Monday, August 24, 2015

Godzilla & The Nisqually Delta

Doing better about getting out on the weekend and taking these legs for a walk. On Saturday, we drove to the Nisqually Delta and walked around 4 miles. We stopped for pizza at Olympia Old School Pizza and found a kid's festival to walk through. Those Olympians are so family oriented.
I liked this Godzilla sand scultpure and I think Christopher did too.

After our hike, we stopped by a farmer's market and I bought a box of Italian Plums....yum! Just like my grandma, I like to dehydrate them into dry chewy prunes! They taste like candy. Store bought prunes are the worst.







We didn't see much except frogs, heron, a turtle and snake!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Little Miss Autumn

(warning-photo heavy) I couldn't help take lots of photos of Miss Autumn.







She is such a bright little girl!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Recycled Wine Corks

So I said yesterday that DIY was off the calendar this year, but not to crafty DIYs! I scored a free bag of wine corks at work and knew exactly what I wanted to do with them.
I spray painted a 10x10 canvas gold then hot glued the wine corks down. Voila! I have an easy peasy jewelry holder.

I took all the leftover wine corks and filled this pretty blue jar with them.


Happy crafting!


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

a little bit of summer

The past two weekends, Christopher and I have had lazy weekends. Since DIY is off the calendar, we are trying to get out more and hike. On the 1st, we walked for an hour and half on the trails at Point Defiance and last Saturday we walked a little bit on Ruston Way and found this cool water spot at the Chinese Reconciliation Park.




I actually had to pick and pick to get Mr. Outdoor Enthusiast out the door! He seemed quite content lounging at home :)

Also, this year I found a packet of white pumpkin seeds at Carpinito Bros. and couldn't wait to plant them. I love the look of white pumpkins! Very untraditional compared to orange pumpkins.
They have taken off and it is likely I will have more pumpkins this year then last.





So fun to watch these grow!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Twelve Years Ago...

I remember this day so well 12 years ago. I was working at Merrick and I got the call on my lunch break Linda was about to deliver. I hurried across the street to Swedish Hospital and made my way to her birthing suite. I stood at her door/curtain hesitant to go in. Part of me didn't want to see this business of life. Her nurse saw me and told her someone was here and Linda said, "Oh that's Sandy come on in."
Linda wanted pictures, but Donnie was by her head helping her to breathe, so Donnie gave me the camera. Funny how the things you don't really want to do, you end up doing! Linda was so pleased to have those pics.
Twelve years later, Skylar is a social butterfly, who loves to play lacrosse, rough house with his siblings, loves to play video games, knows all the latest and greatest things to do on his cell phone and is pure awesomeness to me. He Makes Life Awesome!
Happy Birthday Skylar! 







Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Fire in the backyard

A fire pit to be exact! Woot woot! My goal since moving into this house has been to reduce my mow time and since Christopher brought all these free bricks home I was so down on making a fire pit in this area.

I still need to figure out the seating area, but other than that it is done. We also added two large tree stumps we got for free off of Craigslist as little side tables. The only cost was the sand and gravel. I love a low budget DIY.

Here's what we had before -
(that's my dad with the bobcat)







I showed Christopher a pattern I liked and he started me off above here and I finished it off. Always a good feeling to accomplish a goal in mind.

I think we are done with the DIY this year. Ok, I know we are done with the DIY this year, lol! I've asked Christopher to draw up a rough estimate for the cost of wood for a new deck to replace the heavily cracked patio for next year. The last eye sore in the backyard.



Friday, July 24, 2015

Super Jump

Last week, my sister went on vacation so I jumped in to help my mom with Seth and Autumn. And I literally mean I jumped. Off we went to Super Jump for 90 minutes of bouncing and sliding. When Seth and I got to the top of the bouncy slide, I didn't hesitate and with him in my lap down we went. It was a rush for sure and Seth immediately said, "Again!" Let me tell you it was hard work getting Autumn up the ladder. The first time when she got almost to the top she wanted to turn around, but I talked her out of it and put her in my lap and had Seth sit close next to me with my arm around him. I counted down to 3 and off we went. It was pure laughter all the way down. Even my mom was laughing as we made it to the bottom.
  After the bouncy slide, Seth got to do the bungee jump and he was perma grin!


They can't wait to go again! 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

For My Love

Christopher planted Dahlias in the spring and here are the fresh cuts. So lovely and the colors make me smile!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Trip to Cargo

One of my favorite stores to visit in Portland is Cargo. They recently moved across the river and while I was down there I was determined to make a visit in the 94 degree heat. Must give a shout out to Google Maps. Love it! Made life so much easier! Anyway I found the new store and once again they have no A/C, but the new spot had just as much character as the last.




I saw this causal shirt in my favorite colors and wanted it so bad until I saw the price....uh $98 no thank you. a photo to remember you will do just fine.


I left Cargo feeling inspired and made my way to Artemesia - my all time favorite terrarium shop.
Happy Tax Free Shopping!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Dad's Day

My sister and I plus Autumn made a road trip to Port Orchard to visit my dad, jannelle and grandpa on father's day. It was such a good visit. My granpda is 92 and going strong. I love that he is so active and still has things he wants to do. I get my go get 'em attitude from him.



My dad wanted a picture with Autumn on this bear because he was photographed the same as a kid.

Here are some cards I made to celebrate the day. Victoria bought a Minc machine so I went to town foiling the word happy and the labels in a copper color. The UR card was inspired by Jamie Pate.

 This card below came from the House of 3 printable. Still gotta love it! I made this one for Christopher's dad.

Linda and I talk all the time how lucky we are to have my dad as a dad. Dad, you are the best of the best!