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Arc de Triomf

Arc de Triomf

We are back from Barcelona and, well, I’ll let the pictures do the talking. These are just a few of hundreds I took on the trip.

streets of Barcelona

streets of Barcelona

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia

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Montserrat

Montserrat

 a tapas restaurant

a tapas restaurant

the Barcelona Cathedral

the Barcelona Cathedral

a candid moment

a candid moment

sipping cappuccino

sipping cappuccino

an Easter  Sunday procession

A Good Friday procession on La Rambla

another shot atop Montserrat

another shot atop Montserrat

Parc de la Ciutadella

Parc de la Ciutadella

Our Saturday paella with son inhaling paella's distinctive aroma

Our Saturday paella with son inhaling paella's distinctive aroma

MMMmmmm.

Nothing is more satisfying than having your husband cook up a meal on a lazy Saturday evening. But to present something so beautiful and delicious as the paella is pretty darn special. I mean look at it. Looks labor intensive right? Well, according to my husband, as long as you’ve got the right ingredients and the right pan and a lot of love for this Spanish dish than it’s not that difficult. He doesn’t follow one particular recipe. He’s made it many times and each one was a little different. I must say, the addition of seafood is what did it for me. F A N T A S T I C.

Saturday’s paella had all six of us loading our plates. All but a few pieces of sausages were devoured and a couple of spoonfuls of rice.  We are eternally grateful to you oh Paella Master!

I like what Norberto Jorge has to say about paella. He gives a nice run down of what it takes to make a good paella.

Like I said, my husband doesn’t have one paella recipe written down. So I must refer you elsewhere. This site, Spain Recipes, seemed to have some authentic good ones. Good luck!

A couple of months ago I posted something similar in memory of Jon. Today, January 10, 2009 marks the 11 year anniversary of his death.

Jon passed away on the very early morning hours of our older sister’s birthday. Every year at this time, I remember Jon as he was and imagine what he would be like today. I don’t think any of us can picture him being any different…youthful, generous, caring, kind. He was young and discovering himself as most young (and old) people do. If you were to ask my mom, he was able to make amends and find closure with some of the important things in his life just before he died.

I know that he would want his sister to celebrate her birthday as anyone should as difficult as it may be at first. That’s just the kind of person he was.

So in remembering today as the anniversary of Jon’s death, we remember that Jewel was born on this day – a celebration of two lives, if you will.

We love you both!

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Jonathan Scott Mendoza, May 29, 1977 - January 10, 1998

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Happy Birthday Jewel!

Happy Birthday Jewel!

The Kidado Blog family would like to express their sincere gratitude and thanks to all 3-day participants, fans, supporters and the like for their endurance, strength and enthusiasm for taking us one step closer to the cure for breast cancer. Our thoughts are with all Philadelphia walkers, who at this very moment are resting beneath their pink tents, hopefully keeping warm throughout this cool autumn night, after their first full day of walking.

A special shout-out to my friend and survivor, Anne Moss! Go Anne! And to her daughters, Karen and Amy!

Click this for some footage of Day 1.