Category Archives: birthdays


for henry…

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we gathered again
on the 10th of august
for an evening at our happy place-

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the beach.

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with our people.

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dinner and wine (with the most perfect name).

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decorated with love, for the boy we celebrated.
wishes and prayers
we wrote
and sent-

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happy birthday 
we sang

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up to heaven
for our boy
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henry patrick waldo jagger
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and kisses
and tears
love and gratitude

two. xo

(last year)


celebrating henry

throughout this past pregnancy
i kept peaking ahead
to this month-

with a scramble of emotions-
love, fear, anxiety, pain, excitement
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the due date of our daughter
the anniversary of losing henry
i needed to find a way
to remember our sweet son
and the excitement i felt
on the day he was born-
the day i became a mom
in a way
that wasn’t totally 
i needed a celebration.
to find a way to honor 
what a joy he was
in our lives
if it was only for just 
11 days
something to share 
with our family
who felt the loss of henry
almost as completely as we did
a new tradition
that our future children
would love 
we planned a birthday beach night-
our favorite kind of easy summer celebration

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a sand-side picnic

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our favorite people

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mama-decorated birthday cake

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taps at sunset

and then

after the sun had gone down
we sent paper lanterns
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into the night sky

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decorated with our 
wishes + prayers
for henry patrick

on his first birthday
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and it was
a celebration

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with love and thanks

birthday beanie

yesterday was my husband’s 31st birthday
we celebrated first with my ‘rents on cape
with breakfast at a favorite joint
and then
with his fam
topped off with cake, a cozy fire and presents at home
his big surprise has yet to arrive
to add to his collection
this was a great
for my first project of the fall
and the yarn
happy birthday, my love!



“For her birthday she wanted two things: a raspberry cake and a string of pearls.”

ooooh, golly!

paul ferney’s let them eat cake paintings

are now available as prints!

“Her vision of heaven involved copious amounts of buttercream frosting.”

“The other guests had long since left but there they were, slowly savoring another piece of cake until the last crumb was gone.”

love love love!

29 wishes

i cannot believe my 29th birthday is a little more than a week away…
i little scary to be entering my last year of my twenties, i have to say.
here is my list of wishes, needs and dreams.
many, not so glamourous, but as a new homeowner
with a to-do list a mile long
this is what is on my mind!
others are truly “in my dreams”
but that’s allowed, right!?!
canon 5d * my signature nude: sandy beach * kate’s favorites * a couch!
organic king size mattress * gold toms * polka dot love * letterpress for 2011
a pantry full of glass jars * a perfect collection of classics * nellie for my charm bracelet * stylish hoodie
running shorts * livingroom rug * glam china * i’m over my ever-cracked screen
wallpaper for our entryway (3 rolls) * two sconces * yoga tank * first home charm
roller shades for the kitchen * easy eco ambiance * garbage disposal, installed

the big 3-0

i know, i know…
a very pathetic blogging-start to november
but, i promise, it was for good reason!

reid turned 30!
last weekend
and i had been busy busy planning
a surprise party…
i was pretty proud of the invite
seeing it had been quite a few years
since i truly tested my illustrator and photoshop skills!
i finally made pennant flags
i did each word individually so that over the years (and when we have kids)
we can add new names or holidays (“easter” etc…)
guests big
and small
a peek at the dessert table
and trumpet cake
(excuse the yet-to-be re-done granny wallpaper)
and the next night
we spent in boston
seeing AfroCubism
my very handsome and happy
THIRTY year old husband.

welcome march!

boy, even though february is the shortest month, it sure does feel like it has taken forever to get here!
we’ve been light on snow here in providence this winter, replaced with gloomy grey.
i, for one, am certainly ready for spring.
what a wonderful way to welcome in a new month than with flowers…
and, of course, you can’t beat the trader joe’s price… just means you can get more to spread around the house!
and cake.
happy birthday to janet (my mother in law)!
we celebrated tonight with dijon scallops over risotto
(whole wheat) vanilla cake with strawberry icing.
and now, i am crawling into a bed made with fresh, clean, tucked-tight sheets.
good night!