Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Everglades

So, Sarah was really, really excited about taking us to the Everglades during our time in South Florida. And now I understand why; the everglades are stinkin' amazing (and literally stinkin' in some parts). I've never seen a place like it, and there is actually no other ecosystem like it in the world! We saw some gators, amazing birds, and beautiful old trees. It was a really fun day, and we even took the MetroRail to get out to Miami, just to add a little bit more adventure.

this palm has curly hair, just like me! 

giant ancient Mahogany tree.

Friday, November 23, 2012

University of Miami

During our Miami vacation, we took a trip to the University to see my big sister teaching her Composition Class to a bunch of U of M freshmen. She showed us around the beautiful campus and then let me sit in on her class. She is an amazing teacher... I wish I'd had someone with her enthusiasm, talent, and compassion to teach me how to write. She was great, and her students loved her. I was filled with such pride walking around the campus & experiencing such a big part of her Miami life. She is such an amazing woman, and I am so proud of her.

Sis in front of the student center (which has a BAR inside!)

Sis & mom in front of the U.


Being pretty, showing us around the campus.

Palm trees everywhere.

More palm trees.

Sis in front of the building where she teaches class.


Being a really awesome teacher

Beautiful, huge tree on campus.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

New Traditions.

This Thanksgiving was a time of new traditions & changes. Mom, Nathan, & I came to Miami to spend the holiday with my big sister Sarah. There are a lot of big changes happening in our family, and we took that as an opportunity to start our own new traditions. Who needs turkey, pumpkin pie, or a dad? (melodramatic, I suppose... but really)

We had a great Thanksgiving. Different, but great. I feel very thankful for my sweet husband, momma, sis, pup, supportive and loving extended family, sweet & darling friends, and amazing opportunities in our lives.

appetizers.... fresh made guacamole & margaritas!

sis & momma

Sis & her boyfriend Dylan

The cousins! Carl & Cohen.

Thanksgiving feast.

roasted potatoes, fresh-caught mahi mahi, braised brussels sprouts, marinated chicken,  seafood stuffing, cheddar biscuits, and fresh fruit.

The Stone ladies.
Love me some Thanksgiving family time. We had a wonderful day. Thanks to all of my loved ones for being a part of my life.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Cohen's Wish-List

Dogs have dreams too, you guys...

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012


I started knitting in the 7th grade, when I would spend Friday nights with the ladies from my church learning new stitches and perfecting my tension. I joined a community of knitters (mostly with women 4 or 5 decades my senior) and spent a lot of my parents' money on yarn, needles, and patterns. I remember the first scarf I knit, the purse I learned the art of felting on, and my favorite teal size 8 straight needles. I remember the yarn store where I would walk the aisles, eyes wide with excitement at the colors & textures. I would watch the ladies knitting their sweaters & socks, enviously dreaming of the day I reached such a skill level.

Well, ladies & gentleman, I have arrived.

Perhaps I'm not making quite as intricate knitwear as the ladies in the knit shop made, but I also haven't yet retired to spend hours on end knitting. (oh, I wish)

Knitting has taken me on quite a journey. There have been times when I thought it was too uncool, when I lacked the patience to complete a project, when I didn't believe I could make something as big as a sweater. A decade later, and I'm feeling so fulfilled by my knitting. I love the feeling of the yarn between my fingers, I love picking out bright & colorful balls of yarn, and turning it into something beautiful, wearable, practical. I am constantly amazed at the minute difference between each stitch, and the huge visual difference within the finished product. I feel healed when I make things. I feel a sense of newness and excitement, as well as relaxation and simplicity. I am not at all bothered by the "uncoolness" of knitting or the hours & hours it takes to make one sweater.

I have learned that knitting isn't about the finished project as much as it is about the process. As is true of much of life.