10 April 2014

Toy Clutter

Have you ever wondered how to curb your toy clutter and keep your kids interested in their toys for longer? Check out my guest post on toy rotation over at Bumble + Bliss.

09 April 2014

When you know, you know.

We shopped for a new house for six months before we walked into this one and, within five minutes, knew that we wanted to place an offer on it. When you know, you know.

And so we knew it would be much the same when we'd found the right thing to display in the art nook that greets guests just inside the front door. We wanted to find something special, something unique and personal and meaningful to us. It also needed to be relatively tall and thin.

While we were on Bainbridge last Friday, we were lured into a gallery by some octopus tentacles we saw displayed in the front window. It wasn't long before we knew they were the thing to go in our art nook. The rest, they say, is history.

By David Franklin

To add some contrast, I painted the back of the art nook the same Benjamin Moore Stampede that we have in our dining room. I'm not convinced that it's the forever color, but it looks acceptable for now and does a good job tying the nook to the nearby dining room. The surrounding walls are Benjamin Moore Senora Gray.

By David Franklin

By David Franklin

Not everyone wants ceramic octopus tentacles prominently displayed in their home, but they are just right for us. 

07 April 2014

Weekend in Photos

Our weekend started on Friday, when George took the day off of work so that we could celebrate his birthday as a family. 

We took the ferry to Bainbridge Island for lunch and enjoyed some windy and sunny weather. Fortunately, the 40-percent chance of rain never materialized.

On Saturday, we attended Tiny Tots at the symphony. Despite all the other pre-performance activities being offered, Madeleine was most interested in the books and watching the buses outside Benaroya Hall

20 week bump; 21 months old

Sunday morning, I enjoyed a single shot mocha while waiting for the rest of my brunch party. It's so nice to be back to a moderate amount of coffee after being completely off of it for about six months. It's also so good to catch up with friends!

Oops, I did it again: why can I never stick to my shopping list at Target?

Sunday dinner was George's birthday meal: homemade from scratch pulled pork enchiladas followed by banana cream pie. 

How did you spend your weekend?

28 March 2014

Friday I'm in Love - II

I'm back with another edition of Friday I'm in Love, highlighting a few things that have caught my eye and made my heart go pitter patter. Be sure to check out Misha's and Kendra's picks for the week, too!

ONE: Our PEPS Group

If you live in the Puget Sound region, have or are expecting kiddos, and you have not gotten involved in PEPS, you are missing out! PEPS (Program for Early Parenting Support) is a wonderful organization that facilitates groups of parents with similarly aged kids, most popular for those with newborns.

We signed up for PEPS right after Madeleine was born, and we've been meeting with our group each week since Madeleine was about a month old. George and I get so much joy from the friendships we've developed through this group, and it is thrilling to watch the kiddos grow up together. Just look at this crew...

TWO: Smith Brothers Farms Milk Delivery

We are so lucky to get our very own milkman, thanks to Smith Brothers Farms. Each week, we get to choose the items (dairy and much, much more) we want to delivered right to our door. On Thursdays, Madeleine loves to help me carry our goods from the porch to the kitchen. Sometimes, it takes a lot of convincing to get the cheese to the fridge without opening it, but she is generally very helpful.

THREE: Cold Stone Creamery Lemon-Berry Shortcake

Don't be surprised that more than one of this week's loves involves food! I typically have a vicious sweet tooth, but I have had no interest in sweets for much of this pregnancy (and the last one). That has recently changed, however, and I can't seem to get enough of lemon and other tart flavors. The Cold Stone Lemon-Berry Shortcake made with lemon custard ice cream is definitely at the top of my list. Yum! Yum! Yum!

What are you loving this week? 

20 March 2014

Throw Back Thursday

For once, I thought I'd participate in #tbt with some photos taken at our engagement session FIVE YEARS ago. Time flies...

Photo Credit: Evantide Photography

Photo Credit: Evantide Photography