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 🙂
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I am terrible at good byes. I hate them with a passion and when confronted with them, I turn into a weepy mess. So naturally, I avoid them at all cost. As in, I do not schedule visits on the day I am leaving somewhere. I change plans at the last minute. I generally do not acknowledge the fact that I am leaving until I am walking into the airport and have gone through the terminal and am by myself or with only Preston.
I am working on it, kind of. But leaving Seattle this past Tuesday, I couldn’t do it. I really couldn’t. You see, saying I had an emotional week would be a major understatement. I was a sensitive, weeping fool. So saying goodbye to the sweet friends and heaven-sent family who dealt with me the past week wasn’t in the cards. There was no way I would have ever been able to say, ‘You mean the world to me and I am so thankful God gave you His grace to deal with my thousand tears, nonstop plans and endless feelings. I love you with my whole heart and don’t come anywhere close to deserving you but am so happy you’re mine’ without some serious crying and hyperventilating.
So I didn’t. I didn’t text Molly, Deena or Jessica and I didn’t go get coffee with Lauren. I was already gone by the time Joel, Chrissy and the boys came over to the house. I didn’t coerce Remy into going to the airport with all of us (saying good bye to him is the worst). I didn’t say let the word ‘bye’ leave my lips as we exited Bekah’s works. And my mom, Hannah and Ari? I gave hugs. Lots of them. And kisses, lots of those too. But I focused all of my energy onto making a big deal that I was missing my momma’s birthday the next day, not the fact that I was leaving. Because really, there was no way I could have put into words how much they meant to me and how much I would miss them, no way I could even try.
I know I will return soon. For good, and that makes me happy. But it doesn’t make it easier. I hate good byes, and so I avoid them. If your feelings have ever been hurt because I didn’t say goodbye when I left, or wish you goodbye when you did, I am truly sorry. But I hope you understand that it is because it hurts my heart, my soul, my mind to be separated from those I love dearly and so I generally save my tears for the kind, unassuming strangers on my airplane. God bless the sweet grandpa on my first flight who asked if I needed a glass of wine and then listened as I talked about my family and he about his. And bless you for dealing with my crazy hatred of good-byes.
“Life brings you unexpected places. Love brings you home.”
Well hello there! We returned home from our wonderful trip to Las Vegas late last evening and are quickly gettting back into the swing of things! I will post pictures of our fun weekend soon, but today I wanted to share a few FABULOUS photos taken by Nikki of OliverBlue Photography. This photoshoot of my sweet Arianna and Remington came at a perfect time, this month Arianna turned 18 months and Remy celebrated his 5th Birthday! I can hardly believe it! They are so full of life and laughter and I am so looking forward to loving on them nonstop when I visit Seattle in August!
Could these be any more precious?! I think not. I cannot wait for our engagement shoot with Nikki in Seattle this August!
*Updated to add: Hannah couldn’t stop talking about how great Nikki was not only at taking photos, but at making the little ones feel comfortable in front of the camera. You can find her contact info on her blog if you are interested in having her capture life’s sweet moments for you!
I so love summer. It makes me want to frolic on the beach in sundresses during the day and sip cocktails on the patio with P and Sebastian in the evening. Here are some things on my summer to-do (and wish) list…
First I want to make this yummy key lime cake –
Step 1: Prepare three round 9″ pans by lining the bottoms of each with 9″ circles of wax paper.
Step 2: Grease the wax paper with Pam and then sprinkle with flour.
Step 3: Mix the cake mix, lime jello, oil, eggs, orange juice and water together for 2 to 3 minutes at medium speed.
Step 4: Pour an equal amount of the batter into each of the three lined cake pans.
Step 5: Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
For the glaze-
Step 6: While the cakes are baking, knead two key limes against a hard surface to loosen the juice inside of them.
Step 7: Cut each of the key limes in half.
Step 8: Squeeze 1/4 cup of fresh key lime juice into a small bowl.
Step 9: Pour 1/4 cup of bottled lime juice into the bowl of fresh lime juice.
Step 10: Mix in 4 tbsp. of confectioners sugar.
When the cakes come of out the oven, and while they’re still warm, use a spoon to drizzle the glaze mixture onto the entire surface of each of them.
For the icing-
Step 11: Mix the margarine and cream cheese together.
Step 12: Mix in the remainder of the box of confectioners sugar.
Step 13: Add the vanilla, and mix until it’s smooth.
Step 14: Remove the first cake from its pan, discard the waxpaper on the bottom of it, and spread a layer of icing on the top of it.
Step 15: Remove and stack the second (wax paperless) cake on top of the first one, and spread a layer of icing on the top of it.
Step 16: Remove and stack the third (wax paperless) cake on top of the second one, and spread a layer of icing on the top of it. Use the remaining icing to cover the sides of the cake.
Then, eat and enjoy the deliciousness!
I would serve the key lime goodness with this fresh summer lemonade –
Strawberry Basil Lemonade:
2 parts Bacardi Dragonberry Rum
1 part lemon juice
1 part simple syrup (I used sweet lime juice instead)
3 basil leaves
3 strawberries (hulled and chopped)
2 parts Sprite (the recipe didn’t say how much to use but I did two parts)
Muddle two basil leaves and two strawberries, then add those to the fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and Bacardi rum in a shaker with a bunch of ice. Add the Sprite and you’re done:
As for the wish part of my summer list, here it is. If I had a little bittle near by, which I so wish I did (I still have hope one of my older siblings will produce more perfect offspring and then spontaneously decide to move to San Diego) I would be fashionably hiking with the little bean as such…
How darn cute would Ari girl look in there? Source
My goal this summer is to get good at golf. Not unrealistically good, just good enough where I can play 18 holes, not get frustrated and actually keep score. Embarrassing that I’m not even good enough to keep score, I know. I played on a course for my first time this past weekend (we went on Sat & Sun) and I had so much fun with my Preston J!
I’m also planning on creating some fun, DIY Patio Furniture. We have a table out there, but it just isn’t fun enough for me (it is our glass dining table that was in our kitchen eating area in our Las Vegas house, if you were wondering). I think we need something bright and energetic to go with our fabulous view, maybe something along these lines…
After receiving a note in the mail yesterday from my sweetheart of a friend Alex, I have decided this summer I will also be writing more letters. I love getting things in the mail and know others do, too! Preston happens to be one of these people, so feel free to send a heartfelt note to our mailbox to him so he doesn’t get jealous of all the pen pal letters in my future. 🙂 Here is my first, of many, letters to be sent to friends and family.
My last summer to-do item is to camp. On our patio. I picture candles, smores, waking up to the beach and sleeping in something similar to this…
Happy summer, sweet friends!
They are on the plane back to Seattle right now and I miss these sweet faces already…
Arianna fully appreciated the ‘Shamu, Shamu!’ chant
She had the CUTEST summer outfits all week long – she was easily the best dressed girl at all the theme parks 🙂
Remy was so happy to see Uncle P – and even made a really goofy joke that Preston was the new favorite (serious bruising to my ego)
Luckily playing with Arianna, especially when she made her ‘WOOW’ face, brighten my mood
We loved the zoo – so much so that P and I are annual pass holders now!
I have a thing for elephants after reading Water for Elephants… and a thing for cute little girls with their hands down my shirt
Yesterday morning my sweet sister and brother in law treated us to Goofy’s Kitchen for breakfast – SO MUCH FUN!
We also made time during the trip to visit Uncle P at work – and Remy got to make his own gluten free pizza! I told Remy that they were going to hire him to open up the new store – which he took seriously and told his parents he had to move down to California for work purposes. Score!
I’ve loved the idea ever since I saw The Holiday (which happens to be the one seasonal movie I could watch anytime of year). The thought grew in my head even more so after reading that she is doing it. How fun would it be to do a house swap for a vacation? I know there are many who might not like the idea – my Preston included, who prefers to stay in hotels rather than with friends and family. But to a girl who loves nothing more than to entertain at home, have sleepovers whenever possible and would prefer to sleep with my mom or sisters rather than alone when visiting home – a house swap sounds incredible! It seems so much cozier than a hotel, you’d have neighbors (even during your holiday!) and wouldn’t at all be concerned about the 6,500 people who’ve laid on the comforter before you (wait? you don’t worry about that too?!) AND you’d save money! I think it is a fabulous idea and would so love to do this – whether with our friends in Las Vegas or family in Seattle and beyond! So, for the next many years it takes me to convince P that this is a fun idea, I will be day dreaming about home swapping and spending a holiday in these spaces…
Or maybe take a dip in this pool
Then I’d probably bake some cupcakes here
And then enjoy an evening cocktail here