Saturday, July 31, 2010

photo shoot with spiro jamie

a picasa collage of some faves from our recent (and first!) family photo shoot! more to come soon! thanks so much Jamie - you certianly made us look good :)

Friday, July 30, 2010

A few current things

  • I'm doing grosgrain's "frock by Friday" sew-a-long this week. This will be basically my first dress I've sewn for myself, and I think it should be pretty fun!
  • We've been drinking this the past week. It's one of J's fave drinks, and bridget linked to this delicious recipe so we went for it, and are glad we did!
  • I've never made blondies before, but they look especially delicious this morning, so it may be a post-naptime treat here J
  • I'm going a little stir crazy these days since classes are done for the summer, but I somehow managed to lose my knitting pattern for my paron apron I have been working on and need something to keep me busy!
  • I practically inhaled my favorite author's newest book "Fly Away Home" in 3.5 hours last week. Now I'm on to "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," and so far, I'm not catching all the hype….

This weekend, we have old friends coming for dinner, and I'm planning on going to get a massage and doing some reading on the porch. Have a good one, friends!

Monday, July 12, 2010

someone in my house doesn't want to do her homework

so she whipped up a new headband to wear to school tomorrow instead!
tutorial found here.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

h's first camping trip

at the beginning of this past week, we went on a mini-vacation to the olympic national forest. h had a ton of firsts: first ferry boat ride, first fire-roasted hotdog (she roasted her own and ate 2 1/2!), first smore (and 2nd, and 3rd....), first time sleeping in a tent, first forest frolic, first waterfall, and first completely dry day in big girl unders (yes, i had to toss that in! it's a big first!!). it was a total blast, and we can't wait to do it again!

sprinkler season

the g-parents gave us a date night last night, and H had a blast with sprinklers. i'm also (finally) discovering google picasa and trying to figure it all out - i've gotta say, i'm liking the collage feature!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

30 before 30

I recently read a blog where the woman was talking about one of her checks off a list she titled 30 before 30. I instantly thought that sounded like a fabulous idea, and decided to tackle such a list for myself! Now, I know what ya'll are thinking, 'she's not even 29 yet, and her birthday isn't for 3 months,' but I've decided to make this list with some bigger things on it that could take longer than 1 year. The intent is to revisit this list at the beginning of every month and check off the things I've accomplished. Anyone have a milestone birthday coming up in the next couple months/years, feel free to join me! This could be fun, as well as a little bumpy at times…

  1. Watch the series Sex & the City in entirety (I've only ever seen a random episode here and there, and the 1st movie!)

  2. Learn to bake bread

  3. Stop drinking soda (I had come really close to being able to check this one off, lasting a month, but in the last 2 stressful weeks, I've had 3…..)

  4. Grow my hair long enough to donate a ponytail

  5. Finish knitting James' 31st birthday socks (due 3/21/2010!)

  6. Sew a dress for Hazel

  7. Have a family photo shoot with Jamie Spiro (scheduled for 7/26/10!)

  8. Teach Hazel to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on the piano

  9. (Learn how to & ) knit a hat for myself

  10. Determine a signature drink that I can order wherever I go, and always have the ingredients for at home

  11. Make my own pickles

  12. Have a stocked liquor cabinet, like an adult
  13. Eat a meal at preservation kitchen

  14. Find my perfect shade of lipstick
  15. Actually get the Luther's Rose tattoo I've been dreaming of for 10+ years
  16. Keep some kind of lovely plant alive in my house or on my porch

  17. Go on a cycling/camping trip with James and Hazel
  18. Eat a meal at poppy.seattle

  19. Sing at church
  20. Ride my bike to the grocery store
  21. Take a theo chocolate factory tour

  22. Reduce (or eliminate) use of plastic bags from the stores
  23. Get my makeup done at a department store counter

  24. Make something fabulous out of anna maria horner's fabric
  25. Find a perfect skin care routine
  26. Finish knitting the paron tunic for myself

  27. Develop a regular yoga routine
  28. Write a song for Hazel

  29. Drink more water every day
  30. learn to make Phad Thai from scratch

Thursday, July 1, 2010