A White Night + Good Friends

What better way to celebrate the summer solstice than a night of dancing under the stars, laughing with good friends and mingling with new ones? I can count on my 2 hands the friends I can count on to dance with total abandon, to find true enjoyment in the moment & to help create memories that stick with you for years. This night turned out to be one for the books and one that gave me a much needed release. No drama, no worries – just joy all around.

Sonoma Pop-Up Dinner

Sonoma Pop-Up Dinner

Handmade Events

Handmade Events

Handmade Events

Handmade Events

Handmade Events Handmade Events

Handmade Events

Portos Bakery

Portos Bakery

Handmade Events

Sonoma Pop-Up Dinner

Sonoma Pop-Up Dinner

Sonoma Pop-Up Dinner Sonoma Pop-Up Dinner

Sonoma Pop-Up Dinner

 

This year we decided on a Rustic Chic theme for both the decor and dining experience. It was perfect for the canopy of trees and the warm summer night. My girlfriend sent over a photo of the wood platters she had found for the decor and I thought, “We need pies”. So pies we had! Cuban pies, Asian pies, chocolate pies!  With some fresh touches from the garden, our table came together nicely for an evening of fun.

Sonoma Pop-up Dinner by Handmade Events

If you’ve never done a Pop-up event, check out the Handmade Events for their calendar of upcoming events. We love the Sonoma Pop-up edition for its beautiful, wine country venues & it’s proximity to home.

Table decor: wood platters by TJ Maxx and Marshalls / Linens: Savers Thrift Stores
Food: Portos Bakery – Meat Pies, Potato Balls / Chocolate Pie – Niles Pie Co / Dim Sum – Donut Delight

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This Place Looks Old

I didn’t really know how the kids would react to being in a foreign country. Would they appreciate the differences or remember the small experiences? Or would they complain about being away from the comforts of home.

It was with a mix of relief & pride when my 6 year old looked at me and said “Mommy, this place looks old”. She said it, not in judgment, but in fascination and observation.

It was very early in the morning when I took this photo. The city was just coming to life in Venice, Italy. She looked on as people walked their dogs & read their papers over pastries.

It remains one of her favorite places we’ve visited for the pizza and the boys singing on boats. Her time in the classroom can’t touch the immeasurable experiences she walked away with.

Visit the piazzas of Venice, Italy
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Do You Have a Quarter?

Well, now, there’s something you don’t see every day. We came across these telephone booths at the campground, nestled among the redwoods. My kids asked “What is it?” I told them that you put a quarter in to make a telephone call. My daughter looked at me a little crazy. My son asked “Do you have a quarter?”

Oh the treasures they’ll never know or understand.

Gualala Point Regional Park - Camping for families in Northern California
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Dance Like No One is Watching

This is often the scene when these two are together. She is expressive, theatrical and always dancing to the beat of her own drum. He observes with a combination of adoration, fascination & confusion.

She goes on and dances like no one is watching.

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