Taking a Break

As you’ve probably noticed by the lack of blogging, we’re on vacation! You can follow along on Instagram (thissarahloves) but unfortunately there won’t be any pictures of Penelope until Monday. She’s having her own little vacation at her grandparents house!

This is where we’ll be for the next couple of days! Ahh, wine country.

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What are you up to?

Christmas Tree Farm

We had an awesome Thanksgiving weekend in Massachusetts visiting some relatives.  We had lots and lots of great food, and lots of fun times with their 4 and 8 year old!  Penelope was so exhausted from all the playing, that she spent ALL day Sunday sleeping, waking only to eat and run outside to pee.

We took advantage of a absolutely beautiful day on Friday & after lunch we headed to the Christmas tree farm to help them pick out a tree. We had a lot of fun hunting for the perfect tree! Cutting it down was much easier than I thought it would be.  Here are the boys carting the tree back to the barn.

Although we didn’t get a tree for our house, we had a great time helping to pick out a tree! We got some blueberry wine, blueberry jam, blackberry jam, and even Penelope got some blueberry dog biscuits!  So that definitely makes up for the lack of a tree.  (Side note, while driving back home, we saw someone with a tree on the roof of their car & they weren’t just on the freeway for a few miles either. Poor windblown tree.)

Do you have a tree yet?

Travel Souvenirs

How do you guys feel about souvenirs?  As a kid I LOVED souvenirs.  But as an adult, and as I travel more, I definitely suffer from some souvenir fatigue.  I love having something to remind me of my travels, but I want it to be functional in some way.  One thing I love to collect is small art pieces – but recently I found most art to be excessively derivative and over-priced.  Additionally, I usually have very little time to shop when traveling for work, so hunting for that special gem and then spending 45 minutes negotiating about the price isn’t really possible.

On my recent Kenyan adventure I managed to pick up a few things that I love and that I think will be around for a long time.

These ornaments were comparatively grossly over-priced, but given their uniqueness I just had to have them.  I chose to buy an elephant and a giraffe as I had spent the morning at the elephant orphanage and the giraffe sanctuary.  Plus, how hilarious are these?!?

I did squeeze in a visit to one store.  I could tell that their prices were a little, shall we say ‘geared to those spending dollars’ but I found a piece that I love and negotiated a reasonable price.  It’s a Lourie carved out of wood.  These birds hold a special place in my heart – and bring me right back to the many weeks spent at my grandparents’ house as a small child. I think this is a gorgeous piece of craftsmanship and it’s already living in my glass corner cabinet in the dining room.

The final shopping happened at the airport.  When I got to my gate, I still had a small amount of Kenyan Shillings left.  Already having a drawer full of foreign currency, and having no desire to add more, I decided to see how much I could spend at the curio shop next to my gate.  I fully expected to only be able to afford perhaps a key chain or a magnet, but then I spotted these adorable colored soapstone hippos.  I could afford exactly two (no change to spare) and so I elbowed my way through the other tourists doing some last minute shopping and picked up these two guys.

How cute are they?  I love their over-sized noses & that they have a little pattern going.  Penelope is convinced that they are dog toys, and cries for them every time she sees them.  We decided to play it safe & these two also live behind the safety of the glass curio cabinet’s door.

What types of souvenirs do you buy on your travels?