– Last weekend Anthony’s beloved Grandma Juani turned 80. She has always been there for us and is an integral part of our family’s lives. She is the lynchpin of love that holds us all together. We celebrated with a big party – and I mean big party with a catered dinner and a DJ for dancing. Friends, family, and even many neighbors were on hand to celebrate, including family from Guatemala and Holland. Isobel agreed to have her face painted for the first time and she asked for a rainbow with a pink heart and a handlebar mustache (??). Elias was the star of the show, so much so that people would take him back to their table and take turns passing him around and huffing his sweet head. It was a really hot day though it was more bearable in the shade and after the sun went down. Of course by then we were dancing so the sweating didn’t stop. I was really looking forward to seeing Isobel and her cousins on the dance floor and they did not disappoint. It was really fun dancing to a Hispanic DJ instead of the ones I’m used to hearing at weddings. Instead of the YMCA, Red Red Wine, and other White People Standbys, we heard the Macarena, Salena, Ranchero, Cumbia, and Salsa music. We even got to see Anthony’s cousin and aunt dance Flamenco. We did have to suffer through Achy Breaky Heart but at least it was in Spanish so it was more entertaining. I was so sore the next day from dancing, standing and carrying Elias in the sling that I wanted to die, but it was worth it.
– So nice to hear that eNanny values my parenting advice. They must not read before they retweet.
– Our friend Christi, blonde, petite, and could probably beat you in a pie-eating contest, stopped by with some lovely thrifted gifts for the whole family. Included was a lovely chalkware plaque featuring a bouquet of poppies and wildflowers. The whole thing is a matte cream color, and at both Isobel and Christi’s suggestion I’m going to try to paint it. Later I had even more good luck when our lovely, wild-haired, friend Analisa dropped off a shirt she literally gave me off her back. She wore it in a photo and when I saw it on IG I told her I loved it, so she gave it to me, just like that! It probably doesn’t hurt my case that she’s moving out of state in a month or so and needs to pack light.
– Kingston beat me at Mario Kart the other day, which thoroughly demoralized me until I found out Angela was the one steering.
– I started a new feature for Saturday’s Sponsor Spotlight, Little Big Collections. LBC will feature a collection of items within a theme. I really like how it turned out and hope you do, too. I have a few more lined up and once I have my schedule down I’ll start accepting new sponsors for the LBC feature. I’d love to know what you think.
– I’ve used my 2005 Canon Rebel xTi on a daily basis for nearly a decade (using just the kit lens, no less) and have managed to get published in magazines, sold to Getty, and purchased online. I’ve used it to capture all my precious memories, for work and play, and to capture all the photos you see on Little Big. I had it serviced and repaired and $300 and one year later it quit working again. After a long conversation with photographer bestie Jenn, I decided to use my powers of eBay and credit to buy a new camera –and she found me a used one for a steal. I purchased a Canon 5D and a 50mm lens, and with this I enter entirely new territory.
Follow Friday: Sales Yard. The funniest tweets of the week plus photos from our local flea market.
Scrapbook: Jurassic Dandelion. A dandelion the size of an apple!
Snapshot 06.04.14. I have been sick, so sick, but not too sick to play Mario Kart.
Scrapbook: Springtime Poppies. My garden was overflowing with blooms.
Thrifty Giving: Mother’s Day Surprise. I find my special gift for my mom on the shelves of a thrift store.
Scrapbook: Home Life. Ten photos of home. (I found this one buried in my drafts folder, so it was a fun look into some months ago.
Sponsor Spotlight: Little Big Bazaar. These are a few of my favorite things.
50 Thrifty Fun Things To Do: Thrifty Summer Fun for Kids & Their Adults. Making the most of your time together for those on a budget.
Snapshot 06.27.13. Free downloadable content for Fallout 3 (we made it ourselves) and my meth neighbor returns. Forutnately for us he’s been in recovery and his family is super nice. We’re all friends now.
Little Big Kitchen: Summer Coffee Popsicles, Nopales, & More. Two words: Coffee. Popsicles.
Thrift Store Score: A Dollar a Bag Community Sale. Some of my favorite finds.
Follow Friday: Summer Succulents. The week’s funniest tweets plus photos of my favorite type of plants.
Apple Bacon Cheddar Quesadillas. So fucking nom.
Thrifty Crafting: Sweetheart Patch. Isobel still thinks this is the best thing ever.
Scrapbook: To the Best Man I Know. A collection of photos devoted to fatherhood.