emerald city

a night away sans kiddies. what?!
andrew and i have only done this one other time in the history of our little family, so we endeavoured to spend every minute doing very un-kid friendly stuff.

like a road trip, with a border crossing, with who knows how long the waiting time!
eating in small cramped restaurants with only tall bar stools!
sleeping in a tiny boutique hotel with no elevator!
going to a gallery full of fragile, expensive glass that's displayed with no railings whatsoever!
taking the stairs or escalator instead!
and since we are in the pacific northwest, i will mention the weather - it was spectacular!

oh yes, it was good.

lunch at The Whale Wins. look at those meringues!

melone and cucumber salad with onion tahini, sardines on toast with fennel, nectarine soup with corn.
staying out past sunset.
dinner at The Walrus and the Carpenter. another Renee Erickson restaurant. why go to one when you can go to both!

 we stuffed ourselves with some more pacific northwest goodness. we sat at the bar to watch all the action. i love a good kitchen view. especially right in front of the guy who shucks all the oysters.
oysters and roasted romanesco, cauliflower.

 fried oysters, salmon belly, and the most delicious clams.
(yes, i'm the lady with the giant camera taking photos of her food.)
our hotel lobby, if you can call it that.
ace hotel in beltown. we've stayed at the one in portland, OR, loved it. this location is much much smaller. but still good, if you like things different.
and last, the glass, at Chihuly Garden and Glass.

yep, pretty awesome weekend. i'm already looking forward to the next one. hopefully we don't have to wait another three years.

beach days

here's what's going on. it's still summer. therefore, at the beach is where we will live until it's not. coming right up is a beach photo bomb. enjoy.


So I've been on a break. Hum, can't you tell?! It's been refreshing, to be away from the computer. I was finding myself wasting much time on my electronic devices, I had to push a reset button on the inside, inside my mind. I needed to re-prioritize my days, my hours, my minutes, even. I had to filter what I was doing, the decisions I was making - not the big ones, but the tiny ones, like picking up my phone to check my email, how many times a day...

I have concluded what all of us already know, that our world is full of distractions. Noises, images, things… … all the suff that we don't need. They are there, all around. I can try to cut them out but they will never go away. So I need to decide what to do when they do come flashing my way, what my actions will be. It's not the big decisions, but the tiny ones I make everyday that can really add up, or take away. You see, in my break I have found time, wonderful glorious time, time to read, time to draw, time to write, time to pray, time to play, time to think. And some times, I have found more time than I know what to do with. Imagine that!

I have also concluded that this blog of mine will continue, but maybe with a little more restraint. I'm not sure which direction it will head, I'm still trying to figure it out.

I'll be back. Soon. But now I have to go lay out Castle's uniform. First day of school tomorrow! Very exciting!!! Thank you and love to you all.


I wasn't sure how it was going to go, me with my two boys at the berry farm. I wanted to pick enough of them for a few jars of jam.
 Castle chose blackberries, and I must say it was the perfect choice. No bending over in the dirt required like strawberries. 
 I tried my best to teach him to pick only the really black plump ones.

 After about 10 minutes they were done. Castle picked about 3 handfuls, and Atlas, was not having a good time. He kept on tripping on the uneven ground. I He wanted to touch the berries but every time he stuck his little hand out he would spring back like they had thorns. It was the funniest thing to watch. So for another 5 minutes I tucked Atlas into the baby carrier and frantically tried to fill up the basket while Castle whined, "are we done?" over and over again. Oh yes we were done. 

A lunch of berries on waffle with whipped cream before we left. Apparently that was the best part.


It seems that we cannot get enough of this place. We had another tag along day trip with daddy's work. He worked and we played!
 This is Rainbow Park on Alta Lake.
 It's got views of the ski hills, um, I mean ski mountains, and a lake to play in.
 Yep, a pretty nice place.

lake days

There's no such thing as spending way too much time outside having fun, right? As I was sitting on the dock at the lake, in a perfect red Adirondack chair, enjoying my time with family, I was thinking about all that was going on outside our little perfect world. I had a sick feeling to my stomach thinking about what's been escalating in all of those war torn countries, and innocent people and children dying for their faith. It made me feel guilty about how good we have it. I'm very grateful and thankful, always, for the life that I have in this beautiful country. Many terrible things happen out of our control, all I can do is pray, for those who are less fortunate, and give thanks. Plus enjoy what I have right now, because it can all be gone tomorrow.

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