Thursday, May 8, 2014

for sadie

thank you so much for the kindness shown 
towards the photo of my girl on The Sartorialist
 (there are over 10,000 hearts for the image on Instagram)
 such a thrill!
with friends sharing the joy, the experience is ten times more!





































 sadie turned twelve years old this week. the sweetest age to be, she loves nature and animals and lucky for us, spending time with her visiting auntie and granma. to celebrate, hannah and i took her for the day, first to the ostrich ~ emu farm, where we fed those gangly birds (feisty beasts!) and got to hold four day old 'buddy' a baby emu! heading a little further up the road to solvang, we pretended we were in scandinavia, shopping for clogs and eating danish pastries. then we went blueberry picking and had a contest to see who could pick the biggest one. we'll never know though since we couldn't help eating them. :) our last stop was to classic organic farm and sadie pet the resident pigs, while donkeys and goats looked on (i brought home fresh asparagus from the farm for dinner). it was a good day celebrating sadie, and hannah's time home this week. i've learned there is no better thing, in the whole world, than to have a grown child return home for a visit. :)
 i hope you are having a wonderful week, see you soon!  xox lori

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  1. Your daughter has great interests, nature and animals. It's good for the future :)

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    1. thank you so much, that is so lovely and true.

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    1. SOOOO cute!! and such a sweet personality too! :)

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  3. What a lovely day. Sounds like you are enjoying your visit :)

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    1. very very much, thank you kim :)

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  4. Happy birthday to your sweet Sadie, what a wonderful way to celebrate.
    Look at the berries! Mine are almost ready, I keep checking every day.
    Now I wonder if I can talk my Mike into letting me have an emu, Buddy is so cute. ;)

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    1. thank you so much tracey, she was so excited! i really hope to make it a tradition and spend the time with her instead of buying her things (or giving money :( we had such a wonderful day! and you do need an emu! they are SO cute!!

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  5. I bought my spinning wheel from a shop (online) in Solvang. How nice to see pictures of the area!

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    1. oh wow how neat is that?! that would be the village spinning and weave shop! LOVE it there! they are so friendly and knowledgeable, if i ever do take up spinning it will be the place i buy from too!

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  6. Happy Birthday Sadie!

    Lori, your splendid, sunlit photographs really do chronicle a splendid celebration. The ostrich/emu farm looks like a very special place. I don't think I have ever seen a baby emu...what a definition of cute.

    Every stop you three beautiful ladies made that day must have been such fun...how grand to enjoy each others' company in a leisurely way. The blueberry picking competition's side effects (tasting) made me smile.

    Let's see, what else...oh, of course, the asparagus photograph captures the word fresh. No wonder you took some home for supper!

    xo

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    1. thank you so much frances, i can hardly believe she is 12 already! and thank you for the photo compliment, these were all taken with my iphone5, still can't get over how well it does! the asparagus was delicious roasted with olive oil and salt, YUM!

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  7. looks like fun, we were just there too. Can't stop in solvang without getting dessert!! I love it there!

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    1. totally agree, the bakeries in solvang!

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  8. Oh it looks like a wonderful time!!!!

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  9. What a wonderful day and wonderful idea to spend time instead of money on loved ones!
    Have a wonderful end of the week:)

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  10. Lori, what a wonderful day this looks to be. Happy birthday wishes to your sweet Sadie (12! wow) I just love seeing the photos of all of the beautiful girls together, so fun! I am so happy to hear you have been enjoying this time with your daughter (and your granddaughter, too). xoxo L.

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  11. What an awesome day! Definitely all the things I would love to do in a day. Happy birthday Sadie! Best wishes, Tammy

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  12. So much goodness and so many happy faces! Emus, blueberries, clogs, danish pastry, fresh veggies...wow any one of those would have been good! :)

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  13. Congratulations to your granddaughter Lori! So much fun visiting the farm together. It looks like a lovely place. So sweet those young ostriches!!

    Happy weekend,

    Madelief x

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  14. I agree! There is nothing better than having grown up children return home for a visit! Mine visited over Easter and it was absolutely wonderful!!!!!
    Happy mother's day Lori!!!

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  15. What a fantastic birthday - something I am sure that Sadie will remember for a very long time. Giving someone such memories is the best gift, isn't it?

    A beautiful birthday girl - and a very sweet emu :-)

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  16. Happy belated Birthday to Sadie! Such a lovely birthday girl, and what a fun day out you all had.....such great pictures of the emus! I agree, having grown up children home for a visit is a wonderful thing...one of mine is home this weekend..........such a happy time!!
    Helen xox

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  17. i want to spend a birthday with you! what a great day. happy birthday to your Sadie. <3
    such beautiful photos.

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  18. So much sweetness in this post! Sending you love this Mother's Day. You are one of my favorite mothers in the world! ❤️❤️❤️

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  19. Happy Birthday to Sadie. Looks like you had an amazing day!

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  20. what a fun way to spend your birthday, happy birthday sadie! happy mothers day to you lori :) i really enjoy your blog & the adventures you let me tag along on~ thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world

    hugs~

    katie

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  21. Lovely photos! I must admit, ostriches scare me a bit. They are so big, and always seem a bit angry to me. But then again, I am the world's biggest wimp :-) x

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  22. you know that's all so familiar to me.
    Boy, my blueberry plants are just basically dying. I wonder what the trick is....I keep adding acidic fertilizer...and nothing. Sniff.

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xoxo lori