30 March 2011


siesta with dad

one great thing about cambodia is their tradition of the lunchtime nap.
the lunch break here is two hours - leavings lots of time for eating & napping. before baby cedar joined us we used to work through the mid-day siesta, but now its fast becoming a family tradition.


27 March 2011

gratitude [james & katherine]

cedar hearts rain boots
[thanks james & katherine for the beautiful + artful nikki mcclure book. my favorite picture is the momma & little boy with rain boats; i stare at it all the time!]

25 March 2011

it takes a village.

they (or at least hilary clinton & people in africa) say that it takes a village to raise a child.

i haven't raised a child yet, but i'm pretty sure that hilary clinton & all those people in africa are right. what i do know is that i am thankful for the 'village' that helped to raise my brothers & me.

my parents have a group of dear friends who gather for WoW (wine on wednesdays). the WoWers get together weekly to share snacks & wine & their lives. together these friends have celebrated births, grieved the loss of loved ones, rejoiced in weddings, beamed at graduations, encouraged each other during the tumultuous teen-age years, supported one another during the ups & the downs, & of course, shared many (many!) bottles of wine.

this village modeled community & has always made me feel loved. & now baby cedar is lucky enough to be part of the extension of that love. even from so far away, my 'village' hosted a shoWoWer where they celebrated with my parents (with wine, of course!), made handmade onesies for baby c., & gave him a peapod, which will allow him to travel all over the world & still sleep in the same bed.

WoW gifts
thank you.

23 March 2011

escape to the seaside [kep]


while amanda's parents, jim & mary, were visiting we had the chance to escape phnom penh & explore a bit of cambodia. our first excursion was a long weekend at the seaside village of kep, one of our favorite cambodian getaways.

seaside kep

we stayed in bungalows, had leisurely breakfasts, played scrabble, took photos where we tried to look very serious & very cool, ate seafood, stared at the baby, napped in hammocks, walked by the ocean, went swimming, played more scrabble, stared at the baby some more...


& visited a mango & pepper farm!


20 March 2011

gratitude [aunt tracy]


thanks for the blankets & the beautiful homemade card, aunt tracy. i can't stop admiring how cute you made me look!

pi kae howie [2 months]

photo booth smiles
[2 months]

18 March 2011

gratitude [ming daphne & pooh ryan]

thanks ming daphne & pooh ryan for the homemade cedar shirts


i love them (& you) already!


16 March 2011


a friend asked me recently if baby cedar really is as calm as he looks from the pictures on our blog. the answer, most of the time, is yes. so far he seems to be an easy-going, relaxed baby, who is happy just to chill.


he's even begun greeting me for 2am feedings with big smiles.

apple smiley cedar 1

BUT no one can be happy all the time & this little baby does seem to have a bewitching hour in the early evening. the sorrows of the world just overwhelm the little guy & he is inconsolable.

cedar howls
because of his timing, he's not really a very fun dinner party date.
but we like him anyway.

12 March 2011

gratitude [meta]

thanks for the bear & cutest owl outfit, meta!

[too much cuteness, seriously]

11 March 2011

reminded [ashes]

[Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images from steps of justice lenten post]

wednesday marked the beginning of the season of lent. truthfully, with all the busyness of life with a new baby & guests & returning to work, i forgot all about it. & so today i am thankful to be part of a community that reminds me. maybe thats the real purpose behind church anyway, to be reminding each other of the hope we have in the death & resurrection of christ, because during different hours, days, & seasons of life we're all bound to forget sometimes.


today we remember our mortality, and thus our utter need for and dependence on God. we remember that we are of dust and to dust we will return. we remember our sins and our need for the forgiveness and renewal that comes in Christ.

a Franciscan blessing for today: (from the Relentless Acts of Justice Lenten Series)

May God bless you with discomfort. Discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart. Amen

May God bless you with anger. Anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace. Amen

May God bless you with tears. Tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and turn their pain into joy. Amen

May God bless you with foolishness. Enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done. Amen

And the blessing of God, who creates, redeems and sanctifies, be upon you and all you love and pray for this day, and forever more. Amen

10 March 2011

gratitude [auntie jamie sue]

thanks, auntie jamie sue!

[turtles, turtles, turtles]

8 March 2011

tourist attraction

Angkor Wat with Mom & Dad

[we had visited epic angkor wat before, but never with amanda's parents & the world's tiniest tourist attraction in tow!]

snapshots [february 2011]

snapshots [february 2011]

5 March 2011

gratitude [auntie amanda joan]

thanks for the soother, auntie amanda joan!

[it really does the trick]

3 March 2011

gratitude [auntie christina & uncle lopez]


[thanks auntie christina & uncle lopez for the sun hat & the cousin book - i'm working on learning autumn's picture already!]


[thanks also for the most charming diaper changing pad]

1 March 2011

brunchin' & welcomin'

[baby cedar's welcome home brunch]