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I thought about writing a nice long post with some of my favorite images of the year, but I only have a couple more days before the kids start school again so I’m going to PLAY with them all day instead :).  I just want to post these snapshots of my favorite people in the word:


And a few of my dear friends who make my life so fun!!


Happy New Year Everyone!!!

  • Dara - You are truly blessed! Happy New Year Mali!

  • - awwww…I am soooo excited I made it on your blog….happy new year Mali!!! I am blessed to have you in my life!!!! xoxoo

  • Lucia Laureano - Estou vendo que vc tb tem uma menina linda, além do garotão jogador de futebol…
    Parabéns pela linda família!!!

My attempt to blog 1 image a day lasted … just a few days… Well, I’ll have to try again another time 🙂

The other day my friend Elsie featured my holiday card on her blog and I thought it was so cute what she said about me 🙂  It’s really funny how I feel all warm and fuzzy inside when someone says something good about me… We all know that who we really are doesn’t change at all based on what others say we are, but at the same time validation feels so nice.  Maybe this is just part of being human, or perhaps I need to work on a better sense of self…. Either way, I was happy to read Elsie’s post 🙂

Even though I send a card to everyone I have an address to, I am posting it here for everyone who visit this blog.







And the answer is YES, I buy my kids an outfit for Christmas thinking of the Christmas card, I LOOOOOVE shooting their picture and making the card, I let the kids have as much say on the card as possible (pretty much everything except for things like wearing a clone trooper mask  🙂 ),  I send lots of cards every year, I cheer for every card I receive from friends, clients, and everyone, I display them all on a wall and look at them every chance I get.   It’s so awesome to get the mail this time of the year! And this year I’m having extra special treats: Cards from the Anytime-art Workshop attendees! I’m beyond amazed at the skill and creativity our attendees have developed.  I can’t wait to our next workshop in January!

  • - I would die to have pictures like this of my kids…can I hire you? I love their outfits too!!! And yes sometimes we do need validation… you are sooo wonderful…and I am so blessed that Noel found you and shared you with me 🙂 Love you my friend!

  • Lucia Laureano - Kaylie e Derek são as coisas mais fofas!!!
    Ano que vem vou providenciar um cartão de férias com fotos deles também! Você me inspirou!

  • Fernanda Laureano - Mali,

    Linda a sua família. Aliás, acabei dando uma espiadinha no seu blog e AMEI.

    Ah! Não poderia deixar de dizer que a Ava é a cara da Luli. Muito Fofa!!!


Keeping up with a daily image has been a challenge 🙂  But here it is. And if you thought she was cute in the pink tutu, look at her when I tried to do it again:


  • noel - I think I can hear her with this image. Such a great capture of emotion. glad you clicked!

  • Dara - I’m with Noel! I think I can hear her while looking at the image. Too cute!

  • Yuli Wright - This is sooo funny, I love it!

  • ginny - Mali!!!

    I loved the picture of Ava in her little pink tutu…and this one in her red dress is so funny!! You are able to express moods, feelings and so much happiness in just one picture. Your talent is extraordinary!! You really capture the moment!!
    Um beijo!!