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catching up

I am a slacker, a terrible blog-land slacker. But in my defense, we have moved to a new state, started new careers, attempted to unpack our lives and enjoy our family, friends and fabulous new city. Overall, September was a wonderful month and October is shaping up to be even better! I am in love with Seattle living and am so happy to report that Preston is also 🙂

We moved into our new condo in West Seattle and we absolutely adore it. It is tiny, by far the tiniest we have ever lived in, but now that everything is organized (thank goodness – neither of us do well living in chaos, and by chaos I mean messes) we love it. I will certainly do a p+m home tour once I have finished decorating (which means I need to actually start that process!)
For now, to get caught up on pictures, here are photos of the drive from San Diego to Seattle which was absolutely amazing. We had so much fun making a little vacation out of the drive. Sebastian couldn’t have been happier being in such close quarters with us for a full 3 days….
Once we were all packed in, 
We were ready to hit the road.
We stopped in San Francisco and ate devoured bread bowls,
enjoyed the scenery, 
and attempted to acclimate ourselves to chillier weather!
After several more hours on the road, it was time for another stop at the Red Wood Forest! Hiking with us means its time for Sebastian to put on his fancy protective footware 🙂
It was SO beautiful, we were right next to the beach and to the forest – I was not in much of a camping mood (I got eaten alive by bugs this summer) but the scenery nearly changed my mind!
After the Red Woods, it was back on the road and one last quick stop in Portland to see Noam and his sweet family and then we were off to Seattle! I will catch up on our whereabouts this week!

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oh happy day!

I have been a little absent lately… largely in part to a sweet puppy P and I fell in love with at an animal adoption fair. We decided to do a ‘trial run’ with little miss which was single handedly the wisest thing we have ever done. She was a doll, but unfortunately had terrible bladder/ stomach issues and a need to chew, chew, chew everything… including my plants. We decided, after many sleepless nights and waking up/ coming home to awful messes (thank goodness not on the carpet) that she would do best with another family who had a great deal of time to devote to her.  We had considered getting another dog so Sebastian could have a buddy during the day, but he made it very clear that he prefers to be an only child and was not happy with any other creature that would take our attention away from him. So, while we will surely miss that cuddly little lady, we are extremely content with the furry love of our life Sebastian. And he is quite happy to have an unlimited amount of belly rubs and head massages in his future. To tame his wild only-child tendencies, however, we will be starting obendience class within the next two weeks!

Little Miss Lola Bean

Please excuse my crazy bed hair. And too-short pajama shorts.

Again, please excuse my hair and seriously strange facial expression.

Our long weekend found us time for game playing, sun lounging and beer drinking (For the record, I won this game of Phase 10 in overtime. By 5 points. And Preston was NOT happy about it! ;))

For the Fourth of July, we headed to Coronado Island and had so much fun exploring! It was beautiful and sunny and full of the cutest houses!

Hope your weekend and Independence Day were fabuolous – and hopefully included less puppy-related messes than ours! And if you are wondering why today is such a happy day – well, we both got to sleep through the night, wake up to no damages and I get to see the most wonderful people in the world tomorrow!

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from Sebastian and me!

This was our wonderfully lazy Saturday morning – it couldn’t have been any better. It was an overall terrific weekend at casa de p+m, we hope yours was equally as great!

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Lately we have been…

Eating wonderful food from neighborhood cafes (the world’s best veggie sandwich on gluten-free bread can be found here)

Enjoying events Preston plans at work, like his recent Meet the Brewer evening. I discovered this delicious beer – easily my new favorite! (P is pictured above with his sweet work girls!)

Planning upcoming vacations and dreaming up our future plans (picture above from my parent’s Chicago escapade)

We’ve been taking long walks in the beautiful sunshine – and finding pretty flowers EVERYWHERE. The city next us is supposed to be the ‘Flower Capital of the World’ and we are certainly not too far behind!

We’ve taken Sebastian to the dog park at the lagoon – where he enjoyed running in the water… and rolling in the mud.

I’ve been organizing our storage areas around the house… which of course led to finding old yearbooks and super cute pictures of Preston J!

And that has been our life lately! Well that, and obsessively watching American Idol of course. Hope you are all having a fabulous week!

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poor sebastian

Our sweet puppy boy got attacked last night. Our landlord’s dogs pick on Mr. Sebastian, and when he growled at one for biting his ankle nonstop, their big dog jumped on his back, bit him and wouldn’t let go. I nearly had a heart attack (ok – and I got teary eyed) and poor Sebastian was completely shaken up – not to mention very bruised. Luckily, his skin didn’t break and he seems to be quite the resilient pup. P and I gave him bites of turkey and pizza crust, rubbed his belly until he went to sleep and made sure he had extra pillows and room on the bed.

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saturday morning

This morning at casa de p+m…

P avoided my pictures & called me a crazy person for waking up at 7am

Sb yawned while I tried to sing them both awake

I admired our lovely view before trying to wake my boys again


An idea which Preston kicked in the face

But once I made breakfast – they happily woke up and enjoyed the am with me

Happy Saturday! We are looking forward to spending time with Preston’s family this weekend – IKEA and theme park trips are in our future. 🙂

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5 things you didn’t know…

…about the members of our little family. We’ll start with Preston J.

*He talks in his sleep. Not a one word ‘hi’ or a mumble here and there. Sunday night, I witnessed full on bed time conversations, which if I’m not mistaken, were him instructing somebody how to turn it (the pizza maybe?) before you put it through the oven.  A little bit later, he made a strange grunting sound and woke himself up… then tried to blame it on Sebastian! While he can do a lot of things, our dog certainly doesn’t talk in his sleep…

*He gets over-the-top-excited just like I do. He came home from work last week to find me designing our Easter cards. Rather than shake his head at how cheesy cute I am, he looked at the design, looked at me, looked back at the design and said “That’s genius!! Some bunny loves me! Ha ha ha! Some bunny!!”

*You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not. (That was a quote from this movie, if you didn’t catch that.) While Steve Carell may not be a dreamer, we, like this guy, absolutely are. Most people get tired just listening to me. Understandable – I think I someday may make in the Guiness Book for world’s fastest talker. Not only does P not get tired, he keeps up with my 938 ideas a minute thinking and has just as many goals, thoughts, ideas and aspirations. I love how motivated you are Preston!

*He could live off of pulled BBQ chicken. I’m nervous that he and I will actually turn into BBQ chickens if we don’t cut down our consumption. Seriously, we  eat it multiple times a week and have some seriously yummy combos. Pulled BBQ chicken nachos on quinoa chips with corn and pineapple salsa – delish.

*P is one of the hardest workers you will ever meet. I come from an incredibly hard-working family. So while I often appreciate others drive, I am rarely over the top impressed by it. With Preston, I can’t help but be amazed! Every morning he wakes up at 7-7:30 and goes to the gym. He works out for an hour and a half then goes straight to work. Even though his ‘scheduled’ shifts look something like 10-7, he is there until 8:30-9 every night. (That’s an eleven hour day.) When he comes home, he still has energy to talk and play and laugh and have wonderful nights with me! He will never turn down a late night walk, an evening game, cookie baking or anything I throw at him.

I bet you also didn’t know he did such great goofy faces!

Now, onto some fun facts about Sebastian…

*Cheese, cheese, cheese. He loves him some cheese. As in, he will bend over backwards for it. He also loves turkey, jelly beans, pulled BBQ chicken (must run in the family) and his doggy vitamins. I come to think of it, there are not many things he doesn’t like…

*Sebastian is a ladies man. We can’t walk anywhere lately without girls obsessing over him and his swag.

*He is scared of dogs under 10 pounds. He thinks they look like rats and finds it very annoying when they nip at his tail.

*He is currently auditioning for a role on the new hit series ‘Breaking In.’ Okay, that’s a lie. But he could be, considering he knows how to open the front door, porch gate and the chain link side yard face.

*He could get away with murder… and knows it. I’ve always wondered about those people who are so overly obsessed with their dogs. Welp, P and I are those nuts. We call Sebastian our son and I, gulp, have baked him personalized doggy cookies.

It’s no wonder the girls swoon over him – what a stud!

And then there was me.

*Maybe it’s because I have grown up constantly surrounded by little ones or maybe it’s because I have never (not even one time) heard my momma say a bad word. Whatever the reason, I rarely cuss and instead use my personal ‘angry/ excited sayings’… which are a little out there. I don’t even realize what I am saying until I hear Preston (or others) laughing at me… Oh my monkey breath! Holy sack of potatoes! That was as crazy as a hippo’s behind!

*I am part of a nonprofit talk news radio program. You can find it here. I was a little apprehensive about my high voice and speedy talking speed, but ya know what?  I dig doing this show.

*I obsessively read. I’m not limited to any medium – if it’s words, I love it. This includes books, blogs, magazines, newspapers, websites, white papers, graffiti, anything you can imagine. I just finished this book (amazing) and am now working on this one. Last night, I read cover to cover my Real Simple and Cosmopolitan magazines. Right now my favs are this blog, this one , this one and oh yeah, this one. My other love is photos. If you are a photographer, chances are, I stalk you and am in love with every little piece of goodness you snap a picture of (yes, I know how creepy I sound). If anybody else wants some pretty to look at, I recommend here, here and of course, here. (Spoiler alert, more on this little obsession to come.)

*Remember when I mentioned here my love of nicknames and my one little experience with them? When I was two, I renamed myself Boona. My family and I have no idea where that came from; to this day I have never met nor heard of anyone or thing named Boona. Regardless, that was my name and the only thing I answered to. In fact, if I am not mistaken, that name was scribed on my 3rd birthday cake….

*I crave zucchini at least once weekly. As in, all day all I can think about it getting home and making me some zucchini. I fully blame this addiction onPreston’s momma, Lisa, who introduced me to her magically easy (and crazy delicious) zucchini recipe last year.

For those wondering, I’m back to going by Morgan

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