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Once upon a time when I was 30 weeks pregnant with baby Elise, my dearest girlfriends got together to scheme a starry-night-themed, surprise baby shower.  It was exquisite, to say the least, and I recently got a hold of the flash card so I could relive that evening!

Thank you to my beautiful friends Chaffee, Jany, Lesley and our Bunco band again for an unforgettable night. ¬†I’m so grateful to have such an amazing tribe!




Photo Credits: ¬†I’m not sure! ¬†The camera was handed off so many times, I lost track! ¬†Beautiful photos, I may be replaced by these talented ladies ūüėČ


This past school year, my son’s preschool embarked on creating their very first cookbook.¬† I had the honor of photographing the recipes, and what began as a black & white, spiral-bound, recipe-packed book morphed over the year into THIS.¬† A gorgeous, expertly curated, beautifully designed, fabulously photographed cookbook – featuring the very best recipes of our Cathedral parents.

To say our school is proud of the way it turned out is an understatement. Months and months of recipe submissions, tastings, narrowing them down.  Then choosing recipes to be photographed, half a dozen photo shoots, laying out each page/each recipe in our 150 page cookbook.  And all with such love and detail.

Our committee chairs, Lelia Pratt and Clay Underwood, spearheaded this project and the hours they devoted to this cookbook is beyond any preschool volunteer project imaginable.  It was truly a labor of love to all who were involved.


I wanted to share a few behind-the-scenes captures of our “dream team” in action.¬† I have been part of many creative teams in my work, but I will have to say that these ladies – all talented, enthusiastic, bright, hard-working, devoted moms – will probably always go down as one of my favorites to work with.¬† Who knew that within one class of preschool moms, we had a professional stylist, photographer, designer, publicist and chef?

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Our favorite moments of the project were bringing in some of preschool kids to help model.  Their tiny hands and excitement made this such a special book for us!

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The cookbooks are finished, printed and available to purchase at The Cathedral Preschool!  Priced at only $35, 100% of your purchase is tax deductible and 100% of the proceeds benefit our precious preschool.

Aside from gifting all of my family members and close friends, I purchase 2 copies for my 2 babies from me and their precious preschool.¬† I wrote a sweet little note to each of them and one day when they get married and start their own families, I’ll give them this special cookbook for them to begin making their own memories from.¬† I may cry.

And for anyone who’s wondering, all of the details from producing The Family Table:

Recipes submitted by:  The Cathedral Preschool Families

Dedicated with love to:  Anne Parker of The Cathedral Preschool

Photography:  Alice Park

Cover design and interior illustrations:  Kristen Smith

Publisher:  Arbor Press

Layout Designer:

Styled by:  Chaffee Heilman & Julie Yates

Compiled by:  Chaffee Heilman, Leilia Pratt, Clay Underwood

Gifting/Contributions/Fundraising:  Carrie Sexton and Cameron Glass

  • Bernie Morrison

    How can I buy a copy of the cookbook?ReplyCancel


My family is hitting the Summer Reading lists hard these next few months, and thanks to the amazing online community that is Facebook – we have some added favorites!

A couple of weeks ago, I reached out to parents on Facebook on their favorite children’s books to read to Lyon’s class as Mystery Reader. ¬†I was so overwhelmed with the responses, I decided to post a few of those favorites here! ¬†If you have children ages 3-7, they will love these. ¬†We’ve already added 50% to our library and can’t wait to dig through the rest.

Enjoy Reading!

  1. The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak
  2. My Monster Farts by Kate Clary
  3. The Blueberry Pie Elf by Jane Thayer
  4. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by James Dean
  5. The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson
  6. Giraffes Can’t Dance¬†by Giles Andreae
  7. The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin
  8. Walter The Whale by Olivia Carmichael
  9. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
  10. Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
  11. Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino
  12. My Daddy is a Pretzel by Baron Baptiste
  13. Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
  14. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
  15. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers
  16. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
  17. Those Darn Squirrels! by Adam Rubin
  18. The Giving Treeb by Shel Silverstein
  19. Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
  20. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss



And just like that, Lyon is 5. ¬†I can’t believe it. ¬†Somebody hand me another tissue!

I’ve been meticulously chronicling Lyon’s life for the past 5 years, and it has been one of the most meaningful projects of my life. ¬†And when I look back at posts that I wrote (half-awake) about the lack of sleep, the lack of balance, the lack of seeing the bigger picture – I chuckle. ¬†Because now, with both of of my babies slumbering 12 hours at night, it’s all becoming clearer to me.

Last month, Kyu and I decided to throw Lyon a “farewell preschool,” big 5, superhero-themed birthday party. ¬†I don’t know why I can’t just plan a small family gathering or party at a jumpy house, because it’s always so stressful days leading up to it. ¬†But Kyu always forgives me, and looking back at these images and seeing just how HAPPY Lyon is – it makes it all so very worth it.

Here’s a peak at some of my favorite captures, photographed by our very talented Casey Gardner. ¬†We had a backyard-themed movie night. Kristen helped me designed these gorgeous custom invitations. ¬†I envisioned something fun, colorful, and that the kids would have fun opening…”Oh, I get an official admissions ticket to the party!”


I think one of my favorite elements (and also the most time-consuming to make) was our custom 25′ city skyline backdrop. ¬†I ordered rolls of construction paper from a teacher’s supply store and Kyu and I went to work hours before his party. ¬†Next year, please remind me to keep it simple! #psh

It turned out so fun!


All of the kids dressed as their favorite superheroes, and quite honestly РI think the costumes elevated the fun and excitement to a level no entertainer could achieve.  They were all pretty epic!







Such a fun evening we’ll never forget! ¬†And in a few days, Lyon graduates Pre-K…so you may find me in a corner balling my eyes out. ¬†It all really goes by way too fast.