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Happy Birthday Chief – June 20th

20 Jun 2013

I put that “June 20th” up there, because I’ve never known anyone more in love with the date of their birthday.
So, through the years, I’ve tried to include it as much as I can.

We enjoyed a Thai food feast before sending Chief and Madie off to the Giant’s Game.

Madie and I picked up a chocolate cake, mostly for the photo op.
It was crazy delicious, but I really wanted the singing and candle for the kids.
Even thought we were all pretty full, we squeezed in a snappy rendition of “Happy Birthday To You”.
Georgia liked it so much, she started giving out high fives, which made the moment even sweeter.

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And lately I’m all about sneaking in photos of Madie’s baby Bun..

Chief, here’s to a wonderful year! Health and Happiness! And Hugs!!

2 Projects for Bob’s 80th

27 Mar 2013


Sunday Opi celebrated his 80th birthday. Happy Birthday!
It was wonderful to spend time with family and friends.
Having cousins Ciara and Fiona in town was especially AWESOME.
We enjoyed a beautiful lunch at L’Olivier restaurant, which was open just for us!


I made a couple of small efforts with the birthday gathering in mind. Bob doesn’t like a big fuss, and he specifically asked for no gifts, books, slideshows, prints or albums!
No fair!
Still, I had to try.

Candied Meyer Lemons (from Bob’s Tree!)

Bob has always grown beautiful meyer lemons in the backyard. I think it must be the combination of the gardener and the bartender in him!
I picked a bag full of lemons one night last week, and when I saw them on my counter then next morning, I knew what I wanted to do. You can “candy” any citrus fruit. Now that I’ve done it, I realize it’s not difficult, and I’m sure I’ll try some other fruit soon.


Lucy helped me with the sugar part. I ended up cutting these guys in half lengthwise again, in order to have more to package up. Also they were pretty strong, so smaller bites was better.
Here’s what I did:
Quarter the lemons and remove the fruit. Put the peels in a pot, cover with cold water and bring to a boil. Strain and repeat two more times! This removes the bitterness. I had two pots going due to so many peels. Make simple syrup (1 part each water and sugar) and simmer the peels for an hour and a half. Strain and dry on a rack for 24 hours. Toss the now very sticky peels in sugar. (This is when I cut them in skinnier strips, and tossed them again.) Dry on a new rack for one more day. Package and tag.

I wish I had counted how many lemons I started with. Meyers are smaller, and I think it was around 12 or 14? I know I ended up with 17 little bags containing about an ounce each. And I barely remembered to get a photo of the finished product! The bag shown is missing a couple of pieces! (shh!) We put them out as ‘favors’ at a big family dinner the night before the birthday. I was happy when I saw folks eating them, smiling, and trying to accidentally take home each others’ bag.

The View Master
I got this idea from Pinterest! The link to the company is here.



This was So Fun! I can’t wait to do more reels. It was nice to pass the viewers around the table, and with only 7 photos each, the viewing was short and sweet.

Reel One:

Reel Two:

Here are a couple more cute phone pics from the lunch. Omi, what a great weekend you hosted! Happy Birthday Bob! XOXO

Kiera’s ChristmasBirthday Party

18 Dec 2012

A couple of random iPhone snaps to remember the awesomeness of the night.

Oh YOU KNOW there were some amazing Christmas cookies…

Awww. (Behind Chief you can see the photobooth backdrop)

Surprise Guest! UJ!
Whaaat!? Such a fun surprise!
And we got Aunt Pam on the phone, and it was some great Gott family love.

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We put the kids down in Kiera & Cole’s bed so we could stay longer…

Fun times. Happy Holidays, and the best year ever (twentynine!) and a new
apartment layout, and festive jammies, Cherry M&Ms?!, ancient rap reggae, best friends, family, and a new NLP website…

dare I say?

Isabella’s Birthday Party

12 Dec 2012

I just so happened to ABSOLUTELY LOVE this party.
Isabella turned Seven! The party was held at American Gymnastics Club, and even though Lucy was the littlest kid there – she was SO into it. (I would love to know what she was thinking in her head. Probably, something along the lines of, “can I move in!?”) She was shy for about 59 seconds, then she jumped to it.

Sweet Kiera made the cake – Rainbow! With Fondant Icing! And soooooo delicious.
(Here’s her post.)
Thanks for having us, Kelly Family! xoxo

PS. This is a phone snapshot (Instagram) of Oscar and Isabella after watching City Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker, at the Palace of Fine Arts, the day before.