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posted on: Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year's Day is my favorite Holiday.
In Brazil we jump 7 waves and hope for good luck.
We wear all white and eat good food.
Kids go around to the adults and say bom principio "good beginnings" and are given coins in exchange.
Most adults are crazy drunk or on a bad hang over on New Year's day so if you're a smart kid you can often make out like a bandit.

January 1st is also the day a certain person was born. 
He was a preemie and looked like a baby frog, barely surviving.
Now, I think it's safe to say that he's full on thriving.

Christian Tobler Palmer
I am ridiculously in love with you.
Please live until you're 109.
Happy Birthday.
xoxo, me.

If today is not your birthday then you get a Happy New Year instead.
Happy New Year.

n   e   w


Pop! Crackle! BANG! Bazoooom!

May 2011 be filled with pure excitement.
Health, incredible health.
Success, however you decide to define it for yourself.
Tickle torture induced laughter
and love.
An incredible amount of love where you thrive, thrive, and then when you think you can't you realize that you can and you thrive a little bit more.

I am bursting at the seams with excitement for 2011. I  am going to allow myself to believe that all things are possible and then I'm going to make them possible. With Christian by my side and two radical kids to raise could I allow myself to think any less?!

I can't!
I won't!
Two Thousand Eleven, I love you already.

Happy New Year.


P.S. In case you need a New Year's resolution jumping off Waimea should go top on your list!
The pics are from our last trip and the vid is from devinsupertramp found via my cool friend Mark Lee, who helped shoot the images from the water. Cool stuff.


  1. He actually was very cute even at two and a half pounds. It was partly the dimple in his little chin. I am so glad he is so loved by his lovely wife. I love you too Christian. Mom

  2. Such a beautiful post to start the New Year.

    Wishing you all that you dream of and hope for.

    Looking forward to getting to know you better in 2011!

  3. Happy new year to you too! And happy birthday to Christian. Wishing you and your lovely little family a wonderful 2011 full of every kind of happiness.

  4. Happy New Year to you all. Thank you for writing this blog, keep writing and I'll keep reading! And here's to cliff jumping into the ocean, nothing like it! Although I seem to get a bit more chicken every year, as with everything. But seeing my little man face fear and challenges every day as he grows up, well this may give his mama and extra cup of courage herself, maybe?! Bestest for 2011!

  5. Happy New Year and all the best for 2011!

  6. B E A U T I F U L! Happy birthday Christian and Happy New Year!

  7. Gorgeous photos!!! Happy Birthday to your honey :)

    Happy New Year :)

  8. Happppppy Birthday Christian! What a lovely post. You are the most lovely person, Da! Happy New Year. - mary

  9. happy new year! i am so glad i saw you speak at the foodbuzz fest so i could discover your blog. happy bday to christian too!

  10. Happy Birthday, Christian! Happy New Year, Da! :)

  11. Hoping 2011 is closer to heaven than any year has ever been.

  12. I love the Brizilian New Year! Maybe one year, I'll have to experience it for myself. Happy B-day Chris! and Happy New Year too. I can't believe how brave Enzo is, jumping off the rock. Wow. I'm impressed. :)

  13. Da, thanks for making my first day of the year so *bright*! Happy birthday Christian and Happy 2011!

  14. Da! That was such a fun post - and as always made me smile. Happy New Year!

  15. @Fi Thank you. what a nice comment. Happy 2011 to you too.

  16. @Cassandra Allen I am so glad found you, and that you found me back. I am in love with your art work and your talent. Thanks for being such a kind reader. may 2011 bring lots of joy and love into your life.

  17. @The Food Librarian Thanks Mary. Happy 2011, can't wait to see what new jello creations you come up with :)

  18. @chelsea Chelsea, come visit us in Brazil when we move there.

  19. @Yaminette I hope 2011 is the year I get to see you again and have one of our typical conversations. Can't wait!

  20. Da

    Your writing blesses me. I am truth bound by your efforts to describe our world.

    Thank you


  21. @debi Thanks for looking beyond all my bad spelling and grammar!

  22. I hope you read this to Christian:
    Thank you, Christian, for arguing with me about the science of baking, teaching me about eggs and hot sandwiches, and being enthusiastic about food indulgences and preparations (without even one hint of sarcasm).
    Thank you for marrying Da and letting her use her cell phone minutes on me.
    Happy Birthday.

    p.s. I'm on my 3rd batch of failed cupcakes. Where's your baking optimism when I need it?

  23. Those action shots are awesome! Sounds like a fun New Year's resolution to have! And I agree with you, 2011 is going to be a great year, I can feel it as well! So happy to have met you and look forward to more blogging together! Happy New Year!

  24. A beautiful post to start the new year. All the best to you in achieving your goals...I'm thinking you'll not only achieve, but probably exceed!

    P.S. In Brazil, don't they also walk to the ocean to throw flowers into the water?

  25. Da

    what a perfectly wonderful post! It so full of life and love, I was touched just reading it.
    I love those images, and perhaps someday I will get to see your Brazil!
    A Very Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your family!


  26. @FOODalogue Yes, and perfume and food. It's so beautiful, I think everyone should go to Brazil for New Year's and for carnaval.

  27. love this post!!! Happy New Year to you (and birthday to your sweetie)! I was excited already, but your enthusiasm is catching!

  28. Hope your lovely family have a Wondrous and Blessed New Year.

  29. Happy New Year to you and your family ! May year 2011 bring lots of wonderful thing in life.

  30. Happy new year! I soo get sweaty hands just by looking at the jump-pictures... I am such a wimp!

  31. happy belated birthday, christian!
    happy new year to all four of you! blessings! this post made me smile the whole way through it. those images are great, damaris! awesome awesome. and brave little enzo! oh my word.
    and the video- so cool. i'd love to jump off of the cliff someday...


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