November 16, 2015

flamingos, gymnasts, and baseball players...

We were thrilled when both Paetyn and Maddux decided to have a shared-birthday party and had already picked their location, Metro Gymnastics.  We have only had a combined birthday for them once before so I didn't feel guilty, especially since it was their idea.  Metro Gymnastics in Tualatin, Oregon was a great venue and they did an excellent job.

Maddux's 7th birthday theme was baseball and Paetyn's was flamingos.  It was a lot of fun coming up with table decorations and cute gift bag ideas which included bird whistles, chewing gum, candy, and mustaches.  We had a great afternoon!

November 2, 2015

smitten with our kitchen...

Can you believe that this is the same kitchen?  Neither can we.  Can you believe we did it for under $5k?  Neither can we!  Just keep in mind this isn't 100% done (hence the light fixture and un-painted cutting board to the right of the stove) but I was so excited to share that I just couldn't wait!

As you may know, this whole process started with me royally F$%king up the counter tops with a DIY gone majorly wrong.  By the way, to this day, every single time I get mad at Jeremiah for something he yells "COUNTER TOPS" jokingly to remind me of my F&^K up.  Haha.

So it started with that and then we decided to order new counter tops, which forced us to get new appliances (except for the dishwasher...its still pretty new), which forced us into a new sink and faucet, which forced us into a new coat of paint on the cabinets, which forced us into adding molding to them, which forced us into getting new hardware, which forced us into adding an island, which then forced us into a new back splash, and then it was over.  Deep sigh.  

I will share the step-by-step soon so don't worry and I will also share the cost breakdown and how we cut costs along the way.  

Here are some pictures from along the way:

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoying your fall season!  

October 13, 2015

new holiday traditions....

Jeremiah and I were thinking about adding a new tradition to the holiday books this year and we decided on the "Cookie Crusaders"...its a working title ;)  We are going to try 10 different cookie recipes between now and Christmas and hand over a dozen of each recipe to some of our favorite friends, neighbors, and coworkers.  So we get to try some new recipes, share how we liked them on the blog and also give them to some of our favorite peeps.  "Win. Win. Win" as Michael Scott would say.  

Here are the recipes that we are going to try:

Flour-less Cookie

Cherry Cheesecake Cookie

Salted Caramel Rye Cookie

Brownie Cookie

Twix Cookie

Cream Cheese Filled Snicker Doodle Cookie

Zucchini Cream Cheese Cookie

Chai Pumpkin Spice Cookie

Cherry with Chocolate Kiss Cookie

Lemon Pillow Cookie

Hopefully we get most of them right and we are excited to share with some of you!

October 1, 2015

2015 family pictures...

We had the chance to do our annual family pictures with the wonderful Wyn Wiley.  For those of you who don't know, I was Wyn's babysitter for many years when he and his brother were tots.  He was an amazing kid then and is a fabulous human and photographer now!  It was so nice to connect with him and he has grown up to be an amazing young man.  Thanks Wyn for the great day exploring Seattle and for all the amazing shots.  Mwah!!!