October 31, 2011

saturday snow

We were dusted by the storm on Saturday. In our area it was only wet snow, but it was really cold!
The last time that a significant amount of snow fell on the Washington, DC region in October was 1979, according to the weather service.

Saturday afternoon



Yesterday we spent the day in Middleburg and even though it was not a winter wonderland, there was some snow on the ground.










October 28, 2011

wednesday market

A visit to Bolivia would not be complete without a visit to the local market. 
The Wednesday market in Cochabamba takes over a big part of the downtown area. There are stalls everywhere selling anything you can think of. I always say that if you can't find it there is because it doesn't exist.
More market photos here!
Have a wonderful weekend!





October 27, 2011

welcoming new babies

On my last day in Bolivia I had a little celebration with the new mothers at work. Six babies have been born since I left Bolivia last December.

For the occasion we had a little party and gifts for the babies and mothers. Baby clothing, diaper bags, bibs, hats, booties and baby formula were among the gifts I had for them to celebrate the new life.




October 26, 2011

making cake pops

Halloween is around the corner so for Daniela's Girls Scout meeting tonight I decided to make some pumpkin cake pops.



chocolate cake with dulce de leche for the filling


orange color candy melts



my black edible marker refused to cooperate so I had to paint the faces with food coloring... results are not so great but I was running late and did not have time to go to the store and get a new marker


October 25, 2011

kids on the street in Bolivia

I wish I could share different photos than these... but I must share the images that touch me in ways I cannot begin to explain. I shot these images last week when I was in Bolivia for work.

These kids are roughly four and five years old and instead of going to school they are on the streets singing and dancing for money. Sometimes the mothers are close by but most of the time they are on their own.

This little boy plays the guitar while his sister dances





women and children sitting outside the church






For many of Bolivia’s street children the slippery slope starts at birth. They inherit malnutrition from their mothers. Twenty percent of babies die before they reach the age of three. Many of the ones who survive on a grossly deficient diet are disabled in one form or another.

While research has not been carried out at national level and therefore there is no exact figure for the real number of street children, it is estimated that over 10,000 children and adolescents live on the streets, in the cities of La Paz, El Alto, Santa Cruz, Cochabamba, Tarija and Sucre. This constitutes a grave social problem in Bolivia, and is on the increase.

October 24, 2011

welcome fall

Fall is definitely my favorite season!! Trees are starting to turn yellow and orange just now, so we still have a few weeks of these wonderful colors.
We enjoyed the perfect weather and the fall colors yesterday walking around the National Mall. 






October 13, 2011

thank you Babyccino Kids

Today we are featured on Babyccino Kids!!!! What a wonderful suprise!
Thank you so much Esther for such a wonderful feature and for sharing Fournier's story with your readers. Read it here!



October 12, 2011

landing in La Paz

I'm in Bolivia since yesterday morning.
After a long night flight from Miami, I arrived in La Paz early morning. I only stayed in La Paz for a few hours to go see some suppliers and then took another flight to Cochabamba. I don't think I'll ever get used to the altitude sickness...

the Illimani, always snow covered



views of La Paz from the city of El Alto



October 10, 2011

at the pumpkin patch

I'm off to Bolivia today to work on my Fall-Winter 12 Collection, but managed to take the kids to the pumpkin patch yesterday.

Beautiful colors!!!






 
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