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G’Day Mates! Back From Down Unda.

…and can’t wait to post those gorgeous photos and write about our experiences from this fabulous place.  Sydney, Adelaide, Glenelg and the beautiful Barossa Valley Wine Country were just a few of the areas we visited.   My sister-in-law and brother purchased a very cool and nostalgic 1850′s old school house that is in one of the oldest parts of Australia in the Barossa Valley.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Just before our "top of the hill" picnic dinner and the Sydney Observatory



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Super Woman – Tigist Comes Home Montage

Tigist comes home video montage…

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Happy Fall

Just a quick note to say hello.

Tigist is out having a lunch date with her Daddy. I am cleaning, picking up after 3 very messy children and wanting to get outside on this gorgeous day here in Denver. I have a book to read, so I’ll step out to lunch before kids come home.

Last night we had Family Fun Night and had so much fun here at home playing Ping Pong, finding fun new apps for my i-phone and laughing so hard from the boys humor I cried tears down my face … Tigist ran to get me tissue and said, “It’s okay Mommy”. It was so funny. I said, “No sweetie, I’m laugh-crying. I’m not sad.” I posted the photo on my FB page you have to see it … look for a naked cowboy.

David soon leaves for Chicago to work another Seminar with his Home Recording Bootcamp. That is going well and he plans to schedule more next year as well. I’m trying to get out with him to see his work, but with 3 kids, it is difficult.

Tonight we get out for a date-night in the VIP seats of the Hollywood Theater here near our house to watch The Social Network Face Book movie. Should be interesting. Plus, they serve you wine and food in these excellent huge leather chairs. I love my life!

Hope you all are well.

Talk soon.

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Lisa Wills Sings "The Way I Am" by Indrid Michelson

David has been preparing his upcoming “Home Recording Bootcamp” for his seminars ( in New York and Los Angeles, so we were fooling around with some of the recording equipment … I recorded this song, he played all the instruments and, how fun is this … I did my own background vocals.

I recorded a song 24 years AGO in a studio that cost a lot of money and it sounded nothing as nice as this one, my David’s the bomb!  He is so much fun to be married to.
THE WAY I AM sung by one of my favorite artists, Ingrid Michelson.
Have a listen and tell me what you think,

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Brandon Turns 15. Happy Birthday Handsome Guy!

March 22nd, Brandon turned 15.
Here is Tigist, Brandon & Evan.  Brandon invited a few friends to go to a huge trampoline place where you literally bounce off walls.  I hope he had a great day.

Of course we had to drive to the Lamborghini Dealership to touch, see and smell these puppies.

Our favorite color

Can you imagine driving in this baby?

So close, yet so far from owning one.

Tigist was such a big girl about the birthday party being about her big brother and not her.  She was very excited for him to have a birthday and cake and prezzies.
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Back in March Photos

I tried to post these back in March, but here they are now
Thank God for this yard sale snow blower, it is the bomb for clearing our property. 
David does this job, but if it’s not below say, 20 degrees, I’ll do and it’s fun.
I love popping my head out the door during the day or right before I go to bed.  I say g’nite to the day and take a deep breath in of this incredible air that smells so fresh and crisp…especially in this Mile High City.

Living on a corner, you need to clear the front, the corner and all along the side.  So sometimes we just keep on going and do a bunch of neighbors.  It’s good exercise and gets you all warmed up.

Hard to imagine this was March when at the moment I have the fan in the living room on high cause I’m hot.  Yep, that’s me … one hot mama!  But that’s David snow blowing our driveway.
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When Life Gives You Lemons … Make Limoncello!

The Limoncello is now in process.  The rinds of 10 large lemons are swimming in a liter of rocket fuel.  This is 190 proof Vodka by Everclear.  They will soak for 5 days, shaking them only once a day.  Then the simple sugar added then sitting another 24 hours, then another 24 hours in the freezer.  So you know Wednesday night we’re checking out the goods … wanna come over?
This is the adorable Luigi and Francesca.  They allowed me to stay in their Rome apartment as well as their Tuscany 13th Century Monastery home.  They are in Santa Fe at the moment exploring the gorgeous middle America.  They call me and tell me how they are doing and they are truly having the time of their life.  They come back here to Denver on Sept. 1, 2, 3 & leave on 4th back to Rome.  They are absolutely life-long friends, for sure.  I just love these guys.
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I’m baaaaaaack!

Hey y’all,

I haven’t posted in so long, life has been messy, and busy, and unexpected, and much expected.  But I look forward to expanding on it all very soon.

I had tried to post pics back in March, but blogspot has done something funky and it doesn’t seem to be as easy as it used to be.  I’ll be looking into that.

Even now, it’s acting up with my typing.

  • But, for now, I’m off to my travel writing class with a Denver University Professor.
  • Then, tomorrow, I shop for my ingredients to make my home made Italian Limoncello liquor.  (Nancy, I must drop off a bottle to you when it’s done in 10 days, and Brandon wants to hang out with Ben)
  • And I’m doing some very exciting things in my life as of late.
  • More later, miss you all.  Just don’t forget about me…


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Dreams … Oh So Healthy!

I can feel it in the air … Spring is about to be sprung.  That’s always the same week of Brandon’s birthday, so such a lovely time to consider Spring time and what it has to offer.  I can’t wait to rejuvenate the soil of my vegetable & herb garden.  I can’t wait to sit on the edge while pulling weeds with the promise of a lavender fragrance or the promise of fresh pesto that night from the basil that seems to yield more than I could ever use.

Spring promises me a new growth of my mind.  As Winter can shut you in with all of your bottled up thoughts, Spring is the time for the promises of dreams too.

Lately, I’ve been having the sweetest of conversations with a new friend.  Because we are on opposite sides of the world and the time difference, we both awake to find a newly typed out reply from the day before.  Back and forth, back and forth we write and share our dreams and our hearts.  I hold it very dear to my heart and understand that this person trusts me with all that he has to share such as … his dreams and fears.  We discuss our countries.  Both the beauty and the tragedies of what makes them what they are.  We share life’s challenges and how our Faith holds us together when life feels like too much to take.  We dream together, yet apply practical advice within every conversation.  I consider him a brother that I never had.  I hope he thinks of me like family too.  When he apologizes for downloading such personal thoughts, like his fears, anger and frustration, I have to remind him that it is God’s most precious gift to us … relationship.  Life seems to offer up surprises sometimes that we don’t even see coming.  One day is normal, and the next can be just spectacular.  One day we’re too busy to just “be”, where the next day can be quite tragic.  Tomorrow is not a promise, but today is!  I’m taking my own advice!

Perspective plays such a huge role in how we look at things though.  That is the beauty of our uniqueness.  We can have the same thing happen to 2 different people and because of our specific uniqueness and qualities, they can be handled and experienced in 2 totally different manners. 

I have been doing a lot of dreaming lately.  How ’bout you?

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A Reply Fom My Favorite Writer … Frances Mayes

Cortona, Italy in January

Posted by francesmayes on February 27th, 2010
“What a terrific adventure you’re about to take. It will be fascinating to be in actual homes while the owners are in yours! Could be a book! Thanks for all the kind words and have fun–Frances”

Ohhhhh … now I have my book idea!   I’ve always dreamed of writing a book and also writing part of it from italy.  I journaled about that years ago while on a sabbatical in Santa Barbara.

Something to think about!


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