cabo san lucas, part III

December 26, 2012

{making a tribe.}

while in cabo i was reading and looking through the latest edition of kinfolk. i felt an immense connection to the words by rebecca parker payne when she talks about making a tribe.

so…. for this post, i am doing something new – i am going to quote her entire article, with our pictures. they don’t relate. and yet they do relate. she talks about traditional childhood memories in respect to hunting down the perfect christmas tree in the blue ridge mountains. my pictures are from a few of my favorite days in cabo san lucas, one of our holiday traditions. we have been going to mexico for the holidays,


cabo san lucas, part II

December 23, 2012

instax vignettes from day three:

a picture of pictures, cabo day three

sisters in doo-rags {keepin’ it classy!}:

cabo day three my bandanda girls

mi familia:

instax pics of cabo day three

myla was stung by a jelly fish on her hand! {eek!} + sela’s second paddle boarding lesson:

cabo day three jelly fish bite and paddle board lesson

sand creations:

cabo day three sand castles

the bland familia + stacey clark, a new favorite friend.

the bland family day three in cabo

susan’s first time to paddle board:
{so proud of her! not just for paddle boarding, but for getting in the water!!!}

suzi q paddle boards for the first time

susan &


concord, massachusetts

December 6, 2012

while our friends were here, we went to concord to see the historical sites…
we were {meaning: i was} a little side-tracked by the charming antique shops…

we’ll go back to concord one day to see the historical stuff. we’ll go back on a warmer day in the spring.

do you antique? it’s a newer obsession of mine. i started here this year!

{photos by me, Jane Rhodes}


dear santa,

December 5, 2012

sela: i want a puppy, and all the things a puppy needs…

KJ: nerf gun, $100, …
Myla: nothing… {this girl never asks for anything!}

kiana: i want a puppy, specifically: an all-white or white-with-black-spots maltese.

north pole breaking news: they are out of puppies. the rhodes kids are going to have an interesting christmas.

dear readers, question: how long did you keep your children’s holiday traditions going? we sit on santa’s lap for our littlest. we do it… just for sela.


the freedom trail

December 3, 2012

while our friends scott & susan + kiddos were here, we ventured out to walk the freedom trail in downtown boston. we have seen most of the sites on the trail, but our kids had still never walked it.  husband and i walked it a few years back when we were visiting boston.

this particular day was a beautiful, sunny afternoon when we headed out – we planned on walking it by ourselves, then last minute signed up for a tour which turned out to be worth every penny. the guided tours don’t cover the entire trail, but our tour guide was totally into his character which made history a bit more exciting for all the kids…

in case you don’t know,


a day to be thankful.

November 22, 2012

friends, i hope you all enjoyed a cozy day filled with much to be thankful for. i know my cup runneth over, and this has been a perfect week and month to focus on my blessings.

first, i want to thank you with big hugs for all your prayers, thoughts, and good vibes you have sent my way for my thyroid surgery. i feel great. i expected to feel good, considering i had a day surgery, and knew my healing time wouldn’t be too long. however, i had no idea i would feel SO GOOD. Plus, i was so well-cared for during the few days i needed extra rest. my family, friends, and neighbors are angels. i had lots of extra snuggles and love from my family.



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