The bird noticed my presence and took flight. Luckily, I was able to take him pre-flight.

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AUTHORITY (Train Lights)




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While visiting my sister in SF, I caught a glimpse of this towering solitary street light.



Day 5 B&W Photo Challenge

STRUCK (Day 5 B&W Photo)

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Here a couple more B&W pics I took today. :)



THE SPOT (Royal Mutt’s favorite napping nook)


Hope you all have a fun and restful weekend!