24 April 2011


Easter seems late to me this year. But I kind of like that it came so close to Earth Day, so as to pack in the celebratory feel all in one weekend. And Saturday - in between Earth Day and Easter - was the opening of the Brookside Farmers Market, one of my favorite markets. That's a red letter day in my book. So we celebrated today - with Sergio's sister and her family - with fresh greens and mint and rhubarb and daffodils and little plastic eggs from the church Easter egg hunt ... and it was lovely.

bright spot

be-bob-a-re-bob rhubarb - which went in to a crisp (not a pie)

minty mint tea

salad mix with nasturtiums, cucumber, radish, mint and - drum roll - pea shoots!

los primos

20 April 2011

A Visit from Mom and Dad (aka "Honey and Papa")

Everyday when I come home, Julia is so excited to see me - she pumps her arms and kicks her legs and squeals a little bit. It's a good feeling. Another good feeling is going to pick up my parents at the airport for a weekend visit. Upon finally spotting my dad through all the people, I waved a reserved but happy "Hello!" from a distance - but on the inside, make no mistake, I was pumping my arms and kicking my legs and squealing a little bit. It is good to see my folks.

"Hey everybody! It's Papa!"

The main purpose of the trip, of course is undefined and general quality time. And we had lots of that. But we did some specific things, too. We were at the Nelson-Atkins almost all day Saturday, which turned out to be Slow Art Day (who knew!?). I think we complied with the name of the day - if not the official rules of the event - by taking our sweet time traipsing through the place. The Original Rules of Basketball was our first destination, though an installation in progress, some Dutch paintings, and this English owl stopped us on our way.

Owl Jug, England, 1670-1710, lead-glazed slipware; I stopped to look at it on behalf of Ju
lia Minerva

Dad and James Naismith

We arrived at - and enjoyed - the Rules exhibit, then dined at the Rozelle Court. By this part of
our day, Sergio had rejoined us, having excused himself for the morning to participate in Record Store Day (so much to experience on April 16!). He told us all about his lucky finds. After lunch we slowly made our way to the simple but stunning Monet exhibit (together again for the first time in 30 years!) - a must see. Truly.

in the Bloch building, capturing the moment, just before entering the Monet exhibit, where no photography was allowed

April 15 was a notable day as well. Dad remembered that it was Tax Day of 1979 when he and mom, who was pregnant with me, moved into the house I was to grow up in. Then, fast forward 32 years and it's Tax Day 2011 and Mom, Dad, Julia and I are in the lobby of the Plaza library listening to Julia intentionally say "Mama" for the first time. A milestone! Granted, she doesn't know who "mama" is or that "mama" is even a person. But still - she mimicked my mom saying it and it was clearly a milestone moment - just one key step beyond the "muhmuhmuhmuh" that'd she mustered up on occasion before.

Julia saying "mama"

Nothing to celebrate or observe on April 17 (that we knew of) - it was just a leisurely Sunday and a comfortable lunch and quality time and nice weather and chatting and holding Julia - every moment worth savoring before having to send Mom/"Honey" and Dad/"Papa" off again to catch their plane. I can't wait to see them again.

"Hooray for Honey and Papa!"

19 April 2011

Seven Months

Now she sits up and has teeth! And she keeps rolling and sucking her thumb. Sweet as can be.

11 April 2011

Beto and Lindsey's Visit (a photo essay)

...and 100% cute at the Eat Local and Organic Expo in Shawnee

The last night of Sergio's beer project - we celebrated by welcoming his cousin and his wife - Beto and Lindsey - who came to KC for yet another wonderful visit.

We managed to eek into a tour at the Boulevard Brewery at the last minute - it was such a fun treat.

Beto and Lindsey are photographers and these are just some of the amazing pictures they took.

This one in particular is a personal favorite of mine.

A Study in Orange, 2011