curtains for mom

My mom and step-dad have a little bathroom window at their place that was in need of some type of window covering.  I found some adorable coordinating fabrics and made two small panels with tie-backs and a ruffle at the bottom and packaged them up in time for Christmas.  They’re lined, so they have a finished look on both sides, and it was my first time adding a ruffle to curtains!  I didn’t take many of pictures before shipping them off, so I’m hoping to get a picture of it this spring when we visit and it’s hung in its proper place… but for now here’s a sneak peek:

geo print with a ruffle

The fabrics are from Denyse Schmidt’s line of fabric that is sold at Joann’s.  I find that Joann’s fabric quality is hit and miss, but their premium and designer collections are much better.  Now, combined with a Black Friday sale and 50% off coupon, the material was quite a steal!  And I love the colors.  The main fabric is cream with a geometric print in olive and navy/gray.  The ruffle and tie-backs are the same dark blue/gray and it goes with the existing decor, but adds a cute retro look.  I can’t wait to see how it looks at their place!


baby love

Its always fun to see the people you love meet your children.  My aunt and uncle were in town last week and we had a great time together… I was so happy to have them meet Ruby and snuggle with her.  Ethan, who is considerably less snuggly these days, provided the entertainment and added comedic value to our day.  He’s going through a silly phase (although maybe it’s just his personality developing, and not just a phase?). Either way, I love it.  Thanks, M & C for loving our little ones =)

getting caught up



There’s been a multitude of events going on around here lately, and I hope to get caught up on things soon. Mostly, we’ve been tackling a lot of these…


let’s just say this already sleep-deprived mama of 2 has had her hands full this past month moving, unpacking, organizing, hosting out of town guests, and road tripping to the san juan’s to be a bridesmaid in one of my best friend’s wedding…. all while doing my best to spend time with my hh (handsome hubby) and keep a toddler and newborn alive and well… whew.  I need a nap.  no seriously, I do.


So anyway, in our *leisure time* we’ve been exploring our new little town and is it fabulous.  Did I mention we are 10 minutes away from the sound?

Yikes, that boy needs a haircut!



Movin’ on up…


… Not quite to the eastside.  In fact it is quite the opposite.  I’ll post more about our new digs soon, but for me, I know I’m really in my new home when the contents of the fridge have migrated from the old place to the new place.   And with that, I’m going to go collapse into bed, which at this point is still just a mattress on the floor.  I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to tell the difference.



We got together with some close friends the other night… One of noah’s co-workers and his family.  They are such dear friends to our family.  Their little girl is ethan’s age and watching the two of them grow up together is so sweet.  Pictures like this make me realize how blessed we are.

a welcome addition

Perfect little fingers and toes, Ruby was born the morning of July 30th, and she is such a sweet little girl.  Ethan is adjusting to his new big brother role amazingly well and we’re all enjoying the new addition.  Already it feels like she’s been a part of our family forever and I can’t imagine life without her in it.

a family fourth

Just a few belated pictures from our Fourth of July weekend spent with family. The weather was fabulous, and Ethan enjoyed the unending love and attention from his mimi and poppa, and Aunt Sme (“smee”…Noah’s longstanding nickname for his fantastic sister)

Ethan spent most of the weekend being a complete ham.

A lot of time is spent out on the patio during the summer sunbathing, barbecuing, and partying…

Delicious food

Ethan could not be bothered to look at the camera.  Max wins every time.

Then there were other family members and friends stopping by.  Add to that: two lovable dogs, some farm animals, swimming, and a garden to dig in, and it was a weekend that will not be soon forgotten.

beach vacation

During our trip to Cannon Beach this week, Ethan experienced many exciting firsts… exploring tidepools, running barefoot in the sand, throwing rocks into the surf, and the highlight had to have been (well it was for me at least!), building his first sandcastle:

Ethan loved playing in it more than anything, but soon found joy in destroying it… all part of the fun! Watching Noah work to build something special for his little boy was so endearing.

The entire trip was wonderful… not a bad moment the whole time. Ethan seems to be at the perfect traveling age and he played hard and slept hard. I can’t even count all the new words he’s adding to his vocabulary, but during our trip he added bicycle, beach, run, and yes (all said quite emphatically!) to name a few. It was great to get in one more family trip before we have to stick around closer to home with the upcoming arrival of our baby girl! Less than 7 more weeks until July 26th!

>Wherever I May Roam


Also the name of a Metallica song, this is usually the theme for Ethan when we are visiting his grandparents.
Days are spent running free, playing with the dogs and overseeing projects with his auntie and grandparents.

To quote the notable Tim Williams, “Life is good, especially today.”