May 25, 2017

a short vacation

We were able to use David's company's resort room on the Yakima River last month to kick off Spring Break. It was a really nice short vacation for our family. I can imagine that in the summer, this place is really pretty. We would love to go back some time during the summer when we can use the pool, go hiking and really enjoy all the outdoor activities.

While we wait for the weather to warm up full-time (we're almost there!), the kids loved throwing rocks in the rushing river and playing horse shoes. I caught some great photos of Lulu that I will cherish forever. I love her face. Aso, this girl looooooves throwing rocks in water.
And... POSE!

William picked up this hula hoop and I died laughing when I looked back at the pictures later. The sequence is just too perfect. Haha! They still make me laugh. He's such a tall boy. At 7 years old, he already comes up to my chin - and I'm 5'7"! Wilbur, I order you to stop growing!

And yes, Fritz was also there but he was upset about something and wouldn't be in any pictures while I had my camera out. It was still a great time had by all! 

May 23, 2017

easter pics // perspective shift

While editing these pictures, I remembered how frustrated I was that my kids weren't sitting still for these pictures of them in their Easter outfits. They were making funny faces at each other, and making Lulu laugh really hard. Looking back, I can't believe I was bothered that I got these shots instead of something posed. This is how they are with each other. They fight. They tease. And they also love each other and are friends. I couldn't want anything more for them. So I'm thrilled that I captured what life is like for our family of five in 2017. These are the good ol' days. They're going by so fast.

May 22, 2017

easter 2017

We actually had pretty weather for Easter, which was SOOOO nice to have after months and months of dreariness. Our neighborhood had a community Easter egg hunt, which was a hit. I love it because it's really casual and non-stressful and, while it's well attended, it's not chaotic. It was nearly impossible to get Fritz and Louisa to look at me for a picture though. This was me as they rummaged through their loot, "Candy!! I have candy! Look at Mommy! Fritz! Lulu! I have candy! Look at me!" Nada.
We also dyed some eggs using different teas (like Blueberry Rooibos, English Black, Green, Ginger Pear and Peppermint). I also used turmeric for one of them. It was fun and aromatic and I'm totally doing it again! Didn't they turn out so pretty?
Then, David hid the eggs in our backyard, which was kind of hard since we are in the middle of some serious overhaul in the backyard of tree trimmings disposal. It made for some creative hideout spots though!
And, I made a delicious dinner, of which I forgot to take a picture. However, here's the table. I will tell you, this year I used lacinato kale in my gratin and it was delicious!
I have a dozen or so pictures of the kids in their Easter outfits but I'll post them in a separate post. Here's a taster though. Heart eyes.

May 16, 2017

fritzy turns five

My favorite middle child turned five last month. Fritz is such a great kid. He's so thoughtful - he's always offering things and bringing me things that he thinks I'll like or need. He's funny - did I ever tell you that he randomly started calling me "m'lady", like he's a character in Downton Abbey? He's forgiving, which I'm personally so grateful for. He is quick to forgive and forget. He's a great example. He's cheerful and friendly and I just love the person he is.

Fritz loves food and cooking so naturally, I decided to have a cooking themed party, which obviously worked out well for me too. I made a chandelier out of wooden spoons and an embroidery hoop. Really easy and it was like $5. I also bought this checkered, paper table runner and it was perfect, which I also cut up to make the garland.

He invited a few friends over and the kids started out by decorating their own aprons. Then I made fresh pasta, simple San Marzano tomato sauce and mozzarella stuffed meatballs (which were delicious!) and a cheese platter, which had Point Reyes Blue cheese on it... as ALL cheese platters should.
Fritz wanted a strawberry and chocolate cake for his birthday and I have to tell you that I seriously broke down in tears the night before the party when I tried for the second time to make Swiss Meringue Buttercream with fresh strawberries. Never. Again. It doesn't work, guys. Don't let Martha deceive you. My super amazing, and chocolatier/patissier friend, Autumn, gave me great advice though. Use freeze dried strawberries instead of fresh! This has renewed my faith in meringue not breaking on me - I will try it again and report back. Maybe next year... The memories are still fresh. At least it tasted good (ganache and lots of butter has that effect)!

Would you look at that face? Oh, my heart.
Happy Birthday my wonderful, wonderful boy. I'll love you forever.

March 20, 2017

capture

I was looking through some photos from my fabulous friend, Kelsey, and I love this one of me and the boys so much. It perfectly captures their personalities. I was working with a client the other day who wanted to incorporate some personal art into her home. Now, I know that some people have opinions about family pictures being a design "faux pas" but seriously? We live here!

Anyway, this client had grown children and had NEVER had professional family pictures taken. She has the means but never got around to it. I encouraged her to get some pictures taken before her youngest high schoolers graduated and moved out. I'm so grateful that I've had many wonderful photographers to capture moments and seasons in my family's life. Even if you can't afford to get them professionally taken, I suggest setting up a camera and taking a family picture every once in a while. One where the parents are IN THEM. I hope my children cherish these photos with us, kissing their faces. Smiling along side them. Loving them. These photos are a gift that I'll always be grateful for.
2016 - Kelsey Henry
2015 - Danica Kimball

2014 - Ashley Nielson

2013 - Brittany LeSueur
2013 - Blue Lily
2010 - Lori Hull