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Happy Valentine's from La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Nayarit, Mexico

Las dos 'Fridas' in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Nayarit, Mexico. February 2014.

Cora, 3.5 years old. Lyra, one year old.

Sometimes focusing on a new project is a good thing. I've decided that since the girls' birthdays are about six months apart, I'll take a photo of them together every six months, on their respective birthdays, to document their growth, but I'm going to add a twist, a location-based twist. Since we're in Mexico for the inaugural photo, I give you a Frida Kahlo-inspired photo shoot. I've also got the one for Bora Bora all planned out too :)

Lyra wasn't quite sure what was going on. Also, the brown eye liner pencil just didn't look as good on her as Cora, but c'est la vie. I tried to extend out Lyra's 'unibrow' but she.was.not.having.it.

Eric asked me if I used Nutella to make the brows. This should give you an idea of how much Nutella I've been eating lately.

These photos would not have been possible without the help from Eli and Steve on s/v Landfall and Bethany on s/v Lilo. Thank you, amigos.

For instance, when we started the shoot, Cora asked to wear the pearl necklace you see pictured and that long, black, beaded necklace. The black necklace belonged to my grandmother, Charlotte. I've already had it restrung once because I love it and can't live without it.

Mix a 3.5 year old and a 1 year old with their great grandmother's necklace and POOF:

Kinda looks like Twister game, but it's just Bethany, Eli, and Cora trying to get the beads away from Lyra. There is no way I could have taken these pictures without helping hands (and full credit to Steve on Landfall for snapping some of these too.)

She is one year old today.

If I had to pick only one word to describe Lyra, it would be determined. From the moment she clamped onto my breast and started eagerly suckling, to the daily way she avidly observes us, trying to replicate everything we do, the child is incredibly determined.

My Cora. She is 3.5 years old and an incredibly sweet big sister. The night before the photo shoot, I sat looking at Frida Kahlo's paintings with her, explaining who Frida was and why I liked her. 

"Frida loved to paint and draw. She painted these pictures of herself. They're called self-portraits."

"Oh, when I grow up, I'm gonna paint and draw like her."

"So you want to be an artist?"

"No, mom. I already am an artist."


Happy birthday to my Lyra and happy half-birthday to my Cora.

{ Cora's Mexican dress picked by her | Lyra's Mexican dress was a gift from Millie and James on s/v Jean Marie }


Still taking a break, but had to acknowledge Miss Lyra Estrella's birthday.

Reader Comments (6)

Happy Birthday to beautiful wee Lyra! Wishing her many years of love and joy and adventure! These photos are fabulous and I look forward to seeing many more from all over.

February 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

Such beautiful girls! They both have such wonderfully expressive faces. I love the photos and the theme! Happy birthday, Lyra!

February 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterErin S.

Well, Happy Birthday from one Lyra to another. A year has passed so quickly, I get teary just thinking about all that has happened this year. But, beautiful Lyra Estrella, you are a beautiful little gift, so loved by your family!

February 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJaimee

I guess I must be getting to an age where I am preparing to be a grandmother because I love seeing photos of these little sweeties. I can only wonder what Lyra will think in the future when she sees photos of herself as a one year old being with a crayoned unibrow. Awesome.

February 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa White

What a great idea!!! It is amazing how children show the identity of their parents. Lyra looks so very much like you Charlotte and Cora looks just like her dad. In a year from now it might be different, but you can't deny that these two girls belong to you!!! Love it!!

February 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMary Silvestri

such beauties! And I can still hear your sense of humour. :)

February 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

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