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AE | The Weekend Lens

Remembering breakfast at Saturday Market.

Remembering Anna hanging out with me in the backyard and messing around in the garden.

Remembering how much she loves to give me that big toothy grin (which is even more fun in the middle of lunch).

Remembering my love of yellow.

Remembering how at the last minute I remembered I have this dish that was just perfect for coloring eggs.

Remembering her joy.

Remembering that egg-coloring is one of Simon's least favorite activities. He walked right past us and went back outside to play frisbee.

Remembering how thankful I am for a new light.

Remembering them sharing a basket.

Remembering the little monkey in the monkey hat.

Remembering loving grandparents.

Remembering how many times his frisbee needed to be rescued.

Remembering love.

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  1. dawn says…
    04/25/2011

    What a lovely weekend Ali, thank you for sharing it with us. We had a great one too, especially Sat. it was sunny and 75 finally!! Of course Sunday was cool and wet all day but it was worth it for the great Sat. we spent outdoors. I can't even pick a favorite picture out of these, they all are. I love love Anna's little outfits and hats, so precious.

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  2. Leora Henkin says…
    04/25/2011

    Aw...how sweet!

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  3. Carla says…
    04/25/2011

    I love reading about your everydayordinarywonderful life! I have a very unconventional, crazy (but wonderful life) however I miss when my children were small and life had a cadence similar to your own. You never fail to put some joy in my world. Thank you!

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  4. Sally says…
    04/25/2011

    Looks like you had a great weekend Ali! I LOVE the new light. I spotted it an was admiring it even BEFORE I read your caption. Looks great in that spot! Also - that is a pretty cool dish for coloring eggs. So much better than individual bowls or MUGS, like we use!

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  5. slmnontec says…
    04/25/2011

    My daughter is grown and on her own. But I was thrilled that my husband of 45 years colored eggs with me. He was surprisingly patient and creative. You are NEVER too old....

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  6. Nicky from Canada says…
    04/25/2011

    Looks like an amazing weekend

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  7. Tamara says…
    04/25/2011

    great weekend recap...i completely forgot about coloring eggs! {our daughter is out of town this year...in portland!} hmmm...i have one more day of "weekend", maybe i'll do this today? happy monday! :)

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  8. Maureen says…
    04/25/2011

    No egg coloring for us this year, and I missed it! Glad you shared yours with us.

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  9. HeatherOz says…
    04/25/2011

    I am so glad my kids weren't the only ones wearing their Christmas PJ's on Easter. LOL

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  10. Lisa says…
    04/25/2011

    Remembering. . .how much I love your simple, thoughtful blog posts. Simply heartwarming. Love it! :)

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  11. Freda says…
    04/25/2011

    Wonderful to be able to see everyday things through an artist's eye - and to see the new young artist with her coloured eggs. Every Blessing

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  12. Krista Nash says…
    04/25/2011

    You are such an inspiration! I LOVE that last picture of Chris and Anna. We don't get to see too much of him.

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  13. Linda Johnson says…
    04/25/2011

    Thank you for sharing so much of your life with us. I really love reading your blog!

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  14. Jessica B says…
    04/25/2011

    What great pictures! TFS.

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  15. Dawn says…
    04/25/2011

    So beautiful and thankful. Thank you for sharing.

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  16. KathleenB says…
    04/25/2011

    Thanks for sharing! I lived in Eugene for 10 years and moved away almost 10 years ago....and I so loved Saturday Market! Cute photos!

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  17. Tiffany says…
    04/25/2011

    I am so grateful for having shared family moments simialar to these this weekend. Amazing how a great weekend gives you energy for the week's work ahead!

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  18. Paula in Australia says…
    04/25/2011

    Hi Ali this is a rather stupid question but I have to ask it and who better to ask then someone who does it. Why do you colour eggs for Easter? what I mean is what is the significance of coloured eggs and what do you do with them once easter is over? I gather they are hard boiled and then coloured in dye but are they used then for an easter hunt? Sorry for being so direct and questioning but I have never been involved in this for easter and your photos of the event are always so inviting. I would love to try this with my daughter but need to know why it is done rather then just that it looks like fun. Does this make sense? I hope so.... Thanks and I hope you had a fab Easter.

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    1. Ali says…
      04/25/2011

      Perfectly acceptable question! We hard boil eggs, dye them, and then the "Easter Bunny" hides them for the kids to locate. I looked up a source for this tradition and found a link here: http://homecooking.about.com/od/foodhistory/a/easteregghistry.htm

      After the hunt I usually make deviled eggs or egg salad with the ones that are not broken or destroyed :).

    2. Shannon D says…
      04/26/2011

      Paula I love your question and was about to post my own. How do you dye them Ali? I have tried without much success. Would love some tips because yours always look so lovely. The Easter Bunny hides little chocolate ones in our garden.
      Thanks Paula and Ali.
      Ali I always love your weekend in pictures, love the pics and so few words. Always brings a smile to my face.

  19. Lisa Walters says…
    04/26/2011

    OMG...I am in love with Anna. She is SOOOOO cute. You take awesome pictures. I love the "sharing of the Easter Basket." Anna is lucky to have such a sweet big brother. These kids are SO lucky to have such a good Momma to. Preserving these awesome pictures and scrapbooks. Thanks so much, just purly enjoyed.

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  20. Monica says…
    04/26/2011

    How much a little child grows in two years!

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  21. Katrina Kennedy says…
    04/26/2011

    So much to remember, so much to love. Thank you for sharing your life with us Ali.

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  22. Marilyn platt says…
    04/26/2011

    These incredible pics of your weekend brought up so many memories from my own childhood int grandmothers kitchen..so many goose-bumps. I wish for those times back. Anna's smile is a killer.
    Thank you so much for bringing my memories back to me.

    Marilyn

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  23. Katie says…
    04/27/2011

    Love this post. 'Remember' is my OLW for this year.

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  24. Amy says…
    04/27/2011

    love your pictures and your simple prompt "remembering".

    in the first shot (one of my favorites) - breakfast at saturday market- did you just set your camera down on the sidewalk and set the timer, run back to your seat and pretend it wasn't there? you have a lot of great shots that i wonder this about.

    ps. LOVE the santa&frosty pj's. my kids are wild about both

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    1. Ali says…
      04/27/2011

      Hi Amy - yes, camera sitting on the ground, set timer, hustle back to seat and let it do it's thing :).

  25. Karen Kish says…
    04/27/2011

    The egg coloring at our house is done the old fashioned way. My in laws taught us to add the paper skin that surrounds onions and garlic to boiling water with the eggs for natural egg coloring. Yellow onions create a range of colors from gold to mahogany browns. Garlic paper creates a much redder color. It is amazing and completely natural. We can always distinguish the hard boiled eggs in the egg bin. My grown children stop in for a visit, open the refrigerator and pull out a hard boiled egg snack without even thinking about it after years of naturally colored eggs. Even their friends know about this egg trick so another generation will keep this unusual tradition practiced by my father in law's family alive.

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