Thursday, July 26, 2012


I had no idea how much I would miss having a house and my craft stuff and a sewing machine (it is all in storage until October).  At the outset of this journey I thought no big deal.  Within a month I broke down and bought a new sewing machine.  I have been wanting a new one for quite a while since mine is 10 years old and didn't handle complex projects and different fabric types very well (last year's Halloween costumes resulted in a lot of swearing).  I found the PERFECT machine on Craigslist.  It is a Viking Husqvarna Sapphire 830.  Every time I sew with it I find more reasons to fall in love.  One of my favorite features is that you can set it to stop with the needle down and it raises the foot automatically when you stop so pivoting when you sew is a dream.  The things I have made on it look amazing. ANYWAY...My mind and my pinterest boards are FULL of house ideas, but alas I have no house.  I fell in love with this knockoff Anthropologie table from Costplus World Market, at $700 it is a steal. Ry even likes it, which tells me it is destiny.

 But you know me... always looking for a better deal.  So I found these balustrades that have been reclaimed from an old staircase for $15 each .  

and I found this awesome tutorial from Ana White on Making a Farm table.

I have been scouring craigslist and I don't think finding reclaimed planks or wood is going to be a challenge in the lumber capital of the world (I just made that part up).

I promptly called my wonderful, loving, and supportive husband to tell him about my grand plan that will save us more than $600. To which he said "please don't bring anything else home"..."you are going to end up on an episode of hoarders"...and a few other things that I can't really remember right now but sounded like "blah blah blah stop looking at Craigslist... blah blah blah we don't even have a screw driver right now (it is in storage with our garbage cans and several other things that we did actually need)...blah blah blah no more crap...blah blah blah, stop spending money we need to buy a refrigerator damn it!"  So for now I will make my daily online pilgrimage to earthwise architectural salvage's website and pray to the chicken foot that those lovely balustrades are still around in October.  

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Not Dead Just Getting Back Into the Swing Of Things

Hummm, so if I leave the wall paper as it is, it will be relevant again in a few months.  Wow it has been a whirlwind few months.  In February we started talking about the possibility of moving.  In March I finally decided that I WANTED to leave my job in SLC, in April we made the trek to Seattle to see if the Pacific Northwest was a good fit, while we were here for two weeks we listed our house, bought a new house (under construction), and sold our house in SLC...That was in a matter of 3 days.  Then we went back to SLC packed up all our stuff and moved to Snoqualmie Washington (a suburb of Seattle).  We have been here since Memorial Day weekend.  We love it.  Snoqualmie Ridge is a lot like Pleasantville.  Perfect little houses, a quaint Main Street, and lots of seemingly perfect families that are "just like us." I have not located any clone robots, but we don't know our new friends that well yet...maybe they are actually clones :-) There are lots of trails and parks, there is a waterfall that is pretty amazing two minutes from our house and within minutes we are in the country were we can pick berries and hike for miles (you know I am a hiking kind of girl).  It has been a good move for us and we are happy.  We miss our friends and family SOOOO much. Everyone is invited to come for a visit after we move into the new house at the end of October.

Here are some highlights from the last few months. 

This is the house we are building (it is not this one, but it looks like this one)
 These are the finishes that I painstakingly picked out.  Wow it was quite the challenge.
 Emily entertaining herself with the sticker book on the trip up here. 
 Awesome kids haircut place that we found in Issaquah.
 Washington State History Museum, such a fun trip to Tacoma.
 Chahuliy glass museum in Tacoma, so cool.
 Port of Tacoma.
 Snoqualmie Falls (right by our house, 260 foot drop, wow)
 Kids Quest Children's Museum.  The BIG kid (Ry) also enjoyed building/boobie trapping one of the exhibits.
 Chloe played til she dropped. Such a fun place on a rainy day.
 Missing Grandpa on Father's Day.
 We love Grandpa.
 Seeing Brave in Bellevue. 
 Visiting the beach in a down pour...Ya this was not my best idea, but I was getting a bit stir crazy.
 Swimming is one of our favorite activities and the girls want to go EVERY day.
 Em showing off her muscles.
 4th of July train ride on the ridge.
 Carnival on the ridge.
 Chloe loved the pony ride.
 Hanging out with our future neighbors on the 4th of July!
 A visit to Baxter Barn, we fed bunnies, goats, horses, and rode the tractor.
 tractor rides at Baxter Barn
 Picking berries at Remlinger Farm.  Sooooo yummy.
 Big yummy berries!
 Chloe couldn't wait to eat them.
 Riding the mono-rail to the space needle.
 The space needle on a BEAUTIFUL day.
 Hanging out with Tiff at the Space Needle and Pike's Peak.
 Berry Picking.
 Emily's fifth birthday!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ode to Fall

Fall is my FAVORITE time of year. I love leaves turning, all things pumpkin, harvest of yummy fruits and veggies, cool autumn air, getting out the new sweaters, and pretty much every aspect of fall. I have been hard at work on Halloween costumes since early August. Let's just say many of our weekends have been full of felt, feathers, pleather, and spandex! I made them all without patterns and I have to admit that I am impressed with my sewing skills. Now if I just had a better machine.

This is a random picture of Emily before a birthday party this weekend. This is my favorite of her dresses. I guess the 80's are back and I am warming up to them again :-)
Below are some pix of the girls showing off their pumpkins that they made with Grandma. They are wearing skirts that I made for them :-)

These are photos from Emily's class trip to This is the Place. They had a really good time, and I was glad that Chloe got to go too.

See I LOVE sweaters!

Below are some pics from our attempt to see Little Mermaid in St. George a couple of weeks ago. It was raining, but we thought that there may be a CHANCE that the show wouldn't be cancelled, it is supposed to be under the sea after all. But alas, too much rain and the show was cancelled. At least we got to experience all the "fun" parts like parking, walking in the rain, sitting in the rain, and then sitting in traffic in our wet clothes. Oh well we now have tickets to Aladdin next year.
Two very wet cousins.

Friday, October 7, 2011

I Don't Feel Bad

I really haven't given up on this blog it just seems like it. I am working on finding balance in my life. I have never had very good balance (or rhythm for that matter). Since starting to work full time I think that I may have taken 100 pictures (an all time low for me). Generally, I miss things. I missed Emily's last day of joy school (I was in Vegas for work), I missed swim lessons (I was at work), I missed play group (I was at work), I missed more than one bedtime (I was at work) and I can't even remember what else I missed. Some times it makes me sad, but I also love it when Emily says "that's not the way that daddy does it" or "I like daddy the best." I love that my girls are developing a relationship with their dad. I love that Ryan knows how to do their hair. I love that I better understand Ryan and he better understands me. Would I stop working and move to a warm tropical island if money was not an issue? You bet, but I don't regret my life. I am fulfilled, I am happy, I am intellectually challenged, I am loved by my family! Overall, I don't think that I could ask for much more, except for maybe 3 day weekends to spend with the girlies, more caffeine, less bureaucracy, and more SCUBA diving.

That's ok though Ryan and I have developed a plan. We are going to pay EVERYTHING off by the time Chloe is in 5th grade, then spend the next 10 years saving as much as we can so that we can open a dive shop and Tiki bar/grill on a tropical island. I am totally NOT kidding. I have less than 20 years to pick out my island, so I better get started soon. A girl has gotta have a plan. My plan involved compressed air and grouper!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Big Event

Below are pics from the big event. The party was super fun. I can't believe that Em is already 4. Where does the time go?