My week of solitude

During spring break, Yves and Sienna went to Jamaica for a week. This has been the first time I have ever been alone in my own house for that long! I was giddy and nervous about it. Mostly giddy! For reasons I’m sure you can figure out. I was nervous only because Sienna has been back and forth with the separation anxiety. It wasn’t as constant as it was when it first started but did still rear it’s head occasionally. Even the morning that they were leaving, she woke me up by saying that she wasn’t looking forward to going on the trip because I wasn’t going. I told her it was okay to be sad and it was okay to miss me because I was going to miss her too. But know that when she comes back, I will be here waiting for her.

Well, things were smooth sailing as soon as I dropped them off at the airport! Amazingly there were absolutely no issues, at least that is what Yves told me but I believe him. We made sure we didn’t Skype because I’m sure that would have set her off. Since Skippy had just passed, I was a little sad and out of it. I was still looking for him at his spot whenever I walked into a room. I busied myself with cleaning and a bit of purging. I took some photos of some items I wanted to sell. The first thing to sell was my beloved Nintendo DS and all the games. Honestly, I thought that wouldn’t sell at all! Then I had seller’s remorse especially after the woman who bought it told me how much it was going for. Boy, she got a steal for it! But I keep reminding myself that I haven’t played it in years and at least now it is getting some use (from a 4 year old boy!! WHAT?!) Anyhow, during this week besides cleaning, I went to the Museum of the City of New York, met up with Joy and Pete for dinner, finally went to Mistuwa in NJ and went to see The Grand Budapest Hotel with Starr.

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The museum had a graffiti art exhibit, which I really enjoyed. The peacock fan was in the Gilded Age exhibit and Gay Bob was in the Activist New York exhibit.

The museum had a graffiti art exhibit, which I really enjoyed. The peacock fan was in the Gilded Age exhibit and Gay Box was in the Activist New York exhibit.

Met Joy and Pete for dinner at a Japanese place on 14th Street for dinner. I forgot the name and I forgot to take photos! Boo!

I finally went to the Crochet/Knit meetup in Bay Ridge. They meet every Saturday afternoon. Before I went, I had lunch at Paneatico, a place I've been meaning to go to. I had the best salad ever!!

I finally went to the Crochet/Knit meetup in Bay Ridge. They meet every Saturday afternoon. Before I went, I had lunch at Paneatico, a place I’ve been meaning to go to. I had the best salad ever!!


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This is what we ate at Mitsuwa. The food was delicious (marketplace I was not impressed with) and the soft serve! I would go back for that alone! Macha Tea, Madagascar Vanilla and the surprising delicious black sesame!

This is what we ate at Mitsuwa. The food was delicious (marketplace I was not impressed with) and the soft serve! I would go back for that alone! Macha Tea, Madagascar Vanilla and the surprising delicious black sesame!


We saw The Grand Budapest Hotel at BAM (first time there-really cool!) and ate dinner at Chuko. Delish!

We saw The Grand Budapest Hotel at BAM (first time there-really cool!) and ate dinner at Chuko. Delish!

Crafty Megaload!

I haven’t done much updating with my blog lately. Mainly because I was in the process of moving webhosts and wanted to do that before adding more content. There was a bit of a rough patch with the move (mainly with WP) and am now happy to say that everything has worked out! Keeping fingers crossed that they stay that way! So as the title of this post says, here is a crafty megaload! Not posted in chronological order but all done this year. If you follow my flickr/instagram, some of these projects will look familiar. I won’t say that I will try to keep more updated as that is always my intention! LOL

Learned this from Creativebug.com. Such a great site! Very easy bracelets and very addicting! These were made in 1 night!

Learned this from Creativebug.com. Such a great site! Very easy bracelets and very addicting! These were made in 1 night!

Made this for Sienna with jingly beads (that Liz gifted me a couple of years ago!)

Made this for Sienna with jingly beads (that Liz gifted me a couple of years ago!)

I started up with crochet again after hanging out with the Made in BR crafty ladies of FB. I was unsure about these earrings but do look nice on me!

I started up with crochet again after hanging out with the Made in BR crafty ladies of FB. I was unsure about these earrings but do look nice on me!

These were made as part of the Iron Craft challenge #7 (geometric shape)

These were made as part of the Iron Craft challenge #7 (geometric shape)

From another class on creativebug.com on caging pendants. Not bad for the first try but do not more practice! The sphere inside is the resin heart one that I will show later in the post.

From another class on creativebug.com on caging pendants. Not bad for the first try but do not more practice! The sphere inside is the resin heart one that I will show later in the post.

GearsEarringsPennyEarringsConvoHeartsEarringsMMearringsThese 4 pairs of earrings were made for swaps. The gears were painted with Vintaj patinas. The pennies I domed and the conversation hearts are real and encased in resin. It was hard to find good ones to encase! The M&Ms are actually made from resin. Not perfect but still cute.
InfinityBraceletRoseQuartzEarringsResinRing1Jewelry specifically for me! The bracelets photo is posted to show the infinity one with the rose quartz, which I happen to have lost last month! :-( The resin ring was a few months in the making and one of my entries in The Craftys!
Speaking of making something for myself, I decorated the cover of my Ipad old school style! I used vinyl and my Silhouette.

Speaking of making something for myself, I decorated the cover of my Ipad old school style! I used vinyl and my Silhouette.

Also with my Silhouette, I made this pop up card for Sienna's birthday. The file is from the Silhouette store.

Also with my Silhouette, I made this pop up card for Sienna’s birthday. The file is from the Silhouette store.

And speaking about Sienna's birthday, I always make her a shirt!

And speaking about Sienna’s birthday, I always make her a shirt!

Sienna helped me with this perler Ariel. We did a few other perler projects and this one was the biggest. It took quite a few days to finish.

Sienna helped me with this perler Ariel. We did a few other perler projects and this one was the biggest. It took quite a few days to finish.

Back in January, Sienna requested a guitar. Coming right after Christmas, I thought she was crazy to ask for something else! I made her one instead, which she uses often! I have since decorated that last cardboard piece under the rubber bands. (I found this tutorial online!)

Back in January, Sienna requested a guitar. Coming right after Christmas, I thought she was crazy to ask for something else! I made her one instead, which she uses often! I have since decorated that last cardboard piece under the rubber bands. (I found this tutorial online!)

Made this bracelet for a swap. The bracelet is kumihimo, the left charm made with jewelry clay and the right charm is metal stamped.

Made this bracelet for a swap. The bracelet is kumihimo, the left charm made with jewelry clay and the right charm is metal stamped.

Also for a swap, a fox swap, I made these fox related items. I did a variety of things. Cards with the Silhouette, a perler bead fox, a carved rubber stamp, a pendant, a felt stuffie and some stamped stickers. I love being able to make everything!

Also for a swap, a fox swap, I made these fox related items. I did a variety of things. Cards with the Silhouette, a perler bead fox, a carved rubber stamp, a pendant, a felt stuffie and some stamped stickers. I love being able to make everything!

Coptic stitch journal made with watercolor paper and cover made with canvas. For a swap!

Coptic stitch journal made with watercolor paper and cover made with canvas. For a swap!


And finally, some resin pieces I’ve been working on!
An experiment with a sphere mold. Inside is an image of a anatomical correct heart. Next time I need to make the image smaller as the resin magnifies it.

An experiment with a sphere mold. Inside is an image of a anatomical correct heart. Next time I need to make the image smaller as the resin magnifies it.

I colored some resin with white inside this bezel and placed a water transfer inside. I love how it came out!

I colored some resin with white inside this bezel and placed a water transfer inside. I love how it came out!

Playing with resin and alcohol ink. I love how the colors swirled around.

Playing with resin and alcohol ink. I love how the colors swirled around.

More resin coloring. The fox was stamped on glitter tissue paper.

More resin coloring. The fox was stamped on glitter tissue paper.

I love the Brooklyn Bridge. This is a stamp, also done on glitter tissue paper and placed on a piece of sea glass.

I love the Brooklyn Bridge. This is a stamp, also done on glitter tissue paper and place on a piece of sea glass.

And finally! This photo I took from the Mystic Aquarium was printed on water transfer paper and placed (crookedly!) on sea glass. sll Sea glass kindly given to me by my pal Ingrid.

And finally! This photo I took from the Mystic Aquarium was printed on water transfer paper and placed (crookedly!) on sea glass. sll Sea glass kindly given to me by my pal Ingrid.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Skippy: in memoriam

My dear Skippy passed away 2 weeks ago. A week prior to that, he really started to show some signs. He wasn’t eating much and when he did, he threw it up. He was starting to get thinner. He had trouble walking up the stairs to the point where I started carrying him up and down. He didn’t want to go for walks. He didn’t even pay attention to Neo’s hairballs (which he previously would gobble up!) I knew something was wrong. The day before I took him to the vet, he started to do a sort of howling/yelping noise. The vet said that it was most likely kidney failure and he was dehydrated (he was drinking less and less water.) He gave me choices and I knew the best choice for him was to put him to sleep. He wasn’t in pain but I knew if he kept on, he would surely start to feel some pain. I was a mess at the vet’s office. I probably used a whole box of his tissues. They were going to do 2 injections, the first one puts him to sleep and the 2nd one does the job. I had the option to stay through the end or just to through the 1st injection. I opted for that because I knew I wouldn’t be able to handle staying to the end. He fell asleep in my arms as I held him in my lap for the last time. He has been in the family since he was a puppy and I have been taking care of him since 2005/2006 when he came to live with us. He was close to at least 15 or 16 years old. He’s at the Rainbow Bridge now.

This was sometime in 2000 in Queens, before he lived with us.

This was sometime in 2000 in Queens, before he lived with us.

Skippy and his daughter Rozie (who also passed) probably in 2007.

Skippy and his daughter Rozie (who also passed) probably in 2007.

On his way to Brooklyn, coming to live with us permantly!

On his way to Brooklyn, coming to live with us permantly!

July 2007

July 2007

March 2007 at my baby shower!

March 2007 at my baby shower!

2007, guarding Sienna!

2007, guarding Sienna!

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dealing with the snow!

dealing with the snow!

Wearing a Jamaica shirt.

Wearing a Jamaica shirt.

Red Hoodie!

Red Hoodie!

December 2013

December 2013

Using Sienna's bean bag chair! January 2014

Using Sienna’s bean bag chair! January 2014

Sienna reading to Skippy in January 2014

Sienna reading to Skippy in January 2014

Carrying him downstairs with the laundry. Can you notice him? March 2014

Carrying him downstairs with the laundry. Can you notice him? March 2014

One of the last photos I took of Skippy. April 2014

One of the last photos I took of Skippy. April 2014

March, what a month!

What a great month March was for Sienna! Besides turning 7, she found out she made student of the month for February and her science project got into the fair! And that’s not all! After the fair was over, she came in 3rd place for her grade! She was very happy about that. Also in March was the show her class did for assembly (which she very much enjoyed doing, future on stage, perhaps?). It was called “Adventures in the Land of Video Games.” You can guess what it was about. It was really cute. I was able to get a really good copy of a video of the whole play from another parent.

Team Menou working on the science project!

Team Menou working on the science project!

Posing at the fair with her project.

Posing at the fair with her project.

Her 3rd place certificate and ribbon.

Her 3rd place certificate and ribbon.

Everyone on stage! Her class and a kindergarten class.

Everyone on stage! Her class and a kindergarten class.

With her first grade teacher. I tried to get her other best buddy in (Emily T) but she is shy.

With her first grade teacher. I tried to get her other best buddy in (Emily T) but she is shy.

Student of the month!

Student of the month!

Grandpa got her a cheesecake per her request.

Grandpa got her a cheesecake per her request.

Vanilla cupcakes for her class party.

Vanilla cupcakes for her class party.

Goody Bags for her class party!

Goody Bags for her class party!

An ice cream cake to celebrate (again!) Starr's birthday is the day before Sienna's.

An ice cream cake to celebrate (again!) Starr’s birthday is the day before Sienna’s.

The cake, pre-blow.

The cake, pre-blow.


Here’s a video of the family singing to Sienna. I love the big, huge smile on her face! Password is birthday.

Happy Birthday Sienna Family from Lisa on Vimeo.

Mystic

During mid-Winter break, we managed to get away for a night. We kept it a secret from Sienna until the night before we left but we didn’t tell her who we were meeting up there! What a big surprise to have Sylvie and her family pull into the parking lot after us (timing was a mere coincidence!) She was extra excited when she found out they were also staying at the same hotel as us and we were having dinner together too! I don’t know why having dinner all together is extra exciting. LOL.

Anyway, we left Brooklyn at the insanely early hour of 6 am. I was in the minority about the time so I had no choice but to go with it! We picked the perfect day to go! It wasn’t snowing and the sun was out! None of us have been to the Mystic Aquarium before and it was nice to get there early. The price is hefty compared to the New York Aquarium but there is more stuff there AND there are people stationed by each exhibit to spew out facts about the animals! I loved the Beluga Whale exhibit. I’m sure I could have stayed there all day or at least go between them and the jellyfish and seahorses.
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Love the photobomb!

Love the photobomb!

I could stare at them all day!

I could stare at them all day!

Love the tail grabbing the plant.

Love the tail grabbing the plant.

So calming

So calming

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Turtle photobomb

Turtle photobomb

Stingrays!

Stingrays!

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They had a very interesting exhibit about the Titanic. I tried to get the girls to do the scene from the movie. LOL

They had a very interesting exhibit about the Titanic. I tried to get the girls to do the scene from the movie. LOL

We brought lunch with us and ate at the picnic tables outside surrounded by snow. Yves has a photo on his instagram. After some pool time at the hotel (Hampton Inn), we headed to dinner. Dinner was at the Dog Watch Cafe, a real cute place. I got some New England Clam Chowder (it was ok, the best one is still the one I had in New Hampshire!) and a fish sandwich.

The next day was rainy. After checking out of the hotel (photo here just so you know Nico was there too!), we stopped by the Mystic Seaport but didn’t stay because of the rain. We’ll have to go back there because it sounds like fun. We did a quick stop at a nearby cemetery for some photos and then headed to New Haven to have pizza for lunch! MMMM!

Sienna picking out her slice.

Sienna picking out her slice.

Thumbs up for anchovies!

Thumbs up for anchovies!


We went to Modern Apizza and it was delicious!! It was then time to part ways although the girls were begging to go over to each other’s houses. LOL.

January/February 2014

Dumplings at Joe's Shanghai on New Year's Day. Oh boy, do I want some now!

Dumplings at Joe’s Shanghai on New Year’s Day. Oh boy, do I want some now!

Sienna chowing down on one!

Sienna chowing down on one!

Snow day from school in early January! Password is snow

Mini snow hill from Lisa on Vimeo.

Hanging with Grandma on the bean bag chair.

Hanging with Grandma on the bean bag chair.

Made some gluten free bagels. They were a bit dense but not bad!

Made some gluten free bagels. They were a bit dense but not bad!

Abalone, one of my favorite dishes that I only get during Chinese New Year. Year of the Horse now!

Abalone, one of my favorite dishes that I only get during Chinese New Year. Year of the Horse now!

More favorites! Rice vermicilli with dried shrimp, chicken, baby bok choy and chinese sausage.

More favorites! Rice vermicilli with dried shrimp, chicken, baby bok choy and chinese sausage.

Got a little visitor!

Got a little visitor!

He came with my favorite almonds from Seattle! He came with his mommy, Amy, too!

He came with my favorite almonds from Seattle! He came with his mommy, Amy, too!

Joy and I had a girl's day and got messages at Eden Day Spa. So nice! We grabbed lunch at Breakroom Burgers and Tacos. Fish tacos on left and pork belly on right. Yum!

Joy and I had a girl’s day and got messages at Eden Day Spa. So nice! We grabbed lunch at Breakroom Burgers and Tacos. Fish tacos on left and pork belly on right. Yum!

We shared an order of their special fries! Stick fries, tator tots, cheese, bacon, jalapeno and runny egg. MMMM! So getting this again!

We shared an order of their special fries! Stick fries, tator tots, cheese, bacon, jalapeno and runny egg. MMMM! So getting this again!

I gave Sienna a balloon and special cookie for Valentine's day. Yves gave each of us a rose.

I gave Sienna a balloon and special cookie for Valentine’s day. Yves gave each of us a rose.

Sienna made us a card with a story inside and drew us inside. So precious!

Sienna made us a card with a story inside and drew us inside. So precious!

We went to visit the Transit Museum during Sienna's mid-winter break. It was fun!

We went to visit the Transit Museum during Sienna’s mid-winter break. It was fun!

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Iron Craft ’14, Challenge 2

Before I get to the 2nd challenge for Iron Craft 2014, here are one set of earrings I finally finished from the first challenge!
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I added some swarovski crystals and they have a nice sparkle. It’s too bad the photo can’t really show the opalescent sheen from the paint. The paint, btw, is Pebeo Fantasy Moon paints in Metal Blue. I really like these paints, especially in combination with other colors. I’ll post some of what I did with them in another post.

Now on to the 2nd challenge! Get It Together! As you can guess, about organizing. I am constantly trying to organize and keep organized. If you know me, you know it is not easy! I tease hubby about his endless lists but now I have started doing lists too and yes, it is very helpful! One of the problems for me is if it is out of sight, it is out of mind. And with all the craft supplies I have, it is hard to keep it organized and know what I have! Sigh…constant battle!

Anyway, a lot of my craft supplies is in my studio (the extra bedroom) but it does make it out to other areas of the house, much to Yves’ dismay. He has the closet in the bedroom for his clothes but a few of my (and Sienna’s too!) supplies take up the big shelf. He decided to just give over the whole closet to me (to be fair, it’s not a very big closet considering it’s in the master bedroom!) and get a wardrobe/armoire type thing to put in the corner of the bedroom. We are still waiting for it to arrive and to make room, our 4 drawer metal file cabinet is going to move into the studio (big purging of papers in there!) and 3 of the 4 drawers will hold craft supplies! My jewelry box sat on top of the file cabinet and now that it’s going to move into the closet of my studio, I wanted to rethink how to store my bracelets and pendants. My earrings were already hanging up as seen here. Being able to see all my earrings is so helpful so I thought I would make a hanging jewelry organizer to be able to see the rest of my jewelry! I pinned 2 tutorials to get ideas but really just sort of winged it. I am so proud to say that I made it in ONE day!! I started it in the morning and finished it up after dinner LAST WEEK!! Can you believe it? Me? The procrastinator?! I was really revved up with the idea and knew I had to finish it that day as who knows how long it would have sat, half finished, otherwise? And here is my pride and joy!
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Originally, I was thinking of making it double sided but after starting, realized that I would be making it harder on myself to do that. It wasn’t very hard at all but the vinyl definitely proved the most challenging even though I used a teflon foot! Here’s some photos to show my process. The fabric I used is a heavier weight cotton that a friend gave to me when she moved and unloaded all her crafty good intentions on me. It has been in my stash at least 3 years!

Hangar Fail! Realized using a standard shirt hanger was not going to work! Decided on pants hanger instead.

Hangar Fail! Realized using a standard shirt hanger was not going to work! Decided on pants hanger instead.

Dealing with the big role of vinyl. I had bought this vinyl online years ago at the beginning stages of my sewing and clearly did not know what I was ordering! I didn't realize it was going to be so big and come like this! I cut off a big piece for my project and then cut that down.

Dealing with the big role of vinyl. I had bought this vinyl online years ago at the beginning stages of my sewing and clearly did not know what I was ordering! I didn’t realize it was going to be so big and come like this! I cut off a big piece for my project and then cut that down.

Laying out each piece of vinyl for placement.

Laying out each piece of vinyl for placement.

Sewing on the bias tape (also from my friend) to make the vinyl look prettier.

Sewing on the bias tape (also from my friend) to make the vinyl look prettier.

After doing all the vinyl, I thought it would make it easier to sew the rows together at the same time and taped it down. This is paper tape that I thought was low tack. It ended up getting stuck on the vinyl so had to clean it up with goo gone. Some spots took quite a bit of elbow grease. Not sure if taping it down really helped me in the end.

After doing all the vinyl, I thought it would make it easier to sew the rows together at the same time and taped it down. This is paper tape that I thought was low tack. It ended up getting stuck on the vinyl so had to clean it up with goo gone. Some spots took quite a bit of elbow grease. Not sure if taping it down really helped me in the end.

Finished the first row!!

Finished the first row!!

CloseUp1CloseUp2Close up shots. I’m so happy with it and now I can see most of my jewelry (there are a few stragglers that I don’t know if I am going to keep.)

Iron Craft ’14, Challenge 1

I have joined Iron Craft 2014 and the first challenge is leather or crystal. I have chosen to do leather. I have had this noodle bead bracelet tutorial on my Pinterest board for 51 weeks! Who knows when I bought the materials for it but I finally decided to do something about it! It really was easy peasy and the most difficult part about it was waiting for the glue to dry on each end cap and to be safe, I let each end dry overnight. I used black and silver leather cord and also hematite and silver noodle beads. I like it!
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While technically, I did not make this next bracelet for this challenge, I did fix it!BeadWrapI made this last year sometime, maybe even a little over a year ago, and I only got to wear it once or twice before the thread came loose. Thankfully, the whole thing did not fall apart as it was just the end part where I guess I did not tie it tight enough. It sat in my jewelry box waiting to be fixed. It finally saw the light of day when I was working on the noodle bead bracelet. Yves got me these sexy visors for Christmas:

sexy, right? So now I could see!

sexy, right? So now I could see and able to fix the thread easily!

I actually might end up pulling this bracelet apart. I’m not crazy about the color combo I picked and it is also a bit too big. These leather cords stretch real easy.

Ok, so I was going to call it a day with this challenge but then I remembered my old leather shoes.
FullShoesMy beloved Danskos that I practically wore almost everyday for a year and a half. Supposedly, they are supposed to last longer than that but maybe I have weird feet. I realized that they just couldn’t be fixed and finally let them go. One foot had a split on the side and the other had a crack on the bottom.
SideSplitBottomSplitInstead of throwing them away, I decided I wanted to make them into something else but they sat for months and months…Until this challenge, well, challenged me!! I decided to cut them up and make earrings out of them. They have been granted an afterlife.
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Not sure what to do with the other foot. Maybe a leather flower brooch?

Not sure what to do with the other foot. Maybe a leather flower brooch?

Technically, I am not done with them as I decided to paint some of them to see how they will turn out and they aren't fully dry. I like how the bottom left looks and do not like the top right at all! I left one pair as is and not sure what I will do with the blue/purple one. I can add more layers of paint too.

Technically, I am not done with them as I decided to paint some of them to see how they will turn out. I like how the bottom left looks and do not like the top right at all! I left one pair as is and not sure what I will do with the blue/purple one. I can add more layers of paint too.

Christmas 2013

Ready to open presents!

Ready to open presents!

Thanks Grandma and Grandpa in Jamaica!

Thanks Grandma and Grandpa in Jamaica!

Ruh-roh! It's Scooby and the gang! Yves picked this out for her since she's been watching the cartoons.

Ruh-roh! It’s Scooby and the gang! Yves picked this out for her since she’s been watching the cartoons.

From Amy, David and Atlas! Yay! Can't wait to make some pretty paper!

From Amy, David and Atlas! Yay! Can’t wait to make some pretty paper!

I made this for Yves. Saw this as a computer wallpaper and recreated it.

I made this for Yves. Saw this as a computer wallpaper and recreated it.

Spiffy new swim goggles!

Spiffy new swim goggles!

Cutting board I made for Brian, an uber fan!

Cutting board I made for Brian, an uber fan!

These are for Starr. She loved them!

These are for Starr. She loved them!

The girls got butterfly wings!

The girls got butterfly wings!

Dinner with the Balds. Unfortunately, I did not take many photos! I made the usual pernil (YUM!). Also tostones with garlic sauce, crock pot mac and cheese, rice and peas Jamaican style, asparagus and they brought over broccoli rabe and dessert. YUM! Everything was delish!

Dinner with the Balds. Unfortunately, I did not take many photos! I made the usual pernil (YUM!). Also tostones with garlic sauce, crock pot mac and cheese, rice and peas Jamaican style, asparagus and they brought over broccoli rabe and dessert. YUM! Everything was delish!

Pooped after a long day!

Pooped after a long day!

Sienna got a few more gifts but I didn’t want to overdo the post with photos of her and her presents! LOL! As usual, a wonderful day filled with family, friends and great food and wine!

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