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Updated: 2017-02-27T19:35:38.499-08:00


the sweet of november continues...



the sweetness of November


Life has been pretty great lately. Lots of walks, baking, homeschooling and hanging out with friends. Being open to life's possibilities.Rick has been practicing music a lot at night so the girls and I have come up with a great night time rhythm. It is very sweet.Giselle has started taking piano lessons and she makes sure to practice everyday. Today she randomly got up in the middle of her dinner and went over to the piano to play a few notes and then without having to remind her to come back to the table she just ran back like nothing ever happened... i love that.Neomie loves to chant G G G G - telling her sister to come and see something or to help her with something (usually turning the tap on). there is A LOT of love there. Neomie went to the potty 3 times today. She loves flushing the toilet - she waves and says bye bye.It is all very sweet.i[...]

Canadian Thanksgiving and our 10th wedding anniversary


Our long awaited and overdue visit to Vancouver was greeted by our beautiful family, beautiful weather and some much needed adventure.we ate many bobups (smoothy popsicles), spent time with Em, Micheal & Ibi, Bernie & Diane, Stephen, Barb, Sarah & Lily, ate vegetarian dim sum as many times as humanly possible, visited the Aquarium, walked the sea wall, attended Barbie's 75 birthday party, ate at the Naam, visited Banyan Books and had a piece of organic pie... and our visit was a record of only 5 days. (once our visit turned into a 2-3 weeks stay- thanks Barb...;-)then we left on the Tsawassen Ferry to Vancouver Island and spent a night at the same hotel where we stayed on our wedding night. it is such a magical hotel. then we ventured up island and visited the exact piece of earth where we were married. Giselle took a ton of pictures and it was as beautiful as we remembered it. we played on the beach and stayed till the sun set. then we ate at one of my favorite restaurants called Rebar. I have had this cookbook for several years (as well as everyone I know) and have many favorite receipes so choosing from the menu was tough. We were all happy with our choices. it was a wonderful anniversary and it was a joy to share our love and experiences with our we headed a little farther north to a town called Cowichan Bay. we stayed right on the bay and our view in the morning was a huge dock with over 40 boats mooring. the salt air smelled so good. We visited Duncan BC and the waldorf school. they were closed but the property and the buildings were inspiring.On the drive back to Victoria to catch the Ferry from Victoria to Port Angeles we saw a salmon run and first nations kids fishing. It was incredible and the river was gorgeous. On the ferry we saw wales breeching. We thought that was the piece de resistance! but due to the timing of our ferry we couldn't make the drive back to Bend and we had some extra time to visit the Portland Zoo and see for ourslves the cutest baby around - sorry Neomie - but the baby elephant at the Portland Zoo just stole our hearts.we feel blessed to have such a great family to share this great adventure we call life.namastethe newest addition to the Portland ZooGigi and Neomie on the Mountain Goat"Look Mama no hands" Neomie on her trikeGigi in front of the Vancouver Aquariumthe new baby beluga and her mothera view of Sooke HarborRichard at sunsetmossy baby feeta group shot of the fabulous 4a view from the Tsawassen Ferrymy little snuggle bunnyanother fabulous shot of the familyRichard and his girlsan inspiration from Vancouver Islanda picture of Richard and I at the same spot we were married 10 years ago that day...[...]

wow. where do i begin...


...the Ziff gang have had an amazing summer spending lots of time with friends and family.Since September Giselle and I have been homeschooling. we love the flexibility and I love being with the girls. I am now a teacher and I am honored.we took a couple weeks to travel down to California, and Southern Oregon - taking our classroom with us.Neomie walk (runs) and says a few words now. she is a dear love. Giselle loves playing the piano, is an avid bread maker and the best big sister.the time we spend together is bringing us closer as a family everyday.Here is a short photo essay of the past few months...Neomie is now little ladyfast friendsjust hanging outswinging is a great pastimeGiselle has a green thumb in our gardenmy feet finally touching sandNeomie and Rick on the Cali CoastGigi and her seaweed trainthe girls and the elk in OrickGiselle the ballerinaNeomie, Jen and DarciGigi at the westend Lava block partyGiselle baking bread on bread daysleeping with the bearNeomie making a connectionNeomie and Cinnamonhigh dessert museum funRenee and Neomie at the Oregon Country FairGigi and Juju at the fairGrandpapa, Chris and Brett at Holiday MarketRafting on the Deschutes RiverEmilie, Mireille, Anna, Neomie, Helene and Emma at the WineryBrett, Chris, Anna, Mireille and Atsuko at Todd Lake[...]

Coyote Festival


Our drive to the Coyote Festival was uneventful and short but wow when those 60 mile per hour winds kicked up at 1 am it definitely rocked our world! tents were like kites and the energy was amazing. It gave me a new appreciation and respect for the wind. allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='' class='b-hbp-video b-uploaded' FRAMEBORDER='0' />Gigi and her hoolihoopthe familyplaying to the musicgo Emma gowatching the showrollin' with the hoopgigi is thinking about the wind.... SCARYTim - Red Light Dance TribeKevin - Red Light Dance TribeDarcy - Red Light Dance TribeRichard - Red Light Dance TribeKim, Andrew and Jen[...]

Happy Birthday Neomie!!!!


It is amazing to think that it has already been a year since Neomie has joined our tribe.she is an adventurous, happy, and loving spirit. we can't even remember our lives without her. we are truly blessed by this little angel. thank you for choosing us Neomie.we LOVE you so.[...]

Ziff's trip to the big Apple


Richard left us on father's day on a trip to N.Y.C.
we did a little photoshoot at the airport before his flight...


A visit to the dentist


Giselle had so much fun at the dentist that she wishes she could go back tomorrow.
A+ report from the dentist!
He said Giselle will not need braces. I don't know how he can tell so young but hooray for that!

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in the backyard...


Joe, Sam and Giselle built a nest for their little egg (Neomie)
they were waiting to see if she would hatch... then i think Sam was waiting to see if he would hatch.

Summer Lake Hot Springs


Last weekend we packed up the car and drove through the Oregon Outback to Summer Lake Hotsprings where we helped our good friend Tim celebrate his 40th Birthday. On hand were about 20 guests. with activities like ping pong, hiking, soaking in the tubs, cooking, eating and hanging out everyone had a great time and so did we!Neomie playing with Native artifactthe birthday boythe view from the soaking poolsBella and Giselle BFFthe fire circle[...]

Kaya is finally here


Kaya arrived a few weeks ago and has been on many adventures already.
She has been to the park to swing, to the river for hikes and to the native lands of central Oregon. Kaya is well loved.


Neomie at 10 months


Neomie has a tooth now. It finally popped out at 10 1/2 months. She loves to blow kisses, wave Hi and Bye, she does the hand sign for duck and nursing. she likes to feed herself and her favorite food is avocado. Her favorite toy is Sophie the Giraffe and Giselle's doll Kaya.

Neomie loves jumping on the couch, dancing to music, playing the piano and playing in the tipi outside.

She loves going on long walks and only takes one nap a day. She sleeps at least 12 hours at night and whenever she is cranky the only thing sure to make her laugh is Giselle - her true love.

Make sure to check out the video of Neomie playing the piano...

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B & D visit


Bernie and Diane came to Bend for a visit a couple of weeks ago.
They had the chance to see Giselle's ballet recital, we went out to the High Desert Museum and spent some quality time together. we miss you and hope to see you very soon.

(image) group shot at the High Desert Museum

(image) hitching a ride on a covered wagon


(image) Bernie feeds Neomie - open wide...

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for some reason Bernie and Diane said all Neomie did was eat when they were here... i don't know what they mean ;-) Watch the 2 videos to find out

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Earth Day 2008


It was a very chilly Earth Day but we just pretended it was a really nice winter day and then it seemed warm. I was a cat and Giselle, Rick were birds. Neomie was a very cute skunk.

(image) the flock has landed

(image) at lunch with our Jen and Tim

Emma turns 8!


So for Emma's birthday weekend we headed over to Eugene for a sleepover. there were 5 girls and Julien. We ate a lot of cake, opened gifts, made and ate pizza's, painted our nails, painted pottery, went out for tea and muffins, and the girls all slept in Emma's bedroom.Sister CousinsNeomie, Emma and GiselleRichard and his little girlthe cakeeating the cake (we ate dinner after the cake)Brett and Neomie chillexamining the giftsthe gang heads over to Brush and Fire to paint some pottery[...]

Do you want to get out??????????????????????


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Giselle is growing up!


Giselle is 5 years and 4 months.
She can't wait to celebrate her 5 1/2 year birthday on July 19th. She wants a Piñata.


a ghost in the house


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no it's a River Otter


We visited the High Desert Museum and did we ever have fun.
We almost had to sleep there because most of the exhibits are outside and we were not aware of the 5pm closing time... well at 5:15 we left main building... not even one car in the parking lot.
boy did we ever have fun.

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check out this video

(image) Rickles and Neomie

(image) BIG cat nap

(image) Gigi holds on for a ride (it's not real)

(image) we couldn't fit us all into one shot

Spring Celebrations


As a family we celebrate Easter as a symbol for new life, rebirth, growth and change.
Giselle and I decorated dyed and decorated eggs (experimented with natural dyes) and had a few egg hunts... Richard and Giselle made some beautiful beeswax candles.

(image) Gigi made Neomie's 1st year birthday candle

(image) our spring candles

(image) the bounty of eggs

(image) finding eggs in the forest

(image) a Waldorf blessing

(image) this was Neomie's first time in the Waldorf class. i think she likes it...

Spring Skiing


Reveling in the sunny powder days on Mt. Bachelor.

(image) Richard and his sidekick

(image) changing in the car (with the sunroof open for more head space of course!)

(image) the gorgeous view of the Sisters from the parking lot

Cirque du Soleil


Last weekend on a sunny Sunday we were lucky enough to see Corteo - Cirque du Soleil's new performance. We met up with the Perlingieri family in Portland for an incredible show. The kids were mesmerized by the performance and Neomie didn't say a word for an hour (except for a few joyful squeals here and there). It was a beautiful day and a mind blowing show.

(image) Isadore, Mayan and Giselle

(image) Mayan, Giselle, Neomie and Isadore during intermission

Sophie the Giraffe (cont.)


Sophie the Giraffe had been of tour with us for the past 8 months now. She has found herself on planes, trains and our automobiles.

(image) riding shotgun

(image) enjoying the view