December 8, 2017

the family :: through the lens

it has been on the back burner, i have not been taking a lot of photos for a while now, and that should change. so i put the "hand made" lens back on the camera body and got started this week. it touched me in a special way, as i wander and have the camera ready be it in the kitchen, or living room table... this enables me to see with new eyes and i like it. we will see if it sticks, it is a start to a new friday review of what caught my eye. there is to be said, that i was inspired by erin boyle and her blog "reading my tea leaves". she does a wonderful job and it is so inspirational to have a look at her photos...
well this friday is not "the week", it has been a sunday afternoon in september!
but still enjoy, it is never easy to get the yearly portrait session off the ground, but we did it...
:: 4. our "flutterbudget"

:: 3. that smile is catching

:: 2. oh so "charmant"

:: 1. the big boy

 and so very cool, those two together are fun!

 and all four, well this one looks sweet, and those moments are memorable too

 and then there are the two of us, it really was so super funny to listen to thea telling us jokes!

December 7, 2017

st. nikolas

it was st. nikolas day last night, and we had a little bit of celebration to do. though the boys and joel were out of the house, naomi sick in bed, thea and i decided to visit the "advents window" at a friends house just around the corner.
there we enjoyed a wonderful cup of spiced wine and all kinds of yummy cookies and tangerines.

at home i put a bowl with all kinds of goodies together, of course peanuts and tangerines were a must, as this is the traditional st. niklaus bounty. i bought the tangerines at gebana, they are directly from greece, picked 10 days ago and have a wonderful flavor.
the chocolates are all fair trade and some are local (of course not the cocoa), the confiseur and baker lehmann has a great selection of treats, his chocolate products are just so delicious. it is a wonderful time of year, the season of advent brings wonderful foods along and the long evenings are transformed into cozy and comfortable times to just be and sip on a big mug of chai.

December 6, 2017


as i told you earlier, the christmas cookie making has just begun...

and yes there have been two more times i have (we have) been working on cookie baking and assembly. this one was just super pretty, so i had to take a few pictures. the "spitzbuben" are the most difficult kind of christmas cookie, if you ask me. but my family decided that they really wanted to enjoy them, so naomi was the chef this time. i made the dough, she rolled and cut and counted the pieces and then the assembly was left to me.
and for an other year, i would do this again, naomi has done a perfect job and the assembly was easy and relatively quick. and i'm sure soon enough we all will enjoy the delicately put toghether "spitzbuben".

thank you naomi for all the work.