happy birthday babies

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Dear babies,

Two is a significant number. You were in utero as two, made me a mother of two, and you are two…bonded forever.  It’s so hard to believe that it has been two years since you came into our world. We blinked and you are little individuals, growing and changing before our eyes every day. I’m struggling with the fact that you are no longer babies – you are full grown, rambunctious toddlers who challenge and delight us. However, you are, and always will be…my babies.

Marie (my bunny), you are a whip-smart, strong, feminine little lady, and are already a force to reckon with. I will always love that about you…I have no doubt that you will run the world. Be it globally or just your own, you will dominate it. Your thirst for learning is fierce – you devour books (insisting now on “reading” them to us), navigate the iPad like a pro (you almost always choose a learning game), and put puzzles together like a master. You’re speaking in sentences, including a handful of French words, and could talk for days (much like your mama). You are always asking to draw or dance, and when you do it is with great purpose. Your eyes shine bright with life and beauty…you amaze me.

At two years of age Henry (my monkey), you are just as sweet, loving, and stubborn as ever. You are a beautiful combination of strength and tenderness, just like your Daddy. When you look at me lovingly or kiss me, the world stands still. You request a “hug” at least 5 times a day. You reserve your smiles and love for those who are most dear to you…your trust and affection has to be earned. You take great pride in your accomplishments, and as your vocabulary grows, so does your confidence. You love to be silly, and make your sister giggle – “knock knock! who’s there? mama” is your go-to joke. Your analytical mind is sharp, and I love to watch you focus on building legos, playing with your trains, or sitting quietly with a book. You have a brilliant mind, and such a loving, giving heart.

Today I (we) celebrate your lives, and the day I became a mother…it is and will forever be, my life’s greatest gift. Happy birthday babies. You are my loves, my heart…my life.

terrain en blanc

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I’m so thrilled to share these photos from the French Garden Party which took place Wednesday evening at Terrain at Styer’s. When they contacted me to participate, my answer was a fast + resounding YES! The concept was a perfect fit for my francophilia and aesthetic. Since I am a gleeful attendee of Dîner en Blanc, I took great pleasure in creating an inspirational tablescape. Delicate details were the focus, with a baby’s breath centerpiece, filigree lanterns + accents, lace and doily bunting, and porcelain flowers. I also used pieces from my own vintage milk glass collection!

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I used the bistro table + chairs to translate the large tablescape for Dîner en Blanc. Since you must carry all of your items to the event, you have to be selective and consider both function and form! To maintain elegance (and keep things eco-friendly), no disposable items are permitted. On the table, I used bone china + glass plates, linen napkins, vintage silverware, and a flameless candle. The picnic for two basket is absolutely perfect, and I couldn’t resist accenting with a delicate lace parasol. It garnered quite a bit of attention at the party - I’m totally using that for myself this year!

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It was such a magical + fun evening…a huge MERCI to Terrain and Dîner en Blanc for including me, and to all of my friends for their support! For more photos from the event, check out the #terrainenblanc hashtag!

tour time!

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July, for moi, means…Le Tour de France! I’m not a cyclist…I started watching the sport around 2004 and my love for it has grown each year since. This is the ONLY sport I think about, look forward to, and obsess over. I know…I’m a francophile, so…it figures. However, there are so many other reasons why this specific race gets me going. The lead up to it, the excitement, the preparation of all involved is incredible. The stamina and athletisicm required to withstand even one day amazes me. It is very unfortunate that drugs have permeated cycling (but that’s another discussion entirely). Seeing so many different regions and towns in France is a highlight for me, and keeps my mind off of those issues. This year the race begins in England, with stops in Belgium + Spain, so the scenic views should be quite impressive, as always. Last year I got the kids involved, and I’m looking forward to the day when they can enjoy watching with me…vive le tour!

on holiday

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I’m just popping in to let you know I’m taking the week to spend quality time with family + work on some special projects. I’m sure many of you are doing the same this holiday week…may your days be filled with family, food + fun!

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!