Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Please Help!!!!!

PRINCESS PARTY FOR TERMINALLY ILL LITTLE GIRLS!!!!! CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!!!!!

CLICK HERE TO HELP NOW!!!!!!!
go to DONATE NOW and please designate PRINCESS PARTY




My cousin Linsey Anderson Holley (you can contact her on facebook) has decided to throw a big princess party for terminally ill little girls instead of a 30th birthday party for herself.  This gives me hope that this world isn't so bad and there is hope for our future and humane living beings.  She is planning and doing this all herself and did I mention that she has 4 amazing little girls of her own ages 2-8!!!  She is an angel and i just love her and her kind soul so much!!!  Please help if you can even if all you can do is send this link to some people you know. 
Thank you

"sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul" -edward abbey

Monday, April 26, 2010

good times

so we had this amazing easter in san diego and then left from there to go to utah.  and honestly i can't wrap my head around blogging about it all because i could seriously write a novel about all the little moments and amazing times we had. 

and although i really thought that i was going to finish this blog post, sew a small quilt, and re-organize my kitchen tonight oh and follow with a long luxurious bubble bath of course.  i will just do my best to finish this blog post. 

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and maybe not be so tired so that i may read a few more pages in my new favorite book:
Above all, be kind by Zoe Weil  about raising a humane child in challenging times.  LOVE IT!!

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so here begins our adventure...
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which began of course with a visit from the "eestah bunny"
oh how she loves that rabbit for bringing her more m&m's and jelly beans than she ever knew existed
i was excited to find a couple vintage children books and her basket from a local thrift store, all less than a dollar combined. 

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we had easter brunch at la jolla cove. overlooking the water, drinking mimosas, and just enjoying every second of a picture perfect day.

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utah has always been a magical place to me.
i'm not sure if there's something in the water or what, but it's just so refreshing everytime i go.
it probably has something to do with my Grandmother Simmonds, because she was magical.
and even though she isn't there greeting you when you walk up the stairs, her spirit is everywhere.

i stayed with my cousin linsey who lives where our grandparents used to live.  it was so nice to see the house being lived in the way grandma would want.

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the room i always stayed in when i came to visit.  the white room.  tons of comfy pillows and a white bedspread.  in the summer time the windows would be open at night and i could hear the crickets and smell the sweet warm  breeze  coming through this window.  linsey's girls let bayley and i stay in thier room, it was so comforting.

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the dining area where grandma would make you peaches and toast.  bayley got to enjoy many breakfasts with her cousins here.

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the mandarin restaurant, the best chinese food in the world

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we would put the kiddies to bed and stay up and induldge in a game of balderdash and x rated ice cream sundaes
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pretty crazy huh!!

or sometimes we just talked until we couldn't keep our eyes open anymore

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my cousins are so cool...
and i have like 55 more that are super cool too!!!

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famous strawberry cheesecake pancakes....yummmmy

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i just love this picture

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just a few of the kids

we went to the living planet aquarium and we loved it
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bayley got 3 fruit snacks stuck in her hair on the ride home.  my cousin corinne and i were talking away only to look back and see this.....oh i couldn't stop laughing, poor thing.

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and an awesome trip to the park to see my awesome friend shauna and her little boy (more pics coming soon)

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tension tamer tea....ahhhhh  no more coffee for this girl

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a few pictures around the orchard, my grandparents house and land is being sold.....
if only we could work out our awesome co-op idea linsey!!!
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just a fraction of the family

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good times

good night

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

me

my mom told me that when i was only a few weeks old, she handed me to her friend ralph and he looked at me and said "she's an old soul"  and every now and then i feel that way... and i just like the way it sounds.....

so it is the eve of my 29th birthday and i'm feeling quite introspective.
i think i have learned more about myself this past year than in the 28 years before that combined.

and this is what i think about getting older:
in my opinion, it sure as heck beats the alternative!!
why do people not want to get older???  if we're lucky, we will get really old.
so i am becoming quite okay with embracing every age and going with it. 
gray hairs and eye wrinkles, just proof of some seriously good livin' (yes i dye my hair and use eye cream, so what)

some Abbey stuff:
-i could eat asian food for the rest of my life and be okay with it
-i love natural remedies and i aspire to be more holistic everyday
-i have a strange obsession with buying magazines
-i love kimchi
-i don't watch much t.v.
-photography, sewing and writing are my passions
-i love to cook, but mostly when i have unlimited time and money to prepare a meal
-i don't like really sweet things (except chocolate cake)
-i have very strange toes
-i love the smell of nordstroms and pottery barn
-i love my family more than anything in the world
-i love talking
-i need to listen more
-i want to learn how to sing and how to play the guitar
-i use olive oil to take off my eye make up
-i am a procrastinator, but working on it
-i love paris and NEED a chocolate croissant right now!!
-i hate soda
-the song "somewhere over the rainbow" makes me cry
-i want to go to india and ride an elephant
-i'm afraid of flying, but do it anyways
-i love love love life!!!

so heres to my 30th year, i have many expectations for you!!!  I have a good feeling about this one.

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

happy happy joy joy

so we're still here...
we've just been having too much fun
just settling back in from our little trips
almost caught up on the laundry and getting back in the groove
but i have to get up and go to yoga (aka my happy class)
so i won't be pulling a late late night blogging
i will just post three pictures that make me happy and say goodnight.

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us

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"hi Bayley" my mom makes the snapdragon talk to her
 then bayley imitates my mom imitating the snapdragon talking in a high pitch voice and it is hilarious

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easter morning after cascarones(confetti eggs)!!!

stay tuned for more easter and utah pictures

goodnight