Saturday, February 28, 2009

Thursday, February 26, 2009


I first looked at this project in 2007 when it was a shell of itself & figured we would have visited Germany and possibly seen some of the developing stages. The Elbe Philharmonic Hall (Hamburg) is an ethereal glass tent-like structure perched on top of an existing heavy modernist abandoned warehouse.

Completion is scheduled for 2010.


The gas prices pushed the overall travel cost to over 7k for a family of 6 and it just didn't make sense in 2008. With prices still hanging around 5k+, the completion date of the Elbe becomes the new challenge to get to Germany before the doors open. It pains us to acknowledge the fact that Matisse has yet to step foot in Germany and he's closing in on 18months. I try and keep a positive spin with Claudia and talk of how the trip now will be more powerful for him and that he will be able to connect on a much greater level with family & friends. Since I failed at the 'Time Machine' project that's the best I can give her for now.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009



This is the most common & instantaneous response we get when mentioning the kids to someone new. I never thought I could surpass the 'Shock & Aww' of saying my mother has blond hair & blue eyes but the number 4 is pretty powerful. There's a tipping point in life with everything & it seems that 4 is the entry point for kids.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Friday, February 20, 2009





Cathedral of Granada, perhaps the most beautiful cathedral in Spain, and that crazy neighbor with the sharp lines.

Sunday, February 15, 2009


If you didn't have one already, here's a clear reason to visit New Zealand. This exclusive eatery has launched and, for my liking, is one of the coolest spots I've ever seen to enjoy wine & friends. If I get confirmation of some killer soul music groovin there, I might have to book this as my final resting place.

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tree house
tree house

Thursday, February 12, 2009


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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Friday, February 6, 2009


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The official vote is in - the boys have come to an agreement that this would be a 'Super Cool' room. Kai had the words to express his approval, but Matisse just had the ability to point and make truck & robot sounds. Both of them felt it should be no problem for me to knock this out over the weekend. It wasn't easy, but I had to break it to them that this might be one of those 'Big' projects that takes awhile. This would be very similar to the chandelier project that took about 2 years. Let's hope that Kai still thinks a Robot is cool by the time something like this comes to light.

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Monday, February 2, 2009