Thursday, May 14, 2015

Spring Photo Dump

A visit to the pie shop A la Mode:

While I was on a work trip, Jeff took Edie to the music store (these are real and still exist) and let her pick out a CD. She chose Taylor Swift. It is now the soundtrack of our Spring 2015. Secretly I don't mind. Secret's out.
Taken on a walk with Jeff one day:

Birch Bay on Mother's Day weekend:

We received a visit at Birch Bay from this girl and her 6 day old chicks:
Edie and Caroline. Look at that hair!
Kissing cousins:
Grandpa, our nephew Wes and Jeffrey at Birch Bay:
A neighbor party:
The neighborhood kids playing in the back of Jeff's truck during the dinner party (three babies not pictured are safe in bed by this time, just the "big kids" got to stay up late):

Reid's 5th birthday party and playing "fishing" (I believe Edie had just "caught" a dirty sock):

First day at big girl gymnastics:

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


An impromptu sleepover in Sequim was worth the trip. Road snacks underway:
Our cozy little cabin:

Edie's sleeping nook:

The 'game room' at the cabins:

Beach time:

The new cover of Jeff's autobiography "Handsome, Brave and Modest":
Dinner at the Old Mill:
Sunset beach time (photo bomb by Hammie the Hamster):
Late night viewing of the Fantastic Mr. Fox in lieu of bedtime stories:
Breakfast (also at the Old Mill) meant a cinnamon roll covered in caramel sauce. With a side of bacon. Hopefully she inherits Jeff's metabolism.
An random trip to the Olympic Game Farm:
This is me saying "nope" to this giant, snorty animal (note my finger on the window up button):

Note me cowering in the foreground:
Lunch on the way home in Poulsbo with friends:
Waiting in the ferry line to go home:

Monday, May 11, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Oh, hey. Hi.

Work turned into a bit of a zoo this Spring. My kid also turned into a bit of a monster this Spring. But just periodically. And usually only when we worked long days and came home tired to begin with. It's like she knows. Or maybe is punishing me for being too busy with work. As if being too busy with work isn't its own punishment. We are dealing this week with intense melt downs about such important matters as putting shoes on, choice of dinner music, and most recently, me making her favorite dinner that she suddenly hates. BAAAAAAAAAHHHH!

I suppose it could all be much worse. At least she's healthy, smart, and will probably, maybe, most likely turn out to be normal and not hate us forever (or vice versa).

And Spring hasn't been all bad. We took an impromptu trip to Sequim and stayed in a cozy cabin by the water. Edie started gymnastics. We dyed easter eggs and had egg hunts. I turned 36. Edie had a bazillion playdates with Shreya. And sticking with my gym routine has helped lessen a stressful time.

AND I'm already looking ahead to a number of fun things to finish out 2015-
Memorial Day weekend in LA for a wedding with just Jeff
My favorite work gig of the year (4th year in a row)
SUMMER!! Orcas! Birch Bay!
Possibly a mother-daughter-grandmother trip to DC in June
Kindergarten!! (We are 4th on the wait list for our first choice school - cross your fingers for us!)
TWO trips to Palm Springs in the Fall/Winter - one with my entire side of the family and another with just my best girlfriends (no boys or kids allowed).

Anyways. Enough about me. How have you been? How're things? What's up?

Monday, March 9, 2015


Look at these cute faces. I love her early morning sleepy smile. Every Sunday Jeff gives me a quality sleep-in by whisking Edie out of the house, (frequently without changing out of her pjs) and they pursue their year-long search for the best cinnamon roll in the PNW. They drive to a new diner or bakery every Sunday and don't come back until at least 10am. Selfishly, I love this quiet time to do as I please and wake up at my own pace. But I also love seeing the occasional pictures Jeff takes of these outings because CUTES.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

February Happenings

February for me brought a one-day trip to San Francisco (work), a 5 day trip to the east coast (work+brrr), a 4-day vacation to LA (sun+fun) and also the following:

Playdate after school with her BFF:

They had a terrible time:

Making pineapple upside down cake:
She enjoyed placing the cherries just so before we poured the batter on top:

My Christmas present bloomed:
We spent a sunny weekend on orcas:
And made smoked salmon and corn chowder in bread bowls while there:

We went to two birthday parties for two very special one year olds. First up was Addie:
Second up was Henry, but I forgot to take photos because I was too busy stuffing my face with cake at that party I guess…

I went for a walk at our neighborhood park just 2 blocks from our house and snapped this photo:

Hard to believe it's winter. It was actually so bright that you can't tell in the photo that Mt. Rainier was enormous and clear as day.

We celebrated Amy's birthday at The Bottlehouse in Madrona. They gave us free pink sparkling wine for a toast; we accepted.

And then last weekend we went to a mystery party where weird things like this happened:
And this too:
The longer version of that story is that Jeff received an evite from a "Mr. Rourke" (from Fantasy Island) inviting us to "get away from Seattle for a few hours". We couldn't see the other invitees and we didn't know who Mr. Rourke was. After responding "tentative" Jeff received a slightly more aggressive email from Mr. Rourke saying "Bring Jill, get a sitter for Edie Bee, and come to this party." Which at least reassured us that this wasn't going to be a sales meeting for a time share. SO, we got a sitter and took a risk and the party was random and funny and actually really great (Mr. Rourke turned out to be a friend/former co-worker of Jeff's).

And to finish up February and kick off the first of March, I bring you this adorbs photo of Edie and her second cousin Sophie at their great aunt Carolyn's house from last Sunday.