Friday, February 28, 2014


 I signed Blake up for Spring Flag Football this morning and I am super pumped.  I hope he loves it.  I already do.  It is a Saturday only thing where they meet, practice, then play a game.  Will he get to the Superbowl?  Who knows.  More of that in April...

While watching tons of videos on youth flag football, I came across the Legends Football League.

SEATTLE has their own Legends Football Team.
They are the Seattle Mist.

Tough broads playing tackle football in their bikinis?  It might be a man's dream, but I have to see this up close and personal.  I think it will be one date night that Andrew just might enjoy.  
Move over Rom-Com movies, I've got some Mist to cheer on.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


My mother visited the other week and this was the conversation:

Melinda: Where did you get this book?
Me (not looking at her because I was picking something up): You gave it to me.  I only read books that you give me.
Melinda: I don't think I gave this to you.
Me: Where did you find it?
Melinda: On your bookshelf.
Me: You had to have given it to me.

Time passes and I walk by my mom reading this book:

Me: Oh, (laughing).  Ellen (my Mother-In-Law) bought that for me and left it on my nightstand because I had never read anything from Ann Patchett before.
Melinda: I knew this wasn't my book!

My mom read it.  So then I read it.  What is with me?  It is so weird, I seem to only read books that my mother introduces to me (now adding a Mother-In-Law into this equation).

I don't know who to blame for this?  Which motherly figure gets the blame for putting me through that book.  I hate fiction.  I hate fiction because it is really hard to suspend disbelief in the beginning and then, when I am attached to these damn characters, I find myself sobbing on the toilet while reading it.  That isn't nice.  I don't like sobbing through books.  You guys are so damn pulled together.  You have to remember that I am a sensitive soul and can't manage myself through these types of reads.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Spring Admirations

For some reason my eyes have been searching branches high and low as I drive through town.  Maybe I will be the one to see the first peek of pink on a tree branch.  I never thought I would be a Spring spy.  I love the winter and I wonder if it is natural for an animal to search for spring in hopes of more food.  It isn't like I need more food!  So here are some things I found that are adorable and yummy, just in time for spring.

$17 sheep candle holder & a discontinued giraffe cake stand.  
If I get teased, you get teased.
Shop here.

Love at first sight.  A $25 contraption for making breakfast sandwiches.  
I told a friend that I am going to wait until I find $25 on the sidewalk before buying this.  
Who can rationalize a purchase like this?
Shop here.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Museum Friday

This week has gone by so fast.  Blake has been enjoying a week off of school (mid-winter break/ski week), but I think I have enjoyed having him around the most.  I feared the Seattle Center would be horrible to navigate being a Friday.  Instead, it was easy to park and not that busy.  We had a great time and all three kids listened really well.

My Three Bears:

A section of the museum has little villages showing how the cities look.  The kids enjoyed being in Japan for a while:

That museum was fabulous and I recommend any and all parents take their kids there.  I loved the theater they have for kids and the mini rooms made to look like: paint store/work shop, restaurants, vet's office, different villages/cultures, and mini grocery store.  They did a great job putting that place together.

The walk to and from the parking garage made the kids just as happy:

Chihuly flowers:

A news helicopter flew in and landed on top of the KOMO 4 building across the street:

Aloof artists (besides the blonde in the front):

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sad Zombie

Sometimes zombies are sad.  Sometimes it is funny to have a sad zombie on a T-Shirt.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Keter Bali Chairs

My inspiration picture:

My choice of inexpensive chairs online from Wayfair:

Add in inexpensive table from Home Depot:

...and I am close to creating my vision for my outdoor patio.  Andrew put the table together and it looked crazy wonky.  He had to tweak it a bit and called it cheap, but it gets the job done.  I couldn't fathom paying more money for a table that is going to sit out in the rain.  I hope this one holds up for a least a couple of years.  The chairs were higher than expected so they don't fit under the table.  No big deal I guess?  I love the chairs because they are resin basket weave so the water will be able to drip off of them and not pool on the seat.  Next plan - have Andrew hang the patio lights.  We have had some serious storms with some serious winds so I am worried now might not be the time.

Monday, February 17, 2014


 I left Mid-Century Modern back in California.  That doesn't mean I don't love every detail of it when I see it.  Andrew told me to Google Canlis restaurant.  This restaurant was built in 1950 to resemble a mid-century home.  It has been through a few redesigns/remodels and looks fabulous.  I can't wait to dine there one night.  It is pretty pricey so it may not be for a while (I would like to talk to Andrew about something other than my kids and not yawn the whole night).  

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Design Yum.

Found this blog after exploring Google pics for ideas of metallic spray paint. 

I love her photography, design style, and husband's handyman work.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Kid Vid

Figuring out my new Capture App for my phone.  Here is Reade at his soccer class going through the obstacle course.  The second part of the video shows how Piper decided she could climb backwards up a slide.  There is no stopping that girl.  Her feet seem to have grown octopus suction cups and her brain is telling her to climb up everything in sight.

Friday, February 14, 2014


The day is wrapping up and it was a flurry of red, pink, and plastic wrappers.  This holiday is now a serious competitor with Halloween for sugar consumption.  I am no angel since I have been eating tiny cupcakes with Crisco frosting whenever the opportunity presented itself (thank goodness for school open houses!).  TGIF.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Dreaming of Chocolate

Valentine's Day Eve 2014

The kids are not happy with me right now.  I made them eat veggie burgers and carrots for dinner to prepare their bodies for tomorrow.

I hope tomorrow is filled with love and chocolate.  Those who hate chocolate can mail me theirs or drop it off on my doorstep.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


That roll of Seahawks duct tape is still going strong.
My son said, "Mom, I want a wallet made out of Seahawks duct tape."
I have always wanted to make these so I found a tutorial:

Reade's Wallet:

 Blake's Wallet:

Those were fun.  Now my scissors are all sticky.

Monday, February 10, 2014


It is Valentine's Day week.  Let's start it off with my new favorite "Coming of Age" video.  How sweet and innocent.  This is how it all starts, right?

Please take the time to watch the video HERE

Sunday, February 9, 2014


These might be repeat snow pictures, but I can't get enough of how things look around here.  Each snow amazes me and is short lived since it is supposed to rain in a few hours.  Seattle is not easily traveled in the snow so I am limited to my surroundings.  

From Twitterers around Seattle:



Saturday, February 8, 2014

Return Flight

My parents left early this morning to head back home to Sacramento.  Everyone had a great time together and it is too bad they couldn't stay to see the forecasted snow for today.  Piper and I cuddled in bed and she wanted to tell them goodbye:

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


We visited the Museum of History and Industry today.  Blake and Reade were in school so Piper got her grandparents all to herself.  I thought my mom was going to freeze to death out here, but I raided my closet for the warmest articles of clothing and she is faring better now.  Tomorrow is the Seahawks Victory Parade downtown.  We are letting the other 300,000 people cheer them on in wind chill temperatures while we watch the parade in our heated house.  They will be parading in the Ride the Ducks WWII vehicles.

Monday, February 3, 2014


They played hard and made a lot of people proud!  Go Hawks!  The victory parade is on Wednesday and I can't wait for the hype.

Here is a picture of Piper after one of our chickens flew into her.  I was opening the coop and Piper was standing right behind me.  Morning Breeze was excited to get out and flew right into Piper's face and knocked her over.  Poor baby.

Go Hawks!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Game On!!!

Moments away from the truth.  Play hard boys.  Make us proud.