365 Project: Sorry, Nora, I know you’re trying to be spooky but, you’re just still darn adorable! ;)

Despite her efforts to create a scary Halloween stoop and to look gruesome with these fake fangs, Norita still just makes me smile instead of spooking me! πŸ™‚


365 Project – 222: The color purple (August 10, 2013)

For years Nora has asked to paint her room purple. FINALLY, almost 8 years after we painted her nursery a newborn-neutral sage green, we’re giving her an accent wall coated in Wild Violet, which is the vibrant, bold hue she chose. We told her SOMETIME before school starts we’d paint her room, and today, while she’s away at a sleepover, we’re making quick work of this task so she’ll be surprised when she comes home tomorrow! Β πŸ˜€

365 Project – 181: Cowgirl up! ;) (July 1, 2013)

My daughter in her cowgirl digs for her first ever horse camp. She totally looks like she’s in her element! πŸ˜‰

365 Project – 132: Citrus Napoleon – Mother’s Day brunch at Cafe Flora, Seattle (May 12, 2013) #seattle #mothersday #cafeflora

First course for my Mother’s Day brunch at Cafe’ Flora in Seattle was this Citrus Napoleon served with a coconut chantilly cream and berry sauce. My whole fixed brunch menu was gluten-free. Hot yoga in the morning, brunch with my family, and an afternoon to relax. It’s been a lovely day for this content mama! πŸ™‚ HAPPY MOTHERS DAY EVERYONE!!


365 Project – 117: Signs of spring on the Olympic Peninsula…White Creek – Port Angeles, WA (April 27, 2013)


Trillium…always my first official sign of spring on the Olympic Peninsula πŸ™‚


Bleeding hearts


The trails behind our house…I love our outdoor playground!


Isn’t that big stump awesome?!


Red flowering currant


Paco loves it when White Creek is flowing πŸ™‚


White Creek in the springtime


Looking up into our forest canopy. Do you see the heart?


Looking for the heart through the trees πŸ™‚


Me crossing White Creek πŸ™‚


Young stinging nettles…we eat these around here. Boil ’em, steam ’em, saute’ ’em, the nettles dissolve and you end up with a tasty green rich with iron. Just make sure to harvest them with thick gloves!!


A dandelion globe…not sure if that’s what it’s called but, that’s what I see! πŸ˜‰

365 Project – 115: Post-dinner, pre-sunset family bike ride (April 25, 2013)

The days are getting longer and the sunsets have been gorgeous so we’re back into our routine of a post-dinner family neighborhood outing. Here’s Nora riding through the trees in our neighborhood during her pre-sunset bike ride. πŸ™‚

365 Project – 114: Daddy daughter cartwheels…and using the WordPress gallery circle feature (April 24, 2013)

Here’s a sequence of three pics trying this new wordpress gallery “circle” feature for the first time…it looks kind’ve cool! I just realized when you use the gallery feature, the camera properties are listed when you click on each photo, which I appreciate!

So, this is my husband “trying” to cartwheel with my daughter. LOL Actually, he did a decent job! Grownups: if you haven’t cartwheeled in awhile, you should try it. It’s fun but, harder than it looks! πŸ™‚

365 Project – 91: Family spring break – Whistler, B.C. (April 5, 2013) #whistler

I’m behind on my 365 project but here are a few iPhone pics from Whistler, B.C. where we’re enjoying our spring break getaway. First one is of the girls at the base of Blackcomb Mountain and the rock climbing pic was taken at Core Whistler. Life is good…having fun and feeling grateful. πŸ™‚



365 Project – 42, 43, 44: – On the Kilauea Iki Trail – Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – Big Island, Hawaii (Febrary 13, 2013)


On the Kilauea Iki Trail


On the Kilauea Iki Trail…in the caldera

Life emerging through the lava

Life emerging through the lava