Tuesday, November 29, 2011

remembering and giving thanks

Today is usually a bit hard for me, and particularly this year, as Jill would have been 30 today. It's impossible not to imagine celebrating this day with her, instead of missing her. I try to remind myself to be thankful. For the life that I have, my dear friends, and a family that I love. I really do have so much to be thankful for. I'm also grateful for the almost daily adorable and/or hilarious text photos I receive from my sisters. They are always a good reminder of joy, and living life in the moment.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


i just thought i would mention that my blog's formatting is currently making me insane. one little setting has just made most of my past posts go wonky. pictures here and there, 10 line breaks or none.... i'll fix it later. i hope.

Avery does Seattle

As promised, a photo recap of Avery's first visit to Seattle. I will mention that my sister does not like to fly. And this was Avery's very first flight.

So yay for both of them!

I decided to take them to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium since it was going to be a rainy day, and there are a lot of indoor areas there. Avery was pretty interested in the starfish, but there was no way she was going to put her fingers in and touch.

It was really cold (by California standards) that day, so she spent much of the visit in the cozy stroller. This picture just cracks me up.

My sister mentioned that before they got to my house, Avery asked "Will Auntie Bootie have enough toys?" Avery managed to turn the toy box into a car, and the hamper into a rocking horse. We also found one of Justin's 4 wheel dollies which promptly became a race car.

Yeah, I have lots of toys.

The next day we went to Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park in Redmond. I had never been there, but one of my friends with kids suggested it (thanks Kim!).

It has beautiful trails through the woods, and a farm.

Avery was really excited to see the "piggies".

(I can't get over how big Avery has gotten, but also how tiny she is.)

Then we headed to Seattle (or as Avery would say: We ARE in SEATTLE!)

We made a stop at Hale's Brew Pub for lunch,

and then went down to the Pike Place Market.

Of course we got some treats.

And then a quick stop by Kerry Park for the view.

Thanks for visiting Avery, Leslie, & Mom! Come back again soon!

Monday, November 21, 2011

HOW is it November already?

It is currently pouring outside, freezing, and the lovely fall leaves are almost gone. It's times like these I wish we had a woodstove so I could spend the day curled up like a lazy cat. But I can't really complain...Mar will make fun because she is certainly much colder.

We've been super busy this month keeping our shop stocked (which, I realize, is not a bad problem to have...) and are almost to our 200th sale! If you want to enter our giveaway, you can "like" us on Facebook. The giveaway will be announced when we hit #200. I still can't believe it has been a year since we opened the online shop. Time flies!

I decided this summer that I would teach myself how to silkscreen...and then my silkscreening supplies sat collecting dust for months. But I finally got organized and made a few designs. I love the way they turned out! I have been spending the evenings silkscreening and we are now carrying baby onesies, and burpcloths and toddler tees will be in the shop soon. I haven't really ventured into the adult t-shirt arena yet. Part of me is intimidated by all the awesome shops out there already, and I also wonder if I would be spreading myself too thin. But I am having a blast with the kid stuff.

And speaking of kids, my adorable niece, Avery Juliet came to visit last week, along with my sister and mom. Such a fun visit. A full post about that coming soon...because I can't not share pictures of that adorable girl.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

the magical month of october

The month of October was pretty much awesome. I don't use that word lightly.

For starters, I went to the ocean TWICE. The first time, to the Oregon coast, entirely on a whim, with Andrea. It looked like this. The whole time. Amazing.
It was exactly what I needed in life.

The second time, to the Washington coast.

With THEM. I love them.

We spent the weekend running on the beach with four hilarious dogs, eating non-stop, sitting by the campfire, and sleeping in yurts and our nifty Lovedog Mobile. It was wonderful.

Meanwhile, I turned THIRTY.

30 is delicious, thanks to Brittany.

And then we flew kites on the beach like maniacs.
I'm alright with this getting older thing provided there are more months like this ahead.
Thanks friends for the awesome time. I love you.