Finn’s First Trip to Europe

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My little man turns 16 today, hard to believe! I went through some old pictures and thought I could share some more pictures from our epic Europe trip back in 2000. Way back when we only had one child. We schlepped the poor kid all over Europe; he was barely 2. We went to Germany (Frankfurt, Duesseldorf, Bavaria, and the Black Forest), Holland, and Croatia. Needles to say  he is not always happy on the pictures.

Here he is with us near Nuernberg. We were staying with my friend Chrissy’s family and had just climbed up some little peak. Love the hat David is wearing.

family hike


In the next picture we are in Croatia enjoying some ice cream right by the Adriatic Sea. Good times. You can find more Croatia pictures here and here.

yummy ice cream

The next one is pretty self explanatory…Silly Americans!! We were in Holland for my friend from high-school’s wedding.

Burtons in a shoe

The next one is one of my favorites, Finn and his new friend. We were somewhere near Duesseldorf.


Next some pictures with my family. Here is my beautiful sister. These two were quite the pair. My sister took him shopping and Finn loved tagging along with her and her friends.


And my mom. He got the special treatment from Oma which involved lots of trips to the park, ice cream, and a brand new tricycle.

finn &oma


I get nostalgic every time I look at these.

These were the last pictures we took on a non digital Canon camera, but we had them digitalized right away.

Have a great day,


If you like travel posts, here are two from a more recent trip two years ago: an old castle and our visit to the Playmobil Park.



Baileys Home and Garden

You guys, I am so fascinated by this shop I had to share. Bailey’s Home and Garden is a converted English barn in the Heredfordshire countryside. Owners Mark and Sally Baily have done an amazing job displaying their one of kind objects.

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If I ever came I would probably wander through here for days…Mark and Sally Bailey spend a lot of time traveling finding their goods. I appreciate the patience and thoughtfulness they have put into this space. I’m kind of glad they don’t ship internationally; I’m just going to have to make the trip to England…


Photography: Rich Stapleton for Cereal Magazine & FvF

Via Freunde von Freunden, an awesome website that finds all kinds of interesting people like the Baileys.

Happy April!

Spring is in full swing in New Mexico, without the usual nasty winds we get. I am enjoying every minute of it…
I hope it is warm and sunny where you live. If not, Maybe these pictures will help.
Have lovely day,

Olive Juice: Easter Dresses

Wow, I can’t believe Easter is in two weeks…Are you looking for some timeless and pretty spring dresses? The US company Olive Juice might be good place to look.

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With four daughters I appreciate the timeless look of these dresses. They could easily be handed down and still look classy. I also like that the dresses could easily work for a wedding, communion, or other occasions. I have been admiring their Peter Pan collar dresses, but the sweater dress on top might be my new favorite…

Have a lovely day,





A few pictures from this week. They look so calm and serene, when in reality my week was such a whirlwind that I had serious concerns about dropping off a child at the wrong place, or forgetting to pick her up altogether. I consciously struggle to keep my life slow; and this week I lost. But next week I will try again…
Have a restful weekend,

Sharpie Art

My 12 year old is pretty artsy and always trying new projects. Recently she started doing sharpie art and I love what she comes up with. Have you heard of it?

She usually comes up with a design of her own or she finds a picture online.

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Here is another one she did.


You can do sharpie art on pants, shoes, bags…the possibilities are endless.

Have a great day,


Art by Esther Burton