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Long live summer, long live family

by Lesley on July 1, 2015 · 4 comments

in family

TweetSummer is officially here. Long days. Permanent sand in our toes. Open windows every night. And plenty to celebrate. My sweet grandpa, “Do-daddy”, turned 90 a few weeks ago, and to mark the occasion he treated the entire family to a weekend away in Avalon. If you’ve never been to Catalina before, this should be your next family […]



Wedding moments in Jackson

by Lesley on April 20, 2015 · 2 comments

in family,weddings

Tweet When I married Jonathan almost 10 (!!) years ago, his sixteen year old brother Matthew was our best man. He didn’t particularly like me at the time, as I was the girl stealing his brother and best friend away, but when he delivered an eloquent and funny best man speech at our wedding I began to […]



Tweet A big, beautiful storm rolled through Santa Barbara last night and this morning, which was a rare treat for our parched California soil. We’ve been waiting and longing for rain, and the Pineapple Express brought plenty. Even our power went out! (I don’t think I’ve ever lost electrical power in ANY California storm, my entire […]



Who’s grander than Hawk?

by Lesley on March 23, 2014 · 7 comments

in family

Tweet He is called Hawk, but he’s also called my Grandpa Frank. And he was grand. Hawk was easy to spot. In his younger days–like when he was 70–he wore a sailor’s cap that I’d always steal and put on my own head. In his older years–like when he was 80–he wore a cowboy hat. […]



…Holiday weekends are for…

by Lesley on November 11, 2013 · 6 comments

in family

Tweet  Holiday weekends are for… …catching up on chores …takeout Thai with friends …going for late afternoon walks and runs as a family …loading up our backyard with firewood for the winter …burning our first fire of the season …taking care of Anna’s new pet: “Mr. Red Fish” …forcing the Miller and Melvin babies to […]

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